Spartan Spotlight

February 2021

Hello Spartan Families,

Caryn Sullivan once wrote, “In the face of adversity, we have a choice. We can be bitter, or we can be better. Those words are my North Star.” In the past year we have all made our way through challenging situations and have become better, not bitter. We tackled virtual learning, operating in a way we never had before. Few of us had any previous experience with Zoom and had to have a crash course on operating the system. We transitioned to a hybrid where students were here two days a week, to now, full days. Throughout, we have trudged forward with positive attitudes, embracing the uncertainty and what the “new normal” will be. It is with the support of parents and guardians we have made it through it all.

There was likely trepidation to return your student back to school. For some, it meant joining the Virtual Academy or Guided Virtual Academy. For others, returning to school was the preference and the best option for them. To protect those in our building, we have strict procedures we follow daily. In the evening, rooms are sanitized. In the morning our paraeducators disinfect our desks and tables. Everyone is required to wear masks unless eating or drinking. For those who don’t have a mask, they are provided for them. Social distancing is utilized wherever possible. Students have assigned seats in lunch with one chair in between him/her and the other student. Some classrooms are used at lunch to avoid overcrowding. There are hand sanitizer stations throughout the building in each classroom. These are just a few of the steps we have in place every day. It is our ultimate goal to have all students back in the building, soon.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. We have chosen to get better rather than bitter. Of that, we should all be proud.

Dr. Kathy Cieslak

Assistant Principal, North High

(701) 446-2406


Congratulations to the Students of the Quarter

The following students were recognized by faculty and support staff for their extra effort and achievement during second quarter.

Congratulations to: Charlie Anderson, Anika Arifin, Cal Bratton, Tanner Burgard,Tatum Byars, Brooklyn Champagne, Melinda Chen, Chase Christiansen, Aubrey Clarke, Kyzien Dumas, Ava Fowler, Sam Fritel, Francisco Gutierrez, Logan Hanson, Bode Hoeg, Sofia Janssen, Dylan Johnson, Abhijna Kavasseri, Tenley Kloster, Logan Sokolofsky, Jim Miller, Nick Newsam, Andy Nguyen, Jesse Opp, Caitlyn Paul, Julia Puhl, Lucas Rutten, Patrick Rwibagiza, Kasen Sanders, Phoenix Schaan, Mara Schmidt, Austin Simonson, Isaiah Soori, Lindsey Teegarden, Jack Thiel, Nickolas Tuma, Joselynn Whitfield and Joshua Worral

Military Nomination

North senior Rebecca Van Vleet was nominated by U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., to be appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. Van Vleet is a current member of the FPS Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Van Vleet hopes to become a military pilot but says she is open to other military career options.

VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Winners

Amy Peterson, junior at Fargo North, was awarded 1st place by the VFW’s Voice of Democracy essay contest. This year’s theme was, Is this the Country the Founders Envisioned? Peterson won $300 and a flag pin for her 1st place finish. Pictured with Peterson (middle) is Dale Johnson (left), and Dave Rice (right) of the Fargo VFW Post 762

Addison Watson, senior at Fargo North, was awarded 2nd place. Watson won $200 and a flag pin. Both winning essays will move on to the district level to compete. Pictured with Watson (middle) is Dale Johnson (left), and Dave Rice (right) of the Fargo VFW Post 762


The following students are candidates for the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program:


Congratulations to Jacob Broius on being named to the All State 2nd team for football!

Spartan Student Activities

Spartan home varsity athletic contests will be live-streamed (when possible) through the North High School Student Activities. Please see the North Online Calendar for live streaming links.

Attendance at Athletic Events

Fargo Public Schools will operate at approximately 75% capacity for competitions and performances at a majority of District facilities. Some event venues will have reduced capacity.

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) will return to a more traditional manner of spectator attendance at student activities as the state moves to a lower risk level. The change will be effective February 1. This follows the January 27 announcement from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum that lowers the state risk level from moderate to low.

Fargo Public Schools will begin traditional ticket sales at the door for a majority of events. Vouchers will only be issued for events at facilities where capacity concerns may arise. For those events, FPS will communicate information with both schools so that students, families, and fans may be notified. FPS has established and will strictly follow capacity limits for each event venue. Capacity limits are as follows:

North High School

Main Gym 1050

2nd Gym 90

Coliseum 375

Theater 500

Pool No Spectators

***New this year when attending athletic events you are able to pay with credit card and mobile pay.


The NDHSAA has outlined the starting dates for spring activities. Please check out the following information and contact the coach if you have any questions or concerns.

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Open conferences will be held Monday, February 22, from 4:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m. and Monday, March 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A certain number of teachers will have scheduled conferences on Monday, March 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. If you have a scheduled conference you would have been contacted via mail or phone call from your student’s teacher. Conferences will be held via zoom, more information will be communicated via email.

Seniors - Cap & Gown Orders

Please check with your senior to make sure they turned in their cap and gown order. If not, the order must be submitted directly to Jostens at the address on the packet. If you need to contact them directly, a message can be left at 701-235-1828.

Report Cards

Semester one report cards have been mailed out to homes and are available via PowerSchool.

One Act Play

WHAT: Much Ado About Nothing Production

WHERE: Via Zoom: Webinar ID: 848 0279 3320

WHEN: Feb 18, 2021 07:00 p.m. and Feb 19, 2021 07:00 p.m.

High School Meals

Meals will continue to be provided to students at no cost until the end of the school year.

Virtual Academy students who wish to receive meals are still required to fill out forms for Meals. These meals will be picked up at door #8 (North side on 19th Ave) on Fridays from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm.

Trollwood Performing Arts School 2021 Summer Registration Open

Get ready to Color Your Summer! Trollwood Performing Arts School is excited to welcome students back to the stage with a full array of 2021 summer performing arts educational opportunities. 2020 was a difficult year for those who are passionate about performing arts. Many classes and performances were canceled due to COVID-19. Upcoming summer arts programming will help students rekindle their affection for the arts, boost their creativity, and pave the way for their future, whether they aspire to pursue a career in the arts or any other professional opportunities. Click this link to register. Click this link to view the full programming brochure.


The Fargo Public Schools will require all students and all staff to wear masks that adequately cover both their nose and mouth. Exceptions will be made for students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings.

Visitors to North High

Fargo Public Schools has restricted non-essential visitation. Visitors will only be allowed into the building via appointment.

Inclement Weather

Please pay close attention to our District newsletter, SchoolTalk¸ and be ready for announcements on days when our winter weather hits.

School will be in session on April 30. If another storm day is used the make up date would be May 17.

If school is in session, and a parent decides that a student should remain at home due to weather conditions, that decision will be respected by the school. Parents should use their own judgment in determining if the weather is suitable for their children to make the journey to school. It is always up to parents to make the final decision about whether or not to send their student to school if they believe weather conditions present a safety issue. The absence for the day would be considered an excused absence.

If school is called off, parents will be contacted via the automated phone, email and text system based on the contact information supplied to the school office(s). Parents are encouraged to update contact information with the school on a regular basis so we have up to date contact information. This can be done through PowerSchool or by calling the school office. School cancellation information will also be broadcasted via local media, and will be posted across our website and social media sites (Facebook and Twitter).

If weather or a situation develops during the day, and it is determined that an early dismissal is in the best interest of the students, parents will be contacted via the automated phone, email and text system based on the contact information supplied to the school office(s). Parents are encouraged to update contact information with the school on a regular basis so we have up to date contact information. This can be done through PowerSchool or by calling the school office. School closure information will also be broadcasted via local media, and the information will be posted on our website and social media sites (Facebook and Twitter).

On mornings when weather conditions warrant additional time for students and staff to get to school, a two hour delay will be used. On these days, North High will begin school at 10:00 am. Buses will run later than the normal arrival time. Energy saver bus riders can add two hours to the scheduled times printed and expect the bus to be at the specified stops two hours after the printed times. The early run of these energy saver routes will not run.


If you would like to receive an email notification when daily announcements, newsletters or School Board agendas are posted please go to the North High Website and sign up for E-Alerts. Content E-Alerts are sent to users who have subscribed to a homepage or website section of interest. Click here to sign up and begin the process of setting your subscriptions.

Stay Connected!

Fargo North has several helpful links that can be found on our webpage at

You will find links for:

· Newsletters

· School Calendars

· Daily Announcements

· PowerSchool & SchoolPay Logins

· Student Handbook

· School Menus

· Daily Planner

· District Forms

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our school office at 701-446-2400.

Daily Period Schedule

Daily Period Schedule

Information from the Counseling Center

2021-2022 Course Registration

Each year, students and families have the opportunity to review, discuss and revise their 4-year academic plan for graduation. Students or parents/guardians can request a meeting with their school counselor. Course selection and registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin the first week of February. During the registration process, students will review their graduation requirements and course offerings and revise their 4-year graduation plan. Students are encouraged to discuss their choices with their families, teachers, case managers and counselors. If you or your student would like to schedule additional time with a counselor to review his/her graduation plan and course choices, please call 446-2412.

Free ACT Test Prep for Juniors

The ACT will be electronic this year—using the platform TestNav. TestNav has free practice tests available and is accessible on the student’s PLD desktop or

The practice tests include tutorials to become familiar with the platform.

To access the practice test, go to: TestNav (icon on students desktop) OR, Click on “The ACT” and then click “Practice Tests.” Students do not need to log in to take the practice tests.

If you have any questions about ACT practice tests, please reach out to Lisa Metzger at or 701.446.2413.

Juniors & Sophomores

All Juniors will be taking the state mandated ACT the morning of March 2, 2021 electronically at North High School. Registration information will be shared with students in February.

All Sophomores will be taking the PreACT on March 2, 2021.


Registration is now open for the DOORWAY to COLLEGE ZAPS ACT TEST PREP Seminar to be held at North High School on Saturday, February 6th, 2021. This in person seminar will be open to North High Students ONLY and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room #102. To register, students/families go to: The cost is $95. *There are also online virtual seminars available with dates/times listed on the website.

Poster ND Scholars Program


Seniors may register with Lisa Metzger in the Counseling and Career Center to take or retake the ACT WorkKeys test (internet version) at North High. Cost to students is $12.00 for each of the three tests. If students are hoping to qualify for the ND Career and Technical Scholarship, they will need to achieve a score of at least 5 on each of the following WorkKeys tests: Workplace Documents, Applied Math, and Graphic Literacy. WorkKeys testing will be offered at Fargo North on Tuesday, February 16th. Students will take all 3 tests on this date. Students will also need to meet additional requirements in order to qualify for this scholarship. Additional information about the WorkKeys is available at Students should stop by the Counseling Center with any questions.

AP Testing

Families of students enrolled in Semester 2 AP MICRO ECON and AP GOV may contact Kate Evenson at 701-446-2417 with questions regarding AP test registration.


Check out this link for scholarships including eligibility/criteria, potential award, the application procedure and where to get an application. If you have any questions please call Lisa Metzger in the Counseling Office at 701-446-2413.

ND Academic & CTE Scholarships

North Dakota high school seniors who meet all requirements for either the ND Academic or ND Career & Technical Education Scholarships must submit an online application between January 4 and June 4, 2021 to

Students and parents/guardians who would like more information should contact your student’s counselor or Career Advisor, Lisa Metzger, 701-446-2413.

ND Scholars Program

The North Dakota Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship that provides scholarships to North Dakota’s best and brightest high school graduates. The scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for students attending North Dakota’s public and tribal colleges and a tuition scholarship equal to public tuition for students attending North Dakota’s private institutions. For more information on the scholarship programs go to:

Rape & Abuse Crisis Center

In partnership with Fargo Public Schools, the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center (RACC) is offering counseling services to North High students. Jana Battagler, a counselor from RACC, will be available to meet virtually with students to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to healthy relationships, friendships, bullying, coping skills, technology safety, healthy sexuality, and trauma. Students that are interested in participating in this support should contact their school counselor or the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center at 701-293-7273.

Open Door

Just a reminder, if you or your family are in need of personal hygiene supplies, household products, food or clothing, the North High School Open Door has a small variety of items. Students and families can access these items by contacting their school counselor. FNH encourages families to consider any needs they might have over school breaks and long weekends and contact the counseling office at 701-446-2412 prior to the break. If you need additional community supports, the counselors are available to help connect you with additional supports to meet your needs.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Services

McKinney-Vento Homeless Services Poster

Free/Low Cost Insurance

Is your child or another member of your family currently without health care coverage? If you would like information about any of the low-cost or free health coverage programs offered in your state please call toll-free: 1-877-KIDS NOW or 1-877-543-7669.

Healthy Steps insurance is for children who:

· are North Dakota residents.

· are U.S. citizens or qualified aliens.

· do not have health insurance coverage.

· are 18 years of age or younger.

· do not qualify for the North Dakota Medicaid Program.


PTSA Monthly Meeting

The next monthly PTSA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd via zoom from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Senior Pictures

Senior pictures should be emailed to our yearbook adviser at The deadline to submit a picture is April 1st. If a senior picture is not submitted, the student’s ID picture will be used. The picture submitted must meet the following criteria:

Senior Picture Policy

Any senior photos submitted to the Laconian yearbook committee must meet the following regulations:

  • Vertical orientation
  • 300 resolution (required for digital photos)
  • In accordance with the school district’s weapons policy (Policy 5355), no weapons of any kind
  • Must follow school dress code with the exception of school issued uniforms
  • Domesticated house pets are allowed
  • Only single-subject photos
  • No accessories or props condoning or promoting illegal activity
  • Deadline for senior photos must be met (April 1st)
  • Must be taken in the past year

Yearbook editors have the right to refuse any pictures deemed inappropriate. Students will be asked to provide another picture if requirements are not met or if the picture is inappropriate.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sitzler Erickson @


Students can purchase a copy of the 2020-2021 yearbook for $60. The “Laconian” is a full-color book with memorable stories, eye-catching photos, and cutting-edge graphics and layouts. You can pay through School Pay.

Bus Route Schedules

Fargo Public Schools 2020-2021 “Energy Saver” bus route schedules are available on the Fargo Publics schools website Schedules can also be picked up in the school office.


Students are expected to be in their classes every day, except in the case of illness, school related activities, family emergency, or religious observance. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children are in school unless a valid reason for absence exists. The Attendance Office asks that a student’s absence be reported by 9:00 a.m. If a student is not accounted for they will be recorded as truant. Please review the attendance policies found in our on-line student handbook. The Attendance Office may be reached by calling 446-2410 or 446-2411.


Does your student have detention? We have several opportunities for student’s to make up their detention.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

3:50 - 4:35 p.m.

Room 311

All detention needs to be served during times described above.

Students with outstanding detentions may not be able to participate in extra curricular activities until all detention has been completed. These activities include, but are not limited to: athletics, prom, plays, and school sponsored trips.

Email Issue for Hotmail Users

Fargo Public Schools has received reports from some families using Hotmail accounts that they may not be receiving school and district notification emails. These reports are only coming from parents with Hotmail accounts, but not every parent with a Hotmail account is having an issue. The problem appears to be related to how Hotmail “learns” to help manage incoming email for each individual. If you have a Hotmail email address and you think you might be missing school notification messages, please follow the steps in this linked document to create a contact/people entry for the email address. That process will add the email to your “safe sender” list and help make sure you see all emails from Fargo Public Schools.

Important Contact Numbers

North High Main Office

Main Office - 446-2400

Andy Dahlen, Principal - 446-2404

Mark Blanshan, Assistant Principal - 446-2499

Travis Christensen, Asst. Prin./Activities Dir - 446-2407

Kathy Cieslak, Assistant Principal - 446-2406

Jessica Geir, Administrative Asst. - 446-2405

Della Nystrom, Bookkeeper - 446-2409

Keri VanEnk, Activities Secretary - 446-2408


Stacey Bush - 446-2410

Wendy Peterson - 446-2411


Nikki Brandenburger, Registrar/Secretary - 446-2412

Terri Court (A - F) - 446-2415

Mandy Orth Gibney (G - K) - 446-2416

Janelle Stahl Ladbury (L - R) - 446-2414

Kate Evenson (S - Z) - 446-2417

Lisa Metzger - Career Advisor - 446-2413

Mary Krueger, Student Wellness & Family Facilitator - 446-2456


Officer Chad Moen, SRO - 446-2631/730-8884


Katelyn Novacek, School Nurse - 446-2486


J.D. Darling - 446-2447

Jordan Wolf - 446-2447


Tammie Schaffer - 446-2517


  • February 15 - No School
  • February 16 - No School - Staff Professional Development
  • February 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 1 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Fargo North High School

Andy Dahlen, Principal - 446-2404

Travis Christensen, Activities Director - 446-2407

Mark Blanshan, Asst. Principal - 446-2499

Kathy Cieslak, Asst. Principal - 446-2406