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Kent Wolford named 2012 Moorhead Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

“I look at each period as maybe the best 90 minutes of a student’s day,” said Kent Kent Wolford, Moorhead Teacher of the Year, discusses changes in the civil rights movement from the 1950s to the 1960s.Wolford, Moorhead High School social studies teacher. “We don’t know what students are going through so I want to make sure that at least for one period they will have a positive experience.”

Wolford, who was selected as the 2012 Moorhead Teacher of the Year, believes that understanding and forming relationships with students is the basis for learning.

“We teach who we are,” he said. “I believe in showing kids that it is OK to struggle, to have fun, to be OK with who you are, to speak your mind and to listen.”

According to Gene Boyle, Moorhead High principal, Wolford genuinely cares about students.

“He is gifted in building relationships with those who have fallen through the cracks,” Boyle said. “Students will remember him for years because they know he focused on their possibilities.”

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District partners with educational entities to form ESTEEM Consortium

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Moorhead Area Public Schools has partnered with five other educational entities in the Fargo-Moorhead area to develop the ESTEEM Consortium (Encouraging Science, Technology,

Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools (third from left), and the five leaders of the other educational entities that are part of the ESTEEM Consortium signed the memorandum of understanding in a ceremony Jan. 26 at NDSU.

Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math). Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, along with leaders from Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, South East Education Cooperative, North Dakota State University, and North Dakota State College of Science signed the memorandum of understanding in a ceremony Jan. 26 at NDSU.

The ESTEEM Consortium’s public-private partnership will serve as a catalyst for advancing educators through professional development and creating environments where students have opportunities to take charge of their own learning in a culture of questioning, creativity and possibilities, while utilizing community and private sector resources to their full potential. This unique opportunity to integrate education, STEM-based careers and research will build capacity and serve as a direct pathway for workforce development.

Sanford Health and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation have already been involved in strategic planning with the ESTEEM consortium.

Dr. David Flowers, superintendent of West Fargo Public Schools, shared remarks during the Jan. 26 ceremony. He spoke to the importance of students learning 21st century skills such as creativity, communication and collaboration skills and that the consortium can model those skills first.

Following the ceremony, Kovash reinforced Flowers’ comments.

“In the Moorhead Area Public Schools, we want our students to have the skills they need for the future, including creativity, communication and collaboration skills,” she said. “By committing to work with the other partners and the private sector on this effort we’ll provide opportunities for our teachers and students to advance in the areas of science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and math.”

District adds Mandarin Chinese classes at Moorhead High

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

“Chinese is a language that is becoming more and more used throughout the world,” said Moorhead High School student Paige Wakefield. Wakefield is one of approximately 120 students taking the first level of Mandarin Chinese this year at Moorhead High. The course was added following passage of the district’s 2010 operating levy. Expanding world language opportunities for Moorhead students is one of the district’s five operating levy priority areas.

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Professional development sessions focus on safe learning environment and student success

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Students have the right to come to school free of victimization, education consultant Danya Perry

Danya Perry, a national speaker on bullying prevention, explained the Safe Schools Pyramid to Moorhead teachers during his Jan. 16 presentation on the ecological framework of bullying.

told teachers and administrators during Moorhead Area Public Schools’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. professional development day. Perry’s Jan. 16 keynote, “Understanding the Ecological Framework of Bullying,” introduced a morning of sessions focused on strategies to help all students achieve in a safe, respectful environment.

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Residents invited to community listening session Jan. 19

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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, Jan. 19 in the Horizon Middle School media center, 3601 12th Ave. S. The date of this session has changed from what is listed in the district calendar.

Besides the Jan. 19 listening session, a final community listening session for this school year is scheduled for
7 p.m. April 12, 2012, in the Probstfield Center for Education Board Room.

Registration is not required for the community listening sessions.

“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.

Additionally, residents may register for one of the “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” sessions offered through Community Education. Find the sessions listed under General Interest classes in the spring catalog or online. Call Community Education at 284-3400 to register for the free session or register online at

Registration begins Jan. 24 for Kinder Plus program for 2012-13 school year

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Kinder Plus (K+) is an extended-day program for kindergarten students offered through Moorhead Community Education. The program is an all-day option that includes the traditional half-day kindergarten curriculum with another half day of enrichment activities with licensed Community Education staff. A licensed teacher will engage children in enrichment activities and provide opportunities to develop language, math and social skills.

The enrichment half of the day is fee-based. K+ is designed to broaden, enrich and complement Moorhead Area Public Schools’ regular half-day kindergarten program. K+ is ideal for children who are ready for a longer day in a learning environment and is an alternative to traditional child care.

Classrooms are at Ellen Hopkins and Robert Asp Elementary. Students in the S.G. Reinertsen Elementary attendance area will attend kindergarten and K+ at Probstfield Center for Education.

Call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information.


Opportunities available for parents to learn about Spanish Immersion Program

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Parents who are considering enrolling their children in the Moorhead School District’s K-5 Spanish Immersion Program are invited to learn more information about the program by meeting with the principal, speaking to Spanish Immersion parents or visiting the school.

Parents are encouraged to meet with Dr. Mary Jo Schmid, Ellen Hopkins Elementary principal. These meetings will provide parents with information about immersion education and the program at Hopkins Elementary. Parents will also have the opportunity to talk about their child’s specific interests and needs, as well as discuss their questions or concerns.

Parents may also visit Hopkins Elementary to observe the Spanish Immersion classroom. Parents need to call the Hopkins office at 218-284-4300 to schedule their meeting or classroom visit.

A video about the program is available by request through the Hopkins office.

All children in the Moorhead School District entering kindergarten in the fall are eligible to register for the district’s Spanish Immersion Program. A limited number of spaces are available in the first-grade classes.

Students in the immersion program learn the same subject content that other students learn in the elementary school setting. The difference is that the classes are taught in Spanish.

Parents who wish to enroll their 2012-2013 kindergarten-age child in the Spanish Immersion Program should complete kindergarten registration from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 24-25, 2012, at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, 2020 11th St. S., Moorhead. Parents who are interested in enrolling their first-grade child in the Spanish Immersion Program should contact Dr. Mary Jo Schmid, Hopkins principal.

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools scheduled for Jan. 24-25, 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools for the 2012-13 school year will be Jan. 24 and 25, 2012. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Parents should register at the school located within their elementary attendance area. Robert Asp Elementary is located at 910 11th St. N., Ellen Hopkins Elementary is at 2020 11th St. S., and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary is at 1201 40th Ave. S. All Reinertsen kindergarten students will attend kindergarten at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S. Reinertsen parents are encouraged to register their students at Probstfield, but registrations will still be accommodated at Reinertsen.

Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012. Parents should bring along a birth certificate, hospital record or baptismal record for proof of age.

Additional information about completing the registration process will be included in the kindergarten registration packet that will be mailed in mid-January.

For more information about kindergarten registration contact the district office at 218-284-3370.

Moorhead Community Education adds terrarium class on Jan. 19; two new woodworking classes begin Jan. 12 and Jan. 20

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Moorhead Community Education has added the class Life Under Glass… Building a Terrarium. The class, which will be Jan. 19, is not included in the spring catalog.

Moorhead Community Education is offering a number of new classes this spring. Basic Accent Table begins Jan. 12 and Basic Woodworking begins Jan. 20. Many other classes begin the week of Jan. 23.

For more information or to register for one or more of the upcoming classes call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 or register with a credit card online at

NEW! Life Under Glass… Building a Terrarium
Do you remember the terrariums of the 1970s? Well, they’re back and more popular that ever. Using plants and materials provided, you’ll go home with an indoor garden.
ALG143A – Carolyn Gaarder, Thursday, 1/19, 7-8:30 p.m., MSCTC, 1900 28th Ave. S., no charge

NEW! Basic Accent Table
In this class, beginners will create a stylish, simple, yet functional accent table. Students will be certified to use the wood studio equipment before starting their table. Tools used will include a drill, sliding miter saw, jigsaw and sander. This attractive little table is easy to build and will be a terrific accent for any room in your home. Class fee includes the cost of materials and certification.
AAM63A – Mike Sullivan, Thursdays, 1/12, 1/19 & 1/26, 7-9 p.m., DIY Wood Studio, 3231 4th Ave. S., Studio A, Fargo, $99 ($94 reduced fee for Moorhead School District residents)

NEW! Basic Woodworking
Learn the basics of woodworking. In this class for beginners, learn how to create beautiful objects using wood. Tool use, equipment and safety practices will be reviewed, and students will be certified to use wood studio equipment before starting their projects. Class fee includes the cost of materials and certification.
AAM62A – Jim Clapper, Fridays, 1/20 & 1/27, 6-8 p.m., DIY Wood Studio, 3231 4th Ave. S., Studio A, Fargo, $79 ($74 reduced fee for Moorhead School District residents)

Register for Moorhead Community Education spring classes beginning Jan. 3

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The new Moorhead Community Education spring catalog will be available Jan. 3, 2012, and includes more than 325 learning opportunities for people of all ages and interests. The starting dates of classes vary, and classes are scheduled conveniently for those with busy lifestyles.

Spring classes include Popovers and Cream Puffs and other cooking classes; computer classes; yoga and dance classes; knitting, crochet and craft classes; Collage Art and other arts and music classes; online classes you can take from home; beginning Swedish, Japanese and Arabic language classes; and Cash for College, Garaguations, Food Crawl, Living Clean & Green, Raising Green Kids, and many more.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) will begin taking registrations for winter/spring classes on Jan. 3. Classes for parents and children ages infants through kindergarten entry include Storybook Science, Cooking with Kids, Make It, Take It, Gym Dads, Baby Connection, Wonderful, Wobbly Ones, Family Fun, Family Fun variations and many more. ECFE classes are listed in the winter/spring Parenting Press newsletter and the spring Community Education catalog. Classes are open to all residents of Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo and the surrounding area.

Moorhead residents and past participants receive a catalog in the mail. Moorhead residents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry who are on the school district census receive Parenting Press. To request a free catalog or to register for a class by credit card, call Community Education at 218-284-3400 or go online at