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Lauri Winterfeldt, Director of Community Education
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A look at the history of public school buildings in Moorhead from 1873-1930

Published November 29, 2018

Moorhead Area Public Schools had its beginning in April 1873 when the Clay County Commissioners approved a motion to begin a school district in Moorhead. The first 50 years of the Moorhead Schools saw the construction of a number of elementary school buildings and the first Moorhead High School. Read More »

Hopkins raises $923.48 for United Way with penny war

Published November 19, 2018

Students, families and staff members at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School raised $923.48 for the United Way through the school’s fifth annual penny war in October. Read More »

One incumbent, two new members elected to School Board

Published November 13, 2018

Voters in the Moorhead Area Public Schools re-elected Kara Gloe and elected Keith Vogt and Rachel Stone to the School Board on Nov. 6. School district election results were canvassed by the School Board on Nov. 13 and are now official. Read More »

Moorhead School Board approves budget for 2018-19

Published August 23, 2018

During the June 25 meeting, the Moorhead School Board approved the district’s annual operating plan, which includes the preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year. General fund revenues are projected at $84 million with expenses projected to be $85.6 million. Read More »

Welcome

Jump Start Preschool, a School Readiness program of Moorhead Area Public Schools, offers age-appropriate activities, curriculum and assessment for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children living in the school district. Jump Start classes also include circle time, snack, art, gym and learning centers. This is a collaborative venture with Early Intervention Services. Children working on special areas of development will participate with typically developing peers. Licensed early childhood teachers are supported by classroom assistants and Early Intervention Services teachers.

The district's Jump Start Preschool has the highest four-star rating from Parent Aware, a rating tool designed to help parents find child care and early education providers committed to school readiness.

Curriculum and Assessment

Students in Jump Start will develop language and literacy, mathematical and social skills needed for success as they enter kindergarten. Jump Start uses a research-based, highly respected early childhood curriculum called High Scope, which emphasizes active participatory learning. Active learning means students have hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. Students also learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and learned.

Jump Start teachers continually monitor all students' growth in pre-literacy areas of vocabulary, rhyming and alliteration. Students receive a solid foundation of literacy skill building within the regular curriculum. Focused small group time is provided for students who may need extra support in any of the literacy areas.

The Preschool Child Observation Record (Preschool COR) is used in the Jump Start classrooms to provide a systematic assessment of students' knowledge and abilities in all areas of their development.

Family Involvement

Jump Start family involvement opportunities include home visits, conferences with the Jump Start teachers at school, volunteer opportunities in the classroom, classroom special events, school-wide events like Fantastic Fridays for Families, and skill-building workshops for parents and students such as Keys to Kindergarten.

Registration

Parents/guardians may enroll their children in Jump Start Preschool through Moorhead Community Education. Register by returning the completed Jump Start registration contract to Community Education at 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead or register online.

Fees for Jump Start Preschool are based on the parents/guardians' ability to pay using the federal income eligibility guidelines. The Jump Start registration contract includes more information about schedules, fees and program policies.

Jump Start Preschool classes fill quickly. If a class is full, your child will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be contacted when a spot becomes available. For more information about Jump Start Preschool call 218-284-3400.

Keys to Kindergarten

Keys to Kindergarten, a School Readiness program of Moorhead Area Public Schools, is a free program held throughout the year that offers families important school readiness activities to improve children's academic, social and emotional skills. It is open to children in the Moorhead Area Public Schools who will be starting kindergarten in the fall and their families.

During the Keys to Kindergarten sessions, the parents and children first participate in classroom activities. Then parents attend a parent session while children participate in school readiness activities with the classroom teacher. Topics for children include letter sounds and recognition, rhyming words, colors and shapes, counting and number recognition, following directions, listening skills, interacting with peers, sorting objects, syllable awareness, making logical predictions and other essential skills.

Contact Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information or to register for upcoming Keys to Kindergarten sessions.