Teams make winter pass quickly [UPDATED]Published 9:20am Thursday, March 21, 2013 Updated 11:21am Thursday, March 21, 2013
On Sunday, March 17, a crowd of Otter boosters gathered in the Gold Gym to welcome home our winter sports’ state entries.
Seven swimmers, four wrestlers, the girls’ basketball team, managers, and all coaches were recognized by Activities Director Gary Schuler for their achievements. Coaches thanked the parents and the players for their hard work and dedication.
The winter sports season started Oct. 29 with girls’ hockey and will end next week with the boys’ state basketball tournament. Watching our teams participate and displaying great sportsmanship makes the winter go much faster.
Winter … when
will it end?
Yes, winter went a bit faster watching the Otters play, but when will it end? With another snow day on Monday, March 18, staff will make up time missed due to a snow day and students will make up two snow days this school year on April 1 and May 31.
from eighth graders
Recently, Mr. Hoffbeck, eighth-grade social studies teacher, polled his students to see what “bills” they would pass to improve the middle school and community from their perspective.
Here are the top bills: (1) smoothies available in school; (2) having more snow days designated in the school calendar; (3) phones between classes; (4) more stalls in the girls’ bathrooms (only girls voted); (5) optional Accelerated Reader if students have good scores on the Star Test; (6) gym choice of uniforms; (7) hot chocolate available in school; (8) a change in the recipe for the wheat bread pizza served at lunch; (9) Subway for lunch; (10) have “Super Fans” at games; (11) have two variety shows during the school year —fall and spring; (12) stuffed crust pizza served at lunch; (13) core balls for a classroom; and (14) allow students to bring their backpacks to class so there would be less trips to crowded lockers.
The eighth graders also voted on favorite “town bills” for 2013: (1) a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant; (2) a town water park or a recreation center with a water park; (3) a Scheels and/or Cabela’s store; (4) keep the RTC building and in time convert it into a museum, amusement park, etc.; (5) a CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar; (6) a Cold Stone Creamery store; (7) more teenage stores in the mall; (8) Starbucks/Caribou Coffee store; (9) an Olive Garden restaurant; and (10) Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
April 2 Special Election — Outdoor Facility
• What is a bond referendum?
A bond referendum is a means by which a school district can ask voters to approve funding exclusively for new construction and/or extensive remodeling of existing sites and buildings.
Bond referendums cannot be used for salaries or for educational programs.
The Fergus Falls School District is asking voters to consider the proposed Outdoor Facility project on April 2, 2013.
• What is included in the project?
This bond referendum focuses on the Kennedy Secondary School site: two softball fields, eight tennis courts, football/track/soccer complex with new handicapped accessible bleachers, expanded green space for physical education with an irrigation system, and completion of an environmental learning area.
Voting Information — April 2
For this election, many of the polling locations are combined. For more information on polling locations please go to http://outdoorfacilities.fergusotters.org/polling-places or contact the Otter Tail County Auditor’s Office at 218-998-8040.
Absentee ballots are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday) at the Otter Tail County Gov’t Services Center, 510 W. Fir Ave., Fergus Falls; and also 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013. Call 218-998-8040 for additional information.
Jerry Ness is the superintendent of District 544 schools in Fergus Falls.