Cultures celebrated at college [UPDATED]Published 9:40am Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Updated 11:42am Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This year’s celebration is set for 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at Legacy Hall, M State-Fergus Falls. The Celebration of Cultures has become an annual event that the community and region truly enjoy and is free to the public. The schedule is as follows: 4:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Taekwondo demonstration; 4:45 – 5:05 p.m.: African Drummers from Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids; 5:10 – 5:35 p.m.: Fergus Falls High School Mariachi Band; 5:35 – 5:45 p.m.: Norwegian Birthday Celebration Song; 5:45 – 6:15 p.m.: Irish Dancers; and my favorite is from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.: Taste of our Cultures from Norway, China (Kennedy School Mandarin Class), Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Philippines, India, Somalia, Italy,and France (Kennedy School French Club)
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Two new programs at Kennedy Secondary School have become a huge success for the students and District. Since moving into the Kennedy Secondary School, the District has been working to encourage students to eat breakfast, as studies clearly show that students will learn better if breakfast isn’t skipped.
Our Middle School students have had good breakfast participation, but our high school students’ participation was limited based on a couple of possible reasons: 1) many students drive to school and park on the east end of the school making the cafeteria too out of the way for these students to get breakfast; and 2) the cafeteria lines were too long due to all of the Middle School students participating in the breakfast program.
It was decided to bring breakfast closer to the high school students, so a breakfast satellite program was opened out of the concession stands in the Activities Hallway. It started slowly, with the breakfast count steady at about 60 students per day. Over the past couple of months it increased to 90 students per day, and last week a record of 108 students ate breakfast on one day.
Another need for our students was access to an after-school snack. Many students are attending activities practice or going to work and have not had any nourishment since lunch.
Because students were asking for this service, we opened the concession stands after school to sell food items. The first day it opened, 105 transactions were recorded.
When my kids were in school, one of the items we were always monitoring was their lunch account balances. Today, many students simply ask what their balance is before they go through the lunch line, but we have also been using technology to help parents keep up-to-date.
Students and parents have two options for viewing their lunch balances:
1. On the school website (www.isd544.org), click “Quick Links” and then “Lunch balance lookup,” they will enter their lunch number to see their current balance in Meals Plus. They will also see all of their meal transactions, both charges and deposits.
2. When the student logs into their PowerSchool student portal (http://otters.fergusfalls.k12.mn.us/public) they can click on the green $ in the top right side of the window to see their balance as of 6:00pm the previous night. Meals Plus balances are imported into PowerSchool each evening at 6 p.m. The student has an option on their PowerSchool lunch balance page to go to the Meals Plus lunch balance lookup — if they follow this link, they will see their current balance in Meals Plus.
A parent can elect to receive a lunch balance email from the PowerSchool parent portal.
The email will be sent if the student’s lunch account falls below an amount we have set for each building.
We recommend that parents click to have this email sent daily, so the system will look at the student’s lunch balance each day to determine if a low balance email should be sent.
If you have any questions regarding lunch balance notification, please contact my office.