FPS e-Newsletter for May 26, 2022
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
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
Eagles Penny Wars Donation
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.
Davies Girls EDC Soccer Champs
Battle of the Books
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.
- HEALTH & SAFETY -
FPS COVID-19 Data
- YOUR FPS -
Graduation Ceremony Livestream 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 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
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
Summer Reading Challenge
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 -
Madison Wax Museum
Fifth grade gifted and talented students at Madison Elementary School presented a living wax museum to parents, students, and staff. The wax museum is the culmination of a multi-phase project including researching individuals, writing biographies, creating a first-person monologue, developing presentations, and finally dressing up as their researched individual. The researched individuals included Dr. Seuss, Claude, Monet, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein and many more. (Photo courtesy Kristan Swenson)
Third Grade Authors
Third graders at Kennedy Elementary School shared original stories of their own writing with invited guests at Third Grade Authors Day. The students shared writing samples from the school year including memory books, growth mindset books, birthday books, animal adaptation research, opinion writing projects, "The Best Part of Me essays," personal narratives, and a compliment sharing assignment. (Photo courtesy Sue Emery)
Fargo Public Schools elementary Grade-Level Captains met throughout the year to collaborate, calibrate, and communicate to best serve our students. Tier 1 student outcomes were a primary focus for the Captains during their voyage this school year. (Photo courtesy Alyssa Gilbertson)
Madison Wax Museum
Third Grade Authors
Hawthorne Spelling Bee
The best spellers at Hawthorne Elementary School went head to head to determine the best speller during the school's spelling bee on May 20. Students were given a written spelling test by their classroom teacher and the 28 students with the highest scores on the test were invited to compete in the spelling bee. Tina Lee won the contest, with Amelia Meyers in second place and John Niemann in third. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Folden)
The 44 first graders at Washington Elementary School celebrated a year of learning at Camp Learned-A-Lot. Students participated in literacy, math, art, science and writing camp-themed activities during the week of May 16-20. While at camp, students participated in sing-alongs, played games, completed art projects, and had camp-themed snacks. Sign Badger provided shirts for the students.
Madison Culture Day
The Madison Equity and Leadership Council (MELC) helped to plan Madison Elementary School's Culture Day on May 20. The special day featured presenters sharing about Native American culture, Ramadan, and the Day of the Dead. Madison hopes to expand the day in the future to help empower students to join as a diverse community. (Photo courtesy Lori Conmy)
Hawthorne Spelling Bee
Madison Culture Day
The Madison Equity and Leadership Council (MELC), a group of fourth and fifth grade leaders who want to promote diversity, inclusion, and acceptance at Madison Elementary School, worked to develop a mural for the school that would represent the school's diverse community. Throughout the school year, the MELC has worked on creating a school pledge, planning community service projects, and displaying flags that represent the cultures of the school community. (Photo courtesy Lori Conmy)
Ben Franklin Middle School staff along with staff from around Fargo Public Schools held a retirement party for Ben Franklin Principal Shane Martin and teacher Jeff Fiechtner on May 18. Both Martin and Fiechtner and the rest of the District's retirees will be missed. (Photo courtesy Jaime Dougherty)
More than 30 FPS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training cadets visited the Army National Guard on May 17 and got to ride in a Blackhawk helicopter. The cadets got to learn about the helicopters the Guard uses and got a first-hand look at the severity of this spring's flooding in the region from high above. (Photo courtesy Meredith Muhs)