Red River Newsletter

February 2020

Hard to believe we are past the midpoint of the 2019-20 school year! Our second semester started on January 13, and our students are busy adjusting to their new schedules, changing classes, and participating in the numerous extracurricular activities Red River has to offer. Thank you to all of the students, faculty, staff, coaches, advisors, and parents who have helped make the 2019-2020 school year a great one so far! Good luck to all of our student participants as they finish their winter activities!

Please review and record the following calendar items that may affect you and your family. On Wednesday, February 12 we have another PLC Late Start, with classes beginning at 9:00 AM. Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 18 from 4:00-7:00. There will be no school for students on Friday, February 28 due to a Staff Professional Development day.

Winter Activities are nearing the conclusion of their seasons which means we are just around the corner from tournament time. EDC Wrestling will be held at Wahpeton on February 15, with State Wrestling February 20-22 in Fargo at the Fargo Dome. The EDC Boys’ Hockey tournament is scheduled for February 18, 21, & 22 at the Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. The combined State Boys’ & Girls’ Hockey tournament is scheduled for February 27-29 at the Scheel's Arena in Fargo. The first round of the EDC Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball is scheduled for March 3 (location TBA), with the following Boys’ & Girls’ rounds scheduled for March 5 thru March 7 in Fargo at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex (The SHAC). The combined State Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 12-14 at the SHAC and the Fargodome. Girls’ gymnastics has their EDC Championships scheduled for February 21 at the Valley Twister Gymnastics Center in Valley City, with the State Tournament February 28-29 in Dickinson. The Boys’ Swimming EDC, February 29, and State Meet, March 6-7, will be held at the Hulbert Aquatics Center in West Fargo. In the Fine Arts Department we have the Winter Comedy, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940", being performed January 30-31, and February 1, @ 7:00 PM; with a Sunday Matinee on February 2 @ 2:00 PM. All performances will be in the Red River High School Theatre. On February 22nd RRHS will be hosting the North Dakota State VEX Robotics Tournament for High School, Middle School, and Elementary Schools.

Snow Week at Red River High School will begin on Monday, February 3. Please pay attention to the daily announcements and posters in the hallway for the various activities and events all week. The Snow Ball Dance will be on Saturday, February 8, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. If your son/daughter plans to bring an out-of-school guest, please be sure they pick up the Guest Pass when they buy their tickets.

The 2020-2021 Course Catalog is available online at the Red River High School website: Once you are at the website, please choose Families then Course Registration Booklet. Please open and review the course options with your student(s) for next year. If you have any questions about courses for next year, please contact your counselor.

With so many upcoming tournaments and events, please be sure your son/daughter knows the checkout policy/procedure if he/she plans on attending any games during the school day. Also, this would be a good time to remind your child/children that they represent Red River High School at all extracurricular events. Good sportsmanship is expected, and any infractions could result in school and/or legal consequences. Demonstrate positive Rider Pride as you cheer Red River on to victory!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please give us a call at 746-2400. Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Tony Bina, Associate Principal

Mark Your Calendars!!!

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Red River Updates


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Congratulations to the Red River DECA team on a great performance in St. Cloud. The DECA team brought 33 students to the St. Cloud DECA competition January 28th & 29th. The students competed in at least 2 events while they were at the conference. The students below finished in the top 3 in their competitions.


Taylor Durbin placed 1st in Hospitality Selling & 3rd in Hotel Management

Dani Mach 1st place in Hospitality team role play & 3rd in employment interview

Olivia Boen 1st place in Hospitality team role play & 2nd in employment interview

Ellie Schultz 2nd place in employment interview

Theodore Tchomakhidze 2nd place in personal selling & 2nd in business finance

Hayden Adair 3rd place in integrated marketing

Avery Johnson 2nd place in employment interview

Lacey Johnston 2nd place in employment interview

Campbell Dorsey 3rd place in employment interview

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Detention Letters- NOW ELECTRONIC

The office is in the process of transferring to electronic detention letters. Beginning in February, letters will only be sent electronically via email. It is important that you take a moment to make sure that your email addresses are correct in PowerSchool. You can update them through your Parent Portal account.

Please contact your student's attendance secretary if you have specific questions about your student's detention hours.


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Japan Homestay Exchange

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Are you a student interested in Japanese culture? Have you ever considered going to Japan? Would you like to experience daily life in Japan and make life long memories and friendships?

If you answered yes to those questions, please consider joining the Grand Forks-Japanese Exchange. In October of 2020, a group of Grand Forks high school students will be going to Japan for a ten-day visit. If you are interested, or would like more information, please visit our website, or contact the Homestay Exchange Coordinator, Jason Hawley at

North Dakota State Assessment Information

Grand Forks Public Schools (GFPS) has opted to use the ACT as its accountability measure rather than the NDSA (North Dakota State Assessment). The ACT will be given to junior students in Grand Forks on March 3. North Dakota Century Code requires all students to complete the science portion of the NDSA even if their district has chosen the ACT as its accountability measure. In Grand Forks, sophomores will be completed the NDSA-Science in the spring of 2020. More information for parents, including the option to have their student opt-out of this particular assessment, can be found by following this link:

Performing Arts

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Renaissance Students of the Month

February 2020

Congratulations to the students who were nominated by staff members this month. This

program is designed to recognize students for their excellence in classroom attitude,

involvement in school activities, and citizenship. Outstanding academic achievement is not a

requirement, but academic effort is a strong consideration. Students may be honored only one

time during their high school career.

Our winners this month are:

Freshman- Jacob Votava and Jeana Wilde

Sophomores- Cosette Clement and Ryan Polasky

Juniors- Lauren Betz and Camden Larsen

Seniors- Haleigh Peters and Alex Tjellesen

Student of the Month-February

For the complete list of nominated students, please click the this button.


District Updates

Mental Health First Aid Classes

TEARS is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) classes through May 2020. These 8-hour classes are to mental health what CPR is to physical health – learning to recognize the symptoms and how to be connectors for help. All classes are $20/person.

The classes will be held:

February 2020

2/7: 5-9 PM, 2/8: 8 AM- 12 PM at Valley Middle School, Youth MHFA

2/21: 5-9 PM, 2/22: 8 AM-12 PM at Altru Hospital Meeting Room A, Youth MHFA

2/22: 8 AM-5 PM at Altru Professional Center, Adult MHFA

March 2020

3/20: 5-9 PM, 3/21: 8 AM-12 PM at Altru Professional Center, Youth MHFA

3/21: 8 AM-5 PM at Altru Hospital Meeting Room A, Adult MHFA

3/27: 5-9 PM, 3/28: 8 AM-12 PM at Red River High School, Youth MHFA

April 2020

4/3: 5-9 PM, 4/4: 8 AM- 12 PM at TBD, Youth MHFA

4/10: 5-9 PM, 4/11: 8 AM-12 PM at Red River High School, Youth MHFA

4/18: 8 AM-5 PM at TBD, Youth MHFA

4/25: 8 AM-5 PM at TBD, Adult MHFA

May 2020

5/15: 5-9 PM, 5/16: 8 AM-12 PM at TBD, Youth MHFA

5/23: 8 AM-5 PM at TBD, Youth MHFA

5/23: 8 AM- 5 PM at TBD, Adult MHFA

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and must go to both session dates. If you register for a class with two class dates back-to-back, you must attend both 4-hour dates to receive a certificate. You can register for classes by searching Mental Health First Aid on Eventbrite or looking under Events on the TEARSGF Facebook page.

Contact Moriah Opp ( with any questions.

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