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FPS e-Newsletter for April 1, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Cabinet Column - Continued COVID-19 Funding

Fargo Public Schools will continue to receive federal funding as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used to safely keep schools open and make sure all students have equitable opportunities to learn. Read this Cabinet Column from Business Manager Jackie Gapp to learn more about how much Fargo Public Schools will receive in federal funding and the parameters on how the funds may be used.

Feature Column - Why FPS Continues to Wear Masks

Fargo Public Schools has required the use of face coverings in its buildings since summer 2020. Within that time, the City of Fargo introduced a mask mandate, which it has now allowed to expire. Fargo Public Schools will continue to require the use of face coverings, under the guidance of Fargo Cass Public Health. To learn more about the benefits to continuing mask use in our schools, read this feature article from Coordinator of Safety & Emergency Management Mackenzie McCormick.

Feature Column - The Land of Opportunity

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) has a rich diversity with 88 languages spoken in our schools. It is our goal for these students that they feel welcome and have the same opportunities for education as every other student. FPS is pleased to have bilingual staff members on our middle and high school English learner (EL) program team. In this feature column, EL Director and Woodrow Wilson High School Principal David Burkman highlights the life story of one of our talented bilingual paraeducators, Damber Subba.

- FPS SMART RESTART -

FPS COVID-19 Data

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is providing a weekly report of COVID-19 data within the district. This data, in consideration with other factors, continues to be utilized by the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee. Information is updated every Friday and can be found on the FPS COVID-19 page.

- NEWSMAKERS -

Christensen Named North High School Principal

Fargo Public Schools announces the assignment of Travis Christensen as the principal of North High School beginning on July 1, 2021. He will take over the position from Principal Andy Dahlen who will retire at the end of June. Click here to read full details about Christensen's professional resume. Fargo Public Schools will begin a search to fill Christensen’s current position of assistant principal and activities coordinator at North High School.

FPS Among Most Generous Workplaces in Metro

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is being honored among the top 50 most generous workplaces throughout the metro area. The United Way of Cass-Clay released its top donors, putting FPS at 34 on the list. The United Way says these businesses serve as role models for corporate social responsibility, which, in turn, creates a better culture among their employees. To see the complete list of top donors, click here.

JROTC Takes Second Place In Drill Competition

Congratulations to the Fargo Schools Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFJROTC) for taking second place overall in the Sioux Falls Invitational Drill Competition on March 27. This competition was an opportunity for Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps JROTC teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa to demonstrate their abilities in performing marching drill routines.


The Fargo AFJROTC also placed in several categories:

  • First: Unarmed Regulation and Unarmed Exhibition
  • Second: Armed Regulation, Armed Exhibition, and First-Year Color Guard
  • Third: Inspection, First-Year Unarmed Regulation, and First-Year Armed Regulation
  • Fourth: Varsity Color Guard

FPS Foundation Receives Large Donation from Otto Bremer Trust

Thank you to Otto Bremer Trust for a large donation to the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation. This grant, worth $28,350, will provide basic needs such as food, hygiene products, medical supplies, and other items as needed for low-income students in Fargo Public Schools.

Students Selected to UND Honor Band

Dozens of Fargo Public Schools students were selected to be part of the 2021 University of North Dakota (UND) Honor Band. This yearly tradition recognizes performing arts students from around the region and normally allows them to play together for the UND Honor Band & Strings Festival. This year, due to COVID-19, the festival will be held virtually and provide student musicians the opportunity to talk about music with each other. Click here to read the full list of students who made the 2021 UND Honor Band.

- YOUR FPS -

PEACE Committee Begins Work

Fargo Public School (FPS) has chosen all members of the Parent Equity and Advisory Committee for Education (PEACE). This committee will advise the District on efforts related to equity and inclusion. The first meeting will be Monday, April 12 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. To learn more about the committee's workplan, all of its members, and how to view the meetings, follow this link.

Hear for the Kids: FirstLink

Many people have felt the emotional impacts of the pandemic. Fargo Public Schools has implemented programs and strategies to help, including additional counseling sessions for students and staff. However, in times of crisis, some people may feel the need to speak with someone immediately. FirstLink is a valuable community asset to help with that. In this Hear for the Kids podcast, FirstLink's Community Outreach Coordinator Riley Bourdon talks about the resources the organization can provide. Click on the video below to watch or listen to the podcast.


To access FirstLink, call dial 2-1-1 or 701-235-7335. You can also text 8-9-8-2-1-1 and should include your zip code in the message.


Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 Staff Support Program from FPS and Together Counseling.


Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 Student Support Program from FPS and Together Counseling.

First Link

Reminder: Register for Kindergarten

Register NOW for Fargo Public Schools kindergarten online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall.


Click here to learn more about the registration process and sign your student up for school in the fall of 2021!


If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps. If you need PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

School Out Day - April 2

There will be no school on Friday, April 2. Classes will resume as scheduled on Monday, April 5. Fargo Public Schools wishes you a safe and happy long weekend!


Please note: Fargo Public Schools will hold a distance learning day on April 1 for an employee COVID-19 vaccination blitz.

- FEATURE -

Students Launch Mental Health Group

A group of North High School students is offering hope and support to classmates struggling with their mental health. There is now a brand new club called Mental Health Matters, which meets frequently to discuss mental health topics, provide comfortable environments to share thoughts, and erase the stigma against mental illness. Read this feature article to learn why the group organizers feel connected to this cause and how they plan to transform lives.

Longfellow Gym Becomes "Scootertown"

Scooters have been a longtime popular activity for physical education classes nearly everywhere. At Longfellow Elementary School, students and teachers take the activity to the next level by making "Scootertown." They transform the gymnasium into a mini town with several attractions. Read this feature article to learn more about how Scootertown merges exercise and imagination.

- COMMUNITY NEWS -

Phase 2 Priority Group COVID-19 Vaccinations

Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is now gathering information for people in Phase 2 priority group who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Any North Dakota resident age 16 or older is eligible. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both approved for individuals 18 years and older.


Individuals who would like to receive COVID-19 vaccine clinic information from FCPH are invited to place their name on a vaccine clinic waitlist using one of the below methods. After contact information has been submitted, FCPH will send an email with options to make an appointment for a future vaccine clinic. Individuals are encouraged to check their email frequently, including spam and junk folders, for this important communication.


For more information about the safety of these vaccines, visit the North Dakota Department of Health website and Centers for Disease Control website.

- IN FOCUS -

- FPS IN THE NEWS -

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