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Superintendent’s Message

Friday, December 18th, 2009

As we approach the winter break, I would like to thank the students, staff, parents and community members who are a part of helping to create an atmosphere of excellence in Moorhead Area Public Schools.

We had a great beginning to the academic year. Staff and students are engaged in teaching and learning in the classrooms. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at the middle school and high school have been a great option for student learning. The biomedical course at Moorhead High School provides a strong academic focus in the science area.

The fall athletic season has wrapped up and winter sports have begun. The fall theater production “Peter Pan” was a wonderful experience both for the students involved and the audience members. The winter holiday musical celebrations are in full swing at schools across the district. There is so much to celebrate in our district.

Many of our students, as individuals and as members of clubs, generously give of their time and talent to help bring the holiday spirit to our community. The “Fill the Dome” project and the musical performances in the community provide a chance for our students to experience the joy of giving.

Beginning Dec. 23, winter recess begins. Schools will be closed for winter break.  The district offices will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Classes will resume Jan. 4, 2010. 

It is my hope that you enjoy the winter recess with laughter and connecting with family and friends. I wish you and your families a happy holiday season and wonderful New Year.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
SuperintendentMoorhead Area Public Schools

Moorhead High band, choir and orchestra to perform holiday concerts

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The Moorhead High School Music Department presents its holiday concerts at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead.

The Freshman Orchestra, Varsity Choir, Concert Band and Combined Ensembles will perform at 6:30 p.m. The 8 p.m. concert features the Chorale, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Combined Ensembles. Moorhead High School music teachers are Doug Engstrom, Kathie Brekke and Jon Larson.

At the concert, Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent for Moorhead Area Public Schools, will present the Grammy Signature Schools Recognition.

The Moorhead High School Music Department was selected as a finalist in the GRAMMY Signature Schools Program, offered through the National Association of Recording Artists and the Recording Academy. This is the 11th consecutive year that the Moorhead High School Music Department has been recognized as one of the top 100 music programs in the nation.

Admission is $2 for adults and free for students and children.

Robert Asp students selling clay frogs to raise money for homeless shelters

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Second-graders at Robert Asp Elementary School will be selling clay frogs to the community to raise money for area homeless shelters as part of the “Hopping to Help the Homeless” project. The students began making the one-of-a-kind, big-mouthed clay frogs in art class in November.

Starting Monday, Dec. 14, the students will be selling the frogs in the lobby area of the school for a $5 suggested donation. Frogs will be sold before and after school and at lunchtime Dec. 14-18.

A princess frog made by art teacher Kathy Larson-Carlson and special frogs made by principal Kevin Kopperud and counselor Maret Kashmark will be sold through a silent auction.

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