Dakota H.S. ~ Meadowlark News

April/May 2021-22

Dakota High School Mission Statement

Dakota 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.

Dakota High School

David Burkman, Principal & EL Director

Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

Ila Hegg, Adm. Asst.

Arati Heath, Summer School & EL Adm. Asst.

Dakota High School ~ A Choice School

by Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

North Dakota is enduring yet another winter storm as I write this. Which has me thinking about the strength that we all gain from living in this challenging climate. Dakota High School students have endured a lot in the past two years: weather, pandemics, changes to normal routines, and lots of stress. Yet there is a lot to celebrate! Dakota High School students have completed over 500 courses so far this year, and we have over 26 graduates so far, with many more to come in the next month. All of you are invited to attend the inaugural Dakota High School graduation on May 27th at 7 PM. It will be held in the parking lot (weather permitting) – I’ve been told we have the best graduation ceremony in all of North Dakota; we intend to keep that place of honor for our graduates.

The staff of Dakota High School thank everyone for their patience this year – we have all overcome many challenges and become better through them. Congratulations to the class of 2022!


Community Resources for Counseling

School counselors and staff are available during the school day to assist students. After hours and during weekends and holiday breaks, families need to utilize community supports. If you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone else, please contact the following resources:

FirstLink: Dial 2-1-1

(24/7 hour help line for community resources and emotional support)

Suicide Lifeline (answered locally): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Red River Regional Dispatch: 701-451-7660

If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1

What is "Choice Ready"?

You may have been hearing the term Choice ready around Dakota High School this Year. What is choice ready? The North Dakota definition of Choice Ready is:

The North Dakota CHOICE READY framework is a tool to assist educators to ensure all students successfully depart high school possessing the ESSENTIAL SKILLS necessary to be ready for life. The journey begins by ensuring students leave having the ESSENTIAL SKILLS to be successful for whichever path they choose. Students shall then strive to be POST-SECONDARY READY, WORFORCE READY, and/or MILITARY READY.

Now the fun part, Dakota is embracing choice ready. This Spring Dakota High School is planning five trips around the community to explore post-secondary opportunities for our students. Starting with April 27th The Salon Professional Academy, Minnesota State community and Technical College on May 2nd, Lynnes Welding Training May 3rd . As well as Campus visits to North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton ND and North Dakota State University Fargo. We also encourage our students to inquire about other opportunities in our community and we will work to set up site visits for the school.

2022 Graduation Information

The ceremony will be held in the main lot of the Agassiz Building. If there is inclement weather we will move into the building and hold in our Gym 2. You may bring any number of guests you choose.

Graduation Details

May 27th at 7:pm

Main Lot (South side)


Senior Lunch : Noon

Grad Rehearsal : 12:30 pm

Graduation Line-up: 6:30 pm

Graduation: 7:00 pm

Fargo Public Schools Free Lunch Meal Expiration


A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K – 12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021 – 2022 school year.

What does this mean for families? In the fall of 2022, meals will return to paid-for status. Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.

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 701-446-3113

ACT & Scholarship Information & Events


ACT testing for all juniors will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Make-up testing will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

The exam will be online and students will test using their school issued personal learning device.

Free ACT Test Prep for Juniors

TestNav has free practice tests available at home.testnav.com. The practice tests include tutorials to become familiar with the platform.

To access the practice test, go to: TestNav (icon on students desktop) OR, home.testnav.com. Click on “The ACT” and then click “Practice Tests.” Students do not need to log in to take the practice tests.

M-State Visit

Dakota students will be visiting M-State on March 25th from 9am-12:30pm for a college campus tour. Students will sign up ahead of time with Josh or Jennie to participate in the field trip.


Seniors, now is the time to find and complete scholarships to help pay for college! Contact Josh for assistance.

Senior Meeting

Attention seniors!! Please set up your senior meeting with Josh, our Career Advisor. Please call him to sign up for a time at 701-446-3043. to sign up for a time to meet with him to talk about your future plans!


Dakota High School participated in the #hatnothate program this January. Hat not hate is a national program to promote anti-bullying in schools. Blue hats are hand made by people all over the country and donated to schools. The color blue represents awareness, peace and solidarity. There were several shades of blue and many patterns to choose from for students and staff. We are hoping to continue to bring awareness, join with others to stand up to bullying, and help start the kindness ripple effect throughout our community.

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Dakota High School Student Expectations

The students are expected to complete courses in 29 days (Sixthmester) or less with a “C” or higher grade.

When a student finishes a course, they go to the counselor to register for and start a new class. Accolades!

Each school day in session counts as a day, regardless of student absence or attendance.

49 Days = Sixthmester days for a skinny (70 minute) core class that is paired with an elective skinny.

Students with an IEP or 504 will have appropriately designated course completion deadlines set with case manager/team.

If a student falls off-pace and/or attendance expectations, the teacher will work closely with the student to identify obstacles and solutions. If progress continues off-pace, the teacher will include the student and parent in the development of an accord. If the student fails the accord, the student will lose the class.

Timed-out. If a student fails/drops more than 1 class per season, they will be timed-out and lose their enrollment at DKHS. The student may re-enroll/re-register at DKHS in approximately 1.5 weeks for a fresh start.

FPS graduation pace is 12 classes per year. At Dakota, if a student completes each morning and afternoon class in a Sixthmester, they will complete 12 total classes for the year.

Dakota High School Daily, Yearly and Evening Calendars ~ See links below

Co-Curricular Activities for DKHS Students

All Dakota 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.

Attendance Information

Email/call your teacher or the main office @ 446-2805 to report an absence

Good attendance and being on time are very important life skills.

# Students can earn P-R units (punctuality and reliability) towards advisory credit by having good attendance.

  • 1-4 PR points (advisory units) are awarded at the completion of every class. If a student completes 12 courses in a year with great attendance, they could earn 48 advisory units (12 classes @ 4 PR points).

## Regardless of student absence/presence, each school day in session counts in the day count of course completion (25-29 day target).

### Parents (for students under 18) or students age 18/older are expected to call in a morning or full day absence by 9 a.m. and to call in an afternoon only absence by 12:30 p.m. for the absence to be excusable.

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. Absences called in late will not be excused. Extenuating circumstances will be considered.

c. Appropriate absences will be excused when called in on time (but still will be included in day count completion):

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

#### A student may be dropped from a course after 3 unexcused absences.

Attendance Notification System

Dakota sends a daily, automated attendance call to report unexcused absences @ 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Tardiness ~~ Learn to be on-time (Punctual)

Be punctual and reliable. Earn Punctuality and Reliability Points for Advisory Credit!

Tardy (I’m late.) The student is reducing their P/R points for their class.

Tardy 10-15 Minutes: Recorded as Tardy (Tdy).

Ø The student loses access to Meadowlarks Meeting room, Library, or other out-of-class space for the rest of the class period.

Tardy Extended 16 – 70 Minutes: Recorded as tardy absence unexcused (Tdy AU)

Ø Tdy AU = half-period unexcused absence count (2 Tdy AU = 1 AU)

Ø The student loses opportunity to grab and go breakfast and access to work in Meadowlarks Meeting room, Library or other out-of-class space for the rest of the class period.

Immunization Update: 11th & 12th Graders for 2021-22

Still mandatory during COVID-19 ~

Beginning with the 2021-22 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

Prescription and non-prescription ("over-the-counter") medications required by a student shall be administered by a parent at home or by the student's medical provider. Parents shall use every effort to have medication administration times set for time periods other than school hours. When this is not possible, within the limitations set by this policy, the Fargo Public School's staff may assist in the administration of medication during school hours. The Fargo Public Schools retains the right to refuse to administer medications or provide other medical treatments. No prescription or Non-prescription medication should be carried by a student or kept in his or her locker unless the authorization for self-administration has been completed.

The following limitations and requirements shall be applicable to the administration of medications by Fargo

Public School's staff:

* In no case should a staff member provide, recommend, prescribe, or require medication.

*School personnel will administer no prescription medication unless prescribed by a licensed prescriber

and a parent or legal guardian signs an authorization.

*Prescription medication must be in the original container with a label prepared by a pharmacist.

*Non-prescription medication (over the counter medications) will be administered according to the

manufacturer’s recommendation as written on the bottle. In addition, the parent or legal guardian needs

to sign an authorization form.

* If the parent/guardian requests a dosage different than the manufacturer’s recommendation for a non-

Prescription medication; a signed authorization will be necessary from both the parent/guardian and

the licensed prescriber prior to giving the medication.

*Non-prescription medication must be in the original container labeled with the student's name and


*The building administrator of each school shall ensure that the procedural safeguards and records

contained in This policy are followed prior to administration of any medication or treatment.

*The building administrator of each school shall designate who shall be given the responsibility to check

in and administer the medication. Designated personnel should be in-serviced in the administration of

medication and given a specific review of instructions for a given student's medication needs.

*All personnel having responsibility for supervising students shall have access to information on the

Health portions of the student's school records, including related medical problems, and shall be

informed of anticipated circumstances for which school personnel may need to be in touch with

emergency or medical personnel.

Dakota High School Accolades

Dakota students who have distinguished achievement are recognized in the DKHS Accolades program.

Criterion for a student to achieve Dakota High School Accolades:

  1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 DKHS 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 DKHS must be at least 2.8
  5. No unresolved ICUs or DKHS community issues
  6. Complete 24 credit diploma to graduate with Accolades

Graduate must have attended more than 4 sessions at DKHS.

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

Benefits of Achieving Dakota High School Accolades:

  1. Accolades Recognition Breakfast for student and family guests in May. (TBD)
  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

Dakota High School Staff Directory ~ See below