Falcon Wings Weekly

It's A Great Day To Be A Falcon

Principal's Corner

The Class of 2021 has left its mark. The class includes DELL Scholars, championship athletes, talented artists, DECA leaders, and so many others who we are so proud of. We are proud of our 5 valedictorians and also those students who just missed earning that designation because they took the hardest classes we offer and earned an A- in one of them. We are proud of the students whom school seemed easy for, as well as those who have had to fight hard to overcome major obstacles to graduate. We are proud of our immigrant students who, for some, may be the first in their family to earn a high school diploma. We are proud of those who shined on the athletic fields or the stage as well as those who wanted to avoid the spotlight and are not well known to the community. We are proud of those who are going off to a 4-year college, tech school, the military, or those who are entering the workforce right away.

Every member of the Class of 2021 has taken their own path and left their own legacy. Each will also continue on their own journey after high school. No matter what they do, or how far away they go, they will always be able to call Faribault and Faribault High School home.

Best wishes for a great week. Always Forward.

Jamie Bente


Upcoming Calendar; Important Dates

Wednesday, May 26 - Senior Breakfast (8:00) Graduation Practice (9:00); GraduationTickets Distributed to Students (10:00)

Friday, May 28 - Last Day of School for Seniors; IPad Return for Seniors

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, No School

Sunday, June 6 - Graduation Day

Tuesday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Grades 9-11

The End of an Era: The Last Day For Seniors Is This Friday

The last day for seniors is Friday, May 28. All of us at FHS are so incredibly proud of our seniors and while saying goodbye is always difficult, we are excited to see what the future holds for each and every one of our Falcon graduates.

Any members of the senior class who have not met their graduation requirements should continue to come to school each day until they have met those standards. Any 12th graders who are in jeopardy of not graduating are welcome to come to school until June 8th to ensure they meet all requirements.

All members of the Class of 2021 must turn in their iPad (as well as the cases and charger) when they have completed all academic requirements. For those who are done on May 28, we will collect iPads at school. For all others, please turn the iPad in at the FHS main office before June 8th.

Senior iPad Return This Friday (May 28)

All members of the Class of 2021 must turn in their iPad (as well as the cases and charger) when they have completed all academic requirements. Technology staff will be in the Media Center throughout the day to make the iPad return processes as easy as possible. For those who are done on May 28, we will collect iPads at school. For all others, please turn the iPad in at the FHS main office before June 8th.

This mailer was recently sent home to all senior families explaining what needs to be turned back in and what the process looks like, including specifically what they have checked out in their name.

There is Still Time For Your Child To Get Their Grades Up Before The End Of The Year

  • Go to the parent portal to see what your child's grades are. If you don't have portal access, send an email to portalhelp@faribault.k12.mn.us and request access to your child's information.
  • Contact your child's teachers for more information about what your child can do to improve their grades. Here is a link to the FHS staff directory.
  • Students can come in before school (7:30) or stay after school (until 4:00) to get extra help from teachers or support staff.
  • Have your child come to school on Wednesdays to work in a quiet spot or get 1:1 support.
  • Encourage your child to complete/submit missing work and/or retake tests they did not perform well on.
  • Contact the FHS main office if you are concerned about their child's grades or attendance at 507-333-6100. You can speak with a counselor or administrator who can connect you and your child to helpful resources.

Tornado Warnings Interrupt Senior Awards Night

The FHS Class of 2021 has endured (and overcome) so much adversity this past school year. We were extremely excited to honor them for their achievements and growth during last week's Senior Awards Night. But Mother Nature shut us down. Last Wednesday's tornado warning interrupted the program and sent all students, staff, and families to safe shelters within Faribault High School. The irony was obvious as our seniors had to deal with one more disappointment and setback. We know, however, that they will persevere and overcome - just like they have done all year.
Faribault High School Spring Choir Concert May 17, 2021

Masks Continue to Be Required For Students When Indoors

Governor Walz recently announced an end to the statewide mask requirement. This announcement follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask.

Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors. Only a small percentage of our student body is vaccinated and eligibility for 12 to 15 year-olds was just announced this week. As a result, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face-covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus.

Rice County Public Health to Offer Vaccination Clinic for Anyone 12 Years Old and Older on May 26

The Clinic will be on Wednesday, May 26th, from 3:15 PM to 5:45 PM at the Rice County Government Services Building. Openings are currently available. Please enter on the south side of the building.

This is a great opportunity for parents to get their 12 through 17 years olds vaccinated, if they haven’t been vaccinated already, in addition to any adults who haven’t already been vaccinated.

Adolescents under 18 years old who attend MUST have parent/guardian consent via pre-registration. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the vaccination clinic with their student.

The vaccine is free. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged however, walk-in appointments will be available.

Online registration to make an appointment and give consent is on the Rice County Public Health website at https://www.co.rice.mn.us/528/COVID-19-VACCINE-INFORMATION

If you have problems registering online, please call Rice County Public Health at 507-332-5910, 507-332-5922, 507-332-5928, or 507-332-5966 and staff with help you register. Now is the time to get adolescents vaccinated who are 12 years and older and it is also time for others to “Roll Up Their Sleeve” and get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so!

Does Your Child Want to Make A DIfference? Encourage Them To Become a Big Brother or Big Sister

High School Bigs - Luke & Blake
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Seniors Can Pick Up Yard Signs at FHS Main Office During All School Hours

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month; Message of the Week - CREATE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

The environment around us can have a major impact on our mental

and physical well-being. The world around us can influence our mood, energy, and stress levels.

Improve your personal environment

Your home and work environment can influence your mood and motivation and create or reduce stress. Creating a comfortable and healing environment that works for you can help you feel energized and calm. Consider reducing clutter and visual noise, improving lighting conditions, adding plants or other glimpses of nature, and reducing background noise. Take a moment to connect with your home environment, and create a space that works for you.

Nature heals

Nature can have a positive impact on our well-being. Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress, and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes us feel better emotionally, it also improves our physical well-being by reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

Take some time this week to get outside. Concentrate on the scene around you. Even a quick step outside can feel rejuvenating and help balance our moods. Consider taking a short walk around your neighborhood, driving along a scenic route, or even grabbing a quick moment in an outdoor space near you. If going outside is not an option, try to bring nature indoors. Houseplants, aquariums, or even posters of nature scenes can all help bring an element of nature into your home.

Check out these websites for ideas on how to get out and enjoy Minnesota outdoors:

10 Nature Activities to Help Get your Family Through COVID, Children and Nature.

Recreation activities in every season, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

FHS Student Art on Display at Paradise Center For Arts; Gallery opens May 21

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Seniors Eligible for FREE College Credit; Bilingual Seal

FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS: Is your child fluent in a language other than English? Would you like them to get a year or two of college credit in just 3 hours for free? On June 2, FHS is offering the Bilingual Seal test for 12th graders to show proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Arabic, or other languages. Sign up with this Google Form by Friday, May 21. Please contact Ms. Barb Sorum at bsorum@faribault.k12.mn.us for more information.
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SPORT: Girls' Golf


COACH: Scott Morrissey


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT? What I like most about playing golf is that it challenges me every day. The game is a mental sport and you have to remember not every shot you hit will be perfect, but you have to keep your head held high and not give up on yourself as you will have your good and bad days.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT FARIBAULT HIGH SCHOOL? What I like most about Faribault High School is being able to form close relationships with my teachers. We are lucky to have such an extraordinary building full of people who care about each and every one of us.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DO YOUR BEST? What motivates me to do my best is surrounding myself with people who push me to do better. It’s important for me to stay positive and remember that if I choose to put in the hard work effort I will succeed and be satisfied with myself.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? WHY? My role model would be my brother TJ. He is someone I look up to every day. He has set many examples for me on how important it is to not only push yourself to do your best but to not quit no matter how hard things can get. I admire his academic focus and how he is always challenging himself in all aspects of his life.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL? Some advice I would give to younger students is to not be afraid to try something new because you will regret it if you don’t! Just remember that no one is perfect and you can only do the best that you can do, don’t give up on yourself and just have some fun while you still can!

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? My hobbies include golfing, playing basketball, and traveling.


After High School I am attending The University of Minnesota Duluth and majoring in psychology.

LiveMore ScreenLess Tip of the Week: Empathy For Your Child's Need to Connect Digitally

Dear Parents,

We are LiveMore ScreenLess, an organization promoting balanced, responsible and intentional use of technology and a community partner of FPS. We recently participated in a webinar “Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health” by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Several times the African proverb “It takes a village” was mentioned to support the digital wellbeing of young people. We agree! It is our goal to ensure the whole school and whole community is working to support the whole child! As an FPS community partner, we continue to weave our digital wellbeing strategies into the fabric of the community.

LiveMore's parent framework consists of four pillars: Listen, Limit, Lead, and Love. The FOSI webinar, made up of psychologists, researchers, and social workers, reinforced our framework by emphasizing ongoing and age-appropriate conversations with your child are essential to healthy digital wellbeing habits.

Here are a couple sentence starters you can use to show you are empathetic to your teen's need to connect with their friends through devices while you are also looking out for their wellbeing:

"I acknowledge the use of screens can impact your wellbeing: therefore, …

· I want to help you create wellbeing as a priority.

· I want to know how you are feeling, sleeping, moving your body, and connecting with others so I can keep you healthy.

· I am here to listen to you, and I love you."

Parenting has always been the most important job, one of the hardest jobs, and certainly, one of the most rewarding. In a year of a pandemic and all you have managed, the challenges have been greater than great! We want to encourage you that you are enough. Continue to lead with love and offer yourself grace as you embark on conversations to ensure your child’s wellbeing is not compromised by their devices.


KK Myers and Maree Hampton

LiveMore ScreenLess

Do You Shop On Amazon? Do You Want to Support Our Schools? Use Amazon Smile To Do Both!

The Faribault Area Public School Trust Association (FAPSETA), the Faribault Falcon Scholarship Fund, and the Falcon Educational Enrichment Program (FEEP) provide a source of funds to assist in meeting the ongoing educational goals of Faribault Public Schools students. Since 1986, the Faribault Falcon Scholarship Fund has awarded over $1.2 million to Faribault students. You can learn more about FAPSETA and how you can contribute here.

The Falcon Educational Enrichment Program (FEEP) is a subsidiary of FAPSETA. FEEP’s mission is to secure financial support for specific classrooms and learning opportunities that are beyond regular classroom support. Since 2019, FEEP has funded over $20,000 in grants that have enriched the educational experience for our students. They have funded grants that have supported projects focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), literacy, robotics, and cultural awareness.

You can support these projects with every Amazon purchase you make. All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com, sign in, and select Faribault Area Public Schools Educational Trust Association as your charitable organization. For all future Amazon orders, go to the URL smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to FAPSETA.

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Food Service Update

The final day for 7-day meal packs will be Wednesday, May 26. Lunches will be available for pick-up daily through the end of the school year at Jefferson Elementary.

Summer Meal Information: June 14-Aug 19

STEAM programming at Jefferson Elementary and FMS will have breakfast and lunch available. Meals will be handed out at Jefferson Elementary, Monday through Thursday from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Each meal handed out will include a breakfast and a lunch. Meals handed out on Thursdays will include two breakfasts and lunches, meant to be eaten on Fridays. These meals are free for anyone 18 and under.

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