FPS e-Newsletter for April 29, 2021


Cabinet Column - 2022-23 School Calendar

The Fargo Public Schools 2022-23 calendar has now been approved by the Fargo Board of Education. The Calendar Committee included district-wide input from a survey, along with other factors, to develop the schedule. Read this Cabinet Column from Associate Superintendent Dr. Robert Grosz to view the calendar and learn more about how it was made.

Feature Column - What the State Mask Mandate Ban Means for FPS

The North Dakota Legislature recently passed House Bill 1323, which prohibits state officials from implementing mask mandates. The bill does not impact Fargo Public Schools' ability to require masks for students, staff, or visitors while on school property or at school events. Read this feature column from Coordinator of Safety and Emergency Management Mackenzie McCormick to learn about the crucial role that masks play in keeping students in school.



Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is providing a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the district. This data, in consideration with other factors, is utilized to gauge the safety of in-person learning during the pandemic. Information is updated every Friday and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 page.

Free School Meals to Continue through 2021-22 School Year

Fargo Public Schools is pleased to announce that free school meals will continue through the 2021-22 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending its current pandemic flexibilities to make sure all students have access to healthy and nutrition meals. Fargo Public Schools will release more details upon receiving guidance from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Click here to read the announcement media release from the USDA.


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Fisher Honored with Support Staff of the Year Award

Congratulations to Human Resources Absence Manager Brenda Fisher for being named the Fargo Public Schools 2021 Support Staff of the Year! Fisher was surprised during a fire drill, which allowed all District Office staff members to gather outdoors and celebrate the announcement. Brenda has been with Fargo Public Schools since 2001 and served in a variety of roles. Click here to read more about her accomplishments and why her colleagues say she is extremely deserving of this award. Watch the video below to see Fisher's reaction during the surprise.
FPS 2021 Support Staff of the Year - Brenda Fisher

FPS eSports Teams Qualify for Playoffs

Two teams in the Fargo Public Schools (FPS) eSports program qualified for the PlayVS playoffs. PlayVS is a national eSports league that includes large and small school districts from across the country. FPS teams will compete in the Smite and Rocket League game playoffs. The Rocket League tournament will start April 29, and the Smite tournament will start May 10. Students who are interested in the FPS eSports team can contact Ullrich Reichenbach via email.

Ohlhauser Honored with District Level Speech and Debate Administrator Award

Davies High School Assistant Principal and Activities Coordinator Lenny Ohlhauser has been named the 2020-21 North Dakota Roughrider District of the National Speech and Debate Association Administrator of the Year. He was nominated because of his support of speech and debate activities over the last several years. Ohlhauser has supported Davies in hosting extra events, allowing students to maintain their debate season and stay safe.

South HOSA Chapter Places at Leadership Conference

Three members from the South High School HOSA Future Health Professionals (formerly Health Occupations Students of America) chapter placed at the State Spring Leadership Conference on April 15 and 16. Senior Amanda Oka placed first in Human Growth and Development, and junior Gabrielle McGarvey placed second in Medical Law and Ethics. The Biomedical Debate Team (Gabrielle McGarvey, Keeley Eichhorn, and Guadalupe Marino Garcia) also placed first in their team event. This is the first year South has had a HOSA chapter.


School in Session on April 30

Fargo Public Schools will hold classes on Friday, April 30 as a storm makeup day. This date is listed in the 2020-21 school year calendar as a flexible day to maximize in-person learning in the event of a storm day. All students and staff are expected to report to school on April 30.

The second storm makeup day for the 2020-21 school year is scheduled for May 17. Unless inclement weather cancels class within the next month, there will be no school on May 17.

Hear for the Kids Podcast: Equity and Inclusion

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) desires to build schools that are equitable and allow all students to feel empowered to learn, grow, and succeed. One of the driving forces behind that is the new addition of an Equity and Inclusion Department, which was instated at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. In this Hear for the Kids Podcast, you will learn from Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman about how the District is working to adapt our schools to be more equitable.
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South Theatre Performance

The South High School Theatre Program will perform "Check Please" on April 30 and May 1. The play follows a series of blind dinner dates that go wrong. The play is roughly one hour long with no intermission. General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the door. The play is being directed by 2015 South High School graduate Jordan Wagner.

What: Check Please

When: April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: South High School Theatre

Free Counseling Sessions Available to Students and Staff

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering additional counseling opportunities to all students and staff members thanks to a grant through the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Services will be provided through Together Counseling.

While counseling is always available for FPS students and staff, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought added pressures to daily life and increased needs for mental health services. The staff and student programs will provide sessions to address coping skills, wellness strategies, time management, family conflict, and stress reduction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions are free, confidential, and virtual. Insurance will not be billed.

Click here for more information on COVID Student Support Program sessions.

Click here for more information on COVID Staff Support Program sessions.

Sessions with Together Counseling can be scheduled by calling 701.404.0997. You must indicate your session is part of the FPS COVID Support Program.

Teacher Appreciation Week and School Lunch Hero Day

Don't forget! You have a chance to celebrate your favorite teacher or nutrition services worker next week. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7 and School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 7.


Roots to Rise Mentorship Program

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is pleased to offer a mentorship program for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students who are interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. The program pairs FPS students with students in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences who prepare high schoolers for post-secondary success. Read this feature article to learn more about how the program works and why the mentorship is beneficial.

Centennial Elementary Talent Show

The Centennial Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization took a new approach to traditional talent shows. Instead of bringing a large group together, they held a virtual event. Students recorded videos of themselves performing their talents at home. The videos were then compiled together in a single video for all to view. Click here to watch the virtual talent show.


School Board Schedule and Links

Regular School Board meetings occur on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Board Room at the District office building. Read the Board Briefs summarizing the April 27 regular meeting of the Fargo School Board. For more information, visit the School Board website.



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