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FPS e-Newsletter for March 11, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - New Learning Management System

Fargo Public Schools will transition to new learning management systems. Middle and high schools will make the transition in the fall of 2021. Elementary schools will continue to communicate with students and families through SeeSaw through next year. For more details on why the District is transitioning to a new learning management system and how teachers, students, and families will be impacted, read this column from Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi and Director of Standard Based Instruction Jodell Teiken.

Feature Column - Women's History Month

As part of Fargo Public School's equity, diversity, and inclusion mission, the District is celebrating Women's History Month through March. Part of this month includes breaking down stereotypes and advancing gender equality. In this feature column, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tamara Uselman shares why women's history should be important to everyone. She also tells us how to create a more equitable world for women and girls.

Feature Column - Music Is Education

Fargo Public Schools is continuing its celebration of Music in Our Schools month through March. In this week's music feature article, Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist Ainsley Rentfrow details why music is more than just singing or playing instruments. It is education that positively influences children's math, science, and literacy skills. Additionally, it fosters social emotional learning to help students adapt, cope, and thrive.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Fargo Public Schools kindergarten registration for fall 2021 is NOW OPEN online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall.


Watch the video below to learn more about the kindergarten experience at Fargo Public Schools. Click here to learn more about the registration process and sign your student up for school in the fall of 2021!


If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps. If you need PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

Kindergarten Registration - Family Decisions

- FPS SMART RESTART -

FPS COVID-19 Data

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.

Distance Learning Days

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) will hold distance learning days for all students on the following dates to accommodate for staff COVID-19 vaccinations:
  • Thursday, March 11
  • Friday, March 12
  • Wednesday, March 31
  • Thursday, April 1


Elementary and middle school activities are cancelled on these distance learning days. High school activities will be held based on the availability and discretion of the advisor/coach.

- NEWSMAKERS -

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Magnuson Named 2021 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Literacy Partner Jessica Magnuson for being named the 2021 Teacher of the Year by the Fargo Public School District! For more information on Magnuson and the award, click here.​ Watch the video below to view her surprise, and enjoy the photos below (click on the photos to enlarge).
Fargo Public Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year

School Board Member Women of the Year Nomination

Fargo Public Schools Board Member Dr. Tracie Newman has been named a nominee for YWCA Women of the Year 2021. Dr. Newman was nominated in the Child Advocacy category. The annual awards ceremony will be held Monday, April 26. To accommodate for COVID-19, only nominees and close guests will be able to attend in person. Other supporters may watch virtually. Click here to learn more about the event and purchase virtual viewing tickets.

Knowledge Bowl Competition

Congratulations to all three Fargo Public Schools comprehensive high schools for placing in the Knowledge Bowl Eastern Dakota Conference Competition. It was held March 8 in Devils Lake. North High School placed first, South High School place second, and Davies High School placed fifth. The state competition will be held in Bismarck on March 30.


Pictured L to R from the North team are: Anika Arifin, Spring Ma, Laura Simmons, Aarya Panwalkar, Colby Miller and Alex Person.


The Department of Energy started the National Science Bowl, one of the nation’s largest science competitions, in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science as well as pursue careers in these fields. About 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 28-year history.

Educators of the Month

Congratulations to the February Fargo Education Association (FEA) Educators of the Month! They are Julie Emery-Hetland of Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School and Tom Cross of South High School. Every month, colleagues nominate each other through sharing gratitude and recognition. One teacher and one support staff member are selected.

Johnson Named Boys Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year

Jennifer Johnson has been named the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year for Boys Swimming and Diving. She received this honor at the state swim an dive meet on Saturday, March 6 in Bismarck and Mandan. Johnson is in her 10th season as head coach of the Davies High School boys swimming and diving program.

Davies and South Place in State Swim and Dive Meet

Two boys high school swim and dive teams within Fargo Public Schools are celebrating successful seasons. The Davies High School team took second place in the state competition with a score of 224. The South High School team took third place with a score of 219. The state swim and dive meet was held in Bismarck and Mandan on Saturday, March 6.


(Photo courtesy: Jennifer Johnson)

Davies Girls Basketball Team Wins EDC Title

The Davies High School girls basketball team has now won back to back Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) titles. The team beat Shanley 64-47 on Saturday, March 6. The State Class A Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament will be held March 11-14 in Bismarck. The Eagles are coached by Tonah Safranski.


The Davies High School and North High School boys basketball teams also qualified for the state tournament.

Theatre Festival Results

Fargo Public Schools holds performing arts in high importance as part of its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) initiative. As part of our desire to help young performers grow, the district annually holds a theatre arts festival where students can perform in a pressure-free setting and gain experience. Click here to read the results of this year's festival.

- YOUR FPS -

School Lunch Repack Pilot Program

Fargo Public Schools is proud to join West Fargo Public Schools and Moorhead Area Public Schools in a school lunch repack pilot program. From March 8 through April 7, South High School will box up leftover food from meal services and prepare items in microwave safe take-home containers for the school's food pantry. The goal is to reduce food waste and student hunger. The pilot program is in thanks to the United Way of Cass-Clay, Great Plains Food Bank, Power Plate Meals, Fargo Cass Public Health, Clay County Public Health, and the Cass-Clay Hunger Coalition.

Students Show Off Art for School Board

Visual arts teachers presented at the March 9 School Board meeting, addressing Board members about student successes in art classes. To depict the talents that are being sculpted in the classrooms, the teachers put together a video with students who showed off their masterpieces. Watch the video below to see the various works of art.
High School Students Show Off Art

Innovation Education Grants

Several programs and classrooms will be able to expand their offerings, thanks to newly awarded grants from the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation. The Innovation Education Grant is awarded to educational projects that are not funded by district, state, or federal dollars. It is designed to aid teachers in taking their students to the next level of learning and encourage students to push themselves further in academic achievements. Click here to read which projects were awarded these funds.

School Out Days - Spring Break

There will be NO SCHOOL during the week of March 15-19 as Fargo Public Schools (FPS) holds Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 22. FPS wishes you a safe and fun Spring Break!

Hear for the Kids Podcast: COVID-19 Support Program

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering free 30-minute sessions to FPS students and staff members thanks to the North Dakota Behavioral Health Grant. These sessions are held with licensed clinicians from Together Counseling to discuss life related to the pandemic. In this Hear for the Kids podcast, Provider Relations Coordinator Tina Jacobs with Together Counseling talks about what these counseling sessions look like and how they can help.
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Explorer Academy Now Hiring

The Fargo Public Schools Explorer Academy is seeking to fill a variety of positions for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Employees at the Explorer Academy will provide comprehensive and dynamic support for approximately 64 kindergarten through grade eight students. Certified employees and support staff located at the Explorer Academy will receive additional professional development opportunities scheduled to take place in July 2021 and the beginning of August 2021. Click here to learn more about the available training.

Davies Student-Written One-Act Plays

Davies High School Performing Arts 2 students are proud to present student-written and directed one-act plays. In-person spectators will be allowed on a general admission basis for the production of "SOAPs" (student one-act plays). Eight shows have been selected for performance. Each night will feature four separate productions.


Performance Dates:

  • March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Location:

  • Davies High School Theatre
  • 7150 South 25th Street South

Ticket Prices:

  • $5.00 for one night
  • $7.00 for both nights
  • All seats general admission

Ticket Purchasing:

  • Tickets available at the door the evening of the event
  • For questions call 701.446.5768

Summer School Registration Now Open

Summer school registration is now open for all grade levels. Elementary Enrichment and Transitions Summer School will be held in-person. Elementary English learner, middle school, and high school courses will have both in-person and virtual options. Click here for more information about programs and schedules.

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 March issue of each publication.

- FEATURE -

National Foreign Language Week

Gracias. Merci. Danke. Gratias tibi. Thank you. These are different ways you can say "thank you" to the world languages teachers across Fargo Public Schools who teach Spanish, French, German, and Latin. The District is celebrating our world languages department during National Foreign Language Week, which runs March 8-12. Read this feature article to learn more about the benefits of learning another language.

Jazz Group Performs for School Board

The Fargo Public School Board welcomed a live performance to the March 9 board meeting. A student jazz trio from Davies High School named Safe Space is made up of Emily Gao, Aidon Huck, and Owen Beller. They performed the song Take the A Train by Strayhorn. The group was formed about a year and a half ago to perform for a school function and decided to keep playing together afterward. They have since booked private gigs, learning lessons in not only music but business management. Watch the video below to see their School Board meeting performance.
Safe Space Davies Jazz Trio

- BOARD FOCUS -

School Board Schedule and Links

Regular School Board meetings occur on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Board Room at the District office building. Read the Board Briefs summarizing the March 9 regular meeting of the Fargo School Board. For more information, visit the School Board website.

- COMMUNITY NEWS -

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 a.m. At that time, clocks should be moved ahead one hour to extend more daylight into the evening hours of the day. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 7.

Free Boxing and Self-Defense Classes

The Fargo Police Department's Community Engagement Team is offering free boxing and self-defense youth classes. The department is teaming up with local MMA fighter and MPX Fitness owner Mariah Prussia and Barbot Boxing LLC to offer these programs. The classes are aimed at teaching students life skills including respect, patience, time-management, coping skills, work ethic, and self-discipline. If your student is interested in these classes or to learn more about other Fargo Police Department youth programs, contact Officer David Carlson by emailing dcarlson@fargond.gov or calling 701.936.3164.

- FPS IN THE NEWS -

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