The end of first semester is Friday, January 15th. The next two weeks will continue on the A/B, C-day schedule. BHS will not have final exams this semester, but may have chapter tests/assessments next week as teachers wrap up instructional units. Students are expected to be in attendance for their A or B day and C-days if they are assigned. Jan. 14th will be the last day of new learning, and Jan.15th will be a C-day for students who are below a 70% in a class. C-days are also available for students who have above 70% but would like to work with their teachers to try and improve their grades.
As you may already be aware, the semester 1 grade is the grade which gets permanently stored on your transcript. Therefore, we hope you reserve the time necessary over the course of the next 2 weeks to make a strong final push to get your grades to the highest percentage/grade possible. Grade classification is based on the number of credits a student has at the end of each school year. Students can earn ½ credit per course each semester with a passing grade (65% or higher). EX: Freshmen are taking 7 classes and can earn up to 3.5 credits per semester..
Credits needed per grade classification:
Freshman--less than 5 credits
Please reach out to administration or counselors if you have any questions or concerns.
** This does NOT apply to those students who are 100% distance learners.
Wednesday mornings, we will be running a grade check for all BHS students. Students with grades BELOW 70% will be required to come into the building for tutoring from 8:20am-12pm on our next C-Day. You will receive an email notification on Wednesdays if your student should be coming in for tutoring. Attendance will be taken, and unexcused absences will count towards final test exemption. Busing will be available those days and will run at normally scheduled morning and afternoon times.On-line learning will continue to take place on C-days for all 9-12 students. Students with grades above 70% will be able to complete their assignments from home.
The end of the semester is Jan. 15th, which means there are only 19 school days for students to get caught up and earn credit for the semester. Students with failing grades at the end of the semester will be required to retake those classes.
C-Day tutoring is also available to all students with grades 70% and above. Students should work with their teachers to set tutoring as needed.
Grade 9 students
Freshmen with grades BELOW 70% will be expected to be at Bismarck High for the whole school day (until 3:28). Tutoring time will run from 8:20 to 12pm. Lunch will be served from 12-12:30pm in the BHS commons. The afternoon will be time to work on that day’s new learning. Freshmen parents can call and check out their students during the afternoon, but assigned morning tutoring is mandatory.
Grade 10-12 students
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with grades BELOW 70% will be expected to be at Bismarck High during assigned morning tutoring sessions. Tutoring will run from 8:20am-12:00pm. Once 10th-12th graders have completed their assigned tutoring, they may work from home for the rest of the school day. The commons will be available to students if they want to stay at school and complete their C-day assignments.
Students will report to the following areas by 8:15am to pick up their tutoring schedules:
We are asking for donations of diapers, wipes, tampons, and feminine pads. These donations will help serve children 0-18 that receive support from the BPS Students in Transition program, BECEP, South Central High School, all BPS social workers working with families in need, Healthy Families of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and the Adopt-A-Block program.
We have seen an evident need to help people in our community with basic items such as diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products. This underlying need in our community is now exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting rising unemployment. WIC and SNAP benefits help with food, but do not help with these items or other personal hygiene items for children and families in our community. A group of organizations along with faith leaders are working with families and have come together with the goal of meeting the current above-mentioned needs and building relationships between churches and organizations to continue and increase the scope of support into the future.
Our first goal is to collect and build resources so the above organizations can distribute to families in need. Donations can be dropped off at:
Century Baptist Church (205 Colt Dr.) Monday & Thursday 11:00 am-1:00 pm.
Evangel Church (3225 N 14th St.) Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm.
J&R Vacuum (223 E Main Ave) Monday-Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Drop off at loading dock and call 258-5619 at time of delivery.
To have donations picked up, call Becky Matthews at 701-220-5271. To learn more about the Needs Nook, contact her at email@example.com or 701-220-5271.
COVID-19 BPS Fundraising
Donate to Student Cold-Weather Efforts BPS social workers have identified the need for snow boots, snow pants and water-repellent gloves for students in need. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help purchase these items, please go to https://www.bpsfoundation.com/donations/kidskicks/.
Donate to Family Assistance Fund The Bismarck Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) has established a COVID-19 BPS Family Assistance Fund. Those that wish to donate may do so through the foundation website or by mail. To donate online, go to https://www.bpsfoundation.com/donations/cv19bps-faf/. To donate by mail, send checks to the BPS Foundation at 806 N. Washington St., Bismarck, ND 58501 and write “COVID-19” in the memo line. Families seeking assistance are encouraged to reach out to their counselor or social worker who will connect them to established community resources as well as submit requests for funding needs that cannot be met within existing resources. The BPSF thanks those who have already reached out to volunteer and/or provide monetary donations to help those within our community who are struggling.
Donate to Student Feeding Efforts BPS has had many kind offers to help with student feeding. If you want to make a monetary donation to help feed students in need, go to www.bpsfoundation.com/meals.
Kindergarten Registration is open!
Fall kindergarten registration is now open for children who will be 5 years old on or before July 31. Go to https://www.bismarckschools.org/kreg to get information to complete your child’s registration. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can visit any public elementary school to use one or stop by Central Registration at 806 N. Washington St., door #2. If you need assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-323-4110. Students who attend BECEP can be registered for kindergarten at BECEP by March 12. NOTE: Parents who do not register any student, grades K-5, by August 1 may not be assured a spot in their neighborhood school due to lack of space, so register early!
Register for 6th grade summer band camp!
BPS summer band camp is for students entering 6th grade and will take place August 9-13 & 16-19 at Simle Middle School, 1218 Simle Dr. Choose the morning (9-11:30 am) or afternoon session (12:30-3 pm). Reminders about the camp will be sent via email by the district. For up-to-date information, go to www.bismarckschools.org/Page/162. For questions, contact Fine Arts Secretary Nicole Fitzgerald at 323-4082.