FHS Back to School Information

FHS Back to School Information
Posted on 08/09/2018

We hope that you and your family have been enjoying the summer. It has been a busy summer at Farmington High School with a fair amount of staffing and position changes. Even with all of that happening, it will still pretty much be business as usual for the 2018-19 school year. In this article you will find important information for the 2018-19 school year as well as some links that will help you and your student prepare for the school year.

The focus of our strategic plan is “creating personalized, nurturing learning environments through the purposeful integration of leading-edge technology and educational practice” for our students.  With this purpose in mind, we continue to look at our instructional strategies to provide students with the content and intangible skills they will need to be successful in their post-secondary choices.  We believe strongly that when students graduate from FHS they should be able to do the following:

  • Talk to adults and advocate for themselves
  • Manage workflow
  • Handle interpersonal problems and cope with ups/downs
  • Accept challenges and handle failing through perseverance/grit

Through the flexible use of time and varying instructional practices, incorporated by our staff, we believe our students will walk out of FHS not only prepared academically, but equipped with the above intangible skills needed to be successful in all postsecondary options available to FHS students.


FHS Schedule Pick-Up Days & Open House

The FHS Schedule Pick-Up days will be August 21 from 9am– 4pm and August 22 from noon–7 pm.  The make-up day for those unable to attend will be Wednesday, August 29 from 9am–1pm.  In addition to the Schedule Pick-Up days FHS will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, August 29 from 3:30–7:30 pm.  Teachers will be in their classrooms and available to meet with students and families.  

There will be an orientation session for 9th grade students and students new to FHS on August 29 from 6:30–7:30pm in the auxiliary gym.  All 9th grade and new students are encouraged to attend this session.  During the 9th grade student orientation, there will be an informational session for parents in the recital hall focusing on how the student day at FHS looks different to better support the unique needs of all of our learners.  This session is intended for 9th grade/new families, but any family is welcome.


Student iPad Pick-Up

Students that did not keep their iPad over the summer can pick them up during any of the FHS schedule pick-up days in the FHS Media Center.  Prior to picking up the iPad, parents must complete the loan agreement via FeePay: Farmington FeePay


Student Pictures

Student pictures will be taken by Lifetouch and will be here during all days of schedule pick-up. The online ordering notification is very important this year and for convenience the website will be available for orders up to 48 hours after picture day.  Here is a link with more information: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/pictureDayId/MI628053Y0 There is also a flyer with more information here.

Student Lockers

All 9th and 10th graders will be assigned a school locker.  Students in 11th or 12th grade who wish to use a school locker can get one assigned by stopping into the 3rd floor office or contact Kim Chambers at 651-252-2517.


FHS Student Parking (New)

FHS parking changes for this year has a new twist.  In past years permits to park in the East lot were issued on a first come first serve basis and the number issued was limited to the number of parking spots.  On any given day 30 -50 students with East lot permits opted not to drive leaving open parking spots that caused frustration for those who were unable to park there because they didn’t have an East lot permit.  NEW THIS YEAR we are issuing EAST lot permits to all juniors and seniors who pay to park on campus regardless of when they pay for their parking permit.  Parking in the east lot each day will be on a first come first serve basis until the lot is full, with all overflow going to the West lot.  All sophomores will be issued a west lot permit and cannot park in the east lot.   These changes are reflected in the parking lot regulations detailed on the FeePay parking registration form.  All vehicles must be registered and display their permit in order to park on campus other than the grace period of the first week of school.  Just like last year, students will not be able to pick up their parking pass until all of their fee and fines are paid.  Students may pick up parking passes during the FHS Schedule Pick-Up Days. Complete FHS parking regulations can be found at the link below.

Parking Regulations 2018-19


Student Transportation & Busing (Including DCTC)

Students in grades 11 and 12 that require busing (this includes students needing transportation to DCTC for their first hour class) must contact Marschall Lines to request being added to a route.  All 9th and 10th grade students will be assigned a bus route for the regular school day, but Marschall Lines does not route 11th or 12th graders unless families contact them directly. Contact Marschall Lines via phone at 651-463-8689 or by email at mlidispatch@minnesotacoaches.com, rwarmka@minnesotacoaches.com, ortseverson@minnesotacoaches.com.  If you have further questions regarding transportation please contact Marschall Lines directly.


Policy on Electronic Cigarettes (New)

Electronic cigarette (commonly called “a vape”) use by underage teens is on the rise and a serious health concern nationwide, including Farmington.  A device originally intended as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco has become easy for teenagers to get and comes in an array of shapes and sizes looking like a credit card, flash drive, or a mechanical pencil.  Makers of the devices have made it difficult for parents, school officials, and law enforcement to find. While the long term health effects are still unclear, there is growing concern among medical experts including a Harvard study finding the chemical flavors found in e-cigarettes linked to lung disease. Possession of eCigs/Vapes is ILLEGAL for anyone under 18 (just like cigarettes) and it’s illegal for anyone of any age to use the device on school grounds. Students found to be in possession of these devices at school are charged by the Farmington Police Department.  In addition, it’s violation of MSHSL rules and consequences will exist in sports and membership in school organizations. To curb the rise in possession of eCigs/Vapes by FHS students we are imposing stiffer school consequences than in the past as follows:  First violation = 3 days In School Suspension plus one morning of Saturday School....Second violation = 3 days OUT of School Suspension plus two mornings of Saturday School...Third violation = 5 days OUT of School Suspension plus 3 days of In School Suspension plus two mornings of Saturday School.

Many kids, especially those in the lower HS grades think it’s “no big deal” to carry a vape or participate in “vaping” with others, until they are caught.  Based upon our experiences over the past couple of years, many parents would be surprised to learn that their student has one. Please help your FHS student(s) understand the consequences outlined above and make them think twice before bringing a vape to school.  Google e-cigs or vapes to see the many different shapes and sizes available to kids. Google “vaping” to open the door to loads of information and health issues.


Parent Contact Information, Consent to Publish, and Emergency Contact Form

Prior to coming to one of the schedule pick up days please check Family Web Access and verify that all contact information is correct.  If you need to make any changes you can do that during schedule pick up. It is important that FHS has up to date phone numbers and email addresses in order to stay connected with families.  All FHS information will be pushed out via email to families so please make sure this is updated.

Parents who would like to deny their consent to publish their student’s work must also complete an online form.  This form only needs to be completed if you don’t want your students picture or work to be used publicly.

Deny Consent to Publish

In the mailing you received a copy of your current emergency contact form.  Please make any changes directly to the medical form and bring it with you to schedule pick-up.  If you do not wish to make any changes to your emergency contact form please write “no changes” large across the bottom of the form.  


9th Grade Specific Information

FHS 9th grade students will again participate in a retreat on Tuesday, November 6th.  This retreat is an extension of the Link Crew activities all 9th grade students will participate in throughout the 2018-19 school year - including 9th grade orientation on Wednesday, August 29.

LINK and 9th Grade Retreat Letter 2018-19

9th Grade Retreat Permission Form 2018-19

One other important note for 9th grade families is that FHS does not a have a supply list for students at the High School.  We recommend that you send your student with all of the normal school stuff (pencils, notebooks, folders, etc.).  Your student will come home with syllabi for classes after the first day of school. If there is anything special they need for a particular class it will be listed there.  

First Day of School Schedule

The first day of school will be September 4 and FHS will continue with the tradition of running a modified schedule.  Buses will run their regular routes and times. 9th graders will start their day at 8:20 am. 10th-12th graders with a zero hour will begin at 12:40 with all other 10th-12th graders and 9th graders starting at 1:05.  Students enrolled in the DCTC program will attend classes the morning of September 4. 9th graders who are enrolled in zero hour will not have zero hour the first day. 9th graders will participate in our Link Crew program during the morning. 10th-12th graders riding the bus are invited to congregate in the commons or media center until 12:40.  Lunch will be served from 12:05-1:00.

First Day of School Schedule 18-19


Other Important Links

Daily Schedule Graphic without Flex (First 4 weeks of each trimester)

Daily Schedule Graphic with Flex (Last 8 weeks of each trimester)

FHS Back to School Letter 2018-19

FHS “How to” Guide 2018-19

FHS Frequently Asked Questions 2018-19

FHS Student Handbook 2018-19

2018-19 FHS Calendar of Events

Have a great last few weeks of summer, and we looking forward to a great start of the 2018-19 school year!!

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