FPS e-Newsletter for March 23, 2023


Feature Column - Arts CAN Do

Individuals can help support Visual and Fine Arts in the Fargo Public Schools simply by recycling your aluminum cans. While helping the earth by recycling, you can help the brain and social emotional learning skills of our FPS students by supporting the arts. Arts CAN Do recycling receptacles are located at many recycling centers around town.

Click here to read more about Arts CAN Do and find a participating recycling receptacle in this Feature Column by FPS Performing Arts Facilitator Patrick Thiel.


Boys Basketball State Champs

Congratulations to the North High School boys basketball team on winning the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball State Championship! The Spartans defeated Grand Forks Red River 92-83 on March 11 at the Scheels Center in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

The Spartans, coached by Travis Hoeg, finished their season with a 19-8 record. Their most recent state championship came in 2006.

State Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Ben Franklin Middle School seventh grader Luna Gasevic and eighth grader Chinmay Gopi on finishing first and second at the North Dakota State Spelling Bee at the Bismarck Event Center! Gasevic and Gopi also took the top two places in last year's state spelling bee. The spelling bee started with 93 spellers representing 48 counties taking a written test with the top 25 spellers advancing to the oral round. Gasevic's winning word was vaseline.

Gasevic earned a trip to compete in the Scripp's National Spelling Bee from May 30 to June 1 in Washington D.C.

String Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Discovery Middle School orchestra teacher Allison Burggraff on being named the Educator of the Year by the North Dakota String Teachers Association! The award recognizes outstanding string educators who have a positive influence in their field, benefitting the profession and musical growth of other teachers and students in the state.

Raging Red Band Festival

Congratulations to the Fargo Public Schools ensembles awarded at the Raging Red Band Festival held on March 7-8 at North Dakota State University's Challey School of Music! The Fargo Davies Wind Ensemble was recognized as the Division 1 Band of the Festival, and the Fargo North Symphonic Band and Fargo Davies Symphonic Band tied for the Best Division 2 Band of the Day on Tuesday. The wind ensemble is pictured.

The festival offered a unique opportunity for the bands to spend a day experiencing and learning from feedback from four nationally recognized adjudicators. They also received clinics with the NDSU instrumental faculty and had the chance to watch the NDSU Wind Symphony in performance.

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Congratulations to Davies High School Student Mara Smith on being selected as a Cass County Electric Cooperative Youth Tour nominee! More than 1,500 high school students nationwide participate in the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The Youth Tour in June consists of a fast-paced, intense week of learning about history and government, visiting with the congressional delegation, learning about the cooperative business model, and touring museums, national monuments, and memorials.

National History Day Regional

Congratulations to the 15 North High School students that competed in the regional National History Day contest on March 10 at North Dakota State University! All of the projects entered in the contest qualified for the state contest on April 28 in Bismarck.

Projects receiving awards included: Angelina Kappen (1st Place – Individual Documentary), Erika Rosa Salmeron (1st Place – Individual Exhibit), Megan Teegarden & Lennon Teegarden (2nd Place – Group Documentary), Braden Fugle & Tommy Burgess (1st Place – Group Documentary), Ivy Mastrud & Eliza McIntyre (3rd Place – Group Exhibit), Evy Berg & Betsy Schiltz (2nd Place – Group Documentary).

North Dakota State DECA Conference

Congratulations to all of the Fargo Public Schools students who competed at at the North Dakota State DECA Conference in Bismarck! DECA is a leadership organization for students at the high school or college level with an interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

A number of FPS students were awarded first place in a competitions, including Rowan Durgin, Annika Erichsen, Leah Hoffman, Molly Hoffman, Derek Jackson, Cullen Klemetson, Ben Moen, Anna Nelson, Carrie Osier, Sophia Solseng, Patrick Lawrence, Raj Smith-Hotel, Jada Kungel, Esteban Nunez, Peton Bradley, and Jack McCleery.


Summer School

Registration for Fargo Public Schools' Summer School 2023 is 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.

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

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.

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.


First Western Bank &Trust Donation

Thank you to First Western Bank & Trust for the gift of $1,000 to Lewis & Clark Elementary School to help cover overdue lunch fees for the school's families! First Western is Lewis & Clark's Adopt-a-School partner.

Pictured left to right: Lewis & Clark Principal Jason Cresap, and First Western Bank & Trust representatives Julie Johnson, John Jessen, Karly Schefter.

Archeology Lab Tours for Kids

Students in grades four to six can learn more about the field of archeology during a tour of North Dakota State University's Archeology Lab with Anthropological Archeologist and Associate Professor John Creese. Tours will take place Saturday, March 25, at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online at


Band Festival o' Fun

Band students from each of Fargo Public Schools' middle schools participated in a special honor band experience called the Band Festival o' Fun on Tuesday, March 21 at Discovery Middle School.

The middle school musicians, led by band instructors from Ben Franklin Middle School, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, and Discovery Middle School, rehearsed new music together during the afternoon and prepared it to perform at a concert in the evening. The concert also featured special guest performances by ensembles from North High School, South High School, and Davies High School. Students completed written applications and were selected by their band teachers to participate in the honor band.



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