• TueJan21 School Board Meeting 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • MonJan27 ECFE classes, Creative Play Center closed
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Fridley Drama will be performing their One Act Competitive production of Radium Girls by D. W. Gregory on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7 pm at the Fridley District Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public. The director is Lydia Thoreen.

A synopsis as provided by the publisher: In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

The 2019-20 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates. Back row, left to right: Adam Johnson, Joshua Brandt, Eli Paton, Kane Hoff, Mykell Engle, Ridwan Ghedi. Front row: Connor McCoy, Devin Hanson, Chloe Cantlon, Asanti Ahmed, Baobai Xiong, Isabelle Olivera. Not pictured: Yangchen Namgyal.

Fridley High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, hosted its ninth annual Silver Platter Breakfast Celebration on December 19, 2019. During the event, seniors who are enrolled in the full IB Diploma Programme (DP) presented their Extended Essays, a culminating research project for those pursuing the diploma. This year, the celebration recognized 13 seniors who submitted their essays. 

To earn an IB Diploma, students must complete DP core classes, and assessments and exams during their junior and/or senior years of high school. The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word, in-depth study of a focused topic intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. The process encourages students to develop college-level independent research skills.

A tradition of the celebration is to have an FHS alum who has earned the IB Diploma return as the keynote speaker. This year’s speaker was Class of 2016 graduate Praise Hall, who is currently a senior at prestigious Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Hall, a sociology and education major, is a 2019 Truman Scholar, which is a highly-competitive graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. 

Hall, who was not able to attend the event, sent a video message commending the students on the work they have completed thus far in the DP.

“I don’t think you realize how much you are setting yourself up for success by completing the IB Diploma Programme,” said Hall. “I know that this program is extensive and thorough, and can be incredibly challenging. But when I arrived at college, I was used to balancing all aspects of my life and time management. The transition to the academic side of Bowdoin was also easier, because Fridley gave me an excellent foundation.” 

Presentation of the IB Diploma

In addition to the presentation of the Extended Essays, two FHS Class of 2019 graduates, Hailee Schalwig and Audrey Zeleny, returned to receive their IB Diplomas. Schalwig is currently attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. and Zeleny attends Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. 


Congratulations to the Fridley High School (FHS) cast, crew and pit orchestra of this fall’s musical production, ‘Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway,’ which earned numerous Overall and Individual Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education awards!

To earn Spotlight Education awards, trained performance evaluators attend participating schools’ musical theatre productions to critique the performance in several categories: movement, vocal, and acting technique for ensemble; execution of the technical aspects of the production; and individual performances.  

“The Spotlight awards are the pinnacle of recognition for high school musical theater in the State of Minnesota,” said Auditorium and Events Coordinator Dan Wold. “Achieving this level of recognition requires a tremendous amount of work and focus. The cast and crew of Guys and Dolls worked very hard to put this production together, and it is very rewarding to be recognized.”

Wold added that it is not easy to achieve an Outstanding Overall Production distinction. “Fridley has never done that before,” he said. “We have also never had all of the leads in a show recognized for Outstanding Performance. This really shows how talented and hardworking our students worked.”

The Outstanding Overall Production award allows Fridley to perform a medley from their production at the Spotlight Showcase in Minneapolis, held annually in the spring. Students who worked on the technical crew and student musicians are also eligible to participate throughout Showcase Rehearsal Week and the show itself.

Congratulations to all our students on their achievement and a well-deserved recognition! 


Fridley High Schools Guys & Dolls Production Awards:

Achievement in Musical Theatre, Honorable Mention

Overall Production, Outstanding

Overall Performance, Honorable Mention

Ensemble Performance, Honorable Mention

Acting Performance, Outstanding

Student Orchestra, Honorable Mention

Costume Crew, Honorable Mention

Run Crew, Outstanding

Overall Technical Team, Outstanding

Light & Sound Crew, Outstanding


Individual Honors:

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: 

Cassady Callahan as Sarah Brown

Ruby Richard as Miss Adelaide

Ryken Farr as Sky Masterson

Daniel Toweh as Nathan Detroit

Honorable Mention in Supporting Role:

Willem West Mohn as Nicely Nicely Johnson

Outstanding in Technical Leadership:

Gavin Bardenpratt as Board Operator

Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership:

Xiomara Welsh as State Manager

Evaluator Shout-Out:
Mykell Engle

Spotlight Showcase Featured Dance Performance:

Lulu Schirmacher

Mykell Engle


Spotlight Showcase Student Orchestra Performance:

Anna Meisner

Sophia Kriz



Congratulations to Fridley Public Schools December 2019 Employee of the Month, Matthew Webber! Matthew is in his third year as the Technology Assistant at Fridley Middle School.

According to Principal Amy Cochran, Matthew is helpful, dedicated and consistently goes above and beyond for all students and staff. 

“Matthew is incredibly kind, responsive, supportive, knowledgeable and hardworking,” said Cochran. “He has scheduled time to specifically work with students to get them logged into school networks, figuring out Campus Portal (the district’s intranet system), and teaching them skills to navigate their computers.”

She added that Matthew readily assists all teachers and staff, ensuring all technology issues are handled in a timely and effective manner.

“Matthew is very deserving of this Employee of the Month award, and we are honored to have him here at Fridley Middle School!”

The district’s Director of Technology Yvonne Anderson said Matthew has been an incredible addition to the technology team. 

“His education and experience have proven to be valuable assets in supporting the staff and students at the middle school and also district-wide,” said Anderson. “Matthew is always willing to assist with additional assignments where he applies his inquiry skills and knowledge to achieve the best possible outcome for every project.”

Congratulations, Matthew, and keep up the great work!

Pictured above (from left to right): Director of Technology Yvonne Anderson, Technology Assistant Matthew Webber, and FMS Principal Amy Cochran

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