Jerry Ness

Seniors, alumni honored May 5

The annual Senior Recognition Program was held on Monday, May 5 and was certainly an evening to remember. Along with recognizing the seniors, the 544 ... Read more | Add your comment

Opinion: FFHS facility vote is Tuesday

With the upcoming Fergus Falls School District bond referendum scheduled for next Tuesday, May 13, several School Board members would like to take a moment ... Read more | Add your comment

Opinion: Congratulations to Otter Artists

Four artists from the Fergus Falls High School swept the top four places at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center High School Invitational Art ... Read more | Add your comment

Mission is well-rounded students

At the Fergus Falls Public Schools, our mission is to provide our students with a well-rounded education that will produce productive citizens. We focus on ... Read more | Add your comment

Last week, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius released the following statement after Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act (anti-bullying law): “Today, I stand with students, parents, and educators across the state to say thank you to Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature for supporting and passing the Safe and Supportive Schools Act. All of our students deserve safe and supportive places where they can learn, thrive and succeed. With Governor Dayton’s signature, Minnesota will no longer have one of the weakest anti-bullying laws in the nation, but instead will have a law that states clearly that Minnesotans are united in putting our students’ safety first.” So what does this new law mean for schools in Minnesota, including Fergus Falls? Our School District’s policy and procedures have always expected our students to behave with respect towards other students and staff. When an incident does occur, we promise to investigate and take appropriate action to stop the bullying. As Commissioner Cassellius stated, all students deserve a safe environment where they can be successful and learn. All schools will be required to adopt an updated policy that adheres to the law and train staff on the changes in the law. Seventh graders honored Each year, Glende-Nilson Funeral Home sponsors an honors breakfast for our students. This year we had 73 students who achieved a 3.5 or better GPA for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year. The event was well attended and I would like to offer congratulations to the students and parents for placing academics first. Otterbots invited to state tourney Congratulations to the Fergus a Falls OtterBots for being invited to the Minnesota State High School League Robotics Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for May 17th at Williams Arena U of M Campus. The Fergus Team was ranked 20th in the State. Good luck and Go Otterbots. Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 21-25 The Fergus Falls Public School will participate in statewide tornado drills on Thursday, April 24, at 1:45 p.m. During this important week, students and staff will practice their drill for severe weather safety to ensure every school is prepared to respond safely to any weather emergency or natural disaster. Facility Improvement Bond Referendum meeting is April 24 Election day – Tuesday, May 13 – is only four weeks away. The last weeks before a school election is when the District sends out communications explaining the proposal. All residents in Fergus Falls should have received a brochure from the School District last week. The community is also invited to a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Fergus Falls High School football/soccer bleachers located by the tennis courts at the Kennedy site. At this meeting, a presentation on the bond referendum will be given, followed by a question-and-answer session. If the weather does not cooperate, the meeting will be held in the KSS auditorium. Review of the Project — This bond project has been reduced by 56 percent from the November 2012 bond referendum. It would replace the condemned bleachers with a new handicap accessible bleachers system; the old baseball field would be properly drained and irrigated to provide green space for PE classes and practices; the tennis courts would be resurfaced; the track would be expanded to eight lanes; and the football/soccer field would be irrigated. The project would also include two inside projects — the auditorium needs electrical and lighting upgrades and the pool needs to be tiled. The cost is estimated at $8.82 per year or $.74 per month on a $100,000 homestead residential property. Why is this referendum important? We believe that our facilities need to be safe for our students and community. These are not only public school buildings, they are community buildings, too.

Last week, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius released the following statement after Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act (anti-bullying law): “Today, ... Read more | Add your comment

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