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8th Grade Orchestra to perform at the State Honor’s Concert

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Moorhead’s 8th Grade Orchestra makes its 14th appearance at the State Honor’s Concert on Monday, March 31 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

The 103 members of the Horizon Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra performed at one of three regional orchestra festivals on March 14. Following their performance, the judges selected Moorhead to perform at the State Honor’s Concert on March 31. Forty-seven middle school orchestras performed at the three regional festivals.

The Horizon students will spend a day in sectionals and rehearsals with professional musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra. The day will culminate with an evening concert at 6:30 p.m. where the Horizon 8th Grade Orchestra and seven other orchestras, including ones from Wayzata, Stillwater, Mounds View and Northfield, will perform.

Moorhead High chemistry teacher named 2014 Moorhead Teacher of the Year

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Moorhead High chemistry teacher Jana Kasper grew up in a teaching family and tried for her first years of college to not be a teacher. She knew teaching could mean long hours and work at home, and she thought she was going to do something different.

It was her love of working with kids and the challenge that each year brings with a new set of students that drew her to teaching.

Kasper, who has taught at Moorhead High School for the last 27 years, has been named the 2014 Moorhead Teacher of the Year by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee. Read the article at

Horizon teams place first, second and fourth in regional math tournament

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Several Horizon Middle School students received individual awards, and Moorhead teams placed first, second and fourth in the Grade 6 Regional Math Masters Tournament held in Moorhead on March 14. Teams from Detroit Lakes placed third and fifth. Ten teams from the area participated in individual and team rounds.

Horizon Middle School House 6B Team placed first in the Math Masters Tournament. Team members are Hunter Covey, Chrisanto D’Agostino, Sam Grotberg, Brock Klimek and Terry Kreps. Their math teacher is Diana Anderson.

The Horizon House 6A Team placed second in the tournament. Team members are Tyler Balluff, Emma Craig, Kylie Dumas, Cullen Gess and Christian Thingvold. Their math teacher is Sharon Nelson.

The Horizon House 6C Team placed fourth in the tournament. Team members are Rachel Craig, Eric Hawley, Ryan Luthi, Gunner McLeod and Gavin Sorby. Their math teacher is Barb Stack.

Horizon students who earned Fact Drill Awards were Brock Klimek, second place, and Chrisanto D’Agostino, third place. Kylie Dumas, Emma Craig, Cullen Gess, Rachel Craig and Ryan Luthi earned ribbons for Fact Drill.

Individual medals went to Horizon students Emma Craig, first place; Chrisanto D’Agostino, second place; and Brock Klimek, third place. Individual ribbons went to Rachel Craig, Christian Thingvold, Cullen Gess and Ryan Luthi.

Lois Brown and Kathy Cole are the Math Masters coordinators.

Math Masters of Minnesota is a statewide competition that challenges students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics and recognizes academic effort and achievement.

District partnering with Solutions to expand mental health supports

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Moorhead Area Public Schools is partnering with Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professionals to increase the mental health supports available for students thanks to an extension and expansion of a School Linked Mental Health grant that Solutions has received from the state. Read the article at

Red River Area Learning Center students sew dresses for service learning project

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

In January, Red River Area Learning Center students made dresses from pillowcases to be sent to children in Africa. Read the article at

Wrestling team advances to state for second straight year

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Moorhead High School wrestling team, coached by Skip Toops, has advanced to the state tournament for the second year in a row. Last year the team won its first section title since 1981. Read the article at

Spud hockey players read to kindergarten students

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Moorhead High School boys hockey team members read to Moorhead kindergartners last month as part of a program developed by Jon Ammerman, boys hockey head coach. Read the article at

Moorhead High Economics Challenge team advances to state finals

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Moorhead High School’s Economics Challenge team placed second in the Adam Smith (Advanced Placement) division at the 25th Heartland Economics Challenge on Feb. 20 at St. Cloud State University. The team advances to the state finals on April 7 at the Federal Reserve in Minneapolis.

Team members are Mary Overby, Connor Neill, Allison Matney and Elizabeth Johnson, and advisor is Michael Kieselbach.

Moorhead Area Education Foundation sponsors phonathon

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Moorhead Area Education Foundation will sponsor the 23rd annual MAEF Phonathon from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, February 24 and 25, 2014, in the New Commons area of Moorhead High School.

Last year, more 75 Moorhead High School students gathered 585 pledges totaling $20,381. This year, students have a goal of raising $25,000, all of which will be used for scholarships in 2014.

The Phonathon is the major fundraiser for the Moorhead Area Education Foundation. Other funds come from businesses, service clubs, and individual contributions, plus interest from the MAEF Endowment Fund. The funds raised in 2013 allowed MAEF to award $100,245 to 73 graduates. Since the first scholarships were given in 1991, a total of $1,228,295 has been awarded to 1,462 graduates of Moorhead High School.

The mission of the Moorhead Area Education Foundation is to raise money and receive gifts of money or property to enhance educational programs for students in Independent School District 152. The Foundation provides scholarships for post-secondary education and grants for innovative education enhancement projects in classrooms district-wide.

For more information visit the Moorhead Area Education Foundation section of the district’s website at or email

Horizon Middle School presents musical comedy ‘Honk!’

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School presents “HONK!,” the musical comedy based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2 at the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. The Feb. 27 performance will be sign language interpreted.

More than 100 Horizon Middle School students are involved in producing “HONK!” The entertaining family musical tells of a young duckling named Ugly whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are on sale online at with no service fees. Beginning Feb. 18, tickets may be reserved through the box office at 218-284-2255 for a service fee of $1 per adult ticket and $.50 per student ticket.