Falcon Wings Weekly
It's a Great Day to Be a Falcon!
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
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.
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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.
11th Grade Students Prepare to Take ACT/Accuplacer Exams in Spring 2021
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 (email@example.com) or Juanita Picazo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FHS Offers ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test For Any Student Interested in Joining the Military
Wetzel & Gehrke Qualify for Future Farmers of America State Convention
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
Support the Faribault Booster Club and Enjoy a Tasty Meal on Thursday, Feb 18
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
FHS Dance Team Impresses in Owatonna with First Place Finish
Falcon Wrestlers Continue to Win, Continue to Improve
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Tyler Boyd
COACH: Jesse Armbruster and Jared Simon
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATTENDED: North Branch, MN
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.