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Congratulations to the Fridley Public Schools March 2019 Employee of the Month – the custodial and grounds team at Fridley Public Schools!

“Throughout the winter, our custodial and grounds team has put in extra time before school, after school, and on the weekends,” said Buildings and Grounds Director Jason Bichler. “They have been doing everything they can to keep the schools safe for students and staff.”

In January and February 2019, the Twin Cities metro area experienced record-breaking amounts of snowfall and dangerous wind-chill. With the extreme weather, the custodial and grounds team worked tirelessly at all schools and buildings across the district removing snow, deicing, cleaning, and doing all they can to ensure the safety of others.

“I could not be more proud of the overall team effort that has taken place with employees,” said Bichler. “No matter if we are dealing with machinery that is down, or dangerous wind chills – the team still does what is needed to make the facilities as safe as possible.  They have been doing an awesome job and it shows!”

Fridley Public Schools would like to give a big thank you to the 23 members of the custodial and grounds team! We appreciate your hard work!

Congratulations to:

Joshua Denzer (Head of Grounds), Casey Nelson (Lead Custodian / Grounds), Trent Wisocki (Lead Custodian, Fridley Community Center), John Medina  (Fridley Community Center), K’Neisha Walker (Fridley Community Center), Mark McClernan (Lead Custodian, Hayes), Kelly Brent Nelson (Hayes Elementary), Michael Davis (Stevenson & Hayes), Lance Koller (Lead Custodian, Stevenson), John Zerwas (Stevenson Elementary), Jeffrey Regan (Head Custodian, Fridley Middle School), David Morgan (Maintenance, Fridley Middle School), Marty Nyhus (Fridley Middle School), Warren Brewer (Fridley Middle School), Tim Buttweiler (Head Custodian, Fridley High School), Seth Hamm (Maintenance, Fridley High School), Denesha Dixon (Fridley High School), Maximillian Nicol (Fridley High School), Joseph Hamm (ALC, FMS, FHS), Ashton George (District-wide), Vicki Johnson (District-wide), William Warhol (District-wide), and Paul-Walter Walker (District-wide).


Many community members enjoyed an afternoon of jazz performed by the Fridley High School (FHS) Jazz Ensemble at Crooners Supper Club in Fridley on March 3, 2018. The band performed a 90 minute set with classic songs like Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder, What a Wonderful World by George Douglas & George David Weiss, Hocus Pocus by Larry Barton, among others.

Nearly 25 students participate in jazz band classes at FHS. FHS Band Director Becca Shuman said that this was the first time that many of her students performed in a jazz club.

“Performing in a real jazz club is totally different than performing at a high school band concert, and our students performed incredibly well,” said Shuman. Each jazz band had to learn seven different pieces to fill the set, while a typical band concerts feature 2-3 songs by each band.

“They practiced a lot on their own and came in for extra rehearsals before school and during lunch,” said Shuman. “The hard work paid off and it was a great experience for our students!”

On March 4, the FHS Jazz Ensemble also performed at the Jazz Coffee Concert held at Fridley Middle School (FMS). The concert offered coffee and cookies while the FMS Jazz Band and the two FHS Jazz Bands performed songs for family, staff and community members.  

Upcoming events: The FHS Bands Spring Concert will take place on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. In addition, the community is welcome to attend and enjoy the annual Fridley Fine Arts Festival on May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at FHS. Check the calendar in May for more opportunities to enjoy music from our talented students during the 6th, 7th and 8th grade band concerts, as well as the FHS Bands Pops Concert.

For the third year in a row, the Fridley High School (FHS) Speech Team earned the first place in the Tri-Metro Conference Speech Tournament held February 28, 2019 at DeLaSalle High School. The Tri-Metro Conference tournament included speech teams from: Academy of Holy Angels, DeLaSalle High School, St. Croix Lutheran, and St. Anthony Village High School.

Multiple FHS students earned first place in their categories, including: junior Daniel Toweh in Discussion, senior Nadia Hawkins in Great Speeches, senior Elisa Strecker in Humorous Interpretation, and senior Gao-je Vang in Informative Speaking.

Students who placed second in their categories included: freshmen Devika Ramnarine and Priya Rana in Duo Interpretation, junior McKenzie Swartz in Extemporaneous Reading, and freshman Savanna Ayers in Humorous Interpretation.

The third place finishers included: sophomores Melanny Quiacain-Ovalle and Kahna Puy in Duo Interpretation, freshman Ryken Farr in Great Speeches, junior BaoBai Xiong in Poetry, and sophomore Aidan Salo in Storytelling.

Fourth place finishers included: freshman Emily Hill in Dramatic Interpretation, junior Yangchen Namgyal in Extemporaneous Speaking, junior Zoha Hassan in Original Oratory, sophomore Cassady Callahan in Poetry and freshman Eddie Nordin in Storytelling, and Fridley Middle School (FMS) 8th grade student Nick Richard and FMS 7th grade student Anna Nordin in Duo Interpretation.

Students who also placed in their categories and earn points toward Fridley’s winning score included: junior Ruby Richard, Creative Expression (5th place), sophomore Erik Hill, Creative Expression (6th place), sophomore George Ombuya, Creative Expression (7th place); senior Walter Nordin, Discussion (5th place), freshman Andy Stevenson, Discussion (6th place), freshman Andy Hill, Great Speeches (5th place), and freshman Helen Riddle, Prose Reading (5th place).

18th annual Fridley Speech Invitational

The Fridley High School Speech Team hosted their 18th annual home meet on March 2, 2019. Out of 21 teams, the FHS Speech Team would have earned 4th place, although home teams cannot place in their own invitational meets.

At the home meet, Nadia Hawkins placed first in Great Speeches, and Elisa Strecker placed second in Humorous Interpretation. Earning fourth place in their categories, FHS sophomore Lulu Schirmacher placed in Extemporaneous Reading and Ryken Farr placed in Great Speeches. Helen Riddle earned fifth in Prose Reading and Gao-je Vang earned sixth in Informative Speaking. Sophomore Cassady Callahan in Poetry Reading and Ruby Richard in Creative Expression earned seventh place in their respective categories.

Congratulations and great work to all speech team students!

Fridley Middle School (FMS), in partnership with the Get Ready college preparation program, hosted a “Cultural Essay Contest” during the month of February. Students were prompted to write about their cultures, family traditions and beliefs. A total of 45 students participated in the contest, describing their family backgrounds, holidays, special food, clothing, and more.

“We wanted to highlight the diversity of our students and the pride that individuals have in their cultures, family histories, and backgrounds,” said Get Ready Pathways Coordinator Kim Choyke. “I was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and insight that was put into all our students’ essays.”

One student winner was selected per grade level. Congratulations to the following students:

5th grade essay contest winner – Nasrudin Hussein

6th grade essay contest winner – Kency Cristobal

7th grade essay contest winner – Fraol Mumed

8th grade essay contest winner – Hafsa Osman

“These winning essays stood out for quality of writing, depth of information on culture and identity, and reflection on what their culture means to them,” said Choyke.

The students agreed that they enjoyed the opportunity to share and write about their cultures and identities.

Fifth grade student Nasrudin Hussein wrote about his Somali background and described major holidays, family life, and clothing. He also discussed respecting all cultures and embracing the uniqueness of one’s own culture. Nasrudin said that his mother and sister were his inspiration for writing his essay, as he enjoys listening to their stories.

Kency Cristobal, 6th grade, described her Mexican background through culture, food, music and clothes. She also discussed the many holidays and celebrations that her family celebrates, including El Dia de Guadalupe, El Dia de Los Reyes Magos, and El Dia de Los Muertos.

Fraol Mumed, who is in 7th grade, wrote about being Oromo-American. Both of his parents are from Ethiopia. Fraol described ancient traditions, food, clothing, and language. He is incredibly proud of his culture and history and said he greatly enjoys listening to his mother telling him stories about how she grew up.

“I love to listen to her and write the stories down,” said Fraol. “I just loved this opportunity to write about my culture.”

Eighth grader Hafsa Osman said her essay was inspired by a National History Day project she just completed, which focused on the Somali Civil War. Her parents, who immigrated to the United States from Somalia due to the conflict, told her stories of  their experiences. Hafsa said that Somali culture can differ from clan to clan, and each clan can hold its own traditions. 

The essays will be on display during the month of March by the FMS Student Support Services Office. Great work to all FMS students who participated in the essay contest!

Photo above (from l to r): FMS Cultural Essay Contest Winners: Hafsa Osman, Nasrudin Hussein, Kency Cristobal, and Fraol Mumed

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