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.
Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools