FPS e-Newsletter for February 2, 2023
- SPOTLIGHT -
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
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.
- NEWSMAKERS -
High-Performing Title 1 Schools
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
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
Ben Franklin Spelling Bee
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
- YOUR FPS -
Kindergarten Registration is Now Open
Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2023 is NOW OPEN online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. 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.
STEP ONE: REGISTER ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. For assistance, registrants can contact the child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person.
STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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!
- FEATURE -
BARR at South High School
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.
- COMMUNITY -
ND Justice State Advisory Group Grant
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
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.
- BOARD FOCUS -
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.
- IN FOCUS -
Stick it to Cancer Shirts
The Early Childhood Special Education staff at Longfellow Elementary School joined together to purchase t-shirts in support of the FPS high school hockey teams Stick it to Cancer charity event. The event benefits Lend a Hand Up, which helps families going through medical emergencies. (Photo courtesy Meredith Muhs)
Thanks to a grant proposed by Davies High School Orchestral Director Michal Lang and made possible by the Fargo Public Schools Foundation, students in the orchestras at Davies High School, North High School, and South High School are receiving monthly improvisation sessions with string educator Paul Kim. These sessions will continue for the next year.
Winter Driving Clinic
The Fargo Public Schools Adult Learning Center held a Safe Winter Driving clinic at the Agassiz building. Trooper Erin Quinn of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Officer Chris Siegel of the Fargo Police Department presented on how to stay safe while driving in the winter. The presentation was done for morning, afternoon, and evening classes. There were in-person and virtual interpreters available for more than 10 languages. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Frueh)
Stick it to Cancer Shirts
Winter Driving Clinic
Ed Clapp Elementary School hosted a bingo night for its students and families. The cafeteria tables filled up with students and their families waiting for their winning number to get called. In addition to bingo, the families enjoyed eating pizza and coloring. (Photo courtesy Kari Klingman)
Art in Agriculture
The students in Mrs. Cody's art classes at Jefferson Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School learned about agriculture during a recent art project. Students learned about the people, animals, and plants involved in agriculture and created art inspired by those elements.
The Davies High School girls hockey team volunteered at Hope Blooms to help bring some joy to those in need. Hope Blooms repurposes donated flowers and arranges them into beautiful bedside bouquets so that those who are in need can feel a sense of inclusion.