• MonMar27 Boys and Girls Track (7-8) begins Fridley Middle School
    • MonMar27 Boys Tennis (6-8) begins Fridley Middle School
    • MonMar27 Boys Tennis (9-12) begins Fridley High School
    • MonMar27 Softball (7-8) begins Fridley Middle School
    • MonMar27 Band Concert 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMFridley High School Auditorium


All Fridley Public Schools parents and families are invited to a district-wide Student Success Expo to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Fridley High School.  This event is free and no registration is required.  Please join us and learn more about: raising socially-emotionally well adjusted children, how parental involvement can help raise academic achievement for students, helping children successfully transition from one school level to another, and successful job hunting and internships for high school students.


Toni Craft, Director of Community Education for Fridley Public Schools, presents Tom Larson with the Life Long Learning Award on February 11 prior to the opening night of The Dining Room, a dinner theater presentation by Fridley Community Theater at Fridley Community Center.


Fridley Public School’s Community Education Program is pleased to announce that Tom Larson is the 2017 recipient of its annual Life Long Learning Award. The purpose of the award is to honor a community member who demonstrates Community Education’s mission to support lifelong learning, promote a strong and healthy community, and to actively engage in leadership.

Larson, a Fridley Public Schools employee, is a speech coach at Fridley High School, director of Fridley Community Theatre and a founding board member of the Fridley Community Theatre.

“Tom gives his all, all the time,” said Toni Craft, Director of Community Education, adding that Larson has been an important part of Fridley High School in the position of theatre director and speech coach for 15 years.

“He has mentored and encouraged hundreds of kids in their specific theatrical roles and has pushed them beyond what they thought they could achieve,” Craft said.

His patience and understanding toward novices and long-time actor and singers is commendable. He provides opportunity for the kids to not only excel on the stage but also try their hand behind the scenes in the technical crew, orchestra, or as student directors and choreographers. He has also brought community theatre to Fridley as its director for the last seven years, providing our community with summer musicals and winter dinner dramas.

“His energy is unflagging, his enthusiasm contagious, and his love of people is heart-warming,” said Craft. “Tom has given so much to his community and undoubtedly deserves this award.”

Since 2006, the Fridley Community Education gives a recognition award called the Life Long Learning Award. Nominations are sought from the community and the Community Education Advisory Council chooses a winner based upon these nominations.   Congratulations Tom!



From left to right: Principal Matthew Boucher, Colby Hansen, Officer Mark Mickelson and Laurie Harms.


News outlets in Minnesota lit up on Valentine’s Day with the story of one of our own students saving the life of an injured neighbor.

Colby Hansen, a 6th grader at Fridley Middle School, heard cries for help while walking to school on February 1. He found Laurie Harms laying on her driveway, having slipped on ice and shattering her hip. Colby and another student (whose identity is unknown) called 9-1-1, covered Harms with a blanket and waited with her until paramedics arrived.

Both Fridley Middle School and the Fridley Police Department recognized Hansen at a special event February 14. Colby’s family was there to surprise him, as were fellow students and faculty who gave him a standing ovation for his actions. And Harms was there with a hug.

 “Thank you,” Harms said. “You saved my life. I could’ve laid there until school got out at 3:00 p.m. There could’ve been a lot of damage.”

Although this February has been unseasonably warm, temperatures on the 1st were around 12 degrees Fahrenheit in the early morning.

“It just goes to show that in Fridley, we have great quality people who raise great quality children,” said Officer Mark Mickelson, liaison at the middle school. “On behalf of the Fridley Police Department, thank you for being who you are and for being a member of our community.”

Fridley Middle School Principal Matthew Boucher awarded Colby the FMS Citizen Award, and Officer Mickelson presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation. Fridley Middle School Assistant Principal Danielle Peterson bestowed 50 GRIT tickets upon Colby, redeemable for snacks and other items.  Well done Colby!


Fridley High School’s 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Award winners are congratulated by Principal Patty Awsumb and art teacher Cheryl Burghardt. From left to right, Patty Awsumb, Amir Kadar, Savannah Covington, Briana Fodstad, Sanela Karic, Julia Swendsrud and Cheryl Burghardt.


Fridley High School’s art students received numerous awards again this year at the annual Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA), with 22 total awards, two of which were senior portfolios.  The students who received MSAA awards are:

Amir Khadar - 4 Gold Key, 3 Silver Key (one a Portfolio Award) and 5 Honorable Mention Awards

Julia Swendsrud - Gold Key Portfolio Award

Mohamed Yusuf - Gold Key, 2 Silver Key, and 2 Honorable Mention Awards

Savannah Covington - Silver Key and an Honorable Mention Award

Briana Fodstad - Honorable Mention Award

Sanela Karic - Honorable Mention Award


In addition, Amir Khadar had incredible success at this year's Minnesota Scholastic Writing Competition.  He received a total of 12 awards (more individually than most schools in total), and was one of five to receive a nomination for the American Voices Award.

Here is a breakdown of Amir's awards:

7 Gold Key Awards

4 Silver Key Awards (one a Writing Portfolio)

1 Honorable Mention Award

His poem, Unsolicited Advice to a Gay Boy in the Back of a Classroom Who Can’t Say No, was awarded the American Voices nomination and will compete at the National Scholastic Writing Competition for this prestigious award.

As with Visual Art, all Gold Key Awards continue on to the National Scholastic Writing Competition this spring.

The exhibition of Minnesota award recipients were on display at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota through February 18, with the awards ceremony at the Weisman Art Center on February 18.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.

Congratulations to all our winners!


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