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
- NEWSMAKERS -
U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates
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.
- 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
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:
- 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
Break the Silence at Discovery
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
Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration
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
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
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
- 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 -
Winter Gear Volunteer Awards
The students who volunteered before and after school to help run the Lewis & Clark Winter Gear Come Here store, were recognized with Special Service Awards and a gift certificate for a free meal at Panera. The students helped organize the winter gear inventory, checked winter gear donations, and worked at the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays so all Lewis & Clark students can have safe and properly fitted winter gear this winter. (Photo courtesy Stacy Anderson)
CBH Spelling Bee
The Top 20 performers on a written spelling test given to the whole school at Clara Barton-Hawthorne got to compete in an oral spelling bee at the school on Saturday, January 22. The winner was Landon Schneider. Landon and the rest of the Top 5 finishers advance to the Cass County Spelling Bee. The rest of the Top 5 was Duncan Moe, Merritt Schneider, Harrison Johnson, and Mia Heinrich. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Folden)
Lewis & Clark Yoga
Third and fourth graders involved in the social skills classes at Lewis & Clark Elementary School took some time out of their day to practice their yoga techniques. (Photo courtesy Lori Pearson)