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FPS e-Newsletter for May 12, 2022

- SUMMER SCHOOL -

Summer School Registration

It's time to start thinking about registering for summer school. Summer school registration is now open for all grade levels. Click here for programs and schedules.


All students who will be in high school during the 2022-23 school year have access to sizable number of classes that may be taken for credit recovery or for credit advancement. View the Summer School Program Brochure Here. Taking summer courses can create more space in a student’s schedule for electives during the school year, allowing them to explore fine arts, world languages, CTE, and much more.


All middle school students may take two of the following classes:

  • Math Exploration
  • Targeted Math
  • Reading Exploration
  • Targeted Reading
  • Science Exploration
  • Social Studies Exploration


Summer school registration closes May 25. For more information and to complete registration online, please visit www.fargosummerschool.com

Elementary Enrichment

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment summer school program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. Elementary Enrichment classes are held at Lewis & Clark Elementary from June 6-17. Click here to learn more.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration

Get ready to Live Your Passion! Trollwood Performing Arts School summer registration is now open, follow this link to register.


Despite the postponement of the 2022 Mainstage Musical: Singin' in the Rain, Trollwood still has openings for students to attend summer classes in the ArtSpark (K-4), Totally Trollwood Academy (Grades 5-7), Trollwood Academy (Grades 8-12), and Trollwood Conservatory (Grades 10-12) programs. And for students to perform in Trollwood Children’s Theatre production of Seussical Kids (Grades 5-6), and the Trollwood Players (Grades 8-12). The Totally Trollwood Musical: Wizard of Oz Youth Edition has reached capacity.


Take a look at Trollwood's summer programming brochure!

- SPOTLIGHT -

Feature Column - What's Next?

In a feature column published last month, the three prongs to qualify for special education services was described. So, what happens next, after a student qualifies for special education services?


Learn about the next steps of developing and implementing specially designed instruction in this Feature Column by FPS Assistant Director of Special Education Shelby DiFonzo.

- NEWSMAKERS -

Staff Recognition Nominees

Fargo Public Schools thanks all of its staff members for helping the District fulfill its mission of educating and empowering all students to succeed! To honor our employees, the District annually holds a staff recognition program. FPS staff and community members were invited to nominate a teacher, administrator, or support staff member who they feel is serving our students with excellence. Read the full list of nominees for the 2022 FPS Staff Recognition Program.


Watch the videos below documenting the announcements for Teacher of the Year, Support Staff of the Year, and Administrator of the Year!

Fargo Public Schools 2022 Teacher of the Year
Fargo Public Schools 2022 Support Staff of the Year
Fargo Public Schools 2022 Administrator of the Year

Speech & Debate National Qualifiers

Congratulations to the Fargo Public Schools students who have qualified for the 2022 National Speech and Debate Tournament on June 12-17 in Louisville, Ky.


Davies

Cady Wang, Student Congress, House

Angel Mochoge, Debate, Public Forum

Lydia Picotte, Debate, Public Forum

Anusha Yadav, Speech, US Extemporaneous Speaking

Ariel Bahn, Debate, World Schools

Amro Heshmat, Debate, World Schools


South

Gabrielle McGarvey, Debate, Lincoln-Douglas

Nathan Rateau, Debate, Big Question


North

Anika Arifin, Speech, US Extemporaneous Speaking

- HEALTH & SAFETY -

FPS 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.

- YOUR FPS -

Reminder - School Makeup Day

Due to weather-related school cancellations, Fargo Public Schools will use the storm make up days built in to the school calendar. Fargo Public Schools will hold classes on Monday, May 16, 2022. This is now a day that students and staff are expected to be at school.

Graduation Ceremony Livestream Links

Congratulations to the class of 2022! Graduation is less than a month away 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, May 27 at 7 p.m.

South High School, May 29 at 3 p.m.

Davies High School, May 29 at 6 p.m.

North High School, May 29 at noon

District Culture and Climate Survey

Fargo Public Schools is engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. Below is an invitation to participate in an online survey between the dates of Wednesday, April 6 and Friday, May 13.


Surveys provide school leaders and teachers a window into the perceptions of all stakeholders. The results of this survey will help us identify areas of strength and those that need improvement in regard to the school’s climate and culture. The results will enable us to make improvements focused on building positive school culture.


This survey is anonymous, takes no more than 5-8 minutes to complete, and is smartphone

compatible.


Take the Parent Climate & Culture Survey

- FEATURE -

Cultural Diversity Field Trip

Students at the Fargo Adult Learning Center (ALC) provided a unique opportunity for cultural learning and growth to high school students from nearby communities this spring.


High school classes from Fergus Falls, Minn. and Underwood, Minn. visited the ALC to gain insight on the lives of individuals with very different life experiences to their own. The ALC students, many of whom are refugees and English Learner (EL) students, gave the visiting high schoolers a look at what life is like for them as they adapt to a new country and explained what their lives looked like in their home countries.


Read more about this unique opportunity for cultural learning at the Adult Learning Center.

Davies Cupcake Wars

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Culinary Arts students at Davies High School reached the most competitive portion of their baking unit, “Cupcake Wars: Summertime at the Beach" on Friday, May 6. The bakers-in-training faced off in teams to see who could bake the best cupcake as decided by a panel of impartial judges. They had to use two of the secret ingredients: pineapple, lemon or lemonade, coconut, root beer, or ice cream. The competition is fashioned after the hit Food Network show “Cupcake Wars.”

Mental Health Factsheet

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Fargo Public Schools is sharing important information about mental health. This week's Mental Health Factsheet explains the importance of maintaining good mental health.


It's normal for your mental health to shift over time - we all face difficult situations in our lives. Creating positive habits is a great way to support your mental health when you're doing well and helps you build skills to use if you do face symptoms of a mental health condition.

- COMMUNITY -

State Superintendent Student Cabinet

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking North Dakota students to apply for the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, a group of young people who give Baesler their ideas and opinions about improving K-12 education.


Cabinet positions are open for students in grades 3-12 from North Dakota public and nonpublic schools. Members are chosen to serve for 18 months, with terms beginning July 1. The present Cabinet has 23 members. It includes students with diverse cultures, perspectives and backgrounds, from different school sizes and geographic regions within North Dakota.


The Student Cabinet’s application form is posted on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, May 23.

Pay it Forward

Christi Tweet, a Bell Bank employee, donated $300 to Dr. Kim Englund's fifth grade class at Bennett Elementary School as part of the bank's "Pay it Forward" program. The donation will be allotted to help with the school's annual fifth grade ski trip.

Deek's Pizza Gives Back

Deek's Pizza raised more than $300 for Madison Elementary School during a promotional event. Families and community members could use a special code when ordering from Deek's and a percentage of the order was donated to the school.

- BOARD FOCUS -

School Board Schedule and 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 May 10 meeting of the School Board.

- IN FOCUS -

- IN THE NEWS -

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