Fergus Falls Public Schools

While you wait for the ceremonies to start, we invite you to enjoy this selection by the senior orchestra members:

The One Bow Concerto.mov


May 27: FINAL Graduation Update

(Associated document)

Graduation Update #4 (FINAL).mp4

Mission • Values • Beliefs • Goals

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Fergus Falls Public Schools is to prepare productive and engaged members of society by creating an environment where all students reach their full potential.

VALUES: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Respect, Persistence, Empathy, Resilience, Responsibility, Innovation, Commitment & Creativity


  • We believe in a safe, supportive and respectful environment.
  • We believe in being committed to every student’s emotional, social and academic success and well-being. These conditions develop compassionate and curious minds.
  • We believe in providing students with challenging opportunities to reach their full potential as confident and responsible thinkers, problem-solvers and decision-makers.
  • We believe involvement in meaningful activities enriches a person’s life.
  • We believe we are stewards of our community’s resources and will offer efficient and effective learning spaces for students.
  • We believe in creating an environment where staff are engaged and valued.
  • We believe in open communication among students, staff, and families; and in cultivating strong community partnerships.
  • We believe learning is an active and lifelong process.


The District will measure its effectiveness by:

  • Expecting that students entering kindergarten meet school readiness goals.
  • Achieving grade-level literacy with all third grade students.
  • Closing the achievement gap among all ethnic and socioeconomic groups of students.
  • Attaining college and career readiness before graduating from high school for all students.
  • Having all students graduate from high school.
  • Establishing effective two-way communication with parent/guardians and other stakeholders in the community.


Annuals still available!

Application for Educational Benefits

We encourage ALL families to complete the Application for Educational Benefits. You should go complete the form TODAY if: your economic status has recently changed; you are new to our district, or; you're not sure if you've ever completed it.


Questions? Please call 998-0544 x9232

Kindergarten Registration is NOW OPEN

Are you ready to get your child registered for Fall 2020 Kindergarten? Then visit this site (enroll.fergusotters.org) for instruction, tips, and links to get it done!

If you received a Kindergarten registration packet in March, please mail it to McKinley Elementary School, 724 W. Laurel St.

Registration is NOW OPEN!

One Book, One School

March 2, 2020

Adams school had a special guest Monday to help kickoff their "One Book, One School" festivities.

All First and second grade students were given the book Bigfoot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter, courtesy of a generous donation by our own Otter PTO!

Students will be reading the book at home and at school during the month of March.

Photo of KSS staff participate in Run Ranger Run event

Kari Love-Mainah, Nate Arens, Carrie Sikkink, Renee Erickson, Jen Thielke, Melissa Randall, Val Moxness, Kate Hajicek

KSS staff participate in Run Ranger Run event

February 4, 2020

Darby Project MN has 30 members (and growing) for this February's Run Ranger Run event. The goal is for team members to log 565 miles, which mimics Cory Smith's journey home to his family after a tough battle with PTSD. The "run" is growing each year as people are jumping on board to support transitioning military families.

KSS staff members are a big portion of this year's MN team, and we are enjoying sharing our goals with our students and hearing about how they are starting to set goals of their own. Students in Carrie Sikkink & Renee Erickson's shared classes are also walking a mile indoors each day (if their work is caught up, of course) to exercise and to "Pay it Forward" since that book will be a focus for them.

This is a fantastic example of our District work together and Thriving together!

Important Student Course Registration Information

January 7, 2020

Kennedy Secondary Students in grades 8-11 will begin registering for next year’s classes during the first 2 weeks in February.

During the first week, the School Counselors will visit classes by grade level to help with PRE-REGISTRATION. Students will be given a Course Registration Guide, registration sheet for the grade they will be going into next year, and a copy of their high school transcript (not applicable to grade 8 students). Students are expected to bring this information home to complete with the help of a parent/guardian.

During the second week, students will bring the signed registration sheets back to school and will REGISTER for selected courses online in Synergy. Students will NOT be able to register online without a completed registration sheet signed by a parent or guardian.


Registration information graphic

Grinch Day at McKinley School

December 13, 2019

It was Grinch Day at McKinley School! The students spent the day trying to grow that Grinch's heart with acts of kindness after he got into our school and messed up several of our classrooms! We also had a special guest (school board member Stephen Vigesaa) stop over to read and sing for us How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Special Holiday Otter Outlet hours

Show your friends and family how much you love them by getting them some Otter gear this Christmas!

The Otter Outlet store hours this week:

  • 7:45-9:10 am & 12:30-2:30 Monday through Friday
  • Special extended hours Thursday December 19: 5:30 - 8:00 pm.
Image of fundraiser arm band

Donate to the marching band National Memorial Day trip

December 10, 2019

As a fundraiser for the 2020 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., the FFHS Marching Band is selling arm bands with the name and rank of people who are or have served in the military. There is a limited number of arm bands available (59 arms remaining), but there can be 1 or 2 names per band and the Honor Guard will also be carrying a banner with names and ranks.

If you are interested in having your loved one represented, the cost is $150 for one name on the arm band or $300 for two names (name(s) will also be on the banner) and $100 for the name/rank on the banner.

Payment can be made HERE or checks can be sent to Scott Kummrow; 601 Randolph Ave, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537.

You will also need to fill out this form for information for the arm band. Payment MUST be made in order for the arm band to be made/name to be printed.

THANK YOU for your support! Share the Pride!

Parents of seniors: Get those baby pictures in!

Parents of Seniors: For the yearbook, please submit baby/toddler/youngster pictures and message by this Friday, December 13th. Click HERE for more information!

Drama Dept. to present "Guys & Dolls"

Guys & Dolls is the legendary Broadway musical sure to charm and delight! Every gambler in New York knows Nathan Detroit (played by Ty Butler) and his infamous traveling craps game. Unfortunately, so do the local police. In an effort to earn the one thousand dollars needed to secure a location to play, he bets fellow gambler, Sky Masterson (Jacob Opatz), that Sky can’t persuade religious mission worker Sarah Brown (Kendal Nygaard) to run away with him to Havana. Simultaneously, Nathan is trying to avoid marrying his fiancée of 14 years, Miss Adelaide (Charlee Ugstad), who is the headline performer at the Hot Box Club.

Guys & Dolls will entertain your whole family with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, including famous songs like: “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” “Bushel and a Peck,” and “Luck Be a Lady.”

Join us on November 8th, 9th, 15th, or 16th at 7pm; or on November 17th at 2pm. Tickets for adults are $7 and students are just $4.

See you at Kennedy Auditorium for a show full of singing, dancing, high stakes, and high-rolling!

Changes in Alerts and Notifications

Oct. 29, 2019

With November looming, we should probably spend a few moments talking about Weather Alerts. You know...just in case.

We've previously relied on the Remind service to send text messages to community members when school was delayed, closed, or closing early. Remind's new subscription model makes this unaffordable for us.

Moving forward we'll utilize School Messenger, a service we've been using for a few years to deliver lunch balance and attendance notifications.

School Messenger is capable of sending texts, emails, and making phone calls.

**IMPORTANT: if you wish to be alerted to school closings or delays, you will need to configure a School Messenger account. We will NO LONGER use Remind.**

The process for configuring alert preferences depends on whether or not you have a child in our schools. If you have a child enrolled in our schools, your contact information is in our Synergy student information system, which synchronizes with School Messenger.

Community members without children in our schools would need to take different steps to create an account in School Messenger.

Confused yet?

We're hopeful the instructions on our website will help. Please carefully read these instructions and follow track A or B, depending on your circumstance.


If you, as a parent, configured School Messenger notifications to your liking last year, you have nothing new to do!

Here's to a mild, just-enough-snow-to-have-some-Minnesota-fun winter!

Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

October 9, 2019

As if Turkey Gravy day isn't special enough, today was EXTRA special at McKinley School, where students experienced the "Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch", celebrating good nutrition and locally sourced apples.

The McKinley food services team of Marsha Johnson, Vicki Muchow and Angela Erickson did a terrific job of decorating the cafeteria to match the theme! Otto the Otter and a farmer completed the look!

Some of the kindergartners confirmed that apples are also useful in removing loose teeth.

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Junior Envirothon teams place 1st and 2nd

October 3, 2019

Congratulations to the Gold Team who placed 1st in the Junior Envirothon yesterday! The team included Beck Leitch (8), Logan Rott (8), Milton Tungseth (8), Brady Metcalf (8) and Carson Barry (6).

And....congrats to Team Black who placed 2nd! This team included Ahlea Mouser (8), Neveah Anderson (8), Holly Gutzmer (8) Kristin Connelly (8) and Micah Mouser (6).

There were a total of 33 teams from Ottertail County participating. Go Otters!!

Envirothon participants

First Place Gold Team

Beck Leitch (8), Logan Rott (8), Milton Tungseth (8), Brady Metcalf (8) and Carson Barry (6)

2nd Place Black Team

Ahlea Mouser (8), Neveah Anderson (8), Holly Gutzmer (8) Kristin Connelly (8) and Micah Mouser (6)

Middle School Yearbooks on sale now!

The grades 5-8 yearbook is now on sale. Order by October 4th for the special early-bird rate of just $30 PLUS a free icon!

From Oct. 4th-31st it's S30 but NO icon; and after that it is $35.

Head to JostensYearbooks.com to order!

GALLERY: Otter Adventures students study agriculture

This week Otter Adventures journeyed through the world of agriculture! Students explored plants, animals, machinery and how they all are important in our daily lives. Our friends from Trowbridge Creek Zoo shared their petting zoo, and RDO Equipment Co. shared their knowledge on the the different types of machinery. Students enjoyed the experience!

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Ms. Weisel's class has special pen-pals

May 24, 2019

This spring, Ms. Weisel's first grade class was very fortunate to have had pen pals in Carlos, MN. There was a special connection to this class: the teacher in Carlos is Ms. Weisel's mom!

Through technology they were able to meet their pen-pals "face to face" from the comforts of their own classroom.

This photo shows our Carlos pen pal friends, with Ms. Weisel's Adams School students on the big screen.