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Democratic process was at work [UPDATED]

Published 9:50am Thursday, April 11, 2013 Updated 11:52am Thursday, April 11, 2013

One of the beauties of this country is that our public has a say in issues through the election process. I respect the voter’s authority — they presented the School Board and District with a clear message regarding the outdoor facility bond referendum last Tuesday.

In the next few months, the School Board will reflect and plan on how to address our outdoor facility needs.

At a minimum, the District needs to find an answer for deterioration of the football bleachers. In my weekly column and at regular School Board meeting, I will give updates on our findings and decisions.


Spring means

start of testing

With arrival of spring, it means our students will soon be taking mandatory Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in reading, math, writing and science. The testing window for these tests is from March through the middle of May.

Most schools, like ours, like to test as late in the year as possible to allow for more instructional days before the test.

Last year was the first year of the new Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR). The MMR rankings each school in student proficiency, growth, closing the achievement gap and graduation rates. Cleveland School was name a Celebration School for 2012 with the 78 percentile score.



to Coach Rund

Mr. Rund was recently elected to the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaching Hall of Fame. He will be inducted on Friday, April 26. He has been a successful coach at Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls and was previously named section and state coach of the year. Coach Rund is currently coaching the Otter Boys’ Basketball team.


Mad About Money II

coming to Middle School

The middle school will be treated to a performance by the National Theatre for Children. Mad About Money II features two professional actors who play a variety of characters in a 40-minute program. Students will learn about financial literacy through four comical and informative sketches. At the beginning of each scene, actors interact with the audience and get information that will be used during the sketch, such as their favorite band or something they always dreamed of having. This information is interjected into the show and may even be the point of a scene or the basis of a character.

Some of the other things students will learn during this performance include: wages minus deductions equals take home pay, saving and investing always have some risk involved, don’t let advertisers make your decisions, and financial choices affect your future.


History made

at National History Day regional competition

It was an exciting night at Weld Hall on the MSU-Moorhead campus as each Fergus Falls Middle School student who participated in this year’s National History Day event earned their way to state competition.

This year’s theme was Turning Points: People, Ideas, Events. Within our West Central Regional Competition, nine schools participated with 185 students and 105 projects.

The students involved have been working on their projects since last November through March 19 — the day of Regionals. The student can present the researched info in a variety of ways: website, exhibit board, an acted out skit or presentation, research paper or documentary. All their hard work paid off and the following students are elated to attend the next round of competition: Morgan Leslie on Betty Friedan, the founder of NOW, National Organization of Women; Margaret Ness-Ludwig, gr 8, Exhibit: Women on the Home Front during WWII; Dante Fornizy and Solomon Sewell, Presentation: Black Panther Movement; Shane Stangvik and John Runningen, Exhibit: Vital Island on the Pacific, Iwo Jima/ WWII; Hailey Budke, Exhibit: Henry Salt, Founder of Animal Rights; and Madison Weinrich and Kaitlyn Meis, Exhibit: Walt Disney on the Magic of Disney

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    In other words, you are not giving up on spending more of our money to expand your little empire.

    So, we should expect to hear an endless stream of scolding us for denying you your goodies, and relentless agitating for us to cave in to the next referendum, when, about the first tuesday in January next year?

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