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Supt. Ness: Fergus Falls Public Schools Named A Top School

This past week has been very difficult for Fergus Falls. I just don’t understand neglect and abuse of a child. This tragedy has affected many in our community including our Fergus Falls Public Schools’ students and staff.  

Jill Damrau, 1st grade teacher, shared the following email with staff last week…“ Our town recently experienced a terrible tragedy involving a child.  I’m hoping your heart feels like mine – this child needs to be remembered.  I’m guessing his short life did not include much happiness due to circumstances out of his control and ours.  But, he can be FOREVER remembered if we work together to collect money for a plaque at the Angel of Hope in Adams/Grotto Park.  If we collect more money than necessary, the extra funds could help with expenses for his brother. Let’s show this child that his life DID matter.” Continue reading Supt. Ness: Fergus Falls Public Schools Named A Top School

Supt. Ness: It’s Alternative Education Week

In a State of Minnesota Proclamation, Governor Dayton proclaimed April 8-14 as Alternative Education Week.  More than 160,000 Minnesota students are enrolled in alternative education programs including area learning centers, alternative learning programs, charter schools, drop out and prevention programs, online and distance learning programs, recovery and sober schools, care and treatment schools, schools within schools, and special education settings.

The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP), currently in its 25th year, is a broad-based vocational-oriented program for students attending alternative settings to acquire employment, academic, and social skills leading to fulfilling lives after high school. Continue reading Supt. Ness: It’s Alternative Education Week

Supt. Ness: We’ve lost two huge Otter fans

Over the past couple of weeks, the Otter family lost two of its Hall of Famers.  First, Wally Pearson passed away on March 17; and on March 30, Greg “Fuzz” Noren died.  Mr. Noren’s funeral will be held at First Lutheran Church at 3 pm, Tuesday, April 10.

Wally Pearson entered our Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in 2012. He graduated in 1961 from Concordia College, earning degrees in chemistry and math.  He began a 29-year career as a math teacher in Fergus Falls in 1966; and in 1975 he was named Teacher of the Year. Pearson was a founder of the Backcourt Club in 1978 and the Otter Basketball Camp in 1968, directing the camp until 1986. Continue reading Supt. Ness: We’ve lost two huge Otter fans