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FPS e-Newsletter for December 8, 2022

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - Updated Website Launched

If you’ve been on the Fargo Public Schools website recently, you may have noticed that it looks a bit different. A full website redesign was launched beginning on November 28. The new design features a clean, crisp look. Information redundancy was removed, and some information has been relocated to different areas.


Click here to read more about the new FPS website in this Cabinet Column by FPS Communications Director AnnMarie Campbell.

- NEWSMAKERS -

AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship

Congratulations to FPS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets Nicholas Borowski and Thomas Lemen for receiving scholarships to attend the AFJROTC Flight Academy! Borowski is a junior at Davies and Lemen is a junior at South.


Borowski and Lemen are two of 200 AFJROTC cadets to receive the scholarship. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics, and flight hours. Upon completion of the eight-week program, students are awarded a Private Pilot's Certification. More than 2,000 cadets from across the nation applied for the scholarship, which is valued at approximately $22,500.

Toasty Toes

South High School's chapter of Skills USA raised more than $1,700 to donate winter gear to the Lewis & Clark Winter Gear Store as part of its "Toasty Toes" community service project. The Skills USA students made a trip to Walmart to shop for the winter gear to donate.


The Winter Gear Store is run by the Lewis & Clark Gifted and Talented program. It provides warm winter clothing to students in need and is always looking for gently used, clean winter gear or cash donations.

- YOUR FPS -

School Cancellation Process

The mission of the Fargo Public Schools is to educate and empower all students to succeed. Each day in the school year is essential to carry out this mission and provide instruction to our students. Fargo Public Schools makes every effort to keep schools open each day. Our first choice will always be to remain open, but at times the weather conditions within the city merit a school closing. Click here to read more about FPS' procedures for school cancellation, early release, and late start.

Don't Miss FPS Announcements

Cell phone carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are focusing on mass calling systems and marking more and more messages from these systems as "Potential Scam."


While this is useful to reduce the number of unwanted calls on your cell phone, it can also capture Fargo Public Schools’ announcements and mark them as ‘Potential Scam,’ potentially causing you to miss an important message like a weather-related school closing.


Click here to learn how to get district-wide announcements from 701.446.1290 sent to your phone without a Potential Scam warning.

AD-Ventures - Seasonal Activities

AD-Ventures is a district publication intended to help families find activities for their children throughout our community. It is published on the first of each month during the school year.


AD-Ventures for Kids is for youth in grade levels K-5.

AD-Ventures for Teens is for youth in grade levels 6-8.

South Musical - Beauty and the Beast

South High School presents its musical Disney's Beauty and the Beast on December 8-11!


As Belle, a young small-town gal, and a prince trapped in an enchantress' spell find they need to help each other out. The prince, in the form of a beast, must learn to love and be loved in order to be transformed back into his old human self and the clock is ticking before the curse becomes unbreakable.


The December 8-10 performances are at 7:30 p.m. with the December 11 performance at 2 p.m. in the South High School theater. Tickets can be purchased at the FPS Online Theater Box Office.

FPS Staff Recognition Awards Nomination Now Open

Community members are invited to nominate a deserving Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member for the annual Staff Recognition Awards Program. The program honors FPS staff members who serve our students with excellence. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram. Nomination forms are AVAILABLE and will be accepted through December 16.


Fargo Public Schools deeply values the nearly 2,000 staff members who ensure our students receive a high-quality education in a safe learning environment. To honor our employees, the District annually awards the following:

  • Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member
  • Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director, or coordinator
  • Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member

Meal Basket Program

Community organizations, business partners, teams, and individuals are invited to assist in providing meal baskets that will be distributed to families of elementary, middle, and high school students in Fargo Public Schools before the winter break. FPS Student Wellness and Family Facilitators will assist in the determination of recipients.


Each meal basket provides a full meal for a family of four with additional food staples to assist during the time away from school. Click here to read more about the FPS Meal Basket program.

FPS Federal Credit Union Giving Tree

Many families are in need this holiday season, and you can help make their season brighter. The Fargo Public Schools Federal Credit Union is partnering with the District's student wellness and family facilitators to host a Giving Tree. To learn how to participate and what items are needed, view the poster to the left.

FPS is Hiring

Apply to join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Current openings include Food Service Staff, Paraeducators, Custodial Staff, and more! Click here to view all open positions and apply.

Attend to Win!

Stay Strong! Avoiding school absences through the winter months is crucial for academic success. Missing school and falling behind on assignments can create school-related anxiety that only gets worse as time goes on. Connect with a teacher or counselor if you are feeling behind or overwhelmed.

Trollwood Winter Academy

Trollwood Performing Arts School is thrilled to invite students back into its facilities this winter for Trollwood Winter Academy! Registration is now open! Click here to register.


Trollwood Winter Academy offers a variety of youth performing arts classes, running from January 10 through February 19, 2023. These informative and unique sessions in vocal music, dance, improv, stage combat, and stage makeup are offered to middle school and high school students in Grades 5-12.


AVAILABLE CLASSES (click links for class descriptions):

- FEATURE -

Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo

High School students from Fargo Public Schools and other regional school districts had the opportunity to find out which careers may be a good fit for them at the Health, Tech, and Trades Career Expo on Thursday, December 1 at the FargoDome.


Nearly 4,000 students from 50 public and private high schools from around North Dakota and Minnesota visited the expo and envisioned their potential future careers. They got a first hand look at the work in the fields of heavy machinery operation, auto mechanics, fire rescue, EMTs, construction, and many more trades.

- COMMUNITY -

Stress Less Event for Teens

Area teens are invited to relax and unwind at the Fargo Public Library all while learning some tips and tricks for dealing with stress. Open to teens in grades 6-12, the Teen Stress Less event is December 10, at 11 a.m. at the downtown Fargo Public Library. Teens will make their own calm jars and stress balls as part of this program. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register online.

- IN FOCUS -

- IN THE NEWS -

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