FPS e-Newsletter for March 9, 2023


Cabinet Column - ESSER Funded Projects and Staffing

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding will expire at the end of the 2023-24 school year. ESSER funded projects have provided direct support to students, professional development for staff to strengthen their skills and knowledge, upgrades to air filtration systems, and recruitment and retention of employees. Very few of the ESSER projects will continue past the expiration of the ESSER funds because of the limited availability of funds.

Click here to read more about the ESSER funded projects and positions in this Cabinet Column by FPS Associate Superintendent Missy Eidsness.

Feature Column - Elementary Language Libraries

Currently, there are 94 languages spoken in FPS schools, and the District is dedicated to supporting students in their home languages. To reflect the broad diversity of the world, specific cultures of the families we serve, and to support the home languages of families, the Elementary Language Library Project was created. The Elementary Language Libraries provide books to students to read in one of five languages.

Click here to read more about the Elementary Language Libraries in this Feature Column by FPS Coordinator of K-12 Literacy Lindsay Seelig and Library Program Resources Coordinator Jen Hess.


Middle Level Honor Orchestra

Congratulations to the Fargo Public Schools seventh and eighth grade students who successfully auditioned and participated in the North Dakota Middle Level Honor Orchestra! The students were selected among all of the orchestra students across the state of North Dakota.

Middle Level Honor Orchestra students pictured from L to R:

Addilyn Rasmussen, Emily Erpelding, Brennan Day, Helen Wu, Violet Smith, Leonardo Yan, Tony Leng, Matthew Park, Lucy Williams, Oliver Tackling, Chelsea Erstad, Miles Willey, Luna Gasevic, Haeyon Choi, Isaac Rach, Mia Hozak, Toby Henry

Girls Hockey Champs

Congratulations to the Fargo North-South Spruins girls hockey team on winning its second-consecutive North Dakota Girls Hockey State Championship! The Spruins defeated Fargo Davies 2-0 in the state championship game on March 4 in Minot. North-South finished the season 20-4-2 and closed the campaign on an 11-game winning streak. Second-place Davies finished the season with a 22-4-0 record.

EDC Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Davies High School girls basketball coach Tonah Safranski on being named the Eastern Dakota Conference Girls Basketball Coach of the Year! Safranski's Eagles posted a 21-2 regular-season record and are the East No. 3 seed heading into the North Dakota Girls Basketball State Tournament this weekend March 9-11 in Fargo.

East Region Boys Champs

Congratulations to the Davies High School boys basketball team on winning the East Region Boys Basketball Championship! The Eagles defeated Fargo North 73-58 in the region championship game on March 4 in Fargo. The Eagles and Spartans both advance to the NDHSAA State Boys Basketball Tournament this weekend March 9-11 in Fargo.

EDC Academic Olympics Champions

Congratulations to the South High School Academic Olympics team on winning the Eastern Dakota Conference Championship! The team advances to the Academic Olympics state competition on March 28 in Bismarck.


School Out Days - March 13-17

There will be NO SCHOOL next week from Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17 due to Spring Break. Classes will resume as regularly scheduled on Monday, March 20.

Remember to 'Spring Forward'

Don't forget daylight saving time starts on Sunday, March 12. At 2 a.m. on Sunday the clocks will jump forward an hour to 3 a.m. Daylight saving time lasts from March 12 until November 5 in 2023.

Davies Musical - Chicago

Davies High School presents the musical Chicago on March 9-12!

Set in Chicago in the jazz age, Chicago is based on a play by the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas about actual criminals and the crimes on which she reported. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the celebrity criminal.

Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Davies High School theater. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased from the FPS Online Theater Box Office.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2023 is NOW OPEN online at Children must be age 5 by July 31, 2023 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.

Complete online registration forms at For assistance, registrants can contact the child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person.

Upload or bring the following documents to the child’s school by August 28 to finalize registration:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate (or other form of identity)
  • Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
  • Documents (i.e. current city utility bill and bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification

If a parent or guardian does not know which school their child will attend, check online here or call 701.446.1043. If a parent or guardian needs help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006.

FPS is Hiring

Join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring food service staff, custodial staff, paraeducators, and more. Click here to view open positions and apply today.

Trollwood Summer Registration

STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT this summer at Trollwood! Trollwood Performing Arts School 2023 summer registration is open, click here to register.

Trollwood offers a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors! Take a look at the Trollwood Summer Programming Brochure.


Red River Valley Kids Read Project

This year’s Red River Valley Kids Read regional reading program for kids features the book “Summer Ruins” by South Dakota author Deb Watley. A partnership between the public libraries in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Grand Forks and Wahpeton, this reading project runs from March 1-31 at all partner libraries. Children are invited to read the book, attend an author visit and take part in book-related events. Click here to learn more.




Fargo Public Schools - SchoolTalk

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