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Be on the Wall at Walgreens
Monday, October 19, 2020 6:30 PM

FAIR NATION, Walgreens has an awesome opportunity to have your work featured in their stores! Submit an uplifting art piece with a chance to win money if your piece is selected! The art can be on any topic you would like such as social justice issues, self-esteem, bullying, gender identity, and more. You don’t need to submit the original piece, a photograph of the art piece will work! 18 works will be selected. Eight will receive $200 and 10 that will be featured in a collage will receive $50. Submissions should be sent in no later than October 23rd to with the following information: 

  • Name
  • Title of the art 
  • School/Organization
  • Short description of the work
  • Mention that you were referred by Hennepin Theatre Trust

Reach out if you have any questions, 

Good luck!!

Lilnks Pandemic Art Contest
Pandemic Art Contest
Monday, October 12, 2020 1:25 PM

Show your talent - Be Uniquely You! THE LINKS is providing an amazing opportunity to showcase your creativity and tell your story. Submit a 3-5 minute film about how you and your family are surviving the Pandemic or navigating issues of Equity and Social Justice.



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

Fall Conference Information 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 5:35 PM

FAIR Fall Conferences Information/Información de las conferencias de otoño FAIR

FAIR conferences will be held next week on Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00pm-8:00pm and on Wednesday, October 14 from 8:00pm-4:00pm.  Families can choose Google Meet or phone conferences.  We will do our best to connect with all families in the limited time we have and we appreciate your patience as we learn a new format.  If you are unable to attend conferences, we will work with you to find an alternate time.

Note:  There is no school for students October 14 -16, 2020.  School will resume on October 19, 2020.

How to schedule your student’s conference - (en español a continuación)

  1. Sign up link- click on a staff member’s name to see available times:

  2. Help video: or call 612-486-2530 for assistance.

  3. Google Meet links will be sent to your email for each conference

  4. Phone conferences will come from a 617 area code (we are routed through Massachusetts)

  5. We encourage you to check your student’s grades in Parent Portal.  If you have not accessed Parent Portal before, here is the link to create your account.

  6. If you are unable to attend your conference, please go to and cancel.

  7. If you need assistance with online conference registration, please call our Distance Learning Help Center at 612-486-2530 


Las conferencias en Fair se llevarán a cabo la próxima semana el martes 13 de octubre de 4:00pm-8:00pm y el miércoles 14 de octubre de 8:00pm4:00pm. Las familias pueden elegir Google Meet o conferencias telefónicas. Haremos todo lo posible para conectar con todas las familias en el tiempo limitado que tenemos y apreciamos su paciencia a medida que aprendemos un nuevo formato. Si no puede asistir a conferencias, trabajaremos con usted para encontrar un momento alternativo. 

Cómo programar la conferencia de su estudiante:

  1. Enlace de registro- haga clic en el nombre de un miembro del personal para ver los horarios disponibles:

  2. Vídeo de ayuda:  todos los 612-486-2530 para asistencia

  3. Los enlaces de Google Meet se enviarán a tu correo electrónico para cada conferencia 

  4. Las conferencias telefónicas serán con el código de área 617 (nos enrutan a través de Massachusetts)

  5. Le recomendamos que revise las calificaciones de su estudiante en el Portal para Padres. Si no ha accedido a Parent Portal antes, aquí está el enlace para crear su cuenta.

  6. Si no puede asistir a su conferencia, vaya a  y cancele. 

  7. Si necesita ayuda con la inscripción a la conferencia en línea, llame a nuestro Centro de ayuda de aprendizaje a distancia al 612-486-2530

Virtual College Fairs October 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:20 AM

Planning for life after high school?  Virtual college fairs are happening soon - explore the possibilities!  All juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

Find more information through the FAIR College and Career Center.

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. 
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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


Ready for the First Day? Here's what you need to know!
Sunday, September 6, 2020 6:10 PM



Three important steps to be ready for the first day of school, September 8!



Step 1 - Watch these three videos with important first week information! Thanks to our amazing School Counselor, Mr. Kane who prepared three videos for students and families!


Helpful Back to School Links on our Webpage (Help Desk phone numbers and website, How to get technology support, mental health support and staff contact resources etc.) 


Understanding the FAIR Daily Bell Schedule and Student Schedules( What’s “A” and “B” Day?, How do I read my schedule?


How to Request a Schedule Change

Step 2 - Accept your Google Classroom Invitations students should have received Google Classroom Invitations from their teachers for each class. 

For most students, this would be six academic classes and an Advisory class for a total of seven(7) invitations.  Students can look at their schedules and manage information in the Student Portal.  Here are Instructions and link for the Student Portal

Reminder, we will start with and “A” day on Tuesday!


Step 3 - Complete Required Registration Online Forms! 

REQUIRED for All Students!  All students must complete the online registration forms - these replace all those paper forms that parents are used to filling out each year!  This is vital information for us to have in order to contact students and families!  Here are links in English and Spanish!



As you enjoy your last day of summer, if you need a login, tech support or other, please feel free to contact us (even this weekend) and we will get back to you.


FAIR Distance Learning Help Center

Calling the FAIR Distance Learning Help Hotline 612-486-2530 (Google Voice) or calling/texting

Ms. Cumming’s District Cell  612-442-9073.


Joining the FAIR Distance Learning Help Desk (Live staff support from 9:00am - 3:00pm beginning September 8) at the Google Meet Link: 


The staff at FAIR are ready to start the year right and we are so thankful that you are part of FAIRNATION!


In Partnership,

Ms. Cumming, Principal and Mr. Kane, School Counselor


It's Time! First Week of School Info!
Thursday, September 3, 2020 9:40 PM

Things to know about the FIRST Week OF SCHOOL 2020-2021

Still need a Chromebook or HotSpot?

How: Call or email Mr. Green at 612-226-9653 or or Mr. Crowder at 612-466-0206 or

Google Classroom Invitations

Classroom teachers will be sending out Google Classroom “Invitations to Join” each class a student has on their schedule. 

Invites will be sent out by 4:00pm on Friday, September 4.  Students can access their class schedules and information using the Student Portal.  Here are Instructions and link for the Student Portal

First Week Schedule - Note the Change!

Due to the short school week, we will be altering the schedule to ensure that students get as much time with their classroom teachers as possible to build community and make connections.

Tuesday “A” Day - Periods 1,2,4

Wednesday “B” Day - Periods 5,6,7

Thursday “A” Day - Periods 1,2,4

Friday “B” Day - Periods 5,6,7 (½ of Period 7 will be class and the other ½ will be our first Community Meeting of the year!)

Here is the 2020-2021 FAIR Student Bell Scheduleagain for your reference:

How to request a Schedule Change 

If you have concerns about your schedule or need to change a class - please use the FAIR Schedule Change Form that will go directly to our GOAT Counselor, Mr. Kane!

IMPORTANT 2020-2021 Registration REQUIRED for All Students!

All students must complete the online registration forms - these replace all those paper forms that parents are used to filling out each year!  This is vital information for us to have in order to contact students and families!  Here are links in English and Spanish!

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.

New Student Orientation    

Students new to FAIR are invited to attend a Virtual Orientation with a video tour of the building, a chance to meet some FAIR staff and learn about opportunities at FAIR this fall.  This will include a Q and A session hosted by school staff and upperclassmen from FAIR.  This event will be videotaped and placed on our website for those unable to attend.  Here is the Google Link:

Technology Help for Students and Families

Need help with all things Tech?  Here is the support site for students and families.  We are always willing to assist you in getting the help you need from FAIR as well.  

You can access support by:

Calling the FAIR Distance Learning Help Hotline 612-486-2530

Joining the FAIR Distance Learning Help Desk (Live staff support from 9:00am - 3:00pm) at the Google Meet Link: 

Accessing the MPS Technology Support site.

Stay Connected (School Staff Directory)

Here is contact information for key support staff at FAIR - feel free to contact us if you have question or need assistance.  FAIR School Staff Directory

Trouble remembering your Password?

Once a student has logged in for the first time, they can access the Password Self Service site and sign up so that they can reset their password without having to contact the help desk or a staff member!


Back to School 9/2
FAIRNATION - Back to School!
Thursday, August 20, 2020 7:45 AM

Welcome Back FAIRNATION!

Join us for a Get Ready - Back to School Event on September 2, 2020 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at The FAIR School.

Dirve-Thru and Walk-Up Options (Masks Required!)

  • Chromebook and school supply pick up
  • Meet teachers (virtually of course)
  • Connect with Counselors

More details will be coming!

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: 

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!

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