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Kindergarten students learn about hand washing during assembly with Biscuit, the paw-washing dog

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

S.G. Reinertsen kindergarten students at Probstfield learned about proper hand hygiene on April 10 with the help of the official assembly mascot, Biscuit, the paw-washing dog.


New elementary assistant principals aim to build relationships

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Relationships are key for Moorhead Area Public Schools’ three new elementary assistant principals, Michael Daugs, Jacob Scandrett and Travis Okerlund.

Daugs, assistant principal at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, is already getting to know the students, staff and community and looks forward to continue developing these relationships. “I plan to use these relationships to develop the mission of our district while impacting our students’ learning and the community,” he said.

Daugs graduated from Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minn., with a degree in elementary education. He earned his master’s degree in education and his principal license from St. Mary’s University. Daugs has been a fifth-grade teacher in the Elk River Area School District for the last nine years.

“The development of good relationships is foundational to the success of our students,” said Scandrett, assistant principal at Robert Asp Elementary. “The relationships we build each day with our kids influence their attitudes about learning, school and themselves,” he said.

Scandrett completed his master’s degree and teaching certification at Minnesota State University Mankato. He has taught science in Tracy, Minn., for the past five years and recently earned his specialist’s degree in educational leadership and his principal license from MSU Mankato.

Okerlund, assistant principal at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, is eager to meet the students and teachers of Reinertsen when classes resume in September. “I also look forward to seeing so many different great teachers delivering strong lessons to hardworking students,” he said.

Okerlund graduated from Bemidji State University in elementary education and then moved to Las Vegas where he taught at the elementary level. He completed his master’s degree in educational leadership at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After five years away, he moved back to the area and has been teaching at the elementary level in West Fargo. He earned his specialist’s degree in educational leadership at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Moorhead Area Public Schools added the elementary assistant principal positions this year to provide administrative support in part because of increased state requirements for the Reading Well plan and teacher evaluations. While the roles of the elementary assistant principals are still being defined, they will be assisting teachers with student data, working with student discipline, continuing to develop the K+ program in conjunction with Community Education, and supporting the implementation of the Reading Well plan.

Open houses scheduled for students beginning kindergarten in the 2012-13 school year

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Kindergarten open houses for parents and children beginning kindergarten in the fall of 2012 will be held at the three elementary schools in April. Activities for incoming kindergarten students include information booths from community agencies and a chance to meet teachers, practice bus rides, and see the school and classrooms.

Kindergarten open houses for parents and children beginning kindergarten in the fall of 2012 are scheduled as follows:
S.G. Reinertsen Elementary at Probstfield Center for Education — 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Ellen Hopkins Elementary — 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17
Robert Asp Elementary — 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19

Food Bank’s BackPack Program expands to all three Moorhead elementary schools this year

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Great Plains Food Bank is expanding the Cass Clay BackPack Program to 750 children living with or at immediate risk of hunger in the community. This is an increase of 41 percent over last year when 530 students were served.

A Moorhead High School Key Club member places a food pack in a student locker at Robert Asp Elementary. The food packs are provided to students who may need meals over the weekend as part of the Great Plains Food Bank’s BackPack Program.

The program will reach students at all three of Moorhead’s elementary schools this year. Good Shepherd Church sponsored 100 students last year and will continue this year. Trinity Lutheran Church donated $5,000 for the 2011-12 school year, and MidContinent Communications donated enough money to start the program at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School this year.

During the 2010-11 school year, 7,063 children in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo school districts qualified for and relied on the free and reduced-price lunch program to meet their nutritional needs. The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children who might not get needed nutrition on the weekends.

“Hungry children don’t learn as well at school, which in turn limits their potential and productivity as adults. We believe that when a child is fed, they are equipped to learn, grow and dream of a future filled with opportunity. This program makes sense,” said Melissa Sobolik, director of member and client services for Great Plains Food Bank.

Students are recommended for the program by teachers or principals who see first-hand their nutritional needs. Food packages are filled with child-friendly, nonperishable food and then discretely given to children in the program just before the weekend or a school holiday.

Last year at Robert Asp, 85 packs were handed out every week.

“The program is changing lives,” said Nadine Moon, the Title I parent coordinator and supporter of the BackPack Program for Moorhead’s elementary schools. “For some children participating in the program, this food is the difference between eating or not.”

The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, secures and stores food for the program, coordinates community volunteers to fill the food packages, and delivers the packages to the schools. In Moorhead, the Moorhead High Key Club members assist in distributing the packs to student lockers. Last year, Key Club members donated more than 310 hours distributing the packs at Robert Asp and Ellen Hopkins Elementary Schools.

It costs $4.25 to fill a backpack with juice, milk, fruit and food for four meals and snacks. Sponsoring a child for the entire school year costs $162, the Great Plains Food Bank said. Donations to the program may be designated to a particular school.

Ellen Hopkins Elementary, Robert Asp Elementary and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary are three of the 14 schools participating in the Cass Clay BackPack Program this year.

Reinertsen students learn about properties of clay dikes during art

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

In March, fourth-grade students at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School used both

S.G. Reinertsen students and Mayor Mark Voxland build channels from blue sand, topsoil and clay as part of an experiment during art.

science standards and art standards to complete a clay project that reinforces what they learned regarding soil types. Special guests, including the superintendent, mayor and School Board members, joined the students for the project.

First the students conducted an experiment to learn what soil types are best when it comes to building a dike. The objective was that students would understand why clay is used to build dikes and why sand is contained in bags. The students created three channels — one made of sand, one of topsoil and one of clay. Pouring water down the channels caused the sand and topsoil channels to erode.

Students then made clay tiles with a meandering river down the center. Texture was added to portions of the tile to represent the houses and businesses in the city.

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools scheduled for Jan. 25-26, 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Kindergarten registration for the Moorhead Area Public Schools for the 2011-12 school year will be Jan. 25 and 26, 2011. 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.

Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011. 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.

Speaker from Haiti tells students to dream big

Friday, December 17th, 2010

“It does not cost anything to dream, so if you are dreaming, dream big,” Caleb Lucien told students at Horizon Middle School during presentations in November.

Lucien, who grew up in the village of Pignon in Haiti, spoke to seventh and eighth graders during two presentations at Horizon Middle School and to student representatives from the Moorhead Schools at a luncheon presentation.

Scott Peterson, a teacher at Horizon Middle School who visited Haiti last school year, arranged Lucien’s visit to the area. Peterson was part of a mission team from Moorhead’s Trinity Lutheran Church that was in Pignon when the January 2010 earthquake hit Port-au-Prince.

After the earthquake, Horizon students worked to raise $1 for every mile it is from Moorhead to Haiti (2,183 miles). The students raised about $2,500, Peterson said. Students at other Moorhead Schools also raised funds for Haiti relief efforts.

“I want to thank each of you for the nice job you have done in supporting the people of Haiti,” Lucien told the students.

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Author Laurence Pringle shares thoughts on writing with Moorhead elementary students

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Writing is very hard work.

That was one message that author Laurence Pringle shared with students at Robert Asp, Ellen Hopkins and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary Schools during visits Nov. 16-18. Pringle, who has published 103 nonfiction and four fiction books, shared his thoughts on writing with the elementary students.

“Good writers go back over their work to make it more clear. Revising and editing are an important part of the writing process,” Pringle said.