FPS e-Newsletter for September 23, 2021


Feature Column - Closing the Gifted Services Gaps

Fargo Public Schools is committed to academic achievement and growth for all of our students. The District's Gifted Services program is also committed to closing the excellence and opportunity gaps for students from traditionally underserved populations. Learn how the District plans to accomplish that goal in this Feature Column from FPS Gifted Services Specialist Ann Duchscher.


COVID-19 Data

Fargo Public Schools provides a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the District. Information is updated every Friday that school is in session, and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 data webpage.


FPS Coaches Honored

Fargo Public Schools hosted a night of professional development at South High School for its middle and high school level athletic coaches on September 15. In addition, many FPS coaches were recognized for their years of service to our students and the District. Click for a full list of those coaches who were recognized for 10 or more years of service. Pictured left to right are Davies High School coaches TJ Koepplin (a 2020 award recipient), Troy Ivesdal, and Jason Edwards who received longevity awards.

Muhs Inducted into Northern Cass Hall of Fame

Col. Steven Muhs, Fargo Public Schools AFJROTC instructor, was inducted into the North Cass High School 5th Annual Hall of Fame at a community banquet on September 16. Read more about the induction and Muhs' biography at this link.


School Out Day - September 27

There will be NO SCHOOL for all FPS students on Monday, September 27 while FPS teachers and support staff engage in professional development activities. Classes and activities will resume for all students as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, September 28.

Indian Education to Host B2S Event

The Indian Education Program of Fargo and West Fargo Public Schools will host a Back-to-School event for all Native American students and families on Wednesday, September 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, 1601 13th Ave South, Fargo. Participants will learn more about Indian Education Program services, Native American community services in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and have an opportunity to meet Indian Education Parent Committee members. A meal will also be served at the event. For more information, call 701.446.3052.

Stop Arm Safety

School is back in session and that means being aware of bus safety regulations! When a bus is stopped and the red STOP arm has been extended and lights are flashing, other vehicles must stop behind the bus and may NOT "go around" the parked bus. Doing so is a City of Fargo traffic violation and is subject to monetary fines and penalties. Click to watch the short video below from the Fargo Police Department to learn about bus cameras and reporting procedures for Stop Arm violations.
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FPS New Administrator Profiles

Over the past several months, several new administrators have been appointed throughout the Fargo School District. Some have changed roles within the District, while others are new faces to Fargo Public Schools. Get to know these new FPS administrators through this profile series.

In this series installment, meet North High School Assistant Principal Dan Shultis and Discovery Middle School Assistant Principal Brandon Larson.


Professional Musician Shares with FPS Students

A professional musician with a varied career that includes international experience shared with Band students at South High School last week. Learn what trumpeter Charles Lazarus had to say about the influence of music and how to turn your talents into a career in this feature story.

Transforming Lives Through Adult Education

What do a college president, an astronaut, a preschool teacher, and a U.S. Surgeon General have in common? Each of these people dropped out of school as teenagers. Years later, they enrolled in adult education to improve their lives. The North Dakota GED pass rate is one of the highest in the nation. For the 2020-21 school year, 453 GEDs were earned, which equates to an 86 percent pass rate.

Click to read more about North Dakota Department of Instruction (NDDPI) adult education initiatives, including interviews with Fargo Adult Learning Center Director Jennifer Frueh and a Fargo Adult Learning Center student, in this NDDPI School Bell story.


Board Meetings to Be Held Virtually

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. Currently, regular meetings are being held virtually via teleconferencing due to COVID-19 impacts. Please be sure to check each meeting agenda for the meeting location and any special instructions.

Citizens who would like to address the Board of Education may do so during the Recognition of Audience portion of each regular meeting agenda. Those desiring to address the Board must sign up in advance of the meeting. While regular meetings are being held virtually via teleconferencing citizens are asked to check each meeting agenda for instructions on how to sign up to virtually address the Board.

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.



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