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Examples of Excellence

Moorhead Area Public Schools has a tradition of excellence. We have students excelling in academics, activities, arts, music and athletics at all grade levels, from elementary to high school, and staff members who are recognized for their work and their accomplishments. Here are some examples of excellence that exist in our district.


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Hopkins students learn about giving during weeklong drive

March 16, 2017

Students at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School learned about homelessness, poverty and giving during the Hopkins Giving Hearts Week in February.

Students collected enough items such as laundry baskets, soap, paper products, towels and kitchen supplies to make 34 move-in baskets for families leaving Churches United to homes. They also gathered almost 500 diapers, two boxes of children’s books, boxes of shoes and clothes, and two boxes of birthday party supplies.

The school-wide drive for supplies provided opportunities for classroom discussions about homelessness and poverty. Move-in baskets were assembled by Ellen Hopkins families, teachers, PTAC and MSUM students on Feb. 13.

Additionally, the grade 5 leadership team led by counselor William Franklin engaged in a service-learning project to help those in need. Students worked at the Great Plains Food Bank, delivered Valentine’s made by Hopkins students to the Moorhead Police Department, and delivered the 34 move-in basket and other supplies to Churches United for the Homeless.

At Great Plains Food Bank, students saw how much food is collected for redistribution throughout the community. They spent part of the morning labeling 2,520 bags of tortilla chips.

“Service-learning goes beyond service,” said Kris Thompson, service-learning and youth services coordinator for Moorhead Community Education, a program of Moorhead Area Public Schools. “To deepen their learning, these student leaders will reflect on their experiences.”

Students were told their contribution to Churches United for the Homeless would make a huge difference to families, she said. They will talk about how families are impacted through their donation. To demonstrate their new understanding, students will go into classrooms to share with their peers what they learned.

Photo 1: Volunteers make homemade laundry detergent during the Giving Hearts community event at Ellen Hopkins Elementary last month.

Photo 2: Supplies collected by students and staff at Ellen Hopkins Elementary are used by volunteers to fill move-in baskets to give to families at Churches United for the Homeless.

Photo 3: Ellen Hopkins Elementary leadership team members prepare food for distribution at Great Plains Food Bank, and later they delivered move-in baskets and other supplies to Churches United for the Homeless.

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We Are Proud: 2016-17 Minnesota All-State Orchestra

March 13, 2017


We Are Proud of Moorhead High School students Sam Stein and Kenan Stoltenow who were selected by audition to perform with the 2016-17 Minnesota All-State Orchestra. The Minnesota All-State Orchestra is made up of the top high school musicians in Minnesota. Stein and Stoltenow performed with the All-State Orchestra on Feb. 18 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. They are students of Moorhead High orchestra teacher Jon Larson.

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We Are Proud: Minnesota Assistant Principal of the Year

March 13, 2017


We Are Proud of Angela Doll, Moorhead High School assistant principal, for being named Minnesota Assistant Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). The Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization. Doll was selected for her leadership skills, positive relationships in her school and commitment to innovation. She was recognized as Minnesota Assistant Principal of the Year at the MASSP conference in January. Read More

Kovash named Administrator of Excellence by MASA

March 7, 2017

The Minnesota Association of School Administrators has named Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, as a 2017 Administrator of Excellence. She will be recognized for her leadership, concern for students, and active involvement in professional and community affairs during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference. Read More

Moorhead High wrestlers place first and fourth at state

March 6, 2017


Four Moorhead High wrestlers competed in the Class 3A state wrestling tournament March 3-4. Sam Grove won the championship at 195 pounds, and Riley Schock placed fourth at 170 pounds.

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Moorhead High boys hockey team playing in state tournament

March 6, 2017


Moorhead High’s boys hockey team won the Class 2A Section 8 championship giving the Spuds their first trip to the state tournament since 2013. The Moorhead Spuds will play Hill-Murray at 1 p.m. March 9 in the opening round of the boys hockey state tournament at Xcel Energy Center. Read More

Shaved heads show Horizon student that no one fights alone

February 28, 2017


During a one-week fundraiser in February, students and staff at Horizon Middle School showed eighth grader Caleigh Jordahl-Damm that no one fights alone. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead District Spelling Bee

February 27, 2017


We Are Proud of the winners of the Moorhead District Spelling Bee on Jan. 13 at Horizon Middle School. Avery Hagen correctly spelled “indecisively” to place first. Tim Foster took second, and Ian Creech was third. Hagen and Foster advanced to the Region Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls on Feb. 7. The Spelling Bee coordinator is Leigh Dornfeld. Read More

We Are Proud: Grade Level Spelling Bees

February 27, 2017


We Are Proud of the winners of the written Grade Level Spelling Bees in January. Winner of the Grade 6 Spelling Bee was Aiden Williams. William Hallman was first in the Grade 7 Spelling Bee, and Kale Erickson won the Grade 8 Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee coordinator is Leigh Dornfeld. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead High Girls Swimming

February 27, 2017


We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Katelin Winter for qualifying for the 2016 Class AA girls swimming and diving state tournament in 200-yard individual medley. Head coach is Pat Anderson, and assistant coach is Anneliesse Bruns.

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Moorhead High qualifies two for Nordic skiing state meet

February 13, 2017


Two members of the Moorhead High School girls Nordic skiing team, Sofie Overturf and Kate Ludwig, will compete in the state meet on Feb. 16 at Giants Ridge.
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