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Durbin shares the history surrounding his young adult novels

Friday, May 27th, 2011

After talking to author Gary Paulson, William Durbin was excited about writing young adult novels. Unfortunately, he got stuck.

“It seemed like every good idea had been used,” Durbin said to sixth-grade students during presentations at Horizon Middle School in May.

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Saying goodbye

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

It’s hard to believe the close of the school year is almost here. It seems like we were just welcoming new and returning students, families and staff members to Moorhead Area Public Schools. As we wrap up a successful school year, it is time to think about saying goodbye.

Many students look forward to summer and the freedom to play, sleep late, enjoy the sun and hang out with friends. Some students will transition to new schools in the fall. Teachers and staff members will miss seeing the students every day. It is so hard to say goodbye.

For beginning teachers, the first year has been full of many new experiences, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes exhilarating. Teachers impact the lives of each one of their students in many ways. Each classroom is like a family, learning to play, work and learn together. Each school year is similar in routine and procedure, yet each year is unique. At the end of the school year, teachers say goodbye to seeing their students everyday. It’s hard to say goodbye.

We have 20 teachers and paraprofessionals and one elementary principal saying goodbye as they retire. The experience, knowledge and skills of these staff members will be missed. We wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives, but we know we will miss seeing them every day. We are so fortunate to have excellent staff members who care so much for students. We can’t thank them enough for the work they have done in our district. It’s hard to say goodbye.

We have an outstanding senior class. The seniors will be leaving our school district and carrying their learning lessons to the next phase of their lives. We will miss the excitement, brilliance and outstanding leadership. It’s hard to say goodbye.

After the goodbyes, whether at the classroom door or in the auditorium after graduation, we will have much to remember from this year and to carry on to next year. Next year will begin with some fresh new faces — new teachers, staff members and students — and many returning faces. It will be exciting to say hello.


Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools


Moorhead Area Public Schools receives award for financial management

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Moorhead Area Public Schools has been recognized for earning the School Finance Award for fiscal year 2010 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Assistant superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak informed the Moorhead School Board at its May 23 meeting that this is the first time the district has received the award. “Moorhead is one of 65 districts out of about 340 districts in the state that received the award,” Kazmierczak said.

The award recognizes the combined efforts of the school board, district administration, and business office staff to ensure sound fiscal management practices and procedures, appropriate policies, and ongoing financial training.

“Our district continues to ensure solid financial management practices, and this award demonstrates that effort,” Kazmierczak said.

Informational meeting set at Horizon for incoming 6th grade students and parents/guardians

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Informational meetings for incoming sixth-grade students and their parents/guardians will be held May 26, 2011, at Horizon Middle School.

5-5:45 p.m. — District meeting in the orchestra room for incoming Horizon sixth-grade parents who have students with special services.

Counselor presentations will start promptly at assigned times in the Horizon Middle School cafetorium.
5-5:45 p.m. — Robert Asp students and parents/guardians
6-6:45 p.m. — Ellen Hopkins students and parents/guardians
7-7:45 p.m. — S.G. Reinertsen students and parents/guardians

If parents and students are not able to make their assigned session, they should feel free to attend a different time. Students who currently attend a private school or are new to the Moorhead Area Public Schools, should also feel free to attend any session.

If you have any questions, please call the Horizon Counseling Office at 218-284-7312.

Community Education offers several summer art and theater camps for youth

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Moorhead Community Education is offering several art and theater opportunities for youth this summer. Art and theater camps include the Musical Theater Camp in June, four different theater improv camps in June and July, and Painting with Kate in August.

Call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information or to register with a credit card or register online at by clicking on the catalog icon, choosing the Youth Classes category, and selecting the session.

Musical Theater Camp Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Students completing grades 5-8 are welcome to participate in this adventure in musical theater as they produce Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Students will study acting, dance, voice and more, as well as help craft scenery, costumes and props to be used in their musical. Everyone will be cast as a singer, dancer and/or actor. A parent/student informational meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6 at Moorhead High School. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 7-29 with performances June 28 and 29. Cost is $275.

Painting with Kate
Children in grades K-5 may join this fun-filled adventure into the world of art and painting. They’ll start working with colors, tints and shades and discover how they work together. These new skills will be used for different creative methods and projects. Students will finish by creating their very own masterpieces. All supplies and a snack and beverage are included in the class fee. Children should wear or bring an old shirt.

Two sessions of Painting with Kate will be offered at Probstfield Center for Education. One will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16-18. The other session will be from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 16-18. Cost is $53 ($49 for Moorhead School District residents).

Theater Improv Camps
The four theater improv camps will be held in the Black Box Theater at Moorhead High School. The camps include:

It’s a Mystery to Me (Students entering Grades 4-6)
Students will work together to write, rehearse, direct and perform their own original tales of mystery and suspense. Students will tap into their creativity and learn playwriting, diction, improvisation, character creation and basic acting techniques. Students will perform their production the last day of the workshop. Class will be taught by local actors and writers.
YSC34A – Monday-Thursday, 6/13-6/16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $79

Improv Workshop with the Linebenders (Students entering Grades 4-8)
Improvisation is a great tool to help students develop creativity and thinking skills. This camp, led by a local group of professionals, will provide students with instruction and opportunities to practice a learning strategy they can use in all areas of their education.
YSC36A – Monday-Thursday, 6/20-6/23, 9 a.m.-noon, $39

Make your own Music Video (Students entering Grades 4-6)
Inspired by Fox TV’s”Glee,” students will create their own music video. Students will select a Broadway or pop song then work in groups to design and direct a music video. Students will edit their video using basic computer software. The workshop will conclude with a screening of the videos. No singing required!
YSC35A – Monday-Thursday, 6/27-6/30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $79

Filmmaking with the Linebenders (Students entering Grades 5-9)
Even Steven Spielberg had to start somewhere. Here’s where you can begin learning about the craft of filmmaking while developing skills in writing, acting, problem solving and cooperative learning.
YSC37A – Monday-Thursday, 7/18-21 and 7/25-28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $159

Robert Asp Elementary receives Pay It Forward funds

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Over the past three years, Robert Asp Elementary School has received $2,500, courtesy of Dee Vos through State Bank and Trust’s Pay It Forward program. State Bank and Trust implemented the Pay It Forward program as a way to focus on one of the company’s core values — giving back to the communities the company serves. Vos, a State Bank and Trust employee, donated $500 this year, which is being used to purchase an iPad for a learner support services classroom. Read the full article at