The Falcon's Nest

#TogetherWeFly Update for Armstrong High School 11/13

Hello Armstrong Community,


I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well! This past week we took time at Armstrong High School to thank our veterans and honor our staff who are still active or retired.

Mr. Archibald Social Studies, Mr. Perkins, Tech ED, Mr. Hakes, Science, and Mr. Ehlert, Educational Assistant, we thank you for your sacrifice to our country and we are honored to work beside all of you!


We hope that your student had a successful first quarter and below you can view how to access their report card. Students, now is a great time to refocus your efforts and engagement in your classrooms and reachout to our great counselors who can assist you. There are supports available for all students to access.


Stay Healthy and GO FALCONS!


Mr. Norby

Conferences

It is time to Check your Quarter 1 Grades!

Here is a how to video to help you access quarter 1 grades
Report Card Access
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Academic Dishonesty

At Armstrong High School, we are dedicated to developing our students to have a strong moral compass and making sure respect for self, and others as well as integrity is the main focus. We want our students to have integrity in all areas of their lives, including academic integrity. Our plan is to partner with our students and support good decisions regarding academic integrity. We look at academic integrity issues as a teaching point in our students' lives. We would like to partner with our parents and guardians as your role is vital if you find your student in this situation. We are here to support and promote good decisions regarding academic integrity. Below you will find a few common reasons students have issues with academic integrity: 1. Desire to get a good grade 2. Fear of failing or grade pressure 3. Procrastination or poor time management 4. Disinterest in the assignment 5. Belief they will not get caught 6. Lack of confidence in themselves. We do want to remind our students and parents that at Armstrong we have great counselors and support staff available to help students with educational planning, personal and social growth, career planning and decision making. Armstrong Counseling
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Student Support During Distance Learning Plus

Student supports are available at AHS, including In Person Support. Students identified as needing support are being invited in to work with a teacher or support staff. Parents who feel their child would benefit from extra supports and who have not received an invitation, should contact their child's teacher or counselor to discuss student support options. Not all interventions or support involve in person support and may include one to one google meets. Intervention/Support times on Falcon Focus Days are either 8-10am or 12-2pm. Transportation is available. Support Center Link

Armstrong Activities/ Athletics Update

9th Grade Parent Advisory Event

Join the BARR coordinators for our first small group dialogue this year! We are hosting a session focusing on 9th graders and distance learning. We are curious to learn from you how students are feeling. How is your student's engagement with virtual classes? How is their work completion compared to previous years? We will be reporting out what we have learned from our 9th grade core teachers and offering suggestions as to how you might support your student as we continue with the distance learning model. Link to Sign up

Armstrong and Cooper Student Council Food Drive

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National Society Update

Despite Distance Learning and COVID challenges, Armstrong National Honor Society has been busy helping our community this fall. Students helped with the Fall Girls Basketball tournament at Armstrong in Sept/Oct. For 3 weekends in Oct & Nov, NHS also helped the City of Plymouth with the Buckthorn Bust program. 21 students helped dig out the invasive Buckthorn from Maple Creek Park. And for Veteran's Day, NHS students made 246 handmade cards that were distributed with the Veteran's Day breakfast and gift bags in the City of Plymouth!! And there already are plans for more safe volunteer activities over the next few months. So proud of these students' volunteer efforts during these challenging times
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Start Planning for PSEO (Post Secondary Option)!

10th Grade

10th grade students are limited to 1 PSEO class in the spring semester. It must be in the area of career and technical education (CTE). Classes students have taken in the past include: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Engineering and Design, Intro to Early Childhood Education, and Personal and Community Health. These usually replace an elective in a student's Armstrong schedule.


11th & 12th Grade

If you did not participate in the PSEO program Fall semester students are able to apply for PSEO Spring semester at most institutions except for the University of Minnesota. Final deadline is Dec. 1st.


If you did participate in the PSEO program Fall semester and wish to continue into Spring semester double check with your college to see if you need to submit a new 3-part state form (Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Notice of Student Registration form). Students must also submit their Spring semester classes to your grade level counselor so we can make sure you are taking the appropriate classes and credits.


For new and continuing PSEO students please reach out to your grade level counselor for questions.


10th grade, Melinda Vogel - Melinda_Vogel@rdale.org

11th grade, Arianna Crosby - Arianna_Crosby@rdale.org

12th grade, Marilou Exner - Marilou_Exner@rdale.org

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COVID-Testing Resources for Families

~Test at Home Resources: Some residents of certain MN counties can now get free tests at home.


~Community Saliva Testing Resources


~Covid-19 Testing Resources MDH

COVID-19 Reminders and Updates:


  • All families must use the self-screening tool before sending their students to school or school activities each day.

  • The threshold for sending students home due to illness this school year is lower than usual. Make a plan with family or friends regarding how your student will get home from school if they develop symptoms of illness during the school day. Students without vehicles at school will need to be picked up promptly and will remain in an illness isolation room until picked up.

  • Please check your contact information in Infinite Campus and make sure it is up to date. For any changes, contact 763-504-8808.

  • If a student or staff is identified by the Minnesota Department of Health as a close contact of someone with lab-confirmed COVID-19 while at an AHS activity, they will receive notification from the school and explanation of next steps.

  • If a student or staff is NOT identified as a close contact, but is in an AHS activity group or a classroom with someone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19, they will receive general notification that there was a case of COVID-19 reported in their activity group or classroom.

Attendance line: 763-504-8810

Assistant Principal/AHS COVID-19 Coordinator: Robert Ware, 763-504-8802

School Nurse/AHS COVID-19 Coordinator: Anna Hjerpe, 763-504-8809


More information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/attendance.pdf
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Upcoming Events

November 25-27 No School

December 11 Mid Quarter (Quarter 2)

December 21-Jan 1 No School


Conference Dates for the rest of the school year

November 23rd

February 18th

March 4th

April 22nd

Learn more about the Armstrong Parent Association!

Check out the APA Website to learn more about what events the APA has coming up and how you can help!

Armstrong High School

School Hours 7:20 a.m.-2:10 p.m.

Attendance Line 763.504.8810