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FPS e-Newsletter for February 25, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Feature Column - School Safety Feature Pilot Program

Fargo Public Schools is currently in the trial phase of new security measures. Lewis & Clark Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School are piloting a system called Raptor Technologies. This digital program will take the place of paper sign in sheets at the main office. It will also run limited background searches to identify if an individual is listed on sex offender databases. To learn more about the capabilities and plan for potential District-wide use, read this feature column by Director of Maintenance and Operations Blake Mikesell.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Fargo Public Schools kindergarten registration for fall 2021 is NOW OPEN online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall.


Watch the video below to learn more about the kindergarten experience at Fargo Public Schools. Click here to learn more about the registration process and sign your student up for school in the fall of 2021!


If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps. If you need PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

Kindergarten Registration - Preparing the Classroom

- FPS SMART RESTART -

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 -

Family Donates to North Special Education Class in Memory of Son

Thank you to Mary and Mike Shulstad for their $1,000 donation to North High School's special education-multiple impairments class. The funds are in remembrance of their son, John Shulstad, a North student who passed away due to pneumonia complications in May 2020 shortly before graduation. John received his diploma posthumously.


John’s paraeducator and friend, Adam Throndset, and North Principal Andrew Dahlen accepted the donation on North’s behalf. This gift will support opportunities for others with John’s determination to never be defined by anyone but himself. Pictured L to R are: Adam Throndset, Mary and Mike Shulstad, and Principal Andy Dahlen


From Dawn Bolstad, SPED-MI, North High School:

John was a musician, a comic, an artist, a dedicated worker, an adventurer, and a trusted friend. Though he was nonverbal with a sign language all his own, John connected with the Spartan community as a whole. He was a young man who faced challenges on his own terms.


(Photo courtesy: Della Nystrom)

Students Win Music Awards

Four Fargo Public Schools students are being recognized for their outstanding abilities in the musical arts. The students listed below are being honored during the 2021 Celebration of Women and Their Music. The event aims to support young female artists and give them encouragement in their field.


Stella Peterson, South High School

  • Mary Ellen Thompson Award

Brianna Borgen, South High School, Vocal/Songwriter

  • The Show and Chase Your Dream Award

Kim Kadrmas, North High School, Piano

  • Strong Girl Award

Seema Tian, Davies High School, Flute

  • Celebration of Women Award

State Wrestling Champions

Fargo Public Schools applauds Davies High School Senior Truman Werremeyer (pictured left) and South High School Senior Jacob Thomas (pictured right) for winning the North Dakota High School Activities Association State Wrestling Championship in their weight class on February 19. Werremeyer competes in the 220 pound class. Thomas competes in the 145 pound class. This is the second state title for each athlete.

Students Raise Funds for Charity through Hat Day

Students at Jefferson Elementary School are learning the importance of helping others. The school recently held a Hat Day to raise funds for Giving Hearts Day donations. Students and staff were allowed to wear a hat by paying a small fee. In total, the school raised $200 and voted to donate money to Homeward Animal Shelter, the YWCA, and the American Cancer Society.

- YOUR FPS -

FREE Spring Break Meals

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering FREE food assistance for enrolled FPS students while school is closed for Spring Break March 15-19. Food boxes will be available to all students regardless of financial means to ensure all have access to food when not in school. All students, whether learning in-person or in the Virtual Academy, are encouraged to participate. Food boxes must be preordered.


What: FREE Spring Break Food Boxes

Order Deadline:

  • Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Pickup Time:

  • Thursday, March 11
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pickup Location:

  • FPS Operations Center
  • 3901 40th Avenue South

Click here to preorder food boxes.


*Families with more than one student must place separate orders for each student.

Summer School Registration

Registration is now open for Elementary Enrichment and Elementary Transitions Summer School. The enrichment program is for students currently in second through fifth grades who are looking for additional learning opportunities. The transitions program is referral based via teachers for students in need of extra instruction. Parents or guardians with students in need of the transitions program have been contacted. Click here to register and learn more about the Elementary Enrichment Program. Click here to learn more about the Elementary Transitions Program. Both programs will be held in-person.


Fargo Public Schools will offer both on-site and virtual options for middle school, high school, and English learner summer school. A summer school course booklet will be available when registration opens on March 2. For a summary description of learning options and summer school schedules, read this informational document.

Hear for the Kids Podcast

Homelessness is a struggle that dozens of students in the Fargo Public Schools community endure. In this Hear for the Kids podcast, you will hear from Jenessa Fillipi with an organization called Down Home. Their mission is to furnish houses and apartments so people can emerge from homelessness. They strive to provide all families with safe and nurturing places to call home.

Down Home with Jenessa Fillipi

Trollwood Performing Arts School Registration 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. Watch the video below to hear students speak about their experiences at Trollwood.


Click this link to register.


Click here to view the summer course brochure.

Trollwood - There's Nothing Like It

- FEATURE -

Elementary Students Learn to Play Piano

Students at Roosevelt Elementary School are getting a unique educational experience in music class. All students are learning how to play the piano. This opportunity is thanks to a newly awarded grant by the Mary Ellen Thompson Funds for Music, the Kit Scherber Fund, and the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation. Roosevelt Elementary Music Teacher LeeAnn Kramlich was awarded the grant and was able to buy keyboards, stands, headphones, and curriculum. Watch the video below to see what the lessons look like and learn why benefits go beyond the keyboard.
Roosevelt Elementary School Piano Lessons

On-Site Ceramic Art Field Trip

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is partnering with the Plains Art Museum to continue a longtime and favorite field trip. Every year, elementary students go to the museum to make ceramic clay art pieces. This year, due to COVID-19, no off-site field trips are taking place. Read this feature article to learn how the Plains Art Museum is bringing this experience to all FPS elementary schools.

- BOARD FOCUS -

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 February 23 regular meeting of the Fargo School Board. For more information, visit the School Board website.

- IN FOCUS -

- FPS IN THE NEWS -

Fargo Public Schools - The Journey

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