Sheyenne High School News

  • Welcome to a new year at Sheyenne High! We have made a change to our school newsletter format for this school year. Instead of a school newsletter, all newsletter information will be available on a customized webpage connected directly to the SHS site. To navigate to this page from our SHS site, select ABOUT US, and SCHOOL NEWS. There you will find notes from administrators, updates, reminders, events, and forms. This site will always be live and available for viewing right from the web and can be translated into numerous languages. Communication will be updated in a more timely manner and will easily link to other pertinent areas of the website. We hope that you find this new platform much more user-friendly and engaging for you.


    If you do not have internet service to access communications and updates from SHS or West Fargo Public Schools, we encourage you to visit the West Fargo Public Library for free internet access. 



    Ryan Salisbury,    Assistant Principal   A-C & AVID

    Nate Schleicher,   Assistant Principal   D-J

    Amanda Henry,    Assistant Principal   K-Q

    Dr. Pam Cronin,    Principal  R-Z

    Ross Richards,     Athletic Director


     Attendance Procedures

    Attendance Phone Line: 701-356-2160

    • A parent or guardian must notify the office of their student’s absence for an illness or appointment. No emails or texts. 
    • Call by 9:00AM whenever possible
      • Call for a Blue Pass for student check-out.
      • When a student returns from an appointment, they are required to check back into the office.
    • Automated messages are sent to Parent/Guardian 1 cell phone and email at 10:40AM & 3:00PM for classes marked “Unverified” by teacher.
      • Teachers mark students "Unverified" when they are absent from class. Attendance marks students "Excused" when they are notified by parents.
      • Call to report absence if you forgot.
    • Full attendance policy is in the Student Handbook



    Registration for Session 1 of the 2019 summer school will be held March 4 – March 22. 

    Registration for Session 2 of the 2019 summer school will be held March 25 – April 12. 


    All classes for the 2019 summer school sessions will be held at West Fargo High School at 801 9th St E, West Fargo, ND.  Due to the condensed schedule, student attendance is required for all 10 days of the session.  Classes are from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Monday – Friday of each session. 

    Students not currently enrolled at a West Fargo Public School must also return the Out of District Parent Registration Form to West Fargo High School.

    Summer School Administrators Sheyenne HS: Dr. Pam Cronin West Fargo HS: Dr. Jennifer Fremstad


    All classes are at West Fargo High School. Transportation will be provided from Sheyenne High School, leaving the front of the building at 7:30AM and arriving at West Fargo High School by 7:50AM. The shuttle will return students to Sheyenne immediately following the end of summer school class. No other transportation is provided for regular summer school classes.

    Daily Schedule

    Classes begin promptly at 8:00 AM and dismiss at 2:30 PM Students will be given one break and lunch during the day:

    • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM - a snack with milk or juice will be provided free of charge
    • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM - one lunch option will be provided free of charge. No items will be available for purchase (except vending machines).

    Closed Campus

    Students will not be allowed to leave the building during the day, unless permission is given by administration. This includes lunch. Snacks and lunch will be provided at no charge.


    Summer school covers a large amount of material in a short amount of time; this makes regular attendance crucial. Due to the condensed schedule, attendance is required all 10 days unless an emergency occurs.

    Student Behavior

    Summer school differs markedly from the regular school term in that participation of students is entirely voluntary. Any student who, through tardiness, absenteeism, poor work habits or classroom disturbance, distracts from the summer school experience instead of adding to it, will be sent home and dropped from the course.


    Students may not use lockers during summer school.


    Session 1: June 3 – 14, 2019

    First Time Credits

    Amp Up for Algebra – Session 1 only

    Speech (Duel Credit)

    Driver’s Education (classroom session*) – Session 1 only

    *Behind the wheel is available multiple times throughout the summer; inquire and register with your home high school.

    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) – June 3-17, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Physical Education**

    **Must provide special circumstances to be eligible for summer school physical education.  Beginning with the Class of 2021, students are eligible for only one summer school physical education course for high school credit.

    Recovery Credits

    Algebra 1 (first semester) Algebra 2 (first semester)

    EL General Elective EL Geography (Session 1 only) EL Language Arts English 1 (first semester) English 2 (first semester) English 3 (first semester) Geometry (first semester) Health (Session 1 only) U.S. History (first semester) Western Civilization (first semester)


    ON-LINE classes will be offered through Edgenuity!

    Online Algebra I

    Online Algebra II

    Online Geometry

    Online Biology (first semester)

    Online Biology (second semester)

    Online Physical Science (first semester)

    Online Physical Science (second semester)


    Session 2: June 17 - 28, 2019

    First Time Credits

    Speech (Duel Credit)

    Physical Education**

    **Must provide special circumstances to be eligible for summer school physical education.  Beginning with the Class of 2021, students are eligible for only one summer school physical education course for high school credit.  

    Recovery Credits

    Algebra 1 (second semester) Algebra 2 (second semester) EL General Elective (Session 2 only) EL Language Arts English 1 (second semester) English 2 (second semester) English 3 (second semester) Geometry (second semester) U.S. History (second semester) World Geography (Session 2 only) Western Civilization (second semester)

    ON-LINE classes will be offered through Edgenuity!

    Online Algebra I

    Online Algebra II

    Online Geometry

    Online Biology (first semester)

    Online Biology (second semester)

    Online Physical Science (first semester)

    Online Physical Science (second semester)


    To register for Summer School please complete the registration form at the URL below.



    Sheyenne’s 2019 Prom

    Sheyenne’s 2019 Prom, Night Under the Stars, will be April 27.   Tickets are $25 per person and will  be available to purchase from Mrs. Homuth and Ms. Wilson from March 25 through April 19. Grand March will begin at 7:30 PM with the dance immediately following and lasting until 12 midnight. Scherling’s Photography will be offering professional photos throughout the evening that must be ordered and paid for at the time of the photo. Doors will open for students at 5:30 PM and for Grand March goers at 6:30 PM. Guests can park on either the north or south side of the building and enter through the main doors on either side.



    Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony
    Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM
    Scheels Arena
    5225 31st Ave S. Fargo, ND 58104

    • The last day of school for students is Thursday, May 30. All independent study and online course work must be completed by Monday, May 20. This provides enough time for final grades to be registered with SHS and added to the student’s transcript. 
    • All semester course work, tests, & detention time must be completed prior to final exams (Tuesday, May 28).
    • All bills/obligations must be taken care of before students are allowed to take their final exams.
    • Students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend graduation practice on Friday, May 31, at 10:30AM at Scheels Arena (the only exception is students participating in co-curricular activities; and they will need a substitute family member to stand in at practice).
    • All students who participate in the commencement ceremony are expected to dress and act in an appropriate manner. The wearing of a cap-board, gown, tassel and shoes is required. No personal additions or alterations to the required attire allowed.



    Sheyenne High School will be offering a summer Behind the Wheel driver’s program for students going into grades 10-12 during the 2019 Summer School. The sign up for Behind the Wheel will begin Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 am.  The cost of Behind the Wheel is $205.00. The Driver’s Education class at Sheyenne High School is a pre-requisite.

    A permit in strongly recommended when driving with our instructor, but not mandatory. However, students are required to have a permit when driving with anyone else. North Dakota State law requires students under the age of 16 have a permit for one year prior to obtaining a license.

    Click on the link below regarding North Dakota’s driver license requirements:


     Immunization news

    For the fall of 2019, all students entering eleventh and twelfth grade are required to have a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).

    If your student is in 10th grade and 16 years of age, they can receive this vaccine now.  Please make an appointment with your provider and provide a record to the school.



    Students are not allowed to carry backpacks during the school day.  Backpacks will be allowed to carry books to and from school, but they must be stored in lockers during the school day.


    Yearbook Sales: January 18 will be the last day to buy a yearbook for $65. From January 19-March 29, yearbooks will be available for $70. Purchase online at by searching Sheyenne High. After March 29, yearbooks will only be available on a first come, first serve basis upon delivery in August. Not sure if you’ve already purchased a yearbook? Check your email (sender: or your student’s “Class of…” group in Schoology. Current sales are also posted throughout the building. 


    Advanced Placement Social Studies

    For an understanding of what AP courses are in general, please reference the Fall newsletter.

    Which AP Social Studies courses does Sheyenne offer?

    AP Human Geography (9th), AP European History (10th), AP US History (11th), AP Microeconomics (12th), AP Government & Politics (12th), AP Psychology (11th or 12th).

    How do I know if AP classes are a good fit for my student?

    Most AP classes are meant to be an equivalent of a Freshmen level college course.  With that, students can expect that the rigor and requirements will be significantly increased from an on-level high school course.  Specifically, AP social studies courses involve more reading, writing and critical thinking from students.  Textbook reading is no longer recommended, but now required.  Perhaps the biggest determining factor in success is student interest level.  Are they interested in the specific subject?  This interest goes a long way in fueling work ethic.  Secondly, is the student ready and willing to read and write weekly?

    If it’s harder, why do people take the classes?

    There are several answers to this question.  For many students they have an interest and passion in the subject and want to get a deeper understanding of the material.  Other students are looking for the challenge and preparation for a college-level course.  Finally, all students have the option to register for and take the national AP Exam for their subject in May.  Based on a student’s score they may earn college credit around the country. 

    Who can help me determine if AP is right for me?

    We highly encourage students to talk with their counselor, upper classmen who have taken the course, and their teachers in making the decision to take AP.  During the first two days of the year students may change their schedules; however, once the year has begun students cannot drop classes.  Further, a protocol outlining steps struggling students need to follow has been developed to help aid in student success.


    Ramp Up to Readiness

    Sheyenne High School is Ramping Up their College and Career Readiness this year for all students.  Every Thursday all Sheyenne students meet with their grade level advisor and participate in Ramp Up to Readiness activities and discussions with a small group of their peers.  To give you an idea of the topics your students will be exploring this semester, here is a sneak peek:

    • Grade 9:  Careers of the Future; Seeking Help in High School; Assessing Study Strategies; Effective Study Groups
    • Grade 10: What productive people do differently; How do you spend your time; Analyzing motivation concepts; Using design thinking in school
    • Grade 11:  Developing a financial aid strategy; Delaying Gratification; Lifelong Learning; Choosing classes to maintain momentum
    • Grade 12: Grants and Scholarships; Work Study and Loans; The power of perseverance; Preparing for the World of Work – Great jobs with no 4-Year degree

    Our hope is that having these conversations consistently and frequently throughout their high school career will not only educate and prepare the students for life after high school, but will also enrich these conversations at home.


    Giving Closet

    The Counseling Department at Sheyenne High School houses a Giving Closet in our building for those in need.  If your student is in need of any school supplies (notebooks, binders, folders, pencils, backpacks, etc), clothes (including winter coats), or hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste), please let us know or have your student visit their counselor at school and we will get them what they need for free.



    Be checking the Scholarship link located on the Sheyenne Counseling Page for opportunities for scholarships.  It is the responsibility of the student/parents to track eligibility requirements for scholarships including the North Dakota CTE/Academic Scholarships.  More information on the North Dakota scholarships can be found at:


    2018-2019 ACT Testing Dates

    Register online at 

    Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
    Saturday, December 8, 2018 Friday, November 2, 2018 November 3-19, 2018
    February 9, 2019 Friday, January 11, 2019 January 12-18, 2019
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019 March 9-25, 2019
    Saturday, June 8, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
    Saturday, July 13, 2019 Friday, June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019


    What are Advanced Placement (AP) Classes?

    AP courses are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize.  The AP curriculum, administered by The College Board, consists of standardized high school course that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses.  After completing an AP class, student typically take the AP exam in that subject, which can earn them credits and accelerated placement in college.

    Why take an AP class?

    • Be challenged. Advanced Placement classes are rigorous and demanding, offering an intellectual stimulation that students won't get in regular high school courses.
    • Improve college admissions chances. AP classes will raise the "wow" factor of a student's high school record. If a student does well in an AP class, it's a signal to admissions counselors that he or she is ready for the pressures of college study.
    • Arrive at college better prepared. AP classes sharpen students' writing skills, teach them how to think critically, and improve their problem-solving abilities. AP students learn to navigate the academic expectations they'll encounter in college courses.
    • Earn college credit. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 (lowest) through 5 (highest). If a student earns a 3 or higher, he or she can receive course credits, advanced placement, or both upon arriving at college. AP policies vary from school to school, but the majority of colleges in the U.S. (as well as colleges and universities in 40 other countries) grant credit and/or accelerated placement for AP exams.
    • Win scholarships. AP courses and exam scores help students qualify for scholarships. According to The College Board, 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when making scholarship decisions.
    • Save money. Students with AP experience and credits are more likely to graduate from college in four years. Extra semesters (or years) at college can put a heavy financial burden on families.

    AP Exam Changes:

    The College Board, creators of Advanced Placement, have announced significant changes to the AP exam ordering process, deadlines, late fees and cancellation fees that will be mandated for all schools and all students in the 2019-2020 school year. 
    Next year, all students will decide whether or not to take exams and order their exams by Nov 15, 2019. All students in 1st semester or yearlong AP classes who register for their exam after Nov 15, 2019, will be assessed $40.00/exam late fee.  

    In addition, a $40.00/exam cancellation fee will be assessed for any exam order canceled after Nov 15, 2019.  

    The ordering deadline for second semester only courses will be March 13, 2020.  

    You can view the timeline in detail at, under Fall Exam Ordering Overview. 
    It is important that all families are aware of these looming changes, especially as students begin registering for their 2019-2020 courses. We understand that these changes may cause concern for students, parents and teachers. Please keep in mind that these changes are being mandated by the College Board and were not decided by the school.  
    Additional details regarding the College Board’s new process will be made available once we have more information. 



    Students will be using the online service Total Registration to register and pay for AP exams. Exams can be paid for via credit/debit card or with a check mailed to Total Registration.  We will not be handling payments at school.  The registration link will be on the SHS homepage and is open Feb 2, 2019 at 6:00 AM until Feb 27 at 11:59 PM. Tests will be ordered from College Board after that time and no late registrations will be permitted.  

    Each subject test costs $94 ($53 for students with free/reduced lunch status)                                                   

    • Due to funds and grants from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the North Dakota Department of Instruction for certain AP exams, certain courses are eligible for discounted exams. Qualifying exams are Calculus, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science A.  All other exams will be at the regular fee of $94 each. 
    • Students will register and pay for each exam at the base fee of $94 and then refunds will be given accordingly after testing in May.  

    *Actual cost of exams will vary for each student due to the number of AP exams they took last year/are taking this year. (The state pays for limited number of exams per student)  We will look at each students’ registrations closely to ensure that student fund accounts are correct! Refunds will be given via the registration site, Total Registration, in the same mode of payment that students use to register for exams.  Emails will be sent when refunds are issued.  


    All tests will be at Sheyenne High School- more information about testing locations will come after registration is complete. If you have questions please contact Jessi Raile or 701-499-3570  




Notes from Administrators


    Posted by Lisa Hoard on 10/22/2018 10:00:00 AM


    Property theft seems to be one of our bigger issues as of right now. However, most of the thefts that have occurred are preventable.   Unfortunately, property and valuables do end up going missing at times. This usually occurs when a student doesn’t take the time to lock up their property. 


    • Parents please remind your student to lock their property up in the lockers provided to them
    • If they have their phone with them at school, please remind them to keep it on them



    Vaping is also an issue at school.  Even if a student is eighteen years of age, they are prohibited from having a device or any tobacco products on school grounds.  Any device  found on campus will be seized. Any student under the age of eighteen is subject to a fine.  All students found to be in possession of a device and/or tobacco products will be subject to school consequences.


    • I encourage all parents to read up on Vaping and the products that are out there
    • Talk to your student about Vaping and the dangers of it
    • Teens who Vape are much more likely to become smokers


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District News & Updates

  • Online Registration

    Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.

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  • High School & Middle School Names

    At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.

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  • Momo Challenge

    The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.

    The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. 

    Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.

    There are many great online resources available; here are three of our favorites: Common Sense Media, NetSmartz, and ParentZone.  

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  • Kindergarten Preregistration

    West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.

    With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.

    Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.

    Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.

    If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.

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