Harwood Polling Location Shifts for May 24 Special Election

13 May

Due to the need to accommodate construction efforts at the Harwood Community Center, we will move our Harwood polling location from the Community Center to the Harwood City Offices.  Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 24 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

West Fargo Public Schools Sets Informational Community Meetings

13 Apr

Two meetings will be conducted in April and May to give community members the opportunity to learn about what the 2011 bond package includes, as well as its impact on the community.    

After considering the input received from the Long Range Facility Planning Task Force  and the attendees from six input meetings, the School Board has adopted a resolution for an $82.5 million bond package. 

The meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at West Fargo High School and Thursday, May 19 @ Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.  Both meetings will be from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. 

For additional information, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (701) 356-2000.

West Fargo Public Schools Sets Informational Community Meetings

13 Apr

Two meetings will be conducted in April and May to give community members the opportunity to learn about what the 2011 bond package includes, as well as its impact on the community.    

 After considering the input received from the Long Range Facility Planning Task Force  and the attendees from six input meetings, the School Board has adopted a resolution for an $82.5 million bond package. 

 The meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at West Fargo High School and Thursday, May 19 @ Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.  Both meetings will be from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. 

 For additional information, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (701) 356-2000.

April 25, 2011 is Now a Student Contact Day

23 Mar

In light of the storm day on Wednesday, March 23, West Fargo Public Schools will be using one of the scheduled storm makeup days in our 2010-11 school calendar.    

 Monday, April 25, 2011, will now be a day that students are expected to be at school.  

Please call your child’s school if you have any questions about this change in schedule.  

 Osgood KC: 356-2190

South Elementary: 356-2100

Lodoen KC: 356-2020                               

Westside Elementary: 356-2110

Aurora Elementary: 356-2130              

Cheney Middle School: 356-2090

Berger Elementary: 356-2010                

STEM Center: 356-2102

Eastwood Elementary: 356-2030          

Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center: 356-2160                 

Harwood Elementary: 356-2040           

West Fargo High School: 356-2050                     

Horace Elementary: 356-2080               

Community High School: 356-2008

West Fargo Public Schools Sets Community Meetings

03 Mar

Two meetings will be conducted in March to give community members the opportunity to provide input on what a potential 2011 bond referendum could include. 

 The Long Range Facility Planning Task Force commissioned by the School Board completed their work and presented a recommendation to the Board in February.  Before making any decisions about next steps, the Board asked for additional input from the district staff and the community.

 The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at West Fargo High School and Tuesday, March 15 @ Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.  Both meetings will be from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. 

 For additional information, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (701) 356-2000.

West Fargo Public Schools Receives Grant from Dakota Medical Foundation

15 Feb

West Fargo Public Schools has received a grant in the amount of $3,000 from Dakota Medical Foundation to support the development of a model school wellness policy and a district-wide wellness council.

 A district committee is rewriting the district’s current school wellness policy.  Once complete, it will be assessed for comprehensiveness and wording strength using the WellSAT School Wellness Policy Assessment Tool.  The WellSAT assesses nutrition education and wellness promotion, standards for USDA school meals, nutrition standards for competitive and other foods and beverages, and physical education and physical activity.

 Dakota Medical Foundation focuses its efforts on improving health and access to medical and dental care in the region, with a special emphasis on children.  Since 1996, the Foundation has invested nearly $40 million to 348 nonprofit organizations in the region.  For more information, see www.dakmed.org.

West Fargo Public Schools Names Next High School Principal

15 Feb

It is with great pleasure that Superintendent Flowers announces Dr. Cory Steiner has accepted the position as the next principal of West Fargo High School.  

Dr. Steiner has a Master of Education degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota.  He was named the North Dakota High School Assistant Principal of the Year in 2010.  Dr. Steiner has served as an assistant principal at West Fargo High School for the last five years.  Prior to that, he served in Des Lacs-Burlington as a secondary principal and activities director for two years.

 Dr. Flowers stated, “Good high school principals are difficult to find.  We are extremely fortunate to have a person of Dr. Steiner’s caliber already on staff, and prepared through mentorship by an outstanding principal to step in.  Since coming to West Fargo Public Schools I have heard nothing but the highest praise for Dr. Steiner.”

 Dr. Steiner will assume his new role on July 1, 2011.  He replaces Mr. Gary Clark, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 40 years with the district.

West Fargo Public Schools Bus Incident

03 Feb

On Wednesday, 2-2-11, Bus #56, bound for Aurora Elementary to pick up students, went into a snow bank. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bus #56 is operated for West Fargo Public Schools by Valley Bus Services. Forty of the district’s fifty-two routes are owned and operated by the district transportation services, and the remainder of the routes are contracted with Valley Bus Services.

West Fargo Public Schools’ contractual relationship with Valley Bus Services contains similar quality assurance requirements as the district employs in screening and hiring bus drivers:

• Compliance with Department of Transportation regulations, including: pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing.
• Background checks performed to standards comparable with the background check procedures performed by WFPS on its own prospective employees.
• North Dakota DOT driver’s record checks

A review of the process used in hiring the driver of Bus #56 indicates that all procedures were followed. The driver was hired and began the route less than a week before the incident.

Drivers and buses for Valley Bus Services are not dispatched out of the district’s transportation facility. They are dispatched from Valley Bus Services in Fargo. Valley Bus personnel indicate that several persons interacted with the driver just prior to his departure on his route, and none noticed any unusual behavior or signs of impairment.

West Fargo Public School District Transportation Services are committed to safety for our students above all else. The district will continue to investigate the incident, and insure procedures are in place to prevent this unprecedented circumstance from occurring again.

STEM Center & Westside Elementary Teachers Win Grants

22 Nov

The Qwest Foundation and the North Dakota Educational Technology Council have selected five recipients for the 2011 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program. 

Groups of teachers at Westside Elementary and the STEM Center are two of those five recipients.  $5,000 checks were presented last week to each teaching group.  

Westside Elementary teachers Virjean Cramer and JoAnn Teets plan to offer several trans-disciplinary units, one of which would be a new 5th grade robotics and engineering unit.  Their goal is to enhance the STEM curriculum at the elementary school level to prepare students for available opportunities at the middle school level.  

STEM Center teachers Molly Bestge, Gretchen Peterson and Gretchen Stafslien plan to share 10 new Apple iPads to create innovative learning experiences in all school subject areas.  The iPads are to become part of their toolkit for teaching STEM and creating a 21st century learning environment for students.   

The Teachers and Technology grants from the Qwest Foundation provide funding for technology-related educational programs or projects. The program recognizes North Dakota K-12 public school teachers who use technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways to improve student performance. 

The Qwest Foundation awards grants that generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs in the area of PK -12 education. To learn more about the Foundation and request funding for your program, visit their website at www.qwest.com.

WFPS on Area Voices – Communication is Key!

18 Nov

In our ongoing efforts to communicate with staff, students, parents, district patrons, alumni, and other interested parties, West Fargo Public Schools has created this blog on Area Voices.  Area Voices is a social media tool that enables its users to send, read and respond to messages referred to as blog posts or entries.   

 West Fargo Public Schools (our account name) “blogged” for the first time on Wednesday, November 17, the beginning of what the district hopes is another great way for people to stay connected to events throughout the district.  The use of Area Voices will enhance, not replace, conventional means of communications, like the website, newsletters, or telephone calls.  

 Patrons of the district will be able to follow the district’s Area Voices account several ways:

West Fargo Public Schools

Just another AreaVoices site