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 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
- Saturday, January 26th from 8-11:30, doors open at 7:15
- Semiformal Attire
- $10 per student, student ID required
- Guests are welcome, waivers are in the office to be filled out by Jan. 20th, age 21 and over are not allowed.
- Concessions included
- Coat Check Available
Monday, March 4th & Tuesday, March 5th 3:45pm to 7:30pm
- Open House Style Conferences
- Teachers will be available in their classrooms
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
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 10:00AM 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.
Behind the Wheel
Behind the Wheel information sheets will be available in late March in the Sheyenne High School office. Behind the Wheel drivers training is offered to those students that have taken the Driver’s Ed class at Sheyenne or at WFHS. Sign ups will begin on April 3, at 7:30 am in the commons for this year’s summer sessions.
In the fall of 2018 The North Dakota Department of Health School Immunization requirement was updated to require a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) for students entering eleventh and twelfth grade.
If your student is 16 years of age, they can receive this vaccine now. Make an appointment with your provider and provide a record to the school.
WHY WAIT UNTIL THE FALL DO IT NOW!!
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 Balfour.com 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: balfour.com) 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.
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: https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/85/NDScholarshipInformationcombined.pdf
2018-2019 ACT Testing Dates
Register online at www.actstudent.org
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 https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/ap-2019/for-ap-coordinators, 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.
District News & Updates
Impacted by the Government Shutdown?
New guidance from the US Department of Agriculture provides support for families impacted by the shutdown of the federal government. If your family’s income has been cut off due to the shutdown, you are eligible to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch. Information about the Free & Reduced Lunch program, including how to apply, can be found on our website.
There is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Student Success Forum: Social Media
The third session of a four-part series on student success is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Cheney Middle School.
Join West Fargo Public Schools' administrators and students, West Fargo Police Department, and representatives from various community agencies to get an inside look at how social media impacts the lives of our students and children today. Resources will be shared that will allow families to better understand the risks of the online world and best practices for responsible digital citizenship. Moderated and live broadcasted by AM 1100 The Flag WZFG.
It is that time of year again when weather can alter school day plans. Please review the district's weather procedures to better prepare in the event of a late start, early dismissal, or no school day. In the event of a weather-related closure, all evening activities and facility rentals will be cancelled and the West Fargo Sports Arena and Hulbert Aquatic Center will close.
FEET Parent Trainings
Families of students receiving special education services are invited to attend the following West Fargo Public School's Family Educator Enhancement Trainings (FEET):
- Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support Plans - Thursday, December 6 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM CANCELLED
- Picture Communication - Thursday, February 26 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM
All three trainings will be held at the Leidal Education Center (Room #133), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078. The Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners. If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event. Childcare will be provided.