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Summer Credit Academy
Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:45 PM

Stay on track to graduate - register for the Summer Credit Academy at Edison or South High School.

Email for more information.



Original FAIR film world premier!
Friday, June 11, 2021 5:50 PM


Click here for the world premier of Helspotle Friday, June 11th on YouTube

Directed by André Samples

What’s going on in the town of Helspotle, Minnesota? Election season is coming, and reporter Genevieve Jones is sent up to dig into the mysteries surrounding the powers in this out-of-the-way community. Will she be able to solve all the mysteries before it’s too late? Find out in the FAIR High School for Arts and Stages Theatre Company original production devised and developed by the cast and crew of our Performance Theatre 3 class! [Contains Explicit Language]
Graduation Livestream!
Monday, June 7, 2021 12:00 PM

Class of 2021 Graduation Tonight - Monday, June 7, 2021!

We are so excited for tonight!  Here are some final details and reminders:

Graduation Live Stream:

Feel free to share the Live Stream Link:  Eduvision at this link:  Beginning at 6:50pm.  

This will also found on the MPS District website found here:

Graduates and Masks for Pictures - Good News!

Graduates will be required to wear masks during the ceremony and when receiving their diploma and greeting staff and guests on stage.   Graduates WILL get to take off their masks for the diploma Picture!  Have your cameras ready!

Last minute reminders:

  • Graduates should arrive at Cowles Center at 5:45pm dressed in cap and gown
  • Electronic Tickets will be required for all guests (6 per graduate) and will be scanned at the entrance.  Family groups are asked to sit with at least 2 seats between them.  If you have any difficulty, please contact .  We will also have printed copies of the tickets if necessary for families.
  • Masks are Required for everyone at the ceremony, including graduates
  • All personal items( cell phones are fine) should be given to family
  • Chromebooks must be returned prior to Graduation - student may bring their Chromebooks and Chargers to Graduation and they will be collected there.

We look forward to celebrating with you tonight!

Any questions?  Call Ms. Cumming, Principal at 651-248-0752



Summer Arts in Minneapolis!
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:00 PM

Get involved in the Minneapolis art scene this summer and sign up for FREE classes! 

  • Paint a social justice mural for George Floyd square
  • Design a skateboard
  • Work backstage in a theater
  • Produce digital music
  • Dance
  • Learn the ukulele
  • and more!  

Check out the schedule here and/or click here to register.

Watch this video to see the amazing spaces downtown!

ALL students entering grades 9-12 in Minneapolis and surrounding communities are welcome.

Graduation Info You Need to Know
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 11:45 AM

Congratulations to our seniors!  Learn how to get graduation tickets for our graduation ceremony Monday, June 7 at 7:00pm


Student Illustrator at FAIR!
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:25 AM

King Larmie, current 11th grader at FAIR, partnered with Twin Cities entrepreneur and financial educator James Holmes to illustrate the new children's book "Baby Judah Learns to Invest" available here as an ebook and on AmazonWe are so proud of King for representing FAIRNATION!



Health Insurance for 18 and Under
Monday, May 10, 2021 9:40 AM

All children 18 and under can have health insurance in Minnesota for free.

Visit Portico Healthnet to enroll and get more information.



Sign Up for your Free COVID-19 Vaccine
Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:00 PM

Sign Up for your Free COVID Vaccination at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds

  • April 14 - June 9

  • Ages 16+

  • Free Metro Pass

  • Call 833-431-2053 and be prepared to give your first name, last name, date of birth, and home address

  • See attached flyers for more important details


Get Help with Rent
Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:05 AM
Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply. 
To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 
Visit to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements and to apply. 
Out4Good Weekly Google Meet
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:00 AM

Let's learn and grow in our knowledge of environmental, social, mental, and physical health as a community.

  • 3:15-4:00 Thursdays online: April 29, May 6, 13, 20 
  • RSVP at
  • Join on Google Meet: Out4Good
Phase 5 - Quarter 4 News You Can Use FAIRNATION!
Monday, April 5, 2021 6:00 PM


We are looking forward to the beginning of Quarter 4 and welcoming students choosing to learn In-Person Learning (IPL) and those in Distance Learning(DL).  For IPL students, COVID safety protocols will be in effect and can be found in our FAIR Phase 5 Health and Safety Plan linked here and on our website.  During the week of April 12 -16, 2021, all FAIR students will have many engaging activities and arts related projects focused on building community and culture.  A listing of the first week's schedule and is found below. 

We encourage all IPL student and families to read the Read the Metro Transit Information for IPL prior to April 12, 2021

 The First Week of School

Monday, April 12:  1st day of school for 9th graders. Orientation/Welcome activities start at 8:30am for IPL and DL 9th graders

  • Activities, School Tour, FAIR Collaborative Playlist and more!
  • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students that are new to the building will have an opportunity to come to FAIR to meet their teachers and have a tour of the school.
  • 10th, 11th, 12th grade students will have asynchronous Distance Learning on the regular schedule beginning at 8:30am.  

Tuesday, April 13:  1st day of school for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students (including 9th graders!). Class starts at 8:30am for all IPL and DL students.

  • Welcome activities and arts related projects will be incorporated for all students.
  • All School Art Project  “Wings”

Wednesday, April 14:  Distance Learning for all students.  Class starts at 8:30am.

  • 8:05-11:05am:  Period 1 – Period 5 classes via googlemeet.  See your google classrooms.
  • 10:10 – 11:00:  All School Community Meeting
  • 11:20 – Independent Work Time

Thursday, April 15:  All students attend classes. Class starts at 8:30am for all IPL and DL students.

  • All School Community Meeting: Legal Rights Center:  Know Your Rights Review and Update

Friday, April 16:  All students attend classes. Class starts at 8:30am for all IPL and DL students.

  • 7th Period Fire Drill Review and Fire Drill

What to Bring to School Each Day for IPL Students

Students should bring the following items with them each day and take them home each night.  No lockers will be available and students must manage their own materials.

  • Student Metro Bus Card/ID card (We have these ready to be picked up at school on  the first day).
  • School Chromebook fully charged and w/charger
  • Headphones
  • Materials and textbooks given from school
  • Personal school supplies
  • Additional face masks   
  • Water bottle labeled with name and Advisory teacher

FAIR Quarter 4 Learning Schedule

As we begin this quarter, we will be moving to a new learning format.  We will utilizing a simultaneous instructional model that will allow our teachers to provide direct instruction to students who are (IPL) and those in (DL).  FAIR teaching staff will be using a technology device known as a PolyCam, that will allow them to move about the classroom while teaching and the camera will follow them in the live stream for DL students to view.  We are optimistic about this innovative learning model that will engage all learners together.  Here is our Phase 5 Quarter 4 Schedule.

Phase 5 Quarter 4 FAQ's

Here is an FAQ for all things Phase 5.  If you have more questions, please let us know so we can add them to this FAQ!

 Reach out with any questions to my email at

 In Partnership,

 Mary Pat Cumming, Principal

Principal, The FAIR School for Arts


Project Clear
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:30 PM

Project Clear is recruiting new peer educators!

  • All high school students are eligible to apply
  • 8 weeks of paid training related to consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships
  • Students will receive $250 at the end of the training
  • Students will have the opportunity to earn more through further program participation
  • April 15 - June 3, Thursdays 4-5:30pm

Click here to apply or use the QR code!

Transportation Reimbursement Request
Friday, March 12, 2021 11:25 AM
MPS will pay families to transport their students themselves instead of using their MPS-provided bus transportation.
Students must be eligible for MPS-provided transportation in order for families to receive a reimbursement. Any student who is currently eligible for YELLOW SCHOOL BUS busing is eligible. (Secondary students who receive a Metro Transit pass are not eligible.) Proof of insurance and a valid Driver's License are required to receive reimbursement.

Please click here to request reimbursement



Return to In-Person Learning
Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:00 AM

Greetings FAIR Families - 

We are excited to welcome FAIRNATION students back to FAIR on April 12, 2021 - especially on 9th graders who will be coming to school for the first time as high school students!

FAIR and MPS continue to plan for a return to in-person learning for High School students for families comfortable with that choice. Distance learning will also continue for families who would prefer that for their students.

So that we can appropriately plan for the return, Registration is required by March 9, 2021 to indicate your family’s preference for in-person or distance learning when Phase 5 begins. Phase 5 in-person learning timeline is found below and here is the recording of the Parent Meetings held last week: Return to Phase 5 FAQ Screencast

Timelines for Phase 5 Return

  • March 24: FAIR Site Council/Return To School Parent/Guardian Meeting (Zoom link will be provided prior) 6:00pm

  • April 2:  Teacher Grading Day - No School for Students

  • April 4-9: Spring Break - No School for Students

  • April 12: 9th Grade Students Return to School

  • April 13: 10th - 12th Grade Students Return to School 

Please complete the 2020-21 In-Person/Distance Learning Registration Form for each of your students, at FAIR by March 9 to indicate your choice of in-person or distance learning for each child. You can change your responses until registration closes on March 9 by submitting a new form. Your most recent response is the one that will be recorded.

If you do not complete the form, your student(s) will automatically be placed in in-person learning and receive communication accordingly with dates and next steps. If you need assistance completing this form, please contact the FAIR Office at 612-668-1062 or our district communication center at 612.668.0000.



COVID Vaccine Updates
Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:35 PM

Get connected to your COVID vaccine- sign up at to receive updates.

When you become eligible to get the vaccine, the Vaccine Connector will:

• let you know you are eligible.
• connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment.
• notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.
New Activities at FAIR+
Friday, February 19, 2021 2:25 PM

Do you need more fun in your life?  Get involved with FAIR+ after school programming!

  • play virtual tabletop games
  • expand your cooking skills
  • mentor seniors
  • analyze Miyazaki films
  • and more! 

NEW CLASSES starting next week!  Learn more about FAIR+ and sign up here!

Course Registration for Current FAIR Students
Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:30 PM
Wondering what classes you could take next year at FAIR?  We have started course registration for current 9-11th graders to be able to select classes for next year and provided a ton of information for you to be able to make the best choices for you.  
Follow the attached instructions to be able to sign up for courses by the deadline of next Wednesday, February 24th.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Kane through email or call 612-460-1682.

Helpful links

Job Opportunities at MPS
Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:20 PM

Now hiring teachers, bus drivers, custodians, substitutes, and more! 

MPS is seeking applicants for many positions throughout the district.  Join the Community Job Talk Tuesday, Februrary 23 at 12:00 noon.  For more information about job openings and for links to the Community Job Talk, click here.


Build a Quilt with the Million Artist Movement
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:55 AM

February 18th • High School - 3:15-4pm • Middle School - 4:15-5pm

  • Have you ever been to a protest or march where art has uplifted the message?
  • What signs, songs, stories, or speeches moved or inspired you?
  • Welcome to Million Artist Movement (MAM) a cooperative of Black-Brown-and-Radical Artist Revolutionaries and Activists who believe in the role of Art in the campaign to dismantle oppressive racist systems! 
From the AIDS Quilt to Black Lives Matter, join with your GSA to continue the legacy of LGBTQ people working for change. Everyone will be mailed quilt making supplies and we will assemble to quilt after we receive your square.
Friday, February 5, 2021 8:45 AM

At FAIR, we are honoring and celebrating Black history by exploring our past, present, and future.

  • Feb. 1-5 Black Lives Matter in the Schools
  • Feb. 8-12 Radical Black Educators
  • Feb. 15-19 Black Art in Minneapolis
  • Feb. 22-26 Future Dreams featuring FAIR Graduates!

Feb. 26 FAIR Black History Month All-School Celebration during 7th hour - share your thoughts, your words, your art, your music, your talent.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth Summer 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:45 AM

Check out the attached flyer for more info on upcoming sessions in June and July:

  • 38 STEM, Humanities, and Fine Arts classes designed for bright and motivated learners
  • Experience life on Macalester College's beautiful urban campus
  • Enjoy a wide range of midday recreational activities with friends
  • Full and partial scholarships available
FAIR+ is ON! Check out the FAIRNATION Classes!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:30 PM


Are you interested in real-world learning experiences? Are you interested in developing skills that you can use in your career and beyond? We have some INCREDIBLE(!) opportunities for you!

Our 2021 FAIR+ program will set you on a pathway for college and/or career based on your individual needs, interests, and aspirations. FAIR+ will allow you to have more choices in your education and give you the chance to pursue your passions while developing relevant skills and experiences. 

Check out our lineup of virtual courses! Note - most classes are held on school days, but there are some Saturday classes as well!

Weekday Classes

  • 1 on 1 Tutoring
    •  Monday-Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Young Entrepreneurs
    • Mondays from 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • CPR Certification 
    • Tuesdays from 4:15pm-5:15pm
  • COVID-19 PPE Making
    • Wednesdays from 4:15pm-5:15 pm
  • Cyber-Seniors+ digital mentorship program
    • Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:00pm 
  • First Aid for Athletes
    • Thursdays 4:15pm-5:15pm 
  • Farm to Fork Virtual Agriculture Class
    • Thursdays 3:30pm-5:00 pm

Saturday Classes

  • Chill Out! Calming Methods & Meditation 
    • Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am
  • First Aid
    • Saturdays 3:00am-4:00pm

If you're interested in participating in any of these classes, connect with our new FAIR+ Coordinator Ms. KJ at

If none of these options seem interesting or relevant to you, let us know what you would want offered!

FAIR Winter Art Crawl 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:00 AM

The FAIR Winter Art Crawl 2021 showcased our amazing students as they shared their artistic talents and expressed their feelings.  Check out the Art Crawl website to see and hear student creations.  FAIR is a place where you can be REAL and be uplifted in a community of fellow artists.

El Programa FAIR Winter Art Crawl 2021 exhibió a nuestros increíbles estudiantes como ellos compartieron sus talentos artísticos y como expresaron sus sentimientos.  Echa un vistazo al sitio web de Art Crawl para ver y escuchar las creaciones de los estudiantes.  FAIR es un lugar donde puedes ser REAL y ser inspirado en una comunidad de compañeros artistas.
Help and Resources / Ayuda y recursos
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:10 AM

Get the latest information on COVID and help with food, bills, and housing from our school nurse Michelle Ricart and the health office.

Obtenga la información más reciente sobre COVID y ayuda con alimentos, facturas y vivienda de nuestra enfermera escolar Michelle Ricart y la oficina de salud.

B.L.A.C.K Culture Class for Queens
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:55 AM
B.L.A.C.K Culture Class for Queens is being offered at FAIR 2nd Semester by the Office of Black Student Achievement (OBSA)!
  • In this class, just for Queens you will discuss Sisterhood, Activism, Self-Identity, Community and Cultural Responsibility. IT WILL BE DOPE!! 
  • This is a credit earning class and there are only 20 spaces available - Don't sleep on it!!
  • Contact Ms. Lee (Text: 612-217-1236) or Ms. Withers (Text: 612-578-8278) by Friday 1/15/21.
B.L.A.C.K Culture Class for Queens está siendo ofrecido en FAIR durante el 2nd Semestre por Office of Black Student Achievement (OBSA)!
  • En esta clase, sólo para Queens se discutirán temas sobre la Hermandad, Activismo, Autoidentidad, Comunidad y Responsabilidad Cultural. ¡SERA GENIAL!!
  • ¡¡Esta es una clase para ganar crédito y sólo hay 20 espacios disponibles - No pierdas esta oportunidad!!
  • Comuníquese con la Sra. Lee (Texto: 612-217-1236) o la Sra. Withers (Texto: 612-578-8278) antes del viernes 1/15/21.
CPEO Parent Academy / Academia de Padres de CPEO
Monday, January 11, 2021 9:50 AM

CPEO is a free five-week program that provides parents with the necessary tools and skills to develop strong and positive home-school partnerships and support the academic achievement of students.

  • Classes take place in the evening once a week VIRTUALLY. Language-specific sessions are offered in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. Upon completing the program, parents will receive a certificate of graduation and certificates for free Community Education classes.
  • Elementary Tuesday, Jan. 12, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Middle School Wednesday, Jan. 13, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • High School Thursday, Jan. 14, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • See the attached flyer for Google Meet links!
CPEO es un programa gratuito de cinco semanas que proporciona a los padres las herramientas y habilidades necesarias para desarrollar relaciones sólidas y positivas entre el hogar- escuela y apoyar el logro académico de los estudiantes.
  • Las clases tienen lugar por las tardes una vez a la semana VIRTUALMENTE. Las sesiones específicas se ofrecen en inglés, español, hmong  y  somalí. Al completar el programa, los padres recibirán un certificado de graduación y certificados para las clases gratuitas de Educación Comunitaria.
  • Martes Elemental, 12 de enero, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Escuela intermedia Miércoles, 13 de enero, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Escuela Secundaria Jueves, 14 de enero, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • ¡Vea el folleto adjunto para los enlaces de Google Meet!
Parents of Tradition
Parents of Tradition
Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:00 PM

Early childhood class for Native American parents with children birth to 5 years old: Monday and Thursday Evenings from 5:30-7:00pm, Dec, 7, 14, Jan, 4, 7, 11, 14, 21, 25, 28

  • Traditional Native American parenting
  • Connect to other Native parents
  • Child development and parenting discussions
  • Prepare your child for school

For more information or to register:

  • Jean Coleman 612-290-9936
  • Christine Wilson 612-668-0108
Homeless Assistance Act
Education Rights of Children and Youth that are Homeless / Derechos de educación de niños y jóvenes sin hogar
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:15 PM

Are you experiencing homelessness?  Are you dealing with temporary or unstable housing?  Please read more details about your right to stay in the same school, get transportation to school, get school meals, and fully participate in school programs and activities in the attached documents.

Contact our school social worker Kayci Rush for assistance.

Flexible Wednesdays are Here!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 3:55 PM

Hello FAIR Families!

We have a change for students and families on Wednesdays at FAIR!  Wednesdays will be changing to a new asynchronous (Not Live) Flexible Independent Learning Day(FILD) on Wednesdays, beginning December 2, 2020. 

The FILD will allow for students to work independently and for teachers to utilize time for collaboration, planning, grading, professional development and connecting with families/students.

Here is what it will look like for students:

  • Students will log on to all classes and complete teacher directed Learning Activities independently and on their own time.
  • Students will be required to attend Advisory each Wednesday  as this is where attendance is taken for the day.
  • During Advisory, Grade Checks will be completed in person or independently by student via Google Form.
Mental Health Poster
FAIRNATION - We Are Here to Help!
Saturday, November 21, 2020 6:45 PM


Our incredible Mental Health Team wanted to reach out to all FAIR Families with a list of contacts and resources to support students and families as we continue to experience COVID and the upcoming holiday season.  We are here for you at FAIR - please reach out to any staff member for assistance and we will connect you to the resources you and/or you family needs.  You can also call our Ms. Poshard, School Secretary at 612-668-1062  or our School Virtual Help Desk line at 612-486-2350 at any time and leave a message.

In Partnership,

The FAIR School Mental Health Team: 

Kayci Rush, School Social Worker,  Mario Green, School Administrative Manager,

Joe Kane, School Counselor,  Michelle Ricart, School Nurse,

Kate Goodman, Licensed School Therapist,    Paulette Bedward, Health Assistant,

Mychal Crowder, FAIR School Dean,   Elyse Poshard, School Secretary,

Honor Roll
FAIR Honor Roll Quarter 1
Friday, November 20, 2020 8:15 AM

Please join us for a virtual Facebook Live Celebration on the FAIR School Facebook Page (@FAIRSCHOOLDT) on Tuesday, November 24th from 3:15-4:30.  This is the MOST students we have had on the Honor Roll in FAIR history!  We are so proud of these young people for stepping up during distance learning.

COVID-19 Testing Sites
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 8:00 AM

The Minnesota Department of Health has released updated information about getting tested for COVID-19.

Family Flu Shot Clinics
Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:20 AM

Find out more about getting flu shots for the entire family.

High School 101
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 4:30 PM

If you were unable to attend our "High School 101" presentation, please view this video to learn more about being a student at the FAIR School.

Free Mental Well-Being Sessions
Free Sessions for Mental Well-Being
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 4:10 PM



Allina Health’s teen mental well-being initiative, Change to Chill, will offer free virtual sessions to Hennepin County secondary students and parents. The 60-minute sessions will cover general topics like identifying stressors, coping with change, grief and anxiety, as well as how to start mental health conversations. Sessions for youth and parents who have been most impacted by COVID-19 and the civil unrest are planned. These sessions will be led by culturally competent community consultants and mental health providers. Sessions run from November through December and registration is required. The first session on November 9th at 7 pm is for school educators and community partners to learn about Change to Chill and this project. For more information on the Hennepin County project and to register for sessions, visit the Change to Chill Website.

La iniciativa de bienestar mental para adolescentes de Allina Health, Change to Chill,ofrecerá sesiones virtuales gratuitas a los estudiantes secundarios y padres del condado de Hennepin. Las sesiones de 60 minutos cubrirán temas generales como la identificación de factores estresantes, hacer frente al cambio, el dolor y la ansiedad, así como cómo iniciar conversaciones de salud mental. Se planean sesiones para jóvenes y padres que se han visto más afectados por COVID-19 y los disturbios civiles. Estas sesiones estarán dirigidas por consultores comunitarios y proveedores de salud mental culturalmente competentes. Las sesiones se ejecutan de noviembre a diciembre y se requiere la inscripción. La primera sesión del 9de noviembre a las 7 pm es para que los educadores escolares y socios de la comunidad aprendan sobre Change to Chill y este proyecto. Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto del condado de Hennepin y para registrarse para las sesiones, visite el  sitio web de Change to Chill.

A Great Community Resource!
Monday, October 12, 2020 1:15 PM

Hennepin County Resource Helpline



Monday through Friday 

8 am to 4:30 pm

Help Available in different languages

Call for help with food, clothes, finance, health, and supplies


Reach out for any further questions

Homework Resources
Monday, October 5, 2020 9:10 AM

Homework Resources Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Summit OIC: Safe Center for Online Learning Sessions

Free for all: Heritage Park 13-18 year olds. Monday - Friday, 12-3pm A space for teens to utilize internet, computers, and complete their virtual school classes. Reserve your spot daily HERE!
Questions and more information: Nich Thomas, 612.278.7356 

Learning Pods

Community-based program offering safe spaces where your child can get supplemental learning. Available for students grades K-8Locations: Harold Mezile North Community YMCA, Progressive Baptist Church, Friendship Academy of the Arts, Family Life Center, Zion Baptist Church
Questions and more information: Jason Burns at 612-412-0314 

Homework Help: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 at Farview Park

7-10 year olds- time for younger distance learners to come together in a small group setting to work on their academics. This time can be used for peer to peer help and support or for homework help and support from the program staff. Register online (ages 7-10)

Homework Help: Wednesdays and Fridays 4-6 at Farview Park

11-16 year olds-time for teen distance learners to come together in a small group setting to work on their academics. This time can be used for peer to peer help and support or for homework help and support from the program staff. Register online (ages 11-16)

Homework Help: Wednesdays 3-5 at North Commons Park

6-16 year olds--time, the place, and the assistance to ensure your child completes their homework completely and correctly. Our friendly staff is available to help you tackle your homework so that you succeed in school. We assist with homework, practice basic skills, or help in studying for an upcoming test. Please go to your neighborhood recreation center during business hours to sign up for a free ActivePass. 
Bus Picture
Metro Bus Cards
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:30 AM


Need a Ride?  Metro Bus Card Registration

All students are eligible for a Metro Bus Card for the school year.  Register using this FAIR Bus Card link and when your card is ready, we will email you using your MPS school email address for you to come to FAIR to pick up.

Food Boxes
Food Resources for Students and Families
Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30 PM

Food Resources Available in MPS and the Community

MPS Free School Meal Boxes for All Youth

All families are invited to pick up free school meal boxes for their children. School meal boxes contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches and meet Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services’ (MPS CWS) high standards for nutrition and quality ingredients. In every box, children will find school favorites, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Milk is offered on the side, up to ten milk cartons per box.

MPS is able to offer these free meal boxes to all children, 18 and under, through a short-term waiver issued August 31 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (read the USDA press release here). After that, MPS will continue to serve food to MPS students, and will keep the community informed of all changes that will take effect at that time.  

For questions, please call 612-668-2820 or contact us.


Additional Resources:

Community Emergency Service Food Shelf

1900 11th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Monday - Thursday 1 -4 PM



Salvation Army:  

53 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Mon-Fri 12:30-3:30 pm



Groveland Emergency Food Shelf

1900 Nicollet Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55403


Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Hope Food Shelf

714 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, 

Wednesdays 10 - 1


FAIR Students Begin Prestigious Internships
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:20 PM

Three FAIR Students were placed into year-long, paid internships through the Genesys Works Program at the completion of their summer training today. Each intern will be working 20 hours a week during their senior year in high demand career fields such as IT. These seniors will be working with amazing partners in our downtown community and we couldn't be more proud of them.

  • Ahlam Karama: Ameriprise Financial
  • Amerie Hughes: Hennepin County Attorney's Office
  • Lily Rolf: Be the Match

If you are interested in learning more about how to join the Genesys Works Program, please reach out to Mr. Kane or Ms. Mayo. or

Apply for Lunch Benefits
Friday, August 14, 2020 9:40 AM

Welcome FAIR Families! Please remember to apply for lunch benefits, even if you are not interested, because it provides valuable funding for our school.

Apply here:

Free Yearbooks Available Now
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:50 PM

The 2019-2020 FAIR School yearbook is here, and you can get a FREE copy!

Computer copy: You can download and save this PDF of memories. Just click here to see what the yearbook looks like, and download it if you'd like. 

Physical copy: If you want a hard copy, consider it done — all free, at no cost to you. All you've got to do is fill out our quick request form by Friday, August 21st! 

Getting Ready for School
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:50 AM

As you may have heard, all Minneapolis Public Schools are beginning the school year with distance learning. Protecting the health and safety of our students, families and staff is our top priority. We will transition to in-person learning once the rates of COVID-19 decline significantly in Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

To help you prepare for the start of the school year, we have some essential information for you to review. All this information is provided in this Back to School Guide as well as on our website. We will continue to share information with you on what you can expect for the new school year as it becomes available.

School starts:

  • Grades 1-12 and Transition Plus: Tue., September 8 

  • Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: Thurs., September 10 

The Back to School Guide provides information on the following topics:

  • Distance learning with student supports. 
  • What families can expect when school starts in September 

  • What to expect for distance learning in September 

  • MPS 5 Phases to Safe Learning

  • Special Education services

  • Early Childhood Education

What families need to know

  • School open houses 

  • School supplies

  • Technology needs

  • Grading

  • Attendance and absences 

  • Food and nutrition

  • Education Benefits: Fill out your form as soon as possible  

  • Child care - Minneapolis Kids

How families can help their children stay healthy and safe 

  • Immunizations (also known as vaccinations or shots)

  • COVID-19 testing resources

  • Protection from COVID-19: Stop the spread of germs 

  • Screen at 3: Early Childhood Screening

School starts September 8: Are you ready?

  • Is your child enrolled?

  • Important dates

  • Important phone numbers

Stay connected: Update your PHONE, ADDRESS and EMAIL

All MPS schools use SchoolMessenger to share important information about weather closures, building safety, school events, transportation and more. Make sure you receive text messages by texting “Y” to 67587. Families can manage their contact preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger account. To learn more visit:

Back to School Supply Drive
Help MPS and FAIR Students with School Supplies!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:35 AM

MPS and FAIR are looking for school supply donations to start off the school year!  To help, donate new school supplies at the following dates and times:

Drop Off Dates:

Wednesday, August 12, 2:00pm - 6:00pm - MPS Davis Center, 1250 Broadway, Minneapolis

Tuesday, August 18, 10:00am - 3:00pm - Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, 67 8th Street, North East, Minneapolis

Wednesday, August 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm - Green Central School, 3416 4th Ave. South, Minneapolis

See the attached School Supply Donation Flyer for places to donate!

Fall Sports Registration Night: August 10th
Friday, August 7, 2020 11:00 AM

Athletic Registration Night originally scheduled for Monday, August 10th from 6pm to 8pm.

Fall Athletic Registration Night will now be held at Henry High School Gymnasium Parking Lot (Morgan Ave.) in a ‘drive by & drop off format’.  Please complete the Eligibility Packet located on the Minneapolis Public Schools and District Athletic Websites and be prepared to drop off the completed packet with your $75 participation fee ($90 participation fee for football.) Blank packets will be available if needed.

Please also note that attending our Fall Athletics Drop-Off Registration Night is not a requirement just recommended. Minneapolis Public schools also offers Online Athletic Registration & Payment. Eligibility Paperwork is due in the Athletics Office prior to athletic participation. Fall Sports are set to begin August 17th. Athletic Physicals are valid for 3 years and kept on file in the Athletics Office. Please note TRIA is offering free sports physicals. Here is more information:  TRIA’s No Cost Physical Information

FAIRNATION Celebrates Juneteeth!
Friday, June 19, 2020 11:25 AM

Juneteenth!  A celebration of FREEDOM!  FAIRNATION proudly celebrates with you!

Spring Play — Watch Here on YouTube
Friday, June 5, 2020 1:00 PM

Since we weren’t able to put on a play this year due to the pandemic, we made a movie! Here it is:

Play blurb: Students at school have been going mysteriously missing all year long. No one knows who – or what – is behind it. [Contains Explicit Language]

Story by the Cast and Crew

Screenplay by Grace Anderson

Directed by André Samples

Graduation Replay June 6 on Channel 15
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:50 PM

Dear Class of 2020:

We understand that access to viewing graduation ceremonies may have been difficult for some students and families whose internet or electrical connections were impacted during recent events.

All ceremonies are now and will continue to be available via Eduvision.  The translated versions are being done this week.  All ceremonies can also be downloaded from the Eduvision site.

Additionally, we will re-broadcast all ceremonies on Channel 15 one week later from their original air date.  The second airing of FAIR's graduation on Channel 15 will be Saturday, June 6 at 12:00 pm. 

Replay of Virtual Graduation Posted Online
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:15 PM

Much love to our amazing seniors: artists, activists, healers, builders, thinkers — they've graduated in a moment of tragedy and injustice, a moment of protest and resistance, and now they're going to change the world.

As senior Keeyon Hickobottom, Jr. said to the graduating class, “From this day forward, blaze a trail for history… With your dreams in your heart to lead the way, you can conquer any goal.”

Video of FAIR's virtual graduation is now available for replay:

Food for families
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:00 PM

Find help / give help — Second Harvest Heartland has key info for families:

Help With Rebuilding Efforts
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:55 AM

If you are able to support, two groups are taking donations to rebuild parts of the Twin Cities: 

  • The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative is helping the Midway + Union Park small business and nonprofit community rebuild their storefronts during this time of need. 
  • The Lake Street Council (501c3) will donate 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve neighborhoods.
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.
Minnesota state seal of biliteracy
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. 
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!

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 for more information.

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.

New Student Registration for 2020-2021: April 30 & May 7
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:25 AM

Hello Incoming FAIR School Students and Families,

We are very excited that you have selected The FAIR School as your High School and invite you to join us on Thursday, April 30, 2020 for our Virtual New Student Registration Night from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. An additional session will be held on May 7, 2020.

We are offering this event to help you register for classes in the fall and have a chance to speak to FAIR School staff through our live virtual Webex link, which will be posted on our website Thursday or by calling our Student Support Team Help Desk at 612-486-2530. We will start the meeting with a video of the registration process, hosted by our Counselor, Joe Kane, followed by the Q&A session.

Here is the Webex link for you to join us:

To help you get started looking at course selections, the FAIR Program of Study and Registration Form are linked below and available on the FAIR Website.

Students and families can complete the Registration Process on their own by submitting the registration form by May 8, 2020. If you are unable to complete the registration process online, our staff can assist you with this over the phone by calling our Student Support Team at 612-486-2530.

We look forward to connecting with you and welcoming you into The FAIR School Family!

Mary Pat Cumming, Principal

Joe Kane, School Counselor

Google Voice: 612-460-1682


Resources and Links for 2020-2021 Registration:

New Student Registration Form Grade 9

New Student Registration Form Grades 10-12

Program of Study

The FAIR School New Student Registration Timeline for 2020-2021

Frequently Asked Q&A - Student Registration


Check out FAIR's Elective Art Offerings

Drawing, Media Arts and More

Painting 1 and Painting 2

Ceramics 1 and Ceramics 2 and Sculpture

Applied Arts and Printmaking

Acting 1 & 2The Play - Theater and Musical Theater

Acting for Film and Film Studies

Spoken Word


Senior Class Meeting on Wednesday, April 29
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:55 AM

FAIR Seniors, it's time for another Senior Meeting - Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12:00 noon!

Mr. Kane and Ms. Cumming will be hosting you in our Google Meet to discuss:

  • Graduation - Plans for Virtual Graduation
  • Senior Speakers, Performers
  • Voting for Staff Speaker
  • Senior Profiles
  • Senior Names for Diplomas
  • Ideas for Celebrating in May...Ideas?

If you need the link to the Google Meet, please email Mr. Andrew and he'll get it to you right away.

We will see you there. And remember to keep your microphones muted so everyone can hear the important information!

FAIR Senior Awarded Wallin Scholarship
Monday, April 27, 2020 3:00 PM

Big moves, big news: FAIR Senior Masnoo Adem just won a major college scholarship. Huge congratulations are in order!

Masnoo was named a recipient of the Wallin Educational Partners four-year scholarship. More than just money, the scholarship is a proven college-completion program ​for high-potential students. It includes financial aid, robust advising, a wide array of workshops and affinity group gatherings as well as college-to-career guidance.

It's a tough scholarship to get, and each year many amazing applicants are turned away. But Masnoo stood out and earned this competitive award through a combination of top-tier academic performance, community involvement, extracurriculars, work and family responsibilities, and submitted essays. 

"Masnoo is one of the most dedicated people I know! She works to balance her faith, school, and work all while having fun with her friends," says FAIR Social Studies teacher Ms. Bonine. "Masnoo works extremely hard to do her best in everything she does! I could think of no one more deserving then her for this scholarship! Can’t wait to attend her college graduation!" 

We are wishing Masnoo the best of luck as she goes on to college in the fall — although truth be told, she doesn't need it. The FAIR community will miss her talent, kindness, and leadership!

Call This Number for Mental Health Support
Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:10 PM

This is a reminder that MPS has partnered with Watercourse Counseling Center to create a telephone support line for our school community.

The support line is available from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. The support line is available from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. There is support for multiple languages.

This is for students and their families!

Mental health support line: 612.767.4158

For more information on mental health support for students and families, plese visit the district mental health webpage

Ninth Graders Create English Arts Projects on Injustice
Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:00 AM

In ninth grade English here at FAIR, students are reading The Hate U Give, a book in which the main character Starr experiences deep injustice — and uses her voice to speak out.

As part of this unit, students in Ms. Painting’s class explored injustices present in their own lives. Like Starr, they used their voices to call out wrongdoing. Tasked with creating an advocacy project on any issue of injustice they care about, scholars crafted artwork and wrote accompanying artist’s statements.

We got permission from a couple students to share the projects they worked so hard on! 

Click to read more and see their art.

All Student Community Meeting Every Friday
Monday, April 13, 2020 3:20 PM

Community meetings will be held each Friday at noon during Distance Learning to connect students and to engage with Mr. Green, Mr. Crowder and Ms. Withers! All students are encouraged to attend. 

Students should check their school email for a link to the Google Meet for this, or use their school email address to send a message to Mr. Green ( for the link.

PSEO Interest Meeting on Thursday, April 16
Monday, April 13, 2020 3:20 PM

All students/families interested in Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) for next fall should join us for a discussion and information on the process during our virtual meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 7-8pm. We will answer all your questions and make sure you have all the information you need!

For security reasons, we ask that you check your email for the link to the Google Meet for this session, which was sent out on April 13. If you do not have the link, please contact school counselor Joe Kane at or at 612-460-1682.

Senior Class Meeting on Wednesday, April 15
Monday, April 13, 2020 11:45 AM

We will hold a virtual Senior Class meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:00am to gather ideas about ways to celebrate our amazing Class of 2020 and ideas for graduation in case we are unable to hold it in person.

Seniors should check their school email for a link to the Google Meet for this, or use their school email address to send a message to Mr. Urevig ( for the link.

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: 

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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.

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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.

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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!


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