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Archive for June, 2011

School’s out, but summer months remain busy

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

School’s out for the summer! Students in Moorhead Area Public Schools have finished the 2010-11 school year and may now enjoy the summer days — or rainy days as the case may be this summer.

Throughout the district, many projects are underway, and students continue to learn. More than 160 students are taking part in the district’s summer academy to improve skills or earn credits toward graduation. Other students will participate in Jump Start programs later this summer to give them a head start on the new school year.

During the summer, some school offices are closed and others are open with limited staff, so it is best to call ahead if you need to see someone. Information about summer schedules is posted on each school’s page on the district website at www.moorhead.k12.mn.us. Our district offices are open longer hours Monday through Thursday and close at noon on Fridays from now until the beginning of August.

If you are new to our community, the parent of a kindergarten student or considering Moorhead Schools, contact the assistant superintendent’s office (grades K-8) or the Moorhead High counseling office (grades 9-12) to register. Early registration is very important. We monitor enrollment and registrations all summer to plan for any staffing needs for fall.

Administrators use the summer months to complete ongoing work and begin projects for the next year. We are busy planning for new courses, including Chinese at Moorhead High School and Project Lead the Way in grade 8 at Horizon Middle School. Teachers use the summer months for training activities.

Additionally, we are working to review and determine goals for the next school year. The threatening government shutdown may impact when the district receives state test scores, but we will be ready to study the state data when it becomes available.  We are developing our areas of concentration for next year and will use the state data results to further develop district priorities.

In the summer, our community offers opportunities for students to learn, play and interact with one another. I remember the warm, sunny days of going to neighborhood parks to swing, swim and talk with friends. We are lucky to have those opportunities in our community for all students. The summer also offers time to read and enjoy the magic of imagining scenes from a story.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Superintendent
Moorhead Area Public Schools

Musical Theater Camp presents “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” on June 28-29

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Musical Theater Camp presents “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” Performances are at 7 p.m. June 28 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 29 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door. All seats are general admission. For group reservation discount prices call 701-799-1266.

Musical Theater Camp, a collaborative project of Moorhead Community Education and Horizon Middle School Theater, is designed to provide a comprehensive musical theater experience for fifth to eighth graders in the Fargo-Moorhead area. During the four-week experience, the students study acting, dance and voice in preparation for performing “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.”

Three Moorhead High students advance to finals at national speech tournament

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Three Moorhead High School students have advanced to the final round of the National Forensic League’s speech tournament.

Trevor Larson advanced in humorous interpretation, and Sam Wisenden and Nina Grollman advanced in dramatic duo. The final rounds will be broadcast live June 17 at www.nflnationals.org. Humorous interpretation begins at 3 p.m., and dramatic duo begins at 7:30 p.m.

The national speech tournament is June 13-18 in Dallas. Rebecca Meyer-Larson is the coach of the Moorhead High School speech team.

Community Education offering beginning and advanced welding courses in July and August

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Moorhead Community Education is offering Beginning Welding and Advanced Welding courses in July and August. In the four-day introductory courses, participants will learn basic welding skills. The Advanced Welding course is an opportunity for participants to advance their welding skills. To register for these classes or for more information call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 or register online at https://communityed.moorhead.k12.mn.us. Read the full article on the district’s website at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?id=1187.

Robert Asp students and staff create human mosaic of a Viking ship

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

An integrated project that connects the use of a GPS with physical education, mathematics, art and geography culminated June 1 at Robert Asp Elementary. Approximately 700 students and staff at Robert Asp formed the world’s largest human mosaic of a Viking ship.

The collaborative project began with physical education teacher Bert Chamberlain teaching the fourth-grade students how to use GPS units. The fourth-graders also did an art project involving geometry inspired by the work of Spanish artist Joan Miro. The students went outside and found geocache marks and drew a large abstract line artwork on their GPS. This was downloaded into the computer and turned into another work of art using the program Kid Pix.

Then the students watched a movie about the school’s namesake Robert Asp, his building of the Hjemkomst ship, which is now on display at the Hjemkomst Center, and the journey the ship took. They drew a picture of the ship and created a painting of it, said art teacher Kathy Larson-Carlson.

In May, they began working on a metal relief and learned how the Vikings used metal. They also learned about the giant glyphs found all over the world, particularly in northern Europe and South America.

The students used the GPS units to trace a giant ship outside and figure out the distances for the parts of the ship. Robert Asp students formed the ship’s shape with kindergarten students as clouds and staff in the mast. They used jeans for water and sheets for the sail. The jeans were donated to local thrift store after the mosaic was finished. A plane flew over to take a picture of the human mosaic.

The students raised money for this by selling products with their artwork on it. Next year, some of the earnings will be used to create a 24-foot mosaic of the ship for the school’s main hallway.