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FPS e-Newsletter for January 21, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - School Calendar Development

The Fargo Public Schools (FPS) Calendar Committee will soon meet to develop the 2022-23 school calendar. Surveys are issued every other year to develop a calendar that suits the greater FPS population and District operations. In this Cabinet Column, Associate Superintendent Dr. Robert Grosz explains who serves on the Calendar Committee and how members use data to choose a suitable schedule.


To assist the Calendar Committee with its work, a 2022-23 and 2023-24 Calendar Survey is being issued to parents and staff. Please click here to take the survey.


Additionally, Fargo Public Schools is currently seeking parents from all three areas of Fargo and representatives of all three grade levels (elementary school, middle school, and high school) to serve on this committee. If you are interested in joining, please contact Amy Nojang at nojanga@fargo.k12.nd.us by January 28th to be considered for this committee.

Feature Column - Trollwood Summer Registration Open

Trollwood Performing Arts School is adapting and reimagining its summer programming experience to help keep students and staff members safe. Students who take part in performing arts have faced significant challenges throughout COVID-19, as many opportunities and performances have been canceled. In this feature column, Trollwood Executive Direction Kathy Anderson shares details about course changes, safety protocols, and what to expect from the summer ahead.

State of the Schools Address and Survey

Fargo Public Schools invites parents, community members, and staff members to view our State of the Schools Address and participate in a brief survey about inclement weather day procedures and instructional time. FPS greatly values all feedback and thanks you for your time. Watch the video to learn more about the District. Click here to take the survey.

State of the Schools

- FPS SMART RESTART -

Instructional Level

Fargo Public Schools is currently operating with in-person instruction 5-days a week for all grade levels. For more information about the transition, read this letter from Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.


Early Childhood Special Education will continue as a 4-day per week program.


Students who are currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy are able to continue through second semester.


The FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee will meet again on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 6:30 a.m. to review data, determine if there is a significant number of cases impacting schools, and discuss the status of a potential vaccination plan for staff.

FPS COVID-19 Data

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is providing a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the district. This data, in consideration with other factors, continues to be utilized by the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee. Information is updated every Friday and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 page.

- NEWSMAKERS -

Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards

Several Fargo Public Schools students are being awarded North Dakota Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention winners will have their work on display at the Plains Art Museum's Starion Gallery from February 2 to March 15. Students will also be honored at a virtual ceremony. The Gold Key winners are:


Art Gold Key

Morgan Reeder, South High School, Painting


Writing Gold Key

Brigitte Byankuba, Davies High School, Poetry

Olivia Drake, Davies High School, Writing Portfolio and Short Story


Click here for a full list of arts winners. Click here for a full list of writing winners.

- YOUR FPS -

Staff Recognition Program Nominations Now Open

Parents and community members are invited to nominate a Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member they feel serves our students with excellence for consideration of a yearly recognition award.


Nominations are being accepted now through January 29, 2021. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at: www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram.


The District will award the following this spring:

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

Trollwood Performing Arts School 2021 Summer Registration Now Open

Get ready to Color Your Summer! Trollwood Performing Arts School is excited to welcome students back to the stage with a full array of 2021 summer performing arts educational opportunities. 2020 was a difficult year for those who are passionate about performing arts. Many classes and performances were canceled due to COVID-19. Upcoming summer arts programming will help students rekindle their affection for the arts, boost their creativity, and pave the way for their future, whether they aspire to pursue a career in the arts or any other professional opportunities.


Click this link to register.


Click on the photo below to view the summer course brochure.

Scholarship Applications and Opporunities

The Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation administers scholarships on behalf of community businesses, families, and organizations. Scholarships are made available through annual donations and investment income from endowed funds. Scholarships are established by people just like you who wish to honor loved ones or recognize someone who has made a difference in their lives. Click here for access to all scholarships that are available.

Graduating seniors from Davies, North, South, and Woodrow Wilson High Schools may select their school below to see which scholarships are available:

Davies High School

North High School

South High School

Woodrow Wilson High School


The Foundation also administers the Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars program and awards an average of 50 scholarships annually to deserving graduates from Davies, North, South, Woodrow Wilson, and other area high schools. Click here to access Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars.

National PTA Reflections Program

Students are invited to submit their works of art in the National PTA Reflections Program. The contest is designed to help pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students explore their thoughts, feelings, and ideas while developing their artistic talents. Categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. This year's theme is "I Matter Because..." To learn more about the program and enter, visit the National PTA website.

- BOARD FOCUS -

Board Feature Column - Governance Committee

The Fargo Public Schools Board of Education has five committees to guide the School Board in certain decision-making areas. Those are the Governance Committee, the Planning Committee, the Governmental Affairs Committee, the Negotiations Committee, and the Communications, Engagement, and Advocacy Committee. In this feature column, Board President Rebecca Knutson details how the Governance Committee serves the School Board. She also shares why she is passionate about her work with Fargo Public Schools.

- COMMUNITY NEWS -

Employment and Job Skills Community Resource Panel

In this virtual event, community experts will discuss the services that are available in the metro area for those who are looking for a job, hoping to learn new skills, or are interested in other adult learning opportunities. The event takes place via Zoom on Monday, January 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Panel experts include members from the Fargo Public Schools Adult Learning Center, Job Service North Dakota, Microsoft TechSpark, and the West Fargo Public Library. Click here to view the even details and sign up to attend.

If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

Each spring, the North Dakota League of Cities sponsors a statewide "If I Were Mayor" essay contest. This contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership.


The contest is open to any third and seventh grade student living in North Dakota. Each grade will be judged separately. Students may submit essays through a teacher or on their own. Click here to learn more about contest rules and how to submit an essay.

- FPS in the News -

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