Column: From the Desk

The Fergus Falls Public School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week Feb. 19-23. The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the Fergus Falls School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Minnesota school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 825,000 students in approximately 2,000 schools. Their personnel decisions affect more than 52,000 teachers and thousands of administrators and support workers.

These leaders are also responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of our School Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Missy Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matt Lemke and Steve Vigesaa. Please join me by saying thanks to our School Board members during Minnesota’s School Board Recognition Week.

Congrats to

Spelling Bee champ

Congrats to Erika Lahti on taking first place at the Regional Spelling Bee!  After many rounds, she ended in a tie with another student and they both are headed to state! A total of five students from the area will have the opportunity to win an expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May. The top spellers from six additional Minnesota regions will also compete at the Multi-Region State Bee held at Lakes Country Service Cooperative on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m.

FFHS One-Act Play

on Stage Feb 16-18

The Fergus Falls High School’s one-act theater production went all the way to sections (and finished third) with their hilarious and thoughtful performance of “This is a Play.” The production will be on stage in the Kennedy Secondary School auditorium on Feb. 16-18 for three free performances, each lasting about 35 minutes: Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m (Cast C); Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. (Cast B); and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. (Cast A).

Have you ever wondered what an actor is thinking about while they are performing?  What goes on in their mind with each scene about their lines, their fellow actors and stage direction?  This is a play within a play.  It is a fast moving production that tests all levels of deepness, context, content, and originality.  Their thoughts are open not only to us, but to an on-stage audience that is already watching them.

The students who performed in the competition (Jonathan Nordlund, Thomas Bowman, Isabella Nehk and Alesha Ouren) provided a remarkable performance and were up against tough competition. The judges were amazed at the maturity and the level of acting, and how our team pulled off a college-level play.  Nancy Reard did an excellent job on the costumes, and the student-led crew includes Luke Newkirk-stage manager, Emilee Solberg-tech, Tyler Hauge-tech and Miranda Quick-lights.

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