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FPS e-Newsletter for January 7, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on February 1, 2021. Children must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall. In this Cabinet Column, Associate Superintendent Missy Eidsness shares why attending kindergarten is an important step for a child. She also details how to enroll students with Fargo Public Schools.

Feature Column - Gratitude for Resources

Fargo Public Schools is thankful for the generosity of our community that helps support students in need. Community donors, the Matthew's Voice Project, and the Golden Drive Homeless Kids organization immensely support our youth. In this feature column, Homeless Liaison Jan Anderson shares her gratitude for all the individuals and entities that assist the homeless program.

Feature Column - Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

Fargo Public Schools is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The District has recently updated policies, revised handbooks, increased employee training, selected and trained representatives, and monitors progress. In this feature column, Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman defines what constitutes as harassment and shares suggestions on how we can be more inclusive and respectful in our daily lives.

#FPSLearns - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In this #FPSLearns video, Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi speaks with Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman. Throughout the interview, you will learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion, how Fargo Public Schools strives to make all feel welcome, and how the District is working to increase parity among students and their families.
#FPSLearns - Interview with Dr. Uselman, Director of DEI

- FPS SMART RESTART -

Instructional Level Update

At a January 11, 2021 committee meeting, the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee will decide whether or not to transition to in-person instruction beginning January 19 for four days a week or five days a week for all levels. For more details about this instructional plan decision, read this letter from Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.


The current instructional model is as follows:


Elementary Schools:

Level 4 – In-Person Instruction (4 days per week) until January 19, 2021

Middle Schools:

Level 3 – Hybrid Learning until January 19, 2021

High Schools:

Level 3 – Hybrid Learning until January 19, 2021

- NEWSMAKERS -

Fargo Public Schools Takes Over RDO Building

Fargo Public Schools has officially acquired the former RDO Equipment Co. building located between Hawthorne Elementary School and Island Park in downtown Fargo. This building will soon serve as the District headquarters. Small renovations are currently underway, and District offices are scheduled to move into the building in March. Pictured below: Director of Maintenance and Operations Blake Mikesell
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VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Winners

North High School junior Amy Peterson won first place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy essay contest. This year’s theme was "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" Peterson was awarded $300 for her first-place finish in the local contest. North High School senior Addison Watson took second place in the essay contest and won $200. Both winning essays now move on to the district level to compete. That competition will take place at a later date.

FEA December Educators of the Month

Congratulations to the December Fargo Education Association (FEA) Educators of the Month! They are Shelly Reeder of Clara Barton Elementary School and Emily Mehring of Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. Every month, colleagues nominate each other through sharing gratitude and recognition. One teacher and one support staff member are selected.

Magnum Check Presentation

Thank you to Magnum for the $4,000 donation to Madison Elementary School! These funds will support the critical needs of students and student projects at Madison. Magnum is an Adopt-A-School partner and raised this donation via their annual golf tournament and donations from their warehouse team.


Pictured L to R are: Matthew Gadberry, President of Magnum; Bobby Olson, Principal of Madison Elementary School; Casey Seigel, Magnum Safety Coordinator.

FPS eSports Smite Team Wins Championship

The Fargo Public Schools (FPS) eSports League competed in the PlayVS Central Region playoffs in December. All FPS teams (League of Legends, Rocket League, and Smite) made the playoffs. Congratulations to the Smite team for winning the championship! Watch the video below to learn more about the FPS eSports League. If students would like to join the FPS eSports league, they can contact Ullrich Reichenbach at reicheu@fargo.k12.nd.us.
FPS eSports League

- YOUR FPS -

No School January 18

There will be no class on Monday, January 18 as Fargo Public Schools holds a staff professional development day. Classes resume Tuesday, January 19 for the start of the second semester.

Snow Day Makeup Day

Due to the weather-related school cancellation on December 23, Fargo Public Schools will use the storm make up day built into the school calendar. Fargo Public Schools will hold classes on Friday, April 30, 2021. This is now a day that students and staff are expected to be at school. To see the full 2020-21 school calendar, click this link.

Early Childhood Developmental Screenings

The Fargo Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education program offers Early Childhood Developmental Screening services. If you qualify, these services can be offered free of charge. Watch the video below to learn more about the services and how to sign up.
FPS Early Childhood Developmental Screenings

Scholarship Applications and Opporunities

The Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation administers scholarships on behalf of community businesses, families, and organizations. Scholarships are made available through annual donations and investment income from endowed funds. Scholarships are established by people just like you who wish to honor loved ones or recognize someone who has made a difference in their lives. Click here for access to all scholarships that are available.

Graduating seniors from Davies, North, South, and Woodrow Wilson High Schools may select their school below to see which scholarships are available:

Davies High School

North High School

South High School

Woodrow Wilson High School


The Foundation also administers the Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars program and awards an average of 50 scholarships annually to deserving graduates from Davies, North, South, Woodrow Wilson, and other area high schools. Click here to access Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars.

AD-Ventures: Seasonal Activities for Kids

AD-Ventures is a district publication intended to help families find activities for their children throughout the community. AD-Ventures for Kids is for youth in grade levels K-5. AD-Ventures for Teens is for youth in grade levels 6-8. These are published on the first of each month during the school year. Click the active links above for the January issue of each publication.

- FEATURE -

Virtual Academy Virtual Field Trip

Students in the Fargo Public Schools Elementary Virtual Academy are getting unique learning opportunities with "virtual field trips." Via Zoom, professional presenters dress up as popular fairy tale princesses to teach students about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) strategic initiatives. Read this feature article to learn how the presentations help students grow in their education.

- IN FOCUS -

- FPS in the News -

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