Supt. Ness: It’s Week 2!

The Fergus Falls Public Schools have had a wonderful first week of school! It was great fun to see the smiling faces of our new and returning students. Our enrollment continues to be strong in the lower elementary grades.  Currently, our School District has seen an increase of 69 students overall since last year at this time.

Otter Pride Night

Our Otter Pride Night is a great night for our District!  A huge thank you goes to School Board member Matt Lemke! Each year he is the driving force that organizes this Otter celebration.  Thanks also goes to the volleyball team and other volunteers for their work. The 544 Education Foundation had a great night selling 500 meals. And to wrap up the evening, the Otter Football team came back to win 23-21 on Noah Raitz’ 41-yard field goal – what a game!!

Student Information System

The Fergus Falls Public Schools is using a new student information system called Synergy replacing PowerSchool. Synergy is a completely web-based student information system that tracks class schedule, grades, attendance, health and discipline data for each student.

A component of this package includes the ParentVue portal – a safe and secure way for parents to access information about their child/ren; monitor and support their academic success; and enhance school-to-home communication. ParentVue can be accessed via their website or app for your smartphone.

Parent account activation is a self-registration process.  Each parent is provided a unique activation key code.  For parents residing in the same household, you may choose to activate individual accounts or choose one to share as a family. Information outlining the details necessary to activate an account has recently been distributed.  

SchoolMessenger – In conjunction with Synergy, SchoolMessenger will be used for emergency and other school announcements. The Remind notices will be phased out this year. Starting next week, the Fergus Falls Public Schools will use SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  School closures or delays, attendance notifications, low lunch balance notices, etc….will all be sent via SchoolMessenger.

To comply with wireless carrier requirements and protect against unsolicited text messages, you will receive an SMS (Short Message Service text) message to the wireless number that the district has on file requesting that you “opt in” to receive important information from the district via SMS text message on Thursday, September 14. So that you can continue to receive these important messages from your student’s school district, we encourage you to reply with “OPTIN” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, including the verification message, go to or reply “STOP” to the opt-in message you receive.

The School District does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Peanut and Tree Nut Free Policy

Due to students with food allergies related to life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, the Fergus Falls Public Schools’ food service and family and consumer science (FACS) classes, will be peanut and tree nut free beginning with the 2017-18 school year.  

Examples of nuts and products containing nuts are, but not limited to, peanuts, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. Our food service’s goal is to maintain a safe, allergen-free environment and will make every effort to be peanut and tree nut free, however, some food items may be produced in a facility where peanuts and tree nuts are used.

The Fergus Falls Public Schools allows peanuts and tree nuts or products containing peanuts or tree nuts to be brought to school by students for consumption during meals.  Students with peanuts and tree nuts or products containing peanuts or tree nuts are not allowed to sit at designated peanut and tree nut free lunch tables. Students are not allowed to bring peanuts and tree nuts or products into classrooms that have students with peanut or tree nut allergies.