• MonMay30 NO SCHOOL - Tiger Club closed Memorial Day
    • WedJun01 Early Childhood Screening Fridley Community Center
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Fridley Fine Arts Festival - May 7th

The Fridley Fine Arts Festival Organizing Committee is thrilled to invite you to an evening that celebrates the creative spirit that embodies Fridley Public Schools.  The doors open at pm on Saturday May 7.  It will be a truly inspiring evening that showcases the amazingly talented student-artists of Fridley Public Schools.  Please share our Facebook event page with friends and family to make sure they have the opportunity to attend.

ALL PROCEEDS from this event go to support the Fine Arts programs in Fridley Public Schools.  We look forward to seeing you on May 7!

Program Details:
-Tickets are $20 for Premium seats, $10 for General admission, and $5 for students - purchase your tickets HERE. Tickets can be purchased at the door as well. Event is held at the Fridley High School Auditorium.

-Our award-winning DP Visual Artists will be holding a silent auction, which means that YOU will have the opportunity to purchase their amazing work.  They are graciously donating half of the winning bid to the Visual Arts programs in the district.  HERE is a sample of their stunning art!

 -If you are unable to attend the event but would like to support the Fine Arts programs at Fridley Public Schools, then click HERE to make a tax deductible donation.

 If you have any questions about tickets, email Dan Wold at

Dr. Robert Smith, principal of Fridley Area Learning Center (ALC), will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Smith has served as the ALC principal for the past 10 years.

“I have enjoyed every moment of my time here,” said Smith, adding that this was one of the hardest decisions he has ever made. “When you have a job that you love, it becomes such an ingrained part of your life that it is difficult to say goodbye,” he said.

Smith said that what he is most proud of and will miss the most are his students. “Their resilience to persevere, despite incredible challenges and difficulties, and graduate from high school is inspiring,” he said.

Smith acknowledged that district’s commitment and support of the ALC from the superintendent to the school board has allowed the ALC to continue to grow. The ALC provides independent studies, night school, online learning through Moodle, and uses the same curriculum framework as the high school. In addition, students who meet graduation requirements graduate with their high school peers in the same commencement ceremony.

“The ALC staff works incredibly hard and is committed to the success of every one of our students,” said Smith. “I am proud of not only the work they do every day in educating our students, but also building relationships with them and doing everything they can to support the students and their families to the finish line,” he said.

Amy Cochran, who has been tapped to replace Smith beginning July 1, 2016, is the current assistant principal at Fridley Middle School. She has held the assistant principal role for the past three years and, prior to that, was a dean at the school.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work in a district that I love,” said Cochran, adding that while she will be leaving the middle school, she will not be going too far.

Cochran wants to continue to build on the services provided by focusing on enhancing learning opportunities for the ALC, early childhood special education program, transition program, and targeted services. “Building and maintaining great working relationships with staff, students and their families will be one of my top priorities,” said Cochran.

Superintendent Peggy Flathmann said that she was pleased that Cochran would be assuming the leadership role at the ALC. “Amy has great leadership skills that were evident even when she was a middle school dean,” said Flathmann. “In the last few years, I have seen her embrace her role as an assistant principal with great compassion and understanding and these are qualities that will be invaluable in her new role,” she said.


Fridley High School 2016 MSHSL award winners.  Top l-r: Julia Swendsrud, Amir Khadar,
Joey Herder, and Amy Walus. Bottom l-r:  Justice Jones, Nut Puy, and Olivia Rossi.


Congratulations to Fridley High School art students for their outstanding performance at the sections 4AA and 5AA of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Art Competition held April 16, 2016.  

Out of the 177 artworks that were presented, Fridley submitted 18 works that earned 14 “Superior” awards (the highest award possible), and 4 “Excellent” awards (high honor award).  

In addition, each of the 15 judges selected one “Judge’s Choice” personal favorite.  Fridley had three works selected for this prestigious award.  These three “Judge’s Choice” artworks will continue on to the statewide “Judge's Choice Spotlight on the Arts” exhibition on May 21, 2016 at the Perpich Center for the Arts.




JOEY HERDER - 2 Superior Awards, 1 Excellent Award, and a Spotlight on the Arts Award:
“Make America Great Again” (Superior)
“Beauty is Pain” (Superior), (Spotlight on the Arts Award)
“No One Rules if No One Obeys” (Excellent)

JUSTICE JONES - 2 Superior Awards, 2 Excellent Awards, and a Spotlight on the Arts Award:
“Everything is Transient” (Superior), (Spotlight on the Arts Award)
“Belonging” (Superior)
“Inside Outside World” (Excellent)
“Identity Crisis” (Excellent)

AMIR KHADAR - 2 Superior Awards:
“Native Skin” (Superior)
“Kinks and Curls” (Superior)

NUT PUY - 3 Superior Awards:
“Reverie” (Superior)
“Numb” (Superior)
“Reflection” (Superior)

OLIVIA ROSSI -3 Superior Awards:
“Angles” (Superior)
“Bruce Springsteen” (Superior)
“Obstacles” (Superior)

JULIA SWENDSRUD -1 Excellent Award:
“Submerged” (Excellent)

AMY WALUS -2 Superior Awards, 1 Spotlight on the Arts Award:
“So Poetic” (Superior), (Spotlight on the Arts Award)
“In Plain Sight” (Superior)




Fridley High School’s Robotics Team placed 2nd out of 64 teams in the nation (and one from Australia) at the 2016 Minnesota FIRST Lake Superior tournament held in Duluth on March 2-5, 2016.

The Fridley team, sponsored in part by Medtronics, is coached by Daren Dressler. In its 10-year history, this was the first time in five or six years the team has gone to the Duluth tournament.

“This year the game was more robot-on-robot contact. The goal was to throw foam boulders into a tower or push them through a gate and there are defender bots you have to go through,” said junior Colton Ranstrom.

The activity consisted of four positions on the field: coach (advising the drivers), spy, and two drivers (one in charge of moving, and one aiming and shooting). Signaling from the spy lets the coach know what to tell the drivers.

Coach Dressler was thrilled with the team’s success and is looking forward to expanding the program and sponsorships.

“I’ve seen tremendous growth in our students. It’s so hands on. Some of our students may not even know how to use a wrench in the beginning and by the end they’re programming and thinking outside the box of how to fix the robot,” he said.


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