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Need a Chromebook for Distance Learning?
Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:10 PM

Hello FAIR Families -

We have had a good start to Distance Learning this week at FAIR with students logging in and engaging with teachers!  We know that we have students who still need internet access and devices to fully engage - and we are doing everything we can to get students  what they need. 

Critical to this is having correct contact information for you and your emergency contacts in our system - including phones and email as available.  Our Student Support Coaches have been calling over the last two days to speak to families to verify contact information so that when internet access points and Chromebook Devices become available, we can  contact you regarding delivery dates and times.

If you have changes to your contact information, please call us at our Help Desk Number 612-486-2350 or our main school phone number 612-668-1060.

MPS Device Distribution for Distance Learning

Does your student need a device for Distance Learning?

For students who still need a device or internet access, please call The FAIR School at our Help Desk Number 612-486-2530 or our main school phone number 612-668-1060.

Please make sure and leave a message with your request along with the following information and Speak Slowly and Clearly:

● Your student’s first and last name.

● Your student’s current home address.

● The parent/guardian’s best phone number where they can be reached.

● The parent/guardian’s best email address where they can be reached.

FAIR School Staff will then route this information to MPS District Communications for distribution routing.  MPS will be attempting to deliver a device to households in need by April 17, 2020.

Computer Visual
Distance Learning Video Tutorial - Check it Out Here!
Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:25 PM

Distance Learning Video Tutorial  - Watch to learn how to navigate Distance Learning, daily expectations for students, accessing Google Classrooms and Resources for famiies.

In addition, our Distance Learning Webpage contains information that may be helpful for students and families.


Chromebooks for Distance Learning!
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:20 PM

FAIR Families -

If you are need of a Distance Learning Chromebook and have not completed the Technology Survey or heard from the district via email, please complete the form listed on the link below.
Be sure to include your student's ID number!
For all new or updated information coming in, please utilize this Qualtrics form:
You can also call the MPS DCC (District Communication Center) at 612-668-0000 if they need support completing the form.
Please include the student ID if at all possible in responses on the form – it will make the process go much more quickly because that helps us ensure that we have the correct student.


Video messages from staff
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:10 AM

As FAIR School staff, we miss all of our students — so we were excited to send out these video messages last week to reach out, share love, and stay grounded. In case you missed them, here they are: 

Video 1

Video 2

Resources for students and families
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:25 PM

These are difficult times for families, and we at the FAIR School want to do whatever we can to make sure you have the tools you need. To that end, we want to share three resources you might find helpful. 

United Way 2-1-1 is a useful general resource, while the other two on this list are most helpful to people experiencing homelessness. 

1. United Way 2-1-1. Just dial the number 211 on your phone number to connect. This free hotline provides confidential health and human services information to Minnesotans.

It's open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week — whether you're in a big crisis or just need small support, you can call or text with a highly trained specialist who will help connect you with the right resources. 

Operators are available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. 

Visit United Way's website for more information about accessing the hotline, and for their online resource directory.

2. Online information directory. Youth Services Network has the most up-to-date information on shelter openings, free food, toiletries, mental health, jobs and more. 

Check out their website for an in-depth directory of resources.

3. Handbook of the Streets. St. Stephen's Human Services offers a free book full of helpful information. You can get a copy of the handbook in person or online. 

Per the organization's website, "People experiencing homelessness may get a free copy by coming to our main office (2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis 55404, 8:30AM-4PM Mon-Fri)." 

You can also download free PDF copies on St. Stephen's webiste: 

Yearbook team needs your photos
Friday, March 20, 2020 8:40 AM

The following is a call to action from the FAIR Yearbook Team:


We are hard at work on the 2019-2020 Yearbook. We’ve made significant progress but we’re at the point now where we need your help. We’ve created 2 Google Forms so that you can submit content to be added to the Yearbook! Follow the instructions below to make your contribution.

For safety and quality you must be signed into your district Google account to make any contributions.

If families have content that they are able to submit, please either share it with your student so they can submit it or email it directly to

Once you are signed in, click on the hyperlinked text to submit your Senior Pictures and Baby Pictures in addition to any other photos you want included from this year like Projects, Activities, Concerts, Field Trips, or Candid Photos!

After that, go and vote for who you think is most likely to become president or win a gold medal using the Senior Superlatives Google Form!

Can’t wait to see what you all looked like as babies! Thank you for your support!

- Yearbook Team

URGENT - Senior Cap and Gown Orders!
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:50 PM

Graduation season is coming up quick, even in the midst of this uncertain time.  We want to acknowledge the uniqueness of this situation and want to make sure that you and your student feel supported and have information as we are continuing to make plans for the Class of 2020’s graduation.  

The first task in preparing for graduation is ordering your cap and gown through Jostens.  Minneapolis Public Schools pay for Caps and Gowns so there is no cost to families. They are looking for every senior student to complete this link by Friday, March 20th. This is a moved up deadline due to the school closure and cancellation of the senior class meeting that was to be held next week around Cap and Gowns.  

We will be sending out more information via email and by mail regarding steps for the Class of 2020 graduation.  Please email Mr. Kane at with any questions.

Joe Kane

Licensed School Counselor

FAIR High School



Resources for Families During School Closure
Monday, March 16, 2020 7:00 PM

Resources for Students and Families - We are here to support students and families throughout this unprecedented time.  All FAIR staff will be available by email to answer any questions and help you find resources needed.  Our amazing school team has put together a FAIR School Resources document that includes Food Distribution Sites, Housing, Internet,  Mental Health, and School Supplies.  This also includes an FAQ on discussing the COVID19 crisis with your student.  

Here is the link: FAIR Resources - School Closure 3/2020

We value you and your student as a part of our school community and as Principal, I will make myself available to you over the course of the closure by email ( or phone (612-442-9073). Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or to help you access resources.  

I will continue to communicate via email, our school website, Facebook and Twitter accounts below:


Twitter: @theFAIRSchool


Be well,

Mary Pat Cumming, Principal, The FAIR School

School Closure COVID19
COVID School Closure
Sunday, March 15, 2020 1:10 PM

FAIR and all MPS schools will be open on Monday, March 16, 2020 and closed from March 17 - April 6, 2020 due to the COVID19 Virus. 

More informaiton will be coming to families in the next few days regarding Distance Learning.

Be well,

Mary Pat Cumming, Principal

No School for Students March 13, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:15 PM

No School for Students on March 13, 2020 due to a Staff PD Day!

African American Art and Culture exhibit features FAIR students
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 3:00 PM

This month Minneapolis Public Schools is highlighting the amazing artwork of students from around the district — including the FAIR School — in a showcase titled “Cultural Resiliency: African American Art and Culture.”

The display is ongoing at the John B. Davis Gallery, located in the Minneapolis Public Schools Educational Service Center in North Minneapolis, now through February 27th.

Among the other schools represented, 13 visual artists from FAIR have a total of 18 creations on display.

FAIR senior Yanni Richardson used cardboard and plastic flowers to create her piece: Her junior year, she shares, was tough — so the flowers symbolize happiness. “I didn’t think it’d turn out good,” she says. “But it turned out pretty awesome.”

DeYannis' artwork made with flowers

Yanni’s art, entitled “Personal Logo Design”

Any interested people are invited to attend a Family Dance Party on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 pm. The evening will feature student artwork, a light meal and refreshments, and an hour of Black history programming including guest performances from step teams, UNC Drill Team, and Voice of Culture. Childcare will be available.

“The student artists are talented and have tapped into ancestral talents,” says Charisma Smith, an Engagement, Education & Outreach Specialist with Minneapolis Public Schools who was the inspiration behind the exhibit. “I encourage families to come out on Thursday, February 27th and celebrate the art from students who have manifested the way they see the world through their art.”

The FAIR artists with work appearing in the exhibition are Layla Macklin, Laniah Jenkins, Makyla Campbell, T’aaliyah Smith, Tyler Longtin, Faaya Adem, Jersey Jones, Yanni Richardson, Iris Tyler, Savanah Johnson, Keyura Donald, Kendal Luttery, and Latreese Brown.

As a district-wide show, featured artists hail from FAIR, North High School, Franklin Middle School, and Bethune Community School. The exhibit at the David Center is free and open to the public during normal business hours.

The exhibition is a collaboration between MPS Student and Family Engagement and MPS Arts.

FAIR student Jersey Jones wins art award
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:55 PM

Jersey Jones, a visual artist and senior at the FAIR School, has earned a big statewide honor for her artwork.

The Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM) just announced their winners for the Youth Art Month competition. Jersey received third place in the high school category for her piece, “The Friendly Giant.”

Jersey’s art will now be on display at the Minnesota State Capitol as part of the Youth Art Month Student Exhibition.

“Having my art in the Youth Art Month Student Exhibition is a great opportunity to showcase my art,” Jersey said. “Thanks to Ms. Conwell and Mr. Nelson! I am extremely grateful to have won third place.”

Jersey's' painting, entitled "The Friendly Giant"

This accomplishment is a big testament to Jersey’s talent. Each year AEM members from around the state can submit student works of art to the central organization. Jersey’s art was submitted by FAIR teacher Amy Conwell.

Members of the public are invited to view the exhibition, including Jersey’s piece, at the State Capitol. The 2020 art show runs from Monday, February 17th through February 29th. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm each day. On Saturdays, it’s open 10:00am-3:00pm, and on Sundays, it’s open 1:00pm-4:00pm.

This year’s art show is taking place earlier, rather than in March, to accommodate an art educators’ conference taking place in the Twin Cities.

a Target employee stands holding a poster board about design; next to them, a FAIR student holds a design prototype made of tape
FAIR students talk marketing, design at Target
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:45 PM
FAIR students in the junior and senior classes represented our school last week at a creative event hosted by The BrandLab at Target Corporation
Students’ day involved deep discussions around marketing, advertising, and design. They proudly presented their own ideas on design and had the chance to hear different professionals at Target share stories about how they decided on their career. 
“It was a really cool experience because we got insight into how the marketing process works — in a fun way,” said senior Masnoo Adem.  
Thanks to The BrandLab and Target Corporation for the awesome day of learning! 
a white wall lined with painted skateboards
Visual artists showcase work at skateboard art show
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 1:25 PM

Earlier this month, our amazing artists joined youth from around the Twin Cities to showcase original skateboard art pieces in "BLANK SLATE– A Students Skateboard Art Exhibition."

As part of the FAIR+ after-school program, nearly a dozen FAIR students used blank skateboards as a canvas for artistic expression. Facilitated by Rivard Art Education, the experience culminated in a Jan. 16 art show at Cal Surf

“It was a good opportunity to learn and grow as an artist,” said Grace Anderson, a FAIR senior. She painted the underside of her skateboard with a sunset backdrop behind a house on a cliff.

Hanging next to Grace’s board, sophomore Emmett Bostic’s work featured Leg Cow, a character he created a few months ago that fits the name: It’s the head of a cow with no body and very long legs. “It was cool seeing Leg Cow in a gallery setting,” Emmett said.

“Blank Slate,” a title conceptualized by the students, represents the idea of materializing a thought or an idea into the physical world through the creative process — starting with a blank slate and working to create original art grounded in self-expression. 

Facilitated by Rivard Art Education, the art show took place at Cal Surf

School picture of Eric Gomez wearing a red plaid shirt in front of a gray background
FAIR student awarded intern of the month at Target Corporation
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:40 AM
FAIR students work hard toward their college and career ambitions. Today, we owe a special shout out to Eric Gomez, a senior who was recently named Genesys Works Target Intern of the Month for December! 
Eric works with the Hi-Tech team at Target, providing computer and equipment support for employees at Target’s corporate headquarters. Genesys Works is an organization that places students from FAIR and other schools in professional internships with Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities. 
“Eric always comes to work with a smile on his face and has gained a strong leadership role among his peers,” says Geraldine Mpetey, a senior coordinator at Genesys Works. “We are all really proud of the work that he is doing.” 
Supervisors describe Eric as highly motivated and committed to serving Target team members with a positive attitude and proactive communication. He has taken his internship as a chance to expand his professional network and meet senior leaders at Target — all while balancing these early career opportunities with school work at FAIR. 
Before starting at Target, Eric completed a summer training program with Genesys Works. The intensive training gave him a chance to bond with other members of his cohort while learning about business, information technology, and professional norms. 
“It really got me ready to come into the workforce,” Eric says of his training with Genesys Works. And now that he has this internship experience? “I’m ready to push forward so I can be the best that I can.” 
FAIR students interested in future internship opportunities should talk to our college and career counselor, Nicole Mayo. 
Eric’s advice once you start that internship experience? “Asking for help is key,” he says. “Ask for help, learn from it, and then from there you’ll grow and you’ll know.”  
The FAIR School, your choice for high school!
Monday, January 6, 2020 9:45 AM

At The FAIR School, we are already getting excited about the 2020-2021 school year! The Minneapolis Public Schools school request lottery is open now, with a deadline of February 7th. 

FAIR is the Downtown Minneapolis premier community school. Rooted in arts, equity, innovation and creativity, we provide rich programming, relevant instruction, and a robust network of partnerships that help engage and empower students in personalizing their learning experience. 

Tours of our beautiful building are available every Thursday at 9:30 am. For more information, please contact counselor Joe Kane by emailing or calling 612-668-1076.

You may also join us for an open house information night on Thursday, November 21st. 

To learn more about all MPS schools, including FAIR, visit the Explore MPS website.  

For info on the school request process, please see the below document: 

student panelists sit on a small stage as adults listen to them speak
Student panel spotlights internship program
Friday, December 13, 2019 10:30 AM

FAIR recently welcomed the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Achieve Minneapolis for a "Meet the Chamber" event that highlighted the College and Career Center (CCC) at FAIR. Student panelists Masnoo Adem, Eric Gomez, Justice Jacobs and Sanijia Brown shared their experiences in the CCC and Achieve's Step Up program, an initiative that trains and places Minneapolis youth in internships — serving 1,400 people each year.

photo of Lareina Davis in a dance costume
FAIR student gets $500 grant to dance
Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:25 PM

We love that our FAIR students are always making big moves! One of the latest: Sophomore Lareina Davis won an awesome grant to support her passion for dance.

With the help of Lisa Dornacker, FAIR’s college and career counselor, Lareina applied for and received a $500 Let Me Play grant from the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a St. Paul-based nonprofit that exists to inspire and encourage young women to go after their dreams. 

Lareina discovered her passion for dance several years ago, and last year started taking dance classes at a local studio, where she does jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance. The grant money will go toward her studio tuition and costumes for dance recitals. 

How did she feel when she learned she got the grant? “It was like a weight was lifted off of me,” Lareina says. “I was ecstatic.” 

“It lets me know that I’m for sure going to be able to do this for the rest of the year and hopefully years to come,” she says. Her next dance recital is in May at the Art of Dance Studio in Brooklyn Park.

This grant program is a great opportunity for more young women in the future. Folks who are interested in applying for future money from the Ann Bancroft Foundation can check their grant webpage (in February 2020) or talk to Ms. Lisa in the College and Career Center!

Introducing a new program to recognize students
Friday, November 22, 2019 10:30 AM

We would like to introduce you to a new student recognition program at FAIR called S.O.A.R Scholars!

We know how hard students work academically and how much they care about their school community.  To honor and recognize the many ways this shows up each day at FAIR, our Grade Level Teaching teams will each select one student per grade each week.  Students will be chosen for exemplifying one or more of the following qualities that align with our FAIR values of:

Scholarship (S) – How they present themselves as a member of our learning community.

Opportunity (O) – How they are courageous in taking opportunities offered to push and better themselves.

Achievement (A) – How they set a reach goals.

Respect(R) – How they honor themselves, others and our school community.

Students will receive a S.O.A.R certificate, window clings/stickers, and an "out to lunch in the skyway" pass (with parent permission) to celebrate their honor.  We are proud of our FAIR students and the commitment they demonstrate to their education and as a member of The FAIR School community.

We are proud of the most recent winners that were announced at our November 15, 2019 Community Meeting:

  • Shawn Gransee-Bowman
  • Makyla Campbell
  • Darrius Selmon
  • Michel'leh Anderson
  • Wendy Briones-Galindo
  • Yohannes Belete
  • Joseph Ballard
  • Mars Carbajal
  • Zayra Flores
  • Shunte Payne
New student information night is November 21
Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:25 AM

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

Join us for our Information Night on November 21, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for all new students or rising 9th graders (currently 8th graders) and families. 

FAIR is a small 9-12 comprehensive high school focused on equity, excellence and the fine arts. An Minneapolis Public Schools city-wide option, FAIR is open to all MPS students.

For more information, contact school counselor Joe Kane at or call 612-668-1076.

photo of a smiling student
Picture retake day is November 14
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:35 AM

Do you want Lifetouch to retake your school picture? Simply return your original package on Picture Retake Day: Thursday, November 14, 2019. 

¿Deseas que volvamos a tomar tu foto? Simplemente envía tu paquete original el día de la nueva toma fotográfica: jueves 14 de noviembre de 2019. 

Vaping Workshop Photo
Worried your teenager is vaping?
Friday, November 1, 2019 1:15 PM

Are you worried your student may be vaping?  Want to learn more informaiton on the signs to look for?  Need support for your teenager?

Join us for a Parent/Guardian Vaping Workshop on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at The FAIR School.

This presentation is jointly organized by The FAIR School and Minneapolis Department of Health and is open to the public.

For more information, contact School Counselor, Joe Kane at 612-668-1076.

Perkins and Will Internship Experience
Perkins & Will Internship Experience a Hugh Success!
Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:55 AM

Thank you Perkins & Will for showing FAIR Internship candidates possibilities in following their passion. Your philosophy and definition of your space as a 'laboratory' gave students peek into possibility. Perkins+Will @perkinswill 

Perkins & Will
"...self-organizing studio is our playground for innovation – designed as a living laboratory and playful work in progress, it is a constantly evolving maker-space where we test new ideas for our clients, and fluidly share work across our diverse disciplines and practices."



At FAIR, all senior students who have complted their College and Career Portfolio are able to participate in credit bearing and paid Internships in the downtown MPLS community!  For more information, contact Carrie Pagel, Work Based Learning Coordinator at FAIR at 612-668-1060.





Jack Links Lounge Photo
Sunday, October 13, 2019 6:50 PM


FAIR "OPEN MIC Night" Tuesday, October 15, at 7:00pm. Jack Links Lounge at the Hennepin Theater Trust.

Come celebrate the amazing talents of FAIR School! Student will uplift us with music, dance, and spoken word. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!



Fall Conferences! September 27, 2019
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00 PM

Greetings FAIR Families!

Fall Conferences will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 8:00am - 4:00pm. 

We would like you to join us to meet your student's teachers, check on academic and social, emotional progress, and learn about our Title I programming at FAIR.  
To schedule your conferences:

1. Click on this Conference Link.

2. Locate the tabs across the top of the screen with teacher/staff names and click that tab

3. Scroll down to find the teacher you would like to conference with and click on the time you would like.

4.  Save and close the browser.

If you need your student's schedule to know which teachers to schedule with, it can be found on the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal includes your students attendance, schedule, grades and more. Here is a link to the parent portal if you have not yet signed up.  Parent Portal Website and Instructions

If you do not have internet access to schedule your conference or sign up for parent portal, call the main office at 612-668-1060 and someone will be able to assist you.

In partnership,

Mary Pat Cumming, Principal, The FAIR School

2019-2020 Fall Open House is August 29, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:50 PM

 Join us for our Fall Open House to begin the 2019-2020 School Year!  

August 29, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm.

Meet teachers, turn in required paperowrk and connect with friends!

Bring your completed required paperwork packet with you!

Class of 2020
Class of 2020 is College Bound!
Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:10 AM

FAIR Seniors from the Class of 2020 are breaking in the College and Career Center early by getting a head start on College Applications, ACT Exam Registrations and Career and Tech Portfolios!  

#FAIRNATION #brightfutures
2019-2020 School Calendar
The FAIR School 2019-2020 School Calendar
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:35 AM

Get Ready!  

School starts September 3!
Freshman and New Students  at 8:30am
Returning FAIR Students at 10:30am
School Supply List
School Starts September 3, 2019 - Here are the Supplies FAIR Students Need!
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:40 PM

Hello FAIR School Community!

We are excited for the start of the school year on September 3, 2019.

Here's what you'll need to be ready!

Graduation 2019!
Class of 2019 Graduation Pictures Link!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:15 AM

Congrats to the Class of 2019!

Graduation Night Pictures link:
Copy and paste into browser if link does not work!
Special Thanks to Mr. Nelson for taking the photos!
Class of 2019
Class of 2019 Graduation Live Streamed at 7:00pm - June 3, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:05 PM

The FAIR School Class of 2019 Graduation will be Live Streamed tonight @ 7:00pm. Please feel free to share with your friends and family!


FAIR Students Participate i 50th Annual Iron Pour
Friday, May 24, 2019 8:15 PM

FAIR students participated in the 50th Annual Iron Pour at the University of Minnesota - what an honor!

Their casts are on display at the Wilson Library on the West Campus of the U of M. Check out their work!

"Push" Images from the Art Show!
Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:20 PM

PUSH!”, a show title that was conceptualized by the students, represents the act of pushing and moving forward.  Tasked with creating original works of art on skateboards the common link of conversation was pushing ourselves as artists and in life.  Pushing our skateboards forward.  It all culminates in an exhibition that brings youth culture, fine art, skateboarding, and self expression to a gallery setting at Cal Surf.  

Walker Take Over
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:45 PM

FAIR and Wellstone student took over the Walker Art Museum's Learning Space with a collaborative Art Project - unique opportunity to display in one of the best art museums in the country.

Click the link to see the Image Gallery!

FAIR Senior Class Picture
FAIR Seniors!
Monday, May 20, 2019 8:00 AM

The  FAIR School Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Cowles Center for Performing Arts on June 3, 2019 at 7:00pm. Tickets Required.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! 

The FAIR School
Doors Open Minneapolis - FAIR Selected to Participate!
Friday, May 17, 2019 7:25 PM

This weekend, The FAIR School, will be open to the public as part of "Doors Open"  highlighting unique, significant buildings in Minneapolis. May 18 -19, 2019 from  10:00am - 5:00pm.
We are proud to showcase the unique design of our school! 
FAIR and Wellstone Take Over the Walker!
Monday, May 13, 2019 9:20 PM


  • FAIR and Wellstone Take Over the Walker - May 15!!!!! - The painting 2 students have been involved in an exciting partnership with Wellstone art students. In each of our classrooms we have studied Romare Bearden and his exciting collage techniques while we created pieces that tell our personal stories about our relationship music. This partnership comes to an exciting end this week when we take our pieces to the Walker for a Pop-Up art exhibit!! Our exhibit will be up for two nights. Here is a link to the Walker-

please support our students as they take part in this exciting day of hanging a show at the Walker and meet and build connections to the Wellstone students.

Art Lab Gallery: Student Art Show


Push - Skateboard Art May 2019
"Push" A Skateboard Art Show
Monday, May 13, 2019 8:35 PM

PUSH!”, a show title that was conceptualized by the students, represents the act of pushing and moving forward.  Tasked with creating original works of art on skateboards the common link of conversation was pushing ourselves as artists and in life.  Pushing our skateboards forward.  It all culminates in an exhibition that brings youth culture, fine art, skateboarding, and self expression to a gallery setting at Cal Surf.  

Join us May 16 at the Opening Night at Cal Surf - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  The display will remain up for several weeks follwoing the show.

Teacher Appreciation
It's Teacher Appreciation Week!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:45 AM

National Teacher Appreciate Week is May 6 - 10, 2019!

We love our teachers at FAIR and Appreciate the hard work they do each and every day with FAIR students. Let them know how much you appreciate them by sending and email or calling.  Email addresses are on the website at:!

Registration Night Spring 2019
New Student Registration Night - May 1, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019 9:55 AM

We are hosting a registration night next Wednesday, May 1st from 6-8 pm at The FAIR School, 10 S. 10th Street, Minneapolis, MN.   It's an Open House style format where you can come when you can make it, but there will be a formal introduction and welcome from staff at 6:30 pm.  


Please bring with you -

Current MPS Students:

Student Contact Information (Parent/Guardian, Emergency Phone Numbers and email addresses!)

IEP and 504 Documents (If applicable)


Non-MPS Students


Student Contact Information (Parent/Guardian, Emergency Phone Numbers and email addresses!)

IEP and 504 Documents (If applicable)

Immunization Records  


Birth Certificate 

Student Transcripts (Entering Grades 10-12)


If you cannot make it, please give Joe Kane, our school counselor a phone call at 612-668-1076 or email  to be able to receive a copy of required registration forms.  

FAIR Students at Achieve MPS Panel
Achieve MPS at The FAIR School
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:50 PM

As always, the highlight of our Achieve 101 event this morning was the student panel. Thank you to @TheFAIRSchool students who participated in the panel and to everyone who came out to learn more about the work we do at AchieveMpls.

#Proud to host AchieveMpls with our amazing scholars!



You're Invited: Parent Information Session, "My Body, My Choice"
Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:40 PM

Join us for a special parent/guardian info.session on how parents/guardians can support their child through the teen years in developing healthy relationships and boundries. 

Monday, January 14th 6:30pm - 8pm. Topic: “My Body, My Choice” Information session on how parents can support their child through the teen years in developing healthy relationships and boundaries. Participants will gain and understanding of Consent what to do if their child becomes a victim/survivors/offender of sexual assault. 

The high school years present a time of growth for relationships and friendships. Students are navigating how relationships change from just “friends”, to emotional connections, and potentially sexual exploration. In order to help guide students and families along this journey, The FAIR School was fortunate to receive a grant to partner with local community agency to bring information sessions to students and parents on the topic of understanding healthy relationships and Consent we are calling, “My Body, My Choice”.

FAIR School
School Resumes January 7, 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019 11:15 AM

FAIRNATION Students - Looking forward to seeing you on January 7, 2019 when school resumes!

Winter Break!
Friday, December 21, 2018 10:50 PM

Have a wonderful Winter Break! No school for students from December 24, 2018 - January 6, 2019. 

We look forward to seeing you on January 7, 2019 when classes resume.

FAIR Student at Dougherty Family College
Students Visit Dougherty Family College
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:00 PM

FAIR Juniors and Seniors visited our neighbors at the Dougherty Family College (DFC) this week. Students learned about this great opportunity to pursue a 4-year degree @MPS_News #collegebound #partnerships

SPIRIT Week and Art Crawl!
Monday, December 17, 2018 9:40 PM

Bring in the SPIRIT this week and celebrate winter break with an all school Art Crawl Friday from 1:30 - 3:15pm, families are welcome!

Four more days - show your SPIRIT!
Tuesday -Sports Day
Wednesday - Character Day
Thursday - Squad Day
Friday - Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
Paisley Park and FAIR Partnership
Paisley Park and FAIR Partnership!
Monday, November 26, 2018 8:15 PM

Its not everyday you get featured in Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazines in one day.  Excited to partner with Paisley Park and MPS for arts education!

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

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 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.

FAIR Falcon
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   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!

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.

Go To Card
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: 

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.

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
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
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:

Senior Graduation Fees to Be Reimbursed
Friday, June 1, 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.


Mary Pat Cumming

Principal, The FAIR School

Block Party - June 1
Friday, June 1, 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:

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!

Prom is May 12, 2018!
Friday, May 4, 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.


Ms. Kalisha Wiggins


Ms. Lisa Dornacker


Registration Night for 2018-2019 New Students - May 8, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, May 3, 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

Athletics: Kenney Maxey   612-668-1947

Social Work: Kayci Rush   612-668-1077

Special Ed: Kendra Kecker   612-668-0945

Principal: Mary Pat Cumming  612-668-1063


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


In Partnership,


Mary Pat Cumming

Principal, The FAIR School

FAIR National Honor Society Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 1, 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!

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 6, 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 5, 2018 2:00 PM
Four FAIR Queens Selected for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Spring Break Tour!
Monday, March 5, 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 9, 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 7, 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 1, 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:


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Safety and Security Update!
Wednesday, November 1, 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 1, 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 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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!