Kennedy Secondary School

Grades 9-12

Design II students pay it forward

Design II students presented Kristin Bye (Ottertail Public Health Nurse) with tummy time blankets for their Family Home Visiting Programs. These bright, stimulating blankets are used as a teaching tool for families of new babies.

Nurses like Kristin visit the new families and take the time to teach them about the importance of tummy time for their little ones. Kristin stressed how important it is that babies get time to strengthen their core and their necks as they grow by spending time playing on their stomachs.

Fabric was donated to the class by Kristin Rowlan.

Envirothon team finishes second

May 3, 2019

The "Blue Crew" finished 2nd Wednesday in the Area Envirothon held at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. They will now compete in Elk River, May 20th at the State Envirothon!

The Envirothon, an outdoor learning event for high school students in grades 9-12, is one of the state’s largest environmental education competitions. Teams consisting of 5 students from the same school/organization visit 6 different learning stations covering Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a current environmental topic that changes every year. Students are given a 25-point exam relating to the station’s topics. At the sixth station, the students are required to give a brief (8-9 minute) pre-determined oral presentation to a panel of judges, also based on the current environmental topic for the year.

Drama Department to present Triangle

May 2, 2019

Set against the backdrop of the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, Triangle explores the immigrant experience then and now through the tragedy of the "fire that changed America." Sophie, a 16-year-old seamstress who died in the fire, haunts Malena, a modern Hispanic girl who is in conflict with her sister, Isabel. Sophie is filled with guilt because she did not save her sister, Rose, from the fire and now cannot find her.

When Sophie, along with the ghosts of other dead factory girls, appears to her, Malena encourages Sophie to tell her story, never imagining that they will all be transported back in time to relive the tale.

When: May 10 & 11, 7pm; May 12, 2pm

Where: A Center for the Arts

Hegseth takes 6th in Math competition

March 25, 2019

Owenn Hegseth, a junior at Kennedy Secondary School, took 6th place recently at the Tri-college Math Competition. There were 22 schools represented in the Large School division, along with 153 individuals.

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.

Students Help at McKinley

Jan. 4, 2019

9th grade students have been learning about careers in education as well as how children ages 4, 5 and 6 are growing and developing. As a culminating activity, students were able to spend one class period interacting with kindergarten and first grade students. Activities included reading to students, assisting with writing, assisting with art projects, taking noodle breaks, playing math games and interacting during free play.

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Students attend Career Expo

Dec. 5, 2018

"Where engaging is learning," is how one 9th grader described the Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo held at the Fargodome last Thursday. One hundred and ten 9th grade students from the Intro to Tech Ed classes of Dennis Wutzke, Mike Donaghue and Carrie Sikkink attended this highly interactive expo where the students had the opportunity to perform ultrasounds on a pregnant mannequin, sit in a semi, practice their welding skills, and play with robots, to name just a few activities. According to the HTT Career Expo website, the purpose of the expo is to “help expose students to occupational opportunities throughout the health, technology and trade industries in our region through hands-on experiences.” Based on a survey taken by students after the event, the expo did just that. Seventy eight percent of the students said they discovered career opportunities they had not considered before.

Attendance at this event was made possible by the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program that was awarded to our school to improve students’ academic achievement by providing all students with access to a well-rounded education. As we know, not all students learn in the same way. Many industries represented at the career expo attract students who are hands-on learners. As one of our students eloquently stated, “Just because you are not good at school, doesn't mean you are not smart.” Locally, many of these industries are desperate for qualified people who are smart, hands-on learners!

Hopefully, this expo will be a tradition that continues for 9th graders at KSS. According to the survey, eighty-two percent of the the students who attended feel that future 9th graders should “absolutely” attend! In another 9th grader’s words, “I found some careers that I never thought of doing and found it very useful, and think it needs to continue.”

HTT Career Expo slideshow