Theme hits on core values [UPDATED]Published 9:28am Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Updated 11:30am Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Middle School health teacher, Renee Erickson, organized a very informative and enthusiastic program through her eighth grade leadership class. For the past nine years the middle school has used OAAO — Otters Are Always Otters — as their theme. Otters are always accountable, respectful and enthusiastic. Those three traits, along with integrity, innovation, and responsibility are the District’s core values.
The theme for this semester’s program was the six core values from our District’s mission and values statement. The students wrote the script, choreographed the dance routines, ran the soundboard, ran the backstage and gave an absolutely wonderful performance.
Ms. Erickson extends a huge thank you to the staff and students for their continued efforts to believe in and daily demonstrate the OAAO message.
The sophomore Honors Biology classes, along with some juniors and seniors, have been working hard to prepare for this year’s Envirothon. They are having a blast learning about the environment and working this year’s oral presentation scenario, “Managing Grazing Systems in MN.” The Fergus Falls Envirothon team members Sarah Overton, Sarah Taylor, Mitchell Cole, Kate Rinke, and Alicia Quamme finished 2nd overall in the oral presentation round at the Regional Envirothon held at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC). The team finished 4th overall in the competition.
The Envirothon, an outdoor learning event for high school students in grades 9-12, is one of the state’s largest environmental education competitions.
Teams consisting of five students from the same school/organization visit six different learning stations covering aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic that changes every year.
Students are given a 25-point exam relating to the station’s topics. At the sixth station, the students are required to give a brief (eight to nine minute) pre-determined oral presentation to a panel of judges, also based on the current environmental topic for the year.
Natural resource professionals from across the state are presenters at each of the stations. They use the outdoor setting, as well as their own props to add to the experience.
In Minnesota, teams participate in various regional Envirothons, which are organized by Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) personnel. The top three teams from each of these regional events advance to the Minnesota State Envirothon, where students compete for the chance to represent Minnesota at the Canon Envirothon.
The Envirothon is more than a competition. Together with teachers, schools and professionals, it helps develop knowledgeable citizens who can make informed decisions that affect the quality of life in our communities. Ultimately, it’s creating new leaders who will provide the vision for our future and well being.
The Minnesota State Envirothon is sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Minnesota Association of Conservation District Employees.
The Fergus Fall Education Association (FFEA) has a goal of being a pro-active local association throughout the school district and community.
I would like to personally commend them for their work outside the classroom as they run annual campaigns for the Red Cross Blood Drive, Humane Society, Toy Drive, Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army, Food Shelf, along with highway clean up efforts.
They have also organized many events in the community that support our local businesses. These businesses have contacted me directly acknowledging and thanking the FFEA for their patronage.