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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

During the icy wintry days of January, it is fun to look forward to the beautiful summer days ahead in what seems like a distant future. Trollwood Performing Arts School is trying to fast-forward that path to summer by opening its 2022 summer registrations.


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

Fargo Public Schools provides a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the District. Information is updated every Friday that school is in session, and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 data webpage.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy Update

Beginning January 17, masks will be strongly recommended, not required, in all FPS buildings. FPS will not be identifying or notifying close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case, unless it is a specific situation in which FPS is recommended to do so by the ND Department of Health. Read this letter from FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi for additional information.

Procedure Change at Fargo Cass Public Health Testing Site

In order to avoid unnecessarily duplicating COVID-19 tests, individuals testing at the Fargo Cass Public Health testing site are now limited to one test per day. Individuals are given the option of being tested with either the BinaxNOW rapid test or the PCR test. The change is being made in an effort to utilize testing resources more responsibly.

- NEWSMAKERS -

Davies Trio Sign Letters of Intent

Three athletes from Davies High School signed their National Letters of Intent to compete at the collegiate level on Wednesday, January 5. Brenna Barnick signed to compete in cross country and track and field at the Minnesota State University-Mankato. Linnea Axtman signed to compete in track and field at North Dakota State University. And Regan Bosch signed to compete in cross country and track at the University of Mary.

- 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 Out Day — January 17

There will be no school on Monday, January 17 due to a staff professional development day. School will return as scheduled on Tuesday, January 18.

First Semester Ending

First semester at Fargo Public Schools is coming to a close soon. The first semester ends next Friday, January 14 and the second semester begins the following Tuesday, January 18.

School Boundary Change Plans

FPS has adopted school boundary change plans for the 2022-23 school year. The purpose of these changes is to better utilize existing space and eliminate potential crowding issues at schools on the southern end of the District. Follow this link for more details on the adjustments and to view the changes.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration Now Open

Get ready to Live Your Passion! Trollwood Performing Arts School summer registration is now open, follow this link to register. 2021 was a successful return to summer activities, but on a limited basis. 2022 will re-open with a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors. Take a look at Trollwood's summer programming brochure!


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.

Fargo Davies

Fargo North

Fargo South

Dakota High School


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.

Click here to access Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars

- 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.

Social Media Marketing Class at Fargo South High School

- COMMUNITY -

School Board Election

Candidates interested in running for one of five positions on the Fargo Board of Education may submit an application until Monday, April 11, 2022 at 4 p.m. Applications need to be submitted to the Fargo Public Schools Business Office by the deadline at the District Office, 700 7th Street South in Fargo, which is located on the first floor. Follow this link for more information about the 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 -

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