Congratulations to this year's Wastebasket Revue scholarship winners!

Sarah Aladetan
Noah Arel
Kathryn Doan
Michelle Ho
Arianna Marciniak
Samuel Melby
Alexi Peterson
Kaitlin Ruth


Jessica Barry
Taylor Davey
Molly Hebzynski
Kendall Johnson
Theodore Kainz
Jillian Klasen
Ryan Peterson
Malavika Suresh
Olivia Trudeau


Oluwatoyosi Arogbokun
Lianne Komen
Michelle Perri
Jennifer Schoenrock

wbrlogo largeHundreds of Dist. 279 employees and community members participate in Wastebasket Revue, providing an entertaining performance while raising money to provide scholarships to students at our three comprehensive high schools. If you haven't yet purchased tickets for this year's show titled "WBR 2.0: Not the Same Old Song and Dance," great seats are still available! Tickets can be purchased online.


- Published April 14, 2014

WDFPS cccWoodland Elementary students Owen Douglas, Mason Klemm, Grace Marshalek and Sophie Tharp won first place in the Junior Team Global Issues Problem Solving Division of the State Future Problem Solvers competition. They will advance to the international competition in Ames, Iowa in June. This is only the second year the school has had a Future Problem Solvers team.

“This group of students has worked hard to learn the six steps of the Future Problem Solving process for the past two years,” said 5th grade teacher Sandy Otto, who leads the team. “They devoted time outside of class to research our future topics.”

This year, the team’s topics have included surveillance societies, land transportation, and for the International Competition: space. The team started the year with eleven 6th graders, eight of which qualified for the state competition.  

“The four who received 1st place recognition out of 35 teams from across the state of Minnesota are thrilled to compete against FPS teams from all over the world at Iowa State University in June,” said Otto. “I couldn’t be more proud of these students and their hard work!”

Woodland Elementary Principal Linda Perdaems praised the students and Otto’s achievement.

“It has been Sandy’s strong leadership that has provided the resources, information, inspiration, and support for our FPS teams.  To be moving on to the international competition is a terrific accomplishment for the scholars and acknowledgement of Sandy’s great work. The team is a true example of Woodland scholars SOARing to college and career readiness!”

- Published April 11, 2014