The primary purpose of the Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative is to provide a free, appropriate, and comprehensive education for all students with disabilities, ages 0 to 21. If you are aware of any child that may be in need of special education services, they may contact their local school district principal and/or the director of special education to consider possible evaluation to determine their needs for special education. For more specific information, contact the Director of Special Education, 518 Friberg Ave, Fergus Falls, MN, 218-998-0935, ext. 9020.
Seniors will need to turn in their school issued Chromebook, charger and sleeve by the end of the school day on May 27th. Failure to return all items will result in those students not being able to participate in Senior activities like Valleyfair, or walking in the graduation ceremony the following week. They will also incur a replacement fee of $35.00.
7th and 8th grade students will turn in their Chromebooks, chargers and sleeves in English class on Wednesday, June 1st. Again, failure to bring all three items will result in a fee depending on what model chromebook they have. Make sure your student has all these items with them in school on the 1st.
Why does soap make bubbles? Why do we get goosebumps? Can a turtle live outside of its shell? How do you become a great inventor?
Young learners in the Fergus Falls Public Schools are challenged to approach science through curiosity and inquiry, and these are a few examples of topics they might explore in order to form scientific knowledge and skills. Science instruction is shifting from a relatively passive model to one of active investigation; rather than seeing experiments performed by their teachers, students are asking their own research questions, conducting investigations, recording their observations, using evidence and reasoning to form arguments, and communicating their findings with others.
In 2019, a committee of stakeholders from all corners of the state came together to revise Minnesota’s K-12 Academic Standards in Science. The result is a guiding document that, in large part, resembles the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which were formed in response to research and recommendations published by the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012). The new standards go beyond students’ understanding of core ideas to place emphasis on their active participation in scientific and engineering practices. Additionally, students are taught to recognize and replicate concepts and strategies that extend throughout the sciences and into other disciplines (math, language arts, etc.), such as “cause and effect”, “patterns”, and “systems”. Rather than teaching these concepts in isolation, instruction in several content areas better equips students to form connections and to build competence in applying strategies both in their classrooms and in authentic contexts.