FPS e-Newsletter for September 22, 2022


Feature Column - Homeless Services

There are many students in Fargo Public Schools who are experience homelessness. During the 2021-22 school year, 299 students were identified as experiencing homelessness. This number was a 20% increase over the previous year.

Click here to read about the rights, services, identification process, and experiences of students experiencing homelessness in this Feature Column by FPS Homeless Liaison Jan Anderson.

Feature Column - Science of Reading Interventions

Effective reading instruction is complex, with several vital components informed by scientific research. A group of Fargo Public Schools elementary principals and coordinators attended Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS®) for Administrators during the 2021-22 school year to better understand what it means when reading instruction

  • is scientifically-, evidence-, and research-based;
  • focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension; and
  • uses systematic, explicit instruction.

Click here to read more about elementary and middle school science of reading interventions in this Feature Column by FPS Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator Jen Sahr.

Feature Column - Work Experiences Through Business Partnerships

Fargo Public Schools has hired its first Business Partnership Liaison, Ms. Lana Duffey-Feeley. She is a member of the FPS Career & Technical Education department and is dedicated to the development of a K-12 work-based learning model, with the aim to cultivate, coordinate, and nurture work experiences for K-12 students.

Click here to read more about the role of the Business Partnership Liaison in this Feature Column by Duffey-Feeley and FPS Director of Career & Technical Education Dr. Denise Jonas.

Feature Column - Pow-Wow 101

The Fargo-West Fargo Indian Education Program is hosting an Indigenous People's Day Pow-Wow on Monday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Agassiz building, and all are welcome to attend. The Indian Education Program wants to make sure everybody knows what is going on when they arrive at the pow-wow.

Click here to read about what to expect at the pow-wow in this Feature Column by Indian Education Coordinator Melody Staebner, Indian Education Liaison Darlene Boyle, and Indian Education Cultural Specialist Ricky White.


National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to the Fargo Public Schools students who have been selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Davies High School's Nora Daub, Dylan Pritchard, and Lauren Standifer, and South High School's Jagger Wraalstad.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes and honors the academically talented students of the United States by conducting nationwide scholarship programs.

Davies Homecoming King & Queen

Congratulations to Raymond Brown and CeCe Deeboom on being named the Davies Homecoming King & Queen!

The rest of the homecoming court includes Camille Deringer, Elyse Gulsvig, Noelle Lewis, Maria Mendoza, Ava Robertson, Elise Schneider, Bayley Scott, Taylor Severson, Annika Stephens, Ethan Blesie, Grant Ivesdal, Isaac Kerzman, Patrick Lawrence, Max Mitzel, Esteban Nunez-Perez, Brennan Palmer, Logan Sullivan, and Mason Winn.

Cross Country Fundraiser

The Davies High School girls cross country team celebrated its community service fundraiser by handing over a check for $6,000 to South High School freshman cross country runner Clara Motschenbacher, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

The Davies girls teamed up with the South High School girls cross country team to help raise funds for Motschenbacher. The two teams put on a car wash and bake sale at the start of the season when they found out that Motschenbacher had been diagnosed with cancer. The funds will be used to help Motschenbacher and her parents navigate the upcoming treatments and travel expenses. Anyone looking to make a financial donation can find her page here.

Davies EDC Soccer Champs

Congratulations to the Davies High School boys soccer team on winning the Eastern Dakota Conference championship! The Eagles are 11-0-1 with two regular season games remaining. The NDHSAA Boys Soccer State Tournament begins October 6 at West Fargo High School.


FPS is Hiring

Make a difference with Fargo Public Schools! Apply to join the FPS team today. Current openings include Attendance Clerk, Community School Coordinator, Early Childhood Office Assistant, and many more! Click here to view all open positions and apply.

Attend to Win!

Students who attend school are more likely to learn, graduate, and succeed. Students who miss two days the first month of school are already on track to be chronically absent.

  • Regular school attendance is the biggest predictor of whether a student will graduate on time or not. High school grads earn a $1 million more than dropouts.
  • Strive for perfect attendance in the first month. Half of students who miss 2-4 days of school in September go on to miss nearly a month during the school year!
  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year (about 18 days per year or 2 days per month), negatively affects a student’s academic performance.


Discovery STEM Students Design Ankle Foot Orthosis Prototypes

Seventh graders at Discovery Middle School used their design skills to try to help students their age with cerebral palsy.

Students in the Design & Modeling STEM class taught by Amber Denault split into groups of two or three to design an ankle foot orthosis for individuals with cerebral palsy. Click here to read more about the project and the process the students followed to create these orthoses.

New Administrator Profile - Matthew Quintus

Matthew Quintus is in his first year as an assistant principal at Ben Franklin Middle School. He has worked for Fargo Public Schools since 2013, most recently as a physical science and chemistry teacher at Davies High School. He says the first time he ever taught students was in swimming lessons when he was 16 years old and he's loved it ever since. Click here to learn more about Quintus in this New Administrator Profile.


Electric Truck Presentation

Cass County Electric presented their new electric Ford F150 to the Real Preventive Maintenance and Intro to Engineering Classes at South High School on September 20. The students received a presentation on electricity, EV Charging and how electric cars work, and then were able to inspect an electric truck up close. Thank you to Cass County Electric for their partnership!



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