FPS e-Newsletter for March 31, 2022


Cabinet Column - Pride of Dakota

Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi has truly grown to love North Dakota in his four years here. One aspect of North Dakota life he especially appreciates is the pride North Dakotans take in cheering on members of the community to great success, whether it's Tom Hoge, Trey Lance, or Joe Burrow.

In this Cabinet Column, Dr. Gandhi aims to rally the "Pride of Dakota" behind Ben Franklin Middle School sixth grader Luna Gasevic as she advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Feature Column - Arts Can Do

What better way to end Music In Our Schools Month than to hear what music means to our students, from our students! Fargo Public Schools students were asked to respond to the prompt, When I’m in music class I feel ...”

Read the students' responses in this Music In Our Schools Month Feature Column by FPS Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist Ainsley Rentfrow.



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.


2022 Administrator of the Year, Ed Clapp Elementary School Principal Jennifer Schuldheisz

Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to Ed Clapp Elementary School Principal Jennifer Schuldheisz on being named the Fargo Public Schools 2022 Administrator of the Year! Read more about Jennifer Schuldheisz. And view a video recap and photos from the Administrator of the Year announcement and celebration below.
Fargo Public Schools 2022 Administrator of the Year

North Theatre Wins ADDY Award

The Fargo North Theatre Department, in collaboration with designer Jeff Knight (Co-owner of the design firm Cereal) received a Silver ADDY award for the design of their Into the Woods musical poster.

The awards, referred to as “ADDYs,” are given yearly by the American Advertising Federation at their awards ceremony in February. Each year, the North Dakota ADDY Awards recognize Silver and Gold marketing and advertising campaigns across the state. Hundreds of submissions are received annually.

Discovery MathCounts Championship

Congratulations to the Discovery Middle School MathCounts team on winning first place at the state MathCounts competition! The team consists of Braden Li, David Ha, Dannie Yang, and Mathew Park. Helen Wu’s Region 5 individuals team also took first place.

Braden Li placed second individually in the state and will be going to nationals. Helen Wu placed fifth individually and David Ha was in the top eight. The team's advisor, Brittanie Watson will be the North Dakota National Math Counts Team Coach. Braden Li and Ms. Watson will travel to Washington, DC in for Nationals in May.

Marsh Awarded Community Achievement Scholarship

Congratulations to Davies High School senior Denise Marsh on being awarded the Community Achievement Scholarship from Concordia College! At Davies, Marsh has been involved in orchestra, choir, theatre, National Honor Society, and Davies Little Rock Society. She plans to study Political Science.

The Community Achievement Scholarship is open to first-generation college-bound students from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds who live in Fargo-Moorhead or the surrounding area and have a desire to achieve a four-year degree.

Safranski Signs NLI

Congratulations to Davies High School student Taylor Safranski on signing her National Letter of Intent to compete at the next level! Safranski committed to play basketball at Concordia College.

AFJROTC Takes Second

Congratulations to the Fargo Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) on finishing in second place overall at the Sioux Falls Drill and PT Competition! There were six teams at the competition including schools from Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; St. Paul; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Fargo AFJROTC finished first in First Year Color Guard, First Year Armed Regulation, and Unarmed Regulation; second in Armed Regulation, Unarmed Exhibition, Armed Exhibition, and PT Females; third in Inspection, Varsity Color Guard, and PT Males; and fifth in Unarmed Regulation.

PTA Reflections Winners

Nineteen Fargo Public Schools students were selected winners in the PTA Reflections State-Level art contest. Among them ten 1st place winners advance to the national competition.

The theme for the 2021-22 school year is "I Will Change the World By …" Students submitted their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

The ten currently in the national round are: Adrian Boyda won in middle school film production. Alexander Sateren won in middle school photography. Clara Meline won in middle school visual arts. Elsa Ruth Pryor won in middle school music composition. Levi Baumann won in primary visual arts. Hadley Winter won in intermediate visual arts. Lauren Leabo won in high school literature and high school photography. And Samuel Kain won in high school visual arts. Alyona Zavalney in intermediate film production. And Liliath Sateren won in high school film production.

*a previous edition mistakenly omitted two winners.


Reminder: School Makeup Days

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, April 18, 2022 and Monday, May 16, 2022. These days are now days that students and staff are expected to be at school.

Innovative Education Grants Awarded

The February 2022 Innovative Education grant-round has been completed through the Fargo Public Schools Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose vision is to provide Fargo Public Schools students with enriched and enhanced learning opportunities. Funding for grants comes from annual donations and investment income from established endowments.

Eight grants were awarded totaling $8,672.00. Proposals that ranked the highest exhibited innovative teaching and learning techniques, supports the Districts Strategic Initiative 1 and 2, and engages students with both short and long-term impacts. Read the complete list of Innovative Education Grants Awarded.

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 production of the Living Room Chronicles (Grades 8-12). The Totally Trollwood Musical: Wizard of Oz Youth Edition has reached capacity.

Take a look at Trollwood's summer programming brochure! Register by April 1 and save up to $50 on registration fees!


There is 'No Place for Hate' at Eagles

Eighteen fourth and fifth grade students at Eagles Elementary are using their voices and their actions to ensure that all students at the school are included and empowered. The Eagles No Place for Hate committee has led initiatives to serve students inside their school and out in the community.

Read more about how the No Place for Hate committee has positively impacted its school and community.


Washington Library Donation

Thank you to the Fargo Kiwanis Club for a donation of $800 to the Washington Elementary School Library. With the donation, the library purchased a number of new books for its students including many volumes of the "I Survived" series by Lauren Tarshish.

Kids Read: Storm Warning

Twenty-five years ago, in April 1997, towns up and down the Red River Valley experienced what became known as the “flood of the century.” The fear, uncertainty and heroism of the time is richly captured in the recently published children’s middle-grade novel, “Storm Warning” by Elizabeth Raum, set in Ada, Minn., during the 1997 flood.

In partnership, the public libraries of Fargo, Grand Forks, Moorhead, Wahpeton and West Fargo are highlighting this book throughout April in a project called Red River Valley Kids Read. Children throughout the valley are invited to read the book and find out more about this historic moment in local history at a variety of events to be held at each partner library. Read about Fargo Public Library's Kids Read Project events.




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