Meet Aaron Kliniske – Administrative Intern

Meet Clara Barton-Hawthorne Administrative Intern Aaron Kliniske, one of the leaders who have recently joined or changed positions with Fargo Public School District #1.

 

photo portrait of Aaron KliniskeAaron Kliniske has been named the Administrative Intern at Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School. Kliniske assumed his new position on July 1, and replaced Administrative Intern Rebecca Folden, who has accepted the previously announced position of Principal at Clara Barton Hawthorne.

Kliniske is an alumnus of Mayville State University and a North Dakota native. He has been serving as the lead teacher and a fifth grade instructor at Longfellow Elementary since 2010 and was the head softball coach at North High School through the 2014 season. He was the coordinator and supervisor of Longfellow’s after school sports, served on the school’s Math and Writing task forces, was the co-chair of their school improvement team, and was also a new teacher mentor. Kliniske has also taught grade four at Lewis & Clark Elementary and Kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary. In 2012 he was designated the Eastern Dakota Conference and North Dakota Class A Coach of the Year. Kliniske began his teaching career in 2003.

Kliniske holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mayville State University, with a Minor in Coaching and Minor Equivalence in Physical Education. He will shortly complete his Education Leadership degree with North Dakota State University.

Employee Since:  2006

Why did you initially want to get into the field of education?
I love being part of a family, and there is a very large family to work with as an educator.  I love to watch the successes unfold and the smiles that show as a result from those successes.

What did you do before accepting your most current position?
I was a fifth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary and head varsity softball coach at North High.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to do just about anything outdoors with my family—whether it is fishing, going to baseball games, or just sitting around. I find home projects to tackle quite often. I do like to sneak away for a round of golf now and then.

Tell us about your family.
I married Sabrina in October of 2006.  We have two very energetic boys: Calan is five years old and Cohen is two and a half years old.

What about FPS makes you most proud?
I love that there is always someone there to help with any situation on any given day.  There is a sense of family from all stakeholders, which makes it very easy to come to work.  Recently, I have found that there are welcoming individuals all over our District, and transitioning to new roles has been made much easier.

 

Growth is Happening – Change is Required

Due to continued southward city growth, Fargo Public Schools must adjust school boundaries.

It’s no surprise – the city of Fargo is growing. New housing starts, which includes single-family, twin homes, row houses and duplexes, have increased for the past four years and are currently at the highest levels since 2006, according to Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. As families move into the metro area, additional students enter the K – 12 public education system. As the city grows and changes, enrollment is stabilizing at north side schools and reaching capacity at south side schools. Changes to Fargo Public Schools’ attendance boundaries to accommodate this growth are required, as the goal is to provide a high quality education to students, ensuring equitable access to academic programming.

Enrollment projections completed by independent consultants RSP & Associates show Fargo Public Schools (FPS) south side schools will reach or exceed capacity within the next five years.

The Fargo School Board approved updated elementary attendance boundaries for implementation in the 2015-16 year (NEXT school year) at its June 24, 2014 meeting. The need for these changes is due to the creation of Ed Clapp Elementary School at 3131 28th Street South (pictured below on September 15, 2014), which will open for the 2015-16 school year, and to prepare for enrollment growth as Fargo grows southward.

photo of Ed Clapp Elementary construction site showing enclosed building spaces

View the CURRENT South Fargo Elementary Boundary Map

View the NEW South Fargo Elementary Boundary Map for Fall 2015

There are 471 families with elementary students currently enrolled in the FPS system who will be affected by these boundary changes for next school year.

Elementary schools with adjusted boundaries for 2015-16 are:

  • Bennett
  • Centennial
  • Kennedy
  • Lewis & Clark
  • Lincoln

If your school is not listed, there are no changes to your assigned elementary school and boundary map.

To locate your assigned elementary school, utilize the instructions posted for the GuideK12 address look-up database. You will need your exact street address to input in the look-up tool.

At the June 24 Board meeting, the decision on adjusting the middle and high school boundaries was postponed until such time as the Board has developed the next version of the District’s long range strategic plan.

For additional information on the school boundary plan, view the information posted to the FPS website at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.

FINAL DAYS: Public Input for Strategic Planning

FINAL DAYS! Wanted: Public input utilized for strategic planning process. Input collected via online surveys open through FRIDAY, September 19.

students seated at desks in a classroom

WANTED: Fargo Public Schools (FPS) seeks input from Fargo citizens to gain insights that will be utilized in the formation of the school district’s next Strategic Plan, which will guide the educational decision-making process for the next several years.

Fargo citizens are invited to complete an online survey to share their feedback. The survey links will close on FRIDAY, September 19. Links are posted to the Fargo Public Schools website, www.fargo.k12.nd.us or may be accessed directly:

Community Survey
Parent Survey

The Strategic Plan is a contract between the Fargo Public School District and the residents of the Fargo school district. The District began work on its first Strategic Plan in 2000, which established a set of achievement standards and goals for the District’s educational process. The District’s educational programming is focused on the results described in this plan.

A copy of the current Strategic Plan is available at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Strategic_Plan

Home Owner Wanted

Home for sale: Rambler built by high school construction technology students available for immediate occupancy.

male student construction worker with hand tool

The students in Construction Technology classes at Fargo Public Schools South High can be proud of their work in constructing a single-family home from the ground up.
Are YOU the proud owner of their efforts?

The 1,500 square foot, three bedroom, two and a half bath house is currently for sale. View the floor plan. Quality materials are used throughout the home, including Andersen windows.

side view of house including bow window and patio doorsside view of house including front door and window bump outs

Other details:
The house is currently located on the grounds of South High School, Fargo.
Owners assume responsibility for moving the home to new location.
Appliances not included.
The home does not include a garage.
List price: $59,900.

For more details or to arrange a private showing, contact Michelle Aarsvold with Park Co. Realtors, at michelleaarsvold.com or 701.866.6768.

Not Your $ and ¢ Kind of Bank

The Learning Bank yields more important dividends than $ and ¢ – it benefits area students.

crumpled dollar bills and coins in mason jar held by woman's handsThis bank doesn’t accept deposits of dollars and cents, nor does it yield dividends that are tallied by an accountant. However, The Learning Bank does yield benefits and rewards that have far-reaching effects – on the performance and achievement rate and future success of our students.

 

The school districts of Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead have collaborated to operate The Learning Bank, a non-profit corporation that provides a one-of-a-kind performing arts experience annually for nearly 11,000 kindergarten through sixth grade students. The three districts are committed to providing these experiences to our students because studies have shown that exposure to and involvement in the arts increases academic achievement, enhances communication and creative thinking abilities, and improves motivation.¹

Young students watch symphony performance at NDSU Festival Hall

The Learning Bank’s “fine arts” series was started in 1985 by Gene Okerlund and the Fargo Public Schools. Although the student population served has expanded beyond just Fargo since those beginning years, the mission of the organization is still the same: provide a variety of high quality performing arts experiences for all elementary-aged students. The number of students served will surpass 500,000 this school year.

The Learning Bank performance opportunities for 2014-15 are:

  • Grade 1 – Poco Fuego Steel Drum Band – October 20 & 21 at MSUM Hansen Theater
  • Grade 2 – Ukraine Presentation – September 29 & 30 at South High Theater
  • Grade 3 – Concordia Percussion – April 10, 2015 at Concordia Memorial Auditorium
  • Grade 4 – FM Symphony – February 5, 2015 at NDSU Festival Hall (last year’s group pictured above)
  • Grade 5 – Jazz History – January 21, 2015 at South High Theater
  • Grade 6 – Russian Kaleidoscope – October 1 & 2 at South High Theater
  • In addition, Steve Stark, “Mr. History,” will present programs to Fargo third & fourth graders, West Fargo fourth graders, and Moorhead fifth graders throughout the school year. He dresses in period-appropriate costumes for his presentations and talks about historical details while drawing in charcoal on 16 – 20 feet of oversized paper posted on the wall.

The current executive director of the Learning Bank is Denese Odegaard, performing arts curriculum specialist with Fargo Public Schools. Her role is to initiate funding efforts for the program each year, coordinate the details of bringing 1,800 students to each presentation, and administer contracts with the arts organizations selected to present in the program.

Funders of The Learning Bank include:

Source:
1 Ruppert, Sandra S. (2006), “Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement.” National Assembly of State Arts Agencies ISBN 0-9777050-0-5

Fargo Public Schools Annual Report 2013-14

Annual Report from Fargo Public School District summarizing 2013-14 educational programs and services, enrollment numbers, building profiles, and more.

teacher encouraging students in classroom to raise hand with answer

As evidence of the Fargo Public School District’s commitment to our students, families, and community patrons, this 2013-14 Annual Report is offered, which depicts the qualities of our School District.

Fargo Public Schools 2013-14 Annual Report

On behalf of the superintendent and the Board of Education, thank you for your continued support as the Fargo Public Schools serves the citizens of Fargo by providing its students an excellent educational experience.

Public Opinion Survey Now Open!

Your opinion matters! Now through September 19, Fargo Public Schools invites public input collected via online surveys that will then be utilized for the strategic planning process.

 

teacher encouraging students in classroom to raise hand with answer

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) seeks input from Fargo citizens and parents to gain insights that will be utilized in the formation of the school district’s next Strategic Plan, which will guide the educational decision-making process for the next several years.

Fargo citizens are invited to complete an online survey to share their feedback. The survey links will close on September 19. Survey links are posted to the Fargo Public Schools website, www.fargo.k12.nd.us or may be accessed directly:

Community Survey
Parent Survey

The Strategic Plan is a contract between the Fargo Public School District and its owners – the residents of the Fargo school district. The District began work on its first Strategic Plan in 2000, which established a set of achievement standards and goals for the District’s educational process. The focus of the District is one of continuous improvement as its administrators, teachers, and students strive to meet the goals set out in the Strategic Plan. The District’s educational programming is focused on the results described in this plan.

students cheering at sports event

As a result of various public engagements since 2000, extensions and refinements have been made to the original plan. The FPS Strategic Plan has been slated for public review and further refinement during the 2014-15 school year.

A copy of the current Strategic Plan is available at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Strategic_Plan

FPS Announces Admin Position Assignment

The Fargo Public Schools announces today the assignment of an administrative position within the District.

 

Vincent (Vince) Williams has been named the Administrative Intern at Kennedy Elementary School. Williams will assume his new position within the next few weeks.

Photo portrait of Vincent WilliamsWilliams is an alumnus of Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM), and is originally from Chicago. He played football for the MSUM Dragons all four years while attending college. Williams has been a social studies teacher at North High since 2005. In addition, he has served as the football assistant coach at North for two seasons, and the seventh and eighth grade football head coach for Ben Franklin Middle School for seven years. Williams has also served as a wrestling, boys basketball, and boys track coach within the Fargo Schools. Williams served on the North High Leadership Team, has participated in the FPS Social Studies Committee and the FPS Summer School Task Force, and has been involved with technology initiatives within the District. In addition, he was nominated for the PTA Teacher of the Year and the FPS Teacher of the Year this past spring. Williams began his employment with Fargo Public Schools in 2003 as a paraprofessional at Ben Franklin Middle School.

Williams holds a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, along with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies with a Minor in Economics from MSUM. He holds his Administration Credentials from North Dakota State University.

Fargo Public Schools Invites Public Input

Fargo Public Schools invites public input to be utilized for strategic planning process. Input collected via online surveys open through September 19.

row of elementary backpacks hanging on hooks

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) seeks input from Fargo citizens, parents, and FPS staff and students to gain insights that will be utilized in the formation of the school district’s next Strategic Plan, which will guide the educational decision-making process for the next several years.

Fargo citizens are invited to complete an online survey to share their feedback. The survey links will close on September 19. Links are posted to the Fargo Public Schools website, www.fargo.k12.nd.us or may be accessed directly:

Community Survey
Parent Survey

The Strategic Plan is a contract between the Fargo Public School District and its owners – the residents of the Fargo school district. The District began work on its first Strategic Plan in 2000, which established a set of achievement standards and goals for the District’s educational process. The focus of the District is one of continuous improvement as its administrators, teachers, and students strive to meet the goals set out in the Strategic Plan. The District’s educational programming is focused on the results described in this plan.

As a result of various public engagements since 2000, extensions and refinements have been made to the original plan. The FPS Strategic Plan has been slated for public review and further refinement during the 2014-15 school year.

A copy of the current Strategic Plan is available at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Strategic_Plan

 

FPS Construction Projects Update

Updates on the two major construction projects currently underway with Fargo Public Schools, from Business Manager Broc Lietz.

 

As the heat from the dog days of summer pass and we begin the new school year, six of our elementary buildings will notice a significant difference in the temperature and air quality in their buildings.

Last spring, the Board of Education authorized the installation of new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems in the following buildings: Lewis & Clark, Clara Barton, Roosevelt, Horace Mann, McKinley, and Madison.  This project began in some of the buildings just prior to the end of school last spring, but ramped up significantly immediately following the end of the school year, with a target of full completion by August 15, 2014.  This was a major undertaking in a very short time frame, yet I am happy to announce that as of August 25, the project is substantially complete.  There remains some work to be finished on nights and weekends in the boiler rooms for the heating side of the project; however, this will not affect student learning time.

As school visits commenced during the first week of classes, there were many comments from staff throughout these buildings about the improvements in air quality and temperature.  It is important to keep in mind that air quality in these buildings was a significant factor in the decision to proceed with these projects.  Although we have experienced lower temperatures this year than we saw one year ago during the start of school, the improvements to these buildings go far beyond the ability to cool the space.

The second major capital project approved last year is the construction of a new elementary school in Ed Clapp Park in south Fargo.  This project was put out to bid in February 2014 and ground was broken in April to begin the construction, with a target completion date of August 1, 2015 in time for student arrival for the 2015-16 school year.  Due to the nature of the soils at Ed Clapp Park, formerly the home of Mt. Fargo, there was significant soils testing, analysis, and site preparation needed prior to the foundation being placed for the school.  Although we experienced some construction delays early in the process due to weather conditions last spring, the project is back on schedule, and walls began coming out of the ground in mid-July.  Progress happens daily at Ed Clapp Park and we are very comfortable with the construction schedule.

This particular project remains an incredible example of community partnerships, as FPS is working very closely with the Fargo Park District, City of Fargo, Bethel Church, and Park Place Apartments.  There is a great deal of logistical work involved in a “in-fill” project such as this, and all partners have continued to focus on the greater good for the entire community throughout this process.

Both of these capital construction projects are being paid for by revenue in the existing Building Fund levy.  Although the district did issue additional debt for the completion of the projects, it did not require additional taxation for payment of the debt.  Using the Building Fund also does not impact General Fund expenditures for construction purposes.