FPS e-Newsletter for December 1, 2022


Feature Column - Indian Education Program

The Indian Education Program of Fargo and West Fargo Public Schools advocates for Native American students’ success in school while providing cultural opportunity connections for students and families.

Click here to meet the Indian Education Program Staff and learn about the programs and resources they provide in this Feature Column by Indian Education Program Coordinator Melody Staebner.


South Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the Fargo South High School Hall of Fame Class of 2022! The Hall of Fame class includes James Caulfield, Tanni Anthony, Tom Gravel, Tom Hoge, and Steve Kennedy. They were honored at a ceremony at South High School on Tuesday, November 22. Click here to read the inductee biographies.

Global Teacher Prize Donation

The 2020 Global Teacher Prize Winner, Ranjitsinh Disale from India, formally presented the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation with a check to support two annual scholarships for Fargo EL refugee & immigrant students.

The scholarships were created by 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year and 2020 Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalist, Leah Juelke. Ranjitsinh will be donating a total of $55,000 to the scholarships over the next 10 years.

Gladys Ray Award

Congratulations to Indian Education Program Assistant Darlene Boyle for winning the Gladys Ray Award! The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Indigenous Peoples of Fargo. Boyle received the award on Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10.

The Gladys Ray Award was created in honor of Gladys Shingobe Ray. In her family’s words, she was a dedicated lifelong human rights advocate and volunteer, who served her community through involvement in many organizations and by assisting in the development of many programs. She advocated for all people, especially American Indians, children, and the homeless.

Lauer Joins SLJ Best Books Committee

Congratulations to Clara Barton-Hawthorne Elementary School Library Media Specialist Louie Lauer on being invited to join the School Library Journal 2022 Best Books Committee! Finding the best books for students can be a challenge for librarians and teachers. School Library Journal (SLJ) assists with that by publishing lists of the best books of the year, including summaries, reviews, and suggestions.

Lauer was invited to join this committee due to his work as a reviewer with School Library Journal and had a hand in curating the list of the best picture books for 2022. Check out the list for some great recommendations!

Madison Penny Drive

Madison Elementary School students raised $452.08 for Homeward Animal Shelter during a penny drive this November. The penny drive was organized by the Madison Equity and Leadership Council. A representative from Homeward visited the school to accept the donation.

East Region Senior Athlete of the Year

Congratulations to South High School's Emma Dalby on being named East Region Senior Athlete of the Year for volleyball. She received her award at the East Region Volleyball Tournament at West Fargo High School.


FPS Staff Recognition Awards Nomination Now Open

Community members are invited to nominate a deserving Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member for the annual Staff Recognition Awards Program. The program honors FPS staff members who serve our students with excellence. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at Nomination forms are AVAILABLE and will be accepted through December 16.

Fargo Public Schools deeply values the nearly 2,000 staff members who ensure our students receive a high-quality education in a safe learning environment. To honor our employees, the District annually awards the following:

  • Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member
  • Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director, or coordinator
  • Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member

Meal Basket Program

Community organizations, business partners, teams, and individuals are invited to assist in providing meal baskets that will be distributed to families of elementary, middle, and high school students in Fargo Public Schools before the winter break. FPS Student Wellness and Family Facilitators will assist in the determination of recipients.

Each meal basket provides a full meal for a family of four with additional food staples to assist during the time away from school. Click here to read more about the FPS Meal Basket program.

FPS Federal Credit Union Giving Tree

Many families are in need this holiday season, and you can help make their season brighter. The Fargo Public Schools Federal Credit Union is partnering with the District's student wellness and family facilitators to host a Giving Tree. To learn how to participate and what items are needed, view the poster to the left.

Support FPS Students Through Amazon Smile

You can support the critical and basic needs of students at Fargo Public Schools through Amazon Smile. When you shop at Amazon, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation. Click here to get started.

South Musical - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

South High School presents its musical Disney's Beauty and the Beast on December 8-11!

As Belle, a young small-town gal, and a prince trapped in an enchantress' spell find they need to help each other out. The prince, in the form of a beast, must learn to love and be loved in order to be transformed back into his old human self and the clock is ticking before the curse becomes unbreakable.

The December 8-10 performances are at 7:30 p.m. with the December 11 performance at 2 p.m. in the South High School theater. Tickets can be purchased at the FPS Online Theater Box Office.

FPS is Hiring

Apply to join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Current openings include Food Service Staff, Paraeducators, Custodial Staff, and more! Click here to view all open positions and apply.

Attend to Win!

Stay Strong! Avoiding school absences through the winter months is crucial for academic success. Missing school and falling behind on assignments can create school-related anxiety that only gets worse as time goes on. Connect with a teacher or counselor if you are feeling behind or overwhelmed.

Trollwood Winter Academy

Trollwood Performing Arts School is thrilled to invite students back into its facilities this winter for Trollwood Winter Academy! Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Trollwood Winter Academy offers a variety of youth performing arts classes, running from January 10 through February 19, 2023. These informative and unique sessions in vocal music, dance, improv, stage combat, and stage makeup are offered to middle school and high school students in Grades 5-12.

AVAILABLE CLASSES (click links for class descriptions):


PTA Reflections - Show Your Voice

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 online by the end of January 2023 to your school PTA as directed by them. All participants will be invited to the North Dakota PTA Reflections Party in early April. Last year, Fargo had two national award winners.


Board Column - Governmental Affairs Committee Update

The 68th session of the North Dakota legislature begins January 3, 2023 and is scheduled to adjourn no later than April 28, 2023. The Fargo Board of Education’s Governmental Affairs Committee is charged with actively participating in the session and advocating on behalf of Fargo Public Schools.

Click here to read more about the board-approved legislative priorities in this Board Column by Board Member Robin Nelson.

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 November 22 meeting of the School Board.




Fargo Public Schools - The Journey

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