FPS e-Newsletter for September 9, 2021


Feature Column - Visitor Management Systems at all FPS Schools

Safety in our schools is a top priority. Recently installed building visitor management systems help FPS to monitor all visitors who enter our schools. Visitors will need to present U.S. government issued IDs to enter all school buildings. Click here to learn more about our visitor management system from FPS Coordinator of Safety & Emergency Management Mackenzie McCormick.


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.


Fishing League Varsity Champs

Congratulations to North High School's co-curricular Fishing team on their 2021 Varsity Team Championship finish for the Lake Agassiz High School Fishing League. Other top finishers include Davies High School in second place, and South High School in a three-way tie for third place. Pictured left to right are North High Fishing team members Joey Bjorkman (grade 10), Brayden Weninger (9), Christian Loos (9), Boat Captain Brian Bjorkman, Tanner Tatum (11), and Jared Bjorkman (12).


Mental Health Awareness Community Event - September 14

North High School's student led group, Mental Health Matters (MHM), will host a mental health awareness and suicide prevention event on September 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Square in downtown Fargo. Food trucks will be available and the Fargo Police Department's "Break the Silence" documentary will be screened at 6:00 p.m. Following the showing, a panel of mental health professionals, Fargo police officers, a parent who lost a son to suicide, and members of the MHM group will answer questions from the audience.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and MHM’s motto is “The stigma stops when the conversation starts.”

Connect & Support Counseling Program

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is committed to our mission: Educating and Empowering All Students to Succeed. While school counseling services are always available in the buildings, additional clinical counseling is available to support the mental wellbeing of students and staff through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. In partnership with Together Counseling, the Connect and Support Program provides counseling services for coping skills, wellness strategies, time management, family conflict, and stress reduction.

The Connect and Support Program is available to any K - 12 student or district employee and offers 30-minute tele-health sessions with a professional counselor before or after school or during an off-period. Sessions are customized to the needs of each client and are intended to be short-term, not exceeding ten sessions annually. The sessions are completely confidential and free of charge to Fargo Public Schools students and employees.

To set up an appointment, contact Tina, the Together Counseling Provider Relations Coordinator, at 701.404.0997 or

Educating and empowering all students to succeed includes supporting and enhancing the social and emotional wellbeing of Fargo Public Schools students and staff. We are grateful to partner with Together Counseling to provide these services to our school family.

Attention Hotmail Users

Fargo Public Schools has received reports from families using Hotmail accounts that they may not be receiving school and district notification emails. These reports are only coming from parents with Hotmail accounts, but not every parent with a Hotmail account is having an issue. The problem appears to be related to how Hotmail “learns” to help manage incoming email for each individual. If you have a Hotmail email address and you think you might be missing school notification messages, please follow the steps in this linked document to create a contact/people entry for the email address. That process will add the email to your “safe sender” list and help make sure you see all emails from Fargo Public Schools

FPS New Administrator Profiles

Over the past several months, several new administrators have been appointed throughout the Fargo School District. Some have changed roles within the district, while others are new faces to Fargo Public Schools. Get to know these new FPS administrators through this profile series.

In this series installment, meet North High School Principal Travis Christensen, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Principal Brad Franklin, and Explorer Academy Principal Dr. Justin Lien.

FPS is Hiring!

Are you or is someone you know looking for full- or part-time employment? Fargo Public Schools is hiring for a number of positions in both certified and non-certified categories. Click here to review the latest position listing and to apply for open positions.



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