Adopt-A-School

  • The Adopt-A-School program enables area companies and service clubs to assist schools through volunteering and mentorship. When done at the highest level, the program should provide a mutually beneficial relationship, opening an avenue for students and school staff to give back to businesses in their community. 

Program Goals & Parameters

  • The goal of this program is for each elementary school in the district to partner with one primary business to receive comprehensive building support.  However, schools are not expected to give up partnerships that currently exist related to specific/one-time projects.

    While each school will have unique needs based on their student demographics and programming, there are common needs in all schools:

    • Volunteering
      • While volunteers are needed throughout the school day, one area in need of consistent support is for playground supervision.  
    • Mentorship
    • Engagement and support with special events
    • Service-learning projects
    • Expanded opportunities for students to achieve standards included in Choice Ready and Profile of a Graduate
    • Contributions related to curriculum and learning
      • Any contribution of funds or resources (excluding staff time) over $1,000 must be approved by the Elementary Assistant Superintendent prior to receipt 

    Nothing included in this document shall supersede any district policies, most notably volunteerism, sponsorships and school business partnerships, advertising and fundraising, and public material distribution.

Calling All Businesses & Organizations!

  • Please read the bios below from the schools searching for partners.

    If one or more of them feels like a good fit for your business or organization, we hope that you'll apply to be an Adopt-A-School partner today!

    ADOPT-A-SCHOOL COMMUNITY PARTNER APPLICATION

    Each application of interest will be forwarded to the appropriate building administrator for consideration and action.

    We appreciate your dedication to the education and wellbeing of our students!

Brooks Harbor Elementary

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Principal Mr. Manix Zepeda

 

 

 

801 22nd Avenue West
West Fargo, ND 58078
(701) 356-8310
https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/brooksharbor

We are Brooks Harbor Elementary, home of the Bobcats.  Brooks Harbor currently serves 330 awesome students with room to grow into the future.  Our school was built in 2017 to absorb students from the Aurora attendance area, which was experiencing significant enrollment increases. (No doubt you have heard about us in the news and our recent bond referendum?!)

As Bobcats, we aspire to follow our district’s vision and mission, but have created a motto for ourselves: Learn, Lead, Succeed.  As staff, we feel this embodies what we want our students to walk away with when they leave our school: a top notch education, opportunities to develop leadership skills, and to be successful no matter the size of the success achieved.  A big focus for us in Bobcat country is leadership in the form of community service; even our kindergarteners have opportunities to help others.  Some examples are collecting pop tops for Ronald McDonald House, participating in our community’s efforts to raise food for those in need, cleaning up yards and businesses, and we had our children sing songs at a nursing home. 

Thank you in advance for your interest in partnering with us to continue to provide opportunities and support for our elementary students. Here are some ideas of interest to us and I am sure you may have some as well:

* Lunch time mentors---by having lunch with a child that needs a special adult in their life, you are providing a connection to someone that cares about them
* Classroom helpers----helping teachers in the classroom setting, as they have many students that need support and guidance when working on tasks
* Recess helpers---our students can benefit from having positive adult interactions...from playing games to talking with them, you can help ensure that they have a positive recess experience
* Classroom readers---many students do not have the vocabulary exposure that they need, so you can help by reading and/or listening to them

Deer Creek Elementary

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Principal Dr. Chad Clark

 

 

 

 

 

6400 55th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 356-8390
https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/deercreek

My name is Chad Clark and I will be the first principal at Deer Creek Elementary School in West Fargo. Deer Creek Elementary School will be the fourteenth elementary school in the West Fargo School District and will open on August 27, 2019. The staff has been hired and is excited to work with all stakeholders in the community.

Next year, our school will look different from all the other elementary schools because we will house sixth grade students until the new middle school is built. Deer Creek will serve around 200 elementary and 150 middle school students. Students will be coming from Legacy and Horace Elementary. We will house two principals: Dr. Erin Spies and myself. Dr. Spies will be serving Deer Creek and Liberty Middle School while planning for opening Heritage Middle School in 2020-2021. Deer Creek will have 50+ certified staff and 15+ classified staff.

In our first year, Deer Creek will be looking at starting up afterschool clubs such as Lego League and Coding. We will also be looking at implementing a staff book study focusing on Responsive Classroom and Morning Meetings. It would be great to work with area businesses to get these programs up and running via human or financial resources. It is my goal to have a working partnership between area businesses and Deer Creek Elementary. I would like to see staff and students participate in community involvement activities/volunteer activities.

Thank you for considering Deer Creek Elementary as an Adopt-A-School partner!

 

 

Heritage Middle School

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Principal Dr. Erin Spies

 

 

 

 

6350 76th Avenue South
Horace, ND 58047
www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/heritage

Heritage Middle School will be opening its doors to students and staff for the first time in 2020-21! We are the third middle school in the West Fargo School District. The staff has been hired and we are excited to collaborate with stakeholders in the community!

In our first year, HMS will look different from other middle schools, as we will house Horace High School ninth grade students until Horace High School opens for the 2021-22 school year. We will serve around 550 6th – 9th grade students, with students that reside in the Legacy Elementary, Horace Elementary, and Deer Creek Elementary attendance areas.

As Heritage Hawks, we aspire to follow our district’s vision and mission. We work to incorporate 21st century learning opportunities through engagement of critical thinking skills, respectful collaboration, creativity, and effective communication skills. We implement project-based learning and personalized learning opportunities for our students, and put a strong emphasis on social/emotional learning through our classroom content and advisory programming.

We are always looking for ways to engage and involve our community stakeholders. How can you help to support our learners at HMS?

Special Events

HMS has several special events throughout the year. Each year, our 7th grade students participate in the Industry Mentorship Project where they work in small groups of 3-5 with a mentor from a local business to learn more about their mentor’s profession, as well as work to solve a real-world problem from that industry/profession. We will need professionals from different careers to participate as a mentor. Our students also participate in STEM Challenge Projects, which require a panel of judges to review their project proposals. We would love to have volunteers to serve on our judges panel.

Service Learning Project

Each one of our students participates with their class in service-learning projects. Students learn how to be active community members while at HMS. Projects are varied throughout the year and within each grade level. We are always looking for local businesses who could use extra support through volunteer work. 

Classroom Helpers

A classroom helper can provide support for our HMS learners. You could be a guest assistant, help chaperone field trips, share more about your work or career experiences, or help provide classroom resources. Connecting with a class of students provides meaningful adult connections.

Finally, in our first year, HMS will be looking to implement a staff book study focusing on Restorative Justice Practices. It would be great to work with area businesses to get this book study up and running through financial resources. Thank you for considering Heritage Middle School as an Adopt-a-School partner!

L.E Berger Elementary

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Principal Mr. Brian Peterson

 

 

 

 

631 4th Avenue East
West Fargo, ND 58078
(701) 356-2010
https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/berger

Built in 1968, L.E. Berger Elementary School has a rich history.  Named after former West Fargo Superintendent, L.E. Berger, it was formerly a middle school and transitioned to an elementary school serving the north side of West Fargo in 1986.  Since then it has received numerous updates and additions and recently had a new wing added in 2016.  Today L.E. Berger serves over 400 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and is located adjacent to the new Hulbert Aquatic Center. 

Key areas of focus include providing a rigorous academic environment for all our students, teaching social/emotional skills both explicitly and in the moment, and building in opportunities for students to demonstrate the 4C skills (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication) necessary for the world that awaits them upon graduation.  We hope to expand our ability to provide STEM and technology-rich experiences for students through partnerships that give us the ability to integrate technology, maker space, and STEM activities in the classroom and also in before and after school programming.  We also hope to expand the training opportunities and resources available for staff to help meet the needs of the whole child.  The students, families, and staff of L.E. Berger are dedicated and we are excited to see continued growth for our children!

 

Osgood Elementary

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Principal Mrs. Kristi Toy

 

 

 

 

5550 44th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 356-2190
www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/osgood

At Osgood Elementary School, we are working on our growth mindset. We want to do our best and be our best. Each day we will try, knowing that we might not be there yet, but we will get there, and we will get there together. Osgood students and staff will do that by being respectful, responsible, and safe. What are some ways you can partner with us so that we can do our best?

Volunteer for specials events at our school

We have various events throughout the year where we need extra support/help during the day, after school, and sometimes evenings. 

Classroom Helpers

Opportunities to help within the classroom for special projects or activities students may need help with. 

Recess Helpers

Students love adult interaction and would love to learn a new or old game to play at recess. 

Classroom Readers

Listening to students read and giving them that time to practice is priceless.

Lunchtime Helpers

Students love when people come to visit them, and they have some special one-on-one time at lunch.

 

Thank you for considering a partnership with the Osgood Owls! We Work Harder to Get Smarter! 

South Elementary

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Principal Mrs. Jody Sjolin-Nelson

 

 

 

117 6th Avenue West
West Fargo, ND 58078
(701) 356-2100
https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/south

South Elementary strives to incorporate a 21st Century learning community through engagement of critical thinking skills, effective communication, respectful collaboration, and creativity. South Elementary fosters continuous, compassionate learners who embrace change and diversity and work to achieve the best version of themselves with high regard for the core values of respect, responsibility, and safety.

How can you help to support students at South?
* Volunteer for Special Events
* Be a Lego League Volunteer
* Be a Guest Reader
* Eat Lunch with Students
* Be a Classroom Buddy
* Support Service Learning

Special Events
South has several special events throughout the year. Each year we participate in the Battle of the Books. In the spring we have our annual FUN RUN. We also participate in Lego League. These are just a few events in which you could partner.

Service-Learning Project
Each one of our students participates with their classes in service-learning projects. Students learn how to be good community members while at South. Projects are varied throughout the year and within each grade level.

Classroom Buddy
A classroom buddy can provide support for our young learners. You could be a guest reader, help chaperone field trips, share more about your work experiences, or help provide classroom resources. Connecting with a class of students provides meaningful adult connections.

 

Last Modified on July 8, 2020