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iQ Academy sets open house [UPDATED]

Published 9:44am Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Updated 11:45am Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The public is invited to attend our iQ Academy open house for the new kindergarten — fifth grade online offering through the Fergus Falls Public Schools. It is scheduled from 5-7 pm Thursday, May 10 in the Gold Gym at Kennedy Secondary School. This will be an opportunity for parents to view the elementary curriculum and ask questions, while the kids have a fun time in the gym. These online students will receive a blend of book, project-based and computer learning opportunities with the parent acting as the “Learning Coach” working with the teacher.


National Teacher

Day is May 9

Please join me in thanking our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week and especially on May 9th – National Teacher Day. It is important to honor the special teachers in your child’s life for their hard work and dedication.


National Bike to School Day is also May 9

May 9th is a special day for more than one reason! Not only do we want to thank our teachers, but also recognize the day as National Bike to School Day.

The School District is participating in the week-long challenge and is encouraging all community members to improve their health through exercise.

Biking to work or school would be a good start on that healthy path.


Automotive Update

Our Vocational Wing, located at Roosevelt Education Center (REC), provides our students with a wide variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.

The following are some of the outstanding accomplishments from our students and staff this year in the automotive area:

In March, Tyler DeMartelaere, Justin Kudrna and McClain Okerstrom competed in an Automotive Troubleshooting and Skills Competition hosted by M State — Moorhead.

Most of the schools were from the Fargo/Moorhead area, with 24 students competing overall. The competition consisted of one on-line exam and 12 stations set up in all of the eight automotive areas: Brakes, steering/suspension, electrical, heating/air-conditioning, engine performance, manual drive train, engine repair and automatic transmissions.

The students had about 15 minutes to compete at each station and five minutes in-between stations, so it was a very rigorous day.

Tyler DeMarteleare scored first out of the 24 students and McClain and Justin also finished well.

Each of the students received some great prizes and had a very positive response about their experience.

Tyler and Justin plan on studying Diesel Technology after finishing high school and McClain will be studying welding.

Congratulations and thank you for representing our schools well.

Mr. E.B. Floersch, automotive instructor, has spent over 70 hours during the past eight months getting the program re-certified for the National Automobile Technical Education Foundation (NATEF) program.

This is a national accreditation that has very rigorous standards that all schools must comply with to have this credential — including an on-site visit and inspection by a NATEF evaluator that consumes an entire day.

This certification is up for review every five years.

This year, the high school has also offered a basic car care class.

It has been a success in attracting 100 interested students to the automotive field of study.


MDE Web site

Congratulations to the Prairie Science Class for being featured on the Minnesota Department of Education Web site under the Innovating, Assessing, and Implement tab.


Students to Wetland = Learning Ecosystem

The Fergus Falls Public school district has partnered for more than a decade with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide day-to-day, year-long school experiences for fourth and fifth grade students from Cleveland Elementary School. The Prairie Science Class integrates local ecosystems to engage students in science, applied math, language arts, health and art through real world, field-based learning experiences.

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