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October, 2008

November, 2010

From the Principal’s Mission Statement For Kennedy Secondary School: The mission of the Kennedy Secondary School is to provide a positive learning environment for the adolescent student, which promotes educational achievement within an atmosphere of mutual concern, respect, and accountability

We have recently completed the first quarter of the school year here at the new Kennedy Secondary School, and we are very thankful for the new facilities and the students and staff that are housed in this building each school day. It is difficult for us to explain the feelings of openness and the relaxed atmosphere here, because we are able to spread out and enjoy this new school building. We want to offer a very special thank you to the entire community for providing the resources that made this new school possible. We have also recently completed our Fall round of Parent/Teacher Conferences and we want to thank those parents who were able to attend. These conferences are just one way for parents to keep informed about their student’s progress here at the Kennedy Secondary School. Parents are also encouraged to follow their student’s academic work through our student management system called Power School. You can access your student’s current grades and assignments on our School District website from your computer at home with a simple log in and password. If you need any help with this process, please call the high school main office and we can help you get started. Also all of our teachers have voice mail and e-mail, so please feel free to contact any teacher at any time and they will be pleased to inform you of your child’s progress. The construction COMPLETION phase for the Fergus Falls Kennedy Secondary School continues! With well over 300,000 square feet of remodeled or new construction space involved in this project, the experts tell us that we will be continuously working on building issues for the next 14-16 months. We continue to finish flooring, paint, and electrical issues around the entire building. We also continue to work toward balancing our heating and cooling systems so that we can maintain consistent and comfortable temperatures throughout the building. In fact, this last week we had several areas of the building that were simply too warm and we are working very hard to correct those issues. In general, the Kennedy Secondary School is AMAZING, but it is far from perfect, and we offer our commitment that we will continue to work each and every day to address issues and complete every last detail of this project, so we have a school facility that will meet all the needs of our secondary students. Please feel free to call my office if you have any questions or concerns involving our new school.

Secondary School Parent Newsletter Senior High Student Council OFFICERS: Jordan Rasmussen President Reece Denzel Vice President Mariah Monke Secretary Megan Fritz Treasurer SENIORS Reece Denzel Max Johnson Jordan Rasmussen Kelley Hohman Reid Cole Jake Hexum

JUNIORS Taylor Monk Mariah Monke Matt Donoho Andrew Eerdmans Megan Fritz Mitch Grugel

SOPHOMORES Austin Hanson Mike Millard Ben Haugmo Josh Johnson Taylor Johnson

FRESHMEN Nicole Anderson Ashley Strube Anna Monke Dane Ringquist Austin Rund

ALC Dylan Rust Hannah Opatz

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High School Student Council News by Shane Thielke, High School Assistant Principal The Sr. High Student Council has had a great start to the school year. New officers were elected in September and Jordan Rasmussen (12) was voted President, Reece Denzel (12) – Vice President, Mariah Monke (11) – Secretary, and Megan Fritz (11) – Treasurer. The big event for the Fall was Homecoming. This year the week of Homecoming provided beautiful weather for all of the activities that were planned. The week started off with the Coronation, which exhibited the spectacular talents of the students who participated and the evening culminated with the crowning of the Queen, Tami McDonald and King, Eden Beck. The week also featured Iron Man Volleyball (which the Sr. boys won) and Powder Puff Football (which the Jr. girls won), and the Homecoming Parade was a huge success and well attended thanks to the perfect weather. The week ended with a dance in the Maroon Gym where Livewire Entertainment provided DJ services and a fun end to a great week. As we look ahead, the Student Council has two initiatives to focus their efforts on as we move into the holiday rush. The Student Council will be sponsoring a holiday food drive from November 15 th through November 23rd, which will feature a friendly competition between classes, as the winning class will earn budging rights in the lunch line the week before Winter Break! Also, the Student Council is planning to support a fundraising campaign in support of “Toy’s for Tots” in December, with hopes of generating funds to help support this great cause. We are looking forward to working on these projects as well as continuing to support the needs of the students at Kennedy Secondary School.

Middle School Student Council News

by Jon Harris, Middle School Assistant Principal The Middle School Student Council members were elected by their classmates, and will be called upon at various times this school year to add to the positive experiences for all middle school students. They participated in the Homecoming Parade. They will be sponsoring a Canned Food Drive as well as Penny Wars in December, with proceeds donated to benefit organizations in the Fergus Falls community. The Student Council will be sponsoring three 7 th/8th grade parties/dances again this year. They are scheduled for October 29th, January 29th, and April 15th. We are always looking for parent volunteers to help us out with chaperoning these dances. Please call the school office if you are interested in helping with this fun opportunity!! We will also be having a few hat/sunglasses days during the school year. The money raised in the past has been used to purchase items for the Salvation Army Toy Shop during the Christmas holidays. 2010-11 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS; Grade 6: Justine Hutchins, Caleb Stillwell, Caitlin Hexum, Kyra Loomer, Matthew Monke, Anna Norgard, Adem Swanson Grade 7: Jonah Bergstrand, Tayler Thompson, Savana Backman, Johnny Hermes, Alicia Niblock, Ally Ringquist Grade 8: Hayden Devorak, Mitchell Cole, Nick Weaver, Mary Gettel, Jacob Haugmo, Jacob Ugstad, Noah Strom

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Homework Help Gr. 9-12 Homework Help Gr. 6-9 All students in grades 10, 11 &12, who need help with homework are welcome!

All students in grades 6, 7, 8 & 9, who need help with homework are welcome!

Kennedy Secondary School

Kennedy Secondary School Room 2715

Monday through Friday 7:15-8:00 a.m.

Please call the school 998-0544 the morning your child is absent to report for attendance.

Days & Times: Monday through Friday 7:30-8:15 a.m. 3:18-4:00 p.m. Contact: Jane Graumann 998-0544 ext. 2054

Days & Times:

Call it in!

Room 1418

Homework Help is a program of ISD #544 Community Education

FFA Fruit Sales

The Fergus Falls FFA Chapter will once again be conducting Fruit Sales as their sole fundraiser for the year. In addition to oranges, apples, grapefruit and pears, they will have meat and cheese selections, beef sticks, pineapple, and chocolates available. We also have added Fuji apples. Contact any FFA member to order fruit, or call 998-0544 x2524 to order. All fruit is guaranteed to meet your expectations or you can choose replacement or refund of your purchase. This year we are offering more varieties of mixed boxes, which are packaged in very attractive boxes, perfect for Christmas giving. Orders are due by Nov. 29, and delivery will be around December 15th.

Lunch Money Deposit: A reminder that you can make a deposit to your child’s lunch account online at: You then go to the School Store and create an account for your student, then make your deposit. Please remember that it sometimes takes more than a day for your transaction to be complete, so don’t count on it coming through immediately for credit.

Secondary School Parent Newsletter

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Upcoming Community Education Classes for Youth: Attention All 6th, 7th, & 8th graders - 2nd Annual STLF Trip (Students Today, Leaders Forever) Parent & Student Information Meeting on Monday, November 15th - 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Kennedy Secondary School – Room 270 (Look for yellow signs). Learn about all the details for the 2011 “Pay It Forward Tour” to be held February 11-13, 2011, including costs, itinerary, fundraising, discussions and questions! More Questions? Contact: Claire Stich - 998-0544 ext 1604 or Mike Walls - 998-0544 ext 1605 DRIVER EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS - Open to students 14 to 18 years of age. Tuition covers the complete classroom and behind the wheel program. FFHS students receive one pass/fail elective credit upon program completion. (A student cannot course credit transfer into his or her FFHS transcript.) Class schedule and registration forms are available at the Community Education office. Instructor: Mary Rostedt. For additional information on any of the above classes, contact Community Education at 218-998-0544, ext. 1600; or visit our website at to register on-line. BABYSITTER TRAINING - You'll learn how to supervise children and infants, perform basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding, choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys, handle bedtime and discipline issues, identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care of common injuries and emergencies such as choking, burn, cuts and bee stings. Communicate effectively with parents. Find and interview for babysitting jobs. Fee: $40 Instructor: American Red Cross Location: American Red Cross Office 9:00am-3:30pm 10/15/10, 9:00am-3:30pm 10/21/10, 9:00am-3:30pm 12/28/10 SPORTS STACKING (Cup Stacking) - An exciting team sport that promotes eye-hand coordination, team work and positive self-esteem. The process involves stacking a set of 12 specially-designed cups into predetermined sequences to form pyramids. For more information, visit Fee: $5.00 Instructor: Betty Jo Sisk Location: Cleveland School 3:45-5:00 pm Dates: Nov.8, 15, 22, 29, Dec.6, 13, 20 MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING in four-position shooting (prone, sitting, kneeling, off-hand). Practice shooting most evenings. Four-position matches, State Jr. Tournament, M-1 Carbine in Spring. NRA instructors on duty. Guns and equipment furnished. Indoor range. Ongoing. Fee: $10 per year + ammunition (approximately $6 per month) Instructor: FF Rifle & Pistol Club Location: Rifle & Pistol Club Time: 6:45-8:45 pm MAKE A DIFFERENCE - Make A Difference has proven to be a favorite among Middle School students this year, with over 85 students participating. This cohort of 6th-8th grade students meet every Tuesday during lunch to discuss ways to engage their community through service learning projects, talk about real life issues, and enjoy fun activities. This fall has already brought loads of excitement. Make A Difference students have enjoyed sitting in their own varsity football cheering section, Homecoming Parade float, volunteering at the Cleveland Carnival & Mall-O-Ween, in addition to activities during lunch, such as “Meal of Fortune.” Heading this program are two former Fergus Falls High School natives – Claire Stich ’05 & Mike Walls ‘06. Upon completing their undergraduate degrees in Secondary Education and Biology, respectively, they sought for their return home to serve their community through youth involvement. Under the coordination of Fergus Falls Community Education, they are currently serving as AmeriCorps Promise Fellows hosted by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth. Their mission is to promote academic success, increase civic engagement, and strengthen youth voice & youth engagement. If you are interested in what Make A Difference & ISD 544 can offer youth, please look in your Community Education brochure for many more exciting upcoming events this year.

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Secondary School Parent Newsletter

HOMECOMING Royalty: Seniors: Aimee Magnusson, Eden Beck, Tami McDonald, Reid Cole, Brooke Solheim, Jacob Hexum Juniors: Amara Rodriguez, Harvey McMahon, Elise Viger, Dalton Skonseng, Haylie Zenner, Ryan Sorkness Sophomores: Taylor Bergren, Benjamin Haugmo, Rachael Heidorn, Joshua Johnson, Callie Ann Hoffbeck, Jesse Schneeberger Freshmen: Anna Monke, Samuel Rausch, Kristin Traiser, Dane Ringquist, Anna Soenksen, David Schneck Congratulations to Homecoming Queen & King: Tami McDonald & Eden Beck!!!

Jr. Envirothon Twenty-two Middle School Students, grades 6-8 from Kennedy Secondary Schools participated in the Jr. Envirothon at the local Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. The event took place on Wednesday, October 6; the weather was very cooperative and the students all enjoyed the day. The Jr. Envirothon is an outdoor competition which challenges student's environmental knowledge and problem solving skills. It consists of five, 25 minute stations; all but one are outside. Each station is based on a different environmental topic: Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatics, Soils, and a current issue. This year's issue was "Protection of Groundwater through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning." As each team traveled from station to station, they took an exam related to each of these subjects. After tests were completed, area resource professionals reviewed the exams with the students and answered any questions. The three teams with the highest scores were presented with first, second and third place trophies. Team members also received a medallion. Twenty three teams competed in this hands-on experience and were from Breckenridge, St. Mary's, Lake Park Audobon, Hillcrest and Fergus Falls KSS. This event is similar to the Senior Envirothon for high school students, which students are encouraged to participate in their future. The students prepared for the Jr. Envirothon by spending the last few weeks studying the various categories over their school lunch breaks. In addition, local volunteers, Jeff Grugel, State of MN Well Inspector, and Keith Stafford, City Forester , presented on soils, ground water and tree identification/diseases respectively. Their visuals and expertise were very helpful in the students gaining pertinent information. Others involved in the student's success are Fergus Falls elementary and middle school teachers. The students' accomplishments and efforts are commendable. They feel fortunate for all their support and are thankful to Prairie Wetlands Learning Center for their continued hosting of this event. The Jr. Envirothon is sponsored by the local Area I Soil & Water Districts.

2010-11 ACADEMIC CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES: **************** Envirothon History Day Hot Topics Knowledge Bowl Math League Music Composition Spelling Bee Quiz Bowl Writer’s Club **************** If you have any questions, contact Vera Carlson 998-0544, ext.2051 or visit our school district website for more information!

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Congratulations 7th and 8th Grade State Honor Choir Members: Ean Goos, Katie Iverson, Jenni Klawitter, Emma Newton, Tyler Pyle, Luke Velde, Nick Weaver These students have been accepted into the ACDA Minnesota State 7th and 8th Grade Honor Choir. All students recorded an audition which was sent into a panel of judges who scored and ranked the singers. They will participate in a day of singing and fun on November 19th at St. Cloud State University. They are under the direction of Janel Trosvig.

Thank you!

Fundraising Efforts for 2008-09: The Kennedy Secondary School thanks its ongoing business partners for the 2010-11 school year. We have been fortunate to have participation from Service Food and SunMart with their Grocery Store Receipt Programs, along with Target with TCOE (“Take Charge of Education”). Many field trips, class rewards, classroom supplies and equipment are funded through the proceeds from these programs. We are very grateful for your efforts, and look forward for more great things to happen!

Gracias Thank You THANKS!

2010-11 Adopt-A-Class Sponsors Invision Kaddatz Gallery Kenny’s Candy Company MN Dept. of Natural Resources Pizza Ranch Ringdahl Ambulance West Tool & Design

T H A N K S !!

Donations Benefit our School Thank you to the 544 Foundation for the following donations the Kennedy Secondary School has received: -


KJ Country “Super Teacher the Week”


Each Friday morning at 7:40 am select some Super Teacher (or Principal) from nominations to get extra recognition and win some nice prizes. We give away a $20 gift certificate to Service Food in FF & Perham, a $10 gift certificate to Papa Murphy's Pizza in FF and a flower arrangement from Wild Rose Floral in

$500 for special education students at the high school to operate a dog biscuit business called “Otter Bites – Dog Cookie Delights.” The students will be involved in all aspects of the business, from handling the finances to making and packaging the dog biscuits. $500 to purchase books for the Fergus Falls Reads Program . $500 to implement a program called “Family All Ways.” This program will help middle school students who have parents who are divorced or are in the process of getting divorced.

Page 7 of 8 8th grade Leadership students – KSS teach elementary kids about O.A.A.O. (Otters ARE - Always Otters ) Renee Erickson, a teacher at the Kennedy Secondary School, could not have been more proud of her "Leadership" elective kids, than she was last quarter. On two different occasions, her kids were able to go into both Adams and Cleveland Schools, to teach the younger kids about O.A.A.O. They were first put into teaching groups and then assigned a classroom. They were given instruction time to prepare a 30 minute lesson on Otters ARE - Always Otters. Because this is a class on leadership, they were focusing on eye contact, voicetone, introductions, conclusions and how to present a topic using enthusiasm. They explained the meaning of the words respectful and accountable. They handed out OAAO stickers, read a book about manners called "Do Unto Otters" and they even made Otter masks for the kids to wear. Here are some comments from the kids who taught:

A . R. E .

Accountable Respectful Enthusiastic

- "I have never spoken in front of a group before. I think it helped my self-esteem." - "I feel better as a person, knowing I help to spread a positive message for the little kids." - "It was good because what we are teaching is important." - "I think the kids had fun and we were positive role-models and leaders" - “It was a great experience for all and we would like to thank those involved for having us."

SKATEBOARD PARK The Skateboard Park is ready for use in its new location at Roosevelt Park across from Kennedy Secondary School. The park is open non-school days from10:00 am8:00 pm and from 3:30-7:00pm on school days. For more information, contact the City of Fergus Falls Park & Recreation Department at 739-3205 or visit the web site at INDOOR OPEN SKATING (November to March) - Every Sunday 7-9 pm Monday through Thursday 2:003:30pm For additional Open Skating times, contact the Fergus Falls Ice Arena at 1812 Pebble Lake Rd. or call 736-2271. OUTDOOR ICE RINKS OPEN: Mid-December to mid-February • Cleveland Outdoor Hockey Rink & Pleasure Rink • Lake Alice Public Recreational Skating (based on ice conditions) • Channing Rink – No Supervision • Fairgrounds Hockey Rink (located behind Ice Arena Building For more information, contact the City of Fergus Falls Park & Rec. Department at 305 S. Peck St - or call the information line at 332-5800 or visit the web site at

2010 Middle School Yearbooks Will be going on sale in December. You will be able to order one for $18.00 ~~~~~~~~~~ Yearbook advisor this year is Desiree Frie

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November 10 First Quarter Reports Mailed Home November 11 Veteran’s Day Program – 10:00 am in Auditorium November 12-13 Senior High Fall Play at A Center for the Arts November 15 SH Academic Awards Program 7:30 pm in HS Gymnasium November 15 MS Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:30-6 pm in Auditorium November 16 MS Variety Show Parent Performance 7 pm in Auditorium November 17 MS Variety Show Student Performance 8:30 a.m. in Auditorium November 22 Wrestling Begins November 22 Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm at A Center for the Arts November 23 HS Pops Concert 7:30 pm November 25-26 Thanksgiving Vacation—NO CLASSES December 1 Boys Swimming Begins December 2 HS Career Day for Grades 9-12 in Gold Gym December 7 & 8 HS GRAD Math & Reading Retest December 9 MS Choir Concert 7:00 pm in Auditorium December 13 HS Choir Concert 7:30 in Auditorium December 20 6th Grade Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills Dec.22-Jan.2 NO CLASSES—Winter Break January 3 School Resumes January 27 NAEP Testing for selected 8th graders January 17 No Classes – Staff Work Day (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) January 19 Senior High Band Concert (7:30 pm HS Gym) January 21 End of 1st Semester & 2nd Quarter January 24 No Classes – Staff Work Day January 28 7th & 8th Grade Party (7:30-10:00 p.m. Gym and Cafeteria) January 31 Sno-Ball Coronation 7:00 p.m. HS Gym February 5 Senior High Sno-Ball Dance February 7 MS Orchestra Concert 5:30 pm at A Center for the Arts February 18-21 NO CLASSES – President’s Day Holiday February 25 Early Out at 12:15 pm for Students – Staff Inservice in pm February 28 All School Concert Gr. 7-12 – 7:00 pm in Gold Gym

Kennedy Secondary School Newsletter - Nov. 2010  

News from Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls, MN.

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