FPS e-Newsletter for March 31, 2022
- SPOTLIGHT -
Cabinet Column - Pride of Dakota
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.
- HEALTH & SAFETY -
FPS COVID-19 Data
- NEWSMAKERS -
Administrator of the Year
North Theatre Wins ADDY Award
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
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
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.
AFJROTC Takes Second
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.
- YOUR FPS -
Reminder: School Makeup Days
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
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!
- FEATURE -
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.
- COMMUNITY -
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.
- IN FOCUS -
Students at Washington Elementary School are learning about computer coding using Ozobot Robots. The Ozobots make coding concepts more concrete to help students understand the concepts. Coding is part of the elementary library programming for all students in the District. (Photo courtesy Brenda Cain)
Band of Fun
Sixth grade band students from Ben Franklin Middle School, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, and Discovery Middle School met and rehearsed as part of the Band Festival of Fun at Discovery. After practicing and putting together their music in the afternoon, the students presented a public concert and were joined by small ensembles from each of the District's high schools. (Photo courtesy Beth Ferguson)
Fargo South High School celebrated its latest state championship by changing its state championship counter board from 134 to 135. The North-South Spruins won the girls hockey state title this winter. Pictured are Savannah Wuitschick (left) and Molly Hanson (right).
Band of Fun
Kennedy Elementary School's PTA hosted a family STEAM Night on March 24. Students and their families enjoyed nine learning stations with focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Stations included hands-on learning activities facilitated by Inspire Innovations Lab, Mathnasium, and Code Ninja. Staff and parents helped with demonstrations as well, with a unique art activity by Kennedy’s art teacher Mackenzie Geiser; CPR by parent Ryan Telford; chemistry experiments with parent Jantze Lewis; and engineering projects with Kennedy’s gifted services teacher Beth Ustanko. (Photo courtesy Lyn Telford)
Jefferson Elementary School students who demonstrated good restaurant behaviors in the lunchroom during the month of March enjoyed a fine dining experience at the Bobcat Diner. Mr. Danuser’s fourth graders, Mrs. Meyer’s third graders, and Mrs. VanderArk’s first graders enjoyed music and a beautiful atmosphere at the Grand Opening of the Bobcat Diner as these students had the greatest number of positive behavior tokens. Mr. Palder played the ukulele and bells for the students and staff to enjoy. Mrs. Olson, Principal, and Mrs. Fontana, Assistant Principal, served the students. (Photo courtesy Beth Olson)