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SpudTacular Times

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Read the latest issue of Moorhead’s SpudTacular Times inserted in the March 26-April 1 issue of The FM Extra or read it online at

Moorhead High speech team holding Speech Open House on April 5

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The National Forensics League recently recognized the Moorhead High Speech Team for excellence in speech with the Leading Chapter Award. The Moorhead High Speech Team also was awarded the Team Sweepstakes Award at the National Forensics League Northern Lights District tournament held March 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Moorhead qualified seven speakers for the National Forensics League Speech Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., in June. The following students won the opportunity to represent the best of Minnesota speech at the national meet: Humorous Interpretation – Kelsey Schroeder, Dramatic Interpretation – Mark Hanna and Nick Wheeler, Dramatic Duo – Peter Totten and Layne Meyer, Extemporaneous Speaking – Seiko Shastri, and Original Oratory – Leewana Thomas.

The public is invited to see some of Minnesota’s finest public speakers at the Speech Open House on April 5. The open house begins at 6 p.m. at Moorhead High School. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and includes a dessert reception.

Author William Durbin to speak at Moorhead Public Library and to Horizon sixth-graders

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Author William Durbin will share the craft of writing historical fiction at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29. This event is free and open to all. Durbin will speak to sixth-grade students at Horizon Middle School on March 30.

Durbin will share how to use people and events from your personal and community history as the basis for writing creative fiction. He will share a collection of archival photos and discuss how he wrote and researched his novels, most of which are set in the Midwest and deal with familiar subjects such as immigration, homesteading, logging, mining, the Great Depression, and war.

For more informations, call the library at 233-7594. Information is also available online at

Community Education offers summer athletic camps for youth

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Moorhead Community Education is offering several summer athletic camps throughout the summer. Students will learn from Moorhead High School coaches and players. The summer athletic camps provide students an opportunity to have fun, enhance skills and make new friends.

Camps have varying starting dates. Volleyball camps are June 9-24, softball camp is June 21-25, wrestling camps are July 12-16, football camps begin in June or July depending on grade level, boys basketball camps are June 28-July 9, and girls basketball camps are July 13-28. The complete camp schedule and registration forms are available at

Call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information or to register with a credit card or register online at

Register for Early Childhood Family Education spring classes beginning March 23

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Early Childhood Family Education will begin taking registrations for spring classes on March 23, 2010. Classes for parents and children ages infants through kindergarten entry include It’s A Grand Old Flag!, Ooey Gooey Fun, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Fishy, Fishy, Dinosaurs, Baby Connection, Monkeys, Monkeys, Monkeys, School Skills, The Adventures of a New Dad, Family Fun, and many more.

Classes for April through June are listed in the spring Parenting Press newsletter and online. Moorhead residents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry who are on the census receive Parenting Press. Classes are open to all residents of Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo and the surrounding area.

To request a free Parenting Press newsletter or to register for classes by credit card, call the Moorhead Community Education office at 218-284-3400 or go online at, select Class Offerings or click on the catalog cover, and then choose either child-parent non-separating or child-parent separating classes.

Building Cultures of Collaboration and Innovation

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The building of a culture of collaboration and innovation is vital to the continued sustainability of public education and to the success of our students. Our students deserve the best we can provide for them. I believe we can continue the good work of public education — even through times of financial difficulty — through collaboration and innovation.

Educating all of our students is the most important responsibility of our society. How well we educate our students will determine their future as well as our own. One strength of the Moorhead Area Public Schools is the collaboration and innovation between staff members, administrators and community members.

Collaboration among the schools and within the community allows teachers working together to learn from the each other’s successes and improve learning for their students. Administrators from the different schools collaborate to learn from each other about the successes at their schools and how that might work in another school. The administrative team meets regularly to plan together for the future. Together we research, discuss and strategize our next steps to meet our goals and move the school district forward. Throughout the district, staff members collaborate with community partners for learning opportunities for our students as well as resources to support learning.

In the book,
The Wisdom of Crowds, by New Yorker columnist James Surowieck, the author talks about groups of people being smarter than a few individuals. The larger group is better at solving problems, fostering innovation and coming to wise decisions.  One recent example is watching groups of students and community members work together as large sandbag barriers were built to protect our community from the rising Red River last spring and again this spring. There was an air of collaboration and innovation as teams worked together to protect our community.

This same collaborative and innovative spirit is needed as we work through this challenging time in education. Engaging the community, staff and students will lead to collaborative understanding and innovation. The open sharing and flow of ideas will help broaden our perspective and may lead to more efficient ways to manage our resources and time. For example, the district continues to explore ideas for collaboration among schools districts and with the city and county.

Yes, we have financial constraints, but this can be an opportunity to creatively meet our needs. By working together we can continue to improve our schools for all learners. We can achieve this with an environment that embraces collaboration and innovation.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash

Helping students during a flood: Information for parents and teachers

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Moorhead Area Public Schools has developed flood guidelines, which are available at Additionally, information, tips and Web sites were developed by the district’s Safe and Healthy Learners Committee and may prove helpful for parents/guardians, students and their families. Read the full article at

Moorhead High School students encouraged to volunteer during spring break

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Moorhead Area Public Schools is encouraging high school students to volunteer after school Tuesday and during spring break Wednesday through Friday this week. The school district will provide transportation after school on Tuesday, March 16 from Moorhead High School to MSUM’s Nemzek Hall for high school students who want to volunteer.

A flood volunteer waiver form must be completed prior to a student being able to assist. Students under 18 years old will need a parent/guardian’s signature. The form is available on the district’s Web site at

On Wednesday through Friday, Moorhead High School student volunteers should report directly to Nemzek Hall where they will be assigned duties by City of Moorhead staff.

School Boards hold joint meeting

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

School Board members from Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo listened to presentations during the districts’ first joint board meeting on March 1 at Trollwood Performing Arts School.

Dr. Lynne Kovash, Moorhead superintendent, Dr. Rick Buresh, Fargo superintendent, Dr. Dana Diesel Wallace, West Fargo superintendent, and Judy Green, United Way, spoke about the work being done related to on-time graduation rates. The districts have identified on-time graduation as a community-wide problem. Efforts to improve graduation rates will include literacy development and early childhood efforts, mentoring / tutoring, and family engagement.

The three School Boards also heard a presentation about the youth entrepreneurship program, which is a joint venture with the NDSU Research and Technology Park and the districts. The entrepreneurship program is building a youth mentor network and preparing for an entrepreneurship academy in June.

School Board approves calendar for 2010-11 school year

Monday, March 1st, 2010

At its meeting on Feb. 22, the Moorhead School Board approved the calendar for the 2010-11 school year. Classes will begin Sept. 7, 2010.

The last day of classes for students is June 2, 2011, unless additional emergency make-up days are needed. If additional days are needed, the calendar will be extended and classes will be scheduled June 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as needed for make-up days.

Other priorities addressed by the district’s calendar committee in establishing the 2010-11 calendar were conferences that address schedule needs at the elementary, middle and high school levels, professional development for teachers and staff spread throughout the school year, and built-in emergency make-up days. This calendar includes one built-in makeup day. If it is unused, the end date of the school year will be adjusted accordingly.

The approved calendar has two conference times for the elementary schools and Horizon Middle School and four conference times for Moorhead High School.

Fall parent/teacher conferences will be held the evenings of Oct. 14 and 18 at all schools. On Oct. 20 there will be conferences in the morning for grades 9-12 and conferences all day for grades K-8. There will be no classes for K-12 students on Oct. 20 for conferences, and there will be no school on Oct. 21-22 because of the Education Minnesota conference.

Moorhead High School will have conferences during the second quarter on the evening of Dec. 7. Moorhead High School will have conferences during the third quarter on the evenings of Feb. 14 and 17. Moorhead High School will have a final evening conference on April 26.

Parent/teacher conferences for the elementary schools and Horizon Middle School will be held the evenings of March 14 and 15. There will be K-8 conferences the morning of March 16 and K-5 conferences the afternoon of March 16. There will be no classes for K-12 students on March 16-18.

There are no classes Nov. 24-26, which falls over the Thanksgiving holiday. Winter break will be Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2011. Classes resume Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

There will be no classes for students on Jan. 17, which is a professional development day for staff. There is no school on Feb. 21-22 and on April 22. There will be no school on May 30 for Memorial Day.

June 2 is the last day of classes for K-12 students unless the calendar is adjusted. The designated emergency make-up days are June 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. School could be scheduled those days if needed. June 3 is the last day for staff unless the end of the year is adjusted. Graduation will be June 5, 2011.

A one-page version of the 2010-11 calendar is available at