Ben Franklin Middle School

Sixth graders conduct Lunar Landing Science Experiment

"We call it our Mars Lander. Our students are combining three different units together. We have engineering design, forces in motion and our astronomy unit."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Ben Franklin Middle School students are hoping to stick an excellent landing as they conduct a lunar science experiment. To keep the tradition alive, sixth grade Science teacher, Mr. Rodney Volk is celebrating the school’s 20th year conducting the Lunar Landing Science experiment with students. “We call it our Mars Lander. Our students are combining three…

Community rallies behind Fargo man who suffered life-changing injury

People across the metro say Oak Reile is an institution in the community

FARGO, N.D. — As the former assistant principal at Ben Franklin Middle School for over 20 years, there’s no question that Oak Reile touched the lives of many. “Oak Reile could fill the Dome with the number of people he’s impacted,” says Ben Franklin principal Shane Martin. “This is the kind of person who would go to Scheels and buy…

Ben Franklin Middle School Students Discover Mobile Jobs through Careers On Wheels

7th graders are learning some jobs don't require a desk

FARGO, N.D. — Seventh graders at Ben Franklin Middle School are discovering how jobs can be mobile. Students are talking with professionals whose careers are on-the-go through the Careers on Wheels event. Police officers, construction workers and truckers are taking students inside their vehicles and letting them use their equipment. Members of the school’s staff say it’s a great way for…

Fargo Middle School Teacher, Coach Named District’s 2019 Teacher of the Year

Travis Hoeg joined the school in 2006

FARGO, N.D. — Many students are honored at Ben Franklin Middle School’s assembly, but just one teacher got quite the surprise at the event. Travis Hoeg is named Fargo Public Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year. Students describe him as “the best teacher ever” and their “favorite teacher.” Hoeg teaches science and English and coaches basketball, volleyball, and track. Superintendent Rupak…

Sixth Graders Learn Hands-On Science Experiments with NDSU Researchers

Four classes from Ben Franklin Middle School took part

FARGO, N.D. — Sixth graders at Ben Franklin Middle School learned about the wonders of science from scientists at NDSU. Several of Travis Hoeg’s science classes got to take part in hands–on science experiments with NDSU professor Senay Simsek. Some lessons dealt with sensory science and density, while other kids learned how to mix alginate and calcium chloride to make tiny…

66 Jefferson Elementary Students Make the Leap to Middle School

The students received recognition for reading and participation in chorus

FARGO, N.D. — More than 60 Jefferson Elementary School students celebrate a major milestone in their educational journeys. The 5th graders walked across the stage to recognize their graduation from Jefferson. Several kids were honored for their involvement in music classes and reading, and also listened to two Fargo South students give advice about middle school. The ceremony was the perfect…

Local Spellers Make It Through 3rd Round Of National Spelling Bee, But Their Journey Ends

8th graders from Fargo and Crookston Did Not Score Enough Points To Make The Finals

Tobi Shorunke-Fargo/Ainsley Boucher-CrookstonWASHINGTON, D.C. — It was smooth sailing through round three of the spelling bee for Ben Franklin 8th grader Tobi Shorunke of Fargo. Shorunke easily spelled the word “deliverable” in round 3 and now moves on to the 4th round. He is the only speller from North Dakota to make this year’s spelling bee. Ainsley Boucher, an 8th…

North Dakota’s Top Speller Makes It To The Next Round

Tobi Shorunke is an 8th grader at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, Ainsley Boucher of Crookston is one of 8 Minnesotans in the contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota’s top speller made it to round two of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. So how did Tobi Shorunke of Fargo do Tuesday afternoon? His word was “portulaca” and he asked for the definition. Any plant of a genus of mainly tropical succulent herbs having usually yellow, pink, red, white or purple ephemeral flowers with four…

Fargo Student Wins State Spelling Bee, Headed To Washington, D.C.

Tobi Shorunke Spelled "millibars" for the win

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Fargo eighth-grader will represent North Dakota in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in late May. Tobi Shorunke from Ben Franklin Middle School outlasted dozens of other spellers to win the state bee on Monday in Bismarck. Shorunke correctly spelled “millibars” to win the bee in the 14th round. Categories: Local News, News Landing…

Experiments with KVRR Meteorologist Scott Sincoff: Human Vacuum

Fun and Easy Science Experiments

This week, Meteorologist Scott Sincoff became a human vacuum to display differences in air pressure with Ben Franklin Middle School Earth Science Teacher Barry Olson. What You Need: Vacuum cleaner with nozzle Large and thick garbage bags How to do the experiment: Lay out the garbage bag and step into it, sit down in the garbage bag leaving only your…