Column: From the Desk: By Jerry Ness

History Day students featured their projects in the KSS auditorium from 10 a.m.  – 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, in preparation to compete at regionals on Thursday, March 1. This year’s topic is Conflict and Compromise in History.

The following projects were featured in the Junior Division:  Keanah Sheldon – Saving the Kaddatz: Conflict in a Rural Community (Individual Website); Reagan Cheshire – Conflicting Opinions: The Conflict and Compromise of the Free Speech Movement (Individual Website); Ana Blank and Elise Rogholt – Working Women: Conflict and Compromise During WW2 (Group Website); Solvie Smestad and Hailey King – Innovations in Electricity: A Conflict to Light the World (Group Exhibit); Kaydence Knutson – Bringing The State Hospital To Fergus Falls: Conflict Stirred By Capacity (Individual Exhibit); Ellie Bergren – The Salem Witch Trials: Conflict in Colonial America (Research Paper); and Anna Erickson and Erika Lahti – The Great Oxford Debate of 1860 (Group Performance).

The projects featured in the Senior Division included: Amelia Buckmeier & Alexis Ouren – Atomic Warfare: Conflict that Changed the World (Group Exhibit); and Megan Lindgren – PTSD: A Result of Conflict (Research Paper).

Congratulations Mayson

and Camryn

Mayson Jensen and Camryn Appert will be heading to state in gymnastics. Mayson qualified on the balance beam and Camryn in the floor exercise. Congratulations to the Otter Team for receiving the Gold Academic Award for a 3.91 GPA and to first-year head coach Satera Harlow for being named Section 8A Coach of the Year.

Also, congratulations to additional state participants: Swimmers – Tyler Hansen, Will Pajari, Will Prody, and Tristan Trosvig; Divers – Caleb Neubauer and Evan Erlandson; and Wrestling – Dustin Portales.

School Bus Driver

Appreciation Day

A press release from The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) and Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) announced that Feb. 28 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota.

Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day. To recognize this important profession, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Feb. 28 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota. School districts across Minnesota will celebrate the second annual School Bus Appreciation Day.

“School bus drivers transport parents’ most precious cargo – their children – day in and day out, and they do this job humbly and with great pride,” said MSBOA President Josh Schiffler. “We are thankful that Governor Dayton has again declared Feb. 28 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota so that we can give these humble heroes the recognition they deserve.”

Additional reasons to celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Day include the impact that school buses have on student safety and the environment. Thanks to rigorous safety standards for vehicles and drivers, as well as student training efforts students are nearly eight times safer riding to and from school in a school bus than in a vehicle. The school bus driving industry is the largest form of mass transit in Minnesota, and it has reduced its environmental impact through the use of alternative fuels and retrofits on diesel engines.

“School bus drivers are among the most highly-trained drivers on the road, and they have the ever-important job of protecting children,” said MAPT President Derrick Agate Sr. “We hope that Minnesotans help us recognize school bus drivers in their communities on Feb. 28, and that more people consider this important and in-demand profession.” Please join me in thanking our local bus drivers and Ottertail Coaches for providing safe transportation for our students each day.

Cyber Safety and P-T Conferences

Kent Molberg will be a guest speaker on Monday, March 5, to discuss Cyber Safety with students in grades seventh-12th. Parents will also have the opportunity to attend a parent session to learn about Cyber Safety from Kent Molberg during our Parent-Teacher Conferences. This session will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Parent-Teachers Conferences are scheduled from 4-7:45 p.m. on Monday, March 5; and all day and evening (8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.) on Thursday, March 7.

Adams Staff Book Fair

Adams School is hosting their second annual book fair on Thursday, March 1, from 3-7 p.m.  The profits from the book fair will be split between the classrooms and the library. The theme this year will be the wild west and it is open to everyone.

Jerry Ness is the Fergus Falls school district’s superintendent. His column appears Wednesdays during the school year.

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