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Supt. Ness: Strong enrollment continues

With another kindergarten student registering last week, we are now at 215 students in 10 sections of kindergarten at McKinley School! This is the largest kindergarten class in years. Districtwide, our online school, iQ Academy, is up 50 students and our Fergus Falls school buildings are up 67 students. Our current District enrollment numbers are as follows: Kindergarten–224; 1st –210, 2nd–187, 3rd–220, 4th–225, 5th–230, 6th–238, 7th–241, 8th–246, 9th–230, 10th–225, 11th–240 and 12th–273 for a total of 2,989 students.


This year, our schools are focusing on improving our graduation rate.  iQ Academy and the ALC are below state standards and are in the process of writing an improvement plan. There are three key factors in graduation rates – ABCs: Attendance, Behavior, and Coursework. If a student misses 10% or more of the school year; or has two or more discipline referrals, or has two or more failed classes in their 9th grade year, they they are at greater risk of not graduating. Continue reading Supt. Ness: Strong enrollment continues

Supt. Ness: Test scores are in

Excellent Test Scores

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the 2018 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores for all schools on August 30. Congratulations to the students and staff at the Fergus Falls Public Schools on their outstanding test scores and for scoring higher than area school districts.  

Student proficiency data on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA III) test scores can be found at MDE’s website using the Minnesota Report Card data.  Students who were enrolled in our Cleveland School – grades 3 and 4, and Kennedy Secondary School – grades 5-12 on October 1, 2017 were compared to area schools on 20 scores – eight in both reading and math (grades 3-8, high school and a district total) and four in science (grades 5, 8, high school and district total).    Continue reading Supt. Ness: Test scores are in

Supt. Ness: Welcome back!

Welcome back to school! The staff and I are eager to start the new school year and help your child learn and develop. We just finished a great week of inservice preparing for the school year. It is exciting that our District’s enrollment continues to grow, especially in the primary grades.  The School Board added a tenth kindergarten section this fall (normally we have eight sections).

The Fergus Falls School District has many options and programs for our community starting from birth to senior citizens, including: Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), ages 0-2; Otter Preschool, ages 3-5; McKinley Elementary (grades K-1), Adams Elementary (grades 1-2); Cleveland Elementary (grades 3-4); Fergus Falls Middle School, grades 5-8;  and Fergus Falls High School, grades 9-12 (both located at Kennedy Secondary School/Roosevelt Education Center). We also have two additional high school options for our students, the Area Learning Center and our iQ Academy Minnesota online school. Continue reading Supt. Ness: Welcome back!