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Two administrators join district leadership team

Friday, July 30th, 2010

As preparations for the new school year continue, two new administrators already are learning as they began new positions with Moorhead Area Public Schools in July. Missy Eidsness is the new director of school improvement and accountability, and Ann Hiedeman is the new director of human resources. Read the article here.

Enjoy summer learning experiences

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

As I complete my second year as superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, I am very proud of what an outstanding school district we have in Moorhead. We are successful because of the incredible skills and commitment of our teachers, support staff and leaders. We are busy planning for next school year and anticipate an exciting fall as we welcome students and staff back to school. However, even with summer activities winding down there are still a few ways to enjoy summer learning experiences with your child or grandchild.

Enjoy the outdoors. The lakes, rivers, prairie and gardens are excellent, real-life sources of inspiration for history, science and language arts. Determine the height of a tree, the size of the fish you catch together, or the distance apart to plant various seeds. Encourage your child to keep a daily journal about learning or experiences. This is also a great time to walk, hike, bike and swim together.

Plan family game time. As silly as this may sound, some good family friendly competition is great! Play traditional games like Clue to create calculated hypotheses and Taboo to explore word choice. Remember that most games even require basic arithmetic to keep score. My grown children still talk about family fun time.

Remember the public library. Book reports and outside reading are not reserved for the months between September and June. Start a family or neighborhood book club and design group discussions, quick writes, projects or written assignments to practice for the next school year. Just sitting and reading with your child will encourage reading habits for a lifetime.

Summer is a great time to support local businesses that support the development of Moorhead youth. The important part of summer learning is to have fun and practice honing skills. Students and families deserve time together, but remember that learning can be enjoyable and rejuvenating. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Be creative!

I look forward to working together with our community to support our schools this fall.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools

Moorhead School District holding substitute training

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The Moorhead School District will hold substitute workshops from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Probstfield Center for Education board room at 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Training is for teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians and food service workers interested in being substitutes during the 2010-11 school year.

Substitutes will learn about the district’s Substitute Employee Management System (SEMS) and will be given copies of the district’s substitute handbook, which includes general information about working in the district.

All substitutes are asked to bring their driver’s license and Social Security card. A Minnesota background check is required ($40).

Substitutes should contact Julie Hanson, substitute coordinator, at 284-3701 for more information.

The Aug. 25 workshops will be the only workshops held before school starts.

Candidate filing opens Aug. 3 for Moorhead School Board

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Candidates may begin filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of Moorhead School Board member on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The two-week candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17

The filing fee for school district office is $2. Affidavits of candidacy are available from the school district clerk in the Office of the Superintendent at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Completed affidavits of candidacy must be filed at the superintendent’s office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 along with the $2 filing fee.

The Moorhead School Board is made up of seven residents of Independent School District 152 who are elected at large to four-year terms. Three board members’ terms expire at the end of 2010. Additionally in 2010 one resident will be elected to a two-year term to fulfill an unexpired board term. Candidates must file for either the two-year seat or for the four-year seats.

Newly elected board members take their seats in January 2011, and the board also elects officers at that time.

For school district office, a person may be a candidate who:

• is at least 21 years old,

• is a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the election,

• is an eligible voter, and

• is not registered as a convicted sex offender.

Candidates can have no other affidavit on file for any other office in the Nov. 2 general election.

The School Board sets the policies for the management of the Moorhead School District which the superintendent and district staff carry out. In addition to attending the bi-monthly board meetings, School Board members serve as liaisons to various district and non-district committees.

Board members receive $700 per month compensation.

For additional information about the Moorhead School Board election contact the Office of the Superintendent at 284-3330 or visit the district’s website at

Horizon DI team competes in Global Finals

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Horizon Middle School’s Destination ImagiNation team PieThagoreans competed in the challenge DI-Bot at Global Finals on May 26-30 in Knoxville, Tenn. The team of Alex Huff, Anthony Johnson, Matthew Harlicker, Mason Pickar and David Thibert tied for 15th place out of 59 teams in the overall challenge and had the fifth highest score in the Instant Challenge. Read the article here.