Spring is a wonderful time in the Moorhead Area Public Schools. The snow has melted, and the green grass is poking through the brown thicket. Students can play outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The anticipation for summer activities begins as notices sprout in KIDsource and other announcements on sunny days.
We are anticipating the completion of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, which began in mid April. A year of teaching is measured by the tests given on a few days in April. In July and August we will see the results of those tests. Our academic planning process continues through the summer, and building and district administrators will need to have clear goals in place as we begin a new school year.
As we complete this school year, we are also anticipating next year. Work begins each November as we study enrollment trends and enrollment projections into the future. We look at staffing trends and study the budget forecasts. Middle and high school students start the registration process. The school board and district administrators work toward a staffing plan in March and April for the next school year. This cycle has been in place for many years.
Spring is also time to reflect on our priorities. The first and foremost priority for our district is student learning. We plan to annually improve student performance in reading and mathematics and expect high levels of student success in all areas. As we progress into the summer we will see the results of this goal and will report that progress to our community.
Another district priority is professional practice and supervision. We plan to increase instructional coaching and supervision opportunities for professional growth in all areas. As educators we need to continually learn and hone skills to continue to be effective teachers. Our other priorities are centered on a safe, healthy and respectful environment for all students, community involvement and support, and organizational effectiveness.
We will be reporting the outcomes of these areas, responding with changes where necessary and celebrating our successes. Our district is full of success stories and we need to tell the stories of the success of our students, our schools, our district, and our community. The students are our future.
Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools