It’s Computer Science Education week. A movement called the Hour of Code is taking place this week, designed to expose students of all ages to computer programming. Why? Because there could be a serious shortage of computer programmers in the near future. Programming could be an exciting field for students to consider.
Fuel Up To Play 60 has announced Shane Stangvik as the winner of two tickets to the Vikings / Bears game on December 1 and John Runningen as the winner of a framed, autographed photo of Viking player, Kyle Rudolph. KSS students in grades 6, 7 and 8 have been using the Fuel Up To Play 60 website to track their eating and physical activity.
Shane and John helped staff the Fuel Up To Play 60 booth on Otter Pride Night and have been inspiring their peers to eat healthy and get 60 minutes of daily physical activity!
UPDATE: Photos of Shane’s trip to see the Vikings beat the Bears!
Meng Andrews, Fergus Falls Chinese Teacher, and Diversity Coordinator, Guy Griebe, traveled to Pelican Rapids last week. Accompanying them were Fergus Falls students Abbilynn Monilaws and Gabriel Albers. With their help, many Viking Elementary students, who participate in an after school program, were able to wear Chinese dress and immerse themselves in a new culture/customs and learn some basic Chinese language.
Meng Andrews brought with her many “treasures” that gave the students a better sense of what the people from China are like. The students were very excited to be able to wear and operate a Chinese New Year dragon. They also were able learn how to snap open a Chinese fan primarily used for Chinese Taichi.
Kennedy Secondary School students and community members enjoyed an excellent Veterans Day program on Tuesday. Music was provided by the High School Wind Ensemble; High School, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs; and Seth Stein and Levi Soydara performing Taps.
The keynote speaker was SSG John Kriesel. John Kriesel is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He represented District 57A. A Republican, he is a private marketing and advertising contractor to the Minnesota Army National Guard. He is a contributor on KFAN-AM 1130 radio during the “Power Trip Morning Show”, and volunteers as a motivational speaker for schools, churches and businesses.
Kriesel was elected to the House in 2010.
He served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1998-2008. He was stationed in Kosovo in 2004 as part of a NATO peacekeeping force and, later, at Camp Fallujah in Iraq.
He lost both of his legs in military combat in 2006 in an encounter with an IED. He now has prosthetic legs. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart medal, and the Bronze Star medal for service to his country.
He co-authored “Still Standing”, an autobiography that details his military career, recovery from his combat injuries, and his life journey since.
John and his wife, Katie, have two children. He currently serves as Director of Veteran Services for Anoka County.