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).   

Our Cleveland School and Kennedy Secondary School scored higher or tied Underwood on 19 out of 20 grade level and district scores; Rothsay 20/20; Ashby 16/20; Battle Lake 13/20; Alexandria 13/20; Moorhead 20/20; West Central Area 17/20; Detroit Lakes 19/20; Perham 17/20; Pelican Rapids 18/20; and Breckenridge 18/20.

The Fergus Falls School District scored above the state average in 19 of 20 grade level and district scores. We scored more than 10% higher than the state average on three grade levels in math and five in reading.  The high school science score was also 10% higher than the state average, while grade 5 and grade 8 scored more than 20% higher then the state average!

Teacher of the Year!

At our August 30th District Meeting, Kim Walvatne, 1st grade teacher at Adams School, was selected as the Fergus Falls Education Association Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Kim on this honor! She is an excellent example of our hardworking and innovative teaching staff.  Kim is a driving force behind our STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – program.


The District also honored staff for their years of service as follows: 10 Years of Service – Terri Aho, Jenna Anderson, Matthew Dahman, Marc Dissell, Dan Lawson, Marsha Talley, Marcy Ugstad; 15 Years of Service – Vicki Crowser, Carrie Sikkink, Rick Wasvick; 20 Years of Service – Mona Davis, Brett Duenow, Renee Erickson, Dan Hanson, Lana Ouren, Dave Rund, Carol Shauer Sanderson, Jackie Sibenaller, Jennifer Swanson, Rick Thom, Niki Welde; 25 Years of Service – Paul Anderson, Janet Athens-Nygaard, Janell Birch, Carrie Christenson, Michelle Danielson, JoAnne Kiefer, Troy Lee, Jon Miller, Renae Rocholl, Lynette Schirmers, Elaine Snyder, Daryl Tysdal, Cindy Wasvick; 30 Years of Service – Kathleen Rittenour, Deb Sutor; 35 Years of Service  – Mark Masten; and 40 Years of Service – JoEllen Johnson. Congratulations to all and thank you for your many years of dedicated service!


Over the past two years, Fergus Falls Public Schools has hired over 50 new teachers and over 100 new support staff.  Retirements, staff moves and additional staff needed due to enrollment growth are the reasons for the hires. The Fergus Falls Public Schools would like to welcome our new teaching staff  – Daniel Allinder, orchestra; Katherine (Dede) Carpenter, kindergarten; Karla Cummings, school counselor (iQ); Sara Delaney, art; David Dirks, PE/health; Kari Flatau, science and RTI; Dane Froiland, music; Andrew Goracke, PE/health; Derek Hanson, 3rd Grade; Emily Hebert, 5th grade; Sally Kerbaugh, 3rd grade, Kristen Knudsen, 2nd grade; Kristine LaVoi, 6th grade; Megan Lee, 1st grade; Amelia Lemar, 5th grade; Kari Love-Mainah, language arts; Kelli McGovern, math/1st grade (iQ); Jacqueline Ness-Ludwig, art; Nathan Pillsbury, 3rd grade; Nicole Schleske, kindergarten; Lisa Schlosser, special education; Mackenzie Schwantz, special education; Douglas Stave, special education; Dan Sternberg, 5th grade; and Trina Weisel, 1st grade.


Otter Pride Night – Sept. 14

The community is invited to Otter Pride Night from 5-7 pm, Friday, September 14th in the KSS Gold Gym.  This is a fun 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 will be selling Taco in Bag meal for $5. The Otter Football Team will take on the Detroit Lake Lakers starting at 7pm.