Thirty-four teams from the region competed in the Junior Area Envirothon on Oct. 5, at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. 

The Fergus Falls Middle School sent two teams of five, and two alternates to compete in the event. One of our teams, consisting of members Erika Lahti (seventh), Marissa Hurley (eighth) Samantha Robb (seventh), Alex Lindgren (seventh) and Elias Kolle (eighth), took first place. This is the second consecutive year that a team from the Fergus Falls Middle School has taken first place. Congratulations to the team and adviser Danielle Buckmeier!

Buddy Bench

The local Girl Scouts have been working together on a project to get a “Buddy Bench” purchased and installed at the Cleveland School playground.  On Sunday, Sept. 25, the bench was installed, and now the girls are looking to educate Cleveland students about the Buddy Bench!  The Girls Scouts participating in this project are Reagan Cheshire, Solvie Smestad, Emma Swanson, Annie Trosvig, Omelia Henderson, Estella Herzberg, Ava Werner, Caroline Stumbo, Kaylee Waasdorp, Elise Rogholt and Norah Foreman. Thank you!

MN Youth Council

Congratulations to Morgan Walczak! She was officially accepted as a member of the 2016-2017 Minnesota Youth Council! Morgan is new to Fergus Falls this school year and had to write a number of essays, as well as go through an interview, in order to get accepted to the council.

Morgan will be working with her adult partner, Tami Dahm, Fergus Falls Public Schools’ Americorps Promise Fellow, to represent Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District on the Council. Morgan will work with 36 other council members as official youth advisors to the Minnesota legislature as part of the Minnesota Youth Council Legislative Committee.

This is going to be a great opportunity for Morgan and Ms. Dahm — who is excited to be working with Morgan and excited for the accomplishments she will achieve throughout the year.

Conference

Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Fergus Falls High School family and consumer science teacher, Kathryn Enderson, for being awarded a scholarship to attend the National Jump$tart Educator’s Conference November 5-7, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference is the only national conference for classroom teachers dedicated to personal finance education in the classroom. Each year, the conference provides preK-12 educators with financial education resources, personal and professional development, access to a nation-wide network of colleagues, and general support for financial education. This will be a great opportunity to network with other professionals! The Fergus Falls High School requires all students to take Ms. Enderson’s Financial and Life Management course.

MDE releases

ACT Results

Minnesota’s average ACT score of 21.1 exceeds the national average of 20.8, with more Minnesota students meeting each of the four benchmarks — English, reading, math and science — than did students across the country, 29 percent compared to 26 percent nationally. The Fergus Falls High School scored above the state average at 21.3!

This year’s results place Minnesota students first among the 18 states that provided the ACT to all students. Minnesota spent 10 years atop the list of states providing the ACT to more than 50 percent of their 12th grade students. In the 2014-2015 school year, the state provided the ACT to all Minnesota juniors at no cost to families, putting the state in a different cohort of peers for comparison.

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

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