BRUIN BRIEFING

December/January

Dear FSH Family Members and Friends

Even during times of uncertainty and challenge, there are many things to be thankful for every day. Here at South we are thankful for our Bruin community and the support, understanding, and grace that has been given during this time. As we near the end of Semester 1 (January 15), I want to point out the opportunities for academic support available to students during BAM time. BAM, Bruins Achieving More, is an intervention/enrichment time available to students from 7:50 AM - 8:20 AM during days of in-person learning. Students can check in with their teachers for these enrichment/intervention opportunities. Teachers may also request student attendance; please check Adaptive Scheduler in PowerSchool for this notification.


Checking PowerSchool and EDUcal regularly is another way to stay informed of your son or daughter’s academic progress. There are classes that are offering Zoom sessions in the event a student is quarantined. Please have your son or daughter check in with his or her teachers for learning expectations throughout this hybrid schedule--communication is key! Together we will continue to work towards achieving South High’s goal of “All Students will Graduate.”


South High School continues to find ways to spread gratitude and to celebrate the positive experiences and happenings at South even during the pandemic. Whether it is through community service or school activities, South High students and staff have made a significant impact. The Student Council, National Honor Society, and the Philanthropy and Youth Club have found ways this fall to volunteer their time and talents. JROTC continues to stay active in the community in safe ways. A number of South High students have earned positions on the NDACDA Honor Choir, along with numerous accolades on the swim team, to name a few. Through hard work, involvement, and dedication, South High students continue to foster a climate of collaboration and celebration at South. It is remarkable to see all of the different ways our students “Strive for Excellence” every day.


Again, thank you for your support during this unprecedented time; as a Bruin community, we will get through this time with more empathy, grace, and strength than when we started. Although this is hard, we are resilient! We appreciate the continued Bruin efforts to help keep our community healthy and safe--proper mask wearing, hand washing regularly, and social distancing in and out of school. Thank you.


South High School wishes our students and their families the very best over the holiday season.


All the best to you and your family,


Greta Evenson

Assistant Principal

INSTRUCTIONAL CALENDAR

South High students will continue using the Hybrid Learning until January 19th, 2021. Please see below for the updated school calendar. The district Instruction COVID Committee will meets every other Monday to review the FPS Smart Restart Plan.
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INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION

The season of winter storms is upon us, and we want to reaffirm our mutual commitment to the safety of our students. FPS maintains close communication with the U.S. Weather Service. When storm conditions develop, we must make the decision as to whether school will be held or not. This decision is based on the general conditions which exist for the majority of Fargo students. Weather conditions and distance to school will vary however, and parents should use their own judgment in determining if the weather is suitable for their children to make the journey to school on any particular day. If school is in session and it is your decision that your child should remain at home, that decision will be respected by the school.


If school is called off, the local radio and television stations will be notified as early as possible. School closing notices will also be posted on the internet via FPS and the weather section of In-Forum. In addition, you should receive a connect ed phone call from the district office with the information. If storm conditions develop during the day and it is determined that an early dismissal is in the best interest of the students, the media will be notified and principals will proceed with an orderly dismissal. Elementary principals will dismiss students consistent with the instructions provided by parents on the emergency/weather school closing form.


Fargo Public Schools will do the following if our weather prevents us from having school:


  • School will be cancelled for the first one to two snow days that fall Monday through Thursday. If there is a snow day on a preplanned Friday distance learning day, distance learning will occur. If one to two snow days occur, we will make up the days on either April 30 and or May 17.

  • Any additional snow days after two days will either be a distance learning day at home or will be cancelled and the makeup requirement waived.


This school year has been anything but normal. Fargo Public Schools values in-person instruction. If the weather prevents us from having school in-person, we want our students and staff to be able to make up that time in-person in the spring on the scheduled days in our calendar.


If it is announced that school will be starting late, we will begin the school day with period 2 at 9:30.


We appreciate your continued cooperation and understanding in this important matter. Be assured that the well-being of your children is of utmost importance to us.

SENIORS - GRADUATION CAP/GOWN ORDERS

Jostens representatives will meet with seniors A - K on Wednesday, December 9th and seniors L - Z on Thursday, December 10th in the Theatre @ 8:00am. Information will be shared with them regarding the ordering of graduation caps and gowns. Jostens will return on Wednesday, December 16th and Thursday, December 17th to collect the order forms and payment. Any orders received after December 17th may be subject to a late fee.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

Due to the changing conditions under which schools must operate during the pandemic, there are several plans created and being created to help students and families navigate registering for classes for next school year. To avoid confusion right now, here are just a few highlights regarding the process.



  • Information about registering for classes will be made available via emails, the South High website (presentations/videos), Zoom, or in-person, if possible. Please be sure parent emails and phone numbers are current in Powerschool (and voice mailboxes aren’t full) so that information can be received.

  • Disseminating registration information begins January 19.

  • All registration is expected to be completed by February 26.

  • 8th-graders will still do their conferences with their respective CBE counselors. Course selections are completed during that conference.

  • Families will receive a verification sheet showing the courses their student chose. Directions will be given if there are changes to be made in the selections.




  • All students are encouraged to speak with their parents, teachers and counselors as they work toward goals they have set for themselves. As students plan for next year’s classes, they should keep in mind requirements for graduation, requirements for admission into any school beyond high school, exploring career options and personal learning. This newsletter contains information regarding all of these topics. Thinking carefully about one’s high school years and post-high school plans is a necessity.

HOW MANY CLASSES SHOULD A STUDENT TAKE?
  • Consider the demands of various combinations of courses. There are eight periods in the South High school day, with a starting time of 8:30 a.m. and an ending time of 3:30 p.m. We recommend that students choose six classes per semester, leaving two free hours per semester. Seven classes is a heavy load and eight can be an overload. Students taking seven or eight classes need to have plenty of out-of-school time for homework. Students with extracurricular or employment obligations need to pay careful attention to course loads. For athletes we recommend taking no more than six classes per semester.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

4 credits of English


  • English 1 or Honors English 1
  • English 2 or Honors English 2
  • English 3 or AP English 3 Lang/Comp
  • English 4 or AP English 4 Lit/Comp


3 credits of Math


  • Algebra 1 or Algebra 1-Intro/Conclusion
  • Geometry or Informal Geometry
  • Additional Math beyond Geometry


3 credits of Science


  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Additional Science


3 credits of Social Studies


  • Western Civilization/AP European History
  • US History/AP US History
  • Economics/AP Economics
  • Government/AP Government


1.5 credit Physical Education

0.5 credits Health

3 Credits of World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Tech Ed.

6 credits of Elective classes

Pass the Civics Test


24 total credits

SCHOLARSHIPS

Nearly every day new scholarship opportunities arrive at South High. Students and parents should recognize that there are a wide variety of criteria used to award scholarship dollars. These include, but are not limited to: financial need, community service, extra co-curricular activities, academic ability, talents/interests, ethnicity, military affiliation, apprenticeship, and 2-year schools.


Where do I look?


South High Resources:

Website: www.fargo.k12.nd.us/south


  • Click on Counseling Center
  • Click on Scholarships
  • Scholarship listings are also posted in the Career Center and on the website regularly


Outside Resources


  • Internet (see a listing of other websites at our website)
  • Books
  • Businesses
  • Organizations
  • School you plan to attend (admissions or financial aid office)


Applications for scholarships are usually online; others can be found in the Career Center. Timelines and deadlines for scholarships vary, please watch them closely.


SEE YOUR COUNSELOR for more information!

ND SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

The North Dakota Legislature created the ND Academic or Technical scholarships to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a college or university in North Dakota.


The total value of the scholarship is $6,000, disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled full-time, as defined by the financial aid office at the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress towards degree completion requirements of the scholarship.


The scholarship can be used at any of the approved public, private or tribal colleges within the state of North Dakota. Eligible institutions must be regionally accredited and offer programs of study of at least 2 years in length.

Scholarship Info

ACADEMIC/CTE SCHOLARSHIP FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT

Jim Upgren will be conducting a Facebook Live event on the North Dakota Academic and CTE Scholarship on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm CST. The target audience for this event is students and parents. Jim will be answering any questions that arise throughout and after the presentation. To access the Facebook Live event on December 3, visit the NDDPI Facebook page. Please pass this information on to students and parents! Contact Jim Upgren at 701-328-2244 questions.

LOOKING AHEAD FOR JUNIORS

Consider the following:


  • take the ACT or SAT in the spring (State ACT will be given March 2nd)
  • arranging college visitations for the spring or summer:
  • developing a resume of the high school years to help when completing scholarship, school, and job applications;
  • continuing a strong, academically-oriented schedule of classes for your senior year;
  • arranging a job shadow through the Career Center in order to explore career interests.

STATE MANDATED JUNIOR TESTING

March 2, 2021 is the state mandated and paid ACT test for all juniors. This ACT is a Standard ACT with writing and can be used for college admissions, the same as an ACT administered on a National test day. This testing is not optional and is free. This is a great opportunity for juniors to qualify for $6000 scholarships offered through the state (see above for more information). Please call the Counseling Office at 701-446-2015 if you have any questions about this program.

ACT WORKKEYS REGISTRATION

The WorkKeys assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate work readiness in the areas of Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Students who score well may be eligible for a National Career Readiness Certificate. Students who score five (5) or higher on all three WorkKeys tests will have fulfilled one of the requirements for the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship worth up to $6,000. Talk to your counselor to see if you qualify!


The WorkKeys will be offered at South on December 18th (there will be a make-up/re-take day on January 25th). The cost for all three tests is $36. Additional information about WorkKeys is available at: http://www.act.org/workkeys/index.html

ACT/SAT COLLEGE EXAM SCHEDULE FOR 2020/21

The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by most 4 year colleges. Students should check with the specific schools they plan to apply to for the test needed. These tests are generally taken during the latter part of a student’s junior year and during senior year.


Due to COVID-19, available testing sites are limited. Please check actstudent.org (ACT) or collegeboard.org (SAT) for test site availability.

ACT Exam Schedule for 2020/21

South High School Code: 350-565

ACT Basic Fee: $55.00

ACT & Writing Test: $70.00

Late Registration—add $30.00

SAT Exam Schedule for 2020/21

South High School Code: 350-565

SAT Basic Fee: $52.00

SAT w/Essay: $68.00

Late Registration: Add $30.00

WAIVER OPPORTUNITIES

If students qualify for the free lunch program, there are opportunities available for him/her to receive fee waivers or cost reductions for some events. These may include fee waivers for ACT/SAT/PSAT exams; reduced price for AP exams; scholarships for ZAPS workshops; and college applications. Please check with your counselor to make sure students access these opportunities.

E-TRANSCRIPTS

High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors can now process transcript requests electronically through eTranscripts. Students request their transcript securely and at their convenience through their PowerSchool account.


1. Students log into their PowerSchool account and click on the icon with the arrow/box

2. Click ND Education Portal

3. Click tab with student’s name

4. Click Send Transcript tab

5. Search by State in where college is located

6. Scroll to find college and click on it

7. Click send now


Please allow 2 days for approval. If you have any questions, please stop by the Counseling Office or call Keelie Goodman @ 701-446-2016.

YEARBOOK PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for South High School senior yearbook photos are as follows:


  • Senior pictures should be portrait not landscape in orientation
  • All senior portraits shall be of the student only. No additional person or pets will be allowed in photos
  • The yearbook prefers head and shoulder photos. We want YOU to be the focus of the photo, not the background or props
  • JPEG (.jpg) digital image format is required with 300 DPI or higher resolution image files for actual size of photo. (in other words, we need high resolution image files for printing purposes)
  • The photo is not to have any writing on it, including: name, the year or the studio’s name. No watermarked or “proof” photos will be accepted.


All photos must conform to school policies and standards and are subject to approval by, but not limited to, the yearbook staff, yearbook advisor, and school administration.


Photos may be edited or excluded for any of the following:


  • Violation of school policies, dress code, or behavior codes
  • Display of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, or weapons of any kind
  • Inappropriate gestures, facial expressions or postures
  • Revealing, suggestive, or obscene clothing


The yearbook staff, as directed by the yearbook advisor, reserves the right to edit, retouch, crop, or resize any photo submitted. Senior portraits that do not meet yearbook specifications will not be published. The yearbook staff has the right to request a different photograph if the above guidelines are not met. The yearbook staff reserves the right to edit or deny any submitted photo for publication and printing in the yearbook.

NDHSAA UPDATE

In-person practices will be able to start November 30 with all competitions resuming December 14th. Games that have been missed are TBD.

SUMMER SCHOOL 2021

1st Semester

June 9 - July 1


2nd Semester

July 1 - July 28


PE classes are June 9 - July 28


Vacation Dates are July 3 - 7


Registration begins January 28.


Contact your school Counselor for more information.

SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL PHONE NUMBERS

Main Office - 446-2000

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal - (701) 446-2004

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal (A-K) - (701) 446-2005

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal (L-Z) - (701) 446-2008

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator - (701) 446-2006

Dode Bentson, Administrative Assistant - (701) 446-2010

Donna Lee, Activities Secretary - (701) 446-2011

Karri Segal, Bookkeeper - (701) 446-2022


Student Services

Laurie Schlenker (A-E) - (701) 446-2017

Heidi Fiechtner (F-K) - (701) 446-2020

Vanessa Boehm (L-Q) - (701) 446-2021

Adrienne Eider (R-Z) - (701) 446-2019

Keelie Goodman, Registrar - (701) 446-2016

Beth Phillips, Secretary - (701) 446-2015

Troy Nielsen, SRO - (701) 446-2025

Megan Olson, Career Center - (701) 446-2028

Amber Fish, School Nurse - (701) 446-2034

ATTENDANCE OFFICE (701) 446-2023

Good attendance, whether at school or on the job, is very important. If a student must be absent from school, please call Tyann Schlenker @ (701) 446-2023.

Class attendance will be reported daily by period. It is the intent of the attendance secretary to contact parents at home or work the same day by phone to directly report any class(es) that have been reported as absent.

South Student Sings for Met Opera Virtual Choir

South High School student Stella Peterson is being featured in a Metropolitan (Met) Opera video showcasing high school students from around the country. Peterson and the other students recorded themselves singing "Prisoners' Chorus" from Beethoven's opera Fidelio. Met Opera technicians then gathered all the videos and edited them together into a virtual choir. Watch the video below to see Peterson and other students sing.
Virtual Choir: Prisoners' Chorus from Fidelio

eSports

eSports is cooperative competitive gaming. Student work in teams to complete their objectives whether it is scoring a goal or taking down a defending tower. The three games we compete in are Rocket League, League of Legends, and Smite. Rocket League is 3v3 soccer in cars, League of Legends is a 5v5 battle arena where you win when you take out the opposing team’s nexus. League of Legends uses a “bird’s eye view” with the map being obscured where you do not have allies or minions. Smite is a 5v5 battle arena where you win when you take out the opposing team’s titan. Smite uses a third person view where the camera is positioned behind your character.


This is FPS’ second year competing. Last year was a shortened season due to the COVID shutdown. The teams are made up of students from all three high schools as well as eighth graders.


This year, the FPS eSports teams have been competing this season since September 21st. The first few weeks are official practice matches that are used to get the kinks worked out. The regular season start was postponed to October 19th to allow schools and players a chance to adjust to how COVID would impact their participation.

We livestream matches on twitch.tv/ur2_fps. Out regular schedule is Monday is for Smite, Tuesday is for League of Legends and Thursday is for Rocket League.


Our current standings:


Smite: FPS Smite is in 6th place out of 29 teams. They are well positioned for the playoffs. This team is new from last year and has done a good job of working together. They have had some very strong competition and are looking forward to postseason play.


League of Legends: FPS LoL team is in 65th place out of 167 teams. We hit a pretty bad bump a couple of weeks ago with a Thursday match (usually we play on Tuesdays) due to election day and we were not able to use our regular line up. We are looking forward to our next two matchups and are trying to improve our standing in the league. This team is new from last year and is starting to come together as a team.


We have four Rocket League teams out of 313 teams across the Central Region. Currently, we are well seated to have a team make the playoffs.


Rocket League: we have four teams and there are 313 teams across the Central Region. We are well positioned to have at least one team make the playoffs.


FPS RL A is currently in 46th place with four other teams. This team is back from last year and doing well. This team has gone up against some of the best teams in the Central Region.


FPS RL B is currently in 25th place with ten other teams. This team has had some turnover from last year but is coming along quite well.


FPS RL C is currently in 25th place with ten other teams. This team is all new this year and has started working well together.


FPS RL M is currently in 129th place with six other teams. This team started late and is made up of middle school students which will give them a good shot at being a very strong team in the next couple of years.


Remaining Schedule:


League of Legends: December 1st, either December 8th or December 10th PlayVS has not yet posted this game


Rocket League: December 3rd, either December 8th or December 10th PlayVS has not yet posted this game


Smite: November 30th, December 7th


Playoffs: Playoff matches for all games will begin on Saturday, December 12th at 4:00 PM. Round 2 will take place on December 14th, round 3 will take place on December 15th, round 4 will take place on December 16th. The championship round has not yet been scheduled.

We are having another season this spring. We will be holding tryouts and team placements in January. Any students interested in joining the spring season should contact Mr. Reichenbach (reicheu@fargo.k12.nd.us) when we return in January.


There are 19 different high schools (from 16 different districts) participating from across ND.

They are Bismarck HS, Century HS, Dakota Memorial School, Dakota Prairie HS, Fairmount HS, us, Grafton HS, Hillsboro HS, Larimore HS, Legacy HS, Magic City HS, Mandan HS, Minnewaukan HS, Northern Cas HS, Parshall HS, Sheyenne HS, West Fargo HS, Westhope HS, Williston HS.

SKILLS USA

Skills USA started a project last year called "Toast Toes" where that they purchase coats, snow pants and snow boots with their fundraising money and donate the items to an Elementary School. This year the school that was picked was Madison Elementary. Last years recipients were Jefferson Elementary
Skills USA also has a display in the Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park. You can view it November 26, 2020 - December 31, 2020 from 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

FILL THE DOME

The Metro Area Student Ambassadors and the Fargo South Student Council are once again partnering together for a community food drive.


This year, though, Fill the Dome looks a little different, which means we need your help even more than ever to make an impact. The pantry, soup kitchen and homeless shelter partners of the Great Plains Food Bank look forward each year to the donations brought in by the Fill the Dome event, and this year, the need is even greater now than ever!

Please help South High School fight hunger in communities across the state and Clay County.

Every dollar you give will provide not only the gift of food, but the gift of hope for food-insecure children and families!

Donate now! https://greatplainsfoodbank.fenly.org/drive/south-high-schools-virtual-food-drive/

FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2019-20 ANNUAL REPORT

As evidence of Fargo Public Schools’ commitment to our patrons, the FPS 2019-20 Annual Report is now available. It showcases the qualities and services of our school district and provides a wide array of information to familiarize families and the community with Fargo Public Schools. Report details include enrollment, staffing, and budget numbers. It also gives overviews of student services and student assessment data. Thank you for your continued support as we serve the citizens of Fargo by providing students an excellent educational experience. You can access the full document at this link.

School Accountability Report

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Dear Parent/Guardian,


North Dakota’s Insights dashboard provides important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:


  • Test Scores
  • Graduation Rates
  • English Learner Progress
  • Student Engagement
  • State Accountability


Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful. State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.


How is our School Doing?

To find out more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically for our school. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading. Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is not available to less than 10 students, it will say “no data available”.


Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.


Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia (formerly AdvancED). As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is available on the Insights Dashboard.


Fargo South High School has a student membership count of 909, and it is not a participating Title I school.


If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 701-446-2000.


Sincerely,

Dr. Todd Bertsch

Building Principal

Dispute Resolution Policy

Federal regulations require that each district adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes pertaining to Title programs.

If a parent, school personnel or any interested person wishes to file a complaint, the following process must be followed:


The written complaint must be sent via mail or e-mail to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)

Fargo Public Schools

415 North 4th Street

Fargo, ND 58102


Fargo Public Schools Title Managers

Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Anderson anderja@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) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Brad Franklin franklb@fargo.k12.nd.us

Patty Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman burkmad@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.


Reconsideration

Once a response is received from Fargo Public Schools staff, the person making the complaint has the right to have their complaint reconsidered. The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the U.S. Department of Education.


State Superintendent

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201

Bismarck, ND 58505-0440


The Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education

555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20208

Fargo South High School

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator