FPS e-Newsletter for January 13, 2022
- SPOTLIGHT -
Cabinet Column — 'Christmas Isn't Over'
Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi's planned family trip to Houston for Christmas got thwarted by a positive COVID-19 test result in their family. But Dr. Gandhi's 4-year-old son Jagger didn't let the disappointment of the changed plans get him down. He embraced the opportunity to extend the holiday celebration until his presents from his grandparents arrived in the mail. Since that time, Dr. Gandhi says he is taking a cue from his son and being sure to identify ways to embrace change and unexpected outcomes as opportunities. Read more about Dr. Gandhi's quarantine Christmas in this Cabinet Column.
Feature Column - Fast-Forward to Summer with Trollwood Registration
Read more about Trollwood's summer programming, featuring arts instruction and opportunities for students of all ages, interests, and ability levels, in this Feature Column from Trollwood Executive Director Kathy Anderson.
- HEALTH & SAFETY -
FPS COVID-19 Data
COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy Update
Procedure Change at Fargo Cass Public Health Testing Site
- NEWSMAKERS -
Davies Trio Sign Letters of Intent
- YOUR FPS -
Staff Recognition Program Nomination Period Opens Monday
Beginning January 17, community members are invited to nominate a Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member they feel serves our students with excellence for consideration of a yearly recognition award. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram.
Fargo Public Schools deeply values its nearly 2,000 staff members who ensure our students receive a high-quality education in a safe learning environment. To honor our employees, the District will annually award the following:
- Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member
- Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director, or coordinator
- Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member
Nominations will be accepted online January 17 – 28, 2022.
School Boundary Change Plans
Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration Now Open
Upcoming summer arts programming will help students rekindle their affection for the arts, boost their creativity, and pave the way for their future, whether they aspire to pursue a career in the arts or any other professional opportunities. Register before April 1 and save up to $50 on registration fees!
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, Woodrow Wilson, Oak Grove, and Shanley high schools.
- FEATURE -
Are You Obsessed with Social Media?
South High School's Social Media Marketing students are going beyond the social media obsession to learn firsthand how social media marketing impacts our daily lives and the importance of social media expertise as they navigate their future as business strategists.
Watch the video below to hear from Mia, Xander, Elliot, Darion, and Ms. Sara Smith as they share their experiences from first semester, exploring social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, websites, and Stukent. And read more about the Social Media Marketing class in this Feature Column by Director of Career and Technical Education Dr. Denise Jonas.
- COMMUNITY -
School Board Election
- BOARD FOCUS -
School Board Schedule and 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 11 regular meeting of the School Board.
- IN FOCUS -
Trollwood Winter Academy
Trollwood Performing Arts School's Winter Academy classes began last weekend. At the Winter Academy, middle school and high school students are learning by participating in informative and unique sessions in vocal music, dance, and improvisation. The students in the photo are working on their dancing skills with instructor Matt Gasper. (Photo courtesy Nancy Glaser)
The third graders in Kayla Meyer's class at Jefferson Elementary School worked on a STEM project to see who can build the best paper airplane. The students wanted to see who could make their plane fly the furthest. They then reworked their designs to see if they could improve on their previous attempts.
Fifth Grade Helpers
Amy Wilson's class of fifth graders at Jefferson Elementary is working to develop community and care within the school. Every day, the fifth graders help the school's kindergarteners get to their bus to go home. (photo courtesy Beth Olson)