FHS Newsletter

April 2020

Update From Principal: Patty Hand

Fridley students and families:


First, I hope that your first week of distance learning has gone well for you. We understand that this is a challenging time in education and we must be patient as we move through the next four weeks. As of now, our expected date back to school is May 5th. During this time of distance learning, I would like to provide our students with a few tips to aid in their success, as well as share information regarding future events. Please read this email to its entirety.


Find Routine: If possible, try to create a schedule for your learning. As you have experienced, you will receive your assignments every day by 10am. Create a routine throughout the day that will help you remain focused on your studies.


Ask Your Teachers Questions: If you have questions regarding the curriculum, please reach out to your teachers. They want to support you in your learning!


Digital Citizenship: Distance learning relies on on-line learning functions. Please make sure that you are being appropriate within Google Classroom. This means following teacher expectations of courtesy and respect within the on-line classroom.

Because of so many uncertainties, we have to make changes and adjustments to upcoming events and school procedures that have and will be affected by the COVID 19 outbreak.


  • Spring activity fee reimbursements: Please check your email if you were registered for a spring sport or activity. Spring coaches are creating a Google Classroom for each Spring sport and will be contacting members within the next week.


  • Prom: As the 2020 Fridley Prom was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, this date is within the school closure period as directed by Governor Walz. Therefore, we have postponed Prom and are working on the possibility of rescheduling, provided that all social distancing restrictions have been lifted and large crowds are allowed.


  • There will be no school this Thursday or Friday, April 9th, and 10th. Please ensure you are up to date on your academic work through distance learning.


  • Grading: We understand that the change to distance learning is causing a lot of questions; one of them focusing on how online work will be graded. We will continue to report grades on an A-F scale at the end of semester 2, using our 0-8 IB grading. Most schools are continuing to grade the same way. Continue to put your best effort into your work and communicate with your teachers as needed.


Again, this is a challenging time. As much as possible, we would like to normalize the final few months of the school year. Unfortunately, with social distancing and health restrictions set in place, we have to make adjustments. Please be safe and enjoy the time with your loved ones. We at Fridley miss you very much and look forward to your return to school.


Thank you for your understanding, Go Tigers!


Patty Hand

Principal

Distance Learning Link

Welcome to FHS E-Learning Site. Try to choose a variety of 6 activities per day from either Choice Board below for the week of March 16-27. Your Google Classrooms will be updated for specific course information starting March 30.

Distance Learning: Week One
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Student Council News: Quarantine Spirit Week

Fridley Student Council is excited to present a Quarantine Spirit Week next week! We also have some other fun events planned for later in the month. We will be posting all the students and staff that send pictures to the Student Council Snapchat (fridleystudco). Feel free to follow and they have been instructed to not follow anyone back J

You can send your selfies to the Student Council snapchat (fridleystudco) and we will post them in the story for the day. If you do not have Snapchat but would still like students to see your school spirit, then email your pics to burian@isd14.org.

Monday 4/13 – Comfy Quarantine Day

Tuesday 4/14 – Sports Day

Wednesday 4/15 – Hat Day

Thursday 4/16 – Class Color Day (Freshmen Green, Sophomores Blue, Juniors Red, Seniors Black, and Staff Navy)

Friday 4/17 – Spirit Day (Black & Gold/Tiger Gear!)

Thanks in advance for participating!

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Nutritional Services Update

Nutritional Services is providing meals at no charge to any children age 18 and under. All children are eligible to receive the free breakfast and lunch meals. Breakfast and lunch options will vary daily, but some of your favorites are being served including banana bread, yogurt parfaits, meat & cheese bento boxes and daily salad options. Meals can be picked up at Fridley High School or Hayes Elementary School from 11-1 Monday-Friday. We are also delivering meals to 9 different bus stops locations throughout the district from 11:00-12:20 pm. Please click on the link to see the bus stop locations. The Paras and Nutritional Services staff would love to see our students at the meal distribution sites. Please note that when you are picking up meals, please maintain that 6 feet of social distancing, refrigerate any perishable items that you are not eating right away, and wash your hands when you get home before you sit down to eat.

If your family has experienced a recent jo lay off or change in income, families can still apply for free/reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year. Families can apply online at https://fpsnutrition.com/ or print off a meal application from the Nutritional Services page of the Fridley Schools District website. If you have questions regarding the meal application please contact Kathy Backstrom at Kathy.backstrom@fridley.k12.mn.us or by calling 763-502-5021.

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Student Support Services : Updates

Class of 2020:

Class of 2020: vfagjkz Hello FHS Students. Just a reminder to continue to check Google Classroom for updates from the Student Support Services office. As always, please feel free to reach out to your academic dean with questions you have.

Class of 2021:

Class of 2021: j7xo7g6 Hello FHS Students. Just a reminder to continue to check Google Classroom for updates from the Student Support Services office. As always, please feel free to reach out to your academic dean with questions you have.

Class of 2022:

Class of 2022: dykenez Hello FHS Students. Just a reminder to continue to check Google Classroom for updates from the Student Support Services office. As always, please feel free to reach out to your academic dean with questions you have.

Class of 2023

Class of 2023: jfpofgp Hello FHS Students. Just a reminder to continue to check Google Classroom for updates from the Student Support Services office. As always, please feel free to reach out to your academic dean with questions you have.

IB EXAMS

UPDATE: May 2020 IB Exams have been cancelled worldwide, and families should refer to Jessica Baker's Smore newsletter email for updates and FAQs.

ACT

The Student Support Service office would like to offer the most recent update on the ACT College Entrance Exam. We know many of you had been preparing to take the exam on Tuesday, April 7th during the school day. We are sorry to report that a testing day during the school day will not take place this school year, even if we are back in session during the month of May.

MCA Testing

MCAs for the 2019-2020 school year have been cancelled.

Special Education Team

The Special Education team has work hard this week to create Individual Distance Learning Plans for each student. These plans will allow each student to continue to learn and grow through the online content. In Life Prep classes students have had weekly hangouts together and have stayed connected using Padlet! We are excited for this new adventure and journey into distance learning!

iBelong and Culturally Responsive Teaching

iBelong stands for “Respectful, Responsible, Real”. We often encourage students to be comfortable with who they are and how they want to learn but then contradict ourselves by not involving them in creating rules and standards that ever-present in our school. Our students follow "appropriate" school culture behaviors all day and every day oftentimes without any choice. This is why the validation and affirmation part of CLR is critical. By validating and affirming our students cultural and linguistic behaviors, we create a necessary balance for them, given the type of appropriations they will have to make to have success. Fridley teachers believe that validating and affirming our students is a given in schools, not an anomaly. So instead of debating who and what culture can do what and when, a CLR teacher asks us to reframe our thinking and ask how all students can be “real” in our school setting and truly belong.

Standards Based Grading

In a SBG classroom, practice work is to be designed by the teachers as opportunities for their students to practice and improve upon the skills being taught in the course. The role of the teacher is to make the practice work meaningful and challenging for the students. In turn, it is the role of the students to put forth their best effort on the practice work in order to improve their overall performance in the course.

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Prom Update:

As the 2020 Fridley Prom was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, this date is within the school closure period as directed by Governor Walz. Therefore, we have postponed Prom and are working on the possibility of rescheduling, provided that all social distancing restrictions have been lifted and large crowds are allowed.

Scholastic Acheivement Banquet & Graduation Update:

  • The statewide school closures and required social distancing have resulted in the cancellation of many public and large gathering events. From day to day, we do not know the actions that we will be required to take individually and as a community in the ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are continuing to monitor this situation especially as it may impact this year's Scholastic Achievement Banquet and our seniors Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony. These are very important events for students and their families and for our staff as well. We will continue to communicate with you and share any new updates as we receive them. Please be assured that we hope for the best and will do all that we can to review and find alternatives should schools remain closed for the rest of the school year.

SENIOR NEWS - Google Form

Hey Seniors Parents-

Have you completed the google form to see all the Senior updates for graduation? Click here to complete the form and reserve your tickets for graduation! New venue, Request Tickets (seats are limited), Request Transportation, and more! All seniors must complete this form.


** Please Note Diplomas have been ordered. If this form was not completed, Diploma will read First and Last name as listed in Campus.