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Equity, Innovation, Excellence and Creativity

The FAIR School is a public 9-12 fine arts high school located in downtown Minneapolis that is rooted in equity, innovation and creativity.  

Virtual Graduation Ceremony Saturday, May 30th
Friday, May 29, 2020 3:50 PM

Last reminder: Graduation is on Sat., May 30 at 12 Noon.

Families and friends can view the ceremony live at this link.

We look forward to gathering with you in virtual community tomorrow to celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing seniors in these difficult times. 

Art Crawl / Senior Walk Postponed to 6/5
Friday, May 29, 2020 10:55 AM
Senior Walk/Art Crawl postponed to 6/5/20, 1:00 pm.  See email for info.
 
Virtual Graduation 5/30/20 at 12:00pm as scheduled. Link on website main page. Be Safe.
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FAIR Senior Awarded Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal
Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:30 PM
Another FAIR senior with an amazing accomplishment: Zayra Flores Jaimes is graduating with an award celebrating her language skills! 
 
Zayra is being awarded a Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal, which recognizes graduating seniors who can speak two languages — an impressive achievement in its own right and a sign of great things to come. Zayra is bilingual in Spanish and English. 
 
“Earning this recognition has been a great opportunity,” Zayra says. “I achieved passing an entire exam in Spanish. I learned about my strengths and weaknesses within the language.” 
 
“To be bilingual automatically makes me stand out from others who are not,” she continues. “It has given me the chance to embrace the language of where my family is from.”
 
Being bilingual helps folks keep strong ties to their community and culture, while at the same time offering benefits for education and career. Bilingual and biliterate people have more job opportunities than people who speak just one language, for example.
 
Research also shows that bilingual students have unique opportunities to stretch their brains and use intentional language for specific purposes
 
“I would recommend any student who is bilingual or multilingual to take this exam. You will receive a certificate and college credit,” Zayra says.
 
Created by Minnesota’s legislature in 2014, the Bilingual Seal program gives students a chance to earn credit from the Minnesota State system — a statewide network of 30 colleges and seven universities — if they demonstrate proficiency in a world language based on standards developed by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
 
“Zayra is an extremely bright young woman,” says FAIR Social Studies teacher Ms. Bonine. “She not only takes as many opportunities to better herself as possible, but she manages to make opportunities for herself as well. Zayra amazes me with the pride she has in her culture and how she brings that unique perspective with her wherever she goes and whatever she does. I can’t wait to see where her future takes her!”
 
After graduation, Zayra will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she plants to major in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. She aspires to one day work in a Latino nonprofit organization dedicated to immigrants’ rights and community social change. 
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Lowry Bridge Will Light up for FAIR on June 1
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:45 PM

With senior all-night parties, yearbook signings, and in-person graduation ceremonies all canceled in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have teamed up to honor 2020 graduates by lighting the Lowry Bridge in the colors of the FAIR School on June 1st!

“Even though we can’t recognize them in the way we’d planned, the Class of 2020 will have a special place in history,” said Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff. “We’re very grateful to Hennepin County for honoring the graduates and their accomplishments in this way.”

“I am grateful to Minneapolis Public Schools leadership and Hennepin County staff for making this happen,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando (District 2). “I am excited that Hennepin will be able to partner with MPS during this unparalleled time and create a meaningful demonstration of community support for our 2020 graduating seniors. We wish our seniors the best of luck in their next endeavors, and we thank them for who they are and for who they will become.”

To help make sure this experience is safe and fun for everyone, including for the schools with days after us, please follow these requests by the district and county if you plan to take photos of the bridge:

  • Follow all health guidelines and applicable government orders, including for group sizes and appropriate social distancing measures
  • Do not gather on the Lowry Bridge itself (this wouldn't make for good photos anyway)
  • Use one of the recommended viewing/photos spots including Marshall Terrace Park, Edgewater Park, Gluek Park, 42nd Avenue North Bridge, or Broadway St. Northeast Bridge

Congratulations to our seniors, and thanks to the County for recognizing their hard work!

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Summer School Open for Enrollment
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:30 PM

Enrollment for Summer School has now started. It will take place virtually this summer in a synchronous learning environment from 9-11 AM. This means that students will have to log on to classes at this time.

Summer School will take place in three 2-week sessions Monday through Thursday:

  • June 15th-June 25th
  • June 29th-July 9th
  • July 13th-July 23rd

During each session students will take two classes. They will not be able to move on to additional classes in the next session until they have completed their classes. Scheduling priority will be given to students who are current seniors needing credits to graduate, current juniors, current sophomores, and then current 9th graders.

If you are a student who is interested in taking credit recovery courses this summer the deadline to sign up and have the completed online forms is Wednesday, June 3rd. Please contact Joe Kane, school counselor via phone or text at 612-460-1682 or joseph.kane@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information.

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Project Success resources for students
Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:20 PM

Project Success is still here for students! They have launched virtual programming with videos, podcasts, online college tours, and more for high school. They want our FAIR students to know that they miss all of you! You can see a message from their PS facilitators in a video on connections during these challenging times. The Project Success team continues to share virtual opportunities on an ongoing basis as they are not able to offer in-person opportunities during the COVID-19 outbreak. They've also compiled a list of additional resources for students and families that may be helpful as you navigate challenges related to COVID-19.

Explore additional resources.

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