Moorhead Area Public Schools' District Blog

Cho Kio yearbook project seeks missing Moorhead High yearbooks for archives

May 20th, 2014

The Moorhead High School archives is seeking missing Cho Kio yearbooks to complete its collection. Retired staff members or alumni who are downsizing are asked to consider donating gently used yearbooks — even those with writing in them — to the Moorhead High School yearbook project.

As the 1964 graduates prepare to celebrate their 50th reunion this fall during Moorhead High School’s homecoming weekend they purchased the final four 1964 yearbooks for classmates who have lost their yearbooks because of fires, floods, moves or other difficult circumstances.

This was the impetus for this project.

Now Jeanne Aske, MHS Class of 1964, and Karen Krebsbach, Moorhead High language arts teacher and yearbook advisor, have joined forces to chair the Cho Kio Yearbook Project.

There are no copies of the Cho Kio in the archives for these years: 1918, 1919, 1920, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1942-45, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1973, 1994 — 18 years with no yearbook at all. Floods are responsible for some of this, the project coordinators said.

Donated yearbooks will be stored at MHS and made available to alumni.

Every year Krebsbach is contacted by families of Moorhead High alumni searching for genealogy information. They visit the high school and pour through the yearbooks, often scanning images to add to their research.
The project coordinators believe now is the time to bring the yearbook archives up to date and are asking for help in spreading the word about these missing editions.

Moorhead High School band to retire 30-year-old marching band uniforms

May 15th, 2014

The Moorhead High School band is replacing its 30-year-old marching band uniforms. According to yearbook records, the marching band uniforms have been in the school district since at least 1983. The uniforms include black pants with an orange stripe, a black jacket with Moorhead HS embroidered on the shoulder, an overlay with an “M” on the front, a cape that reads “Spuds,” and a hat. The uniforms were made by DeMoulin.

Thousands of Moorhead High band students will remember wearing these uniforms with the signature cape.

The band department is looking for alumni, theater organizations or citizens who may like a piece of Moorhead High band history. If you are interested in one or more uniforms, contact Pam Redlinger at or 218-284-2431. Uniforms are being released for free, but if you need it shipped somewhere, cost is $15 per uniform.

The marching band will welcome new uniforms this August. It will include black “bibber” pants and a jacket with the updated Moorhead logo on the chest. Watch for the Moorhead High School Marching Band in various local parades this fall.

Moorhead Area Public Schools receives award for financial management

May 15th, 2014

Moorhead Area Public Schools has been recognized for earning the School Finance Award for fiscal year 2013 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Interim assistant superintendent Jeremy Larson informed the Moorhead School Board at its May 12 meeting that this is the third year in a row the district has received the award.

The award recognizes the combined efforts of the school board, district administration, and business office staff to ensure sound fiscal management practices and procedures, appropriate policies, and ongoing financial training.

“This award demonstrates the district’s efforts to adhere to solid financial management practices,” Larson said.

Moorhead High Student Council holding second annual self-esteem boosting event for teen girls

May 12th, 2014

The Moorhead High School Student Council is hosting an event for all area young women in grades 6-12 called “Beautiful to the Core” from 6-9:45 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Moorhead High School auditorium.

This free event is aimed to empower young women and will feature breakout sessions with local speakers Dayna Del Val, Judy Green, Lois Griesen and Kathy Hunstad. Closing comments will feature Moorhead’s Mayor Del Rae Williams. Each speaker will present an uplifting, motivational, inspiring message for young women.

“Our mission is to empower the women in our community to believe in themselves and form connections with other strong women,” said Vianna Berhow, co-president of the Moorhead High School Student Council.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away.

The idea for “Beautiful to the Core” came from three Moorhead alumni who, along with Moorhead High teacher Dawn Gunderson, organized and coordinated the event, which drew approximately 225 attendees last spring.

Off-site Teacher of the Year encourages students to learn by doing

May 9th, 2014

As an early childhood special education teacher, April Johnson embraces hands-on learning for her students. In her third year as an Early Intervention Services teacher for Moorhead Area Public Schools, Johnson has been named the Off-site Teacher of the Year. Read the full article at

Horizon Theater sponsoring talent show fundraiser May 5

April 30th, 2014

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School Theatre is sponsoring a talent show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., with proceeds going to classmate Garrett Grommesh. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Eighth-grader Garrett Grommesh has spina bifida and in 2010 received a new home from ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. This past fall, Grommesh participated in a play, “Letters to Daddy,” that dealt with bullying. Recently, Grommesh underwent his 55th surgery at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Bad news continues as his entire left lung has filled with fluid and kidney issues have arisen.

His CaringBridge website updated by his mom documents how quickly things can change. To help cheer Grommesh up, a greeting card campaign was organized by a family friend.

Now Horizon Middle School students want to show their support of the well-loved and missed classmate.

The fundraiser is led by the Horizon theater department and the committee of Sue Knorr, Patrick Kasper, Kelly Dubois-Gerchak, Rochelle Roesler, William Franklin and Jennifer McMananmon, with talent provided by students and staff. Emcee will be Patrick Kasper.

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination team advance to Global Finals

April 29th, 2014

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams, the Fab Fauve and ArchimeDIs, are advancing to Global Finals after placing first at the 20014 Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament on April 12 in Champlin Park, Minn.

Several fundraisers are scheduled to help the teams travel to Global Finals on May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Pizza Ranch nights are planned for 5-8 p.m. April 30, May 7 and May 14 at the Pizza Ranch on Highway 10. Pizza Ranch will donate money toward the DI teams for each person who mentions Destination Imagination when they order during that time.

Car washes are planned for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10 and May 17, weather permitting, at the Moorhead Sunmart.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School and Horizon Middle School Destination Imagination team the Fab Fauve placed first in the fine arts challenge, Laugh Art Loud. The Fab Fauve received the Da Vinci Award for exceptional creativity, a unique approach to the problem and risk taking. The team was chosen out of 148 teams to receive the traveling trophy to be displayed by their school district or community. Team members are Abigail Johnson, Lexi Dauner, Emily Karevold, Claire Twedt, Caroline Wirries, Hannah Hendrickson and Emily Pratt. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

For its challenge, the team researched a work of art created by an artist from another nation and then theatrically presented a comic strip based on the artwork. They also were required to create three live comic strip panels that included a technical caption contraption and an ARTifact inspired by their chosen work of art.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School DI team ArchimeDIs placed first in the technical challenge, Dig In, and received a Renaissance award for demonstrating outstanding skill in the areas of engineering, design and performance. Team members are Anthony Johnson, David Thibert, Seamus Neill, Alex Volk and Nick Cameron. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

As part of the challenge, the team had to design and build equipment to detect and remove objects from hiding places and then move the objects across a finish line. They also had to create and present a story about a technology that detects things a human cannot sense without help. The team also competed in improv, Pandemonium, at the state DI tournament.

According to Laurie Johnson, Moorhead regional director for Destination Imagination, the program lends itself perfectly to skills the community has indicated it wants for students.

“Our community, through the district’s community engagement initiative last year, addressed the desire for students to have basic skills plus creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills,” Johnson said. “In Destination Imagination, students learn and use the 4C’s to solve the DI challenges.”

The need for these college- and career-ready skills has also been seen in the metro area through the Greater Fargo-Moorhead EDC workgroup on the 4C’s, in the state through the World’s Best Workforce legislation, and nationally through 21st century skills.

“As an extracurricular program, DI gives the students who are involved in it the opportunity to develop important skills for their future,” Johnson said. “That is one of its strengths.”

Hopkins Elementary School to conduct evacuation drill on May 7

April 28th, 2014

On May 7, staff and students at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School will conduct an evacuation drill in conjunction with fire, police and ambulance response teams. The drill will be done at approximately 11 a.m. in response to a possible scenario such as a fire.

The evacuation drill will create congestion and traffic on 13th Street South from 20th Avenue South north to 16th Avenue South from about 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The block around Hopkins Elementary also will see increased traffic and possible congestion during this time.

The drill will allow staff and students to practice leaving the building in an orderly fashion with a process for taking attendance. All staff and students will load buses and leave Hopkins Elementary. Most buses will circle the block and return immediately to the school.

A select group of staff and students will be transported to Minnesota State University Moorhead to practice additional aspects of the evacuation, including transportation and relocation to an alternate site and reunification.

Moorhead High music ensembles earn superior ratings

April 22nd, 2014

Competing against the performing groups from all Northern Region 8AA schools, Moorhead High School’s Concert Choir, Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble earned top honors in each of their categories at the Minnesota State High School League’s Region/State Large Group Music Contest in Bemidji earlier this month. Each group was awarded superior ratings by a panel of professional musicians and music educators.

The Moorhead High choirs are directed by Kathie Brekke, the Moorhead High Wind Ensemble is directed by Pam Redlinger and the Moorhead High Orchestras are directed by Jon Larson.

Moorhead School Board names new assistant superintendent

April 15th, 2014

At the School Board meeting April 14, the School Board voted on the recommendation of the administration to hire Brandon Lunak as the new assistant superintendent effective July 1, 2014.  Lunak has served as superintendent of the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Public Schools since 2011, and he is serving as the Minnesota chairperson for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS).  Read the full story at