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Archive for July, 2012

First candidate files for Moorhead School Board seat

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Incumbent Cindy Fagerlie was the first candidate to file July 31 for a four-year seat on the Moorhead School Board. Fagerlie was first elected to the board in November 2003 for a term that began January 2004.

Filing opened July 31 and will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The Moorhead School Board is made up of seven residents of Independent School District 152 who are elected at large to four-year terms. Four board members’ terms expire at the end of 2012.

For school district office, a person may be a candidate who:
• is at least 21 years old,
• is a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the election,
• is an eligible voter, and
• is not registered as a convicted sex offender.

The School Board election will be held Nov. 6 in conjunction with the general election.

For additional information about the Moorhead School Board election contact the Office of the Superintendent at 284-3330 or visit the district’s website at www.moorhead.k12.mn.us.

Board approves district’s Reading Well literacy plan

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Through a collaborative process involving representatives from across the district, Moorhead Area Public Schools has developed its Reading Well by 3rd Grade Plan, which follows the requirements provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. The School Board approved the K-3 plan on June 25, 2012.

The state has emphasized reading well by third grade because it is one of the developmental milestones in a child’s education. The state’s goal is to reduce the achievement gap by 50 percent over the next six years.

Moorhead Area Public Schools was required to adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3. The plan needed to include a process to assess students’ level of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs. Once approved, the literacy plan must be posted on the district website. The district’s plan is available at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/district/departments/sia/readingWell.aspx.

During her presentation to the Moorhead School Board, Missy Eidsness, director of school improvement and accountability for the district, highlighted parts of the plan, including the emphasis on progress monitoring of students, interventions used, and assessments given to K-3 students. Additionally, the plan includes providing elementary parents with a literacy newsletter twice a year that promotes reading and writing, having a literacy consultant assist the district regarding the reading curriculum, and holding a reading institute for K-3 teachers.

Next year, the plan will be expanded to cover early childhood through grade 12, Eidsness said.

Moorhead Area Public Schools invites feedback from all stakeholders on the K-3 Literacy Plan. Input will be sought through building Parent Teacher Advisory Councils, the district’s Instruction and Curriculum Advisory Council, and via email to info@moorheadschools.org. The district’s annual report will provide information about the plan and feedback process. The feedback from all stakeholders will be used to enhance the usefulness of the document and refine the effectiveness of the process.

Candidate filing opens July 31 for Moorhead School Board

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Candidates may begin filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of Moorhead School Board member on Tuesday, July 31. The two-week candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The filing fee for school district office is $2. Affidavits of candidacy are available from the school district clerk in the Office of the Superintendent at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Completed affidavits of candidacy must be filed at the superintendent’s office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 along with the $2 filing fee.

The Moorhead School Board is made up of seven residents of Independent School District 152 who are elected at large to four-year terms. Four board members’ terms expire at the end of 2012.

Newly elected board members take their seats in January 2013, and the board also elects officers at that time.

For school district office, a person may be a candidate who:
• is at least 21 years old,
• is a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the election,
• is an eligible voter, and
• is not registered as a convicted sex offender.

Candidates can have no other affidavit on file for any other office in the Nov. 6 general election.

The School Board sets the policies for the management of the Moorhead School District which the superintendent and district staff carry out. In addition to attending the bi-monthly board meetings, School Board members serve as liaisons to various district and non-district committees.

Board members receive $700 per month compensation.

For additional information about the Moorhead School Board election contact the Office of the Superintendent at 284-3330 or visit the district’s website at www.moorhead.k12.mn.us.

Moorhead Destination ImagiNation teams place at regional, state and global tournaments

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Moorhead Destination ImagiNation teams completed a successful year with two teams placing at the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. The Horizon Middle School projectOutreach team placed ninth out of 59 teams and the Horizon girls team placed fifth out of 48 teams at Global Finals.

To advance to Global Finals, the Horizon projectOutreach team placed first out of six teams at the State DI Tournament on April 14. The category projectOutreach: The World Canvas required the students to identify a community need and design and carry out a project to address this need. They had to create an advertisement and brochure and make an eight-minute presentation that included these items. Team members are Anthony Johnson, David Thibert, Alex Thomason, Seamus Neill and Mason Pickar. Team manager is Laurie Johnson. The team also competed in Challenge D, News to Me, placing fifth out of eight teams at the State DI Tournament.

The Horizon girls team advanced to Global Finals by placing second out of 15 teams at the State DI Tournament in Challenge C, Coming Attractions, which required them to present a four-minute movie trailer involving characters from at least two different nations. They had to design a cinematic special effect and feature it in the trailer and create an original soundtrack that complemented their trailer. Team members are Abigail Johnson, Emily Karevold, Allison Hanson, Lexi Dauner, Claire Twedt, Linka Wintersteen and Emily Pratt. Team manager is Laurie Johnson.

Read the full article at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?id=1289.