Woodrow Wilson HS Newsletter

March/April 2019-20 Newsletter

Woodrow Wilson High School

David Burkman, Principal & EL Director

Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

Ila Hegg, Adm. Asst.

Nicole Weiss, Summer School & EL Adm. Asst.

Woodrow Wilson Mission Statement

Woodrow Wilson High School will provide a student-centered alternative instructional program to allow students to obtain a high school diploma and to learn skills necessary to be productive, responsible citizens.

From Mr. Keal's Desk....

If you are reading this article it means that February is about half over: The cold, dark winter is beginning to recede, days are getting noticeably longer, and students and staff are beginning to think about spring. Some have even begun to count the school days to graduation! It will be here before we know it.

“80% of success is showing up.” ~Woody Allen

Attendance is the #1 indicator of success in school and life – it’s hard to be successful when you aren’t there. Students who attend daily make the most progress towards graduation and their goals. Please encourage your learners to attend class every day; if something is getting in the way of attending please let us know.

There are many opportunities for students between now and then, some of the highlights include:

· Advisory on February 27th. A great opportunity for students and parents to meet with the advisor, track progress on goals, and make plans for what’s next. The advisory program is unique to Woodrow Wilson and a great opportunity to get personalized attention. Please visit with your students and advisor to confirm the scheduled meeting time.

· ACT on March 2: All juniors will get this great opportunity to take the ACT for free! This is a required admission test for all North Dakota Colleges (2 and 4 year) so it is strongly recommended that all eligible students take advantage of this opportunity.

· Spring Break is March 19-22. This is a great opportunity to recharge and even work ahead on some coursework too.

· Summer School registration is open, and some classes are filling up. If your learner is thinking about summer school now is the time to get registered. You can register online or by visiting with an advisor or counselor at Woodrow Wilson.

· We are always looking for student volunteers to help us out. Service opportunities abound for all – just ask your advisor!

We are approaching 15 graduates so far this year – Congratulations to all of them. We expect many more in the coming months.


There will be a “Getting Ready for Graduation” meeting for seniors with Jostens on Feb. 25, from 10:45-11:15 am in Gym 2. This meeting will be a question & answer session regarding order packets for cap, gown, tassel, and other graduation items.

Parents are welcome, but it is not mandatory that they be there.

The deadline for these orders will be March 30, 2020.

Attention Parents/Guardians: Advisory Day & Conferences!!!!

Advisory Day & Conferences February 27th!

Parents are encouraged to attend! Students make a 20 minute appointment with their advisor. No pm classes are scheduled.

AM 1 Class: 8:45-10:05 am Advisory/Conferences: 11:15-6:00 pm

PM Class: 10:05-11:15 am

Summer School for 2020!!!!!

The dates for the 2020 Secondary Summer School Sessions have been set!

· Semester 1: June 3-June 23, 2020

· Semester 2: June 24-July 17, 2020

· July 4th Break: July 2-6, 2020

--Registration will open on Tuesday, January 28, 2020--

Please call the summer school office if you have any questions at 701-446-3210

Please see our attached calendar for the 2019-20 school year ~ See below

Woodrow Wilson Daily Class Schedule ~ See below

ACT National Testing Dates ~ See below

Attendance Information ~ 701-446-2800

Thanks for being responsible and calling in!

Good attendance and being on time (punctuality and reliability) are very important life skills. As part of the advisory program, students can make progress towards advisory credit by having good school attendance.

Please call by 9 a.m. to report a morning absence and by 12:30 p.m. to report an afternoon absence.

Parents (for students under 18) or students over age 18 are expected to call both of their am/pm teachers OR the office prior to an absence.

a. If a parent can’t call an absence on time, the student must call (by 9:00 and/or 12:30) and the parent must call later in the day to verify the absence.

b. On the day of an absence, a morning absence called in after 9:00 a.m. or a p.m. absence called in after 12:30 pm will not be excused (extenuating circumstances will be considered.)

c. Appropriate absences will be excused when called in on time:

a. Illness, funeral, medical or legal appointments, parent request, family vacation or emergency

b. Excessive absences may result in consequences.

Attendance Notification System Woodrow Wilson uses the BlackBoard automated phone call system to report all unexcused absences @ 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Fargo Public Schools Lunch Meal Prices

Grade Level 2019–20 Breakfast & Lunch Meal Price

Secondary Breakfast $1.55

Reduced $0.00 (State pays)

Secondary Lunch $2.70

Reduced Lunch $0.40

At Woodrow Wilson lunches are ordered 1 day in advance from Central Kitchen. If your student would like a hot/cold meal, please have them see the main office to order one for the next school day.

Student Lunch Accounts

You may now pay for your school lunches on line, through School Pay. Following the same procedure by accessing your PowerSchool account & clicking on this icon at the Woodrow website or the FPS website.

Using this program, you can see the dollar amounts you have put into your student’s lunch account as well as how much is used each day, and there are NO transaction fees.

Lunch Assistance Application

The main office has the 2019-20 Lunch Assistance Applications”. Please feel free to stop by and get one.

Immunization Update: 11th & 12th Graders for 2019-20

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is required for students entering eleventh or twelfth grade. This means your 11th and 12th grade student will need proof of two doses of MCV4 before returning to school in the fall.

Ideally, children should receive one dose of MCV4 when they are eleven to twelve years old and a booster dose on or after their sixteenth birthday. Please schedule with your child’s health care provider or your local public health. Please have your child receive this booster prior to the start of the school year. Also, remember to bring in the documentation of the immunization date to the school.

****The student has 30 days from enrollment to update their immunizations or their classes will be on PLACED hold.

Medications at School Policy ~ See below

Fargo Public School Evening Session Calendar ~ See below

Woodrow Way Accolades

Woodrow students who have distinguished achievement are recognized in the WW Accolades program.

Criterion for a student to achieve Woodrow Way Accolades:

  1. Must attend a minimum of 2 WWHS sessions (starting by mid to late February)
  2. Average a minimum of 2 course completions per session
  3. Average a minimum or 3 P/R points for the year
  4. GPA for the year at Woodrow must be at least 2.8
  5. No unresolved ICUs or Woodrow community issues
  6. Complete 24 credit diploma to graduate with Accolades

Graduate must have attended more than 4 sessions at WWHS.

  1. Advisor’s written statement(s) of recommendation

Benefits of Achieving Woodrow Way Accolades:

  1. Accolades Recognition Breakfast for student and family guests in May.
  2. Certificate/Award that represents:

- Quality Attendance

- Commendable Scholarship

- Respectful Character

C. Potential to graduate with Accolades

D. Success and a personal sense of accomplishment

E. Quality material for Job-Scholarship-College Applications

Co-Curricular Activities for WWHS Students

All Woodrow Wilson High School students are welcome to join and participate in their home schools co-curricular programs (sports, music, dances etc…) which exist for the development of skills, attitudes, and self-esteem of students, and are intended to enhance the physical, social, emotional, artistic and intellectual growth of our young people. Parents are encouraged to be positive and supportive in their relationships with advisors and coaches. It is the prerogative of the advisor/coach to manage the activity in such a manner that sound human relationships are encouraged and the regulations of the North Dakota High School Activities Association are met. A team effort by parents, school officials, and the participants is needed.

McKinney-Vento Act

1. Is your current address a temporary living arrangement?

2. Is this temporary living arrangement due to loss of housing or economic hardship?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child(ren) may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.

Please call Jan at 701-446-1013

Woodrow Wilson Staff Directory ~ See below