Spartan Spotlight

November 2020

Hello Spartan Families,

The calendar is turning to November and the weather is turning towards winter. The calendar indicates we have completed half of the first semester of our 2020-2021 school year. The weather indicates we have completed our chances of any more summer temperatures. Yes, it has been an interesting beginning of the school year.

On a positive note we had activities available for our students and fans. Well, most of the time. We won an EDC championship in girl’s cross country and our soccer team broke through with four victories. I think we were all just happy to get activities back. We don’t know what to expect going forward, but we know it will be challenging.

Academically we are now on our third schedule. We have students in a virtual academy and other students in a variety of hybrids of face to face and distance learning. Thank you, COVID 19.

What will the remainder of the year look like? I wish we had the answer. I do know we will continue to look for what will work best for students and staff. We will continue to create a safe learning environment to support our strong academic history. There have been some victories and there have been some bumps in the road. Let’s all work together and keep looking forward.


Mark Blanshan

Assistant Principal

EDC Champions

The North High School Girls' Cross Country team won the Eastern Conference Division (EDC) Championship. The event was held at Lincoln Park in Grand Forks on Saturday, October 10. This is the first time the team has taken first place in the EDC Championship.
Picture Girls' Cross Country Team
Students pictured left to right: Isabelle Puhl, Anna Lien, Grace Dorsher, Leah Hoffman, Elle Sondag, Grace Thiel and Samantha Throgstad

Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Aaron Walker for being named the Eastern Conference Division (EDC) Coach of the Year in Girls' Cross Country. Walker has been the Spartans head coach for 17 years.

Tennis All Conference Player

Congratulations to Jaron Dufault! He was selected as a Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) Boys' Tennis All Conference Player. Jaron was chosen through a voting process by EDC Boys' Tennis coaches.

Soccer All Conference Player

Congratulations to Drew Nelson! He was selected as a Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) Boys' Soccer All Conference Player. He was chosen through a voting process by EDC Boys' Soccer coaches.

Spartan Student Activities

Spartan home varsity athletic contests will be live-streamed (when possible) through the North High School Student Activities YouTube account.

#1 High School

Fargo Public Schools is honored to announce that US News & World Report has selected Fargo North High School as the BEST HIGH SCHOOL in North Dakota by U.S. News and World Report. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Click here for full details.

Tree Planting Ceremony

Fargo North High held a tree planting ceremony to memorialize the life of a longtime and beloved math teacher, Rod Capistran. Mr. Capistran died in April 2020 after suffering a medical emergency while teaching a virtual class. This Autumn Blaze Maple is now planted near the staff parking lot as a reminder of the tremendous impact Mr. Capistran had on his students and fellow faculty members. It also sits outside Mr. Capistran's old classroom window. Watch the video to see highlights of the ceremony.

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.


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.

November Schedule

November Schedule

Daily Period Schedule

Daily Period Schedule

Distance Learning Schedule

Students will use this schedule on tan colored days and meet with teachers via zoom.
Hybrid Distance Learning Day Bell Schedule

Shuttle Bus Schedule

Shuttle bus schedule


Attention all graduating seniors! There will be a senior class meeting on Wednesday, November 18 for Group 1 students and Thursday, November 19 for Group 2 students in the theater during period 3. Jostens will be here to distribute packets to the senior class for ordering your graduation cap and gown. The packets will also include order information for graduation announcements and specialty items. Jostens will be set up in the commons the following week before Thanksgiving to collect the orders.

Senior Transition Webinar

The North High Counseling and Career Center will be hosting a senior transition webinar on Friday, November 20 at 1:00 pm for FNH seniors and their parents/guardians. During this webinar, the counselors and career advisor will be sharing important information about pathways after high school, transcripts, scholarships, and more. Additionally, ACT scores will be reviewed, so be sure to locate your score report from the March 2020 state mandated test. ACT scores can also be found on eTranscripts. Students can access the eTranscripts information through PowerSchool.

Please join us , November 20 at 1:00 pm by visiting

Poster ND Scholars Program


Parents/guardians and students can request to meet with a school counselor annually to review, discuss, and revise four-year academic plans for graduation. Families can call the North High counseling office, 446-2412, for an appointment, or students can come to the counseling office to set up a time. FPS school counselors visit classrooms several times during grades 8-12, to develop and revise academic plans. Each year at FNH, students update their 4-year plan during course registration in February.

The first visit occurs during the spring of 8th grade, when all students create their first high school four-year academic plan in the computer program called RUReadyND. After that, students are encouraged to maintain and update the data in their plans.

In February, at registration class visits, students in grades 9-11 are given the resources to count credits, rework their academic plans and establish course work for the following year. During this class visit, students meet individually with their counselors.

One final credit count and review of the academic plan is completed in the fall of 12th grade. All seniors fill out a Graduation Application document with their counselors. This document is a final academic plan, detailing how all credits will be completed before graduation in the spring. Parents/guardians and students receive copies of the form, and the original copy is held by each student’s counselor for school reference.

Whenever a student or parent/guardian initiates an inquiry about credits earned, graduation status, or course selection, counselors are eager to discuss academic planning options.


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 or more per test. 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. More information regarding the test dates will be available soon. Students will also need to meet additional requirements in order to qualify for this scholarship. Students should stop by the Counseling Center with any questions.


On March 2, 2021, all juniors in the state of ND will be taking the ACT Plus Writing or the WorkKeys assessment. All juniors will automatically be registered for the ACT Plus Writing. Students wishing to take the WorkKeys instead must inform the counseling center by Tuesday, November 24. Information is provided below to help students decide which test to take.

In addition, counselors or principals are available to answer questions about testing. You may call the counseling center at 446-2412 or the main office at 446-2400. If your student has a case manager, it is recommended you and your student consult with them, as some students may receive accommodations or be exempt from the assessments.

Helpful Information:

· The ACT is accepted as an admissions test for almost all colleges and universities. The state mandated ACT will include the writing portion. Additional information about the ACT Plus Writing is available at

· The WorkKeys assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate career readiness in the areas of Reading for Information, Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Students who score well may also be eligible for a National Career Readiness Certificate. Additional information about the WorkKeys is available at

· Test scores will become part of the student’s official high school transcript.

· Test scores on the ACT or WorkKeys may fulfill one requirement of the ND Academic or ND Career and Technical Education Scholarship. For information on the scholarship requirements, please visit According to ACT, the difficulty of obtaining scholarship qualifying scores is approximately the same for either test.

· North High recommends college bound students to take the ACT test and employment bound students to take the WorkKeys.

AP Testing Registration

Students currently enrolled in AP courses who plan to take their AP exam(s) next spring must do the following:

Register without a late fee by Friday, November 6th at 10:59 p.m. ($100/ AP exam)

Final registration with a late fee: Thursday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m. ($20 late fee/ AP exam in addition to $100/ AP exam)

There are two components to registering for the AP exam(s):

  • Step one: Students log into their MY AP College Board account and verify that they will be taking the test. (The default has “yes” selected; students must change to “no” if not planning to test)

Please see Kate Evenson, School Counselor and North High AP Testing Coordinator, if you have any questions.


The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by most 4-year colleges. Students should check with the specific school they plan to apply to for the test needed. These tests are generally taken during the latter part of a student’s junior year and during their senior year. Register on the websites for the tests at: &

North High is offering the ACT to Fargo Public Schools students on Saturday, December 12. Students should stop in the Counseling and Career Center to get a special code to register. Registration deadline is November 20th at 3:30 pm.


North High School Code: 350-568

SAT Fee $52.00 SAT with Essay $68.00

Change Fee: $30.00

Late Registration Fee: $30.00

ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar

Attention all students planning to take an ACT this year. Learn how to prepare for the ACT by attending the Doorway to College “ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar” being held virtually. Register for the seminar at Cost is $95.

Upward Bound poster


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

First Practice Schedules

  • Nov 9 Boys Hockey – 4:30 p.m. outside of SpartanDome ice sessions will follow at 5:45 p.m. at the Fargo Coliseum. Coach: Tyler Klein 701-793-6469

  • Nov 9 Girls Hockey – 4:00 p.m. at Fargo Coliseum. Coach: Parker Metz – 701-412-6489

  • Nov 9 Wrestling - 4:00 p.m. Wrestling Room. Parent/Athlete Meeting Thursday, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Spartan Dome. Coach: Bret Maughan - 701-446-2558

  • Nov 16 Gymnastics - 4:30-7:30 p.m. American Gold. Parent Meeting TBD. Coach: Krystin Filip - 701-799-7573

  • Nov 23 GBB - Tryouts: November 23rd – 25th Parent Meeting: November 2nd 7:30 – 8:30 pm North High Theater *Due to gathering restrictions, only 1 parent per player is allowed. Players will not attend. Coach: Brian Kaluza - 446-2498

  • Nov 30 Boys Swimming/Diving - 4:00 p.m. North Pool For students grade 7-12 Coach: Richard Fisher - 446-2459

Boys' Basketball

The Fargo North boys’ basketball season is soon to be underway. Tryouts will begin the week of Monday, November 23. There will be four teams which consist of two 9th grade teams, one C-team, one Junior Varsity team, and one Varsity team. All players must be officially registered in order to participate and take part in the tryout process. The Boys’ basketball program has an official website located at

This website indicates important days, dates, and times which also includes a checklist of items that must be completed before Monday, November 23rd. An official parent meeting will be conducted once teams are selected and established. If any further questions before that time, please contact Coach Ted Critchley at

Physical & Concussion Forms

Prior to participating in NDHSAA sanctioned athletic activities (including practice), the student must have on file with the school a current NDHSAA approved physical and concussion form. Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted during the 2020-21 school year upon submission of a parent and athlete signed waiver (previously known as Form B). Students who did not have a Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2019-20 school year must complete a Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2020-21 school year. The NDHSAA recently approved a new physical form for use beginning April 15, 2020. The new physical forms are available for download from the NDHSAA website.

When you completed your student’s online registration there was a question asking if your student is participating in a sport. If yes, you were directed to the required online concussion and HIPPA forms to sign electronically.

Paper copies will not be accepted.

Co-Curricular Meetings

All students planning to participate in any co-curricular activity (i.e. Athletics, Music, Drama, Speech, Debate, Student Congress, DECA, FBLA, Skills USA, etc.) and their parent/guardian should refer to and complete their co-curricular meeting online.

This meeting can be viewed online via the registration forms in each parent’s PowerSchool account. When you registered your student you were directed to view the online co-curricular meeting at that time.

If students/parents have any questions they should refer to the Student Activitiy Handbook, Student Activities Website or contact their building Activity Coordinator.

Fee Waivers

If a student is unable to participate in an activity requiring a fee, waivers or other resources are often available to assist. The typical guideline used for eligibility is qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Students are encouraged to visit with their counselor if they may qualify or need any assistance.


Students have been assigned lockers. The lockers have been assigned randomly to keep students more socially distant. Students should only use their lockers at the beginning and end of the day. Students are still allowed to bring backpacks to classes.

Visitors to North High

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


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.

· The Fargo Public Schools will supply one cloth mask for each student.

· Students/parents are asked to supply one additional cloth mask.

High School Meals

The days that students are not attending class in the building, meals are provided to all students at no charge. No student ID’s needed. Students should stop by door #28 (by the bus loop) after school to pick a meal up. If students are leaving early stop by the kitchen, the kitchen staff will have them ready for pick up!

Virtual Academy students who wish to receive meals are still required to fill out forms for Grab and Go Meals. These meals will be picked up at door #8 (North side on 19th Ave)

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 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 the low price of $50 until December 1, 2020. After that date the cost for a yearbook will increase to $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.

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.

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.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Services

McKinney-Vento Homeless Services Poster

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.

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.

Monday - Thursday

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

3:50 - 4:30 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.

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 Jason Abel, SRO - 446-2631


Lori Thomas, School Nurse - 446-2486


J.D. Darling - 446-2447

Jordan Wolf - 446-2447


Tammie Schaffer - 446-2517


  • November 11 - Veteran’s Day - No School
  • November 20 - Senior Transition Meeting
  • November 25 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • November 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • December 24 - January 3 - Winter Holiday Break - No School
  • January 4 - Classes Resume

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