Moorhead Area Public Schools' District Blog

Register for Moorhead Community Education, ECFE fall classes

August 29th, 2014

The new Moorhead Community Education fall catalog is available Aug. 29, 2014, and includes more than 300 learning opportunities for people of all ages and interests. The starting dates of classes vary, and classes are scheduled conveniently.

Fall classes include Spruce Up Your Holiday Squash and other cooking classes; Windows 8 and other computer classes; yoga and dance classes; genealogy classes; knitting and craft classes; Silverpoint Drawing and other arts and music classes; online classes you can take from home; and Introduction to Home Brewing, Meeting the Needs: Resources for Families with Special Needs Children, Scandinavian Christmas, Fabulous Faux, and many others.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) registration is underway. Classes for parents and children ages birth through kindergarten entry include Family Fun, Nursery Rhyme Time in Sign, Music, Music, Music, Wonders of Science, Fun with Read-Alouds, Storybook Science and many more. ECFE classes are listed in the fall Parenting Press newsletter and the fall Community Education catalog. Classes are open to all residents of Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo and the surrounding area.

Moorhead residents and past participants receive a catalog in the mail. Moorhead residents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry who are on the school district census receive Parenting Press. To request a free catalog or to register for a class by credit card, call Community Education at 218-284-3400 or go online at


Back-to-school events are planned for Moorhead schools

August 22nd, 2014

Back-to-school events for preschool, elementary and middle school students and their families are scheduled for Moorhead Area Public Schools.

The district’s Jump Start Preschools at Probstfield Early Learning Center will hold back-to-school nights on Tuesday, Aug. 26 as follows:
  • Monday/Wednesday Three-Year-Olds: 5-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday Three-Year-Olds: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Four-Year-Olds: 5:30-7 p.m.

Ellen Hopkins, Probstfield and Robert Asp Elementary Schools will hold kindergarten orientation sessions on Aug. 28 that have been scheduled with families. Parents/guardians may check their PowerSchool parent account for their assigned session.

Grades 1-5 students at Ellen Hopkins, Robert Asp and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary Schools have been assigned to back-to-school sessions on Aug. 28, or grades 1-5 students and their parents/guardians may attend the regular back-to-school night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Parents may check their PowerSchool parent account for their assigned session.

If parents/guardians need assistance with a PowerSchool parent account, they should contact their school office or they can request an account be created for them online at

Horizon Middle School will hold its Back-to-School Nights as follows:

  • Grade 6: Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 12:30-2 p.m. or from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Grade 7: Monday, Aug. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Grade 8: Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Orientation sessions at Moorhead High School were held earlier in August.

District forming facilities task force to develop long-range facilities plan

August 22nd, 2014

One of the nine facilities recommendations approved by the Moorhead School Board in November 2013 was to create a facilities task force to develop a long-range facilities plan.
This August, Moorhead Area Public Schools began working with Cuningham Group in preparing a comprehensive facility master plan to guide facilities planning and improvements for the next 10 years. A facilities steering committee will lead the effort and a larger Facilities Master Planning Task Force will incorporate community members in the planning process. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 29, from community members interested in serving on the task force.

Applications may be submitted on the district’s website at, or contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 218-284-3370 for a paper copy of the application. Applications are due Aug. 29 and will be reviewed the first week in September. Members will be selected to serve based on their interest and ability to serve, the perspective they represent, and the experience or expertise they bring to the process.

Read the full article at

School Board election set for Nov. 4 in conjunction with general election

August 21st, 2014

Eleven school district residents have filed for three seats open on the Moorhead School Board. During a special meeting Aug. 21, the School Board set the election for Nov. 4. The School Board election will be held in conjunction with the state general election.

The 11 candidates for School Board, in order of filing, are Karla Swenson, Cassidy Bjorklund, Ryan Jensen, Karen Stensgard, incumbent William K. “Bill” Tomhave, Brian Doucette, David Marquardt, Mark Altenburg, Melissa Burgard, Scot W. Hagen and incumbent Laurie A. Johnson.

The Moorhead School Board is made up of seven residents of Independent School District 152 who are elected at large to four-year terms. Three board members’ terms expire at the end of 2014.

Construction projects remain on budget as work continues at Robert Asp and Probstfield

August 15th, 2014

Construction continues on building additions at Robert Asp Elementary and Probstfield Center for Education, with work remaining on budget. Although neither project was scheduled to be ready for the start of the school year, delays in receiving state authorization for permits and wet weather in June mean the additions will not be complete until later this fall. Read more:

Moorhead Area Public Schools holding registration in August

August 4th, 2014

Kindergarten Registration
Moorhead Area Public Schools offers free all-day, everyday kindergarten. Students who are not yet registered for kindergarten should be registered as soon as possible. See elementary new student registration for details.

Elementary New Student Registration
Students in grades K-5 who are new to the Moorhead School District and still need to register for the 2014-15 school year should register at the school the child will be attending. For more information about registration or to learn which school their child will be attending, parents should call the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 284-3370. The attendance area map is available on the district’s website at

Horizon Middle School New Student Registration
Middle school students in grades 6-8 who are new to the Moorhead School District should register for the 2014-15 school year during the upcoming new student registration. This is a special registration only for students who have moved to Moorhead over the summer months or did not attend Moorhead Area Public Schools last year.

New student registration will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 in the Horizon Middle School counseling office, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead. New student tours also will be given Aug. 14. Grade 6 new student presentations and tours are set for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information about middle school registration contact the Horizon Middle School counseling office at 284-7312 or the main office at 284-7300.

Moorhead High School New Student Registration
New student registration at Moorhead High School will be Aug. 18-21. Call the Moorhead High School registrar’s office at 284-2400 or the Moorhead High School counseling office at 284-2312 to schedule an appointment.

Red River Area Learning Center Registration
Open registration required for all Red River Area Learning Center students will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18-21. Call 284-2200 for more information.

Candidate filing opens July 29 for Moorhead School Board

July 21st, 2014

Candidates may begin filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of Moorhead School Board member on Tuesday, July 29. The two-week candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The filing fee for school district office is $2. Affidavits of candidacy will be available from the school district clerk in the Office of the Superintendent at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Completed affidavits of candidacy must be filed at the superintendent’s office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 along with the $2 filing fee.

The Moorhead School Board is made up of seven residents of Independent School District 152 who are elected at large to four-year terms. Three board members’ terms expire at the end of 2014.

Newly elected board members take their seats in January 2015, and the board also elects officers at that time.

For school district office, a person may be a candidate who:
• will be at least 21 years old at the time the term of office begins,
• is a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the election,
• is an eligible voter, and
• is not registered as a convicted sex offender.

Candidates can have no other affidavit on file for any other office in the Nov. 4 general election.

The School Board sets the policies for the management of Moorhead Area Public Schools, which the superintendent and district staff carry out. In addition to attending the bi-monthly board meetings, School Board members serve as liaisons to various district and non-district committees.

Board members receive $800 per month compensation.

For additional information about the Moorhead School Board election contact the Office of the Superintendent at 284-3330 or visit the district’s website at

Moorhead High speech team duo wins first at national tournament

July 3rd, 2014

After winning its 20th Section 8AA title and advancing a record 27 speakers to the 2014 Class AA state speech tournament this year, Moorhead High School’s speech team now has been recognized as one of the top in the nation.

Nine Moorhead High School speech team members qualified for the 2014 National Forensics League Speech Tournament last month in Kansas. Jordan Hartjen and Matthew Wisenden were named national champions in duo interpretation, and the Moorhead High School speech team was awarded the Speech School of Excellence Award, placing the team as one of the top speech schools in the nation.

In other results, Drew Swenson and Karina Twedt placed eighth in duo interpretation, Katie Beedy placed in the top 30 in the nation in oratory, and Auna Lee placed in the top 60 in humorous interpretation.

While Hartjen and Wisenden are Moorhead High’s first national speech champions, the speech team has had numerous national winners over the years. In 2013, Nina Grollman placed second in humorous interpretation after having placed fourth in humorous interpretation in 2012. In 2012, Devon Manney placed sixth in dramatic interpretation. In 2011, Grollman and Sam Wisenden placed fourth in duo interpretation, and Trevor Larson placed third in humor.

Rebecca Meyer-Larson is the speech coach.

School Board adds funding stability by converting portion of operating levy

June 25th, 2014

To help maintain stability in district funding, the Moorhead School Board converted a portion of the district’s operating levy to a board-approved levy at the June 23 board meeting.

District voters approved an $850 per pupil operating levy in 2010. That levy amount was converted to $949.52 when the Minnesota legislature recently changed the way pupil units are counted for funding.

Action by the legislature allows Minnesota school districts to approve a board-approved levy of up to $300 per pupil unit. This was done to help equalize education funding between those districts where voters have approved higher operating levies and those districts where voters haven’t approved additional operating levies.

In Moorhead, the School Board approved the conversion of $300 of the $949.52 per pupil operating levy to a board-approved levy. The board-approved levy would need to be renewed after five years.

Additionally, $424 of the $949.52 per pupil operating levy is local optional revenue from the state, effective with the 2015-16 school year. The remaining $225 per pupil operating levy is the voter-approved levy that will provide the district with funding through the 2017-18 school year.

In other business, the School Board approved the district’s annual operating plan, which includes the preliminary budget for the 2014-15 school year. General fund revenues are projected at $64.3 million with expenses projected to be $63.6 million.

Even with several construction projects underway, the district’s property tax levy will be reduced because refunding bonds earlier this year offsets some of the construction costs.

Capital projects for 2014-15 outlined by Jeremy Larson, interim assistant superintendent, include refinishing the Moorhead High School gymnasium floor with the new M logo, work on facilities master planning, enclosing an additional team area for a classroom at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, and repairing the swimming pool ventilation system at Moorhead High School. Work on the parking lot entry and sidewalk repair at Ellen Hopkins Elementary that was originally planned for this summer may be delayed to the 2015-16 school year.

Besides the gymnasium addition at Reinertsen Elementary, other projects being planned for the 2015-16 school year are security upgrades to school entrances, kitchen remodeling at Probstfield Center for Education, and upgrading the elevator at Moorhead High School as a part of a master facilities plan.

Moorhead Schools partners to launch Education That Works for students, teachers and future workforce

June 11th, 2014
During Tech Camp at Fargo’s Davies High School June 10, the three metro schools districts teamed with United Way and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation to launch Education That Works and the website

The partnering organizations have been meeting to examine the 21st century skills and work to enhance K-12 curriculum with project-based learning that includes a stronger focus on measuring and teaching the “four C’s” – communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

The goals of the Education That Works collaboration include providing enhanced professional development for current educators, preparing tomorrow’s educators differently and communicating 21st century skill developments with stakeholders and the business community.
Brenda Cain, a teacher in the Fargo Public Schools, spoke about how project-based learning is impacting her students and her classroom. “Students are learning the same knowledge and skills in more authentic ways,” she said.
Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, acknowledged that the Education That Works initiative models the 4C’s of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity that the partners want for students. While it can be a challenge to work across state lines, with creativity the partners are having the conversations, she said.
“What can we do together?” Kovash asked. “That’s what’s so important. Really think about the student at the center and what can we do with the United Way, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and the three school districts — what can we do together to make sure all of our students are successful.”
Read more about the collaboration and watch the video at