FPS e-Newsletter for March 30, 2023


Cabinet Column - New Name, Who Dis?

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the Fargo Public Schools Department of Equity and Inclusion will be changing its name to the Department of Educational Justice. The work of the Equity and Inclusion Department is profound, appreciated, and ongoing. However, terms such as “diversity” and “equity” have also become under fire by being inappropriately labeled as Critical Race Theory. Therefore, “diversity and equity” work has received misguided backlash and attacks from some.

The Term Educational Justice more clearly describes the work of Fargo Public Schools and our current Equity and Inclusion Department. Click here to read more about the department's name change in this Cabinet Column by FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.


Band Director of the Year

Congratulations to Davies High School Band Director Darcy Brandenburg on being recognized with the North Dakota National Band Association Citation of Excellence for Band Director of the Year! Click here to read a bio of Brandenburg.

This award, given to candidates who have completed at least 11 years of teaching in the field of band music and displayed outstanding success in critical areas of education, recognizes Brandenburg's exceptional achievements as a band director, musician, and educator.

AFJROTC Second at Drill Competition

Congratulations to the Fargo Public Schools Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps on finishing in second place in the overall team competition at the Sioux Falls Invitational Drill Competition! The competition featured teams from South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

First Virtual Academy Graduates

The Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy celebrated its first graduates on Tuesday. After virtual learning started as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fargo Public Schools recognized the need to continue this platform for those students who need an alternative format for learning by establishing a Virtual Academy. The academy has continued to grow and currently serves 134 students in grades 9-12. Semester 1, which finished in January, saw its first three graduates.

National History Day Regional

Congratulations to the Davies High School team of Alaina Nordhougen, Leighton Koepplin, and Sophia Pfeifer on winning first place in the Group Exhibit category at the regional National History Day contest at North Dakota State University! The team advances to the state contest on April 28 in Bismarck.


School Out Day - April 7

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 7 due to a scheduled vacation day for Fargo Public Schools. Classes will resume as regularly scheduled on Monday, April 10.

Reminder: School Makeup Days

Due to the school cancellations this school year, Fargo Public Schools will use its school makeup days built into the calendar for Monday, April 10 and Friday, May 26. Students and staff will be expected to be in school on April 10 and May 26.

Meals Program

Power Plate Meals, in partnership with the Forward Foundation, provides take-home meals for students in Fargo Public Schools. Each meal bag includes five frozen Power Plate Meals. Meals are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Meal distribution occurs every other week from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at Madison Elementary School, Wednesdays at Jefferson Elementary School, and Thursdays at Ed Clapp Elementary School. Pick up locations will be at the front door of each school. Click here to view the full Winter Meals pickup schedule.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2023 is NOW OPEN online at Children must be age 5 by July 31, 2023 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.

If a parent or guardian does not know which school their child will attend, check online here or call 701.446.1043. If a parent or guardian needs help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006.

FPS is Hiring

Join the Fargo Public Schools team and make a difference! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring for the 2023-24 school year. Open positions include Family & Consumer Science teachers, Technology & Engineering educators, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Click here to view open positions and apply today.

Trollwood Summer Registration

STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT this summer at Trollwood! Trollwood Performing Arts School 2023 summer registration is open, click here to register.

Trollwood offers a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors! Take a look at the Trollwood Summer Programming Brochure.

Trollwood is Hiring

Trollwood Performing Arts School is hiring seasonal support staff for this summer. Open positions include custodial and groundskeeping assistant, marketing and development assistant, operations and events assistant, programming/volunteer services assistant, and receptionist. Click here to learn more about the open positions at Trollwood and apply today.


Share the Love of Reading Book Donation

Longfellow Elementary School fourth graders gave back and formed a bond over a love of books with students from Madison Elementary School during the Share the Love of Reading book donation.

After months of planning, promoting, collecting, and organizing, the Longfellow fourth graders made a delivery of more than 1,700 donated books to students at Madison on Friday, March 24. Click here to read a Feature Story about the Share the Love of Reading book donation.


School Board Schedule & Links

The Board of Education of the City of Fargo meets in regular session on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. To find Board meeting agendas and schedules, a broadcast link, an archive of past meetings, and more, visit the Board of Education webpages on the FPS website.

Click here to read the Board Briefs from the March 28 meeting of the School Board.

Music in Our Schools Month Performance for School Board

Music in Our Schools Month was celebrated at the March 28 Fargo School Board meeting. FPS Performing Arts Specialist Patrick Thiel presented on music participation in the Fargo Public Schools. Davies High School student Ethan Blesie and North High School students Emma Rehder and Amandine Mouch shared about their experiences in music.

Additionally, two student groups gave musical performances. A flute ensemble from North High School performed Traffic Jam by Artie Shaw and a jazz group from Davies High School performed Baroque and Blue by Claude Bolling.



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