FPS e-Newsletter for May 20, 2021


Cabinet Column - Substitute Teacher Plan

Fargo Public Schools is thankful for the dedication and commitments it received through the 2020-21 school year from its substitute teacher workforce. These individuals helped our schools remain open amid the unprecedented staffing challenges that were brought on by COVID-19. Going forward, Fargo Public Schools has created a plan to ensure there are enough substitute teachers. Read this Cabinet Column from Human Resources Director Doug Andring to learn how the District will use federal funding to support staffing challenges during the next three years.


Free Summer Meal Pickup Schedule

Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals for children up to age 18 in June and July 2021, thanks to expanded United States Department of Agriculture funding. Breakfast and lunch meals for 7 days will be combined in a food box and distributed weekly. Click here for more details on when and where meals can be picked up.


Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is providing a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the district. This data, in consideration with other factors, is utilized to gauge the safety of in-person learning during the pandemic. Information is updated every Friday and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 page.


Holloway Named North Dakota Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School student Kaija Holloway for being named the North Dakota Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Holloway will receive a $2,500 college scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and serve as an ambassador for the state. She will also be in the running for the regional and national Youth of the Year awards. To learn more about Holloway and her accomplishments, read this article from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley.

North HOSA Accomplishments

North High School junior Julia Steiner has been selected as the North Dakota HOSA (formerly Health Occupations Students of America) Future Healthcare Professionals of America vice-president of community service. Steiner will be responsible for providing support to local chapters as they develop service opportunities. Several other students placed at the recent HOSA state conference (pictured).

Pictured L to R front are:

  • Lauren Leabo, Alena Rinas, first place in community awareness
  • Nicolette Rogne
  • Brooklyn Champagne, first place in CPR/first aid
  • Melinda Chen, second place in dental science
  • Fatima Attia, first place in community awareness

Pictured L to R back are:

  • Mrs. Tollefson, advisor
  • Cari Walker
  • Julia Steiner, vice president of community service and first place in research poster
  • Abhijna Kavasseri, first place in research and persuasive writing and speaking
  • Abby Lind
  • Cassidy Exner
  • Emily Gorder, first place in CPR/first aid

(Photo courtesy: Jennifer Stiener)

Horace Mann Reading Corp Tutor Honored by Governor

Horace Mann Elementary School's AmeriCorp Reading Tutor Greg Eide was recently honored by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum for his four years of service. Student Performance Strategist Jaime Aasen says he is an important member of the school community and has helped countless student learn to read. Students and staff surprised him with the award on May 12 with posters, banners, cards, and treats.

(Photo courtesy: Jaime Aasen)

Large Donation to Support Mental Health Resources

Thank you to the Offutt Family Foundation and R.D. Offutt Company for donating $20,000 to Fargo Public Schools. They presented a check to the District on May 14. Fargo Public Schools will use the funds as part of its Multi-Tiered System of Supports program, which offers academic and behavioral interventions to support student wellness. Specifically, this donation will aid the District in continuing its services related to depression and suicide prevention.

Picture L to R are: Heidi Carlson, RDO employee; Jen Sahr, FPS Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator; Katie Harmelink, Discovery Middle School counselor.

Staff Recognition Program Nominees

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) thanks all of its staff members for helping the District fulfill its mission of educating and empowering all students to succeed! To honor our employees, the District annually holds a staff recognition program. Community members were invited to nominate a teacher, administrator, or support staff member who they feel is serving our students with excellence. Read the full list of nominees for the 2021 FPS staff recognition program.


ESSER Funding Community Survey

Fargo Public Schools is requesting feedback on how to use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The District will received $44 million to be spent on equitably expanding opportunities for students and safely reopening schools. Expectations from the State of North Dakota are that districts should focus on student learning and achievement. Community members and students are asked to share their input on how to best use the funds.

Click here for the STUDENT survey.

Click here for the PARENT, GUARDIAN, and COMMUNITY MEMBER survey.

Click here to read more about ESSER funds.

New Credit Card Processing Fee

Beginning July 1, 2021, Fargo Public Schools will implement a $1.00 convenience fee on credit and debit card transactions due to increasing processing costs. Payments made over $200 will incur a 3.99% processing fee for charges not related to student registration, food services, or student activities. This charge will be collected through SchoolPay and be used to offset credit card processing costs. Click here to read more about why this processing fee is being implemented.

Davies Theatre Performance

The Davies High School Theatre Department presents The Addams Family Musical by Andrew Lippa. The musical features all the beloved Addams family characters, just a little older and more modern. Wednesday is now 18 years old and has found herself experiencing a surprising new sensation: she has fallen in love. Lucas Beineke, the object of her affections, comes from a seemingly normal family. In the musical, the families meet to become better acquainted. Wednesday's brother, Pugsley, who has been largely ignored lately, begins to miss the attention his sister previously paid to him and pleads with her to torture him once more. Meanwhile, their mother, Morticia, finds herself conflicted over her ever-maturing daughter’s newfound feelings, while her oblivious father, Gomez, simply wishes things would remain the way they were.

What: The Addams Family Musical

When: May 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and May 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Davies High School Theatre

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased on the Fargo Public Schools Box Office website.

Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links

Congratulations to the class of 2021! To accommodate for safe viewing and those who are unable to attend, Fargo Public Schools will livestream graduation ceremonies at these links:

Woodrow Wilson High School, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

South High School, June 6 at 12:00 p.m.

Davies High School, June 6 at 3:00 p.m.

North High School, June 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Trollwood Summer Programming

Get ready to Color Your Summer! Trollwood Performing Arts School is excited to welcome students back to the stage with a full array of 2021 summer performing arts educational opportunities. This 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. Watch the video below to hear what students have to say about their experiences at Trollwood.

Click this link to register.

Click here to view the summer course brochure.

Trollwood - Go for It!

Reminder: Register Your Child for Kindergarten

Register NOW for Fargo Public Schools kindergarten online at Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall.

Click here to learn more about the registration process and sign your student up for school in the fall of 2021!

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at If you need PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

Free Counseling Sessions Available to Students and Staff

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering additional counseling opportunities to all students and staff members thanks to a grant through the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Services will be provided through Together Counseling.

While counseling is always available for FPS students and staff, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought added pressures to daily life and increased needs for mental health services. The staff and student programs will provide sessions to address coping skills, wellness strategies, time management, family conflict, and stress reduction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions are free, confidential, and virtual. Insurance will not be billed.

Click here for more information on COVID Student Support Program sessions.

Click here for more information on COVID Staff Support Program sessions.

Sessions with Together Counseling can be scheduled by calling 701.404.0997. You must indicate your session is part of the FPS COVID Support Program.


Kindergarteners Spread Cheer to Touchmark Residents

For the first time in over a year, Eagles Elementary School kindergarteners had the opportunity to spread cheer to residents at Touchmark at Harwood Groves. The students walked to see their Adopt-a-School partners on May 13 and draw chalk art on the sidewalks as residents watched from afar. Read this feature article to learn more about the benefits of their partnership and see pictures from the event.

Getting Out of Thinking Traps

During tough times, negative thoughts can sometimes spiral out of control. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Fargo Public Schools is sharing information about how to handle emotional situations. In this week's advice, we share how learning to cope with these thoughts can train your brain to think differently and improve your overall mental health and well-being.

Additional Resources for Getting Out of Thinking Traps:





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