Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering virtual learning for students living within the Fargo Public Schools district. FPS is utilizing the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) and Edgenuity to provide instruction to students who request a virtual learning option. The lessons are asynchronous, meaning that students can access them at any time on their device. Weekly scheduled support is provided via video conferencing.
- Elementary students (k-5) will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art, Technology, and Physical Education/Health.
- Middle school students (6-8) will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, and elective courses.
- High School students (9-12) will be enrolled in three courses at one time and have nine weeks to complete them. Successfully completing six courses per semester keeps students on track for graduation.
Virtual Academy registration begins at the student’s home school building. Families must complete one registration form per student. Enrollment is based on deadlines and availability.
What VA is/requires…
What VA isn’t…
An asynchronous online learning option for residents of FPS. (Proof of residency is required.)
ND DPI definition of resident is that a student must “lay their head” within FPS district boundaries.
An online option for students outside of FPS boundaries.
Students interested in VA outside of the district interested in VA must petition for open enrollment into the district by the deadline (last working day of February).
A full-semester commitment
- Short-term absence solution
- Long-term absence learning
- Extended vacation learning option
A designated at-home advisor
Sole responsibility for learning does not lie with student
A learning option for families who have planned the logistics of learning from home and can articulate that plan prior to enrolling.
A learning option for families who do not have at-home supports in place to ensure success for their student(s).
For more information, contact:
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SchoolTalk e-Newsletter - March 23
Get this week's news and events from across Fargo Public Schools in the current issue of SCHOOLTALK. This week's issue highlights include newsmakers, feature columns, and more.
Assistant Human Capital Director
Fargo Pubic Schools announces the hiring of Dr. Jennifer Fremstad as Assistant Human Capital Director.
Elementary Language Libraries
There are 94 languages spoken in our 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.
Music in our Schools
March is Music in Our Schools Month! FPS has an incredibly strong music program. So strong that it has been named one of NAMM’s “Best Communities for Music Education” for 19 years. Read more about the music opportunities provided to FPS students and some of their honors and accomplishments in this Feature Column by FPS Performing Arts Facilitator Patrick Thiel.
Registration for FPS Summer School 2023 is open. Summer School offers opportunities for students from elementary through high school to participate in programs focused on academics, athletics, arts, and more.
2023 FPS Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to South High School Vocal Music Teacher Sara Lichtblau on being named the 2023 FPS Teacher of the Year!
Be a CTE Champion
February is national Career and Technical Education Month. It is an annual campaign held across the United States to celebrate the accomplishments of Career and Technical Education programs, instructors, and students.
State of the Schools Address
The 2023 Fargo Public Schools State of the Schools Address presented by Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi is available to view digitally on demand on the FPS YouTube channel.
Inclement Weather FAQ
Fargo Public Schools has received many questions regarding how we will respond to inclement weather situations moving forward this school year. Read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in this Inclement Weather FAQ.
We are Hiring
Join the Fargo Public Schools team and be the leader they need! Fargo Public Schools is now hiring paraeducators, food service staff, custodial staff, and more! Apply today!
Board Governance Committee
The FPS Board of Education Governance Committee helps guide and support the School Board by ensuring it adheres to healthy and productive governance practices. Read more about this Committee in this Board Column by Board President Dr. Tracie Newman.
Winter Meals Program
PowerPlate Meals will offer take-home meals for FPS students. Each meal bag will include five frozen Power Plate Meals, distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The program runs Tuesday, January 24 through May. Distribution will occur every other week with distribution from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at Madison, Wednesdays at Jefferson, and Thursdays, at Ed Clapp. Pick up at the front door of each school.
Trollwood Summer Registration
Registration for Trollwood Performing Arts School's 2023 summer programming is now open. Trollwood offers an array of arts classes and performance opportunities for students in kindergarten through graduated seniors.
Inspiring Future Educators!
Career opportunities in education and human services are limitless and can start in high school. Whether a student is interested in following a path as a teacher, paraeducator, social worker, counselor, childcare provider, or coach, Fargo Public Schools is proud to provide opportunities to inspire students.
FPS Is On Instagram
Fargo Public Schools is now on Instagram! Follow us on Instagram for announcements, updates, and good news from across the District!
School Cancellation Process
Each day in the school year is essential to carry out this mission and provide instruction to our students. FPS makes every effort to keep schools open each day, but at times the weather conditions within the city merit a school closing. Read more about FPS' procedures for school cancellation, early release, and late start.
Attend to Win!
Stay Strong! Avoiding school absences through the winter months is crucial for academic success. Missing school and falling behind on assignments can create school-related anxiety that only gets worse as time goes on. Connect with a teacher or counselor if you are feeling behind or overwhelmed.
Cell phone carriers are focusing on mass calling systems and marking more messages from these systems as potential Spam. This could capture FPS announcements and mark them as ‘Potential Spam,’ causing you to miss an important message like a weather-related school closing. Learn how to prevent this.
Trollwood Winter Academy
Trollwood Performing Arts School invites students to enroll for Trollwood Winter Academy! This opportunity offers a variety of youth performing arts classes, running from January 10 through February 19, 2023.
2021-22 Annual Report
Fargo Public Schools is committed to serving our families and community patrons. As evidence of this commitment, we are showcasing the qualities and services of our school district and providing a wide array of information in the FPS 2021-22 Annual Report.
The Role of the Attendance Specialist
School attendance is one of the most powerful predictors of student outcomes. When a student is not in school, they lose out on valuable learning time, relationships, and the opportunity to build good life skills. Read about the role of an attendance specialist.
Decisions on Moving Parts
During their September and October meetings, the Fargo Board of Education will review and approve governing documents that provide an outline for the future of our District. The documents include, but are not limited to, the Strategic Plan, the Long Range Facilities Plan, and the Long Range Financial Plan.
Is attendance an equity issue?
At FPS, our problem to solve is this: nearly 46% of our students missed too much school last year. Student absence harms everyone, particularly students. Read more about the importance of student attendance in this Feature Column by FPS Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman and attendance specialists Gabe Whitney and Nick Hawkins.
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