Supt. Ness: Conferences and Career Expo slated for this week

Parent–Teacher Conferences

Parents are invited to attend the Parent-Teacher Conferences starting on Thursday of this week.  It is important to meet and hear how your child is doing in the classroom beyond their letter grade.  Conferences are scheduled from 4-7:45 pm on the evenings of Thursday, October 11 and Monday, October 15; and from 8 am-3:15 pm on Friday, Oct. 12. Students in grades K-8 have scheduled conferences, while parents of 9-12 high school students are encouraged to attend at any time.

Career Expo

The 13th Annual Career Expo for 2018 will be held at Kennedy Secondary School, Fergus Falls on Thursday, October 11. Over 1,000 local and area high school students will be able to meet with professionals in a diverse range of career fields to learn about future work opportunities, as well as educational and training requirements for each field. For the third year, juniors and seniors from Fergus Falls High School will leave campus to visit local employers to learn about exciting career options right here in Fergus Falls. The Fergus Falls Kennedy Secondary School’s 9th and 10th grade students will stay on campus and have an opportunity to chart career paths and plans for their future.

The day will allow students to visit post-secondary colleges, technical colleges, and military representatives. Also, students will have the opportunity to visit businesses that are in high demand in West Central Minnesota. In addition, students will hear two keynote speakers: Josh Teigen and Sadiyo Hassan.  

Josh Teigen, Chief Visionary and CFO of Protosthetics LLC and 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year –

employs about 15 people, many of them interns from NDSU’s engineering department. “I’ve learned that you don’t build a business; you build people, and people build the business for you,” he said. “Invest in developing your team. Get the right people on the bus, and then all you have to do is steer.” Teigen gives back by serving as instructor of Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).

Sadiyo Hassan is a software developer and co-founder of Rising Tide Software, and an early talent intern at John Deere and TEDx.  Sadiyo and her family were refugees from Nairobi, Kenya who wanted only to live a better life. Sadiyo’s drive for success in her education has not only shown through her academic excellence as she graduated Valedictorian of West Fargo High School’s Class of 2018, but also through her leadership roles in extracurriculars including FIRST Robotics and three service clubs. In this journey, Sadiyo found her passion in engineering which led to her professional success in becoming an Early Talent Intern at John Deere and now an owner of a tech startup company, all before she graduated high school.

The goals for this year’s Career Expo are to foster awareness of high demand career opportunities; provide students an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with business leaders; increase students’ interest in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math; and alleviate isolation of students who are interested in careers that do not require 4-year degrees, such as 2-year degrees, and certificate programs.

This event is sponsored by: Fergus Falls Community Education, Kennedy Secondary School, Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, Minnesota State Community & Technical College – Fergus Falls, West Central Initiative, Minnesota Workforce Center/Rural MN CEP, Lake Country Service Cooperative, Lake Region Healthcare Corporation, and Otter Tail Power Company.

Minnesota Motor Company Night at Otter Stadium

The Fergus Falls Public Schools would like to thank the Minnesota Motor Company for sponsoring the football game on Friday, October 12.  Minnesota Motor Company and Heartland Chevy Dealers have paid for everyone’s ticket – so everyone gets into Friday night’s game FREE! They are inviting the community to come out and cheer on the Otters – as the team takes on the Park Rapids!

Beginning at 5:30 pm until kickoff, you are also invited to stop by their tailgate area – in the parking lot near the tennis courts – for free hot dogs and lawn games.