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Vets Day programs outstanding [UPDATED]

Published 10:19am Thursday, November 15, 2012 Updated 12:27pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Friday, Nov. 9, Cleveland Elementary and Kennedy Secondary School honored our veterans with outstanding programs.

At our Cleveland Elementary School, the 5th grade choir, under the direction of Joni Wasberg, sang a number of patriotic songs for the students, parents, families and veterans in attendance. During the program, the local VFW proudly presented the colors and Principal Colbeck recognized each student with a close relative in the armed services. And in a touching moment following the ceremony, all veterans lined the hallways so students and staff could thank them for their service to our country.

At Kennedy, Principal Monke served as the event’s organizer and Master of Ceremonies which began with the Posting of Colors by the Color Guard, VFW Post 612 and American Legion Post 30.

The program included Mr. Monke explaining the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed by the Middle School Honors Choir, followed by “America the Beautiful” performed by the Kennedy Secondary Mass Choirs and High School Wind Ensemble.

The keynote speaker was SFC Jeffrey A. Sams. His well-received message explained what a veteran is, along with frequently asked questions regarding the military. His message was followed by the performances from the Edge Dance and Performing Arts (Hanna Leapaldt, Cierra Kugler and Lexi Larson) and the Fergus Falls School of Dance (Summer Aune, Emily Hebert, Kiara Kaseman, Abby Kiefer, Tina Lee, Karlee Lehn, Kaitlyn Neville, Ingrid Nycklemoe, Taylor Olson, Dani Schroeder, Kelsey Shea, Understudy – Sara Anderson)

Each year, the VFW sponsors the national Voice Of Democracy. Contestants write and orally record their report. Congratulations to this year’s winners – 1st: Erica Kelly, 2nd: Abby Kieffer, 3rd: Cassandra Eerdmans, and 4th: Joe Kitzman. The Middle School “Patriot” winners include – 1st: Emma Ulrich, 2nd: Naomi Beske, 3rd: Tommie Bowman, and 4th: Clancy Oliphant. A special thank you to Lana Ouren for her hard work in organizing the contest.


American Education Week, Nov. 11-17

Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility

American Education Week presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Locally, the Fergus Falls Education Association and the Fergus Falls Public Schools honor the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year at an awards ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Winners will be selected from the following nominees for Support Staff of the Year – Alan Friedrich, custodian; Amy Tietz and Rayelle Hite, special education paraprofessionals; and Joan Helgeson, secretary.

The Teacher of the Year will be selected from the following nominees – Kevin Pearson, 3rd grade; Marsha Talley, high school math; Niki Welde, 5th grade; and Kristin Tuel, ALC coordinator and special education teacher.


Minnesota College Application Week

Back by popular demand, Minnesota College Application Week will be held this week, Nov. 12-16. This is Minnesota’s second year of participation in the national effort, and the number of schools participating has increased significantly. One of the Fergus Falls Public Schools’ goals is to have 90 percent of our graduates attend a postsecondary institution.

You can find out more at: Visit the Minnesota College Access Network website for information and resources.

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