FPS e-Newsletter for June 1, 2023
Have a Great Summer!
Fargo Public Schools thanks all of its students, teachers, staff members, and parents for another great school year! Today, June 1, is the last day of school for the 2022-23 school year.
We wish you a safe and happy summer, and we look forward to seeing our students and staff back in school on August 28 when the 2023-24 school year begins! Click here for the 2023-24 school year calendar.
- SPOTLIGHT -
Cabinet Column - Enjoy Your Summer
The end of the 2022-2023 school year is here! As we wrap up another school year, FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi wants to express his deepest appreciation for the students, staff, parents, and supporters of Fargo Public Schools who have helped everyone in the District academically and socially grow the learners of Fargo Public Schools.
Click here to read a message of appreciation for everybody involved in making this school year a success and a look ahead to this summer in this Cabinet Column by Dr. Gandhi.
Feature Column - Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Books Awards
For the 19th year, children across the Fargo-Moorhead area have chosen the best read aloud picture books in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards program. These awards recognize the best in read aloud picture books for Preschool through age 8 (Gág Award) and age 9 through 12 (Comstock Award).
Click here to view the award winners in this Feature Column by FPS Library Program Facilitator Jen Hess.
- NEWSMAKERS -
State Track Champions
Click here to view complete results from the NDHSAA Class A State Track and Field Meet.
Senior Athlete of the Year
Eagles Down Home Donation
The students and staff at Eagles raised the money for the donation with a penny war. Each class competed to see which class could raise the most money in their jars. Miss Anderson’s class won the penny war by raising $211.30 and earned the right to present the donation to Fillipi and a special ice cream treat.
Battle of the Books
Congratulations to the 2023 Fargo Public Schools Battle of the Books Competition Champions, Horace Mann-Roosevelt Elementary School!
Battle of the Books is a nationwide reading incentive program. Students were challenged 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.
National German Exam
Congratulations to the students in German classes at South High School and Carl Ben Eielson Middle School who received awards for the results of the National German Exam by AATG. Selah G. received Silver rank in Level 3, Briar O. received Bronze rank in Level 2, Jade E. received Gold rank in Level 1, McKenna B. received Achievement rank in Level 1, and Seth R. received Bronze rank in Level 1.
The National German Exam is administered each year to more than 15,000 high school students of German. The Exam, now in its 62nd year, provides individual diagnostic feedback, rewards students through an extensive regional and national prize program, and creates a sense of accomplishment. Pictured L to R: Herr Roth, Briar O., Selah G.
- YOUR FPS -
Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links
Congratulations to the class of 2023! Graduation is this week at Fargo Public Schools. To accommodate for safe viewing and those who are unable to attend, FPS will livestream graduation ceremonies at these links:
Dakota High School, June 2 at 7 p.m.
Davies High School, June 4 at 12 p.m.
North High School, June 4 at 3 p.m.
South High School, June 4 at 6 p.m.
Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2023 is NOW OPEN online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Children must be age 5 by July 31, 2023 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.
If a parent or guardian does not know which school their child will attend, check online here or call 701.446.1043. If a parent or guardian needs help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006.
Summer Meals Program
Power Plate Meals, in partnership with the Forward Foundation, is providing take-home meals for students in Fargo Public Schools this summer. Each meal bag includes five frozen Power Plate Meals. Meals are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
Meal distribution occurs every other week from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at Ed Clapp Elementary School and Wednesdays at Jefferson Elementary School. Pick up locations will be at the front door of each school. Click here to view the full Summer Meals pickup schedule.
2023 P-EBT Benefits
You may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits for your school-aged child(ren) this summer. Children who received free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program and were attending school at the end of the 2022-23 school year are eligible. If your children are not currently eligible but might be eligible for the 2023-24 school year, you are encouraged to complete the P-EBT application and submit a Free/Reduced-Price application by August 25, 2023.
This year parents/guardians must complete an application to receive Summer P-EBT. The application can be completed online at https://ndsummerebt.nd.gov/. If you are unable complete the application online, you can receive a paper application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or downloading it from this website. For more information regarding Summer P-EBT, email email@example.com or call 701-328-2732.
FPS is Now Hiring
- IN FOCUS -
The new Bruin Ambassadors for the 2023-24 school year visited the NDSU Ambassadors and learned skills on welcoming and helping new students get to know the school and make connections. The NDSU ambassadors provided training on how to be approachable and engage fellow students, ask open-ended questions, and how to provide a tour by sharing personal experiences helping new students to find areas they can relate to. (Photo courtesy Vanessa Boehm)
North Art Show
North High School held the 2023 Student Art Show in the lobby of the building last week. Students had the opportunity to showcase the best work they have produced in their art classes throughout the school year. Students receiving the Principals Choice Award were Ivy Mastrud, Solei Berg, Grace Zhong, and Alicia McIntyre. (Photo courtesy Lisa Kraft)
Students in Bart Manson's Street Law class at Davies High School conducted mock trials to give the students experience in all roles involved in a criminal trial. Students played the roles of jurors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and more as they conducted realistic trials. (Photo courtesy Erin Sinner)
North Art Show
Fifth graders from Lewis & Clark Elementary School's gifted and talented program visited South High School to compete with the South High Honor Society in their annual trivia contest. The fifth graders won! In addition to the contest, the elementary schoolers ate lunch with the Honor Society students and toured the science department where Mr. Potter showed them some recent labs. (Photo courtesy Vanessa Boehm)
The Best in Class Pre-K program held a graduation ceremony for its first ever class of students. Parents, grandparents, and other family members and friends joined in celebrating the students finishing preschool and moving on to kindergarten. The event also marked the successful completion of the first year of the FPS preschool program. (Photo courtesy Donna Johnson)
The first graders at Eagles Elementary School delivered flower pots to share with the residents at Touchmark at Harwood Groves. They each painted a pot and planted flower in it as an act of kindness and compassion for their neighbors at Touchmark. The students learned about the plant life cycle in conjunction with this project as well as lessons about compassion and consideration for others. (Photo courtesy Kimmy Milligan)
Games for Good
Fourth grade students in six FPS elementary schools designed and created cardboard arcade games to be played at the Games for Good benefit event held on May 30 at Washington Elementary School. All proceeds go to charity and the students research different charities and write essays to present to their peers and the group votes on the best idea. This year's proceeds will be donated to Down Home. (Photo courtesy Stacy Anderson)
The Carl Ben Eielson Parent Middle School Teacher Association sponsored a grill out picnic on May 24 to help the school's students, families, and staff celebrate their accomplishments this school year. They filled the green space outside the school to enjoy food, games, prize drawings, and music.
In celebration of the end of the school year, the staff at Clara Barton-Hawthorne Elementary School faced off in a hotly contested kickball dual with the staff from the FPS District Office on the field at Dill Hill, adjacent to both buildings. The District Office staff pulled out a hard-fought victory to even the kickball series at one game apiece after CBH won a previous game.
Games for Good
The South High School senior class visited five elementary schools to help benefit and inspire the next generation of Bruins and reflect on their journey from kindergarten up through graduation during P.R.A.N.K. (People Really Appreciate Nice Kids) Day. They participated in a graduation walk through and engaged with the elementary school students in a variety of activities. (Photo courtesy Vanessa Boehm)
Davies High School seniors visited five elementary schools and donned their caps and gowns to participate in graduation celebrations with elementary schoolers. The younger students lined the hall of the elementary schools and cheered on the graduating seniors as they paraded through the halls in their graduation attire. (Photo courtesy Karrie Pederson)
Celebrate Your Future
South High School seniors participated in the Celebrate Your Future event on May 30. The school invited representatives from local colleges to celebrate with the seniors and will recognize students taking all paths after graduation, whether they are attending college, joining the military, or entering the workforce. Students participated in activities including an athletic contest for students entering the military; a career focused relay race; and a tug-of-war between students attending NDSU and UND. (Photos courtesy Vanessa Boehm)