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Second-grade class helping others with Winter Wonderland Store

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Second-grade students in Mrs. Seljevold’s class at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School opened the Winter Wonderland Store on Nov. 7. The store provides free winter coats, snowpants, boots, mittens and hats to Moorhead students and their families who need them.

The service-learning opportunity allows the second-grade students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to help others in the community.

The students collected a supply of gently used winter clothing from their families and other students at school to stock their classroom store. So far, they have given more than 90 items to students to help keep them safe and warm during outdoor play.

The store continues to need donations of gently used winter clothing, especially snowpants (children’s sizes 7-18 blue and black), boots (youth sizes 2-5, adult sizes 5-10), and warm mittens and gloves (neutral colors). Donations may be dropped off in the Hopkins Elementary main office.

Students are involved in different aspects of the project. Students made signs, and others track items that are distributed.

The tasks connect to aspects of the curriculum. The students learn writing skills by writing letters and making signs for the store. They learn math skills by tallying the number of clothing items they distribute. The project connects to science as the students learn about reusing and recycling and to social studies where the students learn about wants and needs and developing a sense of community. Students also learn personal skills of showing empathy and caring.

This year, the Hopkins students shared information about the winter store with Paul Cragg’s Moorhead High ninth-grade Explore class. The students are working together for ways to promote the store and provide supplies for the store.

The store is open before and after school. Additionally, teachers, school counselors and school social workers contact the Winter Wonderland Store to place orders for students who need items.

Residents invited to community listening session Nov. 17

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Moorhead School District residents are invited to learn more about the district, ask questions and share their thoughts during the community listening session scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Moorhead High School media center, 2300 4th Ave. S. The State of the District presentation will be incorporated into the community listening session. Registration is not required.

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 football team advances to state quarterfinals

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

The Moorhead High School football team coached by Kevin Feeney advanced to the state tournament with a 24-20 win against Brainerd on Nov. 5.

Moorhead reached the section title last year, but lost against Brainerd. This year the Spuds beat Brainerd, winning the Minnesota Class 5A Section 8 final.

The Spuds return to the state tournament for the first time since 2003. Prior to that, the football team’s last appearance in the tournament was in 1999.

The Spuds face defending state champion Wayzata in the Minnesota Class 5A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 12 at St. Cloud State University. Tickets for the game will be available for purchase starting Nov. 9 in the Moorhead High School activities office. Adult tickets are $8 and student tickets are $5.

Boys cross country team places seventh at state

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The Moorhead High School boys cross country team placed first in the Section 8AA championship meet on Oct. 27. The boys team captured its fourth straight section championship and qualified for the state tournament.

The team placed seventh at the state championship on Nov. 5. Team members are Glen Ellingson, Ezra Olson, Matthew Lillehaugen, Jacob Geraghty, Josh Young, Myles Nicolai, Kyle Bernier, Jason Blanshan and Sam Benson. Ellingson placed fourth overall, earning all-state honors.

Taylor Janssen, Moorhead High School girls cross country team member, placed ninth at the Section 8AA championship meet and for qualified state. Janssen completed an all-state performance at the state championship by finishing 18th overall.

Cross country head coach is Jeremy Blake, and assistant coaches are Dan Dooher, Lindsay Buchholz and Erik Hest.

School district committed to operating levy priorities

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Last fall, Moorhead Area Public Schools outlined five operating levy priority areas: improve class sizes throughout the district, prevent further staff reductions, upgrade technology, expand world languages and expand early learning opportunities.

With approval of the operating levy referendum last November, the school district will receive $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with this school year.

The district remains committed to the five priority areas outlined last fall, said Superintendent Lynne Kovash.

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