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Robert Asp first- and second-grade students participate in dance residency and informance

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Robert Asp Elementary School first- and second-grade students in Mrs. Knorr’s, Mrs. Thiel’s, Mrs. Schafer’s and Mrs. Anderson’s classes participated in a dance residency with guest artist Sarah Jacobs Oct. 19-23.

The students presented a Dance Informance on Oct. 22 to share with their families and friends what they learned from the dance residency. The students learned through movement, including moving and connecting words, verbs, metaphors and emotion with the book “Stellaluna.”

During the weeklong residency, Jacobs led students through exercises such as brain dance and using their bodies to make sculptures of letters. Then she had students identify verbs in “Stellaluna” and the movements for the words, and create tableaus or scenes from the book.

Incorporating dance in the elementary curriculum was one goal of the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program committee. The residency was funded through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

District’s 2008-09 annual report now available on Web site

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The Moorhead Area Public School’s 2008-09 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement was approved by the School Board at the Sept. 28 meeting. The report highlights test scores and district progress toward improvement goals from the 2008-09 school year.

The school district’s annual report is now available on the district Web site at…ric. The full report is also available by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 284-3330. A brief summary of the report is being mailed to community members.

State statute requires that the School Board approve the annual report by Oct. 1. The report must be made available to the community by Oct. 15.

Education Minnesota’s “K-12 Business Connection” aims to put business and civic leaders in classrooms

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Education Minnesota, the state’s educators union, announced a new initiative, the “K-12 Business Connection,” aimed at putting business and civic leaders next to educators in classrooms throughout the state. Dooher introduced the program in Moorhead during a press conference at Horizon Middle School on Oct. 6.

Read the complete article on the district’s website at