Dear Parents and Guardians of Fergus Falls Elementary Schools,
Greetings from the Roosevelt Building! My name is Carey Johnson, and I’m the new director of the ALC. It’s exciting to be in this district and working with students of all ages. I’m particularly excited about the chance to spend time with the elementary students throughout the school year.
At conferences, you may have been given the opportunity to sign up for Otter Adventures through teacher referral. On the back of this letter are the calendar dates for each of the three sessions during the school year. Please note: Summer Otter Adventures registration will come later.
Each Otter Adventures session will start with a snack and game time. Students will have lessons following that will focus on their individual academic needs. Students in the city limits of Fergus Falls are eligible for transportation if needed. Parents wishing to pick their students up after Otter Adventures may do so in the circle drive
We welcome your students to Otter Adventures! The link to register is listed below. If you have further questions, please contact me at 218.998.0544 x 9230.
Please complete this form to register!
What is ADVENTURES, a Targeted Services Program?
After school and summer programs
Promotes development of basic skills
Serves students ages 5-14
Students must meet criteria
Academic, socal, and personal focus
Low student-to-teacher ratio
What criteria qualify students for the Targeted Services Program?
Academic, social, and/or personal criteria
Have not made the same progress as same-aged peers
What is the purpose of the program?
Provide additional time to build skills
Identify skills not yet developed
Provide activities that help students improve academic and social skills
May students do homework in Targeted Services?
Program is NOT designed for this purpose
Current homework may be used to teach and practice learning and study strategies
Is there a cost for Targeted Services?
No, there is no cost
May students with special needs attend Services?
Yes, with qualifiers
An IEP meeting may be necessary to determine the appropriateness of placement
Targeted Services does not provide support services for special needs students
Students must be able to participate independently in a 15:1 student to teacher ratio
Referral to Targeted Services should be a team decision
Is transportation provided for after school and summer Targeted Services Programs?
Yes, transportation is available for students within the Fergus Falls city limits
How does a parent refer a student to the Targeted Services Program?
Contact their child's teacher
Contact the building principal
Contact the Area Learning Center of Fergus Falls
What kind of progress toward individual goals can be expected?
Progress of individual students varies
Excellent attendance and a serious approach have the most impact
Expect improved classroom performance
Expect less loss of essential learning over the summer months
How is student achievement and/or performance monitored?
Standardized tests at the beginning and end of the year
Who teaches ADVENTURES Targeted Services Programs?
Paraprofessionals may assist students under the teacher's direction
What is a Continual Learning Plan (CLP), and what is its purpose?
Identifies individual student needs
States how needs will be addressed
Is a blueprint for improving academic, socal, and/or personal skills
Is reviewed and rewritten annually
Does my student have to attend all days of the session?
Yes, students are expected to attend all of the session dates
Who do I contact if I still have questions about ADVENTURES Targeted Services Programs?
Please contact any of the following at 998-0544:
Kristin Tuel, Coordinator, ext. 9231
Scott Colbeck, Principal, ext. 9301
Tindy Rund, Asst. Principal, ext. 9401