FPS e-Newsletter for May 27, 2021


Feature Column - Restorative Practices

Fargo Public Schools is implementing district-wide restorative practices to improve equity and student-teacher relationships. These practices help build relationships, give everyone opportunities to be heard, and repair harm. In this feature column, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator Jennifer Sahr explains the importance of restorative practices and outlines how they are being implemented throughout the District.


Free Summer Meal Pickup Schedule

Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals for children up to age 18 in June and July 2021, thanks to expanded United States Department of Agriculture funding. Breakfast and lunch meals for 7 days will be combined in a food box and distributed weekly. Click here for more details on when and where meals can be picked up.


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.


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Clara Barton Hawthorne Dean of Students & Assistant Director of Special Education

Fargo Public Schools announces the assignment of a dean of students position and the assistant director of special education.

Erica Rainsberry has been named the dean of students at Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School beginning on July 1, 2021. Mrs. Rainsberry has been the administrative intern at Clara Barton Hawthorne since August 2019.

Shelby DiFonzo has been named the assistant director of special education beginning on July 1, 2021. She takes over the position from Dr. Justin Lien, who has been named the principal of the Explorer Academy for Fargo Public Schools. DiFonzo is currently the district initiatives and special programs coordinator for the Ontario School District in Ontario, Oregon.

Click here to read more about each administrator's qualifications.

Students Accepted into NDSU Research Program

Six Fargo Public Schools students have been accepted into the North Dakota State University Parents Involvement with Children, Nurturing Intellectual Curiosity in Science (PICNICS) summer program. The opportunity allows students to pursue research in chemical sciences and increase their interest in science and math. At the end of the program, students will present a poster on their research at a reception held for them by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The following students were offered positions:

  • Fatima Attia - North High School
  • Sameer Colbert - Davies High School
  • Meiah Eldomy - Davies High School
  • Abhijna Kavasseri - North High School
  • Maria Mendoza - Davies High School
  • Aaron Wilkinson - South High School

North High School Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Kris Dougherty for being named North High School's 2020-21 Teacher of the Year! Dougherty is currently a social studies teacher and football coach, and he was previously a girls hockey coach. The North Student Council chose Dougherty as Teacher of the Year because they say he demonstrates everything North stands for by being passionate about his work and inspiring everyone around him.

Students Earn Biliteracy Seal

Fargo Public Schools has dozens of students across our high schools who have earned either a North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy or a Global Seal of Biliteracy. These students will earn a seal on their high school diplomas. Click here to read the full list of students who earned these awards.

Davies Girls Track & Field EDC Champions

Davies High School girls track and field was named the Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) champion team on May 21 at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. Coach Rory Beil was also named EDC Coach of the Year. The state championship track meet will be held May 28 and 29 in Bismarck at the MDU Community Bowl.

Carl Ben Eielson Math Club Recognition

Congratulations to Carl Ben Eielson (CBE) Middle School Math Club for a successful season. The top three finishers in the recent Math Olympiad competition were recognized internationally. Adam Kramer placed in the top 20 percentile, Daniel Ciuperca placed in the top 30 percentile, and Nicolas Grieger placed in the top 50 percentile. Jeremy Duncan and Lena Nielson advanced to the Conference Invitational, and Nielson qualified for the state competition. The CBE Math Club has now been recognized as a Silver Level Club by The National Math Club because of these successes. The team is now in the running for a $200 prize that will be awarded to 20 clubs later this month. The CBE Math Club is advised by Amber Allebach.


Last Day of School

Fargo Public Schools will hold its last day of classes on Thursday, June 3. Summer break starts for students on June 4. We wish you a safe and happy summer, and we look forward to seeing our students and staff members on August 25 when the 2021-22 school year begins. Click here for the 2021-22 school year calendar.

Fall 2021 Athletic Start Dates

Fargo Public Schools is already looking forward to the next school year and student activities. Click here to view the list of fall activities and when the season begins for each team.

All student-athletes must complete the following forms.

  • Annual Sports Physical
  • Concussion Management Information & Protocol Verification (completed in PowerSchool via registration forms)
  • HIPAA & Consent to Treat (completed in PowerSchool via registration forms)
  • Parent-Student Meeting (completed in PowerSchool via registration forms)

Break the Silence - Working to End the Mental Health Stigma

Davies, North, and South High Schools are working to erase the stigma of mental health issues. Each school is holding various events or sharing resources to help students get the help they need and understand that they are not alone if they are feeling depressed or anxious. One of the ways they are doing so is by sharing a video from the Fargo Police Department called Break the Silence. Click here to view the video.

Pictured is a Mental Health Awareness Week event at Davies High School.

ESSER Funding Community Survey

Fargo Public Schools is requesting feedback on how to use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The District will received $44 million to be spent on equitably expanding opportunities for students and safely reopening schools. Expectations from the State of North Dakota are that districts should focus on student learning and achievement. Community members and students are asked to share their input on how to best use the funds.

Click here for the STUDENT survey.

Click here for the PARENT, GUARDIAN, and COMMUNITY MEMBER survey.

Click here to read more about ESSER funds.

Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links

Congratulations to the class of 2021! To accommodate for safe viewing and those who are unable to attend, Fargo Public Schools will livestream graduation ceremonies at these links:

Woodrow Wilson High School, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

South High School, June 6 at 12:00 p.m.

Davies High School, June 6 at 3:00 p.m.

North High School, June 6 at 6:00 p.m.


Student Inspires Virtual Academy Art Club

The Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy is recognizing sixth grade student Signe Steier for helping a vision become a reality for her virtual learning peers. During the first semester, Steier desired to have art options in the virtual academy. She brought her idea to administrators, and it became a reality in the second semester with an art club. Students in the club worked independently on weekly lessons and then met online once a month to share their work. Pictured is a drawing designed by Steier.

Mental Health Tips

Taking time for yourself may seem unimaginable, but there are small things to make self-care a little easier. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Fargo Public Schools is sharing information about how to handle emotional situations. In this week's advice, we learn how embedding these tools in our everyday lives can help us practice self-compassion in practical ways to take care of our mental health and well-being.

Additional resource for taking time for yourself:





United Way School Supply Drive

The United Way of Cass Clay School Supply Drive is now accepting donations. This annual event aims to supply area schools and families with backpacks full of supplies for the upcoming school year. Community members can donate money or items now through July 23.

Families in need of school supplies can go to SCHEELS Arena to pick up backpacks and school supplies during these times:

  • Monday, August 2 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 3 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 4 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

More information about the School Supply Drive can be found on the United Way website.

Student Immunizations Walk-In Clinics

Fargo Cass Public Health will host three immunization clinics for students throughout the summer. No appointment is necessary. If you have insurance, please contact your insurance company to verify they cover immunizations at Fargo Cass Public Health and bring your insurance card with you. Immunizations are available even if you have no insurance.

What: Student Immunizations Walk-In Clinic

When: June 17, July 15, & August 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Fargo Cass Public Health, 1240 25th Street South, Fargo

Immunizations are also available by appointment during regular clinic hours by calling 701.241.1383.



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