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Superintendent’s Message

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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

Moorhead Community Education announces 2010 recognition honorees

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Moorhead Community Education recently honored the following people for their contributions to the community through the Moorhead Community Education program.
• Pam Grugel and Kevin Vanyo — loyal customers who have taken the most classes this year. Grugel has participated in 18 classes during the 2009-10 session, and Vanyo has participated in 17 classes during the 2009-10 session.
• Les Bakke — computer class instructor since January 2008 who has taught 16 classes. He has been willing to fill in on short notice when other instructors have been unavailable and has even taught a class for free so it did not have to be canceled due to low enrollment.
• Claudia Simon — liaison with Minnesota State Community and Technical College who assisted in coordinating 15 classes at MSCTC for Community Education this year.
• Ron Nielsen — human resources director for Moorhead Area Public Schools who has provided support to Moorhead Community Education programs and is retiring this summer.
• Sarah King — program manager for the district’s Learner Support Services who has collaborated on early childhood programming, supported Community Education programs and 
is retiring this summer.

Moorhead Community Education’s mission is to extend learning opportunities to residents of all ages and abilities. More than 9,000 residents participate in 900 classes annually.

Hopkins class sponsors ‘Hoops for H.E.R.O. and Haiti’

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Students in Jamie York’s fifth-grade class at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School sponsored a supply drive and fundraiser to support H.E.R.O. and Haiti during the school’s Dr. Seuss Night in March. The fifth-graders were studying extreme weather and natural disasters when the earthquake shook Haiti. When students heard about the destruction caused by the earthquake, they were inspired to help. The supply drive brought in more than 150 lbs. of supplies for Haiti. Read the full article at here.

Celebrate Week of the Young Child with Clifford at MECA family event

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Metro Early Childhood Alliance is celebrating the annual Week of the Young Child with an event for families and children featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog from PBS and interactive activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at West Acres in the JC Penney wing. Families are invited to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, participate in story time, do activities together, and increase awareness of the importance of social emotional development.

The event is sponsored by the Metro Early Childhood Alliance, which is a network of community partners caring for families and children from birth to six years of age by providing education and experiences that support social and emotional development.

This event helps MECA and the community celebrate the annual Week of the Young Child. The celebration focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and also recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

MECA has responded to research stating that the experiences of young children in the first six years have a lasting impact on later success in school and life. MECA hopes to fulfill its vision that all area children will live in a supportive environment that is sensitive to their social and emotional needs. The group hopes to promote healthy family time that encourages positive social and emotional development in children.