NOTICE: The Adams School Book Fair has been POSTPONED until Thursday, March 21st!
Kindergarten Registration to be held March 18th
Next year's Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to our Kindergarten Registration on Monday, March 18th from 5-6pm in the McKinley School Gym.
You'll have an opportunity to meet teachers and staff, see the building, and get answers to your questions!
Welcome to the Class of 2032!
Otterbots are prepared for competition
March 8, 2019
The OtterBots robotics team had another successful build season in 2019. Thirteen high school students built a competition robot in just over 6 weeks. The challenge this year is called Destination: Deep Space, and the game is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year.
The robot is currently "bagged and tagged", under lock and key, and can no longer be worked on until the competition. The competition this year is at the Great Northern Regional in Grand Forks, ND on March 15th and 16th.
The live broadcast will be here:
The live broadcast situation can be a bit fluid, so if there is a change, the broadcast information or updates could probably be found here.
There are 9 seniors on the team this year, 3 juniors and 1 freshman:
- Neil Ehlers (Capt.) - 12
- Gavan Anderson -12
- Angel Giese -12
- Rylan Hanson - 12
- Syanne Jepson -12
- Jasmine Ringquist -12
- John Runnigen -12
- Aaron Sagerhorn -12
- Blayne Schuetzle -12
- Delanie Filippello -11
- Brayden Seedorf -11
- Jaydon Zenda -11
- Thomas Grotberg - 9
The Team mentors are:
- Aaron Demuth
- Darrin Hanson
- Bob Drake
- Taylor Georgeson
- Bill Swanson
Supt. Ness: Music in our Schools Month
March 4, 2019
For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM™), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.
The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.
MIOSM and the events surrounding it are the ideal opportunities for increasing awareness of the benefits of high quality music education programs in our nation’s schools. The National Association for Music Education hopes that teachers, students, and music supporters alike will find ways to join in on the celebration through creative activities and advocacy.
March 1, 2019
At this morning's special school board meeting, the Fergus Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to offer the superintendent position to Jeff Drake, pending completion of mutually agreed contract and board review of a completed background check. Mr. Drake has accepted the offer and will now enter into contract negotiations with the School Board. It is anticipated that a formal contract agreement will be approved at the March 11 School Board meeting. Mr. Drake will begin his new role as superintendent of the Fergus Falls Public Schools on July 1, following Superintendent Jerry Ness’ retirement on June 30th.
Mr. Drake has been the superintendent and elementary principal for the Battle Lake Public School District #542 since 2010. He also held the role as a high school principal and curriculum director in that same district starting in 2003. Early in Mr. Drake’s educational career, he was high school principal in Milaca High School and a guidance counselor in Hastings High School. Mr. Drake completed the coursework for his administrative licensure through University of Minnesota St. Mary’s; his master’s degree through University of Minnesota Duluth; and his bachelor degree through Gustavus Adolphus – where he graduated cum laude.
The School Board wishes to thank the staff, administration, and community members who assisted with the superintendent search. We were pleased with the quality of the candidate pool and the choices that were available. As board chair, I'm excited about the vision Mr. Drake presented, and like Superintendent Jerry Ness, I believe he will prove to be a great leader of the Fergus Falls Public Schools.
Matthew Lemke, Board Chair
High School choir concert postponed
February 15, 2019
Due to the state girls hockey tournament and excessive school closings and late starts, the Choir Concert scheduled for February 25th has been postponed to March 25th at 7pm.
L-R: Andrew Danielson; Caleb Danielson; Mary Grotberg
Isabella Nehk and Elias Torkelson
Band and choir students named to All State Ensembles
February 22, 2019
Fergus Falls band and choir students Caleb Danielson, Andrew Danielson, Mary Grotberg, Isabella Nehk, and Elias Torkelson participated in the final performance of the Minnesota All State Ensembles on February 16. The culminating performance took place at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. These 5 students were selected from a total of 1500 auditioners. Students spend many hours preparing the selections for the audition process. Auditions are recorded in early spring and submitted to the Minnesota Music Educators Association.
Students that are selected for this honor spend a week in the summer working with peers from around the state along with section coaches that specialize on their instrument/voice range. The groups are led by some of the best conductors and music educators in the nation. The camps take place at college campuses around the state. This is an honor that takes years of dedicated practice for students to achieve.
Supt. Ness: Congratulations...
February 20, 2019
Our girls’ hockey team earned a hard fought victory in the section final over Alexandria, 3-1, to return to state for the first time since 2009. Coach Lill and the team have had an excellent season – hard work and dedication has paid off for the Otters - Congratulations!! The team is scheduled to play Breck at 11 am on Wednesday, February 20.
The Otter Gymnastics team competed in sections this past Saturday. They were announced at the Section All-Academic Gold Award with a 3.97 GPA – Congratulations!!
School Board Recognition Week
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 February 18-22.
CNA Students Explore Geriatric Communication Techniques
February 19, 2019
The Nursing Assistant students utilized communication techniques specific to the elderly while attending a Field Trip to Ashby Living Center Friday, February 19th. The students had been exploring barriers to communication such as hearing and vision impairments as well as cognitive changes, all which can interfere with the communication process.
L to R Front: Jessie H., Angel G., Amy J.
L to R Back: Julia K., Annelise P., Atlanta G., Michaela H., Laci S., Ashlyn E., Hope F., Amelia B., Logan S., Makayla H.. Mrs. Risbrudt
Supt. Ness: Congratulations to Snoball Royalty!
February 11, 2019
After a difficult week of weather, the 2019 Snoball Coronation was finally held at 1:30 pm on Friday, February 8. Congratulations to King JB Sandahl and Queen Julia Swanson and to the royalty – Seniors: Amy Johnson, Kailyn Richey, Mitchel Tenneson, and Jarrett Huus; Juniors: Jacey Johnson, Audrey Mudford, Lulie Pessoa, Brita Sonmor, Sam King, Alex Anderson, Josh Thorstad, and William Pawlowski; Sophomores: Hope Fletchall, Paige Fyhrie, Izzy Strege, Isaac Young, Ian Stumbo, and Matthew Niblock; and Freshman: Jadyn Bye, Helaina Kremeier, Katelyn Metcalf, Luke Schroeder, Andrew Johnson, and Sam Sorum.
Fergus Falls Public Schools Supports Governor for Predictable, Forecasted State Funding
The Fergus Falls Public Schools is striving to prepare productive citizens through academic excellence. But we cannot do it alone. So, we're grateful for Gov. Tim Walz for recently stepping forward to share his desire to create more predictable funding model for schools that is less reliant on local property taxes.
MS Speech team takes 2nd in Parkers Prairie
February 5, 2019
Congratulations to the Middle School Speech Team for a 2nd place win in Parker’s Prairie Monday night!