FPS e-Newsletter for December 1, 2022
- SPOTLIGHT -
Feature Column - Indian Education Program
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.
- NEWSMAKERS -
South Hall of Fame
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
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
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!
- YOUR FPS -
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 www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram. 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
Support FPS Students Through Amazon Smile
South Musical - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
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 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):
- COMMUNITY -
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 FOCUS -
Board Column - Governmental Affairs Committee Update
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.
- IN FOCUS -
Share a Toast
Ed Clapp Elementary School support staff were "toasted" by the school's teachers and administrative staff. The school's staff gathered for a party that included snacks, midday mocktails, and special decorations to show their thanks and share words of gratitude with the support staff. (Photo courtesy Matt Evensen)
Won't Fall Behind
Ben Franklin PTO celebrated Ben Franklin Middle School's Team 8-1 in recognition of a strong start to the school year and meeting expectations of strong behavior. Students enjoyed hot apple cider and lollipops and are looking forward to building on their strong start. The theme of the party was "Won't Fall Behind." (Photo courtesy Jessica Rice)
Saving Smiles Dentistry surprised the staff at Bennett Elementary School with a coffee delivery to show their appreciation for the hard work that the educators do for their students. The Bennett staff enjoyed a pick-me-up and were appreciative of the midweek surprise. (Photo courtesy Amber Remark)
Share a Toast
Won't Fall Behind
Mrs. Kasie Carlson has been teaching a unit on cup stacking in her physical education classes at Jefferson Elementary School. The students are developing their hand eye coordination, quickness, and concentration. The whole school gathered for a cup stacking event last week.
North High School students visited Jefferson Elementary School to meet with fourth and fifth graders to share what it means to be involved in and succeed in activities such as athletics, drama, music, and other clubs offered in middle school and high school. The elementary students were able to ask the high schoolers questions about their activities. (Photos courtesy Angela Bartsh)
The fourth graders at Clara Barton Elementary School brought the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to their school. With the help of art teacher Sharon Eide, the students in Holly Schweigert and Kristen Scholand's classes created their own miniature versions of the inflatable floats in the parade to display in the library. (Photo courtesy Tricia Bry)
Madison Elementary School students donated leftover Halloween candy to veterans at the VA Hospital in Fargo. The students made thank you cards for the veterans on Veterans Day and delivered the candy and cards to the hospital to show thanks. (Photo Courtesy Lori Conmy)
Counselor in the Commons
In honor of November being National Career Development Month, South High School hosted a Counselor in the Commons event to inform students of Career and Technical Education opportunities, North Dakota Choice Ready, and the opportunities available in the school's Career Center by playing Kahoot. (Photo courtesy Shannon Mortrud)
When I Grow Up
Fargo Public School elementary school students were invited to illustrate cards for the Main Street Summit hosted by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. The theme for the cards was 'When I Grow Up I Want to Be." The art project allowed students to consider their passions and look forward to potential careers in their future. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Bombenger)
Counselor in the Commons
When I Grow Up
AFJROTC Red Kettle
Twenty five FPS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets volunteered to support the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. The cadets worked two shifts from 3-8 p.m. at two locations at the West Acres Shopping Mall. (Photo courtesy Meredith Muhs)
Members of the Fargo Force hockey team visited Jefferson Elementary School to read to Ms. Brittany Roerick's fourth grade class. Two players each read a different story and the students had a chance to ask the players questions. Each student received a Fargo Force game ticket. (Photo courtesy Beth Olson)
Fargo Public Schools District Office staff surprised Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi with a celebration of him earning the North Dakota Superintendent of the Year award. The staff members hid in the building's Professional Development room and yelled "Congratulations!" as he came down the stairs. They then enjoyed cake and refreshments.