Tiger Tales Stories from Distance Learning and Beyond | February 2021

Across the district, we were very excited to welcome our elementary learners back to buildings in the early part of February and we are looking forward to welcoming secondary learners back to a hybrid model later this month. This is a snapshot of the many amazing learning activities happening in our community over the past few weeks.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

In past years Farmington High School students participating in the Dakota County 4-H extension program have come into 4th grade classrooms at Meadowview Elementary to teach fourth graders about peer pressure and making good choices. This year the two groups partnered in a different way. They created monthly hands-on STEM activities and each student was provided with a bag of materials to complete the STEM challenges at home. Their first activity was a Gumdrop Engineering challenge. Students were given 3 gumdrop building activities to complete and reflect on. Students loved doing these at home hands-on activities! — MVES 4th Grade Teachers Jacalyn Eisenzimmer, Kiley Simonson, Lisa Kasper, Emily Holley

In the photo above, North Trail Elementary students explore three dimensional shapes and practice counting with money, dice, and block towers.

Learning outdoors

Since being back in school, MVES students have enjoyed many outdoor learning opportunities - including new sleds for recess!

Farmington Elementary has brought back their High Five Fridays, where they greet students outdoors as they arrive at school with (covid-safe) high fives and big foam hand waves.

In the photo above, Riverview Elementary students take part in "Minnesota Style" Gaga Ball.

Above, left, RVES fourth grade students help keep the sidewalk clear. In the upper right, RVES multi-age students work together to build a snow igloo.

Learning From Home

We love connecting with our Farmington Academy and distance learning students! In the photo above Superintendent Berg joins Principal Geis and nearly 100 North Trail Elementary students during a virtual assembly.

Several Dodge Middle School staff members recorded a reading of The Diary of Anne Frank over winter break. This reading has made learning more accessible for students in distance learning.

The Boeckman Middle School House of Representatives has taken their socials online! (Pictured above with advisors Mrs. Castle and Mr. Lund.)

FHS Band Highlight

The Farmington High School Wind Ensemble, a band under the direction of Erin Holmes, recently performed at the prestigious Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Midwinter Clinic. This is the highest honor a school music group in Minnesota can receive and the first time in the history of Farmington schools that a concert band has been selected to perform at MMEA. To view the Wind Ensemble’s performance, you can watch the 30-minute program on the FHS Band YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/FarmingtonBand.

FHS Activities Highlights

Congrats to the FHS Math Team on placing 3rd at their last meet of the season!

Congratulations are also in order for the FHS Debate team on an outstanding State Tournament! Seniors Michael Koperski and Thea Munson finished challenging preliminary competition with a record of 3-2, having beat teams from Edina, St. Croix Preparatory School and Avalon Charter School. Their only losses were to the teams who went on to be the state champion and state runner up. Ending competition as the 5th seed at the tournament, Koperski and Munson advanced to Quarterfinals and lost an extremely close debate to the top team from Edina. This quarterfinal finish is the highest level of competition that the Farmington Debate Team has achieved in its three year existence. This finish also caps off a very successful season for the Farmington Debate Team. In recognition of that continued excellence, Koperski was named to the Minnesota Debate Teacher’s Association All State Policy Debate team. This is the first time a debater from Farmington has been named to that list.

The FHS Speech team had a great first tournament of the season! The team took 5th place as a whole while FHS students placed first in the Varsity Drama and Novice Storytelling categories, third in the Novice Drama, Varsity Humorous, and Novice Storytelling categories. Tigers also took 4th place in Novice Extemporaneous Reading, Varsity Storytelling, and Novice Storytelling; and, sixth place in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking.

Thank you to everyone who shared a Tiger Tale! Look for more in the latest School Reporter and in another issue of Tiger Tales soon.