SPOTLIGHT

    • MonMay29 NO SCHOOL - Tiger Club closed Memorial Day
    • WedMay31 Early Childhood Screening Fridley Community Center
    • WedMay31 Last Day for Seniors Fridley High School
    • WedMay31 Last Day of PYP Preschool Stevenson Elementary
    • WedMay31 Senior Commencement Practice 12:30 PM to 3:00 PMFridley High School

Fridley High School's commencement ceremony will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  This year, graduation will be held at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown Saint Paul!

 

 

1st Place in AVID Jeopardy went to Fridley High School, represented by (from left to right): Cory Breitenfeldt, Alexis Peloquin, Kevin Prybilla, Jr., Hsuchi Lo, Anthony Jefferson and Ceamantha James.

 

Taking 1st Place in AVID Student Banner were (from left to right): Sharon Johnson, Malissa Lamah, Cecelyn Lewis, Grace Leaman, Chloe Rich and Sierra Lewis.


Seventy of Fridley’s up-and-comers took part in the seventh annual Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Conference on April 25, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Hotel.  Part of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District, the conference provides opportunities and education to encourage participants in setting and attaining goals beyond high school.

Liz Jensen, Fridley High School’s advisor for AVID, discussed the benefit of the program for students.

“The conference is about preparing the students for leadership and college,” Jensen said.  “They get to meet with colleges, they meet employers and go through a variety of sessions.”

In addition to meeting post-secondary recruiters and potential employers, students participated in competitions against other schools, including AVID Jeopardy, educational games, college exploration, conference theme development, creative storybook writing, employability skills and Shark Tank.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Preparing Kids for Leadership.”  Students from eight metro area school districts took part in the conference.

Congratulations to our outstanding AVID students!

Amir Khadar has continued to build an incredible list of awards during his senior year at Fridley High School.

Khadar took first place at the Congressional Arts Competition on April 24, 2017.  He was congratulated by Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

Part of the award includes Khadar’s artwork representing Ellison’s 5th Congressional District in the Congressional Arts Exhibit in Washington D.C.  Khadar also received two round-trip airfares to attend the exhibition.

Cheryl Burghardt, art teacher at Fridley High School, is not surprised by her student’s long list of accolades.  “Amir has a passionate, intrinsic motivation to make art and express himself,” Burghardt said.  “He doesn’t struggle to find subject matter.  It flows naturally from his life experiences.  This connection to his history and personal identity is evident when viewing the work and makes it resonate with the viewer.”

The 5th Congressional District also includes Breck School, The Perpich Center for Arts Education, Southwest High School and Columbia Heights.

“Congressman Ellison asked Amir where he intended to go to school,” Burghardt said.  “When he replied, ‘The Maryland Institute College of Art,’ which is only 45 minutes away from Washington D.C., Congressman Ellison suggested that Amir apply for an internship in his D.C. office.  I can see Amir taking his passion for giving marginalized groups a voice to this big stage.”

Congratulations Amir!



Margaret ‘Maggie’ Bergman, a senior at Fridley High School, has been crowned Minnesota's State Speech Champion in Class AA for Extemporaneous Reading.

The state tournament was held at Apple Valley High School on Friday, April 21, 2017.  Students participating at the state competition had previously ranked in the top three of their respective sections.  Bergman had won first place for Section 4AA.  Heading to state, she competed against 24 others in her category, making it to the final round of eight before taking top honors.

“I knew I’d done my best in the final round, but never thought I would win,” Bergman said.  “I was in shock!”

Speech coach and English teacher at Fridley High School, Alexa Bailey, called Bergman ‘graceful’ in all that she does.  Bergman’s selection for competition was taken from the book The Book Thief.  Bailey underscored the difficulty of the subject.

“The story itself is very sad and dark; it’s narrated by death,” Bailey said.  “For someone to eloquently portray that book, it takes a certain, special someone.  Maggie is just outstanding in her performance of it.”

Bergman completed her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in her junior year.  As a senior, she has been attending at the University of Minnesota through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program.  She will attend the Boston Conservatory starting in the fall, majoring in musical theater.

Congratulations Maggie!


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