FPS e-Newsletter for February 2, 2023


Cabinet Column - Kindergarten Registration

Going to kindergarten is an important step for a child. It helps them learn skills that they will build on throughout life. At kindergarten, a child will grow both socially and emotionally. Their ability to think, use, and recognize language and their fine motor skills will be developed through play, art, music, movement, and interacting with others. Most importantly, a child will learn to become an effective learner. Registration for kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year is now open online here.

Click here to read more about the importance of kindergarten and the process of registering your child in this Cabinet Column by FPS Associate Superintendent Missy Eidsness.

Feature Column - Be a CTE Champion

February is national Career and Technical Education Month. It is an annual campaign held across the United States to celebrate the accomplishments of Career and Technical Education programs, instructors, and students. It gives programs the platform to ways in which CTE contributes to college-and career-readiness and prepares students for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

Click here to learn more about Fargo Public Schools' CTE programming in this Feature Column by FPS Director of Career and Technical Education Dr. Denise Jonas.


High-Performing Title 1 Schools

Congratulations to Eagles Elementary School, Ed Clapp Elementary School, and Madison Elementary School on being recognized as Title 1 High-Performing Schools by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Each recognized school will awarded additional Title 1 funds ranging from $60,000-75,000 to be used on any allowable Title 1 activity to help strengthen the program.

The Title 1 High Performing Schools are recognized as having demonstrated improvement during the last three years, falling within the top 10% of Title 1 schools experience growth in performance indicators, and having a significant number of economically disadvantaged students.

Lincoln Penny War for Ross Olson

Lincoln Elementary School raised $2,109.80 through a penny war and hot chocolate sales at the "Fun in the Snow for Mr. O" ice skating event to benefit former Lincoln physical education teacher Ross Olson. Olson, who taught at Lincoln for more than a decade, suffered multiple seizures while driving and was in a car accident in October. He suffered severe shoulder damage and CT and MRI scans revealed a tumor on his temporal lobe.

The penny war pitted each grade at Lincoln against each other to see who could raise the most money. Pennies and dollar bills counted positively, while nickels, dimes, and quarters counted negatively, so students were encouraged to put silver coins in other grades' jars.

Davies Hockey Donation

The Davies High School girls hockey team raised money to donate to the family of Minot High School Assistant Girls Hockey Coach Taryn Love. Love's four-month-old son was born with underdeveloped stomach and esophagus muscles that prevent him from keeping food down. He underwent a procedure to have a G-Tube placed in October. The Eagles girls hockey team got to take a photo with the baby when they played against Minot.

Ben Franklin Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Ben Franklin Middle School students Luna Gasevic, Chinmay Gopi, Metta Ingersoll, and Mia Heinrich on advancing to the Cass County Spelling Bee! Ben Franklin held its schoolwide spelling bee on January 27 and the top four finishers advance to the county level.

Sibert Smackdown

In honor of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards held on January 30, and in an effort to allow students to participate in a book award process, fifth graders at Washington Elementary School participated in the Sibert Smackdown in January. The Sibert Award is given to the most distinguished informational book for children.

Fifth graders at Washington read a selection of 10 nonfiction titles and voted for the titles they felt best exemplified the award criteria. The Sibert selection for Washington this year was Yoshi and the Ocean: A Sea Turtle’s Incredible Journey Home by Lindsay Moore.

Each class participated in a team competition using details from all 10 books in a trivia style challenge. The winning team from each class competed a second time to crown the first ever Sibert Smackdown Champions. The team from Mrs. King’s class were the winners for the year.

South Philanthropy and Youth

The Philanthropy and Youth club at South High School is visiting 13 non-profit agencies over a three week period to gain insights and recommendations on how to donate $5,000 to make the biggest possible impact in the local community. They recently toured the F5 Project, which aims to improve the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals in North Dakota.

Spiyee Signs NLI

Congratulations to South High School's Emanuel Spiyee on signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic career at the next level! Spiyee signed to play football at Valley City State University.


Kindergarten Registration is Now Open

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.

Complete online registration forms at For assistance, registrants can contact the child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person.

Upload or bring the following documents to the child’s school by August 28 to finalize registration:

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

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 701.446.1030.

Summer School Registration is Open

Registration for Fargo Public Schools' Summer School 2023 is NOW OPEN. FPS Summer School offers opportunities for students from elementary through high school to participate in programs focused on academics, athletics, arts, and more. Click here to view Fargo Public Schools' Summer School 2023 offerings.

FPS Student Scholarship Applications and Opportunities

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.

If you are a graduating senior from Dakota, Davies, North, or South High Schools select your school below to see what scholarships are available.

The Foundation also administers the Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars program and awards an average of 50 scholarships annually to deserving graduates of Fargo Davies, Fargo South, Fargo North, Dakota, Oak Grove, and Shanley high schools.

Click here to access Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars

Trollwood Mainstage Musical Auditions

Trollwood Performing Arts School is holding auditions for students in Grades 8-12 to join the cast and orchestra of the 2023 Mainstage Musical Singin' in the Rain. Cast auditions are on February 25 and orchestra auditions are March 9-11. Email or call 218.477.6500 to sign up for a cast or orchestra audition time.

In order to give as many students as possible the opportunity to perform in this award-winning classic musical, the Mainstage Musical cast is expanding. With much of the cast set to return after the 2022 Mainstage Musical postponement, lead roles are already filled. But there are still opportunities for students to gain experience as a member of the ensemble. Click here to learn more.

AD-Ventures Seasonal Activities

AD-Ventures is a district publication intended to help families find activities for their children throughout our community. It is published on the first of each month during the school year.

AD-Ventures for Kids is for youth in grade levels K-5.

AD-Ventures for Teens is for youth in grade levels 6-8.

FPS is Hiring

Join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring paraeducators, food service staff, custodial staff, and more! Click here to view open positions and apply today!


BARR at South High School

The BARR Center produced a video featuring the Building Assets Reducing Risks programs in the state of North Dakota, including South High School. BARR is a proven model that improves the education system predicated on two pillars – relationships and data. It is designed to create strong schools and communities by empowering students, teachers, and families with data, so that schools can re-align existing resources to nurture a unified and personalized culture of support and success for every student, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The video features interviews with South Assistant Principal Shannon Mortrud, Science Teacher Brittany Olson, and Physical Education Teacher Molly Lundon and video footage from inside South. Watch the video below.

BARR in North Dakota


ND Justice State Advisory Group Grant

Fargo Public Schools was awarded a $450,000 grant by the North Dakota Justice State Advisory Group in partnership with Central Regional Education Association.

The grant funds will be utilized to implement school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports in schools in order to increase positive behavior, decrease punitive consequences and implement prevention-focused interventions to keep kids in school. The aim is to reduce the number of students involved in the juvenile justice system through proactive approaches and strategies.

Nodak Insurance Company Donation

Thank you Nodak Insurance Company for providing match dollars for the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation on Giving Hearts Day! With their support the Foundation is raising funds to meet its mission of ensuring that each and every student who needs help with basic needs receives support through the Critical Needs Program. Thanks to the dollar match, each donation to the Fargo Public Schools Foundation on Giving Hearts Day counts double.

Giving Hearts Day

Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online giving event, is coming up on Thursday, February 9. The day is a large fundraising event that benefits North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota non-profits. Each organization finds a sponsor to generously match donations. Trollwood Performing Arts School and the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation are both taking part. Tax deductible donations can be scheduled now. You may also wait to give on February 9.

Click here to donate to Trollwood Performing Arts School.

Click here to donate to the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.

'Northern Narratives' Writing Project

The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for its seventh annual “Northern Narratives” winter writing project for adults and teens age 13 and older. Submissions in fiction, nonfiction and poetry will be accepted online only now through March 31.

Writing categories and word counts are:

  • Fiction: 1,000 – 6,000 words
  • Nonfiction: 1,000 – 6,000 words
  • Poetry: 1,000 words or less per poem

Selected submissions will be included in the library’s North Dakota Collection. All rules, guidelines and frequently asked questions about the project are available on the library’s “Northern Narratives” webpage.


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.

Read the Board Briefs from the January 31 special meeting of the School Board.




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