Wellness group gains momentumPublished 1:51pm Thursday, December 15, 2011
The community is invited to attend our regular Wellness Committee meetings scheduled for 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held in the Otter Community located at Kennedy Secondary School. Our next meeting is scheduled for Dec.14.
This committee is gaining momentum and involving students and staff in surveys and focus groups. The summary results of the findings will be shared at the next meeting along with a nutritional analysis of our current meals served.
The School Board will soon be reviewing a new Wellness Policy that has been recommended by the Wellness Committee. The policy sets new nutrition and physical activity guidelines.
Outdoor facility task force
The School Board is forming a community-based task force to review the School District’s needs regarding green space for physical education, along with the athletic complexes at Kennedy, Roosevelt and Cleveland. The meetings will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 18, 2012.
Further information will be available in early January regarding the focus of the meetings. Please contact my office if you have any questions.
An Otter ringtone (available for iPhone only at this time) of the pep band playing the song Maroon and Gold is available on our website: www.isd544.org. You can download and use this ringtone to show your Otter Pride.
Mickey Mouse of Disney World and Wonka
Students at Adams Elementary enjoyed two original performances imagined and performed by a group of talented, young actors on Monday, Dec. 12. Many of the actors are K-8 students at Fergus Falls Public Schools. Haley Honeman, instructor at A Center for the Arts, shared the following about the performances..“I believe art making should be a journey to a place we’ve never been before.
In this class, I wanted to share the things about theatre that I know and love. I wanted to give kids tools and experiences and at the same time leave th experience open to be shaped by the ideas of the young performers. I starte out with two questions I posed to the kids: What makes a good performer? What makes a good story?
We explored these open questions in practice in the last few months through our own retelling of a favorite story. Weeks one and two – we made a list of our favorite stories and picked the one we wanted to retell.
Weeks three and four — we talked about how our retelling was going to be unique and worked to come up with the order of events and dialogue of the script. Week five and six — we decided who would play which character, made drawings of the set, and revised our script. Weeks seven, eight and nine – we put staging to our ideas and practiced. Week ten — we spent time getting the final performance ready.
Most of what was performed were ideas from the kids or inspired by their ideas. I really had no idea what creation would come from our time together.
That has been the biggest joy of the process. We have been working and playing really hard.”