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.
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 -
South High School's National Honor Society students raised $143 by selling hot chocolate during lunch to donate to Lewis & Clark Elementary School's Winter Gear Store. The money raised from the sales will be used to buy winter gear in specific sizes required to help students in need. The NHS students also help Lewis & Clark's Gifted and Talented students keep track of the inventory as part of the mentoring program with the high school students and elementary school students. (Photo courtesy Vanessa Boehm)
Third grade enrichment students at Centennial Elementary School have partnered with the first grade thinking skills group to form "Thinking Buddies." The two groups work together monthly, partnering in thinking experiencing including divergent/creative thinking, convergent/analytical thinking, as well as visual, spatial, and evaluative thinking. Last week, the group stretched their visual spatial reasoning with pentomino puzzles. (Photo courtesy Kimberly Sandvig)
Bill of Rights
School Resource Officer Andrea Noll helped teach the Bill of Rights to Mr. Kyle Stegman's eighth grade social studies students. Officer Noll presented on the first (freedom of speech), fourth (unreasonable search and seizure), and fifth (double jeopardy) amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Officer Noll provided real-life examples pertaining to those amendments to make it more relatable to students.
Bill of Rights
Shadow a Student
As part of North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's "Shadow a Student Challenge," ND Senator Kyle Davison visited Discovery Middle School to shadow an eighth grader. The tandem navigated a normal day in the life of a middle schooler including participating in large group lunch and choir class. Burgum issued the challenge to help legislators understand classroom education practices and school culture. (Photo courtesy Amy Herrick)
The Discovery Middle School Honor Band visited Concordia College on Tuesday, November 29. The middle school band students got to work with Concordia Director of Bands Dr. Peter Haberman. They learned about music and grew as musicians and had an opportunity to bond with their classmates. (Photo courtesy Verlene Stotts)
Horace Mann-Roosevelt Elementary School held an all-school assembly to teach students about the importance of citizenship and acts of kindness to others in the community. Students paired with their classroom buddies to make holiday placemats that will be sent to community members and group sat the VA Hospital, Bethany Homes, and Edgewood Vista Memory. (Photo courtesy Jackie Shultis)
Shadow a Student
Blankets for Veterans
Members of the South High School Student Council stayed after school to make fleece blankets to donate to North Dakota veterans. The students will bring the blankets with to the North Dakota Association of Student Councils Conference in Bismarck on December 11-13 and donate them there. (Photo courtesy Rachel Heggen)
Fourth graders at McKinley Elementary School learned from a special visitor. Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi visited the class to teach a math lesson to the students. (Photo courtesy Mariah Wenaas)
The FPS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held its Military Ball. More than 100 guests attended the ball, which included a guest speaker, a POW/MIA remembrance table ceremony, dinner, and dancing. Principals, assistant principals, and teachers from all three FPS high schools attended. (Photo courtesy Meredith Muhs)