FPS e-Newsletter for September 21, 2023

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Feature Column - What is Evidence-Based Reporting?

In Fargo Public Schools, the adoption of Evidence-Based Reporting at our secondary schools is rooted in a comprehensive framework known as Standards-Based Instruction/Evidence-Based Grading. At its foundation, Fargo Public School’s Evidence-Based Reporting system requires district courses to establish a common understanding of enduring skills, proficiency scales (utilizing a 4-point scale), and success criteria, prioritizing Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) aligned with state standards and implementing common assessments.

Click here to read more about Evidence-Based Reporting and see an overview of feedback on EBR data in this Feature Column by FPS Director of Standards-Based Instruction Dr. Liann Hanson.

Feature Column - Connecting with Community

Surrounding people and families with supportive neighborhoods, businesses, faith communities, schools, and services is a critical way to support every person. Communities that work collectively in an intentional and proactive way are vital to creating the changes needed to increase social connectedness and belonging.

Click here to read more about the importance of a sense of community for mental health in this Feature Column by FPS Assistant Director of Educational Justice Dr. Jen Sahr.

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North Homecoming

Congratulations to North High School Homecoming Queen and King Samantha Trogstad and Peder Haugo!

The rest of the Homecoming Court includes: Elsie Anderson, Elsa Aslakson, Evy Berg, Ava Fowler, Ambree Hansen, Ivy Mastrud, Eliza Mcintyre, Anna Nelson, Betsy Schiltz, Mya Solberg, Sophia Solseng, Joseph Bjorkman, Owen Branson, Bennett Consdorf, Jebediah Gossett, Charlie Kalbrener, Bjorn Kielty, Joe Rose, Peyton Trogstad, Maddox Watson, Max Watson, and Ethan Welk.

Catalyst Certification

Congratulations to Eagles Elementary School second grade teacher Elise Anderson on being the first Fargo Public Schools teacher of the 2023-24 school year to earn the Whole Group Catalyst Approach Certification!

The Catalyst Approach is a comprehensive professional development and implementation model based on observation of more than 50,000 classrooms and school-wide common spaces. It aims to accelerate deep implementation of skills that lead to the creation of improved classroom and school leadership, relationships, and culture.

Davies Girls Golf

Congratulations to the Davies High School girls golf team on being the first Eastern Dakota Conference team in more than 20 years to tally a team score under 300. The Eagles shot a combined 299 at the Fargo South Invitational on September 12 at Rose Creek. It is the lowest score in the conference since South scored a 296 in 2002.
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FPS Steering Committee Application Deadline Tomorrow

Fargo Public Schools is creating an updated Long-Range Facility Plan to guide major capital investments such as new construction and major renovations. As a part of this work, FPS invites approximately 50 community members to join a Steering Committee charged with representing community voices at key steps in the planning process. The Steering Committee is seeking students; parents; teachers; principals; and community, college and business leaders who will provide the District and consultant team feedback on the facility and demographic assessment data that will be used to create facility options. FPS will also host two sets of public Community Meetings to provide community members the opportunity to provide feedback through surveys and small group conversation that will inform facility options.

Click here to apply to join the Steering Committee. The application deadline is this Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m. Steering Committee Members will be selected and contacted the last week of September. The committee will meet from 6-8 p.m. on October 11, November 1, December 5, February 6, and March 5.

Para-to-Teacher Program

During the 68th ND Legislative session, the Legislature passed SB 2032, providing the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction with $3 million to continue the Para-to-Teacher Program started with ESSER funding. Paraprofessionals working in a North Dakota school are eligible and can apply to the NDDPI and select the university of their choice from the approved list of eligible providers.

Paraprofessionals interested in becoming teachers, click here to learn more about the Para-to-Teacher Program. And click here to download the application.

FPS is Now Hiring

Join the Fargo Public Schools team and make a difference! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring custodians, part-time custodians, and lead custodians in addition to numerous other positions. Check out open positions and apply at

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New Administrator Profile - Danielle Lapos

Danielle Lapos is beginning her first year as assistant principal at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. She has served with Fargo Public Schools since 2019 as a special education area service coordinator. In her free time, Lapos says she loves going to the lake with friends and family, exploring new destinations, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and listening to music. Click here to read more about Lapos in this New Administrator Profile.

New Administrator Profile - Jennifer Jung

Dr. Jennifer Jung is beginning her first year as principal at Eagles Elementary School. Prior to beginning at Eagles, Dr. Jung was the principal at Washington Elementary School in Jamestown, N.D. Jung says she initially became interested in teaching after babysitting as a teenager and finding she enjoyed engaging children in play and learning opportunities. Click here to read more about Dr. Jung in this New Administrator Profile.

New Administrator Profile - Rachel Kenowski

Rachel Kenowski is beginning her first year as assistant principal at Washington Elementary School. Kenowski joined Fargo Public Schools in 2008 and most recently worked as an ESSER Coach at Washington Elementary School. Kenowski says the thing that makes her the most proud about FPS is the many opportunities afforded to the Districts students that help create well-rounded individuals. Click here to read more about Kenowski in this New Administrator Profile.
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Lions Club Book Donation

Thank you to the Fargo area Lions Clubs for their generous book donation to Fargo Public Schools! In a commitment of its service to others and to help celebrate Vision Awareness Month in October and White Cane Day on October 15, the Fargo area Lions Clubs donated 82 copies of the book Grandpa’s White Cane by Jim Hoxie and Joanna Jones for use in FPS libraries and schools. This book explores Grandpa’s journey as he loses his sight, learns how to navigate the world differently, and seeks to educate others about his white cane.

Each library in FPS will receive one copy of the book for their library collections, and other copies will be given to counselors, classrooms, and buildings within the District. This act of generosity underscores our shared commitment to providing access to quality books and educating students about the experiences of others.

Pictured L to R: Jane Pettinger, Mary Ann Zwinger, Milton Ota, Jen Hess, Dr. Rupak Gandhi, Crystal Dueker

Lunch and Learn - Suicide Prevention

A virtual Lunch and Learn session on suicide prevention and response will be available on Thursday, September 28 from noon to 1:00 p.m. With help from community partners, the session will raise awareness about suicide prevention, equip participants with the knowledge and skills to identify warning signs, and provide guidance on how to respond effectively and compassionately. Fargo Public Schools aims to create safe and supportive environments for youth, making a difference in our community. Click here to register to attend.

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Board Column - Communications, Engagement, and Advocacy Committee

The Fargo Board of Education Communications, Engagement and Advocacy (CEA) Committee is comprised of five Board members and members of the Superintendent’s cabinet who work to enhance the transparency of how the Board makes decisions. This committee also focuses on communication with constituents and community stakeholders through engagement and advocacy efforts.

Click here to read more about the efforts of the CEA Committee in this Board Column by CEA Chair Dr. Tracie Newman.

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.

Click here to read the Board Briefs from the September 18 meeting of the School Board.

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