FPS e-Newsletter for January 26, 2023
- SPOTLIGHT -
State of the Schools Address
Traditionally, Fargo Public Schools has presented its State of the Schools Address alongside its annual public focus group event. FPS has received feedback that it may be preferable to conduct more localized focus group opportunities and allow school communities to go to their neighborhood schools rather than one large centralized event for the whole District. This year, the annual public focus group will be held at each individual building in the fall, with all schools covering the same topics.
- NEWSMAKERS -
Stick it to Cancer
South freshman Clara Motschenbacher, who battled Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 4B this past year, performed the ceremonial puck drop for the South/Shanley vs. West Fargo boys varsity game. After five months, 28 rounds of chemo therapy in Fargo and 17 rounds of radiation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Motschenbacher is in remission.
Becky Atkins, a special education paraeducator at North High School who is battling breast cancer, dropped the puck for the girls game.
- YOUR FPS -
Discovery Musical - Into the Woods Jr.
Into the Woods Jr. twists familiar fairy tales into a new story. When a baker and his wife learn they have been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest to retrieve specific objects required to break the spell. Along the way, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (who climbed the beanstalk) and more familiar characters.
The January 26-27 performances are at 7 p.m. while the January 28 performance is at 2 p.m. in the Discovery Middle School theater.
FPS is Hiring
Join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring paraeducators, food service staff, custodial staff, and more! Click here to view open positions and apply today!
Trollwood Summer Registration
STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT this summer at Trollwood! Trollwood Performing Arts School 2023 summer registration is now open, click here to register.
Trollwood offers a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors! Take a look at the Trollwood Summer Programming Brochure.
High school and middle school students may participate in as many classes or performance programs as they desire all for one fee. Register before March 1 and save up to $50 on registration fees!
- FEATURE -
Sixth Graders Eat Crickets and Mealworms in English Class
Click here to read more about "Bug Day" in Mrs. Kowatch's class.
- COMMUNITY -
Giving Hearts Day
Click here to donate to Trollwood Performing Arts School.
Click here to donate to the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.
PTA Reflections Art Contest Entries Close Soon
Express the voice that's inside of you, and unleash your creativity through Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts in the National PTA Reflections arts contest. Every year, students Pre-K through 12th grade across the country create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This year's theme is "Show Your Voice." Click here for more details about the contest.
Submit entries by next Tuesday, January 31 to your school PTA as directed by them. Or if your school PTA is not promoting the Reflections contest, you may enter directly to the North Dakota PTA here. All participants will be invited to the North Dakota PTA Reflections Party in early April. Last year, Fargo had two national award winners.
- BOARD FOCUS -
School Board Schedule & 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 24 meeting of the School Board.
- IN FOCUS -
Madison Elementary School second-through-fifth graders have been sharpening up their skating skills. This winter, they are heading outside with physical education teacher Mr. Sillerud one day a week to ice skate or snowshoe. (Photo courtesy Lori Conmy)
Students at Clara Barton Elementary School competed in a spelling bee on January 20. All students in the school were given a written spelling test by their classroom teacher and the top 30 spellers were selected to compete in the oral spelling bee. The winning speller was fourth grader Harrison Johnson.
Winnie the Pooh
In honor of National Winnie the Pooh Day on January 18, the students at Horace Mann-Roosevelt Elementary School learned about the history of Winnie the Pooh during their weekly library lesson and got a surprise visit from a special guest. HMR Principal Leandra Ostrom dressed up as Winnie the Pooh. (Photo courtesy Louise Helm)
Winnie the Pooh
Lunar New Year
Washington Elementary School third grader Cassie Xu took the initiative to educate her fellow students about Lunar New Year. She asked her school counselor, Elysia Libbrecht, if they could create a bulletin board with information about Lunar New Year for everybody in the school. (Photo courtesy Elysia Libbrecht)
Day of Compassion
North High School students visited Washington Elementary School to help the younger students learn about compassion during Washington's "Day of Compassion" event. The high schoolers joined the elementary schoolers in activities focused on building compassion and respect for others. (Photo courtesy Lisa Metzger)
Members of the Madison Elementary School Equity and Leadership Council met remotely with a representative from the Inside Out Foundation in New York to learn about identity and community. The students had many questions and ideas to get the movement going to help students learn about who they are. Madison will be participating in many activities this school year to discuss and learn about their identity. (Photo courtesy Lori Conmy)