About Shanley High School

We are pleased to welcome you to the community and family that is Shanley High School.  We are a school of students, educators, clergy, religious, parents, friends, and alumni who work together like a family.  We want everyone to feel at home here.

Feeling at home is a good experience, especially for students.  It is good for students to learn in a friendly and personal atmosphere.  When frustrated or troubled, it’s good for students to receive compassion, concern and care.  Our first responsibility is to treat students as individuals.

There are demands that come with being a member of a school community.  There are expectations.  We expect students to share in creating our healthy, moral atmosphere by living those Christian values they have been taught at home and in their parishes.  There are rules to obey.  We expect them to respect others and to take their studies seriously.  That means doing homework, reading books, preparing for exams, and getting to class on time.  We believe our success with students comes from the right blend of love and expectations.

That’s one of the important reasons why so many feel at home.  We are glad that you have chosen to be a part of Shanley High School.  We have no doubt; you too, will feel right at home.


Shanley High School & Staff



Shanley High School strives to proclaim to our students the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Catholic tradition and to help them grow through a person-centered educational process.  This process encompasses three principal goals: a) to foster spiritual, intellectual, and physical development of the individual; b) to form a close, familial community for the purposes of relational growth; c) to translate the Gospel message into active concern and action within and outside the School community.

Shanley High School seeks to challenge students’ intellectual and physical abilities and spiritual development.  It recognizes that education transcends the classroom, addressing itself not simply to the mind, but to the whole person.  It also recognizes that its teachers must accept and respect students as unique individuals in order for each student to build a positive self-image and an appreciation for education as a life-long process to be integrated into their lives.


  1. To provide opportunities for students to develop as Christians through worship, study, and active apostolates.
  2. To provide opportunities for students to grow in occupational, educational and recreational skills and knowledge needed for their future through the use of required and elective disciplines.
  3. To provide activities and programs for the development of positive relationships with both peer and other age groups.
  4. To foster an appreciation and respect for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and of the physical universe as well as fostering a sense of Christian responsibility to share them with others.
  5. To lay the foundation for leadership within the Church by encouraging a sense of responsibility for an active involvement in the life of the Church.
  6. To foster personal growth by encouraging involvement in extra-curricular activities.


In the spirit of the Catholic faith, Shanley High School has imported the use of a Student Code of Conduct.  This Code of Conduct will guide students and parents in the basic expectations of a Shanley student.  This code of conduct needs to be signed and returned prior to the start of school.  For students taking part in fall activities, they will need to have theirs signed and turned in prior to their 1st day of practice.

Shanley High School Student Code of Conduct

The intention of this Code of Conduct is to assist the students of Shanley and Sullivan to be “imitators of God as beloved children and walk in love” by conforming their thoughts, words and actions to the “mind…which is yours in Christ Jesus,” and by following his example.  (CCC 1694)  It is meant to ensure a safe, healthy and moral environment for youth in our school setting.  This code is a reminder that we are all created with dignity in the image and likeness of God. (Gen.1:26-28).

Pope John Paul II challenged young people to heroic faith.  In his message for World Youth Day 2002, he exhorted them “not be content with anything less than the highest ideals!”  He also said, “If you have an ardent desire for the Lord, you will steer clear of the mediocrity and conformity so widespread in our society…” This Code aids in the creation of an environment that aspires to the highest of standards and ideals.

The content of this Code is inspired by the Holy Father’s message, Jesus “great commandment” (Matt 22:36-40) of love, and the God given dignity of each person. This code is one of Christian kindness, respect, hospitality, and care, which will provide an ability to defeat mediocrity and conformity.  This Code also reflects Christian stewardship and our proper duty and respect towards places and things.

The following Code will be used in conjunction with existing FCSN Student Handbook policies & protocols.

You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.” (Matt 22:36-38)

  • By using God’s name and the name of Jesus Christ only with respect, and never in careless, abusive or angry manner
  • By respectfully participating in prayer and worship
  • By faithfully representing the teachings of the Catholic Church with integrity in word and action
  • By showing respect to the Creator by taking care of God’s creation

Responsibility Toward Self – “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is an excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.  Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

  • By being mindful that God created each of us in His image and likeness participants will act accordingly:
    • By being truthful, understanding, open-minded, gracious, reliable and respectful
    • By upholding and supporting God’s plan for sexual relations
    • By promoting chastity in dress, speech, and action
    • By respecting human life in the following ways
      • Not using alcohol, tobacco, and/or any form of illegal drugs
      • Not using profanities
      • Not possessing weapons
      • Not acting in a disruptive manner

Responsibility Toward Others –The second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”  (Matt 22:39-40)

  • By respecting the role of adult leaders and administrators and established guidelines
  • By reporting immediately to a responsible adult anytime I see the safety of another in jeopardy
  • By honoring and respecting the personal dignity and boundaries of others
  • By promoting and maintaining a safe environment for peers
  • By making restitution for any damages I may cause
  • By demonstrating responsibility toward others, students will not:
    • Use physical aggression and/or harm
    • Use language that insults, bullies, intimidates, or humiliates
    • Isolate or exclude others
    • Threaten or use behavior that leads others into disobedience, disrespect for others, or illegal behavior
    • Engage in inappropriate sexual behavior
    • Steal
    • Disrespect the property of others: personal and institutional
    • Gossip, slander or use malicious speech or jokes
    • Use sexual language or jokes that demean God’s gift of sexuality or demean the dignity of another
    • Cheat
    • Cooperate in harmful behavior/harassment, either by encouragement or supportive observation

It shall be an expectation that each student behaves in a manner both on and off campus that is consistent with the Catholic principles of the school. The school will work cooperatively with guardians and students to assist students in meeting the academic, moral, and behavioral expectations of the school.

Students and parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about the school operation and its personnel.  However, they may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, rumor driven, threatening, or contrary to Catholic principles.  In the event that parents/guardians have a concern about the school operation and its personnel it is important that the appropriate chain of command be recognized and followed.  The appropriate steps should include:

  • Start by visiting with the appropriate classroom teacher, coach, or staff member.
  • Visit the appropriate administrator (i.e. Principal/Activities Director) if situation is not resolved.
  • Visit the Superintendent if the situation is not resolved.

Situations of Minor Misconduct will generally be addressed by teachers and other staff members as they encounter them.  Any incidents of Major, Severe, or Criminal Misconduct will be handled by the building Principals and Superintendent.   The Administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of any disciplinary action.


“Come, follow me.” (Matt. 19:21)
“It is Jesus who is’the way, and the truth, and the life’, and Christian living consists in following Christ, the sequela Christi.” (Pope John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae).

Our mission as a Catholic School is to teach the total person and foster the following of Christ”.  (Mission Statement).

Shanley High School exists in order to “foster the following of Christ”.  Success at Shanley High School should be measured above all by fidelity to that guiding mission, whether in the classroom, the chapel, the athletic arena, the hallway, or in other activities.  This fundamental mission, which embraces the full truth about each person’s transcendent dignity and destiny, is the essential dimension of Shanley High School.  All students, staff member, and parents are called to share in this mission.

Expectations for the Program of Religion at Shanley High School

RELIGION CLASSES: All students are required to take a Religion class for each quarter of attendance at Shanley.  Formal religious instruction aims to study the Mystery of Christ in all its dimensions and to point students toward intimacy with Christ.  The FCSN Religion Curriculum correlates to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “a sure norm for teaching the faith” (Pope John Paul II).  Religion classes are held with the same frequency and duration as other classes and use the same general standards and principles.

PRAYER: “Pray at every opportunity in the Spirit”. (Ephesians 6:18)
The follower of Christ heeds Saint Paul’s advice about prayer.  At Shanley, therefore, our school day is punctuated with prayer: Morning Prayer, classroom prayer, daily chapel, all-school Masses and prayer services, and devotional options such as the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, and Stations.
In all these times of prayer, the expectation is active participation to the best of one’s ability.  This means, first of all, developing an attitude of respect and reverence at prayer: quiet, attentive listening, good posture, asking for the Lord’s help to pray worthily, etc.  For some prayers we’ll simply listen to a leader.  Some traditional prayers, we’ll say together; please participate.  And some prayers require an active spoken or sung response; please do your part.

THE EUCHARIST:  “The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the source from which all her power flows.” (Vatican Council II)

Because of its crucial importance in fostering the following of Christ, the Eucharist is celebrated regularly at Shanley. Whether in the chapel for daily Mass or at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church for all-school-Mass, keep in mind the following expectations: genuflection on entering and exiting, the use of holy water, and an attitude of respect, reverence, and active participation.  Gum-chewing, slouching, visiting, doing homework, sleeping, etc…are not acceptable behaviors at liturgy.

–For Catholics
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion.  We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently.  In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.  A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession.  In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confession as soon as possible (Canon 916).  A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

–For Other Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters.  We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions, which separate us.  We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayers for us “that they may all be one” (John 17:21).  Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion.  Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (Canon 844.4).

–For Those Not Receiving Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
–For Non-Christians
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ.  While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and unity of the human family.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 1996 

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION: The Chaplain will offer daily opportunities for confession, with expanded opportunities during Advent and Lent.  Students and staff may also request an appointment time with the Chaplain to receive this sacrament.
THE CHAPEL: The chapel is a place of prayer, worship, and meditation.  As such, all are welcome and encouraged to use it for those purposes.  Other, non-religious uses of the chapel are generally discouraged and would need prior approval from the Chaplain’s office.  The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Chapel’s tabernacle.  Christ’s Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament is a special source of graces and blessings for his followers—as all the saints’ attest.  You are invited to visit Jesus there.  Also, Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration will be held on First Fridays.  Daily visits to the Chapel are highly encouraged.

RETREATS: A retreat is a time to get away from our ordinary, daily routines to pray and reflect on our lives in the context of faith.  A retreat is scheduled for each grade.  All class members are required to attend.  Students who miss the scheduled retreat will be required to do some form of make-up.  A semester incomplete will be given for the student’s Religion class until the make-up requirements are met.

LITURGICAL SEASONS: We will observe the integrity, meaning, and purpose of the liturgical seasons and holy days as the Church unfolds the Mystery of Christ through the liturgical year.

SERVICE: “DEACON” is derived from the Greek and literally means “servant” or “one who serves.”  Shanley Deacons should be noted for a willingness to serve God and neighbor.  Thanks for following Christ (who came “to serve”) by generously giving during the school year!  Deacon Day is held each year to provide service to those in need.

The Administration has the right to make any exceptions to any regulations outlined in this handbook.


School Business Hours
The school business hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Please try to limit school business to these hours.

Snow Emergency Days
FCSN families should listen to local radio announcements for closing due to inclement weather.  The FCSN, in conjunction with the Fargo Public Schools, will make a decision on closing school.

School Closing
Whenever the FCSN has to close because of an emergency, such as severe weather conditions, radio stations KFGO (AM 790) and WDAY (AM 970) will carry the official information.  Ordinarily, official information will be broadcast between 6:30 – 7:15 a.m.

Student Records
Shanley keeps educational and immunization records on individual students.  Parents may review records if they wish with reasonable time notification of the school principal.

Change of Address and Family Status Changes
Parents are asked to please notify the School Office and FCSN Business Office as soon as possible of any change in address or phone number of a student, parents (home or business), a person to notify in case of emergency or any changes in the family such as divorce, guardian or custody arrangements.

Fire/Tornado Drill
Drills will be held periodically during the school year.  When the alarm sounds during a class period, each student should follow their teacher and proceed in an orderly fashion and in silence to the exit appointed for that particular classroom.  When the all-clear signal is given, the students will return to their classrooms.  Information regarding emergency exits procedures are posted in every classroom and will be shared with the students.

Phone Messages
Students will not be called out of class for phone messages except in cases of emergency.  Students will be given phone messages twice a day during announcements (one time in the AM and one time in the PM).

School Parent/Student Communication
The following are vehicles used to communicate school information to parents and/or students:

  1. School Calendar
  2. Monthly Newsletters
  3. Updated Monthly Calendars
  4. Parent’s Open House
  5. Daily Parent E-Mails
  6. Quarterly/Midterm Reports to Parents on Student Progress
  7. Parent/Teacher Conferences
  8. Shanley Web Site:  www.fcsn.k12.nd.us

-Go to the FCSN homepage and click on “staff” to see email addresses of teachers.
9)    LeagueMinder – Lists all SHS Activities
-Go to www.digitalsports.com/viewmyschedule.aspx

Hall Passes
Teachers reserve the right to limit the number of times a student may leave a class.  Students should utilize break times to visit restrooms, water fountains, and lockers.  Students must use a hall pass.

Large sums of money or valuables should not be brought to school.  If, for some reason, it becomes necessary to bring a large sum of money to school, it should be left in the School Office.

Signs & Advertising
Signs may not be posted in the school building without prior consent from the Administration.  Signs and posters are not permitted on painted surfaces in the school building.

Lockers are property of the school to be used for students’ personal property.  The school cannot be responsible for items missing from a locker.  Books, coats, and other personal property are to be kept in their locker.  Students are not to keep money or other valuables in their lockers and are not to give other students access to their locker.

The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s locker at any time.  Lockers are to be kept locked at all times.  Posters/pictures inside of a locker, which are deemed offensive, will be removed.

Prohibited Areas
The offices, faculty room, kitchen area, maintenance rooms, and faculty parking area are off limits to the students.
For safety reasons, students are not to be in the auditorium, weight room, or gymnasium unless accompanied by a teacher or coach.

Before – After School Guidelines

  1. Those students not involved in school sponsored activities, school detention, or after school studying should leave the building no later than 4:00 p.m.
  2. Those students involved in co-curricular activities sponsored by the school should leave school immediately following the cessation of those activities.
  3. Students should not arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. unless they have a pre-arranged meeting with a staff member in school.
  4. When arriving at school in the morning, students should enter the building immediately.  Students should not loiter in the parking lot or anywhere else on school grounds.
  5. Students are expected to conduct themselves properly after classes have been dismissed, just as is expected of them during the regular school hours.  Students should refrain from running in hallways or on stairs, from making excessive noise and from using food or beverages outside of the commons area.  Observance of these rules will help to provide a safe environment.


There will be emergency phone access in the office area when appropriate.   Students who need to use the telephone during normal class periods must have a signed pass from the classroom teacher.  Students are not allowed to use or have pagers, cell phones, or any type of personal communication device during the school day.  If they are found, these devices will be confiscated for one day and returned to the student.  The second time this occurs the phone will again be taken for the day.  Parents will be notified and further consequences may follow.

Student Insurance
Supplemental medical insurance to cover accidents while at school or going to and from school will be made available to all registered families through an independent insurer.  The cost for this coverage is very reasonable.  All necessary forms will be placed in the students’ pre-registration packet or may be picked up at any of the four school offices.  The school does not carry medical insurance for accidents on school grounds by individual students.  The school, however, does carry liability insurance to cover accidents where the school or its employees are found to be negligent.  Parents should check their insurance program to make certain that their children are covered while at school related activities, either at school or off campus.


  1. The school kitchen serves a hot lunch every day of the school year unless notified of a special day whereby lunch is not served.
  2. For those who wish to bring their own lunch, beverages will be available for purchase.
  3. All food is to be eaten in the cafeteria and students are expected to clean up trays and paper products they bring to the table.  NO TRAYS ARE TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE CAFETERIA.
  4. Trays and dishes are to be returned to the dishwashing window.  Paper sacks, milk containers, etc. are to be placed in the proper containers.
  5. Students are expected to display good table manners and positive behavior during lunch.  Treating cafeteria workers with respect is also expected.
  6. Students ARE NOT ALLOWED FAST FOOD IN THE CAFETERIA.  The school provides a solid lunch and al a carte items.  There is no need to order in fast foods during lunch period.
  7. During lunch, all students are expected to stay in the lunchroom.  They are not allowed in the Academic areas of the school.
  8. Students are not allowed to leave class during the day to go to the cafeteria.
  9. Any student with a negative balance of greater than -$10.00 will not be allowed ala carte privileges.  Any student with a negative balance of greater than -$20.00 will not be allowed hot lunch.


Media Center

  1. The Media Center is open 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily.  It is equipped to meet state and North Central standards.  Students are asked to cooperate with the media specialist with all regulations pertaining to the use of the Media Center. Emailing (unless used for a class project) and game playing on the computers in the Media Center are not allowed.
  2. The Media Center is the hub of our school community and is a place for browsing, reading, research and technological exploration.  A calm and relaxed learning environment is expected.
  3. Media Center materials are to be returned within two weeks or a renewal is to be obtained for an extension of time.  No new books may be checked out until all overdue books are returned, and no report cards, transcripts or other information will be given to the student until the overdue books are returned.
  4. Reserve books may be checked out overnight and are due the first period of the following day.
  5. All overdue books and materials are subject to fines.


  1. Assemblies, whether they are held in the gym or the auditorium are for the education and entertainment of everyone.  All students are to attend.  Skipping an assembly will be treated as an unexcused absence.
  2. Every speaker is entitled to respect and politeness.  Disorderly conduct cannot be tolerated.  Whistling, animal calls, booing, and other such noises are not acceptable forms of behavior.
  3. Liturgy is a special form of assembly.  It requires ones full attention, participation and quiet respect.  All students are required to attend liturgy.
  4. During assemblies students will sit in assigned areas.

Senior Privileges
All seniors in good standing may be allowed on October 1st, during their study hall and lunch period, to leave the school premises.  They must sign out in the office prior to leaving.  If their study hall falls the period prior to or the period following their assigned lunch they may sign out for both periods.  If the student does not sign out they must report to their scheduled study hall.  Senior privilege rules will be reviewed yearly.  Seniors may have privileges removed because of breaches of school conduct or academic deficiencies.  Seniors on academic or disciplinary probation or because of other breaches of school conduct (i.e. excessive tardiness, etc.) may have privileges removed.  Seniors are expected to be in class at all times.

Field Trips
From time to time students are excused from classes to attend field trips or partake in other school-related activities.  It is the responsibility of the student involved to secure signatures from their respective teachers for the ON/OFF CAMPUS TRIPS FORM before the field trip.  Students with poor attendance or those who are experiencing academic or behavioral problems may be denied the right to participate by a teacher or the principal.  Students will also be required to be in uniform unless other arrangements are made with the administration.  Please refer to FCSN Policy Manual.