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FPS e-Newsletter for February 18, 2021

- SPOTLIGHT -

Feature Column - Early Intervention Program

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) currently serves 162 children ages three to five in the Early Childhood Special Education program. This program focuses on pre-academic intervention, related services, social skills, and adaptive skills for eligible students. In this feature column, Director of Special Education Patty Cummings details how children can have lifelong benefits from this programming.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021 is NOW OPEN online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process:


STEP ONE: REGISTRATION ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete forms in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.


STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before August 25 to finalize registration.

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


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.

- 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 -

State Superintendent's Student Cabinet

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) has four students who were chosen to serve on the North Dakota Superintendent's Student Cabinet. This group meets regularly and advises Superintendent Kirsten Baeslar on how to improve schools in the state. Click here to read the Department of Public Instruction media release about the selection. The following FPS students will now serve the state on this cabinet and are pictured below:
  • Autumn Newman, a fifth grader at Centennial Elementary School
  • Ella Franklin, a sixth grader at Ben Franklin Middle School
  • Zoe Bundy, a 10th grader at Davies High School
  • Amy Hong, an 11th grader at South High School
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20 Mentors Complete Training

Congratulations to the 20 staff members who have just completed Fargo Public Schools (FPS) mentorship training! This group will equip new teachers for successful careers educating young minds. To learn more about the FPS mentorship program and the new inductees, read this article.

FPS Business Services Earns Awards

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is proud to receive two honors for the outstanding work of our Business Services office. The team has earned the Excellence in Budget Presentation Award and the Outstanding Financial Reporting Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. These awards showcase the high-quality and detail-oriented work of FPS Business Services. Click on the active links above to learn why FPS was chosen for these honors.

Bethel Church Gives Large Donation to FPS Foundation

Thank you to the Bethel Church congregation for a large donation through Advent in Action! This donation of $38,413 will provide milk, snacks, critical needs support, and basic needs support to elementary school students, with an emphasis at Ed Clapp and Jefferson Elementary Schools.


(Photo courtesy: Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation)

Giving Hearts Day Donation

Thank you to Heat Transfer Warehouse for helping its Adopt-A-School Partner, McKinley Elementary School, pay it forward on Giving Hearts Day. The company provided funds for a service learning project. Students in each class researched charities, made a poster, and created a video detailing what the charity does. Students then donated money to the charities.

- YOUR FPS -

PEACE Representatives Chosen

Fargo Public School (FPS) has established and chosen several members for the Parent Equity and Advisory Committee for Education (PEACE). This committee will advise the District on efforts related to equity and inclusion. Recently, FPS solicited applications from various members of the school system and community. Click here to view the names, titles, and biographies of the members who have been chosen to serve on PEACE so far.


Total PEACE membership will consist of:

  • (4) parents of students currently attending Fargo Public Schools
  • (1) High school student representative
  • (1) Community member
  • (1) Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • (1) Non-teaching school staff, selected by non-teaching school staff
  • (2) Teachers, selected by Fargo Public Schools teachers
  • (2) School principals, one from each level (elementary and secondary)

Attendance Boundary Changes

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) has adopted school boundary change plans for middle and high schools. 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. One change will occur for the 2021-22 school year. Another change will take place during the 2022-23 school year. For more details on the adjustments and to view if your child's school is affected, view the FPS Boundary Maps webpage.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Programming

Get ready to Color Your Summer! Trollwood Performing Arts School is excited to welcome students back to the stage with a full array of 2021 summer performing arts educational opportunities. 2020 was a difficult year for those who are passionate about performing arts. Many classes and performances were canceled due to COVID-19. 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. Watch the video below to hear students speak about their experiences at Trollwood.


Click this link to register.


Click here to view the summer course brochure.

Trollwood - There's Nothing Like It

- FEATURE -

Students Share Comfort through Teddy Bears

Teddy bears are popular items of comfort for young children. Thanks to an annual service project at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, students are helping make sure kids around the Fargo-Moorhead metro will get stuffed animals when they are in crisis situations. Read this feature article to learn about this year's successful We Care Bears donation drive and all the hard work students put into it.

- IN FOCUS -

- FPS IN THE NEWS -

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