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The FAIR School Social Justice Fellows - Four Students Chosen!
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 8:00 AM

Congratulations to Zayra Flores, Lilia Torchia-Stately, Imani Clark and Kaylee Williams who have been selected as MPS Social Justice Fellows.  They are part of a cohort of students from MPS who will participate in a Research Tour that will take them to St. Louis, Huntsville, Montgomery, Selma, Memphis, Little Rock, Fayetteville and Kansas City to  experience history, understand current social justice issues and how they are tied the past and future.

We are proud of these amazing women!

FAIR School Class of 2018
Class of 2018!
Monday, March 05, 2018 2:00 PM
Four FAIR Queens Selected for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Spring Break Tour!
Monday, March 05, 2018 1:45 PM

Four FAIR School Queens were selected to participate in the Office of Black Male Student Achievement Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spring break tour!  Congratulations to:

Danasia Walker

Breona Maynard

Selena Lerma

Mercedes Jameson




Graduation Rates - 2017
The FAIR School is #1 in MPS Graduation Rates!
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:30 AM

The FAIR School Downtown has the highest Graduation Rate of any MPS high school for the 2017 school year!

According to data from the Minnesota Department of Education and Minneapolis Public Schools, The FAIR School has attained a Graduation rate of 89% - exceeding other MPS high schools.  We are proud of the students and staff at FAIR for all the hard work and dedication to student achievment.

Student Voice and Safety
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:20 PM

Last week’s school shooting in Florida made an impact on people across our country. While we have policies in place to keep our students safe to the best of our ability, many people are wondering what else can be done. Across the nation, students have been especially active in speaking out on this issue, and they have organized a number of activities in response to the shooting. Minneapolis Public Schools is keeping track of these events and shared resources last week with schools and posted them on social media and our website. We encourage you to have conversations with your student about your expectations and participation in non-school sponsored activities. As a reminder, we have procedures in place regarding non-school activities, including walkouts. You can learn more at

AA Family Day
Fun on African American Family Involvement Day! Click to see more images.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:30 PM

Great to see families join us for coffee and donuts, lunch and classroom visits!

Seniors win the Winter Gear Drive!
Seniors Win the Winter Gear Drive! Click for more photos!
Friday, February 09, 2018 6:00 PM

FAIR Seniors enjoy rootbeer floats after winning the Winter Gear Drive!

February Events in FAIRNATION
February Events at The FAIR School Downtown
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:30 PM

Important February Dates:

February 9 – FAIR Presents at 7:00pm.  FAIR PRESENTS is a new performance series for ALL FAIR students.  All forms of art are encouraged to be involved such as music, dance, theater, & spoken word.  Feel inspired to collaborate with other students or just perform solo. This is an opportunity for students to show off your talent!  

February 9  -  Achieve Minneapolis Step-Up Summer Internship Program 10:30 – 11:30am - A great opportunity for young people to explore careers, gain job and life skills, and earn a paycheck. STEP UP provides career exploration through paid summer internships for over 1,600 young people! Students ages 14-21 who reside in the City of Minneapolis are eligible. STEP UP recruiter Cara Luebke, will be visiting the FAIR School CCC on Friday, February 9th from 10:30 to 11:30 to assist in completing the application and answering questions. The application can be completed anytime before midnight on Friday, February 16th at For questions please contact Ms. Dornacker at 612-486-2512

February 12 – African American Parent Involvement Day  - Come visit your student’s classes and join us for:

·      Donuts and Coffee with the Principal – 8:00 – 10:00am

·      Free Lunch with your student during their scheduled lunch time. FAIR will pay the cost of lunch with RSVP to Kalisha Wiggins at: by February 9.

Families are welcome all day at FAIR!

February 12 –  Family Skating Part at Roller Garden - The Office of Black Male Student Achievement will be hosting a family Skating party at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

February 14 – Elementary and High School Honors Celebrations  - We celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing scholars.  Refreshments will be served.

Elementary Honor Roll and Reading Achievement Celebration – 2:30 pm

High School Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Pizza Party (By invitation) – 3:30pm

February 15 ­– Sweetheart’s Dance ­­– All High School students are invite to attend the dance from 6:00- 9:00pm.  Students may bring a guest from another high school with a complete dance permission form.

February 16 – Parent Teacher Conferences – All day, no school for students. 

To schedule conferences for your student, use these links:


High School:

February 16 – Post Secondary Education Options Meeting – 9:00 am. Information session for parents and students to learn more about Post Secondary Education Options and the application process for the 2018-19 school year. PSEO Advisors from the Minneapolis Community Technical College and University of Minnesota will be attending.

February 16 – Achieve Minneapolis Summer Work Step Applications Due at midnight!

February 19 – President’s Day No school for students

February 28 – African American History Wax Museum – 2:30pm. Elementary and High School students from our African American History Class will work together during the month of February to plan and present a Wax Museum of figures in African American History. Refreshments will be served.


FAIR+ Classes for Winter/Spring
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:20 PM

New Winter/Spring FAIR+ session has started - We are excited to start our 2nd semester of FAIR + after school activities with a mix of old and new classes!

Some of our new classes include:


-Barbershop: Hair Cutting & Entrepreneurship

-GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance)

-Recording Studio

-ACT Prep.

Visit our website to view our current class offerings and flyer -

Sign up online at or get a paper registration from the FAIR + office.

Super Bowl Preparations at FAIR
Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:15 PM

Dear FAIR School Families,


You should have recently received information recently with important Super Bowl information ( via the School Messenger system.  As a school in the downtown area, we want to provide some additional information for our families.


At The FAIR School, we are keeping our focus on learning and working to ensure student safety while the Super Bowl is in town. We invite you to be partners with us in this effort. At this link (  are some helpful tips to use as resources when talking with your student and traveling around town during this time. If you see something suspicious, say something. Together, we can make sure this exciting time remains safe for all.


Due to our school’s proximity to Super Bowl events, we expect to see a greater impact on transportation to and from school from January 29 through February 5. Please plan for significant delays—especially in the afternoons and on Monday, Feb. 5—and possible road closure  ( near our building. This is true whether your student rides the bus, Metro bus, or you drive them to or from school.   Traffic will be heavy in the downtown area, so please plan ahead for drop off and pick up.  We will do our best to let you know about delays and anticipated arrival times, but if your student rides the bus and is more than 15 minutes late getting home, please call MPS transportation to check on the bus status at 612-668-2300.


For our High School students who ride Metro bus to and from school, we encourage families to have conversations about the large number of out of town guests to our city and individuals who may look at the large convergence of people as an opportunity take advantage of.  Students should keep vigilant and focused walking to and from buses, avoid strangers who engage them in conversation and notify FAIR School personnel immediately with any concerns.  


We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously, and I have worked with the district to ensure we are prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl week.We have completed additional security measures this winter to increase student safety.  Video buzzer systems have been installed on our front and back alley doors, locks have been re-keyed and video surveillance has been updated.  


We would also like to remind families our standard attendance policy applies during this time. In order to be counted as an excused absence, you must provide notification to the school either in writing or by calling the attendance line at 612.668.1060, ext. #1. 


Please reach out with any questions or concerns you have.


In Partnership,


Mary Pat Cumming, Principal

The FAIR School

651-668-1063 (work)  or 612-442-9073 (cell for call or text)

"Process a Skateboard Art Exhibition" Opens Tonight 1/18!
Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:00 AM


A Student Skateboard Art Exhibition.

Rivard Art Education, with the support of the 21st Century Learners Center Grant, is thrilled to announce “PROCESS- A Student Skateboard Art Exhibition”. High school students from FAIR School Downtown and Venture Academy are on display in this unique, culturally inspired art show.

Please join us in supporting the youth arts, skateboarding, and the most talented young adults in the Twin Cities on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 from 6pm-8:00pm at Cal Surf!

The Gallery at Cal Surf (2nd Floor).  
Thursday, January 18th 6pm-8pm and throughout February 2018

"Anon(ymous)" Winter Play January 18, 19, 20, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:50 AM

Where do you come from? What would you do to get back “home”?

Join us for "Anon(ymous)", the FAIR School and Stages Theatre Company Winter play, a journey through an immigrant landscape in search of home and family.

Performances are January 18th, 19th& 20th at 7pm across the street on the 3rd floor of the Hennepin Theatre Trust Building, 900 Hennepin Ave. Tickets are free and open to the public. Come experience this magical show.

Open House for High School Students for the 2018-19 School Year
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:20 PM

The FAIR School will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm for all students entering grades 9-12 for the 2018-19 school year.   All Minneapolis Public School and metro area students are able to enroll at The FAIR School as a Citywide option during the enrollment process.  The link to the enrollment page is: For more information about the Open House or The FAIR School, contact 612-668-1063.

FAIR Performs at the IDS Center Under Glass!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:15 PM

FAIR High school students in Concert Band, Concert Choir and Show Choir performed in the IDS Center on December 19, 2017.  The concert was held in the Crystal Court with the downtown community strolling through on lunch hours.  It was a very festive and fun way for our students to showcase their talents!

FAIR Concert Band
Winter Break Resources for Families
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:10 PM


Winter Break for Minneapolis Public Schools is Dec. 25 through January 5. Minneapolis Public Schools and our partners have a variety of resources available for families during this time. 
FAIR Testing Schedule 2018-19
FAIR Testing Schedule
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:20 PM

Throughout the school year, students are assessed for proficiency and academic progress.  Parents/Guardians can access the Testing Schedule by clicking the FAIR Testing Scheudle link above.

Ameriprise Pen Pals and Mr. Orth's Class
Ameriprise Pen Pals Create Art with Mr. Orths 2/3 Class
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:30 PM

Ameriprise Pen Pals and Mr. Orth's students had their first meet and greet luncheon on Wednesday, November 8.  The Pen Pal program is a long standing partnership with Ameriprise and a tradition at The FAIR School for 2nd and 3rd graders that spans over 10 years.  Pen Pals and FAIR students write weekly letters to each other to promote writing standards, and meet in person twice year to share lunch and other activities.

FAIR+ Skateboard Art Class - Lights On After School!
The FAIR School Makes National News with Lights On Afterschool Campaign!
Monday, November 13, 2017 12:10 PM

Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

At FAIR + we celebrated with a program-wide photo competition and personal student statements for why after school is important to them.

Our Skateboard Art class, taught by Mark Rivard, made the national Lights On Afterschool news!

Mr. Orth and His Amazing Scholars!
The FAIR School 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher is KS95 Teacher of the Week!
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:15 PM

Mr. Daniel Orth has been chosen as the KS95 Teacher of the Week!

Mr. Orth was nominated by a parent for cultivating community for students and focusing on social emotional learning - which is what we know and see in his classroom everyday!

Congratulations to Mr. Orth!

MPS Budget Update
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 7:25 PM

In his letter to the community this past February, MPS Superintendent Ed Graff outlined the financial challenges faced by our school district. He pledged then and continues to be committed to a structurally balanced budget by the 2019-2020 school year. That means that over this school year and the next school year, MPS needs to make some important decisions about our basic infrastructure so that the programs and services MPS offers don’t continue to cost more than we can afford.  You can find more information on the MPS budget at:


Juan Alvarado
Juan Alvarado Headed to Harvard and Boston U!
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:40 PM

11th grader Juan Alvarado is one of 38 Minneapolis Public School students selected to participate in an all-expense paid tour of Harvard University and Boston University. Juan's excellent academic record, teacher recommendations, and strong application earned him a spot on the tour, which is sponsored by Project Success. It will take place Wednesday, November 1st through Saturday, November 4th. While in Boston, Juan will have the opportunity to tour both campuses, meet students and faculty, and attend college preparation workshops. Congratulations to Juan!

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Safety and Security Update!
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:15 PM

The FAIR School has updated security equipment and procedures to ensure the safety of our students, staff, visitors and building.  Read the Safety and Security Letter by clicking the title above for more information.

FAIR School Falcon
National Portfolio Day - Sunday , October 9, 2017
Sunday, October 01, 2017 4:20 PM

To all FAIR artists, on Sunday, October 9th Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is holding their National Portfolio Review Day. At 10:00am there will be a required career information session and campus tour. Portfolio reviews are from noon to 4. There will be 33 colleges in attendance to review your artwork and give you feedback. Admissions representatives will also hold interviews for students interested in attending art colleges. To register and see the list of schools in attendance go to For more information and questions see Ms. Dornacker or Mr. Nelson for more information.

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Get the latest FAIR news!
Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:20 AM

Our State of the School address will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Stop by to learn more about the great things happening at our school and our school improvement goals for the year.

School Starts August 28, 2017!
Thursday, August 03, 2017 11:00 AM

We look forward to seeing you! Here is the 2017-18 School Calendar.

Students Hey Day Food Showcase a Success!
Friday, June 02, 2017 2:15 PM

Four FAIR students and The Heyday Restaurant hosted a ticketed dinner reception on May 25, the student chefs showcased their first professional food creations, combined into A five course delicious dinner.  


The FAIR School Receive Spotlight Award for Theatre Performance!
Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:30 AM

This year the FAIR Downtown musical, Once On This Island Jr. was honored by Spotlight with 2 ensemble awards and 5 individual recognitions. Congratulations to the cast and crew on their wonderful production, and for these incredible honors!

Outstanding Movement/Dance Performance by an Ensemble (Whole Cast!) 

Honorable Mention for A/V Board Operators

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: 
Maya King as Ti Moune 

Honorable Mention for Performance in a Supporting Role: 
Lilia Torchia-Stately as Mama Euralie 

Technical Leadership Nomination: 
Grace Anderson 

Evaluator Shout-Out 
Christina Johnson Toyvon Campbell 

Ne'Asha Griffin Receives Rose Rees Peace Award
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:35 PM

Congratulations to Ne'Asha Griffin, FAIR School Junior, and daughter of Sa’Lesha Beeks. Today she was awarded the 2017 Rose Rees Peace Award!  Since 1935, The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Rose Rees Peace Awards have recognized high school students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice advocacy or community service. This prestigious award is typically presented to graduating seniors. Ne’Asha’s story and commitment to social justice earned her the award as a junior! She is seen in these photos with her parents, Ms. Rush, Principal Ms. Cumming, and the Superintendent Ed Graff.

Ne'Asha Griffin Receives Rose Rees Peace Award
Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:00 PM

Congratulations to FAIR School Junior and daughter of Sa’Lesha Beeks, Ne'Asha Griffin, on being selected for the 2017 Rose Rees Peace Award!  Since 1935 the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Rose Rees Peace Awards have recognized high school students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice advocacy or community service. She will be recognized at the award luncheon on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30am at Beth El Synagogue


The FAIR One-Act Play was Awarded Second Place in Competition!
Thursday, February 02, 2017 2:15 PM

On Monday night at the subsection finals, the FAIR One-Act play “Crossings” was awarded second place and will advance to the section finals this Saturday at St. Paul Academy.

About the Play 

“Crossings” is a One-Act play devised  in collaboration with the students that is based on the true story of a young Somali girl and her family who are forced out of their home and must march 400 miles to refuge in Kenya. 


Come out to support The FAIR Theatre students this Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1:30pm at St. Paul Academy. Admission is free. Good luck Theatre Students!