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Summer a time for working, learning and planning

Monday, June 21st, 2010

We recently celebrated the end of the school year with our graduates and with staff members who are retiring or moving on to different places in their lives. There is a feeling of sadness, even as we acknowledge and celebrate all of the accomplishments in our district during the past year. In the business of education, summer is a time to reflect on achievements during the past year and plan for the future — with an eye on continuous improvement. It is the time of year when people ask, “I suppose you are looking forward to your summer break?”

However, work during the summer doesn’t stop. Administrators, support staff and teachers are all working, learning and planning. Administrative teams work diligently to prepare for the next year, always mindful of how the coming year fits into the long-range plan for Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Our district office is full of activity. During the past few weeks, teachers have been learning and practicing Math Recovery and revising the elementary progress reports. Middle school teachers have been developing and revising the essential learning for each content area. Teams of teachers and administrators just attended a workshop to learn and refine the collaborative work of teachers and further develop systems of interventions for our students.

Our planning includes addressing and being accountable for the district’s strategic priorities. These include high academic achievement for all students, a safe and healthy environment, a system of professional supervision for employees, and organizational and fiscal effectiveness. Our school board and administrators will wrestle with many issues during the next few weeks.

We will continue to explore ways to provide educational opportunities for students.  Sustained and consistent funding is important if we are going to continue to be a strong school district and provide for our future and our students. We will be exploring a fall referendum and the plans for providing information to our community regarding support for Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools

GED graduates recognized at commencement ceremony

Monday, June 14th, 2010

On June 10, Adult Basic Education’s graduation ceremony recognized fourteen of the program’s 2010 GED graduates. ABE is a Community Education program of Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Two of the graduates shared their stories at the commencement exercise. Michael Elias said he regretted dropping out of school. It wasn’t until more recently though that he was focused enough and had support in his life that allowed him to complete his GED. He credited the ABE teachers, his grandparents, fiancée and others for pushing him.

Samuel Eubanks, Jr. described how he had been laid off work without a high school diploma and eventually found the ABE program and staff. He said that at first he was afraid what people might think. However, now he has his GED and is enrolled at Minnesota State Community and Technical College to receive an associate’s degree.

Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, told the graduates that they’ve accomplished a lot to get this far. “You came in with the same goal,” she said. “To improve yourselves through learning. By earning your GED, you have put in the time and effort necessary to improve your lives.”

Kovash reminded the graduates that what people make of hardships and struggles are their opportunities. “One of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence,” she said. “Successful people are persistent.”

She asked the graduates to set goals that will challenge them.

“Tonight’s ceremony is about what you’ve learned and about the courage you’ve shown in finishing your GED,” Kovash said. “We are confirming and affirming your quest for knowledge. We’re celebrating an important step in your journey of lifelong learning.”

GPS project receives grant from Education Minnesota Foundation

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

An innovative teaching project developed by teachers at Robert Asp Elementary School has received support from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The district has been awarded a $2,876 grant from the foundation for the project Global Positioning System Across the Curriculum. Read the article here.