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Back-to-school events are planned for Moorhead schools

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Back-to-school events for preschool, elementary and middle school students and their families are scheduled for Moorhead Area Public Schools.

The district’s Jump Start Preschools at Probstfield Early Learning Center will hold back-to-school nights on Tuesday, Aug. 26 as follows:
  • Monday/Wednesday Three-Year-Olds: 5-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday Three-Year-Olds: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Four-Year-Olds: 5:30-7 p.m.

Ellen Hopkins, Probstfield and Robert Asp Elementary Schools will hold kindergarten orientation sessions on Aug. 28 that have been scheduled with families. Parents/guardians may check their PowerSchool parent account for their assigned session.

Grades 1-5 students at Ellen Hopkins, Robert Asp and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary Schools have been assigned to back-to-school sessions on Aug. 28, or grades 1-5 students and their parents/guardians may attend the regular back-to-school night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Parents may check their PowerSchool parent account for their assigned session.

If parents/guardians need assistance with a PowerSchool parent account, they should contact their school office or they can request an account be created for them online at

Horizon Middle School will hold its Back-to-School Nights as follows:

  • Grade 6: Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 12:30-2 p.m. or from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Grade 7: Monday, Aug. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Grade 8: Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Orientation sessions at Moorhead High School were held earlier in August.

District forming facilities task force to develop long-range facilities plan

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

One of the nine facilities recommendations approved by the Moorhead School Board in November 2013 was to create a facilities task force to develop a long-range facilities plan.
This August, Moorhead Area Public Schools began working with Cuningham Group in preparing a comprehensive facility master plan to guide facilities planning and improvements for the next 10 years. A facilities steering committee will lead the effort and a larger Facilities Master Planning Task Force will incorporate community members in the planning process. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 29, from community members interested in serving on the task force.

Applications may be submitted on the district’s website at, or contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 218-284-3370 for a paper copy of the application. Applications are due Aug. 29 and will be reviewed the first week in September. Members will be selected to serve based on their interest and ability to serve, the perspective they represent, and the experience or expertise they bring to the process.

Read the full article at

Moorhead Area Public Schools holding registration in August

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Kindergarten Registration
Moorhead Area Public Schools offers free all-day, everyday kindergarten. Students who are not yet registered for kindergarten should be registered as soon as possible. See elementary new student registration for details.

Elementary New Student Registration
Students in grades K-5 who are new to the Moorhead School District and still need to register for the 2014-15 school year should register at the school the child will be attending. For more information about registration or to learn which school their child will be attending, parents should call the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 284-3370. The attendance area map is available on the district’s website at

Horizon Middle School New Student Registration
Middle school students in grades 6-8 who are new to the Moorhead School District should register for the 2014-15 school year during the upcoming new student registration. This is a special registration only for students who have moved to Moorhead over the summer months or did not attend Moorhead Area Public Schools last year.

New student registration will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 in the Horizon Middle School counseling office, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead. New student tours also will be given Aug. 14. Grade 6 new student presentations and tours are set for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information about middle school registration contact the Horizon Middle School counseling office at 284-7312 or the main office at 284-7300.

Moorhead High School New Student Registration
New student registration at Moorhead High School will be Aug. 18-21. Call the Moorhead High School registrar’s office at 284-2400 or the Moorhead High School counseling office at 284-2312 to schedule an appointment.

Red River Area Learning Center Registration
Open registration required for all Red River Area Learning Center students will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18-21. Call 284-2200 for more information.

Moorhead High speech team duo wins first at national tournament

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

After winning its 20th Section 8AA title and advancing a record 27 speakers to the 2014 Class AA state speech tournament this year, Moorhead High School’s speech team now has been recognized as one of the top in the nation.

Nine Moorhead High School speech team members qualified for the 2014 National Forensics League Speech Tournament last month in Kansas. Jordan Hartjen and Matthew Wisenden were named national champions in duo interpretation, and the Moorhead High School speech team was awarded the Speech School of Excellence Award, placing the team as one of the top speech schools in the nation.

In other results, Drew Swenson and Karina Twedt placed eighth in duo interpretation, Katie Beedy placed in the top 30 in the nation in oratory, and Auna Lee placed in the top 60 in humorous interpretation.

While Hartjen and Wisenden are Moorhead High’s first national speech champions, the speech team has had numerous national winners over the years. In 2013, Nina Grollman placed second in humorous interpretation after having placed fourth in humorous interpretation in 2012. In 2012, Devon Manney placed sixth in dramatic interpretation. In 2011, Grollman and Sam Wisenden placed fourth in duo interpretation, and Trevor Larson placed third in humor.

Rebecca Meyer-Larson is the speech coach.

Moorhead Schools partners to launch Education That Works for students, teachers and future workforce

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
During Tech Camp at Fargo’s Davies High School June 10, the three metro schools districts teamed with United Way and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation to launch Education That Works and the website

The partnering organizations have been meeting to examine the 21st century skills and work to enhance K-12 curriculum with project-based learning that includes a stronger focus on measuring and teaching the “four C’s” – communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

The goals of the Education That Works collaboration include providing enhanced professional development for current educators, preparing tomorrow’s educators differently and communicating 21st century skill developments with stakeholders and the business community.
Brenda Cain, a teacher in the Fargo Public Schools, spoke about how project-based learning is impacting her students and her classroom. “Students are learning the same knowledge and skills in more authentic ways,” she said.
Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, acknowledged that the Education That Works initiative models the 4C’s of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity that the partners want for students. While it can be a challenge to work across state lines, with creativity the partners are having the conversations, she said.
“What can we do together?” Kovash asked. “That’s what’s so important. Really think about the student at the center and what can we do with the United Way, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and the three school districts — what can we do together to make sure all of our students are successful.”
Read more about the collaboration and watch the video at

Cho Kio yearbook project seeks missing Moorhead High yearbooks for archives

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The Moorhead High School archives is seeking missing Cho Kio yearbooks to complete its collection. Retired staff members or alumni who are downsizing are asked to consider donating gently used yearbooks — even those with writing in them — to the Moorhead High School yearbook project.

As the 1964 graduates prepare to celebrate their 50th reunion this fall during Moorhead High School’s homecoming weekend they purchased the final four 1964 yearbooks for classmates who have lost their yearbooks because of fires, floods, moves or other difficult circumstances.

This was the impetus for this project.

Now Jeanne Aske, MHS Class of 1964, and Karen Krebsbach, Moorhead High language arts teacher and yearbook advisor, have joined forces to chair the Cho Kio Yearbook Project.

There are no copies of the Cho Kio in the archives for these years: 1918, 1919, 1920, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1942-45, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1973, 1994 — 18 years with no yearbook at all. Floods are responsible for some of this, the project coordinators said.

Donated yearbooks will be stored at MHS and made available to alumni.

Every year Krebsbach is contacted by families of Moorhead High alumni searching for genealogy information. They visit the high school and pour through the yearbooks, often scanning images to add to their research.
The project coordinators believe now is the time to bring the yearbook archives up to date and are asking for help in spreading the word about these missing editions.

Moorhead High School band to retire 30-year-old marching band uniforms

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The Moorhead High School band is replacing its 30-year-old marching band uniforms. According to yearbook records, the marching band uniforms have been in the school district since at least 1983. The uniforms include black pants with an orange stripe, a black jacket with Moorhead HS embroidered on the shoulder, an overlay with an “M” on the front, a cape that reads “Spuds,” and a hat. The uniforms were made by DeMoulin.

Thousands of Moorhead High band students will remember wearing these uniforms with the signature cape.

The band department is looking for alumni, theater organizations or citizens who may like a piece of Moorhead High band history. If you are interested in one or more uniforms, contact Pam Redlinger at or 218-284-2431. Uniforms are being released for free, but if you need it shipped somewhere, cost is $15 per uniform.

The marching band will welcome new uniforms this August. It will include black “bibber” pants and a jacket with the updated Moorhead logo on the chest. Watch for the Moorhead High School Marching Band in various local parades this fall.

Moorhead Area Public Schools receives award for financial management

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Moorhead Area Public Schools has been recognized for earning the School Finance Award for fiscal year 2013 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Interim assistant superintendent Jeremy Larson informed the Moorhead School Board at its May 12 meeting that this is the third year in a row the district has received the award.

The award recognizes the combined efforts of the school board, district administration, and business office staff to ensure sound fiscal management practices and procedures, appropriate policies, and ongoing financial training.

“This award demonstrates the district’s efforts to adhere to solid financial management practices,” Larson said.

Moorhead High Student Council holding second annual self-esteem boosting event for teen girls

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The Moorhead High School Student Council is hosting an event for all area young women in grades 6-12 called “Beautiful to the Core” from 6-9:45 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Moorhead High School auditorium.

This free event is aimed to empower young women and will feature breakout sessions with local speakers Dayna Del Val, Judy Green, Lois Griesen and Kathy Hunstad. Closing comments will feature Moorhead’s Mayor Del Rae Williams. Each speaker will present an uplifting, motivational, inspiring message for young women.

“Our mission is to empower the women in our community to believe in themselves and form connections with other strong women,” said Vianna Berhow, co-president of the Moorhead High School Student Council.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away.

The idea for “Beautiful to the Core” came from three Moorhead alumni who, along with Moorhead High teacher Dawn Gunderson, organized and coordinated the event, which drew approximately 225 attendees last spring.

Off-site Teacher of the Year encourages students to learn by doing

Friday, May 9th, 2014

As an early childhood special education teacher, April Johnson embraces hands-on learning for her students. In her third year as an Early Intervention Services teacher for Moorhead Area Public Schools, Johnson has been named the Off-site Teacher of the Year. Read the full article at