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School district sponsoring six listening sessions in September

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Moorhead School District residents will have six opportunities in September to learn more about the district, ask questions and share their thoughts. Registration is not required for the community listening sessions on Sept. 16, Sept. 20, Sept. 21, Sept. 23, Sept. 28 and Sept. 30. Additionally, the district is offering a State of the District session through Moorhead Community Education Oct. 19. Read the full story at

Welcome to the new school year

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

It’s hard to believe the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year is just a couple weeks away. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but also for educators and parents. We all have dreams and expectations for a great school year.

I am so proud to be the superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools. We have great teachers, support staff and educational leaders. Parents are our partners in the educational process. We have the will to improve student learning for every student.

Our district is committed to every student learning. The expectations for schools have changed. Rick Stiggins, a national educational leader, comments about education today, “The rules changed. Where once we were asked to sort and select, now we are asked to guarantee all.” We are working to make sure every student has the same educational expectations in every class and in every school. We are working to make sure our curriculum is aligned both across the district and from grade level to grade level.

As district-level educational leaders, we will provide support to each of the schools in our district to improve student achievement and parent involvement. While achievement on tests is important, it is also important to provide opportunities for our children to develop in many areas. Academics, arts and athletics are all important for our students. Working together, we can continue our mission of preparing all students to succeed by offering a strong educational program in a safe and orderly environment, filled with high quality instruction for all of our students.

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year! We are excited to have our school buildings full of minds ready for learning.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash

Spud Boosters sponsoring ice cream social

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Meet and greet the Moorhead Spuds during the Spud Boosters’ ice cream social at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in Jim Gotta Stadium at Moorhead High School. The fall athletes will be recognized, and a bonfire will follow the program. The ice cream social is thanks to Cass Clay Creamery and Rick Electric.

School Board calls special election to ask voters to approve an operating levy referendum

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Moorhead School District voters will have an opportunity to vote November 2, 2010, on an operating levy referendum that, if approved, will provide the school district $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would see a tax impact of less than $15 per month with voter approval of the levy. The impact on a $200,000 home would be less than $30 per month, according to estimates prepared by Ehlers & Associates, Inc., the district’s financial advisors.

Read the complete story on the district website at Learn more about the 2009 operating levy referendum at

Local farmers, local foods: Community Education hosting day trip to farm near Fertile, Minn.

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A community of local farmers is committed to growing high quality food and preserving the environment. Moorhead Community Education is hosting a day trip to a farm near Fertile, Minn., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The farm uses buggies for transportation, real horse power for plowing fields, and hands for cultivating.

Tour participants will board the bus at the Cash Wise parking lot in Moorhead at 9 a.m. Sept. 11. At the farm, participants will visit six acres of chemical-free gardens and tour the facilities. Locally grown produce will be available for purchase. The tour group also will visit the beautiful gardens at the nearby Bergeson Nursery, view the nursery’s fall displays and enjoy a boxed lunch. The group will return to the Cash Wise parking lot by 1 p.m.

Registration is required. The cost is $45 for Moorhead School District residents and $49 for non-residents. Call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 to register with Visa, Mastercard or Discover over the phone or register online at

School Board election set for Nov. 2 in conjunction with general election

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Seven school district residents filed for seats on the Moorhead School Board. During a special meeting Aug. 19, the School Board set the election for Nov. 2. The School Board election will be held in conjunction with the state general election.

Four candidates filed for the three four-year seats on the board. They are incumbent Bill Tomhave, incumbent Karin L. Dulski, incumbent Kristine Thompson, and Laurie Johnson.

Three candidates filed for the two-year seat to fill an unexpired board term. They are Bryce Vincent Haugen, Sylvia Hernandez-Cruz and Trudy K. Wilmer.

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.

Moorhead Area Public Schools holding registration in August

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Elementary New Student Registration
Students in grades K-5 who are new to the Moorhead School District and still need to register for the 2010-11 school year should register at the school the child will be attending. For more information about registration or to learn which school their child will be attending, parents should contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 284-3370. The attendance area map is also available on the district’s website at

Kindergarten students interested in enrolling in Kinder Plus (K+), an extended-day program for kindergarten students offered through Moorhead Community Education, should contact Community Education at 284-3400 for more information or to register or register online at

Horizon Middle School New Student Registration
Middle school students in grades 6-8 who are new to the Moorhead School District should register for the 2010-11 school year during the upcoming new student registration. New student registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Horizon Middle School counseling office, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead.

For more information about middle school registration contact the Horizon Middle School counseling office at 284-7312 or the main office at 284-7300.

Moorhead High School New Student Registration
New student registration at Moorhead High School will be Aug. 23-26. Call the Moorhead High School counseling office at 284-2312 or the Moorhead High School registrar’s office at 284-2400 to schedule an appointment.

Red River Area Learning Center
Registration for the Red River Area Learning Center will be by appointment the week of Aug. 23-27. Call 284-2200 for more information.

K-12 classes in the Moorhead School District begin Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Back-to-School Nights are planned for Moorhead schools

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Back-to-School Nights for elementary and middle school students and their families are scheduled for the Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Horizon Middle School will hold its Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, Aug. 31 as follows:
Grade 6: House meeting, 4-4:30 p.m.; Classroom visit, 4:30-5 p.m.; Principals present to grades 6 and 7, 5-5:30 p.m.
Grade 7: Principals present to grades 6 and 7, 5-5:30 p.m.; House meeting, 5:30-6 p.m.; Classroom visit, 6-6:30 p.m.
Grade 8: Principals present to grade 8, 6:30-7 p.m.; House meeting, 7-7:30 p.m.; Classroom visit, 7:30-8 p.m.

Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, Robert Asp Elementary School, and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School will hold their Back-to-School Nights from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. The Back-to-School Night for kindergartners at Probstfield Center for Education will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.

Moorhead High School ninth-grade students will have orientation Aug. 10-12.