FPS e-Newsletter for September 16, 2021


Feature Column - Capstone Experience for Construction Students

North High School Construction/Building Trades students are gaining real-life experience by building a family's first home through a special community partnership opportunity with Habitat for Humanity. All three FPS high schools offer house construction projects, which give students unique learning opportunities. Learn more about these capstone construction experiences from FPS Director of Career and Technical Education Dr. Denise Jonas.


Keeping Students in School

With the goal of keeping students and staff in school, Fargo Public Schools is working to create a COVID-19 testing program in schools. Each school will have a scheduled time during the day that they will have BinaxNOW rapid testing available for both students and staff.

If a student or staff member is deemed an unmasked close contact, they can use this program to remain in school. In order to participate in the testing program, parents must fill out the testing consent form for their child in PowerSchool. The student or staff member must test at least every other day and remain asymptomatic during the duration of the testing program. Students and staff members should work with their building administration and testing staff to determine which days to test and work around scheduling conflicts.

Fargo Public Schools plans to have this program running soon. For the time being, students and staff can get tested at Fargo Cass Public Health’s testing site open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The testing site is located at 3051 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K, in the Family Fare Strip Mall. SEE BELOW for important details.

For additional ways to stay in school, visit the FPS How to Stay in School webpage.


Fargo Cass Public Health (PCPH) operates a free COVID testing site. COVID-19 PCR testing and BinaxNOW Rapid Screening are provided Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 3051 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between Hi-Ho Burgers and Grand Junction Grilled Subs. While appointments are not needed for testing/screening, pre-registration is required and can be completed here: Individuals only need to complete the registration process one time, even if they participate in multiple testing events.

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.


National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Fargo Public Schools is pleased to announce that nine senior students have been named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. Click to see the full list of semifinalists, including student photos and more details about this honor.

North High Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees Announced

North High School will hold an induction celebration for their 2021 Hall of Fame nominees on Saturday, September 25 at the NDSU Alumni Center. The event includes a luncheon and program featuring the four 2021 Hall of Fame nominees: Kirsten Lies-Warfield, Paul Meyers, David Midgarden, and Beth Sanner. Click the link to read their full biographies on the North High Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees webpage.

Ed Clapp Receives Subaru Grant

Ed Clapp Elementary School has received a $3,000 Subaru Loves Learning Grant. Ward Muscatell Subaru of Moorhead has partnered with as part of the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to make learning more accessible for students. Special thanks to Deb Muscatell as the local Subaru representative for making this grant award possible. Pictured left to right are grant fund winners Susan Clark, Courtney Bergee, Taylor Ludlum, Nicole Knott, Tammie Jacob, and Nicole Jenniges - instructors at Ed Clapp who each won $500 to spend on classroom supplies and resources.


three photos of couples in King and Queen crowns

THREE Homecoming Coronations on September 20

All three FPS high schools will hold 2021 Homecoming activities the week of September 20 - 24, including Homecoming King and Queen Coronation Ceremonies on Monday, September 20.
  • Davies High School Homecoming Coronation will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Davies Football Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the school theater, and facemasks must be worn.
  • North High School Homecoming Coronation will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the North High SpartanDome and will be livestreamed at this YouTube link. Families are invited to attend the event wearing facemasks, but community members are asked to "attend" virtually.
  • South High School Homecoming Coronation will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the school theater, and facemasks must be worn by all in attendance.

Please refer to each school's calendar and posted announcements on the school's website for full details on all Homecoming activities. Begin at the FPS website, and then access desired school from the drop down list under the red Our Schools button.

(Last year's Homecoming Kings and Queens pictured above.)

School Out Day - September 27

There will be NO SCHOOL for all FPS students on Monday, September 27 while FPS teachers and support staff engage in professional development activities. Classes and activities will resume for all students as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, September 28.

FPS New Administrator Profiles

Over the past several months, several new administrators have been appointed throughout the Fargo School District. Some have changed roles within the District, while others are new faces to Fargo Public Schools. Get to know these new FPS administrators through this profile series.

In this series installment, meet Madison Elementary Principal Lori Conmy, Jefferson Elementary Principal Beth Olson, and Centennial Elementary Principal Bobby Olson.

FPS Hiring Spotlight - Cultural Specialist

Fargo Public Schools is hiring for a new position within the District. Applications are now being accepted for an Indian Education Cultural Specialist. This nine-month position is being made available through ESSER funding. The Cultural Specialist will provide educational planning, cultural advocacy, and guidance to develop curriculum for the standards regarding Indigenous education. For full details on the position, including responsibilities and minimum qualification requirements, access this link.

Are you or is someone you know looking for full- or part-time employment? Fargo Public Schools is hiring for a number of positions in both certified and non-certified categories. Click here to review the latest position listing and to apply for open positions.


Research Project Adds to Learning

Honors English I students at North High School are reading Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Language Arts instructor Leah Ramstad had her students complete a research project to help set the stage for the book's time period and better understand society's mindset of the time. Read this feature story to learn more about their enhanced learning experience.


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. Meeting schedules, materials, a broadcast link, and an archive of meeting broadcasts may be found under the School Board tab on the FPS website. For more information, visit the School Board webpages.

Read the Board Briefs summarizing the September 14 regular meeting of the Fargo School Board.



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