Supt. Ness: Generosity abounds

Our students and our staff take the gift of giving seriously, especially around the holidays. Our staff has collected personal funds and shared with students and charity organizations. Students have raised funds through Penny Wars and collected items through food drives, Toys for Tots, and Presents for Pets. I have seen many, many displays of caring for others…our staff and students resemble our community – very generous, thoughtful and compassionate!  Happy Holidays from the staff and students at Fergus Falls Public Schools!

Staff’s Favorite Holiday Things…

How does your favorites stack up against ISD 544 staff?  In a recent survey, we found out that 60% of our staff open presents on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Ham followed by prime rib and turkey are the favorite Christmas dinners. Only 15% of our staff hang mistletoe. The favorite holiday cookie is Peanut Butter Blossoms and sugar cutouts. The holiday song of choice is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “White Christmas.” Only 29% of our staff have a real tree; and 60% use white lights rather than multi-colored lights. The favorite TV show is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and next in line are “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  The holiday movie went to “Elf”. Our staff overwhelming preferred hot cocoa rather than eggnog; and fudge and krumkake/lefse were the favorite treats.  Caramel was by far the favorite popcorn; and finally 95% would rather give than receive a gift.

MSBA Award

The Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Awards Program includes a category of recognition for people who complete 300 or more hours of attendance at MSBA sponsored meetings and activities.  Congratulations to Melanie Cole, our school board chair, who was recently notified that she has reached the 300-hour level and will receive the President’s Award!  The award will be given out at the 2018 MSBA Leadership Conference during the Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, January 11.

Sportsmanship Awards

Congratulations to the fall sports teams who won conference Sportsmanship Awards – Girls Swimming and Diving, Tennis and Soccer and Boys Soccer! Since we entered the Central Lakes Conference, the Fergus Falls High School has won more awards than any other school!

Art Show

M State recently hosted an area high school art show. Twenty students from Fergus Falls High School participated, along with students from Hillcrest, Pelican Rapids, and Underwood. The Otters took home the top prize in three of the six categories.

Congratulations to Rhiannon Garcia who won the painting category with her impressionist style landscape; to Hannah Johnson won the ceramics category with her Horsehair Raku piece; and to Andrew Balken for winning the drawing category with his scratch board work. Each winner was honored along with other artists at a M State reception hosted by Art Chair Lori Charest. The show was sponsored by Heart of the Lakes Gallery in Battle Lake.

Congratulations the Fergus Falls Bowling Team

Congratulations to the varsity bowling team and Coach Paulson for winning the 2017 Minnesota High School Bowling (MHSB) State Championship and to the JV Team for finishing in second place! The Varsity team members include seniors–Nolan Booth and Jacob Halvorson; juniors–Spencer Jennen and John Runningen; sophomore–Kaitlyn Krensing; and 8th grader–Keisen Wick. Congratulations to the JV team for finishing second in the state! Team members include seniors–Ronnie Becker, Levi Danielson, Casey Thom, and Paige Kort; sophomores–Jasmine Benjamin and Zach Kort; and 8th grader–Dylan Obowa.