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Retirees consider their relationships with students and staff as significant

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

After 40 years of teaching for Moorhead Area Public Schools, retiring teacher Chuck Fisher sees the positive relationships he has had with students as one of his most significant contributions to the district.

“I have worked to help students reach their goals and to be there should they fall short,” Fisher said. “I truly believe that it is the relationships that endure, and that long after a student forgets about some aspect of history or writing an essay they remember the relationship.”

Fisher retires this year after teaching social studies first at the former North Junior High School and most recently at Moorhead High School. He has also worked as a literacy coach this year. Fisher and six other district employees were recognized by the Moorhead School Board at a retirement reception May 29.

Moorhead Schools provides free summer meals for youth

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Moorhead Area Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children in the Moorhead area, ages 1-18, free of charge. Children may eat at any site.

Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

June 4–21
• Youth Educational Services Program
Breakfast, 8–9:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday

June 11–Aug. 10 (Sites closed July 4-5)
• Horizon Middle School
Breakfast: 7:30–8:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday and on June 15, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and on June 15, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10

• Moorhead High School
Breakfast: 7:30–8:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday and on June 15, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and on June 15, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10

June 18–July 25 (Site closed July 2-5)
• Robert Asp Elementary
Breakfast, 7:30–9 a.m. Monday-Thursday
Lunch, 11:30–12:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday
Snack, 3:15–3:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday

July 23–Aug. 10
• Ellen Hopkins Elementary
Breakfast, 8–9 a.m. Monday-Friday

• Robert Asp Elementary
Breakfast, 8–9 a.m. Monday-Friday

• S.G. Reinertsen Elementary
Breakfast, 8–9 a.m. Monday-Friday

• Horizon Middle School
Breakfast, 7:30–8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday

Moorhead High students place in state speech tournament, qualify for national tournament

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Moorhead High School students placed at the 2012 Class AA state speech tournament in April. The team won 10 medals, the second highest in the state. The following speakers were medalists: Annie Cameron, second place in Creative Expression; Noah Johnson and Jade Krsnak, fourth place in Duo Interpretation; Maija Lindaas, fourth place in Extemporaneous Reading; Nina Grollman, second place in Humorous Interpretation; Katie Beedy, seventh place in Informative Speaking; Emily Haagenson, eighth place in Informative Speaking; Drew Lausch, fourth place in Serious Drama Interpretation; Sam Wisenden, sixth place in Serious Drama Interpretation; Matt Wisenden, fourth place in Serious Poetry Interpretation; and Shontel Smith, fourth place in Storytelling.

A record 11 Moorhead High School speech team members have qualified for the National Forensics League Speech Tournament in Indianapolis in June. The following students will represent the best of Minnesota Speech at the national meet: Nina Grollman, Humorous Interpretation; Tanner Tweten and Devon Manney, Dramatic Interpretation; Drew Lausch, Sam Wisenden, Noah Johnson, Jade Krsnak, Ryan Olson and Anne Totten, Dramatic Duo; and Maija Lindaas and Kathryn Eggert, Original Oratory.

Rebecca Meyer-Larson is the head coach of the speech team.

District seeking input on school start and end times

Friday, May 4th, 2012

For the 2012-13 school year, Moorhead Area Public Schools will add fifteen minutes to the school day. This change, which was approved in April as part of the new teacher contract, will require changes to the start and end times at the schools.

“Additionally, the district is exploring the possible reduction of bus routes in an effort to operate a more efficient transportation system and reduce overall transportation costs,” said Assistant Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak.

Other considerations are research regarding later start times and sleep for secondary students, the impact on extracurricular activities, and childcare concerns for elementary students.

The School Board discussed six scenarios at the April 23 board meeting. A seventh scenario was added following that meeting. Kazmierczak is presenting these scenarios at PTAC meetings in May to provide parents with the opportunity to learn more and provide feedback.

Upcoming PTAC meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 8 at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary and 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Horizon Middle School. The scenarios are available on the district website at

The goal is to bring a recommendation to the School Board for approval at the May 29 meeting, Kazmierczak said.