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School Year Theme Emphasizes Continued Work on Equity

July 9, 2020

Moorhead Area Public Schools is committed to developing the maximum potential of every learner to thrive in a changing world. Nothing tested our mission more than a global pandemic challenging well-working systems and demanding innovation and flexibility. 

Teachers, administrators and staff worked around the clock to identify solutions that would provide the education our students need and deserve under unique circumstances. Creating equitable learning opportunities for all students is a long-standing goal and focus of Moorhead Area Public Schools. 

We are excited to announce the theme for the 2020-21 school year: Excellence Through Equity. 

The new school year is filled with many unknowns, but the commitment to providing our students with equitable learning opportunities continues to be at the base of every decision. Three comprehensive plans for safe re-entry to school for our students and staff this fall are currently being developed based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health. Final state guidance will be given at the end of July. 

Regardless of which plan the district is allowed to implement this fall, Moorhead Area Public Schools has a reputation for excellence, one that not even a global pandemic can stop. We are excited to work with our parents, community and team to continue this tradition into a new school year.  

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Spuds Snag Best Nickname Title

July 6, 2020


Moorhead Spuds rose to the top in a virtual Nickname Challenge tournament that began in May on Twitter. The tournament was started by John Millea, media specialist for the Minnesota State High School League.

The bracket included 64 Minnesota high school nicknames with many battles leading up to the championship between Spuds and Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms. 

Over 87,000 votes were cast during the multi-round tournament. In the end, Spuds beat Awesome Blossoms receiving 50.4% of the 6,872 ballots for the final vote. 

Millea’s tournament brought fun, a glimmer of hope and a new shiny title of “Best Nickname” for the Spuds.


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Spud Speech and Debate Earns Highest NSDA Distinction Award

June 29, 2020


The Spud Speech and Debate Team took home many wins during a virtual national competition in June.

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Summer Meal Program Begins June 8

June 2, 2020


Moorhead Area Public Schools and the YMCA are partnering to provide summer meal access for all children ages 1-18 starting June 8. Eligible children may pick up one meal per day. Parents, guardians or students must be present...

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2020 Moorhead High School Virtual Graduation

May 26, 2020


Grab your tissues and gather around to watch our class of 2020 graduate through a virtual ceremony. Go Spuds!

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2020 Moorhead Teacher of the Year

May 21, 2020


Jon Larson, orchestra director, motivates students in the Moorhead High School Commons every morning, three minutes before first period. His energetic and joyous personality makes him an easy friend and an even better mentor. 

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Moorhead High School Announces Graduation Plans

May 8, 2020


Graduation is the capstone moment for any high school student; it’s their opportunity to look back and celebrate their friendships and achievements while officially taking the next step in their life’s journey.

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Moorhead High Senior Fights Cancer Battle With His Team

May 6, 2020


Athlete, academic and true friend: all words that describe Moorhead High School Senior Scott Verkuilen. He shares his story and the importance of having his team support during his grueling battle with cancer.

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Moorhead Area Public Schools Celebrates National School Nurse Day

May 6, 2020


Thank you to our hardworking school nurses that keep our students healthy and provide them a safe place to go when they don’t feel well. Our school nurses are an important part of the Spud team.

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Horizon East Student Pays It Forward

April 28, 2020


Eighth-grader and 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community state honoree Addie Loerzel is wise beyond her years. Already giving the gift of happiness and hope to others, her cupcake stand raises funds to make dreams come true.

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Teamwork Brings Meals And Security To Students

April 23, 2020


Earlier this month we had the chance to ride along for a behind the scenes look at feeding students during the COVID-19 school closure. Between March 18 - April 16, over 39,000 meals have been served because of the hard work and dedication of many individuals.

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