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FPS e-Newsletter for May 26, 2022

Last Day of School! Have a Great Summer!

Fargo Public Schools thanks all of its students, teachers, staff members, and parents for another great school year! Today, May 26, is the last day of school for the 2021-22 school year.


We wish you a safe and happy summer, and we look forward to seeing everybody back in school on August 25 when the 2022-23 school year begins! Click here for the 2022-23 school year calendar.

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - Here Comes the Sun

The song "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles off their "Abbey Road" album is used to represent a new beginning, change, or overcoming darker times. After the long winter in Fargo, the song has as much literal application to the end of this school year as it does metaphorical.


Read this Cabinet Column by FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi to see his reflections on the challenges the District faced this school year and a celebration of its achievements.

- NEWSMAKERS -

Doodle for Google Student Contest

Congratulations to South High School sophomore Denise Jiang on being announced the "Doodle for Google Student Contest" state winner for North Dakota!


Jiang’s Doodle, titled “Slurp” was selected by Google as one of 54 State and Territory winners out of thousands of entries. The State and Territory winners compete in an online vote-off from May 26-June 3 with the top five vote getters being named national finalists. Judges will choose the national winner from the finalists. Click here to vote!


The national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, their school will receive an $50,000 tech package towards the improvement of a computer lab or technology program, and their doodle will be live on the Google Homepage for a full day in June.

Earth Day Contest

Congratulations to Jefferson Elementary School third grader Sharoline Gaylah for winning the City of Fargo Earth Day Poster Contest! Her artwork was displayed on a billboard in Fargo, Mayor Tim Mahoney visited her class, the class received a pizza party, and her artwork was framed.

Eagles Penny Wars Donation

Eagles Elementary School raised $670 for the Great Plains Food Bank during its annual Penny Wars for Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign with a mission to end child poverty.


Great Plains Food Bank CEO Melissa Sobolik visited Eagles to receive a check and talk with the class that raised the most money, Mrs. Honl's third grade class. She stayed to enjoy an ice cream party with the students. The money raised at Eagles will buy more than 2,000 meals.

AFJROTC Change of Command Ceremony

The FPS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held its Change of Command and Awards Ceremony on May 7 at South High School. Senior cadets were recognized and tired command to next year's seniors. Cadets were presented with national and local awards.

Girl Scout Donation

A third grade Girl Scouts troop from Eagles Elementary School donated its cookie sales money to their school. The troop used their money to buy Amazon gift cards meant to help purchase school supplies for students in need.

Robotics Champions

Congratulations to the team of Beckett Schultze and Everett McConnell on winning the Vex Swept Away Robotics Challenge! Schultze and McConnell of North High School claimed victory from a field of 16 teams.

Davies Girls EDC Soccer Champs

Congratulations to the Davies girls soccer team on winning the Eastern Dakota Conference championship! The Eagles finished the regular season with an undefeated 12-0-2 record to claim their fifth EDC title. Davies advances to the state tournament June 2-4 at Starion Sports Complex in Mandan, N.D.

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the Kennedy Elementary School "Bookbot" team on winning the Fargo Public Schools Battle of the Books competition!


Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program with the purpose of encouraging students to have fun while competing with peers. Students were challenged by their Gifted Services teachers to read at least 10 of the 20 book titles included in this year’s competition. Each of the participating schools held competitions to determine a school champion, and these teams advanced to the district level competition. Students from Bennett, Centennial, Lewis & Clark, Longfellow, and Kennedy elementary schools participated.

Ammerman Signs NLI

Congratulations to Sidney Ammerman of Davies High School on signing to continue her athletic career at the next level! Ammerman signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Bismarck State College.

Sondog Signs NLI

Congratulations to North High School's Elle Sondog on signing to continue her athletic career at the next level. Sondog signed her National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track at the University of North Dakota.

Gowin Signs NLI

Congratulations to North High School's Olivia Gowin on signing to continue her athletic career at the next level. Gowin signed her National Letter of Intent to play hockey at Davenport University.

- 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.

- YOUR FPS -

Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links

Congratulations to the class of 2022! Fargo Public Schools graduation ceremonies are this week. To accommodate those who are unable to attend, FPS will livestream graduation ceremonies at these links:


Dakota High School, May 27 at 7 p.m.

South High School, May 29 at 3 p.m.

Davies High School, May 29 at 6 p.m.

North High School, May 29 at noon

PowerPlate Meals, Forward Foundation Summer Meals Distribution

PowerPlate Meals, in partnership with the Forward Foundation, will be distributing meals to Fargo Public Schools preK-12 students and families throughout the summer. Meals can be picked up by students or adults, there is no need for school identification. Meals will be distributed until all have been distributed or until 6 p.m. on each date. Click here to view dates, locations, and times for pickup along with additional information.

School Meal Prices Set

A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K-12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021-22 school year.


With the free meals expiring, the Board of Education set meal prices for the 2022-23 school year. The prices are:

  • Elementary Breakfast $1.45
  • Elementary Lunch $2.45
  • Secondary Breakfast $1.60
  • Secondary Lunch $2.75
  • Adult Breakfast $2.25
  • Adult Lunch $3.60
  • Extra Milk $0.40


Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families. *An incorrect price for Adult Lunch was listed in last week's newsletter. The correct price is $3.60.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration

Trollwood Performing Arts School summer registration is still open, follow this link to register.


Trollwood still has openings for students to attend summer classes in the ArtSpark (K-4), Totally Trollwood Academy (Grades 5-7), Trollwood Academy (Grades 8-12), and Trollwood Conservatory (Grades 10-12) programs. And for students to perform in Trollwood Children’s Theatre production of Seussical Kids (Grades 5-6), and the Trollwood Players (Grades 8-12) production of The Best of Trollwood Sketch Comedy. The Totally Trollwood Musical: Wizard of Oz Youth Edition has reached capacity.

- FEATURE -

End of School Year Celebrations

The day everybody has been waiting for is finally here! It’s the last day of school! Schools across Fargo Public Schools have been full of joy and celebration for the past week and more in anticipation of the impending close of the school year and the onset of summer vacation.


From Family Fun Nights to Color Runs to School-wide celebrations to picnics, bowling parties, walk-a-thons, pizza parties, time at the park, students, staff, and parents from across the District have been kicking up their heels as they count down the days. Click here to read about the end of school year celebrations across the District.

Mental Health Factsheet

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Fargo Public Schools is sharing important information about mental health. This week's Mental Health Factsheet explains the what to do when you need help.


When living with a mental health condition or facing a mental health concern, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But many people overcome the mental health challenges they face. Help is out there, and recovery is possible.

- COMMUNITY -

Matthew's Voice Project Donation

Thank you to Matthew's Voice Project (MVP) for helping out Fargo Public Schools students experiencing homelessness! MVP donated a basket for each graduating student experiencing homelessness containing a blanket, pillow, laundry detergent, dishes, and a gift card to celebrate their graduation. MVP is a local non-profit organization aimed at helping youth experiencing homelessness.

Deek's Pizza Donation

Deek's Pizza donated more than $700 to the Ben Franklin Middle School PTA from a fundraiser held from May 16-22. For all orders placed using code "BenFranklin" from May 16-22, 25% of the sales were donated to the Ben Franklin PTA.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Fargo Public Library is diving into the depths of the deep blue sea for its 2022 Summer Reading Challenge: Oceans of Possibilities. Students earn a spin of a prize wheel for every seven days of reading tracked on Beanstack and a free book after 42 days tracked. The challenge runs from June 1 to August 20 and is open to all ages, from babies to adults.


In addition to the reading challenge, Fargo Public Library has a number of events and activities scheduled for all ages. Click here to view the library's events calendar.

- 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 May 24 meeting of the School Board.

- IN FOCUS -

- IN THE NEWS -

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