FPS e-Newsletter for January 19, 2023


Feature Column - Literacy for All

Fargo Public Schools is dedicated to eliminating the barriers to literacy achievement for all students. In December, the FPS literacy team paired with established basic needs programs to distribute free books to students to support literacy in the form of book access and book ownership.

Click here to read about the literacy team's work to get books into the hands of children in this Feature Column by FPS Elementary Literacy Facilitator Susan Peterson and FPS Coordinator of K-12 Literacy Lindsay Seelig.


Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations to the Fargo Public Schools students who were named winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards presented by North Dakota State University.

Davies High School junior Bre Adair won a Gold Key in Poetry Grades 11-12. Davies junior Lydia Picotte earned a Silver Key in Critical Essay Grades 11-12. Davies junior Maia Gilman won Silver Keys in Flash Fiction Grades 11-12 and in Journalism Grades 11-12 and Honorable Mentions in Flash Fiction, Short Story, and Poetry Grades 11-12.

South High School sophomore Briar Olson won a Gold Key and Honorable Mention in Sci-Fi/Fantasy and a Silver Key in Poetry Grades 7-10.

North High School freshman Selena Zhao won a Gold Key in Poetry Grades 7-10.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards aims to identify students in Grades 7-12 with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their work to a national audience. The award winners will be recognized at the state awards ceremony on March 4 at the Plains Art Museum. Thanks to a donation from John Deere, each Gold Key winner earns a cash prize: $50 for Gold Key, $25 for Silver Key, and $10 for Honorable Mention.

North Robotics Team Championship

Congratulations to the North High School Robotics Team on winning the Swept Away Robotics Competition held at South High School! North entered eight teams in the tournament, with five finishing in the top eight and two facing each other in the championship round.

The championship winning team consisted of Jack Kram, Carter Punt, and Gabriel Marquez. The competition featured teams from North High School, South High School, Davies High School, and West Fargo High School.

Olson Named to NDHSCA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Fargo Public Schools Activities Director Todd Olson on being named as an inductee for the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame!

Olson has been an activities director in North Dakota for 32 years, including stints at Grand Forks Red River High School, Grand Forks Central High School, Grand Forks Public Schools, and Fargo Public Schools. He began at FPS in 2012. He coached both boys and girls basketball at Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River.

During his coaching career, his teams won one state championship, one regional championship, one regional runner-up, and three conference championships. He was named the NDHSCA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year once, Regional Boys Basketball Coach of the Year three times, and North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Male Sport Coach of the Year. He was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year in 2019.


Winter Meals Program

PowerPlate Meals, in partnership with the Forward Foundation, will be handing out take-home meals for students in Fargo Public Schools. Each meal bag will include five frozen Power Plate Meals. Meals will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

The program begins Tuesday, January 24 and continues through May. Distribution will occur every other week with distribute from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at Madison Elementary School, Wednesdays at Jefferson Elementary School, and Thursdays, at Ed Clapp Elementary School. Pick up locations will be at the front door of each school.

Winter Meal Pick Up Information flyer

Calendar Survey Closes Tomorrow

The 2024-25 School Calendar Survey closes tomorrow, Friday, January 20. The Fargo Public Schools School Calendar Committee will soon begin meeting to develop the 2024-25 school calendar. In order to assist the committee in developing the calendar, please click here to complete the survey.

North One Act Plays

North High School presents two one-act plays, 4AM and The Birth of Theatre, plus a special ensemble performance of "Meet the Plastics" from Mean Girls at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 in the North High School theater. Tickets are $3.

4AM tells the story of an early-morning jogger, a radio DJ, the author of an unusual letter, and other teen characters as they search for connection in the early hour of 4 a.m.

The Birth of Theatre is a dramatic telling of how historians believe theater arose, as a reenactment of a hunt. To break up the humdrum life in their camp, elders give four hunters the task of showing how they killed a giant bear.

Both 4AM and the ensemble performance were directed by students.

Discovery Musical - Into the Woods Jr.

Discovery Middle School presents the musical Into the Woods Jr. on January 26-28.

Into the Woods Jr. twists familiar fairy tales into a new story. When a baker and his wife learn they have been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest to retrieve specific objects required to break the spell. Along the way, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (who climbed the beanstalk) and more familiar characters.

The January 26-27 performances are at 7 p.m. while the January 28 performance is at 2 p.m. in the Discovery Middle School theater.

FPS is Hiring

Join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring paraeducators, food service staff, custodial staff, and more! Click here to view open positions and apply today!

Trollwood Summer Registration

STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT this summer at Trollwood! Trollwood Performing Arts School 2023 summer registration is now open, click here to register.

Trollwood offers a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors! Take a look at the Trollwood Summer Programming Brochure.

High school and middle school students may participate in as many classes or performance programs as they desire all for one fee. Register before March 1 and save up to $50 on registration fees!

Step into the Spotlight!


Drekker Brewing Company Donation

Thank you very much to Drekker Brewing Company for the donation of $2,000 to help erase school lunch debt at Fargo Public Schools. Drekker hosted an "UnPillage" event to help raise funds. This donation will help pay for more than 800 lunches for elementary students.


Board Column - FPS Board of Education Governance Committee

The Fargo Public Schools Board of Education Governance Committee helps guide and support the School Board by ensuring it adheres to healthy and productive governance practices. The absence of good governance can lead to conflict, allowing challenges to arise in leadership, shifting the focus from student achievement and the betterment of the District to internal struggles.

Click here to read more about the Governance Committee and its work in this Board Column by Board President Dr. Tracie Newman.




Fargo Public Schools - SchoolTalk

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