FPS e-Newsletter for March 4, 2021


Feature Column - Take Advantage of Free School Meals

There are several benefits to receiving free school meals that are currently being offered at Fargo Public Schools in the 2020-21 school year thanks to United States Department of Agriculture funding. Additionally, if families normally qualify for free or reduced priced meals, there are other cost-saving benefits to still applying for that program this year. In this feature column, Nutrition Services Director Cindy Hogenson details all those advantages. She also urges families to sign up for the free meals that are being offered during Spring Break.

Feature Column - Music in Our Schools Month

Fargo Public Schools is highlighting performing arts through the entire month of March as we celebrate Music in Our Schools Month. The National Association for Music Education designated the month to help show the benefits of music in education. In this feature column, FPS Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist Ainsley Rentfrow shares insight about the many musical options students have throughout the District. She also recognizes students who have been named to all-state performing groups.



Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is providing a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the district. This data, in consideration with other factors, continues to be utilized by the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee. Information is updated every Friday and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 page.


Davies Girls Hockey State Champions

The Davies High School girls hockey team won the 2021 North Dakota High School Activities Association state title on Saturday, February 27 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. The team defeated the North-South Spruins 3-2. This was the first girls hockey state championship in team history. The Eagles are coached by Josh Issertell.

Davies Boys Swimming and Diving EDC Champions

The Davies High School boys swimming and diving team claimed the Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) title on Saturday, February 27. South High School came in second place and North High School came in third place. The state championship meets for swimming and diving will be held Saturday, March 6 in Bismarck and Mandan.

Johnson Named EDC Boys Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year

Jennifer Johnson was named the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) Coach of the Year for Boys Swimming and Diving on Saturday, February 27. Johnson is in her 10th season as head coach of the Davies High School boys swimming and diving program. She will now be in the running for the State Coach of the Year award which will be awarded at the state championships on Saturday, March 6.


School Out Days - Spring Break

There will be NO SCHOOL during the week of March 15-19 as Fargo Public Schools (FPS) holds Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 22. FPS wishes you a safe and fun Spring Break!

Hear for the Kids Podcast: Early Childhood Special Education

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) offers an expansive service for children ages three to five who are in need of special education services. These services assist children with autism, speech and language impairment, physical disabilities, documented delays, and other circumstances. In this Hear for the Kids podcast, you will hear from members of the FPS Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program who talk about the importance of early screening for students before they enter school. Watch the video below to learn about the benefits of the ECSE program.
Early Childhood Special Education

Explorer Academy Now Hiring

The Fargo Public Schools Explorer Academy is seeking to fill a variety of positions for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Employees at the Explorer Academy will provide comprehensive and dynamic support for approximately 64 kindergarten through grade eight students. Certified employees and support staff located at the Explorer Academy will receive additional professional development opportunities scheduled to take place in July 2021 and the beginning of August 2021. Click here to learn more about the available training.

Watch Carl Ben Eielson Theatre Performance Via Live Stream

Carl Ben Eielson Middle School will perform its production of "Rock and Roll Forever: How It All Began" on Friday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The chorus themed theatre show will feature songs from Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Little Richard. Those wishing to view the performance will be able to watch via live stream for FREE from the comfort of their home.

What: Rock and Roll Forever: How It All Began

When: March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom link:

Webinar ID: 834 8210 0558

Davies Student-Written One-Act Plays

Davies High School Performing Arts 2 students are proud to present student-written and directed one-act plays. In-person spectators will be allowed on a general admission basis for the production of "SOAPs" (student one-act plays). Eight shows have been selected for performance. Each night will feature four separate productions.

Performance Dates:

  • March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 12 at 7:30 p.m.


  • Davies High School Theatre
  • 7150 South 25th Street South

Ticket Prices:

  • $5.00 for one night
  • $7.00 for both nights
  • All seats general admission

Ticket Purchasing:

  • Tickets available at the door the evening of the event
  • For questions call 701.446.5768

Visitor Management Pilot Program

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is currently in a pilot program at Lewis & Clark and Lincoln Elementary Schools for a new visitor management system. The technology allows visitors to sign in with an ID rather than using a hand-written sign in sheet, which is currently used at all other FPS schools. If the pilot program goes well at Lewis & Clark and Lincoln, the technology could be expanded throughout the District. Watch the video below to learn how it works and how to use it. For more information about the pilot program, read this feature article.
FPS Visitor Management Pilot Program

LAST CALL: Free Spring Break Meals

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering FREE food assistance for enrolled FPS students while school is closed for Spring Break March 15-19. Food boxes will be available to all students regardless of financial means to ensure all have access to food when not in school. All students, whether learning in-person or in the Virtual Academy, are encouraged to participate. Food boxes must be preordered.

What: FREE Spring Break Food Boxes

Order Deadline:

  • Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Pickup Time:

  • Thursday, March 11
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pickup Location:

  • FPS Operations Center
  • 3901 40th Avenue South

Click here to preorder food boxes.

*Families with more than one student must place separate orders for each student.

Summer School Registration Now Open

Summer school registration is now open for all grade levels. Elementary Enrichment and Transitions Summer School will be held in-person. Elementary English learner, middle school, and high school courses will have both in-person and virtual options. Click here for more information about programs and schedules.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Registration Open

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. 2020 was a difficult year for those who are passionate about performing arts. Many classes and performances were canceled due to COVID-19. 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. Watch the video below to hear students speak about their experiences at Trollwood.

Click this link to register.

Click here or on the picture below to view the summer course brochure.


Governor Visits with Clara Barton Class

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum recently made a virtual visit to Clara Barton Elementary School. On February 26, he took time out of his busy schedule to video chat with Mrs. Kristen Scholand's fourth grade class. The meeting was a special addition to the class's North Dakota studies curriculum where they learn about the state's geography, regions, cities, government, and economy. Read this feature article to learn more about their conversation including what kind of questions the students had as well as Governor Burgum's answers.

Davies Orchestra Go Viral Contest

Davies High School orchestra students are getting creative with a project that is replacing their usual pop concert due to COVID-19. Three orchestra classes are holding a contest called "Davies Orchestra Go Viral Project." Students wrote, directed, and arranged music videos based on popular videos or memes. All three videos are posted below. The video that has the most views by March 11 will win a movie day in class.
Davies CONCERT Orchestra Meme Music Project
Davies SYMPHONY Orchestra Meme Music Project
Davies PHILHARMONIC Orchestra Meme Music Project


North Dakota COVID-19 Learning Survey

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is requesting public education families take a survey regarding their experiences during the 2020-21 school year. The survey requests details about internet access, school technology, and whether students learned in the classroom, virtually, or in a hybrid model. Click here to take the survey.



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