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The FAIR School Information Night is November 29, 2018. Join us to find the perfect school for you!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:15 PM

Radioactive Isotope Lab Today in Chemistry!

Great learning is happening at The FAIR School and we'd love to share it with you students in Minneapolis and the surrounding metro area.

Join us for our Information Night on November 29, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for all new students or rising 9th graders (currently 8th graders) and families.

For more information - contact joseph.kane@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 612-668-1076.

All are welcome!

Art Portfolio Review
FAIR Student have Art Portfolios Professionally Reviewed
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:50 AM

FAIR Students had their art portfolios professional reviewed by the MIlwaukee Institue of Art and Design and the Kansas City Art Institute last week.  Students shared work and received feedback.

FAIR Students at GRACO with Achieve MPS
FAIR Students @ GRACO and Achieve MPS
Monday, October 15, 2018 11:50 AM

FAIR School Downtown students engaged in hands on activities on 10/12/18 while exploring careers in engineering and manufacturing at GRACO. The Achieve MPLS CCC Coordinatore was presented with a check for $500 on behalf of GRACO to continue supporting college and career going initiatives for students at FAIR.

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FAIR Fall Conferences
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 12:20 PM

 Fall Conferences will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 - this is a non-school day for students. If you have not already registered and requested conferences times, here is the link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ba9ae29a5f85-fair1   It is often helpful to copy the link and repaste in your browser.

Two part time teachers will be available on Friday as well and are not listed in the conference links.  They will accept drop-in appointments:

Online Learning (Fitness for Life and other Online Classes:  James Carr will be at FAIR from 8:30 am - 12:00pm

B.L.A.C.K. Class from Office of Black Male Student Achievement:  Brandon Royce-Diop will be at from from 8:00 - 10:00am

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

CPEO
Calling All Parents! Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities Program!
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:45 PM

The FAIR School will be offering the MPS Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities (CPEO) program during the fall semester.  Free transportation is provided.  Parents will learn skills in working with teachers, administrators and district personnel to create a strong partnership.  Programming starts on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Register now!  Contact Antino Elias 612-806-1645 for more information and to answer questions.

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Go-To Card Registration August 15, 16, 17, 2018 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:40 PM

Greetings FAIR Families!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Go-To Card Registration and Pick Up:​​​​​​  August 15, 16, 17 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

 FAIR Students in Grades 10-12:

  1. Come to FAIR during scheduled times above
  2. Register and electronically sign off on rules and expectations for Metro Bus Passes 
  3. Receive Go-To Card

FAIR Students in Grade 9 or New Students:

  1. Come to FAIR during scheduled times above
  2. Register, have photo taken and electronically sign off on rules and expectations for Metro Bus Passes 
  3. Receive Go-To Card at Open House on August 23, 2018 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

If your student is not attending FAIR in the fall, please notify us by emailing our Secretary, Kalisha Wiggins: kalisha.wiggins@mpls.k12.mn.us 

Note:  If your student is not attending, you may still receive School Messenger Communication until on or about September , 2018 when updates are made to the system.

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:45 PM

FAIR Students and Families,

 
We are excited for the new school year in FAIRNATION.  We want you to stretch yourself this year by trying something new in FAIR+ or joining a student group. Your leadership and student voice will guide new students in understanding the opportunities FAIRNATION can provide.   
 
Enjoy your summer break, have some fun and get ready for next year.  Our school team at FAIR is here to support you and help you plan for your future and post-secondary plans. 
 
Ms. Cumming is available to meet with you this summer for any ideas you have to make it your best year ever!
Call 612-668-1063 or email  marypat.cumming@mpls.k12.mn.us.
 
Important summer dates:
 
August 15, 16, 17    9am-12pm      Go-To Card Registration 
 *All students must complete the Go-To Card registration process to have Metro Bus access on the first day of school.
Come during dates and time listed above.                                                        
                                                                        
August 23                 5pm - 7pm      Back to School Open House 
       Go-To Card & Schedule Pick Up
 
 
Looking forward to seeing you - First day of school is Monday, August 27, 2018!
 
Ms. Cumming             Principal 
Mr.  Kane                    Counselor
Ms. Dornacker            College/Career Counselor
Mr. Woods                  Dean of Students
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Graduation Photos from 2018!
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:40 PM

 Congratulations to The FAIR School Class or 2018! We wish you the best as you make your path through life!

Here is the link to access 2018 Graduation Photos:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KBCf1LRlzrskGihDBNlaxsx6md1mqOwi?usp=sharing

Senior Graduation Fees to Be Reimbursed
Friday, June 01, 2018 2:45 PM

June 1, 2018

Dear FAIR School Senior Families:

I am writing to inform you about a procedural change in our school that has resulted in a small reimbursement coming back to your family.

The FAIR School has traditionally assessed a small fee of $35.00 to be used for graduation related expenses. Minneapolis Public Schools learned recently that charging such a graduation fee is prohibited by law. Minneapolis Public Schools will be reimbursing this fee to families who have already paid it.

If your Senior has already paid, they will be reimbursed $35 fee during the week of June  4, 2018, prior to graduation.  We are working on the details of when we will have the funds (cash) back at FAIR to be paid out. 

We are sorry if this has caused any confusion for your family and look forward to a successful graduation ceremony on June 9, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Cowles Center for Performing Arts.

Sincerely,

Mary Pat Cumming

Principal, The FAIR School

Block Party - June 1
Friday, June 01, 2018 9:55 AM

Don't miss the Block Party on June 1, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:30pm!

Summer Reading Promotions, free book give aways, carnival games, entertainment and a Teacher Dunk Tank!

See you there!

Graduation Updates!
Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30 PM

In mid May, we held a senior meeting and informed students that they would not be able to wear ceremonial graduation stoles or additional items on their graduation gowns.  

Today, we received guidance from Michael Thomas, MPS Chief of Academics, Leadership and Learning, that in order to honor the diverse student body in MPS, graduates may wear attire that honors their heritage, ethnicity and customs for this life milestone.  These may include Native graduates wearing an eagle feather or our Black students wearing Kente cloths (these are just two examples).  Students at FAIR may now wear these items, with their graduation gowns as long as they relate to their culture and heritage.  Students earning GPA based honor awards or honor societies will wear traditional cords at graduation.  

Students at FAIR may decorate their caps as long as they are appropriate in language and symbols that align with our MPS district policies.  Let's get creative!

Our Graduation Ceremony will be lived streamed on Channel 15 and can also be live streamed by using this link: https://livestream.com/iDreamTV/MPSGRAD2018

In addition, families can order a DVD of the ceremony using this form: Graduation Ceremony DVD Order Form

We hope these resources will allow your family and friends, near and far, to share in this special evening!

We look forward to the final two weeks of high school for the Class of 2018.  Here are a list of the upcoming senior dates:

June 1 - FAIR Block Party Celebration 5:00 - 7:30pm

June 7 - Last Day for Seniors

June 8 - Graduation Practice - 11:00 am

June 8 - Senior BBQ Lunch - 12:30 pm

June 8 - Senior Walk and Community Meeting 2:00 pm

June 9 - Graduation!  Seniors arrive by 6:15 pm, Ceremony at 7:00 pm

If you have any questions in the next few weeks, please reach out to our school staff!

 

We look forward to seeing you at Graduation!

Mary Pat Cumming, Principal

The FAIR School

 

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FAIRNATION News - May 21, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018 12:55 PM

Greetings FAIR Students and Families,

We are counting down the last three weeks of the 2017-2018 school year!  Here is some important information, events and dates for the next few weeks:

1. Dress Code - As it gets warmer, students want to be chic and cool.  They must also follow the school dress code!    If a student is in violation of the appropriate dress code, they will be given the opportunity to change, cover up, or go home to get something within code to wear.  Parents will be contacted with any issues.

2.  Yearbook Sales - Our student produced yearbooks will be on sale from Tuesday, May 29 through June 8, 2018.  Early bird pricing of $10 before June 1, after that the price will be $15.  Get your yearbook early!  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Criss at 612-668-1060.

3. FAIRNATION Block Party - June 1, 2018 - The Student Council has been very busy planning a Block Party  to support summer reading and celebrate our Class of 2018!  The will have student performances games, prizes, book fair a food truck and music in the back alley of the school.  Come join us from 5:00pm to 7:30pm!

4. Book Drive for Summer Reading - As part of the Block Party, Student Council will host a Book Drive  to encourage summer reading.  Books, magazines, comic books, chapter books for all ages that are collected will be sold or donated to students and families.  New or gently used books can be brought to the Main Office for collection.

5. Laptop Return for PSEO Students due June 1, 2018 - PSEO students with laptops can must turn them in by June 1, 2018 to Mr. Mudek during periods 1 and 7 and after school.  

6. No Laptops for 2018-2019 for PSEO - Minneapolis Public Schools does not allow schools to issue laptops to students for use outside the school building.  This school year, we were 'grandfathered' in as past practice at FAIR.  Moving forward to the 2018-2019 school year, FAIR will not be issuing laptops to PSEO students, but will make laptops available for students to use while studying on campus.

7. Radon - Here is a message from MPS regarding the recent radon testing information.  Radon Message from MPS and Radon Facts

 5. Important Upcoming Dates:

  • May 21 - Book Drive begins 
  • May 29 - Yearbook sales begin
  • May 31 - Spring Instrumental and Vocal Concert 7:00pm
  • June 1 - PSEO Student Laptops are due
  • FAIRNATION Block Party 5:00 - 7:30pm
  • June 7 - Last Day for Seniors
  • June 8 - Graduation Practice (11:00 am) and Senior BBQ (12:30)
  • June 8 - Senior Walk and Community Meeting
  • June 9 - Graduation for Class of 2018 7:00pm at Cowles Center
Prom Committee 2018
Prom a Huge Success!
Monday, May 14, 2018 2:45 PM

Thanks to our Prom Committe and Advisors on an amazing night!

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Prom is May 12, 2018!
Friday, May 04, 2018 4:30 PM

May 1, 2018

Dear FAIR Families,

On behalf of the student lead FAIR School Prom Committee, we want to provide you details for the upcoming event. FAIR Prom 2018 is coming up on May 12th, and we wanted to provide you with some additional details to ensure this event is special for both our students and our families. The event will start at 7:00pm at the Hennepin Theatre Trust Building (900 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403) right across the street from FAIR School, and end at 11pm. The students have chosen a “Great Gatsby” theme to celebrate the night!

7:00pm: Student Arrival

 Access to the first floor lounge and rooftop. Rooftop is a perfect location for families to take photos!

8:00pm: Ballroom Opens

Where the main dance will take place. Only parent chaperones allowed to enter ballroom.  No more     access to the first floor lounge.

11:00pm: Prom Ends

Students will be asked to leave the building at this time.

Once students arrive at the Hennepin Theatre Trust, they will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the building. There will be a Prom Court this year. Seniors who are interested will be nominating themselves this week and students will vote next week. There will be light snacks provided at the end of the night.

Tickets go on sale this week at FAIR School Downtown for $50 per students and are open for purchase by all juniors and seniors. Underclassmen may attend prom if a Junior or Senior invites them. Guests attending from other schools must complete a Guest Waiver form. These are available in the main office and must be returning by Friday, May 11th. For parents interested in being a chaperone, please contact one of the prom advisors below.

Sincerely,

Ms. Kalisha Wiggins

612-668-1062

kalisha.wiggins@mpls.k12.mn.us

Ms. Lisa Dornacker

612-486-2512

lisa.dornacker@mpls.k12.mn.us

Registration Night for 2018-2019 New Students - May 8, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, May 03, 2018 10:35 AM

We are excited you have many new students joining FAIRNATION for the 2018-2019 school year. 

 

The FAIR School will be hosting a Registration Night on May 8, 2018 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm for all incoming 9th graders and students who will be new to FAIR in the fall.  This will be an opportunity for students and families to select classes, meet teachers, sign up for athletics, address 504 and special education needs (if applicable) and complete required paperwork.

 

If you have any questions about the Registration Night or The FAIR School, please feel free to call or email the contacts below:

 

Counseling: Rebecca Valek   612-668-1076 rebecca.valek@mpls.k12.mn.us

Athletics: Kenney Maxey   612-668-1947 kenneth.maxey@mpls.k12.mn.us

Social Work: Kayci Rush   612-668-1077 kayci.rush@mpls.k12.mn.us

Special Ed: Kendra Kecker   612-668-0945 kendra.kecker@mpls.k12.mn.us

Principal: Mary Pat Cumming  612-668-1063 marypat.cumming@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

We look forward to meeting you and your family on Tuesday, May 8, 2018!

 

In Partnership,

 

Mary Pat Cumming

Principal, The FAIR School

 
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FAIR National Honor Society Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 4:50 PM

The FAIR National Honor Society is hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, May 3, 2018  - Please join us in saving lives!

Into the Woods Flyer
"Into the Woods" Musical April 27 and 28, 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018 10:50 AM

This weekend be sure to catch 

"Into the Woods" performed by The FAIR School theater program! April 27 and 28, 2018 at 7:00pm!

Click on the flyer for more information!

SNOW DAY - APRIL 16, 2018! NO SCHOOL!
Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:55 PM

Due to the large amount of snow and concerns with transporting students safely to school, MPS is closed tomorrow April 16, 2018.  

Shaunassey Johnson
Shaunassey Johnson Selected to Receive Rose Rees Peace Award
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:45 PM

Shaunassey Johnson, FAIR School senior, has been selected as one of 25 seniors across the metro to receive the Rose Rees Peace Award.  The prestigious award is given to seniors who demonstrate a commitment to service, advocacy, community and peace.  Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, an awards ceremony on April 25, 2018 will celebrate the 25 student winners.  

Shaunassey is been a leader in and out of the classroom. She marched with students after the wake of Jamar Clark’s shooting, and held vigil at the 4th precinct police station. She brought #BlackLivesMatter into FAIR school, and helped organize a solidarity movement to wear black on Fridays. In 10th grade, she participated in a Social Justice Research Tour, and lead a successful student campaign that called for administration accountability, advocating for an equitable education for herself and her peers. Mediating between students and the associate superintendent, she sat on the hiring committee for a national administrative search. As a junior, Shaunassey organized a small group of friends to create FAIR School’s Student Council, giving students a seat at the table for the first time. Now, as the student body Vice President, her positivity and warmth makes our school a better place for everyone. We are happy to serve next to a student who chooses to care instead of complain—who puts her goals to action.

We are proud of Shaunassey is part of FAIRNATION!

FAIR Students Have School April 20 and May 12, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:40 PM

Reminder to FAIR Families - Due to the two snow days, our calendar has changed.  April 20 and May 12, 2018 that were originally designated as Staff PD days are now student contact days.  All students have school on these two days.  

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 emss.mpls.k12.mn.us.

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 steupupmpls.org. 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: kalisha.wiggins@mpls.k12.mn.us 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:

Elementary: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084BA9AE29A5F85-2018

High School: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084BA9AE29A5F85-20181

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:

-Boxing

-Barbershop: Hair Cutting & Entrepreneurship

-GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance)

-Recording Studio

-ACT Prep.

Visit our website to view our current class offerings and flyer - http://youth.mpls.k12.mn.us/fair

Sign up online at mplscommunityed.com 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 (http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/super_bowl_lii.html) 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 (http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/safety)  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  (http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/visitors/SuperBowl/WCMSP-195148) 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
"Process a Skateboard Art Exhibition" Opens Tonight 1/18!
Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:00 AM

PROCESS-

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.

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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: http://highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us/ For more information about the Open House or The FAIR School, contact 612-668-1063.

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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: http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/mps_budget

 

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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.

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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 tinyurl.com/MCADday. 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.

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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.

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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.  

 

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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 

 
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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.

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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

 

 
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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!