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Supt. Ness: It’s American Education Week

School Board Election Results

Congratulations to incumbents Missy Hermes and Melanie Cole for their successful re-election to the school board.  We are also welcoming Kirby Anderson as a new member to the school board. I would personally like to thank John Haugmo for running for school board and a special thanks to Blaine Danielson’s for his four years of service on the Board.  Blaine is an Otter through and through, who has provided a common sense and supportive voice for students and staff.

American Education Week – November 12-16

Public schools are the cornerstone of our communities. We welcome students of all backgrounds, abilities and incomes, and each of us plays a role in ensuring our schools are open to all. Each year during American Education Week, Fergus Falls Public Schools honor the Fergus Falls Education Association Teacher of the Year – this year’s winner is 1st grade teacher Kim Walvatne – and selects our Support Staff of the Year.  

The public is invited to attend the award ceremony and celebration at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, November 14 in the Kennedy Secondary School cafeteria.  Please park in the Friberg Parking Lots and enter door “O.”

Congratulations to this year’s Support Staff of the Year nominees:  

Jenny Albertson, Tony Cantrell, Amy Christensen, Vicki Crowser, Mary Drake, Mandy Ellison, Linda Erickson, Meg Garrahan, Anne Hintz, Michelle Jerez-Carlson, Sarah Kampa, April King, Kari Leitch, Val Moxness, Gail Rocholl, Dawn Schleske, Elaine Snyder, Jill Thorstad, Doug Trosvig, Vivian Whipple, and Diane Wiederich.

Veterans Day Programs

Three of our schools – Kennedy, Cleveland and Adams – held programs to honor our veterans on Friday, November 9. They were all well received and supported by our community. The Cleveland program was live streamed on YouTube and featured music directed by Ms. Danielson and Veterans Day readings by students. Principal Rund served as the masters of ceremonies.  Adams School had a 30 minute program that featured music and three guest speakers, all parents of current students. Thanks to Mr. Demuth and Mr. Jacobson for coordinating the program.

Kennedy Secondary School – The KSS Gold Gym was filled with students in grades 5-12, along with staff and community members for the annual Veterans Day program. The program was highlighted by Music from the choir, band and orchestra.  Thank you to the Fergus Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 612 & American Legion Post 30 for their partnership and posting of the colors during the programs.

The Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy Awards were announced by auxiliary members Tiffany Hanson and Sharon Casey and included: Patriot Pen – 1st place Aisling Cox, $300; 2nd place Leila Nasri, $200; 3rd place Holly Gutzmer, $100 and 4th place Ahlea Mouser, $50. The Voice of Democracy Awards were presented to: 1st place Miranda Quick, $400; 2nd place Berit Skogen, $300; 3rd place Elizabeth Bigelow, $200; and 4th place, Anna Reard $100. A special thank you to social studies teacher Ethan Soland and English teacher Jessica Anderson for their leadership in conducting the contests.

The School of Dance, choreographed by Mary Pettit, performed two dances for the audience – “Soldier” and “Glory Glory.” Dancers included: Sydney Batzlaff, Tessa Becker, Mallory Bergem, Sara Danielson, Madalyn Dent, Helaina Kremeier, Rachel Nelson, Grace Olson, Annelise Pence, Alexis Rosentreter, Natalie Vogel, Elizabeth Bigelow, Megan Georgeson, Jacey Johnson, Emily Koljonen, Isabelle Kremeier, Mara Pausch, Lindsey Petterson, Anna Reard, Brita Sonmor, Lillie Stumbo.

Colonel Stan Carignan was the keynote speaker for the program.  He shared an outstanding message about our country and democracy.  Following his speech, the members of the Fergus Falls Quilters Embrace awarded Colonel Carignan a Quilt of Valor.

The program continued with veterans from all five branches of the US Armed Services being recognized, a Moment of Silence to remember the Veterans of World War I from the Fergus Falls area celebrating 100 years since the end of the war and Taps played by Elizabeth Grotberg.

The program ended with a medley of “The House I Live In” by Frank Sinatra and “Let it Be” by The Beatles performed by Ciara Rose and her band.  A special thanks to Principal Dean Monke for coordinating another special Veterans Day program.

Supt. Ness: Follow the yellow brick road

This year, our high school is performing The Wizard of Oz!  The show dates are November 9-10 and  November 16-17 at 7 pm and Sunday, November 18 at 2 pm at the KSS Auditorium. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for students.

The following was shared by Tech Director Allee Nickolauson…

THE WIZARD OF OZ is a play by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. The story is of a young girl named Dorothy Gale, who lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and little dog Toto. Feeling unappreciated, Dorothy dreams of a far away place. Miss Gulch, their unpleasant neighbor, serves Dorothy with a summons to take Toto away. Toto escapes from Dorothy’s bicycle basket, and she runs away from home with him. On the road, they find a showman, Professor Marvel, who urges her to return to the farm. Dorothy arrives back to her home, just as a tornado touches down. In her house, she is accidentally hit on the head. The house is carried by the tornado to the Land of Oz.   Continue reading Supt. Ness: Follow the yellow brick road

Supt. Ness: 544 Education Foundation Awards $63,000 in Grants!

At its October 11th board meeting, the 544 Education Foundation awarded over $63,600 in grants to the Fergus Falls School District. The total of grants awarded since 2000 is $390,000!! The School District and staff would like to sincerely thank the 544 Education Foundation!  They are amazing partners in the pursuit of helping students become productive citizens!

The Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation was founded in September 2000 with a $60,000 grant from the Veden Charitable Trust. Their mission is to raise, invest and grant money through a charitable foundation to support educational programs. Continue reading Supt. Ness: 544 Education Foundation Awards $63,000 in Grants!