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22nd Annual Spokesman Recorder Graduation Celebration - Incredible!
Friday, June 02, 2017 2:20 PM

Several FAIR School African and African American seniors celebrated success at the 22nd Annual Spokesman Recorder Graduation Celebration. This exciting event included the Career Resource, and Education Expo and a special Graduation Program, where there was live hip-hop, spoken word, and scholarship opportunities. Congratulations to the FAIR students who attended:  Elon Byers, Lamonda Mason, Christina Johnson, Dai’Ja Sayles, Dazhan’E Franklin-Thomas, Ahja Avery, and Kendall Thompson!

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.  


Think Twice Token Winners 6/2!
Friday, June 02, 2017 9:25 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

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 

High School Yearbook Sales - May 22 Through May 30
Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:20 AM

Students can order their yearbooks now. Only $20 for this beautifully designed student publication. For the rest of this week, the yearbooks are on sale for only $15! Checks can be made out to The FAIR School and write “yearbook” on the memo line of the check. Turn in to Miss Criss. 

Student Laptop Collection Starting May 26
Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:50 AM

Greetings FAIR families! We will have laptop collection for your student next week between 9-11am. Please ensure your laptop is clean, your data is saved, and your laptop, laptop bag, and charger, are turned in to Mr. Pajak in room 400. You will be charged for any damaged or missing items, so please be sure to be ready with your materials.

Graduation Ceremony Policy and Fees
Monday, May 22, 2017 9:55 AM

Graduation for the Class of 2017 is fast approaching and we are excited to share this momentous event with you, your student and family.  It is important that all school responsibilities including turning in laptops, paying lunch balances and all fines are completed/paid prior to June 9.  School staff will be contacting you of any outstanding fines/fees for lunch accounts and other school equipment (books etc) in the next week. **Note:  All senior laptops will be collected on May 30 and 31 - and any outstanding fees from damage to laptops will be communicated at that time.


Please review The Minneapolis Public School Graduation Ceremony Policy as it relates to fees and fines.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Family Literacy Night - June 8 - 5:30pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 9:45 AM

All elementary students and families, learn how to support summer reading and learn strategies to support literacy development, make art, and eat free dinner! Students will also get to pick 10 free books for summer reading. This exciting event will take place on June 8 from 5:30pm-7pm at The FAIR School. Free event and no RSVP is needed. Join the Facebook Invite Page.

Virtual College Fair - May 25 - Room 401
Monday, May 22, 2017 9:25 AM

Are you interested in college, but not sure where to start looking? Or have an idea but not sure which to choose? Look no further! The Virtual College Tour, the online college fair, is for you! You will be able to chat live with admissions counselors from a variety of colleges and universities across the nation as you create, or narrow down, your college wish list. This exciting event will take place on May 25 from 1pm-9pm (Central Time), 2pm–10pm (Eastern Standard Time). Where does this event take place? On your computer! 

Use the following site to register:


What if you would like to do this at school? You are in luck! The FAIR School will be hosting a Virtual College Fair session with Ms. Valek during 6th and 7th hour on May 25.  


If you are interested, talk to your teacher! They can add you to the google doc. Ms. Valek will meet with you on May 24th at 10am for registration. See you at the Virtual College Fair!

Think Twice Winners - May 19
Friday, May 19, 2017 2:35 PM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Senior Graduation Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017 9:25 AM

Ms. Valek will be meeting with seniors during Economics classes on Thursday, May 18. Students in PSEO can attend either session. The times are 9:32-10:20am and 12:39-1:27pm. All seniors must attend for important end of the year information. Please contact Ms. Valek at 612-668-1076 or

FAIR Presents Past and Present EP Release Party - June 2 - 6:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:30 PM

Youth artists from across the Twin-Cities came together in the "Hip-Hop, History and The Arts" program to create the "Past and Present" Music EP which consists of Hip-Hop, R&B/Soul, and Spoken-Word Poetry. All original material WAS written and produced by the students. Hosted By Teacher Chadwick Phillips, artist, performer, and entrepreneur and music by DJ Mickey Breeze.


Date/Time: June 2. Doors open at 6pm. Event starts at 6:30pm

Location: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av S, Minneapolis.

Cost: Free. All ages.

FAIR+ Students Will Host Heyday Event - May 25 - 6pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:20 PM

The Heyday Restaurant will host a ticketed dinner reception on May 25 at 6pm at the Heyday Restaurant, where four young FAIR School Student chef’s will showcase their first professional food creations served as delicious dinners. Reserve your ticket now! We look forward to seeing you there! 


Recording Studio Sessions For Students - Mondays through Thursdays
Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:15 PM

Do you want to express yourself through music? The FAIR Downtown Recording Studio is a place to record vocals, make beats, mix songs, and more! Experiment working alone or with a partner. Staff is present to mentor you through the process and assist you where needed. The studio is available Mondays through Thursdays from 3:20pm-5:20pm.

To sign up:
1. Sign up online
2. Turn in the parent consent form to FAIR+ Office
3. Schedule your session in the media center sign up sheet

FAIR Musical - Once on This Island Jr. - May 11-14
Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:45 AM

FAIR Musical - Once on This Island Jr. - May 11-14
Why do we tell stories? We tell them to share in love, to overcome pain, and we tell them to set ourselves free. Come be set free through this magical, musical experience. Tickets are free and open to the public. Join us for this inspiring Caribbean tale May 11-14 at the Illusion Theater on the 8th floor of The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av S. Doors open at 6:30pm, the show starts at 7pm. The matinee show will be at 2pm on May 14.

Mary Pat Cumming Announced New Principal of The FAIR School
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 9:50 AM

Dear Students and Families,
We are pleased to announce Mary Pat Cumming as the new principal of FAIR School, effective July 1, 2017. I know you all have had the opportunity to observe her strengths firsthand for the past several months. Ms. Cumming’s skills are the result of an extensive and diverse career. 

Resources for Stress Management
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 9:20 AM

We know spring can be a stressful time for our students, It’s important that we take time to check in as a community and be sure we all know how to access support when needed. Below you will find links to important information on stress management and warning signs for teen’s mental health concerns. If you have questions about your students possible mental health concerns, please contact our school social worker, psychologist, counselor or nurse.

Stress management:

·         Stress Management and Coping

·         American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry


Warning Signs:

·         Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs

·         Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators

FAIR Instrumental Music Concert - May 31 - 7pm
Monday, May 08, 2017 1:40 PM

The FAIR School will be performing an instrumental music concert at 7pm on May 31 in the Gathering Room. Enjoy live music. Free. All are welcome. The concert will be directed by Tracey Collins, Music Educator.

Summer School Opportunity - Register by May 26
Monday, May 08, 2017 10:25 AM

Dear students and parents,
Summer School provides the opportunity for students to recover failed credits.  Catch up this summer at Southwest, Edison or Longfellow. 
Note: Longfellow is the site for Teen Parent & English Language Learners
Sessions 1 is June 19-July 6 (no class on July 3 or 4).  Session 2 is July 10-27. 

• Get face to face instruction.

• A computer-based curriculum option.

• Field trip opportunities!  

Students must register with Ms. Valek, FAIR School Counselor. The final day to register is Friday, May 26th.

Think Twice Winners - May 5
Friday, May 05, 2017 10:45 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

New FAIR+ Class - Hoops and Boundaries
Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:55 PM

Build your skills and confidence through open gym, training, mentoring and academic support. Learn to better yourself by listening to and understand yourself and teammates, coaches and friends. Get in shape for summer athletics and live a healthy lifestyle.  This class starts June 8 and takes  place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5pm at the YMCA Downtown. Register today at

Graduate Name For Diploma Needed By May 5!
Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:30 PM

Graduation is coming up soon! Please let Ms. Valek know the name that your student would like on his/her diploma.

Think Twice Winners - April 28
Friday, April 28, 2017 10:35 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Popcorn Friday is Tomorrow!
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:35 AM

Tomorrow is Popcorn Friday! Bring a dollar and get fresh popcorn after school from our student council! 

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.

Congratulations to Honor Roll Students!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:00 AM

Great job for achieving excellence in Quarter 3! Keep up the great work!

Social Justice Lunch and Learn Was Inspirational!
Monday, April 24, 2017 2:20 PM

Civil rights attorney Dan Shulman discussed the history of segregation in Minneapolis Public schools. He has been fighting for school integration throughout his career. Mr Shulman shared his experience with the Minnesota civil court process with students. Students were inspired by his commitment to racial justice.

New FAIR+ Classes - Sign Up Today!
Monday, April 24, 2017 9:00 AM

FAIR+ presents new and exciting classes. For more information, click here.

Fashion and Beauty Class - Staring May 9

Boxing Class - Starting May 1

Money Talks Financial Literacy Class - Starts now

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments - April 25-26
Monday, April 24, 2017 9:00 AM

To Third Grade Families:

FAIR students in grade 3 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) in math tomorrow OR Wednesday. Please be sure your student is ready to take this test by encouraging them to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on-time. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 612.668.1060


9th Grade Families:

FAIR students who take Biology will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) tomorrow, April 25. Students will need to bring their fully charged laptops and their headphones. Please be sure your student is ready to take this test on Tuesday by encouraging them to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on-time. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 612.668.1060

Registration for Credit Recovery Deadlines Fast Approaching
Friday, April 21, 2017 10:30 AM

Upcoming credit deadlines for online credit recovery and online classes through MPS are fast approaching.  For students completing in person credit recovery, the deadline is May 18. For students completing online credit recovery through MPS, the deadline is May 25. Contact Ms. Valek for any questions at 612.668.1060.

Think Twice Winners - April 21
Friday, April 21, 2017 9:35 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Conversation on Equity - May 2 - 8:30pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 9:00 AM

For the second time this year, we’re hosting a community conversation about equity and integration at Minneapolis Public Schools. Our equity conversation will be held in a World Cafe format from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Davis Service Center. In order to make lasting change within our schools and develop a successful Achievement and Integration Plan, we need to hear from as many voices as possible.


Registration Night for FAIR Incoming Families - April 27
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:40 AM

The FAIR School Downtown will be hosting a Registration Night for FAIR incoming Families on April 27, from 6pm-7:30pm at The FAIR School. For questions, contact FAIR at 612.668.1060.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments - April 18-19
Monday, April 17, 2017 10:20 AM

To Third Grade Families:

FAIR students in grade 3 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) in reading Tomorrow OR Wednesday. Please be sure your student is ready to take this test by encouraging them to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on-time. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 612.668.1060


10 and 11th Grade Families:

FAIR students in grades 10 and 11 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) tomorrow. This test is used to measure student progress over time, student mastery on state standards, and in some cases, to determine student placement levels in college courses. Students will need to bring their fully charged laptops and their headphones.Please be sure your student is ready to take this test on Tuesday, April 18 by encouraging them to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on-time. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 612.668.1060


22nd Annual Spokesman Recorder Graduation - May 25 - 4pm-9pm
Friday, April 14, 2017 2:40 PM

Come celebrate graduation at the 22nd Spokesman Recorder Graduation! This event is free for African and African American 2017 seniors and juniors (limited guests allowed) who have RSVP’d. RSVP now.


The event will take place May 25 from 4pm-9pm at the Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416. This exciting event will include the Career, Resource, and Education Expo from 4pm-6pm, and the Graduation Program from 6pm-9pm, where there will be live hip-hop, spoken word, and scholarship opportunities. Families must RSVP to this event by May 19.

Prom Tickets on Sale Starting April 17!
Friday, April 14, 2017 2:30 PM

Prom is coming up and we’ve got a fancy one planned! Prom will be hosted at the Millennium Hotel Downtown Minneapolis on Friday May 19 from 7:00pm-11:30pm. Tickets will be sold at lunch starting April 17 for $70 per person. For questions, please contact Yvette Thompson at 612.668.1068. See you at Prom 2017!!

After School Matters Spring Session Begins April 17!
Friday, April 14, 2017 2:25 PM

We have had an enriching Winter Session at After School Matters. The Spring Session begins April 17th!  Students will learn creative skills and will perform in a huge showcase at the end of the session! To register for the enriching Spring session classes, register on FAIR School website to sign up for the next session. 

Think Twice Token Winners 4/14!
Friday, April 14, 2017 9:30 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Letter from Associate Superintendent
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 4:10 PM

Dear FAIR families,
We are beginning the search process for a new principal for FAIR School. We take this process seriously
because at MPS we know how important it is to have a great principal in every school.

Our goal is to find the best leadership match for FAIR. In the coming weeks, we will be working with the site
council and school staff to help identify the qualities and characteristics of a leader that are important to the
FAIR school community. We invite you to complete our survey regarding qualities you would like to see in a
new principal:

Driver’s Ed Spring Session
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:30 PM

Complete the classroom portion of Driver’s Ed training at The FAIR School. Students from other schools are welcome to attend.  The session dates are April 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. For questions, contact Megan Teynor at 612.668.1060.


To sign up:

1. Complete this form online at

2. Turn in the parent consent form to the FAIR+ office

3. Sign up and pay to A+ Directory at

NAHS Offering Screen Printing at FAIR! April 18-20
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:45 AM

The FAIR School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has designed two FAIR inspired designs to print on clothing! If you or your student are interested in having an article of clothing printed (black fabric ink will be used), students can bring in clothing to NAHS during high school and elementary lunches April 18-20. Each printed image is $2 with all proceeds going directly to the NAHS to fund and plan future art activities. Thank you for your support!

After School Matters Winter Showcase - March 30 - 6pm
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:40 AM

The After School Matters students will be hosting an exciting night of performances and showcases to share the creative skills that they have learned during the ASM Winter Session. This free event will take place on Thursday, March 30 at 6pm at The FAIR School. The creative acts will include Zumba, a FAIR News Presentation, a Recycled Fashion Runway Show, Skateboard Art, a Music and Dance Act done by the Theater Students, Strings, Bucket Drumming, and a Comical Performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. All are welcome to enjoy the music, art, comedy, and dance. See you there!

Seniors! Time to Order Your Cap and Gown!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:50 PM

The time has come to order caps and gowns for graduation! These are provided free of charge through Minneapolis Public Schools. You can order 2 ways:

1.  Go to Jostens website at 

2. Text the word grad17 to 25827


Follow the link which takes you to


To order, choose School (FAIR School Downtown), then cap and gown and complete the form including height and weight. The cap and gown order includes a tassel. You may purchase a souvenir tassel, graduation announcements and any other items of interest if you would like.


Please contact Ms. Valek at 612-668-1076 or if you have any questions.


Minneapolis Public Schools school board member Kerry Jo Felder spoke to FAIR school Juniors and Seniors about civic engagement & the political process in Minneapolis.

Paid Student Work Opportunity!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:00 PM

Apply to work at FAIR Downtown. Positions are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm. FAIR+ is seeking professional, committed, responsible student applicants.


Open Positions:

    1. After School Matters Teaching Assistant: Assist Elementary Learners 

2. FAIR + Marketing Intern: Complete Marketing and Recruitment Projects for FAIR+ Classes 


Apply Today:


Application Deadline: March 30th, 2017

Parent's Night Out - March 24
Monday, March 20, 2017 2:50 PM

Parents, take a night out to enjoy yourself without kids! Leave your children with the quality staff at FAIR, where your child will enjoy a dance party, pizza, and a movie (Zootopia or Moana)! Parent's Night Out will take place on Friday, March 24, 3:30pm-7:30pm in the gathering space at The FAIR School. The event costs $20 per child or $30 for 2 children. To participate, please return the permission slip (attached) with payment to your child's teacher or drop off the permission form and payment to the main office by 6pm on Wednesday March 22. For questions, contact Yvette Thompson, 612.668.1060.


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


Think Twice Winners 3/17
Friday, March 17, 2017 12:10 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Elementary Polo Shirts On Sale!
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:40 AM

Elementary families, go spring shopping at FAIR and purchase our fabulous short-sleeve polo shirts for only $10! Long-sleeve shirts are $18. Come down to the main office to purchase your shirt anytime!

Community Resource Fair - March 25
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:10 AM

Minneapolis Public Schools will be hosting a Community Resource Fair, where families will receive resources and information for supporting their children.  The event will take place at the Davis Center, 1250 west Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, on Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm. For any questions, contact Sara Stack at 612.668.0914.

Winter Sports Banquet - March 21
Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:50 AM

The FAIR School will celebrate a great season at the FAIR School Winter Athletic Banquet on March 21, 5:45pm-8pm

3/10 Think Twice Token Winners!
Friday, March 10, 2017 9:10 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Share Your Feedback at the MPS PreK-5 Literacy Curriculum Fair - March 21 and 22
Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:20 PM

Share your thoughts on how MPS families, students and communities can help schools make the most of the literacy curriculum. Review and provide feedback about the curriculum materials. Your input is important to us. Let us know what you value in a literacy curriculum. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21st, 8am–7pm and Wednesday, March 22nd, 8am–5pm at the Davis Center Assembly Room, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411.

Town-Hall Listening Session for School Board District 4 - March 13
Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:30 AM

Please join District 4 School Board Director Bob Walser for a town hall gathering to discuss the Minneapolis Public Schools 2017-2018 budget on Monday, March 13th, 5pm-7pm at the Jefferson Elementary lunchroom. All are welcome.


This will be a listening session, an opportunity for students, parents, and community members to express their priorities,

questions and concerns. District 4 includes Bryn Mawr, CIDNA, ECCO, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Whittier, the Wedge, Loring Park,

Downtown West, Elliot Park and Stevens Square. Written comments will also be welcome.

Community Budget Discussion - March 13
Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:20 AM

We invite you to share your perspective through an open and respectful sharing of budget priorities that best further the vision of The FAIR School. Join us on Monday, March 13th at 6pm in The FAIR School Flex Space.

Join the African American Parent Advisory Council
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:00 PM

Meet with school leaders and learn about the district and community resources available for our African American students and families. Dinner will be provided. Contact Beth Lasley at 612.668.0198 or to request transportation, childcare, or with questions. Details for the meeting are as follows:

Meeting Dates - 2nd Monday of the Month 
-March 13, 2017
- April 10, 2017
- May 8, 2017 

Davis Center
1250 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN, 55411

Dinner and Reconnecting - 5:30pm
Meeting - 6pm-8pm

Operation Glass Slipper - March 11 & 12
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:55 PM

Prom can be an expensive event with people spending thousands between dresses, dinner and limos. Operation Glass Slipper provides dresses for girls who need financial assistance to go to prom. The dress, purse, jewelry, shoes and other accessories are provided for. Operation Glass Slipper is hosting its annual Princess Event on March 11 and 12, 8:30am-4pm at Southdale Mall. Sign up at the prom table at lunch. For more details, visit

3/3 Think Twice Token Winners!
Monday, March 06, 2017 10:20 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

Spring Sports at FAIR
Monday, March 06, 2017 10:15 AM

Check out the exciting opportunities to participate in competitive sports at FAIR!

Spring Fling Dance at FAIR - March 10 - 6pm-9pm
Monday, March 06, 2017 9:50 AM

Get ready for the FAIR Spring Fling Dance! Open to all high school students. Tickets will be sold at lunch for $5. The dance will be this Friday, March 10, 6pm-9pm. Contact Ms. Bonine at 612.668.1060 for any questions.

Black History Month Celebration at Pantages Theatre - Feb. 27
Monday, February 27, 2017 1:00 AM

FAIR School and the Hennepin Theater Trust invite you to a performance celebrating Black History Month.  The event will feature local artists and FAIR students at the Pantages Theater on February 27 at 7:00 pm.  Music, spoken word, and theater will be included in this FREE performance.  The FAIR School and Minneapolis Communities are invited to attend. Free tickets will be available at the FAIR School by reservation. Contact Ms. Wiggins at the front desk or by email/phone at or 612.668.1060 with questions.


Reserve your tickets


Facebook Invite

Northside Celebration - March 18 and 19
Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:15 AM

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) and the Capri Theater present the Northside Celebration, two collaborative concerts that will celebrate the North Minneapolis community through music on March 18 and 19 at 4pm at North Community High School, North Minneapolis. 

Tickets are free but reservations are required. Use the links below to reserve your tickets today. 


Saturday, March 18, 4pm - Reserve Tickets

Sunday, March 19, 4pm - Reserve Tickets 



North Community High School

1500 James Ave N, Minneapolis (Enter door 18 on Irving Ave)


The 90-minute concert events will feature performances by a specially formed Northside Celebration Choir consisting of singers from Northside churches and organizations, directed by Sanford Moore. Performances will include For Every Mountain by Kurt Carr and other gospel works during which audience participation will be encouraged, and an ensemble of SPCO musicians will perform Strum by acclaimed American composer Jessie Montgomery.

Auditions for Spring Musical - “Once On This Island” - Feb. 28 & Mar. 1
Friday, February 24, 2017 3:40 PM

Auditions for the spring musical, “Once On This Island” will be held on February 28 and March 1 from 3:20pm-5pm in room 310. We are looking for all levels of singers, dancers, and actors. If you are interested, see Mr. Samples for an audition form, and sign up for an audition slot. Contact Mr. Samples for questions at Come join our Caribbean Adventure! 

2/24 Think Twice Token Winners!
Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:40 AM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

No School- Feb. 17 and 20
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:40 PM

There will be no school on Friday February 17 due to conferences and Monday, February 20 due to Presidents’ Day. Enjoy the break!

Now Accepting Job Applications For Stages Theatre Company!
Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:45 AM

Stages Theatre Company is proud to announce the First Job in the Arts Apprenticeship, an exciting program specifically geared toward emerging artists ages 15-19, (high school students or graduates taking a gap year) who have an interest and desire to explore pathways to careers in professional theater on all sides of the stage. Completion of this program will earn the apprentice a PAID stipend of $400 upon completion of the program.


Visit the Stages Theatre website to apply.


STC will pair you with a professional theatre artist in your chosen area to complete a 30+ hour customized apprenticeship over 8-10 weeks that gives you real-world experience, tangible on-the-job training, and connections to the professional theatre world outside of high school. First Job in the Arts staff will work to bridge the gap between academic theatre and creating a viable, professional career in theatre or a non-profit setting.

PSEO Information Session - Feb. 17 and 21
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:45 PM

The FAIR School will be hosting a meeting for parents and students who are interested in participating in Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) next year. The sessions will take place on February 17 at 9am and February 21 at 6pm at The FAIR School.

PSEO allows 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school. PSEO advisors from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Minneapolis Community and Technical College will be there to explain the application process and admission requirements.

Community Meetings for Immigrant and Refugee Families - Mar. 1 and 4
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:30 PM

Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to being a safe haven for everyone and will be hosting upcoming meetings to answer questions and connect families with resources both in our schools and in the community.  The first meeting will take place on March 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm at South High School, 3131 S. 19th Ave, Minneapolis. The second meeting will take place on March 4, 2-4:30pm at the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis.

Open House at McNally Smith College - Feb. 18 - 10am
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:10 PM

The McNally Smith School of Music will be hosting an Open House on February 18, 10am-3pm. McNally is located at 19 E Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN, 55701. Students must register at Students will meet the staff at 10:30am at the main entrance near the history theater entrance.  Click here for more information.

African-American Involvement Day Was Amazing!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:45 PM

FAIR elementary students and familiies had lunch and lots of fun together at African-American Involement Day! Check out these adorable pictures! 

Congratulations to Our Honor Roll Students!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:45 AM

Great job for achieving excellence in Quarter 2! Keep up the great work!

Think Twice Token Winners!
Friday, February 10, 2017 9:15 AM

Congrats to our Think Twice token winners. They received regcognition for being respectful, engaed in class, and for doing good deeds!


FAFSA Help Session - Feb. 21
Friday, February 10, 2017 9:00 AM

FAFSA help is available for seniors and their families on Tuesday, February 21, 5:30-7:30pm. A short presentation will take place at 5:30pm and then families can complete the FAFSA with assistance from FAIR staff if needed. Student and parents should bring this information with them:

Your Social Security Number

Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

Records of untaxed income (if applicable)


 To make the process faster, you can create an FSA ID prior to coming in. This is how you will electronically sign the FAFSA. Go to and click on the tab “CREATE FSA ID”

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Feb. 17 and 21
Thursday, February 09, 2017 2:30 PM

There will be parent/teacher conferences on February 17, 8am-12pm and February 21, 4pm-8pm for elementaruy and high school students. Parents, please Click here to sign up for a time to meet with your student’s teacher.  Call The FAIR School for any questions at 612.668.1060. 

ACT For Juniors at FAIR - Feb 28
Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:50 AM

The ACT will be administered to juniors at FAIR on Tuesday, February 28th. The ACT is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. If you will be taking the ACT at another time, please visit the ACT Home Page. For a list of free ACT test prep opportunities, click here. Contact Becky Valek for questions at 612.668.1076.

FAIR Open House for Prospective Families - Feb. 9 - 6pm
Thursday, February 09, 2017 1:55 AM

The FAIR School will be hosting an exciting Open House for prospective families on February 9th from 6-8pm. Families of all high school students in the Metro Area will get to see the building, meet the staff, and receive valuable information about the programming. For additional information, call The FAIR School main office at 612-668-1060 and review The FAIR School website. Review our exciting  classes! 

African-American Family Involvement Day - Feb. 13
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:00 PM

Elementary Families - Get involved and come have lunch with your elementary (Grades 1-3) student at The FAIR School on February 13th @ 11:00 am. Then keep the fun going and come out to Roller Garden at 6pm for an event sponsored by the Office of Black Male Achievement for MPS! This exciting event is for elementary students and their parents. See you there!

Apply for The PAGE Scholarship
Monday, February 06, 2017 10:40 AM

Students who are looking at going to college in Minnesota, The PAGE Scholarship is available. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Apply now.

About the Page Foundation
From its inception, the Foundation has offered money and encouragement to students of color facing incredible barriers to attaining their educational dreams. For the 2015-2016 academic year, we have selected 536 Page Scholars who will be awarded $900,000 in grants.

Audition for Singing Telegrams!
Sunday, February 05, 2017 12:10 PM

Singers, guitarist, and musicians, come audition for The FAIR Valentine’s Day Singing Telegrams! Choose a love song of your choice. Individuals and group numbers welcome! The auditions will take place in Ms. Bonine’s room 305 from 3:30-4pm.

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! 

There IS School on Monday, Jan. 30
Friday, January 27, 2017 12:55 PM

There IS School on Monday, Jan. 30 for FAIR Students. See you Monday!

The Blood Drive is Here! - Jan. 27 9am-3pm @ FAIR
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Save a life and donate blood this Friday, January 27 in room 118 at The FAIR School. This event is open to FAIR students, staff, families and community. 


There are three ways to make an appointment:

Go to (use sponsor code FAIR School)

Download the Red Cross Blood App

or Call 1.800.RED CROSS

Jan. 23-24 - No School
Friday, January 20, 2017 6:50 AM

There will be no school January 23-24 for students. Have a great break!

Jan. 25 - 3rd Quarter Begins!
Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:15 PM

The school year is half over, but there are still many exciting things to learn at The FAIR School!

Dance Classes at FAIR
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:50 PM

FAIR+ is offering Zumba to high school students on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-4:40pm at FAIR.


FAIR+ is also offering Dance to high school students on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm. Classes are started, but students can still sign up. For questions, contact Megan Teynor, 612.668.1065. Sign up now for Zumba and Dance here.

Instrumental Music Concert - Jan 19 @ FAIR
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:20 PM

The FAIR School will be performing an instrumental music concert at 7pm on Thursday, January 19th at The FAIR School Gathering Space. Enjoy live music. Free. All are welcome. The concert will be directed by Tracey Collins, Music Educator.

FAIR Think Twice Winners - Jan 13th
Friday, January 13, 2017 1:50 PM

The FAIR School rewards our elementary students with Think Twice tokens when they exhibit great behavior. The students put their earned token into a class drawing and if their name is picked, they get a prize! Congratulations this week's token winners!

"Bored Control" Exhibition By FAIR Students
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:45 AM

A skateboard, literary, & performance arts exhibition by the students of FAIR High School


Date/Time: January 19th at 7pm

Location: The Target Performance Hall at The Loft Literary Center

1011 S. Washington Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55415


Rivard Art Education and The Loft Literary Center are pleased to announce a collaborative project with the brightest young minds of the FAIR High School in Downtown Minneapolis.  The students of FAIR have worked for over 3 months to create 40+ original works of art on skateboards.  In an exciting partnership with The Loft Literary Center, and Hip Hop History, the opening night will be a visual and performance arts exhibition of all student artists. Join us for the opening reception at the Target Performance Arts Center on January 19th, 2017 at 6pm.  Reading and performances will begin at 7pm.



FAIRNATION Art Exhibit - Jan 5 @ 6-8pm
Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:35 AM

The first annual FAIRNATION Art Exhibit features the diversity and creative spirit of FAIR families, students, and staff! The reception is Jan. 5th 6-8pm at the AT&T Building Downtown Minneapolis. 

FAIR Offers ACT Prep Classes
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 11:30 AM

Prepare for the ACT Test with a beneficial prep class at FAIR School for free! The class includes 6 sessions, the dates are 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23. All grades are welcome to register. Taking the ACT allows you to apply to hundreds of colleges and can help you become eligible for scholarship money. To register, fill out the online registration form and the parent consent form and turn in to the FAIR+ office by 1/18.


The ACT will be administered to juniors at FAIR on Feb 28. Click here for more information.

Register for Acting Conservatory
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:55 AM

Stages Theatre Company’s Acting Conservatory offers actor training for youth performers ages 6-17, who have a desire to explore the art of stage performance. The program is dedicated to developing each student as an individual artist and honoring their own unique expression. It is designed to inspire students' creativity, hone their acting skills, examine their performance techniques and build their confidence. See the complete 2016-17 Acting Conservatory Brochure.


Learn to Skateboard Through FAIR+
Sunday, January 08, 2017 9:20 AM

Did you know that FAIR+ offers a skateboarding class?! Your student can learn to skateboard or improve his/her skills and have fun with friends too! This FAIR+ class is offered at 3rd Liar Park in Golden Valley from 3:30-7pm every Friday Jan.13-June 6. Equipment rental is available and students will also receive mentoring from skilled athletes. Fill out the online registration form and the parent consent form to register. Contact Megan Teynor at 612-668-1065 for questions.


After School Activities Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather
Friday, December 16, 2016 9:55 AM

Attention parents! All after school activities have been cancelled due to inclement weather and road conditions. Please have your student take the bus home or pick up your student behind FAIR at 3:30pm.

No School - Winter Break Dec 19-Jan 2
Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:20 PM

Have a fun and safe break! See you in the new year on Tuesday January 3rd!

Art Crawl 2016 - Dec 16
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:35 PM

FAIR will be hosting an Art Crawl on the 4th floor from 2pm-3:10pm that will showcase spoken word, video showings, visual displays, theater, monologues, and even a combo band! If you would like to participate in the Art Crawl, fill out and return the submission form to Ms. Conwell by Friday Dec. 9th.

Aviation Course Application Deadline Extended to Jan 9th
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:00 AM

Did you know that your high school student can participate in hands on flight training with certified aviation instructors? This exciting FAIR+ course will start after winter break and occur twice a week, on Saturdays and (students choose) either Wednesdays or Thursdays. You can register now until Jan. 9th. Download the application and return it to the FAIR+ office. 

FAIR Partners With The Community
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:15 AM

The FAIR School Downtown thanks Wells Fargo for supporting the theatre program and their high school production of The Wiz. Wells Fargo funding supported outstanding costumes and props that were used in the production.

Spirit Week Dec 12-16
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 1:10 PM

The FAIR School Spirit Week is coming! Dress up in a different theme to show your school spirit everyday of the week! Click here for the dress up schedule.

After School Matters/FAIR+ Health Policies
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 10:45 AM

Our After School Matters is a wonderful place to engage in learning and try out new skills in art, math, science, strings instruments and more after the school day ends! Just a reminder that the health office at FAIR School Downtown closes with the end of the school day at 3:10pm. After School Matters does not have access to the health services office. Medication is not accessible from the school nurse’s office. Students attending after school activities should be healthy enough to participate in all activities. Please review our policy for FAIR+ and After School Matters.

Food & Coat Drive Dec 5-14
Monday, December 05, 2016 1:35 PM

FAIR is collecting winter coats of all sizes and non-perishable food items that will be given to FAIR Families, People Serving People, and DT MPLS Homeless Shelter. Drop off your items outside of the main office in the plastic containers.

It's Cold Out! Remember Your Winter Gear
Monday, December 05, 2016 1:20 PM

The cold weather is setting in! All students should arrive at school with a jacket, hat, and gloves everyday. Students in grades 1-3 will have daily outside recess unless the wind chill is below zero. Please plan ahead if you or your family members are in need of a coat, hat, or mittens please contact Kayci Rush,  School Social Worker, at 612-668-1077.

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