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FPS e-Newsletter for January 27, 2022

- SPOTLIGHT -

Feature Column — Black History is Everyone's History

Our history as Americans is a story that should include every group of people that has lived or is living in our great country. However, the story of our collective history is not always told fully.


While Black Americans are offered opportunities to celebrate the achievements of many Americans all year, February provides an opportunity for each of us, regardless of our race or ethnicity, to focus specifically on, and celebrate, the achievements of African Americans. After all, Black History is everyone’s history; it is our shared history as Americans.


Read more about the importance of Black History Month in this Feature Column from FPS Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman.

- HEALTH & SAFETY -

FPS 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.

- NEWSMAKERS -

North's Miller Signs

Congratulations to North High School's Grace Miller on signing her National Letter of Intent to compete in college! Miller committed to play basketball at Northern State University.

U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates

Eighteen Fargo Public Schools students have been nominated to be U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates. View the full list of candidates from FPS.


The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. The programs recognizes up to 161 students deemed outstanding in academics, arts, or career & technical education.

Davies Signees

Congratulations to Davies High School hockey players Morgan Savaugeau and Kaylie Zimmerman on signing their National Letters of Intent to play in college. Both Sauvageau and Zimmerman committed to play hockey at Concordia College.

Shultis Signs NLI

North High School's Carson Shultis signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Shultis will compete on the Golden Eagles men's golf team

- YOUR FPS -

Last Call! Staff Recognition Program Nomination Period Closing Soon

Community members are invited to nominate a Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member they feel serves our students with excellence for consideration of a yearly recognition award. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram. Act fast, the nomination period closes at 4 p.m. this Friday, January 28.


Fargo Public Schools deeply values its nearly 2,000 staff members who ensure our students receive a high-quality education in a safe learning environment. To honor our employees, the District will annually award the following:

  • Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member
  • Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director, or coordinator
  • Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member

English Learner Family Liaisons

The English Learner Family Liaison staff has expanded to include four members with coverage of nine languages and dozens of countries. Currently, Family Liaisons are equipped to aid families who speak Spanish, Nepali, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Sadri, Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian.


So far the program's Family Liaisons have recorded 62 liaison interactions between nine different schools. They have helped 25 families support school success in the following areas:

  • Academics/grades
  • Attendance
  • Basic Need - food or transportation
  • School Schedule & Calendar
  • School Activities & Events
  • Schule Rules & Processes
  • Complaint or Concern
  • School Resources - meal, counselors, social worker, college application/FAFSA
  • Liaison team meeting
  • Special FPS event


Learn more about the four Family Liaisons and how they can help. Call the FPS EL office at 701.446.3210 with questions.

School Make Up Days

Due to the weather-related school cancellations on January 7 and January 14, 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.

Break the Silence at Discovery

Discovery Middle School is hosting a public viewing of the the video Break the Silence created by the Fargo Police Department's community engagement team. This video was created as a resource for local schools and community to focus on the prevention and education of suicide. According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 10 and 34.


The viewing of Break the Silence will be this Thursday, January 27 in the Discovery Middle School Auditorium with the film viewing starting at 7 p.m. Following the viewing of the film, there will be a question and answer session panel from 7:35-8:30 p.m.

The panel will consist of the following people:

  • Todd and Elizabeth Medd, parents of Liam Medd
  • Joseph Snowden/Katie Harmelink, Discovery School Counselors
  • Beth Zimmerman, Discovery Student Wellness and Family Facilitator
  • Jamie Pfeifer, Pfeifer Counseling Services
  • Officer Michael Bloom, Fargo Police Department
  • Sargent Cristie Jacobsen, Fargo Police Department

School Boundary Change Plans

FPS has adopted school boundary change plans for the 2022-23 school year. The purpose of these changes is to better utilize existing space and eliminate potential crowding issues at schools on the southern end of the District. Follow this link for more details on the adjustments and to view the changes.

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. 2021 was a successful return to summer activities, but on a limited basis. 2022 will re-open with a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors. Take a look at Trollwood's summer programming brochure!


Upcoming summer arts programming will help students rekindle their affection for the arts, boost their creativity, and pave the way for their future, whether they aspire to pursue a career in the arts or any other professional opportunities. Register before April 1 and save up to $50 on registration fees!

- COMMUNITY -

Giving Hearts Day

Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online giving event, is coming up on Thursday, February 10. The day is a large fundraising event that benefits North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota non-profits. Each organization finds a sponsor to generously match donations. Trollwood Performing Arts School and the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation are both taking part. Tax deductible donations can be scheduled now. You may also wait to give on February 10.


Click here to donate to Trollwood Performing Arts School.


Click here to donate to the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.

Local Children's Author Visit and Creative Workshop

Local author, singer/songwriter, and Forum newspaper columnist Jessie Veeder will visit the downtown Fargo Public Library at 2 p.m. this Sunday, January 30 to read her first children's book, "Prairie Princess." Veeder will also conduct a writing workshop for kids, teens, and adults.


Participants will learn about book publication and the creative process Veeder experienced to bring about her vision, then take part in a writing and art exercise focused on how nature can inspire art.

School Board Election

Candidates interested in running for one of five positions on the Fargo Board of Education may submit an application until Monday, April 11, 2022 at 4 p.m. Applications need to be submitted to the Fargo Public Schools Business Office by the deadline at the District Office, 700 7th Street South in Fargo, which is located on the first floor. Follow this link for more information about the school board election.

- BOARD FOCUS -

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.


Read the Board Briefs from the January 25 regular meeting of the School Board.

- IN FOCUS -

— FPS IN THE NEWS —

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