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