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Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools was Jan. 22-23

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools for the 2013-14 school year began Jan. 22 and 23, 2013. If parents were unable to register during the regular registration times they should contact the school as soon as possible to make other arrangements. Early registration is necessary so the schools can determine staffing for fall.

Parents were to register at the school located within their elementary attendance area. Robert Asp Elementary is located at 910 11th St. N. and Ellen Hopkins Elementary is at 2020 11th St. S. All S.G. Reinertsen Elementary kindergarten students will attend kindergarten at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S. Reinertsen parents should register their students at Probstfield, but registrations will still be accommodated at Reinertsen, 1201 40th Ave. S.
Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the district’s Spanish Immersion Program should complete kindergarten registration at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School. For more information about the district’s Spanish Immersion Program, contact Mary Jo Schmid, Hopkins principal, at 284-4300.

Community Education is offering Kinder Plus, an extended-day program for kindergarten students. Information about registering for that program was included with the registration materials.

For more information about kindergarten registration contact the district office at 218-284-3370 or visit

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools scheduled for Jan. 22-23, 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools for the 2013-14 school year will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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. All Reinertsen kindergarten students will attend kindergarten at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S. Reinertsen parents should register their students at Probstfield, but registrations will be accommodated at Reinertsen during regular office hours.
Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. 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. Find the kindergarten registration packet, pre-registration form, Spanish Immersion and K+ information at

For more information about kindergarten registration contact the district office at 218-284-3370.

Veterans honored by Robert Asp kindergartners

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Some Robert Asp Elementary kindergarten students stand in front of their Wall of Honor that recognizes veterans for their service.

Kindergartners at Robert Asp Elementary School honored veterans with a Wall of Honor in the school’s main hallway in November.

The students brought photographs of veterans they know for a writing project. Besides writing, the students also learned about special holidays like Veterans Day and discussed what a veteran is.

Kindergarten teachers Sandy Asleson and Cathy Davis developed the idea as a way to recognize and remember veterans.

Staff and students to GET LOUDER about bullying

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Moorhead Area Public Schools continues bullying prevention effort

On Oct. 30, students and staff members of Moorhead Area Public Schools will wear blue to GET LOUDER about bullying. Moorhead Area Public Schools launched the GET LOUDER effort last spring to help unite students, teachers and parents in a collaborative effort to prevent bullying within our community.

In the 1950s, students were influenced by family first, then school, church, peers and music/media. The influences have changed to music/media and peers, followed by family, school and church.

A former Moorhead teacher developed the idea of GET LOUDER in response to this question: Has social media and the influence of peers become so much louder — or have our voices become too quiet?

The idea was adopted by Moorhead Area Public Schools and the district’s Safe and Healthy Learners Committee last year. GET LOUDER is being used to galvanize district efforts to prevent bullying.

Tuesday’s GET LOUDER day is part of the district’s ongoing efforts to prevent bullying. Other efforts include presentations by Moorhead High School SADD students at the elementary schools and middle school, a bullying prevention section on the district website at, and an online course for district employees to learn more about bullying and prevention. Moorhead High students are also organizing a young adult awareness walk on Oct. 27 that ties in to the district’s overall prevention efforts.

Opening day enrollment numbers increase for Moorhead Area Public Schools

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Moorhead Area Public Schools had 5,664 students in grades K-12 report for school this morning. This is 301 more students than were enrolled last spring and 201 students more than last year’s opening enrollment. The number of students in the district will fluctuate over the next few weeks before stabilizing in October and November, according to historical trends.

The most significant increase is in the kindergarten enrollment. The district added two additional kindergarten sections in August.

“The kindergarten enrollment is the highest since 1995,” said Superintendent Lynne Kovash. “Overall, this is the district’s largest enrollment increase in years.”

Kindergarten is the largest grade level with 492 students. Sixth grade is the second largest grade level with 458 students. At 407 students, grade 5 is the smallest grade level in the district.

Enrollment in the district’s Kinder Plus (K+) extended-day kindergarten program offered through Community Education has increased to 276, which is 43 students over last year’s opening enrollment.

“We are excited about the increase in enrollment at all levels,” Kovash said. “This two-year increase provides a strong enrollment base for the district in future years.”

Enrollment at Horizon Middle School increased to 1,311 student, which is 58 students more than last year’s opening enrollment. Moorhead High School’s opening day enrollment is 1,623, which is up 46 students from last year’s opening enrollment.

In 2006 the district saw the reversal of an 11-year trend of enrollment decline. This was followed by four years of increases in enrollment after efforts by the district to modernize and enhance the quality of education. The district’s enrollment was projected to stabilize in 2010 with slight increases over the next few years.

Moorhead elementary schools make dramatic gains in new state ratings

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Secondary schools make progress in closing achievement gap

On Aug. 30, the Minnesota Department of Education released the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) based on 2011-12 test results and data for schools across the state. Moorhead elementary schools made dramatic increases compared to this past May’s initial ratings, which used test results and data averaged from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.

Previously under the federal No Child Left Behind law, schools were labeled as “failing” or “not failing” based on scores from a single high-stakes test. Under the old rating system, all three Moorhead elementary schools made AYP or Adequate Yearly Progress for 2012.

The new MMR measures proficiency, student growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates. Schools earn points in each category, and the percentage of possible points a school earns is the school’s MMR. This new tool is part of Minnesota’s waiver from No Child Left Behind.

A school’s Focus Rating (FR) is a secondary measurement within the MMR that measures schools specifically on the performance of student subgroups that may show an achievement gap in Minnesota (Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Free/Reduced Price Lunch, Special Education and English Learners). The state’s goal is to close the achievement gaps by 50 percent over the next six years.

In Moorhead, S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School improved 30.6 percent, going from 63.53 percent to 94.16 percent this year on the MMR, and the school’s FR increased 30.7 percent, going from 62.76 percent to 93.46 percent. Robert Asp Elementary increased from 43.53 percent to 76.40 percent this year on the MMR, a 32.9 percent increase, and from 55.50 percent to 98.86 percent on the FR, a 43.4 percent increase. Ellen Hopkins Elementary improved by 47.9 percent, going from 34.19 percent to 82.04 percent on the MMR, and from 26.67 percent to 81.96 percent on the FR, a 55.3 percent increase over last year.

All schools receive ratings, but Title I schools may receive additional designations. In Moorhead, both Hopkins Elementary and Robert Asp Elementary are Title I schools. Ellen Hopkins was identified as a Focus School based on the initial MMR last May and has written a school improvement plan that was presented to the School Board on Aug. 27. Focus Schools are the 10 percent of Title I schools with the largest achievement gaps in the state. These schools are identified once every three years.

Robert Asp Elementary has been designated as celebration eligible, which means it falls in the 10 percent of Title I schools with MMRs between the 60th and 86th percentiles and is eligible to submit an application explaining factors that make the school effective. The celebration-eligible status is a turnaround for Robert Asp, which had been identified for mandated restructuring under the former AYP system.

“We’re thrilled with increases at the elementary schools, which is evidence that our implementation of several research-based interventions has resulted in growth for all students,” said Superintendent Lynne Kovash. “This is very positive for our school district. We will be focused on maintaining these efforts and continuing improvements at the secondary level.”

At the secondary level, Horizon Middle School saw improvements, going from 30.60 percent on the initial MMR rating to 55.93 percent for 2012, a gain of 25.3 percent. The FR also increased from 25.54 percent to 36.94 percent this year, a gain of 11.4 percent.

At Moorhead High School, the school’s MMR decreased from 45.1 percent to 17.35 percent, in part because the graduation rate is being measured differently this year. The new rate looks at the percentage of ninth-graders in a school who graduate within a four-year period. This is a change from the AYP graduation rate, which looked at the number of students who graduate and drop out in a one-year period. This year, the target also increased from 85 percent to 90 percent.

Moorhead High’s Focus Rating improved 41 percent, going from 20.57 percent last year to 61.65 percent, indicating gains in reducing the achievement gap.

“I am confident that after gathering all the information from our data, positive changes will be made,” Kovash said.

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.

Back-to-School Nights are planned for Moorhead schools

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Back-to-School Nights for elementary and middle school students and their families are scheduled for the Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, Robert Asp Elementary School, and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School will hold Back-to-School Night for kindergarten students from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. Back-to-School Night for grades 1-5 students will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

Horizon Middle School will hold its Back-to-School Nights as follows:
Grade 6: Tuesday, August 28 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Grade 7: Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Grade 8: Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Moorhead Area Public Schools holding registration in August

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Elementary New Student Registration
Students in grades K-5 who are new to the Moorhead School District and still need to register for the 2012-13 school year should register at the school the child will be attending or at the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St S. 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

Kindergarten students interested in enrolling in Kinder Plus (K+), an extended-day program for kindergarten students offered through Moorhead Community Education, should contact Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information or to register or register online 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 2012-13 school year during the upcoming new student registration. New student registration will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Horizon Middle School counseling office, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead. New student tours also will be given Aug. 15.

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. 20-23. 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
Registration for the Red River Area Learning Center will from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22 and on Aug. 27 by appointment. Call 284-2200 for more information.

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

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 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.