Dakota H.S. ~ Meadowlark News

September/October 2023-2024

Dakota High School

David Burkman, Principal & EL Director

Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

Ila Hegg, Adm. Asst.

Dakota High School Motto

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 HS – A Choice for all of us!

by Jim Keal, Principal

One of the things that makes Dakota so amazing is that everyone makes the choice to be here. Staff have left other teaching assignments/work to be here. Students have chosen to leave their home/boundary school and be at Dakota. WE are all here by Choice!

In June, Dakota held its annual outside graduation; the rain held off until after the last graduate got their diploma. Celebrating graduation is always one of the highlights of the year. Most of our 34 graduates walked the stage and celebrated their accomplishment with classmates and family. I look forward to more graduates this year – the reason we are all at Dakota!

We wish each graduate and former staff well and a bright future:

· Bill Dent (Science Teacher – Retired)

· Suzanne Johnson (FACS Teacher – Retired)

· Chad Moen (SRO – Retired)

· Amber Blair (SpEd Teacher – Family time)

· Rebecca Snell (Art Teacher – Davies art full time)

We welcome our new staff to Dakota and look forward to their work to enhance Dakota HS traditions:

· David Schultz (Science Teacher)

· Julie McCroskey (FACS and SpEd Teacher)

· Anna Knutson (Social Studies Teacher)

· Megan Quittschreiber (Returning Art Teacher)

It’s going to be another great year!

DKHS Has New Start & Ends Times

Our school schedule used to be from 8:55-2:35 pm daily, but going forward our new times will be 9:00-2:30 pm.

Here is the breakdown of our daily schedule:

AM1 ~ 9-10:05 am (10 minute break)

AM2 ~ 10:15-11:20 am (Lunch)

Lunch ~ 11:20-11:40 am ~ Serving in the Cafeteria

Lunch Over~ 11:55 am Cafeteria Closes (12:05 Back to Class)

PM1 ~ 12:05-1:15 pm (10 minute break)

PM2 ~ 1:25-2:30 pm

Purchasing Breakfast & Lunch

These meals can be purchased by putting money into your student's SchoolPay account or applying for free & Reduced meals. Both can be found in your Parent PowerSchool account. We do not handle cash money or debit cards. See the main office for more information.

2023-23 Meal Prices for lunch

High School Breakfast $1.75

High School Lunch $2.85

Merrily's Corner ~ Game Day & Dakota for DKHS Students

Game Day Mondays

AM 2 Room #319

Come play games with your friends! Wii, UNO, Yatzee, Cards, Connect Four. Skip Bo, Farkle, Chess, etc...

Anna Knutson ~ New Social Studies Teacher

Hello, I am Mrs. Knutson! I am excited to join the FPS District and work within two great buildings for the new school year. I have been in and around Fargo for years as a para at Lincoln Elementary and Ben Franklin Middle School. I have also taught summer school at Fargo South for 8 years in the social studies department. I knew I had to keep my foot in the door. I worked at DGF Senior in Glyndon for 7 years as a Civics and U.S. History teacher, while working in 2 districts has been unique, I am grateful to have had a variety of experiences to broaden my educational practice. In between summer school and this new beginning, my husband and I traveled out east and explored Shenandoah National Park and drove up the east coast. It was a great way to refresh for the school year. Thank you for being so welcoming and what a great way to start; with a 5-day week! 😊

Dakota High School 2023-24Calendar For The Year ~ Download link below

Advisory Day for Dakota Students & Parents ~ September 14th

We would like to invite parents to their student's Advisory Day (which is similar to Parent Teacher Conferences) on Thursday, September 14th. Your student has signed up for a time with their advisors, either in the morning or the afternoon, and parents are welcome to attend. No regular classes will be held that Thursday after 11:20 am other than this advisory appointment. The advisors would love to visit with you on your student's graduation progress.

Dakota Eats Cooking Class for DKHS Students

Do you like to cook, eat, and hang out with friends while doing both?

The Dakota Eats Cooking Club is the place for you. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month (PM1 & PM2) in room #231. Sign up on the sign-up sheet in the hall on 3rd floor.

Each month will feature different dishes & recipes. September 12th we are making 5 different kinds of rice crispy bars.

David Schultz ~ New Science Teacher

Hi Dakota Family! My name is David Schultz and have been teaching for 16 years. I started at Fargo South (4 years), taught at Davies High (12 years), and this will be my first year at Dakota High. I will be teaching all of our science classes, which include: physical science, biology, chemistry, forensics, and environmental science. I am a Fargo native and graduated from Fargo South and NDSU. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, running, and chasing after golf balls. I look forward to building relationships and helping students reach their goals and potential. I am very excited to be at Dakota!

Dispute Resolution Policy - AP 5052

Federal and state regulations require districts to adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes. A complaint may include an investigation by district staff that will result in a determination of findings of facts, conclusions, and reasons for the final decision.

Any individual who believes the Fargo School District has violated the regulations or law governing the federal Title program should submit a detailed, written statement of facts supporting the allegation to:

Fargo Public Schools

700 7th Street South

Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo Public Schools Title Managers

Title I Part A (Economically Disadvantaged Students)

Tristan Love lovet@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment)

Robert Grosz groszr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Missy Eidsness eidsnem@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title III (English Language Acquisition)

Liann Hanson hansonl3@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment)

Patricia Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities)

Patricia Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us

Any complaint must include:

• The date;

• The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;

• The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;

• A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and

• The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.


The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services, and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent The Secretary of Education

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201

Bismarck, ND 58505-0440

U.S. Department of Education

555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20208

North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services

100 Railroad Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501

Dakota High School Attendance Policy

Please call the DKHS main office before 9:00 am @ 701-446-2805 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 elective credit by having good attendance.

FPS Steering Committee Opportunity

Join the FPS Steering Committee

Fargo Public Schools is creating an updated Long-Range Facility Plan to guide major capital investments such as new construction and major renovations. As a part of this work, FPS invites approximately 50 community members to join a Steering Committee charged with representing community voices at key steps in the planning process. The Steering Committee is seeking students; parents; teachers; principals; and community, college and business leaders who will provide the District and consultant team feedback on the facility and demographic assessment data that will be used to create facility options. FPS will also host two sets of public Community Meetings to provide community members the opportunity to provide feedback through surveys and small group conversation that will inform facility options.

Click here to apply to join the Steering Committee. The application deadline is Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m. Steering Committee Members will be selected and contacted the last week of September. The committee will meet from 6-8 p.m. on October 11, November 1, December 5, February 6, and March 5.

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 701-446-1387

Night School Program at Agassiz for FPS HS Students

Classes Available: Economics, Government, World History, US History & English 9, 10, 11 & 12th grade levels

Students meet with their school counselor to sign up for evening courses.


Session I ~ October 2- Dec. 4

Session 2 ~ Jan. 8 - Mar. 7

Session 3 ~ Mar. 18-May 16

Night School Campus: Agassiz Building - Room #311 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

  1. Approximately half the FPS Night School class meetings are held in person at Agassiz. Attendance is required.
  2. Approximately half the FPS Night School class meetings are held asynchronous virtual. The teacher is virtually available to help students. Students are required to do a virtual check-in as per teacher expectations.

Night School Format & Attendance

  • FPS Night School classes are self-paced independent learning with teacher support and availability.
  • Multiple courses in social studies or English meet in the same classroom and use Edmentum as a backbone to meet district and state standards. This flexible arrangement is beneficial.


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.

Dakota High School Staff Directory ~ See below