This is Bus Safety WeekPublished 11:25am Thursday, October 20, 2011
This week, Oct. 17-21, has been proclaimed as School Bus Safety Week by Governor Dayton.
The proclamation states in part that, “Minnesota children are Minnesota’s most valuable resource, and their safety getting to and from school is a top priority; and school bus drivers around the state are trained and retrained to serve in the highest of school bus operation, transporting the 766,269 students in Minnesota’s 369 school districts.”
I would like to thank Otter Tail Coaches, and especially the bus drivers, for their dedication and service to the students and parents in our community. I congratulate them on a job well done.
State honor choir
Recently, Middle School Choir Director Janel Trosvig received great news from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Ten students, from the Fergus Falls Public Schools, have been accepted into the ACDA State Honor Choir. They will sing for the Fall ACDA Convention in St. Peter at Gustavus Adolphus College on Nov. 18 and 19.
These talented singers are: sixth graders — Naomi Beske, Tommy Bowman, Emily Haugmo and Dawson Rodriguez; Seventh graders — Evan Aanerud, Caleb Petersen and Jamie Olson; and Eighth graders — Patience Pearson, Derek Rotering, Sam Nelson and Luke Velde.
Congratulations to all the students selected and to Janel Trosvig for an outstanding job.
The Fergus Falls High School Activities Department has been tackling the ever-increasing concerns surrounding concussions.
On Aug. 30, three medical doctors from Lake Region Healthcare staged a workshop for all coaches and physical education teachers in the Fergus Falls High School.
Dr. Magnuson, Dr. Mitzel and Dr. Van Valkenburg along with Heidi Asmus from the LRHC Speech and Language Pathology Department did a great job of informing the attendees. The talk centered on symptoms, remedies, treatments, etc. as it pertains to concussions.
We feel strongly that the school district needs to be proactive in the area of concussions and leave the tough decisions to the medical experts and not our coaches and parents. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gary Schuler, activities director.
More than 50 alumni performed in the second annual alumni pep band during the pre-game portion of the homecoming football game. Thanks to all who participated in this great event.
Last week, Jerry Juven and Dennis Wutzke, ag teachers, left on a metal run to Northern Plains Steel in Fargo — just as they have done for the past several years. They brought back approximately 3,000 pounds of metal for students to cut into coupons and weld. The “street value” of this metal is around $.50 per pound. This fall, there are 40 students enrolled in Metals I and 110 students enrolled in Intro to Tech (first semester) who will be using this material. During second semester, it’s anticipated that even a higher number of students will need metal coupons.
The Fergus Falls Public Schools is in the process of evaluating and improving how we teach and implement wellness practices for our students and staff. Our Wellness Committee and PartnerSHIP 4 Health are asking staff, students, families and interested community members to complete a wellness survey.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the online survey at the link listed and help us shape our ideas for wellness at school: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ ISD544HealthySchoolSurvey.