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A series of advisory committee meetings will begin tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 18) to help get public input on future building projects being planned by the West Fargo School District. Meetings have been scheduled for the next six Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Leidal Education Center boardroom.
When the curtain goes up for a West Fargo High School musical production everything seems to fall into place. The cast knows their lines, the dance ensembles glide across the stage, and music flows from the orchestra pit right on cue. But what the audiences see on stage is only the tip of the iceberg of what goes into making a production successful. This year's musical, "The Pajama Game," will have five evening performances. Tickets have been selling quickly for the 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21.
The Legislative Forum held on Saturday, Feb. 7 was well attended with over 30 people filling Room 112C at the West Fargo High School. A lot of important issues were discussed by the legislators during their opening statements and as they fielded questions asked by local residents attending the meeting. Response times were closely monitored in order to allow each legislator to answer as many questions as possible.
A group of eleven employees of the West Fargo School District has asked the school board to reclassify their positions from teaching categories to administrative positions. As specialty coordinators for the district, serving in areas of special education, reading, curriculum, ELL liaison, and technology integration, the group feels that their primary duties are not those of a teacher in a classroom setting, but are administrative by nature.
Nick Hulm takes his role in Junior ROTC very seriously, and it is reflected in how he conducts himself in class, during uniform inspection, and as he leads his fellow cadets through drill formations. The disciplined training he has diligently worked so hard to master during his four-year involvement with JROTC has paid off. The West Fargo High School senior received a notification on January 15, that he has been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Hulm submitted an academic application to West Point in October, and was nominated by Sen.
West Fargo High School seniors Meagan McDougall and Sam Forsey have been awarded the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship award in journalism. McDougall serves as co-editor-in-chief of the West Fargo High School student newspaper, The Packer. Forsey is entertainment editor of the publication, under the direction of Jeremy Murphy, publications advisor. To qualify for the award, McDougall and Forsey submitted samples of their writing, along with two essays explaining why they want to pursue a career in journalism, and listing their qualities as a free spirit.
The Cheney Middle School drama department will be presenting Disney's "Beauty and the Beast Jr." on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 12. Matinees will begin at 1:30 p.m., with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Susie Morken, and assisted by Jo Brekke, the production will include a cast and crew of about 75 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who have been rehearsing since mid-December. The 70 minute show will include familiar characters such as Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs.
Students at Eastwood Elementary School have taken on a special project to raise money to help send a local World War II veteran on the next Northern Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. scheduled in April. Every year during "Kindness Week," classes at Eastwood pick a project to help someone in the community. This year's project has been extended an extra week to allow students more time to collect money for the extra special cause. In a school assembly on Monday, authentic World War II army helmets were presented to each classroom.
The West Fargo School Board's Planning and Development Committee has been holding a series of meetings to develop a five-year plan to meet the needs of the district's growing student population. During the early morning brainstorming sessions, administrators, school board members, and building principals have been evaluating the pros and cons of several building options, looking for a plan that will solve space issues at the middle school, high school, and elementary school levels.
In a memo presented to the West Fargo School Board during their regular meeting held on January 26, Dana Diesel Wallace and Joe Sykora submitted a recommendation to award the bid for a district-wide employee engagement survey to The Village Family Service Center. The recommendation came with the stipulation that the total cost of administering the survey would not exceed the $25,000 limit as set forth by school board bid policies. Vernon Research came in as the lowest bidder, at $19,700 with an additional $5,200 in follow-up costs.