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Welcome to Northern Cass

Northern Cass is a PK-12 school located in rural Hunter, North Dakota. Our school district encompasses the communities of Argusville, Arthur, Erie, Gardner, Grandin, and Hunter with open enrolled learners from several area communities. This Parent Page is a one stop shop for both school and community resources. 

16021  18th Street SE, Hunter, ND  58048          Phone: 701.874.2322          Fax: 701.874.2422


Northern Cass School District makes a concerted effort to ensure that all learners fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Consistent attendance will help learners be choice ready in college, career, or military.

Attendance Letter to Families 2023

Attendance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Attendance Codes

Elementary Handbook (Attendance, pages 6-7)

Secondary Handbook (Attendance, pages 7-10)

If your learner will be absent, please contact the school at

For attendance questions, contact the Dean of Learners or your Principal. 

Crisis Hotlines 


A free telephone number providing access to local community services. 2‑1‑1 is available in multiple languages, allowing those in need to access information and obtain referrals to physical and mental health resources; housing, utility, food, and employment assistance; and suicide and crisis interventions.

Call 211 or (701) 235-7335

Text your zip code to 898-211

9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Hotline 

Free emergency phone number for behavioral health crises. The Lifeline currently provides live crisis center calling services in English and Spanish and uses Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages. Text and chat are currently available in English only.

Call 988 anywhere in the United States, 24/7.

Crisis Text Line

Free mental health texting through confidential crisis intervention via SMS message.

United States: Text HOME to 741741

Canada: Text 686868


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.



The Trevor Project

24/7, toll-free confidential suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth.



Trans Lifeline

Peer support and crisis hotline for transgender people. All operators are transgender.



Teen Line

Professionally trained teen counselors provide support to other teens through a hotline.

1-800-852-8336 Nationwide (6 PM - 10 PM PST)

Text TEEN to 839863 (6 PM - 9 PM PST)


LGBT National Youth Talkline

Free and confidential peer support for the LGBTQ and questioning community ages 25 and younger.


Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

RACC offers confidential crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and education to all persons affected by sexual and domestic violence.

24-Hour Crisis Line: 800-344-7273


New Family One Pager

We believe...

Every learner can change the world; therefore, we will provide a world-class education.

Educators at Northern Cass are dedicated and passionate about building positive relationships, teaching and learning, engaging in self-reflection, acknowledging greatness, and support of the Northern Cass community. We know you will feel right at home as a new member of our Jaguar Family!

Personalized Learning

We have learned the traditional model of education is outdated and does not fit the needs of every learner. We provide a unique learning opportunity structured around personalization and a robust set of services for our learners. Our school commits to all learners graduating Choice Ready (workforce, military, post-secondary education) with our Portrait of a Learner skills: accountability, communication, adaptability, learner's mindset, and leadership.

The Heart of the Community

Northern Cass is a Full-Service Community School, serving PreK-12 learners from many nearby communities. Because of our unique location, we are working to bring in a wide variety of services and supports in areas such as wellness, workforce readiness, and academic enrichment to help learners, families, and communities thrive. We are part of North Dakota Full-Service Community Schools (NDFSCS), a consortium representing various ND schools and organizations passionate about helping ND students and families succeed. Learners can only learn when their basic needs are met, and not all schools have the resources to meet all needs. NDFSCS supports schools and community partners as they navigate these challenges together, creating pipelines to vital services for learners and their families.

NC Informative Videos

Need help understanding how to navigate the various programs and websites your family and learner need to use? We have created a variety of videos to help teach you how to use them. You can find them on the NC Informative Videos tab of this website. 

Get Engaged!   Places to Connect

Families are recognized as essential members of the learning team for each student—their participation is welcomed, valued, and encouraged by the school. The school understands that families are important and influential resources because they know their children best. - Dr. Cory Steiner, Northern Cass School Superintendent 

NDFSCS - what is it? 

North Dakota Full-Service Community Schools Video 

North Dakota Full Service Community Schools (NDFSCS) is a Consortium representing a variety of ND schools and organizations who are passionate about helping ND students and families succeed. They partner with local leaders to coordinate comprehensive supports in areas such as wellness, workforce readiness, and academic enrichment to help students, families, and communities thrive because learners cannot learn when their basic needs are not met. Not all schools have the resources to meet all needs. NDFSCS supports schools and community partners in navigating these challenges together, creating pipelines to vital services for learners and their families.

Northern Cass School is a Full-Service Community School

Contact Amber Lockhart or Leah Lindseth to connect with services or to learn more about how you can support our NDFSCS mission. 

Learn more about NDFSCS.   Video

Learn more about School Site Coordinators.

Out of School Time

Preparing My Child for College, Career, & Life Readiness


Community Information

Northern Cass is comprised of six communities within the district, but several of our learners open enroll from other cities outside the district. Listed below are the sites available for many of the cities in our Northern Cass family*. 


Argusville Fire Department 

Argusville Community Center 

Argusville Facebook Page 


Arthur Volunteer Fire Department 

Arthur Facebook Page 




Grandin-Gardner Fire Department 

Grandin Facebook Page


Hunter Facebook Page 

Reiles Acres


Harwood Fire & Rescue 

Harwood Facebook Page 

*These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Northern Cass School District of any of the products, services or opinions of the city or organization or individual. Northern Cass School District bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the city sites or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content. 

Special Education

Digital Literacy

Tips for Healthy Social Media Use
While there are many positives to social media use, there can also be harmful experiences, such as online bullying, harassment, and feeling inadequate when comparing yourself to the "online life" of those you follow. Here are a few ways to limit exposure to negative content and comments on social media, and practice mindfulness to help support mental health:

Consider using AAP's family media plan tool or the Media Plan at, which lets parents set household rules around social media use. How kids use social media and what they see there can be more important than how many hours a day they spend on it. Set rules you all can agree on and post the rules in a visible area (like on the refrigerator) so that everyone knows about them. 

If cyberbullying, harassment, or other problems happen, you or your child can report it to school staff, the social media platform, or local law enforcement. If you're worried about your child's mental health, talk to their doctor. 

Know how your kids use social media and encourage them to focus on its positive effects. And don't forget: Setting a good example through your own virtual behavior can go a long way toward helping your kids use social media safely.

Internet Safety

 Set guidelines with your kids for safe online use:
  - Follow the family rules, and those set by the Internet service provider.
  - Never post or trade personal pictures.
  - Never reveal personal information location and turn off app tracking.
  - Use only a screen name and don't share passwords (other than with parents).
  - Never agree to get together in person with anyone met online without parental approval and/or supervision.
  - Never respond to a threatening email, message, post, or text.
  - Always tell a parent or other trusted adult about any communication or conversation that was scary or hurtful. 

Online Supervision:
-Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior and monitor time spent online.
-Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch it and monitor use, not in individual bedrooms.
-Consider not allowing phones, tablets and computers in individual bedrooms at night to allow time to rest.
-Bookmark kids' favorite sites for easy access.
-Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
-Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child's school and any place your kids are without supervision.
-Take your child seriously if they report an uncomfortable online exchange.
If you are unaware of the sending, use, or viewing of child pornography online, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 or go online to the CyberTipline

Watch for warning signs of a child being targeted by an online predator. These can include:
-Spending long hours online, especially at night
-Phone calls from people you don't know
-Unsolicited gifts arriving in the mail
-Your child suddenly turning off the computer or other device when you walk into the room
-Withdrawal from family life and reluctance to discuss online activities. 

Talk to your kids! Keep an open line of communication and make sure that they feel comfortable turning to you when they have problems online. 

For More Information, Visit Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

For more information, visit:

Guides for family discussions about digital literacy and citizenship:

Monitoring Your Child's Media Use

Kids have easy access to hundreds of TV stations and millions of internet sites. There's a lot of media out there, and some of it might not be appropriate for your kids, depending on their age and maturity level.  

The best way to monitor media that kids use is to experience the media yourself. Test apps and play games before your kids use them and watch what they watch so you can talk about what they see on their screens. Some families might choose to monitor more closely and control the media their kids watch, play, and use.

Internet Activity
Some parents might choose to spot-check their kids' devices every once in a while. Others might want to filter their kids' Internet use by setting up is iOS and Android profiles for them on all the online devices they use (smartphones, tablets, and computers). This lets a parent restrict apps and games that kids can download and play, and websites they can visit. Parents also can set time limits on internet use.

Most big email providers, such as Google and Yahoo, let parents create child email accounts for younger kids. These accounts can forward all emails to a parent to monitor contacts and communications. Kids must be at least 13 before they can have a Google or Yahoo account of their own. 

Social media sites usually require kids to be at least 13 before they can have their own accounts. To keep an eye on a child's social media activity, parents can set up accounts of their own and check their child's pages and activity for themselves. 

Programs and apps are available that can monitor kids' social media accounts and alert parents to any inappropriate language or photos. Some can give detailed reports of a child's browsing history and how long the child was online and on each site. Consider your child's safety and digital behavior when deciding whether to monitor devices. Then, if you choose to monitor, talk to them about it and explain why it's important. 

No amount of monitoring can protect kids from everything. And kids can often figure out how to get around parental controls. So it's best to encourage your child to be a responsible internet user by being a good role model and talking to your kids about online safety. 

TV Ratings and the V-Chip
Two ways you can help monitor what your kids watch are:

TV Parental Guidelines. Modeled after the movie rating system, this is an age-group rating system developed for TV programs. Find more information at  

The V Chip.    watch.

Video Game and App Ratings
Some apps and almost all video games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). To search ratings, visit

Navigating digital literacy can seem daunting but talking with your kids, setting boundaries together and modeling good digital citizenship will go a long way to making this a positive experience for your family.