Students shine at FFHS [UPDATED]Published 9:40am Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Updated 11:41am Wednesday, March 14, 2012
What an amazing run of student success the Fergus Falls High School is having this winter season. They are a testament to our slogan, “Where Excellence is Expected.”
The most recent successes are the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. The girls will play Chisago Lakes in the first round of the state tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday and the Boys’ team will battle the Detroit Lakes Lakers for the section title at Moorhead State at 8 p.m. Thursday night.
During Monday night’s School Board meeting, a number of teams and students were recognized. The Fergus Falls math team, coached by Jerome Holicky, placed fourth in the Central Lakes Conference Math Contest held on Jan. 26.
Junior Allen Nelson came in third taking All Conference Honors and Junior Keianna Vogel received Honorable Mention.
Junior Mike Millard scored his 1,000 point for the boys’ basketball team on Jan. 19 and Senior Sydney Schultz scored her 1,000 point for the girls’ basketball team on March 3.
Senior Mariah Monke set the all-time girls basketball record for Fergus Falls making her 1,042nd rebound of her career.
Otter Boys Swimming and Diving Team took fifth place at the State Championship Meet.
Two Otters won consolation championships: Cal Mouritsen was ninth in the 200 IM and Joe Kitzman was ninth in the 100 backstroke. Junior Abbott Aho took sixth place at the State High School Wrestling Tournament in the 113-pound class.
March Madness has arrived in the Music Department of the Fergus Falls Public Schools.
March is nationally designated as Music In Our Schools Month, and we are celebrating with concerts in each of the music disciplines.
The all-school choir and band concerts were very well attended and as always, outstanding. The choir concert featured the group Tonic Sol-Fa, who worked with the students during the day and gave a short concert to end the night.
While many of students are having tremendous success, there is also a segment of our student population challenged by school and need encouragement to attend regularly.
At the beginning of this year, the Otter Tail County Collaborative funded a truancy intervention specialist to work with students on their truancy issues for the schools in Otter Tail County.
The Fergus Falls Public Schools hired Amy Campbell to fill this position.
To measure the progress of the program, data was retrieved between Sept. 7, 2010 through Feb. 1, 2011, and Sept. 6, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012 (91 school days).
The report showed that first-period tardies decreased 21.9 percent and all other periods decreased 32.5 percent.
Students in grades 9-12 had a 14.3 percent decrease in total absences and grades 6-8 decreased 16.7 percent.
The high school targeted seven students in grades 9-12 at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Four out of the seven students showed a decrease in the numbers of days missing and are on track to have almost half the absences as the previous school year.
The Middle School targeted 11 students in grades 6-8 at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Seven of the 11 students showed improvements in their attendance since last year and had approximately half the absences as the previous year.
Ms. Campbell used the following interventions as part of her program: meetings with students, phone calls to parents, letters sent to families, letters sent to the county, medical verification for excused absences, meetings with families and student, and literature about truancy and attendance policies.
It’s exciting to see a successful truancy intervention program emerge through Ms. Campbell’s diligent work with students, parents and staff.