July 15, 2019
Moorhead Area Public Schools has launched a digital archives website at https://www.moorheadschools.org/history that features more than 100 years of Spud history, including high school yearbooks, school newspapers, team photos, programs from music and sporting events, and game film dating back to the 1950s. A joint project between the school district and the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation, the website contains more than 25,000 images and will be expanded over time.
Dean Haugo, Moorhead High School activities director, met with a firm that builds websites for schools and universities while at a national meeting.
“What impressed me most was the volume of information that alumni and community members could access,” Haugo said.
In addition to the website, there are touch screens with the same information located in the lobbies of the Moorhead High gymnasium and the Horizon Middle School auditorium.
The process of building the website began in the spring of 2018. Once the schematic of how the site would look was finalized, the process of collecting the images began. More than 100 yearbooks, countless Spud newspapers, hundreds of programs, thousands of photos, and a handful of game film canisters were gathered.
A company that converts photos to digital formats scanned and indexed the Moorhead High yearbooks and select Spud newspapers. The digital files were then transferred to the website developer who began uploading the images to the cloud.
“Moorhead High School’s historical archives are some of the best we have seen at TouchPros on any of our TouchWalls,” said Jon Klocek, lead designer. “From yearbooks dating more than 100 years to 35 years of newspapers to vintage video footage, the TouchWall depicts the rich history of the school. The project will only expand as artifacts are submitted and uploaded for permanent access on the touchscreen or in the cloud.”
In addition to the historical components of the site are several features for current students and their families. A daily schedule of school activities is on a continuous scroll, current team photos are on display, and posts from the school’s Twitter accounts cycle through.
“With a quick glance at the site students and community members will have a good grasp of what is taking place in our school,” Haugo said.
An added feature is the inclusion of the Moorhead High School Hall of Honor recipients. Since 2004, the school district has honored alumni, staff members, and community members with induction into the Moorhead High School Hall of Honor. Their photos and biographies are included on the site.
So far feedback from the community has been positive.
Melissa Entzion wrote, “I sent my mother (a 1966 MHS grad) the link to the history website. My mom said she opened it up and didn’t move for two hours!”
Content on the website will continue to be expanded. Future additions will include scans of yearly scrapbooks that the district kept of relevant newspaper articles, junior high yearbooks from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and audio recordings of Moorhead High bands, choirs, and orchestras.
If you have items you would like to see scanned and placed on the website please contact Brian Cole at email@example.com.
July 9, 2019
Jump Start Preschool students draw self-portraits with two members of the Ellen Hopkins Elementary student leadership team when they volunteered in Jump Start classes last school year. Registration continues for Jump Start Preschool for the 2019-20 school year.
July 8, 2019
During the June 10 meeting, the Moorhead School Board approved the district’s annual operating plan, which includes the preliminary budget for the 2019-20 school year. District revenues will increase primarily because of an increase to the general education aid formula and an estimated increase in enrollment, and expenditures will increase because of construction costs for the operations center and increased staff.
July 3, 2019
It’s shifting the mindset from thinking what is wrong with students to what has happened to students, Ricky White told Moorhead secondary teachers as he shared information about the impact of trauma on students.
June 27, 2019
With a combined 527 years of service to the district, retiring employees — including two long-time administrators — have spent decades focused on serving learners of all ages in Moorhead Area Public Schools. Twenty-one retiring employees were recognized by the Moorhead School Board at a retirement reception May 28.
June 25, 2019
All high school students will have opportunities to explore career pathways at the career academy being developed by Moorhead Area Public Schools, said the new principal. Josh Haag, currently an assistant principal at Moorhead High School, is stepping into the leadership role in developing the career academy.
June 21, 2019
During his presentation “Vaping: the New Teen Public Health Concern” at Moorhead High this spring, Frank White, sociology professor at University of North Dakota, described the dangers of teen vaping for the parents, students, staff and community members attending.
June 18, 2019
More than 960 employees from area school districts attended Metro Tech Camp hosted by Moorhead Area Public Schools on June 5-7 at Horizon Middle School Campus.
June 11, 2019
The district’s plans for replacing Moorhead High School on the existing site moved forward with School Board approval of the conceptual design on May 28.
June 6, 2019
After a strong start to the season, the Moorhead High baseball team had lost the five games leading into section 8AAAA tournament play on May 29. The Spuds were looking for a possible section title to break a 29-year slump, but their season ended after three section tournament games.
June 4, 2019
The Moorhead High School Class of 2019 graduated June 2 during commencement at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Nemzek Hall.