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Principal's Corner

Every day I get a front row seat to watch one of the most talented and dedicated school staffs in the state. I continue to be amazed by the persistence our teachers and staff show and how laser focused they are on the success and well-being of our students. The past couple weeks, one group in particular rose to the occasion - our counseling team.

This group, made up of counselors Dawn Peanasky, Michelle Breun, Faith Ahmed, and Emma Balow as well as secretary Pam Baker, Registrar Shelly Fritz, and Career Center Coordinator Mary McNelis is simply amazing. Over the past couple weeks this group has responded to the rush of the end the first semester and posted grades, registered over 1000 students for next year, prepared students for the upcoming ACT and Accuplacer, identified students in need of credit recovery, and offered top-notch mental health support. This group of counselors and support staff was working behind the scenes and hand-in-hand with students every step of the way.

Every member of our FHS family is integral. Our school and community is so fortunate to have such a talented and caring group looking after our youth.

Always forward. Best wishes for a great week. We Are Faribault!

Mr. Jamie Bente

Principal - Faribault High School

No School Monday, Feb. 15th

There will be no school on Monday, February 15th. It will be a curriculum day for teachers to prepare for the weeks ahead and do professional learning. Mon/Tues cohort students should return to school on Tuesday, Feb. 16th.

Please Return Registration Forms ASAP If You Haven't Already

Faribault High School held our annual registration fair last Thursday and Friday. We received hundreds of completed registration forms and those students have selected what courses they would like to take next year. If your child has not registered, we ask that you do so as soon as possible. Registration forms were mailed to your home, but if you didn't get it or misplaced your copy, you can stop by the high school to get a new one. Also, you can view the course registration guide by clicking here. You can view the multiple career pathways that all FHS students have access to on pages 9-24.

If you have any trouble or run into trouble, please call the FHS main office at 507-333-6100 or stop by. Registration time is one of the busiest of the year for our counseling office, but we will do everything we can to assist you if you need anything.

Click Here To View FHS Registration Guide for 2021-2022

Learn more about career pathways, exciting new elective classes, how to earn college credit during high school for FREE, and much more.

German Students Celebrate Karneval; School Leaders Get Ties Snipped.

It has been a great week in Kate Falvey’s German classes! Not everyday do you get to cut the tie off the High School Principal!

"Kölle Alaaf!" So say the folks in Köln (Cologne), Germany! Karneval (or Fasching) is celebrated during this time of year not only in Germany, but also in other German-speaking nations and around the world. Carneval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is probably the largest version of this festival in the world and in America, we use the French name "Mardi Gras".

Karneval kicks off with "Weiberfastnacht" - loosely translated as "Ladies' Night" -on Thursday when the ladies go out for fun in groups wearing group costumes. Any men wearing ties better watch out. They could have it cut off by a lady in order to encourage them to relax and join the fun! Mr. Bente, Mr. Sage, and Mr. Peck all found this out "the hard way" last week.

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Earning College Credit while in High School

11th Grade Students Prepare to Take ACT/Accuplacer Exams in Spring 2021

All FHS juniors will be able to take college entry exams - the ACT (March 30) and/or Accuplacer (April 8) this spring. You can click this link for all the details concerning these important tests. Doing well on these exams can mean more opportunities for students after high school and potentially more chances for scholarships.

Students will indicate which assessment they would like to take during their assigned junior meeting with their School Counselor. Juniors will be notified of their meeting time and date through Schoology and this information will be posted on the windows outside of the Counseling office. Junior meetings will take place on:

February 23rd (M/Tu hybrid students)

February 26th (Th/F hybrid students)

February 22nd at 10:00am (Virtual meeting for distance learners)

February 25th at 2:00pm (Virtual meeting for distance learners)

Links for the virtual meetings will be shared with students through Schoology. Junior meetings are mandatory for all 11th grade students!

Students who choose to take the ACT Plus Writing will need to attend a pre-registration meeting on March 9th or 12th to complete the non-test information. Students must complete the non-test information prior to March 30th or they will not be able to test.

FHS does offer multiple ACT and Accuplacer test prep opportunities for students in the weeks and months leading up to these exams. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities please reach out to FHS RISE Coordinators Hanan Mohamud (hmohamud@faribault.k12.mn.us) or Juanita Picazo (jpicazo01@faribault.k12.mn.us).

FHS Offers ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test For Any Student Interested in Joining the Military

Faribault High School will be offering the ASVAB assessment on Thursday, February 18th at 8:15 AM for any 10th, 11th or 12th grade student who is interested in joining the military. Students can sign-up for this assessment by stopping by the counseling office or calling 507-333-6200. You can also reach out to FHS Career Center Coordinator, Mary McNelis at mmcnelis@faribault.k12.mn.us.

Wetzel & Gehrke Qualify for Future Farmers of America State Convention

Congratulations to Hannah Wetzel and JoHannah Gehrke for being the first FFA students to qualify for the state convention! Hannah placed first on her Beef Entrepreneurship enterprise and Johannah placed second for her Small Animal Care and Production Entrepreneurship enterprise with her show rabbits. Applications are scored based on how members have grown through their operations, goals they have accomplished, challenges they have overcome, and skills they have attained.

Faribault Youth Investment to Host Expert Panel Focused on Children of Incarcerated Parents

FHS is proud to partner with Faribault Youth Investment and on their behalf we would like to invite you to an expert panel regarding Children of Incarcerated Parents on Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. Coordinated by the Carleton College Public Health in Practice students, this virtual panel provides an opportunity to continue the discussion about how children and families are impacted by incarceration, as well as what can be done to better support this hidden population. Nationwide, over 5 million children are impacted by this issue, some of them living in our community, Please join us to hear from Emily Fulton-Foley, Director of the Northfield Union of Youth; Susan Hence, Rice County Treatment Court Coordinator; and Rebecca Schlafer, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Certificates of attendance will be available. Upon registration, you will have the opportunity to submit questions to our guest panelists. Please consider what topics or themes you would like them to address.

#FalconLoveStories Showcased on Facebook in Honor of Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! Faribault Public Schools decided to celebrate the occasion by catching up with several married couples who both are employed in our district. It has been very fun getting to know the couples, their families, and the histories of how they met and how they wound up working for Faribault Public Schools. If you haven't seen it yet (and you have access to Facebook) visit the Faribault Public Schools page or search #FalconLoveStories to check it out.

Support the Faribault Booster Club and Enjoy a Tasty Meal on Thursday, Feb 18

The Faribault A&W (404 Wilson Ave. SW) will donate 10% of all sales made on Feb. 18 between 4:00-9:00 PM to the Faribault Booster Club. Come and enjoy a great meal and support Falcon students and athletes at the same time. Money raised gets put right back into our schools and helps make our entire community stronger. Drive-thru and car-hop options will be available but dining room will remain closed.
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Energy Cost Assistance Program Available for Income Eligible Families

As Minnesotans continue to feel the impact of COVID-19, we want you to know that there is assistance available to income-eligible households (both owners and renters) for home heating bills and furnace repairs. The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:

  • To pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection
  • To purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies
  • To repair or replace homeowners’ malfunctioning furnaces.

The application period is open until May 31st, 2021. Click here for more information and to apply.

Digital Wellbeing Tip of the Week: Apps That Help Limit Screen Time & Block Harmful Sites

Your child's overall health and digital well-being matter to us and we know how challenging it can be to manage your child's use of their personal devise and ensure they are safe and making good choices. Recently, the FHS Continuous Instructional Improvement Team devised a list of apps that may be useful for you to consider as you try to manage your child's screen time and make sure they are making healthy choices. Click the link below to check out some apps that may be useful.


FHS Dance Team Impresses in Owatonna with First Place Finish

The Emeralds competed in Owatonna on Saturday and brought home a 1st place finish in high kick and another 1st place finish in jazz. The JV team had an outstanding performance as well as they finished in 1st place in kick and 2nd place in jazz. The team continues to work hard and improve each day. Way to go, Emeralds!

Falcon Wrestlers Continue to Win, Continue to Improve

The Falcon wrestling team, led by head coach Jesse Armbruster, has started the season with a 15-0 record and are in the hunt for a conference championship and a state berth. This is despite having to navigate many challenging and unpredictable circumstances. Click the link below to read about how they have overcome the obstacles in their way and how they are motivated to get better every day.


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SPORT: Wrestling


COACH: Jesse Armbruster and Jared Simon


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT? I like that it is an individual sport. The amount of hard work you put into wrestling will reflect how well you do out on the mat. You can’t blame others for your losses and thank yourself for the wins.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT FARIBAULT HIGH SCHOOL? I like the great teachers. They help push me and all the other student-athletes to do our best in the classroom and in our after school activities.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DO YOUR BEST? What pushes me is my goal by the end of the season to place top three at sections this year.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? WHY? My role model is my dad because he has always pushes me to be my best on the mat, in the classroom, and to be successful after high school.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL? Something I would tell younger students is to not give up on a goal just because it’s hard. Whether it’s in the classroom or in their sport. If your goal is to be in the top 20% of your class then study as no one has studied before. If it’s to go to state in your sport then push yourself harder and harder every day.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Hobbies of mine, other than wrestling, are playing soccer, fishing, running, and playing video games when I have time.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? After high school, I will be going to Army basic training in July and graduate in late December. I will be back in time to start college in the spring of 2022 at Mankato State University getting a degree in mechanical engineering.

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