FPS e-Newsletter for September 29, 2022


Cabinet Column - Moving Parts

During their September and October meetings, the Fargo Board of Education will review and approve governing documents that provide an outline for the future of our District. The documents include, but are not limited to, the Strategic Plan, the Long Range Facilities Plan, and the Long Range Financial Plan.

The Long Range Facilities Plan was approved earlier this week and it outlined some potential upcoming changes to District facilities. These proposed changes include updates to Horace Mann, Roosevelt, and Madison elementary schools, the Agassiz Building, and solutions to the south side enrollment increases. Click here to read about these proposed changes in this Cabinet Column by FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.


North Homecoming King & Queen

Congratulations to Welcome Muhoza and Julia Puhl on being named North High School Homecoming King and Queen!

The rest of the Homecoming Court includes Catherine Bailey, Reagan Carlson, Brooklyn Champagne, Melinda Chen, Lourdes Espinoza, Arden Faulkner, Anna French, Vanessa Geske, Kaylee Kern, Olivia Lockwood, Heather Nordness, Julia Puhl, Emily Sager, Charlie Anderson, Nolan Astrup, Peter Dorsher, Benson Grant, Dylan Grant, Derek Jackson, Adam Jarski, Koby Kiland, Finnegan Lynch, Benjamin Moen, Welcome Muhoza, Elijah Pederson, and Simon Anders Pryor.

Davies Girls Golf East Region Champs

Congratulations to the Davies High School girls golf team on repeating as East Region Girls Golf Champs! The Eagles won their second consecutive region title on Monday at Bois de Sioux Golf Course in Wahpeton, N.D. They will compete in the state tournament next week October 3-4 at the Jamestown Country Club.

North High School also qualified for the state tournament as a team. And individuals from Davies, North and South High Schools will also compete.

Out of the Darkness Walk

The Davies High School football team participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The walk is a journey of remembrance, hope and support. It unites communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

The football team participated in the activities prior to the walk including the memory wall and several resource booths. In addition to participating in the walk, the football team donated the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle from the September 9 football game to the local chapter of AFSP to help support the work they do in our community.


Free and Reduced Lunch Grace Period Ending

Households that qualified to receive free and reduced lunch benefits during the 2021-22 school year have continued to receive those benefits during the carryover grace period at the beginning of this school year. The grace period for households qualifying for free and reduced lunch benefits is ending October 8.

Households that have not reapplied and qualified will lose benefits. Click here to apply for free and reduced-price meals.

read&write for Google Tutorials

Fargo Public Schools is pleased to offer a new digital resource called read&write for all students in grades 3-12. read&write is a literacy support tool that helps with everyday tasks like reading text aloud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments, and proofreading written work. Students can find the program on their personal learning devices under the Google Chrome Extension Tab.

Learn more about the read&write Google Extension by clicking on the tutorial links below:

FPS is Hiring

Make a difference with Fargo Public Schools! Apply to join the FPS team today. Current openings include Human Capital Officer, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher, Payroll Accountant, and many more! Click here to view all open positions and apply.

Attend to Win!

Students who attend school are more likely to learn, graduate, and succeed. Students who miss two days the first month of school are already on track to be chronically absent.

  • Regular school attendance is the biggest predictor of whether a student will graduate on time or not. High school grads earn a $1 million more than dropouts.
  • Strive for perfect attendance in the first month. Half of students who miss 2-4 days of school in September go on to miss nearly a month during the school year!
  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year (about 18 days per year or 2 days per month), negatively affects a student’s academic performance.


Johnny Appleseed Day

Second graders at Lewis & Clark Elementary School had an apple-solutely fantastic day filled with Granny Smiths and Honey Crisps as they enjoyed Johnny Appleseed Day on Tuesday, September 27.

Clad in their favorite red, green, or yellow apple-colored shirts, the students learned all about Johnny Appleseed and growing and cooking apples on Johnny Appleseed Day. Click here to read more about the activities on Johnny Appleseed Day.


Tradehome Shoes Donation

Thank you to Tradehome Shoes for the generous donation of 50 pairs of shoes to Lewis & Clark Elementary School! Lewis & Clark was nominated as a school that could benefit from having shoes donated to be utilized by students in need. A portion of all shoe sales at Tradehome are allocated to funding shoe donations in the community.

Fargo Derby Girls Donation

Thank you to the Fargo Derby Girls for the generous donation to Madison Elementary School! They donated snacks, socks, and other items to Madison to help support students who may not have snacks or other items they need to be ready to learn.

Crafternoons for Kids

The Fargo Public Library’s weekly “Crafternoons for Kids” has returned to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays from 3-4:30 p.m. and the Northport Library on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.

A new craft will be featured each week for kids age 12 and younger. The same craft will be offered at both library locations and all materials will be provided at these free events. The fall Crafternoon series runs through December 13.


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 September 27 special meeting of the School Board.


Eagles Human Sundae

Three members of the Eagles Elementary School staff got sticky as a reward to their students for exceeding their fundraising goal at the 7th Annual Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. Through their efforts running or walking laps around a course at Lemke Park in Fargo, the students raised more than $23,000 to benefit the school’s PTA.

As a reward for meeting their fundraising goal, students created human sundaes out of Principal Tanya Wrigley-Lingle, Assistant Principal Kimmy Milligan, and Physical Education teacher Kenben Parker. The class that raised the most money and the students that walked the most laps, got to cover the staff members in all of their favorite sundae toppings, including chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and an array of other messy toppings.


The FPS Employee Portal has a section of special deals and offers from area businesses available to all FPS staff members. Click the bar to review the latest listing of deals.



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