“Family” Formed by School to Business Relationship

Local businesses are partnering with individual Fargo Public schools through the “donation” of people resources to create a supportive and caring environment for students throughout the coming school year.


Definition: Adopt/uh-dopt/verb: 1) to choose or take as one’s own; 2) to take into a new relationship.

You can adopt (definition #1) a child into your family or adopt (definition #2) a highway as part of a community clean-up effort. You utilize both definitions when you adopt a school!

The Adopt-a-School Program, implemented in Fargo Public Schools (FPS) in 2002, partners individual schools with businesses or other community organizations to provide hands-on assistance to schools.  Employees and other community volunteers help with reading programs, tutoring, mentoring, school events, after-school activities, career awareness presentations, field trips, and joint community projects.

Adult reads a book to 4 elementary-aged students sitting on the floor.


An Adopt-A-School volunteer reads aloud to to a small group of students as part of a reading enrichment program.

Each partnership is unique and the program focus is on “people” resources rather than financial support.  Every September, school and business planning teams discuss areas of need and determine which activities will take place throughout the school year.


The Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation manages the FPS Adopt-A-School Program. Last year they tallied participation by 275 volunteers from 20 Adopt-A-School partners.

A group of adults and a student holding a framed piece of artwork standing together.

Pictured (left to right) are members from Madison Elementary’s Adopt-A-School partner, South Point Kiwanis: members Margaret Mowery, Larry Rittgarn, and MaryAnn Berg, along with the young artist from Clara Barton-Hawthorne Elementary School whose artwork was selected for the 2014 Adopt-A-School thank you gifts, and Bobby Olson, Principal at Madison.

Many FPS elementary and middle schools have a partner for the 2014-15 school year (see list below).  However, there are currently a few schools looking for a partner for the current school year. These include Kennedy at Eagles, Centennial, Lewis & Clark, and Longfellow Elementary Schools, and Ben Franklin Middle School.

If you have a friend working at a business or a community group that you think might make a great Adopt-a-School partner, please contact the FPS Development Foundation at 701.446.1041, fpsfound@fargo.k12.nd.us.

2014-15 Adopt-a-School Partnerships:

  • Bennett and Microsoft
  • Clara Barton and Dawson Insurance and Forum Communications
  • Hawthorne Elementary and Park Company Realtors
  • Horace/Mann Roosevelt and Sanford Health
  • Kennedy Elementary and Costco
  • Jefferson and City of Fargo
  • Lincoln Elementary and Blue Cross Blue Shield/Noridian
  • Madison Elementary and South Point Kiwanis, Magnum Ltd., and NDSU College of Pharmacy
  • McKinley Elementary and Homewood Suites
  • Washington Elementary and John Deere Electronic Solutions
  • Carl Ben Eielson and Fargo/West Rotary Clubs and NDSU Planning for College Success Students
  • Discovery Middle School and Courts Plus
  • Woodrow Wilson High School and Wells Fargo Bank
  • Prairie St. John’s and Sammons Financial Group

Thank you to these local business partners for their gift of time and caring relationships—that’s what being a FAMILY is all about, and when schools and businesses work together, it’s our students that benefit!

500th Fargo South Football Game

It’s a milestone for any team, yet the number is big enough to make even non-sports fans take note.

members of South High Football Team in uniform lined up on playing field

The Fargo South High Bruins are set to play the Mandan High Braves on the gridiron on Friday, August 29 beginning at 8:00 p.m. for the Bruin’s 500th football game at South High School Stadium Field, Fargo.

The game will be broadcast live on the radio on The Fox 107.9 FM.

Special activities slated to commemorate the big game include:

  • 500 commemorative t-shirts sold to students and staff to wear during the game
  • Game program supplement highlighting the history of Bruin Football
  • Former players in attendance will be recognized on the field prior to game start  and be on the sidelines for the National Anthem
  • Special recognition for current and past team, state and league record-holders throughout the game
  • Special recognition will be paid to Larry Quamme, a current ninth grade Bruin Football assistant coach, who was a South High junior and a running back in the school’s first game in 1967

Troy Mattern is the Bruin Football Head Coach as well as the Quarterbacks/Offensive Coordinator for the team. A native of Warroad, MN, Mattern has been part of the Bruin Football staff for the past ten seasons, including serving the last four as head coach. Under Mattern’s leadership, the Bruins have earned two state football championships and three EDC titles. During the 2012 season Mattern was selected as both the Eastern Dakota Conference and State Coach of the Year. Mattern was also selected as Head Coach of Team North Dakota for the North Dakota/Montana Badlands Bowl in 2011 and North Dakota Shrine Bowl in 2013.

The Bruins’ Football regular season record last year was 9-3, and they finished the 2013 season as the North Dakota State Champions. In last season’s match-up against the Mandan Braves, the Bruins came out on top, 48 to 14.

The head coach for the Mandan Braves is Todd Sheldon. The Braves final 2013 regular season record was 1-9.

FPS Fall Varsity Sports Team Spirit

Varsity-level fall sports seasons have begun for Fargo Public Schools teams. Check out the schedule for FIRST HOME GAMES/MATCHES of the 2014-15 school year.

South High football player holding football and running down the field

Varsity Boys Soccer at Davies and North High Schools already have home games in the record books, and North’s Boys Tennis team took on District rival Davies only yesterday for their first home match of the season.

You still have time, though, to catch first home games for South Soccer and Davies and South Tennis, along with football and volleyball for all three FPS high schools.

Don school colors, and show your school spirit – come out and cheer our teams to victory!

School Colors
Davies: Cardinal Red and Gold
North: Navy and Gold
South: Brown and Gold

First Fall Home Game/Match Schedule
Aug 23           South Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Bismarck Century,
1:00 pm at South Soccer Complex Field #1

Aug 26           Davies Varsity Boys Tennis vs. Shanley, 4:00 pm at Davies Tennis Courts

Aug 28           South Varsity Boys Tennis vs. Davies, 4:30 pm at South Tennis Courts

Aug 29           Davies Varsity Football vs. Bismarck Century,
7:05 pm at Davies Stadium Field

Aug 29           South Varsity Football vs. Mandan, 500th Game for the Bruins!
8:00 pm at South Stadium Field

Sept 2             South Varsity Volleyball vs. Fargo North, 7:00 pm at South High Main Gym

Sept 4             North Varsity Volleyball vs. Valley City, 7:00 pm at North High Main Gym

Sept 4             Davies Varsity Volleyball vs. Fargo South,
7:00 pm at Davies High Gym #1

Sept 5             North Varsity Football vs. Shanley, 7:00 pm at North Stadium Field

Elementary Back-to-School Night 8-25

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) students and their parents are invited to Back-to-School Night at area FPS elementary schools taking place on Monday, August 25.


Do you remember? The long-awaited supply list finally arrived in the mail. Then you got to go shopping for new pencils, spiral-bound notebooks, a fat Pink Pearl eraser, and a pristine box of 24 Crayola crayons. All in preparation for that first meeting with your new elementary teacher, locating your locker, and sitting at YOUR desk in your assigned classroom…. Another group of students are in the midst of making those same memories in preparation for the start of the Fargo Public Schools 2014-15 school year on Wednesday, August 27.

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) students and their parents are invited to Back-to-School Night at area FPS elementary schools taking place on Monday, August 25. Please refer to the following schedule for times and locations:

North Fargo Elementary Schools:
Horace Mann/Roosevelt
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Horace Mann; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Roosevelt

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Central Fargo Elementary Schools:
Clara Barton/Hawthorne
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Clara Barton; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Hawthorne

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Lewis & Clark
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

South Fargo Elementary Schools:
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

A – L / 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.; M – Z / 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Kennedy and Kennedy @ Eagles
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Be “In the Know” on FPS News, Events, and More!

Sign up for SchoolTalk, the Fargo Public School’s weekly community e-newsletter, and stay informed of District newsmakers, events, and more!

students watch a Native American Hoop Dancer perform

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) publishes an e-newsletter titled SchoolTalk weekly on Thursdays when classes are in session.

Regular features of the e-newsletter include:

  • Newsmakers – awards and recognition received by students and staff
  • Your FPS – current news, events, and topics within the District
  • Features – an in-depth look at FPS people, programs, or projects
  • Your Community – community happenings that benefit students and families
  • In-Focus – photos of District classroom activities and events
  • Columns – submissions from the Superintendent, cabinet members, school resource officers, and others on topics relevant to students, their families, and  our schools
  • Links – to the latest School Board meeting broadcasts and briefs, the District’s blog, and more

Make sure you’re the first to know Fargo Public School District news, events, and more…have SchoolTalk delivered right to your email inbox – subscribe online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/newsletter.



Career Opportunities with Fargo Public Schools

Job hunting? Fargo Public School District #1 has career opportunities! Check out current openings for teachers, coaches, custodians and others.

photos of variety of staff interacting with students

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, Fargo Public Schools is looking to fill the following positions across a broad spectrum of professional fields:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Custodians
  • Nutrition Services Workers
  • Lifeguards
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Library Assistants
  • Substitutes
  • and others!

Access the full list of current openings, job descriptions, and the online application process through the District’s Human Resources website.


Benefit for FPS Teacher and Coach on Saturday 8/16

Students are eager to give back to Cameron Dockter, an injured teacher who has given to them in classrooms and on sports fields for 29 years.

 Coach Dockter hugs a Fargo South football player in victory following a game.






WHAT:    Benefit for Cameron “Doc” Dockter
WHEN:    Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  South High Stadium Field, North entrance; 1840 South 15th Street, Fargo

A fundraiser event will be held on Saturday, August 16 at the South High Stadium Field to benefit Cameron Dockter, a teacher and coach with the Fargo Public Schools who sustained severe injuries in late May. Event activities include a picnic lunch, with a suggested donation of $5, flag football scrimmages, a silent auction, and a truck pull. More event details are available at www.facebook.com/docsbenefit.

Cameron “Doc” Dockter has been in the teaching profession for 29 years. He currently teaches sixth grade Social Studies and Language Arts at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. He is also the assistant football coach and head coach for boys’ Track and Field at South High School.

Dockter was injured in a horseback riding accident on May 25. He sustained a severe pelvic fracture in the accident. All benefit proceeds will assist Dockter in paying medical and other expenses relating to treatment for the injuries he sustained.

Lend A Hand, a program of Dakota Medical Foundation, will provide up to $5,000 in matching funds. Online donations to support Dockter may be made at www.dakmed.org/lendahand. Click on DONATE and then select the Cameron Dockter Benefit Fund.

Cash or check contributions may be made payable to Cameron Dockter Benefit Fund and directed to Bell State Bank and Trust, 3100 – 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND, 58103.

District Announces Administration Position

The Fargo Public Schools announces the assignment of a middle school assistant principal within the District.


Cathy Selberg has been named the assistant principal of Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. Selberg replaces Patricia Cummings, who has accepted the previously announced position of FPS Director of Student Support Services.

photo portrait of Cathy SelbergSelberg is an alumnus of Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and a graduate of Fargo North High School. She has been serving as the seventh and eighth grade reading intervention instructor at Carl Ben Eielson since 2008. She has been with the Fargo School District since 1989. Selberg began her education career as a
K – 6 Learning Disabilities teacher from 1989 to 1991, followed by ten years as an elementary level teacher at Clara Barton, Longfellow and Madison Elementary Schools. In 2001 she became the District’s Language Arts Teacher Specialist, and then returned to the classroom as an elementary level teacher for grades one, four, and five at Longfellow from 2003 to 2008. Selberg has also served as an adjunct instructor at North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead for their Education departments.

Selberg holds a Master of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She earned her Administrative Credentials through Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Selberg also holds a North Dakota Middle Level Endorsement and her K – 12 Reading Credential.

Summer Kindergarten Registration

Do you still need to register your Kindergartner to attend Fargo Public Schools this fall? Check out these summer registration dates for your soon-to-be kindergartner. Don’t delay — school starts August 27!

During the summer, some of our elementary schools are closed. However, if your child will attend any of the following schools, please register at that school during the following dates and times.

two young students balancing on ski boards in a gymnasiumJefferson and Kennedy
June 2 – 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Lincoln, Longfellow, and Washington
June 9 – 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Bennett, Centennial, Hawthorne, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Longfellow, and Washington
July 7 – 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If your child will attend a school other than the ones listed above, please register at the District Office during the following times:
Monday – Thursday,
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2014 to attend Kindergarten this fall.

When you register, please be sure to bring:

  • Your child’s certified birth certificate.
  • Your child’s current immunization record.
  • To verify the correct neighborhood school, please bring a current utility bill with your name and current address on it.

If you have any questions, please call 701.446.1000 or visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us

Graduation Ceremonies & Live Broadcasts

The 2014 graduation ceremonies for the Fargo Public School District’s three comprehensive high schools will all take place on Sunday, June 1 at the FargoDome. For the first time, the ceremonies will each be broadcast live on the Fargo Public Schools YouTube channel, accessible at FPS YouTube Live Events and also through each high school’s home page on the District website, listed below.

The Presentation of Colors for all three ceremonies will be carried out by the students of Fargo Public Schools AFJROTC ND Unit #20061.

South High School at 12:00 p.m. www.fargo.k12.nd.us/South
There are 207 graduates.
Speakers are Heidi Moore (Presider), Asia Wright (Welcome), Cody Hassler and Claire Erickson (Commencement Address), and Andrew Kelsh (Closing). Musical performances by the South High Band under the direction of Sebastian Tackling, and the South Concert Choir under the direction of Sara Lichtblau.

Davies High School at 3:00 p.m. www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Davies
There are 271 graduates.
Master of Ceremonies is Allison Cwikla. Student speakers are seniors Andrew Park, Siddharth Gupta, and Katie Spokely. Musical performances are Graduation Day and One Hundred Years by the Davies Concert Choir under the direction of Deb Wald and Crown Imperial by the Davies Concert Band under the direction of Daniel Leeman.

North High School at 6:00 p.m. www.fargo.k12.nd.us/North
There are 215 graduates.
Welcome by Dianessa Dizon. Student speakers are seniors Radhika Katti and Betsy Pladson. Musical performances are National Anthem by McKinley Solberg, Pomp and Circumstance and Fanfare and Recessional by the North High Band under the direction of Brian Tessman, and In Whatever Time We Have by the North High Concert Choir under the direction of Shelley Zietz.

Congratulations to the Classes of 2014!

group of high school students in graduation caps and gowns