Supt. Ness: Congratulations are in order

Congratulations to…
Tyler Hauge – The Fergus Falls High School sent off a state speech participant, Tyler Hauge, on Thursday afternoon in the KSS Gold Gym. The band played and students heard Tyler explain his category – Serious Prose Interpretation. Tyler performed well and placed 10th at state.

John Helland – Last Thursday, Women’s United held their annual Little Black Dress event to raise awareness and funds for literacy. It was wonderful to see so many staff members in attendance to honor our own John Helland. John was ISD #544’s reading specialist and teacher for many years. If you want to learn anything about reading, John is one of the best resources in the state. He continues to be a great mentor to many of our staff members – thank you!!

MAAP Stars – The Area Learning Center of Fergus Falls MAAP STARS Team competed in the Spring Conference April 11 and 12 in Bloomington, Minnesota. This two-day conference gives students the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Minnesota Standards, along with their artistic, career, and life skills. Students participate as individuals and teams in competitive events and are evaluated by business leaders from around the state. Students also participate in demonstration events, artistic performance, and artistic display.

The Fergus Falls MAAP STARS Team was outstanding this year with 12 out of 13 students advancing to semi-final and final rounds in their events. In the event of Employment Interview, out of 125 total participants, Fergus Falls had two students qualify for the eight final placements. Lauren Oseien placed 3rd, and Makya Mosolf placed 6th. The team of Ethan Jeffries, Hunter Arntson, and Chris Brown placed 2nd in Team Management Decision Making; and Lauren Oseien earned 6th place in Public Speaking.

MAAP STARS is a student organization sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Program. STARS stands for Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition, and Self-esteem. The vision of MAAP STARS is: “Achieving extraordinary life-changing results for learners.”

Jump Rope Fundraiser – This year McKinley School far exceeded their Jump Rope for Heart goal of $5,000; bringing in roughly $8,500 for the American Heart Association. By reaching this school-wide goal, some of the top fundraising students have earned the right to “pie” a teacher, principal, superintendent, or school board member in the face for some fun on Thursday, April 26!

Reading Corp Awarded
Christine A. P. Bedell, director of School Partnerships notified our School District that Adams School has been awarded one full-time elementary literacy tutor. Their decision was influenced by the District’s demonstrated commitment to helping all students reach their full potential. This year, as part of the Reading Corps program, Adams School will be one of hundreds of schools across Minnesota partnering with them. Working together, I’m confident we can help our students make great gains!

Dollars for Scholars
On Wednesday, April 25, the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars will award $60,000 to 64 student scholarships from the Class of 2018! The program will include an introduction by Nancy Eldredge Hess, Fergus Falls Dollars For Scholar’s executive director; Welcome remarks by Brad Hoganson, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy; Presentation of scholarships by Nancy Eldredge Hess; and closing remarks from myself.

The Board of Directors include Nancy Eldredge Hess, Executive Director*, Kathryn Vukonich, President, Sean Sullivan, Vice President, Sherri Money, Treasurer, Heidi Konynenbelt, Secretary, V.J. Block*, Jean Bowman, Bonnie Denzel*, Chris Eldredge*, Brad Hoganson*, Nathan Jensen, Peg Kalar, Brad Martinson*, Trena Martinson, Jerry Ness*, Matt Olsen, Erin Smith and Cory Thompson. In next week’s column I will name the scholarships and recipients.
* Denotes an ex-officio member