Bike challenge is on again [UPDATED]Published 9:47am Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Updated 11:51am Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Once again the employees of Fergus Falls Public School District, Lake Region Healthcare, and M State are invited to join in a friendly competition to see who can get the most participants for “Bike or Walk to School or Work Week,” scheduled for May 4-12.
Prizes will be awarded for the largest turnout, as well as the best group photo. Winners will be announced at the Fourth Annual Community Celebration Breakfast scheduled for June 13, with photos posted on the PartnerSHIP 4 Health Facebook page.
students MAAP STARS
Students from the Fergus Falls Area Learning Center recently competed in the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) Success Teamwork Achievement Respect Self-Esteem (STARS) State Conference in the Twin Cities — with each student participating in four or more events.
Students participating included: Seniors — Kayleen Whayley, Jen McDermott, Jessica Rondorf, Lynnise Williams; Juniors — Betty Bellet, Kori Biksen; and Sophomores — Matthew Hoeper, Cameron Steinhofer.
All eight students advanced to semi-final rounds, and many in multiple events.
One student, Kayleen Whaley, advanced to finals, eventually placing third in Employment Interview out of over 220 competitors.
The individual events included: Employment Interview, Workplace Decision Making and Public Speaking. The team events included: Parenting Decision Making, Management Decision Making and Community Service Projects. And last, the artistic events included: Individual Artistic Display and Individual Artistic Performance.
MAAP STARS is a broad-based vocational organization for students in secondary alternative programs in the United States. The purpose of MAAP Stars is to help students:
• Develop employment, academic and social skills.
• Experience career related activities that in turn assist them in making an informed career choice.
• Build a cooperative and competitive spirit through individual and team activities and competition.
• Strengthen social skills and build an appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship, brotherhood, and the American free enterprise system.
• Develop self-confidence; increase motivation, and create a desire for and belief in life-long learning.
• Meet with, have fun with, and ultimately develop an appreciation for students and staff from other alternative programs.
set on Land Rover
Lakes Country Service Cooperative was fortunate to line up a workshop with NASA to present on the activity of “Curiosity, the Mars Land Rover.” Presenters will be arriving from Arizona State University for a two-day workshop in June and will provide science teachers with hands-on classroom activities for students. Three teachers from our School District will attend this workshop.
work in art shows
Fergus Falls High School students recently displayed art pieces created over the past few months at the Regional High School Show held at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Their work was completed through elective art courses taught by Peder Butenhoff. Anne Childs constructed her ceramic sculpture of a “Celebration Dance” in pottery and received the “Peoples Choice Award.” Claire Ripley’s watercolor called “Autumn Watercolor” was composed in the drawing and painting course and received a first place prize. Michael Aasness constructed his “Grizzly” on an armature with wax in a rare mediums course — which earned him a second place overall. The public is invited to view these works and many more at the Blondeau Fine Arts Festival scheduled from 5-9 pm, May 20 at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Denise Wiese, MS Band teacher, was awarded a $10,000 grant from Lake Region Arts Council. The grant will be use for the Copper Street Brass Quintet as Artists in Residency for four days in May. They will present four showcases, three master classes, and two elementary assemblies and will work with band students in grades 5-8. As a special treat for our community, they will perform with the seventh and eighth grade Middle School Honors band in the school concert on Monday, May 13 and perform their own concert on Tuesday, May 14.