Sibley Scoop Aug 19
SIBLEY SCOOP - published Aug 19
Posted on 08/19/2019

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Our building and facilities continue to change as construction projects continue, start, and end. Different projects are all in different states of completion, but all progress is celebrated.

The energy around the building has increased substantially as our fall sports have begun. It is great to see so much Warrior Pride embodied in our student-athletes and our coaching staff.

Please be certain to make plans to participate in the critical back-to-school events for you and your child(ren). These lead to the great beginning for a successful school year.

We look forward to seeing you here soon. GO WARRIORS!

Ron Monson
Principal ~ Henry Sibley High School

SIBLEY START UP DAY! Wednesday, August 28
Sibley Start Up Day is an open-house style event where your child will receive their class schedule, locker assignment, and have the opportunity to finalize important items necessary for the school year ahead, including food services, transportation and more. This event runs from 10:00 am until 6 pm; please come when it works best for your schedule. The following includes more detailed information about the event and how your child can best prepare for a smooth start to the school year. 

FeePay™ is:
>> A simple and secure way to pay with credit card or electronic transfer from your bank account
>> Convenient—no more having to send cash or checks to school or take time out of your workday to come to school to register for activities or athletics.
>> Safe and secure - FeePayTM is PCI-compliant – the highest industry standard for data and transaction security – ensuring your transaction and financial data stay safe and secure.

Paying and registering online is easy
Step 1: Click on the link to FeePayTM. (
Step 2: Set up your FeePayTM account.  (Be sure to use your student’s ID number.)
Step 3: Choose your activities or other items, complete and sign electronically any required forms.
Step 4: Go to your shopping cart and complete your purchase. You will receive an immediate confirmation by email that your payment has been received. You can also print out a receipt. 

Please note, any task listed below that includes “FeePay” can be done at home on your personal computer or device. Computers will not be available for registering during Sibley Start-Up Day.

The following stations will be set up on the 1st floor at Henry Sibley during Start Up Day. Please use the West entrance of the building near the District Office.

LOCKERS & LOCKS--Attendance Office
With the new construction the use of our school academic lockers at Henry Sibley will be changing. Only 9th grade students will be automatically assigned a locker. These will be located on the first floor.

All remaining grade levels will need to team up with a partner to share a locker.  Lockers for 10th, 11th and 12th graders will be assigned through the 2nd and 3rd floors on a first come first served basis. Only sign up if you plan to use your locker. Once you choose a locker partner and are assigned a locker, you will NOT be able to make changes throughout the school year. ONE partner needs to complete the following form to request a locker for you and a partner

Official locker assignments will be posted on your schedule available on Sibley Start Up, if request is completed by Thursday, August 22. Any requests received after that date will not be printed out on the schedule, you will have to request your locker number in the Attendance Office with schedule in hand.

Please take into consideration that both of you will have to share a lock to secure your locker and its combination. Padlocks can be purchased online through FeePay or in the Attendance Office. The cost is $5.00. Students may also choose to purchase their own. 

PARKING PASSES--Attendance Office
Students who use the school parking lot need to purchase a parking pass.  All passes must be purchased through FeePay. A very limited number of passes will be sold this year due to construction. Plan ahead and purchase your pass right away. 

Parking Pass costs:    1 semester = $110.00 Full Year = $200.00

Daily passes are $2.00/day and may be purchased in the Attendance Office each day before school. Due to construction, there will ONLY be 20 daily parking spots available for students.

All students in grades 9-11 and new 12th grade Sibley students (who did not attend in 2018-2019) must have their photo taken for a Student ID. Seniors who attended Sibley last year can pick up their ID cards in the Sibley Attendance Office.

ORDER SCHOOL PHOTOS ONLINE! Pre-Purchase your Lifetouch package here: . Online ordering will be available for 48 hours after this event for your convenience. Paper order forms will be available onsite. Students are not required to purchase a picture package but must have a Sibley ID made.

Student schedules are not available before Sibley Start-Up Day, and will only be handed out after 9-11th grade students have their photos taken. All fully-registered students should have a printed schedule available for them. If you do not have a schedule or have questions about your schedule, please see the Guidance Office. Schedules will not be distributed to anyone other than the student, parent, or guardian.

Representatives from the District’s Child Nutrition Department will be available so students and parents/guardians may deposit money into accounts via cash or check, pick-up/drop-off applications for free and reduced meals. September menus are available online. 

IMPORTANT! Online meal account payments and management are done through MyPaymentsPlus. Parents will need to set up an account and add their child(ren) on the MyPaymentsPlus website unless they already have an account.

Meal prices are:          $1.80 = Breakfast                  $3.15 = Lunch

The Infinite Campus Portal is how parents/guardians of District 197 students can access their student’s attendance information, grades, test scores and more. This is available through the internet anytime, anywhere. Students also have an Infinite Campus account. Each person; parent/guardian and student, has a unique login.

Parents/Guardians of students enrolled at Friendly Hills, Heritage, or Henry Sibley in 2018-19: Your Campus Portal account is active from last year. If you forgot your username and/or password you may reset it on your own by clicking on “forgot your password?” or “forgot your username?” links from the login screen,

All families should login to review and update their contact information and messenger preference settings. Messenger preferences will ensure you receive school and teacher communications sent through Infinite Campus.

If you did not create a Campus Portal account last year, please email for instructions.

Students enrolled at Friendly Hills, Heritage, or Henry Sibley in 2018-19: Your Campus Portal is active from last year. Your username and password has not changed. If you forgot your username and/or password you may reset it on your own by clicking on “forgot your password?” or “forgot your username?” links from the login screen, 

New Students for 2019-20: Information on how to set up a Campus Portal account will be provided to you during the first few weeks of school.  

Parents or Guardians of a New Student in 2019-20: Please email for instructions on how to create a Campus Portal account.

EMPOWERED – New Students and 9th Grade Students
If your child attended middle school in District 197 they used an iPad. At the high school, however, students use a laptop to access course content, complete homework, collaborate and communicate with classmates, conduct research and more.

This does not mean that students at Henry Sibley use a computer for the entire period of each class throughout their day. Our teachers continue to use traditional instructional methods and ask students to complete assignments or projects using tools other than a computer.

All students at Henry Sibley have two options:

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Students/families bring a device to school that they currently own or purchase that meets the minimum requirements to use in class each day.

Use a school-owned device – Students will be provided with a computing device in the fall to use throughout their four years of high school. The device will be assigned specifically to the student who will need to bring it to school each day. School devices are a mix of new, currently owned and recertified laptops, Chromebooks and Macbooks.

If you have not completed a student device form for 2019-20, please fill one out at:



More information about EmPowerED, personalized, digital learning at Henry Sibley, can be found at

Any student who is eligible and plans to ride the bus this school year must fill out a new Resident Registration Form each year. Students who have registered to use district transportation will be mailed information about their bus near the end of August. We will have a tentative bus list onsite. Please contact the Transportation Office with any questions, 651-403-8320. 

All open enrolled non-resident students must complete the Non-Resident Registration Form to register for transportation and agree to the criteria on the form.

Register for district bus service at

ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT--office located on the 2nd floor
A Sports Pass - $30.00 will give you entrance to all regular season, home sporting events.  Without a Sports Pass you will pay $4.00 per game. Purchase through FeePay online.

Stop by the Activities Office to pick up your ALL-SPORTS pass. Please bring cash or check (made out to the Henry Sibley) for $50 and receive entrance into ALL home regular season athletic events for the Warriors


All students participating in Athletics and/or Activities must register on FeePay.
Fall athletics started on Monday, August 12. If you are still interested in joining a team, please connect with Sue Soine as soon as possible at 651.403.7206.

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT--offices located on the 2nd floor
Stop in to meet your counselors or if you have any questions about your schedule. Throughout the school year, the Counseling Department will provide career and college planning materials, which will help guide students during their four years at Sibley, while also preparing them for options after high school. Grade level checklists, four-year plans, options beyond high school and Minnesota Careers Guidebooks will be available. Find resources online at

                     Counselors – Last Name Begins With:
                                 A-Da              -      Ms. Gjerde   
                                 De-G            -      Ms. Grochowski       
                                 H-Ma            -      Ms. Erchul
                                 Mc-R         -      Ms. Citta
                                 S-Z                -      Mr. Winkoski

NEW PARENT & 9th Grade Parent Meeting | August 28 | 6:00 pm
If you are NEW to Henry Sibley High School, we will be hosting an information meeting at 6 p.m. immediately following the end of Sibley Start Up. At this meeting you will meet the administration, along with other members of the Henry Sibley team. They will share important information that will provide you with the best perspective on your child’s upcoming experience as a student. This meeting is for parents/guardians ONLY. 

Front Entrance & child drop off → The front entrance of Henry Sibley will begin construction prior to the start of school. Please see the attached map for how this will affect traffic flow, and student/visitor entry to the building. The primary (temporary) entrance will remain on the first floor on the west-end of the building until construction on the main entry is completed.
student drop off map

Visitor/student Sign in & out → While the front entrance is under construction, a temporary Attendance Office and security desk will be located at the temporary west-end entrance. All visitors and students MUST check-in during school hours.

Aquatic Center → Construction is beginning!! Due to dirt removal and heavy truck access, the lower parking lot will be CLOSED to ALL public access. This means absolutely no students and/or pick-up and drop-off traffic can take place in this lot. Please ONLY use the main lot North of the building.

Link Day - Freshmen Orientation | August 29 | 8:30 am - 3:04 pm ... Click HERE for more information 1st Day of School for ALL students | September 3 | 8:30 am - 3:04 pm Sibley Parent Night | September 18 | 6:30-8:30 pm* ... Walk through your child’s schedule and learn more about the teachers & classroom experience.
* Grade 10 Parent Meeting | 6:00 pm ... Meet with counselors regarding Henry Sibley academic & post-secondary planning 
* Grade 11 & 12 Parent Meeting | 8:30 pm .... Meet with counselors regarding post-secondary planning

CAPS--Center for Advanced Professional Studies
We still have unique opportunities for students to enroll in our TriDistrict CAPS Business & Entrepreneurship and Transportation Programs. Recall that these courses are a collaboration between Henry Sibley, Simley, and South St. Paul High Schools. In these courses, students explore careers and learning opportunities in their chosen field of business/entrepreneurship or transportation and related trades & technologies, learn transferable professional skills, and earn an English Language Arts credit. Students in these programs are immersed in the professional environment at either Evolve Workplace or North American trailer and are taught by a collaborative team of teachers from TriDistrict high schools. In the fall, the course is complemented by field trips, guest speakers, and project work done in collaboration with our business partners.  Students then leverage this fall experience into a spring internship, deepening their learning. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ben Kusch, TriDistrict CAPS Program Coordinator at You can also go to for more information.

BECOME A MENTOR! Calling the Friends, Parents, and Community Members of Henry Sibley.
Warrior Seminar, Henry Sibley's 9th Grade Seminar course, begins its third year this fall, and with it, our Warrior Seminar Mentor Program. We are once again looking for mentors to meet 4 times across the year and to share their career experience and expertise with Henry Sibley 9th graders. Mentors meet with groups of 4-5 students to learn more about the mentors' jobs/careers and their pathway to their current job. Mentors also share their knowledge and expertise as it pertains to applying for jobs, pursuing a career area of interest, and how to be successful in a job/career. Please join us to help our students learn more about the wide array of career opportunities that exist in our community and region. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ben Kusch, Warrior Seminar Mentor Program Coordinator at  

Student supply lists for class are dependent on their individual schedule and teacher. If necessary, teachers will email supply lists to families before the start of school; otherwise, students will be given a supply list during the first week of classes. Students should at least plan to arrive with pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, and folders for each class.

Calling everyone that is full of energy and smiles to help make the start of the year a success! We are looking for YOU to join us on Wednesday, August 28th for Sibley Start-Up Day!  We have 12 spots available each for 2 hour blocks of time to help with schedule distributions, Lifetouch Pictures, and transportation questions. Please follow this link to sign up for a slot:  We appreciate your time & help to make this a successful event!! If you have any other questions please call us at 651.403.7100 and we’ll be happy to help you. THANK YOU!