ISD 544


Here are some resources that will help you kick off the new school year the right way!

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Our Mission, Values, and beliefs

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Fergus Falls Public Schools is to prepare productive and engaged members of society by creating an environment where all students reach their full potential.

VALUES: Integrity, Respect, Empathy, Responsibility, Commitment, Enthusiasm, Persistence, Resilience, Innovation, Creativity


  1. We believe in a safe, supportive, and respectful environment.

  2. We believe in being committed to every student’s emotional, social, and academic success and well being. These conditions develop compassionate and curious minds.

  3. We believe in providing students with challenging opportunities to reach their full potential as confident and responsible thinkers, problem solvers and decision makers.

  4. We believe involvement in meaningful activities enriches a person’s life.

  5. We believe we are stewards of our community’s resources and will offer efficient and effective learning spaces for students.

  6. We believe in creating an environment where staff are engaged and valued.

  7. We believe in open communication among students, staff, families, and in cultivating strong community partnerships.

  8. We believe learning is an active and lifelong process


The District will measure its effectiveness by:

  1. Students entering kindergarten will meet school readiness goals.

  2. Achieving grade-level literacy with all third grade students.

  3. All staff will be knowledgable about the core concepts of the district's vision which is represented by our Otter Portrait of a Graduate.

  4. The district will begin implementing ISTE standards preK-12th grade.

  5. The district will begin implementing Project-Based Instruction (PBL).

voluntary student accident insurance

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Help fund classroom projects! Check out the Classroom Wish List.

This spreadsheet will show you which of the Wish List items have been funded, or partially funded.

if you wish to fully or partially fund a project, contact Mindy Fuder at the 544 Foundation.


Click HERE to order! (Middle School: uniforms required for grades 7 & 8 only!)

Student handbooks/policies:

K-12 Student Handbook (updated July 2022)

Chromebook info:

Click HERE!


open houses 2022

All Open Houses are being held Wednesday, August 31st (UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE)

Lincoln School: Otter Preschool/ECFE

  • Thursday Sept. 1st 5:30pm-7:00pm

Grades K-4 (McKinley, Adams, Cleveland):

  • 5pm - 7pm

KSS (5-8): Open House 4pm - 8pm

  • Parent Informational Meetings (in Auditorium)

    • 5th & 6th grade: 5:00 p.m.

    • 7th & 8th grade: 6:30 p.m.

KSS (Grade 9):

At 5:45 p.m. we will have a 9th-grade Orientation for our incoming 9th-grade students and parent/guardians in the Gold Gym with Mr. Anderson (Principal) and Mr. Thielke (Asst. Principal).

After meeting with administration for 30 minutes, our 9th graders and parents will then attend a meeting with a staff member in an assigned classroom where they will get their schedules and other items that evening.

KSS (Grades 10-12):

  • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

All students, parents/guardians are invited to stop in to meet classroom teachers. All 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade schedules will be handed out that night.

Area Learning Center:

  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Parent informational meeting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Student Orientation Bootcamp will take place on Aug. 23-25 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Calendars and Schedules

2022-23 District calendar

Districtwide calendar (online, subscribable)

Kennedy Secondary calendar (online, subscribable)

Middle School Activities calendar (online, subscribable)


Miscellaneous Forms and Applications

Bus Transportation Change form

Application for Educational Benefits

Kennedy Secondary School floor plan

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