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Robert Asp Elementary welcomes new principal

Friday, August 26th, 2011

For Chris Triggs the most important responsibilities of a principal are student learning and safety. As the new principal at Robert Asp Elementary School, Triggs said it is his job to ensure that all students are provided a quality education and realize their strengths as they become lifelong learners. Read the article at

Welcome to the new school year

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

It’s hard to believe the beginning of the 2011-12 school year is just a couple of weeks away.  The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but also for educators and parents, as well. We all have dreams and expectations for a great school year.

I am so proud to be superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools. We have great teachers, support staff and educational leaders. It is my honor to work with each of them. We have the will to improve student learning for every student. We will provide feedback for parents and educators to be partners in the educational process.

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 the 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 respectful environment filled with high quality instruction for all of our students.

Welcome to the 2011-12 school year! We are excited to have our school buildings full of minds ready for learning.


Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools

Moorhead High band marching at State Fair

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Moorhead High School Marching Band will be marching at the Minnesota State Fair at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Eighty-one Moorhead High School band students will be participating in the parade.

Bands that participate have the option of marching in the competitive category or in the exhibition category. Moorhead High will be participating in the exhibition category.

“The students have been working very hard during their summer break to represent Moorhead High well in front of the state of Minnesota,” said Pam Redlinger, band director. “This experience also gives Moorhead band students a chance to observe the discipline and musical power that the bands in the competitive category will likely display.”

Back-to-School Nights are planned for Moorhead schools

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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 Nights as follows:
Grade 6: Tuesday, August 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. with a principal welcome in the cafetorium at 6 p.m.
Grade 7: Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a teacher/administrator meeting in the gymnasium followed by a house visit
Grade 8: Thursday, Sept. 1 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. with a teacher/administrator meeting in the gymnasium followed by a house visit

Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, Robert Asp Elementary School, and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School will hold their Back-to-School Nights from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

Moorhead School District holding substitute training

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The Moorhead School District will hold substitute workshops from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 24 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 2011-12 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 ($35).

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

The Aug. 24 workshops will be the only workshops held before school starts.

Moorhead Area Public Schools holding registration this month

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Elementary New Student Registration
Students in grades K-5 who are new to the Moorhead School District and still need to register for the 2011-12 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 call the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 284-3370. The attendance area map is 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 218-284-3400 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 2011-12 school year during the upcoming new student registration. New student registration will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Horizon Middle School counseling office, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead. New student tours also will be given Aug. 17.

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. 22-25. Call the Moorhead High School registrar’s office at 284-2400 or the Moorhead High School counseling office at 284-2312 to schedule an appointment.

Red River Area Learning Center Registration
Registration for the Red River Area Learning Center will Monday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Aug. 23 from noon-7 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 29 from 8 a.m.-noon. Call 284-2201 for more information.

K-12 classes in the Moorhead School District begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.