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Florence Ornberg will be 100 years old on June 6, and her family and friends are making sure she celebrates her landmark birthday in style. Invitations to her open house have been sent out, including a hand-delivered invitation to the Mayor of West Fargo. A big canopy tent will be set up in her yard for the big day. But the biggest highlight will happen a few days prior to her birthday, when members of the RedHawks team plan to pay a visit to Florence in her West Fargo home.
West Fargo High School principal Gary Clark has been named North Dakota's High School Principal of the Year. He was recognized at a dinner in his honor last Tuesday evening at Spitfire Bar and Grill in West Fargo, and congratulated with a standing ovation during the school board meeting on May 11. "I am humbled by the award, and yet very honored, because it is a reflection on the student body and the great staff we have at West Fargo High School," Clark said.
Students in Joan Baltezore's Microbiology classes at the West Fargo High School conducted an experiment last week to see how easily germs can spread into epidemic proportions. The students were bused to Cheney Middle School on Thursday, May 14, where they visited several classrooms to warn building occupants about a possible outbreak of a virus the microbiology students named "Eglowla." Students were reminded to wash their hands often to help prevent further spread of the virus. In preparation for the mock bio-terrorist attack, their instructor, Ms.
The first official collaborative bargaining session between the West Fargo Education Association and the West Fargo School Board was held on May 12, at the Leidal Education Center. Negotiators representing the WFEA include: facilitator Dan Wolf, Jolene Sand, Joan Connor, Aaron Knodel, and Janae Larson. School board representatives include: board president Tom Gentzkow, facilitator; Vice President Karen Nitzkorski; Board member Kay Kiefer; Joe Sykora, the district's business manager; Robin Hill, Human Resources Director; and Louise Dardis, Assistant Superintendent.
North Dakota's first Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class graduated on Monday, May 11, at the West Fargo High School. The school has been piloting the state's Teen CERT program since January. Prior to graduation ceremonies, the students participated in a simulated bus crash to test the skills they have learned in the course. Graduation and a lunch reception followed. The Teen CERT program teaches students about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area.
The West Fargo School Board has authorized the district to lease additional office space in a former bank building at 133 Main Ave. W., located just east of the Leidal Education Center parking lot. The district had been conducting an extensive search for office space to rent on a short-term basis within the City of West Fargo to house some of the district administrative personnel.
Ashley Severson, a senior at West Fargo High School, has been enrolled in the school's Senior High Alternative Center since its inception during her junior year. She is the first to admit that without the SHAC program, she wouldn't have been able to finish high school. The West Fargo High School SHAC program is designed to help at-risk students who have trouble fitting into a typical classroom setting. The program is limited to 15 to 20 students in a homeroom setting that gives them a place they can come for guidance and encouragement. The graduation coach becomes a mentor for the students.
West Fargo Chess Club members gathered for an informal awards ceremony after school on April 23, in the Commons at Cheney Middle School. The club had a lot to celebrate. "We had a very good year," Kambiz Farahmand, Cheney Middle School's Chess coach, said. "We had 22 registered players in our club this year. On any given Thursday after school, there were 10 to 15 kids playing chess at Cheney and having fun.
West Fargo graduating seniors Nick Hulm and Genia Wilson were crowned king and queen during the Junior ROTC Military Ball held at the West Fargo High School on April 18. Approximately 125 students and JROTC staff members attended the annual formal affair. The evening's festivities began with a social hour and photos of couples taken by Y2K Photography from Fargo. Opening ceremonies began at 6:15 p.m. with the Presentation of Flags and Posting of Colors by the Color Guard, followed by a short program, dinner, and coronation, with the dance starting at 8 p.m.
Thanks to the generous donations of the West Fargo Exchange Club, students enrolled in Child Development and Parenting classes at West Fargo High School and the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center have the opportunity to learn how to care for newborn infants through the use of lifelike electronic dolls. The computerized dolls, created by Realityworks, are simulated to cry if they are hungry, need a diaper change, need to be burped, or even if they are colicky or fussy.