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Horizon House 8B shares anti-bullying message

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Bully-Free ZoneOctober is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. At Horizon Middle School, students filled the school with anti-bullying messages by creating posters to place in the hallways and group areas. House 8B created a poster that everyone coming to the school can see to show that House 8B is a “Bully Free Zone.” It’s placed in the House 8B windows on the third floor of the north side of Horizon.

High standards and community involvement keys to successful education

Friday, October 28th, 2011

As we arrive at fall parent-teacher conferences, I find the time to reflect on the goals we want to accomplish this year. What are the goals for every student in every school?

I believe that rigorous teaching to high standards and community and parental involvement are the keys to a successful education for our students. We want to provide each child with many educational opportunities and work together with our parents to assure every child’s success.

But many parents may be asking just what are high standards.

When you get on an airplane, you want a pilot who has been held to the highest standards of flight training. When you need an operation, you want a surgeon who has been held to the highest standards of medical education. And when you cheer for American athletes in the Olympics, you know they won’t win the gold unless they have trained to meet the highest standards of international competition.

Content standards define what all students should know and be able to do. They describe the knowledge, skills and understanding that students should have to attain high levels of competency in challenging subject matter.

The teachers in our school district have studied the state and national core standards and make them a part of the teaching they do every day. The teachers look for different ways to teach the standards and make that real for every student. All teachers are required to post their learning objective in the classroom. Every student should understand the activities taking place in class and the connection to their learning.

From our youngest students to our high school seniors they should be able to make the connection. Last year a kindergarten student told me they were learning letter sounds to help them learn reading.

We are all working for the same result: all students in Moorhead Area Public Schools being successful learners. We all have different roles in that learning — from the classroom teacher providing the day-to-day instruction to parents who support that learning every day at home. We are all a part of a team to arrive at the same goal — every student is learning.

I know that working together we will focus on results and achieve results!


Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools

Red River ALC robotics team competing in Bison BEST competition Oct. 28-29

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Genetically engineered flies, cockroaches and termites have escaped from the laboratory. A robot is needed to recover these bugs and place them in one of three containment areas. This is the challenge that the Red River Area Learning Center’s robotics team will tackle at this year’s Bison BEST robotics competition sponsored by NDSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture on Oct. 28-29 at the Fargo Civic Center.

The Red River ALC team has had six weeks to design, build and test a radio-controlled robot. On Oct. 29 between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the team will compete against more than 20 other teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada to complete the bug-recovery task. Supporters are encouraged to attend and cheer on the Red River ALC  team.

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‘State of the District’ session will not be held; community members invited to Nov. 17 listening session

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Moorhead Area Public Schools’ “State of the District: Priorities in Action” session originally scheduled for Oct. 27 will not be held. The State of the District presentation will be incorporated into the community listening session scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Moorhead High School media center, 2300 4th Ave. S.

Community listening sessions are an opportunity for residents to learn more about the district, ask questions and share their thoughts.

“We want to provide our residents, especially those who may not have children in school, an opportunity to attend a session where they can learn about the school district, get answers to their questions and offer feedback,” said Superintendent Lynne Kovash.

Registration is not required for the community listening sessions.

Besides the Nov. 17 listening session, two other community listening sessions are scheduled for this school year.  They are set for 7 p.m. Jan. 12, 2012, in the Horizon Middle School media center and 7 p.m. April 12, 2012, in the Probstfield Center for Education Board Room.

Moorhead High School presents the musical “Children of Eden” in November

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Moorhead High School’s theatre department invites you to be ignited by “the spark of creation” as it presents “Children of Eden” Nov. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-26.

From Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and John Caird (“Lés Miserables”) comes a joyous and inspirational musical, based on the story of Genesis. “Children of Eden” is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children.

With incredible animation, projection, masks, puppetry, and movement and an energetic score filled with gospel, rock, folk and powerful choral moments, “Children of Eden” delivers a bittersweet message — that the hardest part of love is letting go.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26 with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. Tickets go on sale Oct. 31. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Moorhead High School Activities Office or by calling 218-284-2345.

Hopkins fourth-grade students learn about water supply and quality

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Fourth-grade students in Sarah Martin, Nicole Bolluyt and Stacy Anderson’s classes at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School spent September learning about water and raising awareness of keeping our water supply clean.

According to Martin, the project addressed the Minnesota academic standard: Describe how the methods people utilize to obtain and use water in their homes and communities can affect water supply and quality.

A team of Hopkins fourth-grade teachers and River Keepers staff developed a partnership that combined service-learning and experience-based educational opportunities for the students.

To begin to learn about the river, Hopkins students visited the Living Lab, a River Keepers managed urban riparian restoration site in south Fargo. Students learned about the riparian zone, how we use water from the river for a variety of reasons from food source to recreation, and how water moves through the Earth system using the process of the water cycle. Finally, the students cleaned trails and picked up garbage as a service to River Keepers and to help keep our water supply clean.

In class, the students did hands-on water experiments highlighting the phases of the water cycle and how pollutants affect the water we use. Martin said they also discussed how they could help tell others in our community about the problem and help with a solution (marking the storm drains).

Students attended River Keepers’ 13th annual Red River Water Festival on Sept. 23, participating in hands-on activities related to the theme of water. On Sept. 30, the students helped mark storm drains. Afterwards they wrote about their experience.

District’s 2010-11 annual report now available on website

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Moorhead Area Public School’s final 2010-11 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement was approved by the School Board at the Oct. 10 meeting. The report highlights test scores and district progress toward improvement goals from the 2010-11 school year.

An earlier version was approved by the board Sept. 26. Adequate Yearly Progress results were released Sept. 30 by the Minnesota Department of Education and were included in the final report.

The school district’s annual report is now available on the district website at From the District Info menu, select Departments and then choose School Improvement and Accountability. The full report is also available by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 284-3330. A brief summary of the report is being mailed to community members.

State statute requires that the School Board approve the annual report by Oct. 1. The report must be made available to the community in October.


Sixth-graders learn music, culture during Russian residency

Monday, October 17th, 2011

During a residency at Horizon Middle School, sixth-grade students experienced Russian music and culture presented by Sergei Shapoval, an internationally known artist in Russian culture who is a featured artist of the organization Cultural Kaleidoscope in Kansas City, Mo. The sixth-graders and their teachers learned to play the spoons and heard about Russian culture and history, including various hats worn by members of the Russian military.

The residency followed performances on Oct. 11-12 for all Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo sixth-graders as part of the Learning Bank fine arts series.

Moorhead High theater collaborating with In the Heart of the Beast Theater on puppet theater classes for grades 3-6 Oct. 19 and 20

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Minneapolis-based In the Heart of the Beast Theater ( and the cast of Moorhead High’s fall musical “Children of Eden” are collaborating to offer puppet theater classes Oct. 19 and 20 from 1-5 p.m. at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.

Students will create lively masks, large-scale puppets, and learn the art of movement and performance for puppet and mask theater. Music, singing and dancing will all be integrated into a lively presentation each day for parents.

Youth workshops are open to grades 3-6, and no prior art-making or theater experience is required. Students can participate in one or both days of class. For more information visit

In the Heart of the Beast Theater will also help create the puppets and masks that will be used in November’s performances of “Children of Eden” at Moorhead High School.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for the theater artists at Moorhead High,” said director Rebecca Meyer-Larson.

Moorhead High Key Club sponsoring carnival

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Moorhead High School Key Club is sponsoring a carnival from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead.

The carnival features games and fun for children ages preschool to fourth grade. Prizes and candy will be given away. Costumes are welcome. Admission is $3 per child.

All proceeds go to the ARC of West Central Minnesota.