Congratulations to Rylie Sheridan for being named to play in the 2016 Minnesota Football Showcase (High School All-Star Game).

All the players will practice at Augsburg and Concordia Colleges from Wednesday through Friday and play the game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Congratulations to Marie Fuchs and Jesse Thorstad for being selected as the 2016-17 Fergus Falls Public Schools’ Support Staff of the Year.

The nominators for Marie and Jesse made the following comments:

Marie embodies all that paras — actually employees — should be.

She is consistent yet flexible, patient but forceful, independent, but a team member. She has an intuition with students — which is hard to find and they love her.

Marie is also the employee others look to for guidance and goes above and beyond each day to make sure that students’ needs are met. Marie is always here with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Jesse enthusiastically leads us into the technological future when we’d rather pull the blanket over our heads and wish it would all just go away. Our lives at work and at home are easier because Jesse taught us new technology.

Congratulations to the girls’ swimming and diving team coached by Tom Uvass and the volleyball team, coached by Renee Erickson and Denny Hystead (section assistant coach of the year) for being selected for the fall Central Lakes Conference Sportsmanship Awards.

With all the controversy surrounding the national anthem in the NFL and other professional sports, the volleyball team invited the opposing team to sing the anthem together to show unity — outstanding display of positive leadership.

STEM

The following article is from Ms. Laurie Roder’s STEM Language Arts class — published in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) newsletter.

I will continue to share one or two articles each week from this class project in order to explain STEM.

STEM Showcase at M-State by           Andrew Muchow

On Oct. 2, the STEM Academy and other high schools from around the area were at M-State in Fergus Falls to present on engineering topics they had researched as a team.

This was a competition to show which team had the best presentation and to show how vast the field of engineering is.

Some topics included the history of production of tanks as well as New Horizon, which is a space probe that was sent into space to take pictures of Pluto.

In order to make a presentation presentable, students needed to come up with an idea to research, list all the facts, organize the facts into who, what, how, where, and list references.

They also needed to format text to proper font and size for the trifold poster display. The informational poster needed to be neatly aligned and spaced. Students also dressed to impress and displayed a good attitude while presenting. They had tons of fun too.

Bret Leitch, a former student in STEM who went to the showcase said, “I liked walking around seeing all the different types of engineering and the models that students made.”

The showcase was a life changing experience for Leitch.

“Before I wanted to be an architectural engineer, now I want to be a mechanical engineer,” he said.

The STEM showcase can be a life changing experience for other people, too.

It opens their eyes and helped them realize all the different types of engineering careers.

This year’s STEM 10 students were busy preparing for STEM Showcase, which was held on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Last year, the STEM students swept the top three places in the poster competition.

Jerry Ness is the superintendent of Fergus Falls Public Schools. His column appears every Wednesday.

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