FPS e-Newsletter for November 12, 2020


Cabinet Column - Find Your Peace

Veterans Day is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices that veterans have made for our freedom. It also is dedicated to world peace. While this year has been challenging, it is important to work together toward harmony. In this Cabinet Column, Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi honors our nation's veterans and tells us where he finds peace in his daily life.

Feature Column - Resiliency of Students Experiencing Homelessness

Fargo Public Schools is currently serving 90 students who are experiencing homelessness. Last year, the District served a total of 237. While these students go through some very difficult situations, they can overcome many obstacles. In this feature column, Homeless Liaison Jan Anderson shares one former student's story of resiliency.

Feature Column - Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Fargo Public Schools is actively working to ensure all students and families feel welcome. In this feature column, Director of Equity and Inclusion Tamara Uselman shares comparisons about how diversity, equity, and inclusion are respectively like windows, mirrors, and scales. She also tells us how the District will be assessing all schools to ensure diversity is equally included.


Instructional Level Update

The Fargo Public Schools COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee has developed an instructional level timeline for elementary and secondary students to return to in-person learning five days a week.

Elementary Schools:

Level 4 – In-Person Instruction four days per week until at least November 30, 2020

Middle Schools:

Level 3 – Hybrid Instruction transition to Level 4 – In-Person Instruction (four days per week)

  • Sixth grade transitions to four days November 30, 2020
  • Seventh grade transitions to four days December 14, 2020
  • Eighth grade transitions to four days January 19, 2021

High Schools:

Level 3 – Hybrid Instruction until January 19, 2021

The FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee’s adopted plan sets a goal of returning to in-person instruction for all grade levels five days a week beginning the second semester, which begins on January 19, 2021.

To learn more about the decision and how it was made, read this Smart Restart letter from Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.


Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is providing a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the district. This data, in consideration with other factors, continues to be utilized by the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee. Information is updated every Friday and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 page.

We'll Get Through This Together - Inside the Classroom

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) understands the concerns that students, staff, families, and community members have during COVID-19. The district is committed to giving students safe opportunities to participate in education and activities. Watch the video below to see how FPS is making sure students are getting the education they need and deserve.
We'll Get Through This Together - Inside the Classroom


Student Wins Cooking Award

Congratulations to Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School student Benet Myer for being named the Family Wellness Cooking Kids Champion! He submitted a recipe for White Wine Dressing and competed in a competition last month. He was named the winner at the Family Wellness Cooking for a Cause Gala. The recipe and a tutorial video from Benet are below.

Benet's White Wine Dressing Recipe:

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

4 tablespoons olive oil

A couple drops of mustard

1/2 teaspoon honey



Benet Myer's White Wine Vinegar Recipe


School Out Days - Thanksgiving

There will be NO SCHOOL on November 25, 26, and 27 as our nation celebrates Thanksgiving. The holiday was designed to show gratitude for the year's harvest and events. School will resume as scheduled on Monday, November 30.

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 (FPS) 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 this poster.

FPS Development Foundation October Grants

The Fargo Public Schools (FPS) Development Foundation awarded nine grants during October. These totaled more than $12,000 and included funds from the Innovative Education Grant and Mary Ellen Thompson Elementary Music Grant. To learn more about the projects receiving these funds, read this letter from the FPS Development Foundation.

New Administrator Profile

Meet Eric Larson, the new dean of students at Kennedy Elementary School. He is one of several new administrators either changing roles or joining Fargo Public Schools this school year. Get to know these new administrators within the district through this profile series.

Outstanding School Counselor Award Nominations

Do you know an outstanding Professional School Counselor? Nominations for the North Dakota Outstanding School Counselor of the Year Award are being accepted now through December 3. Please send nominating letters to your student's building principal. Letters can be a maximum of two pages. The winners will be announced in February at the North Dakota Counseling Association Mid-Winter Conference. In 2020, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Counselor Kylie Wallender was selected.

Clara Barton Hawthorne VA Hospital Donation Drive

Students in Mrs. Anna Wuitschick's 5th grade class at Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School are hosting a personal care item donation drive for the Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospital in Fargo. The event is part of a project to educate their school about Veterans Day and thank those who made sacrifices for our country. Donations can be dropped off at the Clara Barton administrative office.


Explorer Academy Beam Signing & Raising

Fargo Public Schools celebrated the expansion and remodel of Lewis & Clark Elementary School with a beam raising ceremony. Students, staff members, and administrators signed their names on a beam that will become an integral piece in the Explorer Academy’s structure. The beam and signatures will serve as a time capsule. The Explorer Academy will be an expanded service of Fargo Public Schools to foster the education of students who require specialized services as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Explorer Academy Construction and Beam Ceremony

Lincoln Students Collect Winter Gear Donations

Jack frost will soon be nipping at your nose, so 4th graders at Lincoln Elementary School are collecting winter clothes. The class launched a winter gear donation drive to support Project Kindness and the Landon's Light Foundation. Their event was incredibly successful and will support students in need. Read this feature article to learn more about how students developed the project and how much gear they collected.


City of Fargo Recycling Month

The City of Fargo and MinnKota Recycling are holding a "Cans to Cartons" Recycling Challenge throughout November. MinnKota Recycling will donate one cent per pound of aluminum cans to the Fargo Public Schools Got No Milk program, which provides milk for elementary students for their mid-morning snack. Read this release from the City of Fargo to learn more about the program and recycling drop-off sites.


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