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FPS e-Newsletter for May 6, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - Legislative Impacts on Fargo Public Schools

The 67th legislative session in North Dakota is now over, leaving some lasting impacts on how public schools operate. Some of the biggest impacts include bills regarding how much funding schools receive based on student populations, a career and technical education program, deadlines for teacher contract negotiations, and more. In this Cabinet Column, Business Manager Jackie Gapp provides an analysis of some of the bills with the biggest impacts on Fargo Public Schools.

Feature Column - Mental Health Awareness Month

The pandemic has brought tremendous emotional challenges to many people, and Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is devoted to helping our students and staff. To help our community overcome these challenges, FPS is offering a variety of resources. In this feature column, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator Jennifer Sahr explains widespread mental health effects of the pandemic and why you are not alone if you are feeling anxious or depressed.

- FPS SMART RESTART -

FPS COVID-19 Data

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Live Webinar

The North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education will hold a live webinar to help answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Local health experts, including Fargo Public Schools Board of Education Member and Sanford Pediatrician Dr. Tracie Newman, will attend and share expertise. See the graphic below for event details.


Webinar link: https://ndsu.zoom.us/j/95520626932?pwd=SVF5YIpCMzhj0TIDRnREUkxUMG9tQT09

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- NEWSMAKERS -

Magnuson Named Cass County Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Literacy Partner Jessica Magnuson for being named the 2021 Cass County Teacher of the Year. She was nominated for the honor after she was named the Fargo Public Schools (FPS) 2021 Teacher of the Year in March. Magnuson is now among 40 educators who will now be eligible for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year. That honor will be announced in August 2021. Click here to read the County Teacher of the Year press release from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. You may also click here to read Magnuson's biography from her FPS Teacher of the Year Award.

Students Earn Honors in National Latin Exams

Dozens of Fargo Public Schools students in middle school and high school earned high honors in the National Latin Exams. These exams are administered every spring to students around the world. Click here to view the full list of students who placed in the top tiers in the exams.

FPS Students Place in National PTA Reflections Program

Five Fargo Public Schools students placed in the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections Program. Students submitted their work in these categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. This year's theme was "I Matter Because..."


The following students are being recognized by the PTA:

Amelia Zosel

  • Ben Franklin Middle School - Award of Merit Literature

Leah Hoffman

  • Ben Franklin Middle School - Award of Excellence Photography

Lilas Alhalhooly

  • Ben Franklin Middle School - Award of Merit Visual Arts

Liliath Sateren

  • North High School - Award of Merit Music Composition

Rashad Harrison

  • Davies High School - Award of Merit Photography


The theme for the 2021-22 Reflections program will be "I Will Change the World By..." For more information and to register, click here.

Rudie Receives Student Leadership Advisor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School teacher Josh Rudie for being named the Student Leadership Middle Level Advisor of the Year. Rudie was honored with the award at the North Dakota Student Leadership Contest in Bismarck during the week of April 26-30.

Lee Selected as North Dakota Association of Honor Society Vice President

South High School junior Nicholas Lee was selected as the North Dakota Association of Honor Society Vice President. The elected was held in Bismarck during the week of April 26-30. Lee will serve on a five-person planning committee and help lead the North Dakota chapters through the 2021-22 school year. He will also be instrumental in planning the Student Council Conference in December 2021 and the Honor Society Conference in April 2022.

North Students Win Art Show Awards

North High School art students recently competed in the ALL Dakota High School Art show. Participants included Ava Kalbrener, Brett Skeldum, Emma Rehder, Lara Deakin, and Sophie Pederson. Emma Rehder won the Judges Choice Award for Best Photography and the team took home the Best Team Award for North Dakota.

Nutrition Services Years of Service Recognition

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is recognizing 10 Fargo Public Schools Nutrition Services employees for their career longevity and exemplary service to public education. Fargo Public Schools also salutes these employees for their dedication and hard work. The employees being honored are:
  • Tammy Beyers, 10 years
  • Amra Cipranic, 10 years
  • Mary Kinzler, 10 years
  • Nicole Lees, 10 years
  • Shelly Garcia, 15 years
  • Judy Jacobson, 15 years
  • Shannon Nowak, 15 years
  • Brenda Dale, 20 years
  • Tracy Gonshorowski, 20 years
  • Faye Pokrzywinski, 25 years


Fargo Public Schools also thanks all of Nutrition Services staff as we recognize National School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 7.

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

Fargo Public Schools thanks all of our teachers for their hard work and dedication to fulfilling our mission of "educating and empowering students to succeed." Educators provide impactful foundations for students to grow, and they have the ability to leave lasting impacts both in academics and citizenship. Their work changes lives on a daily basis. Thank you, teachers!

North Theatre Performance

The North High School Department of Fine Arts presents Tuck Everlasting May 6-9. This musical is based on the best-selling children's classic by Natalie Babbit. Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tucks’ unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.


What: Tuck Everlasting

When: May 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. & May 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: North High School Theatre


Tickets are available at the Fargo Public Schools Theater Box Office website. All visitors are required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

AD-Ventures: Seasonal Activities for Kids

AD-Ventures is a district publication intended to help families find activities for their children throughout the community. AD-Ventures for Kids is for youth in grade levels K-5. AD-Ventures for Teens is for youth in grade levels 6-8. These are published on the first of each month during the school year. Click the active links above for the May issue of each publication.

Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links

Congratulations to the class of 2021! Graduation is officially one month away at Fargo Public Schools (FPS). To accommodate for safe viewing and those who are unable to attend, FPS will livestream graduation ceremonies at these links:


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.

REMINDER: Register Your Child for Kindergarten

Register NOW for Fargo Public Schools kindergarten online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. 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 www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps. 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.

- FEATURE -

Journey to America Presentation

English learner (EL) students at South High School will share their personal stories in the Journey to America project. This year’s presentation will be held virtually and be available starting on Friday, May 7 on the South English learner website.


The Journey to America writing project is an annual project for Juelke’s EL students. The project helps students strengthen their ability to write in English and helps others better understand their backgrounds and cultures. Students write about their lives in their home countries and their transition to the United States. Students draft their own stories and go through multiple editing workshops to each create a finished narrative story. In anticipation of the May 7 launch, teacher Leah Juelke is holding a daily book giveaway on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Dealing with Anger and Frustration

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Fargo Public Schools will be sharing information about how to handle emotional situations. In challenging times, you may find that you have little patience with other people or get upset over minor things. Anger and frustration are complicated emotions that often stem from other feelings like disappointment, fear, and stress. In this week's advice, Mental Health America shares some extra steps to decrease your overall tension that can prevent your feelings from spiraling out of control.

- COMMUNITY NEWS -

Life Changer of the Year Award Nominations

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week; a perfect time to nominate your favorite teacher for the National Life Group Life Changer of the Year Award. This annual program recognizes kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and school employees across the nation. To nominate your favorite school employee, click here.

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