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FPS e-Newsletter for May 19, 2022

- SUMMER SCHOOL -

Summer School Registration

It's time to start thinking about registering for summer school. Summer school registration is now open for all grade levels. Click here for programs and schedules.


All students who will be in high school during the 2022-23 school year have access to sizable number of classes that may be taken for credit recovery or for credit advancement. View the Summer School Program Brochure Here. Taking summer courses can create more space in a student’s schedule for electives during the school year, allowing them to explore fine arts, world languages, CTE, and much more.


All middle school students may take two of the following classes:

  • Math Exploration
  • Targeted Math
  • Reading Exploration
  • Targeted Reading
  • Science Exploration
  • Social Studies Exploration


Summer school registration closes May 25. For more information and to complete registration online, please visit www.fargosummerschool.com

Elementary Enrichment

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment summer school program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. Elementary Enrichment classes are held at Lewis & Clark Elementary from June 6-17. Click here to learn more.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration

Get ready to Live Your Passion! Trollwood Performing Arts School summer registration is now open, follow this link to register.


Trollwood still has openings for students to attend summer classes in the ArtSpark (K-4), Totally Trollwood Academy (Grades 5-7), Trollwood Academy (Grades 8-12), and Trollwood Conservatory (Grades 10-12) programs. And for students to perform in Trollwood Children’s Theatre production of Seussical Kids (Grades 5-6), and the Trollwood Players (Grades 8-12) production of The Best of Trollwood Sketch Comedy. The Totally Trollwood Musical: Wizard of Oz Youth Edition has reached capacity.


Take a look at Trollwood's summer programming brochure!

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - Start Times

The start and dismissal times for all elementary buildings will be adjusted for the fall of 2022. The amount of time between the elementary bus routes and secondary bus routes needs to be expanded to ensure that all students can arrive at school at appropriate times in a safe manner. The length of the school day does not change, elementary students will start and end their day seven minutes earlier than the 2021-22 school year.


Read more abut the new school start times in this Cabinet Column by FPS Associate Superintendents Missy Eidsness and Dr. Bob Grosz.

Feature Column - First Year of BARR

During the 2021-22 school year, South High School became the first and only school in North Dakota to become a Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) school. How has the first year gone? And what do the teachers think?


Read more about the first year of the BARR program at South in this Feature Column by FPS Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman.

- NEWSMAKERS -

Presidential Scholar

Congratulations to North High School student Yaoyi Ma on being one of four North Dakotans to be honored as a Presidential Scholar!


The U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar program honors high school seniors of outstanding achievement in academics, the arts, and career and technical education. Each year, Presidential Scholars are chosen from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad. Up to 15 additional scholars are chosen at large, along with up to 20 each in career and technical education and the arts.


The U.S. Department of Education initially named 76 North Dakota Presidential Scholar candidates in January, including five career and technical education candidates and one arts candidate. Last month, the list was narrowed to nine North Dakota semifinalists, including one CTE and arts candidate each.

- HEALTH & SAFETY -

FPS COVID-19 Data

Fargo Public Schools provides a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the District. Information is updated every Friday that school is in session, and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 data webpage.

- YOUR FPS -

Last Day of School

Fargo Public Schools will hold its last day of classes next Thursday, May 26. Summer break starts for students on Friday, May 27. We wish you a safe and happy summer, and we look forward to seeing our students and staff members on August 25 when the 2022-23 school year begins. Click here for the 2022-23 school year calendar.

School Meal Prices Set

A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K-12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021-22 school year.


With the free meals expiring, the Board of Education set meal prices for the 2022-23 school year. The prices are:

  • Elementary Breakfast $1.45
  • Elementary Lunch $2.45
  • Secondary Breakfast $1.60
  • Secondary Lunch $2.75
  • Adult Breakfast $2.25
  • Adult Lunch $3.60
  • Extra Milk $0.40


Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.

Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links

Congratulations to the class of 2022! Graduations are coming soon at Fargo Public Schools. To accommodate for safe viewing and those who are unable to attend, FPS will livestream graduation ceremonies at these links:


Dakota High School, May 27 at 7 p.m.

South High School, May 29 at 3 p.m.

Davies High School, May 29 at 6 p.m.

North High School, May 29 at noon

Reminder: Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 is NOW OPEN online here. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process:


STEP ONE: REGISTRATION ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/kindergartenregistration. For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete forms in-person.

STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before August 25 to finalize registration.

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification


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.

- FEATURE -

Roosevelt 100th Anniversary Celebration

Roosevelt Elementary School celebrated 100 years of serving Fargo’s students with a Centennial Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, May 10. The open house event gave Roosevelt alumni, the school’s neighbors in the surrounding historic Roosevelt neighborhood, and the rest of the community the chance to see the school that has had such an impact on so many students over the past century. Roosevelt’s current fifth graders provided school tours to all who wished to have a guide, or the visitors were welcome to go on self-guided tours.


Click here to read more about the anniversary celebration and Roosevelt's 100-year history.

Peter Reynolds Virtual Author Visit

Lewis & Clark Elementary School Gifted and Talented Teacher Stacy Anderson’s essay about why her students deserve a virtual visit with award-winning children’s author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds was right on “The Dot.”


Anderson won the “Be You!” essay contest sponsored by Scholastic and she and the 59 students in the Gifted and Talented Program at Lewis & Clark received a virtual visit from Reynolds.


Click here to read more about the visit and what Peter Reynolds had to say to the students.

Mental Health Factsheet

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Fargo Public Schools is sharing important information about mental health. This week's Mental Health Factsheet explains the importance of maintaining good mental health.


We all have days where we feel physically sore, have a headache or are extra tired. Mental health is similar - the occasional bad day is to be expected, but when things that used to be easy become a lot more difficult, something’s going on. Instead of focusing on physical symptoms, you’ll want to look at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

- COMMUNITY -

Ryan's Well Fundraiser

First graders at Ed Clapp Elementary raised $372.65 to help the Ryan’s Well Foundation build two wells in Uganda. The students decided to support the organization after learning about the challenges people face in order to get water in many countries. The students organized the fundraiser, planned how to share the information with the school, and counted the money.

Parents Lead Survey

North Dakota’s Parents Lead program offers resources, tips, and tools for ND parents to support the behavioral health of their child(ren). The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division (BHD) would like to invite parents to participate in a survey about Parents Lead to ensure the resources are accessible and usable. Click here to take the online survey.

Family Engagement Cabinet

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakota parents and family members of students to consider joining her Family Engagement Cabinet, a group that advises her about how the state’s schools can strengthen their educational efforts and community ties.


The Family Engagement Cabinet was founded in May 2019. It now has 18 members, and Baesler wants to raise the number to 25. Family Engagement Cabinet members are chosen for 18-month terms. The new Cabinet’s first meeting is planned for August. The group normally meets every three months at the state Capitol in Bismarck.


Family members who are interested in participating should fill out an application, which is posted on the Department of Public Instruction’s website, and email a cover letter to dpiindianed@nd.gov by June 15 at 5 p.m.

Longest Day Trunk Sale

A group of current and retired Fargo Public Schools employees are holding a charity Trunk Sale on Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. in the Centennial Elementary School parking lot. A wide assortment of items will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to The Longest Day Alzheimer's Association.

Book Donation

Thank you to Michele Thomaier for the donation of signed copies of her children's book "Sophia of Oak Island: Legend of the Cave In Pit" to each of Fargo Public Schools' elementary schools. Thomaier is from Fargo and is an FPS graduate. The book is a historic tale from Nova Scotia about a woman, her family, and two oxen in the 1800s.

- IN FOCUS -

- IN THE NEWS -

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