Expo one way to reach goalPublished 11:48am Thursday, December 1, 2011
One of our District goals is to encourage students to attend a post-secondary institution or to enlist in the military.
Last year, 88.3 percent of our students reached that goal. One of the key strategies the School District uses is hosting a Career Day Expo. We believe that if students can see and hear presentations from area colleges, businesses and branches of the military, they will be motivated and encouraged to pursue higher, personal goals.
This year’s Career Day Expo began at 8:30 a.m. on today at the Kennedy Secondary School. Students were assigned to one of the six career areas, attended three speaker sessions and spent the remaining session in the Gold Gym viewing displays and talking with representatives from many different occupational areas.
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following collaborating partners for making this event possible: Fergus Falls Community Education, Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Workforce Center/Rural Minnesota (CEP).
and holiday stress
Each year, our counselors remind us that the holiday season may be a challenging and difficult time for some of our students and/or staff. With changes in family structure, mobility, and recent events in our country, it is likely that we will hear from more students and parents about tough situations they are facing.
As educators, we will continue to do whatever we can to help make a student’s school life pleasant, successful, and secure. If a student needs extra support, school counselors will make arrangements to meet with them.
And often staff members pitch in anonymously to help make the holiday season a little more enjoyable for a number of families.
Recently, 544 Activities Director Gary Schuler presented a fall athletic summary to the school board. A few of the highlights included the football team receiving a gold award for team GPA; and students qualifying for State in their respective sports including: Lindsey Kimball-Tennis, Haylie Zenner and Zach Haus-Cross Country, and Abby Fisher, Taylor Monk, Emily Hexum, Dani Ross, Rachel Appert-Girls’ Swimming and Diving, with alternates: Elise Anderson, Emilie Reard and Katie Ganoe. Another highlight focused on the volleyball team winning the CLC conference and ending the season as runner-ups in the section. Also, the volleyball and the swimming/diving teams won the CLC sportsmanship awards.
The topic of concussions has recently been a main focus for the Minnesota State High School League. A number of professional, college and high school athletes have been negatively affected by concussions in recent years. Mr. Schuler arranged for an outstanding training for our coaches from Lake Region Health Care, as our school district is committed to making sure our athletes are safe. Dick’s Sporting Goods also paid for our athletes to have a baseline concussion test in order for the coaches to become more familiar with their athletes.
A sincere thank you is extended to Mr. Schuler and Sue Thorsen for their leadership and commitment to the Otter Activities. They are to be commended for their work ethic and dedication. Thank You.