Moorhead elementary schools offer a comprehensive curriculum that includes the core subjects, art, music, physical education, and health and fitness. Besides the academic curriculum, our elementary schools offer additional programs and services to ensure our students are able to develop their maximum potential.
Our elementary schools provide small group and individual instruction in speaking, reading, and writing English for our students whose first or primary language is not English. The English Learners program assists limited English proficient students in the acquisition of English proficiency and content area skills necessary for successful participation in the academic curriculum. The English Learners program provides specialized instruction in the oral communication and literacy skills of English. Listening comprehension, pronunciation, functional usage, vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, spelling and nonverbal language are all included in the program.
Elementary Guidance (Counseling)
Our elementary guidance and counseling program offers classroom guidance instruction, small group experiences and short-term individual counseling. An elementary counselor is at school full time. Students can make an appointment to see a counselor and parents/guardians or teachers can recommend or request an appointment for a child.
The elementary guidance/counseling program has two major components: preventive guidance and individual counseling. Preventive guidance involves classroom instruction, which helps children in the areas of self-esteem, alcohol and drug awareness, decision making, problem solving, bullying and social interaction. Individual counseling is designed to help parents, students and teachers with issues that may surface at some point during normal development. These include achievement, alcohol, behavior, death, divorce, fears / phobias, illness, siblings, etc.
Food and Nutrition Services
Moorhead Area Public Schools teaches healthy eating habits by introducing students to a variety of food choices. All menus meet nutrition requirements established by the USDA.
Students can eat breakfast and lunch daily. School breakfast is available beginning at 7:15 a.m. and costs $1. Students have a thirty-minute lunch period. Lunch costs $2.30 and includes milk. Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch are also eligible for free breakfast. Read more about applying for free and reduced-price meals.
Moorhead Area Public Schools uses a computerized lunch program. Students must prepay for meals and milk. Parents/guardians are asked to deposit enough money for a week or more of meals. Students may put money in their account before school or during their noon hour. Parents may also use PayForIt, an online payment processing system, to pay for school meals online. Parents/guardians may check their students' meal account balance and transactions through PowerSchool.
Students may have milk as a morning snack. There are no free or reduced arrangements for morning milk. Milk charges are taken from the meal account. Milk is also available to children who choose to bring their lunch. Milk for lunch and for snack break is sold for $.40. Milk break snacks may be purchased for $50 per month through a student's meal account if interested.
The elementary school health offices are staffed during school hours by full-time health assistants trained in first aid and CPR. A licensed school nurse is scheduled to be in the health office several hours per week and is on call at all times in cases of serious injury or illness at school.
Children's health strongly affects school attendance and performance. The school nurse is available to help parents/guardians with any health concerns. The health office also manages immunization and health records, the administration of medication at school, hearing and vision screening, and specialized health procedures that must be done at school. Communication and cooperation between school personnel and parents/guardians is essential in understanding and meeting our children's health.
Children's Dental Services
Children's Dental Services and Smiles Across Minnesota provide preventive dental services, such as teeth cleaning, sealants, oral hygiene and dental fluoride, to uninsured or underinsured children in the district. CDS makes the dental appointment for your child to be seen at his or her school. Children's Dental Services will provide care for children, birth to 18. Uninsured students who are income eligible will receive free care, paid for by a foundation through CDS. Others also will be able to access Children's Dental Services on a sliding fee scale. If a family has insurance, those families are encouraged to visit their previously established dental home.
All children receiving care will need parental consent. Forms are available at the school office and should be returned to the Health Office in your child's school. Contact Children's Dental Services at 612-746-1530 with questions.
Library Media Center
Students make extensive use of the library at school. Library books support and extend school learning. Our students make regular trips to the library with their classmates but are free to check out and return books as needed. The library is open before and after school for student use.
School Safety Patrol
School patrol assists children in crossing streets on their way to and from school. Fourth-grade students are selected to serve on the patrol. The school safety patrol program needs the full cooperation of our students and their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians set a good example by not allowing their children to cross the street anywhere except at the street corners.
Special Education Services
Moorhead Area Public Schools offers a variety of programs and services for children with disabilities. Disability areas include speech and language, learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, hearing, vision, mental, physical, and health impairments and others. Our schools have staff licensed to work with children in these areas as well as a school psychologist, social worker, occupational and physical therapists, and an adaptive physical education teacher. A team made up of staff and a student's parents/guardians determine the need for the program of special services. Children receive a comprehensive assessment, or evaluation, of their strengths and weaknesses before services begin.
Moorhead Area Public Schools is committed to providing learning conditions that support academic achievement for all students. A coordinating teacher provides a seamless continuum of services for high-potential students in all Moorhead Area Public Schools.
A multi-tiered system of support provides appropriate interventions or enrichments and practice, parent involvement, and other research-based practices to assist students in all schools. Many writing, research and project assignments in the classroom and special events such as class projects and performances, offer all children open-ended opportunities for advanced instruction and performance.
Other Supplemental Programs
At the elementary level, the district also offers programs that provide extra help and instruction in reading, writing and mathematics. These include Reading Recovery, Early Literacy Groups and Read 180/System 44. Title I support is available at Ellen Hopkins and Robert Asp Elementary Schools. The America Reads program provides Minnesota State University Moorhead education majors to assist students with reading. Our schools have tutors to assist students in the area of reading through the Minnesota Reading Corps. The elementary schools use an after-school and summer Targeted Services program called EXCEL to give students extra help in reading, writing and mathematics.
Students who are performing below their grade level and are recommended by their teacher will be considered for these programs. Parents/guardians who have questions about any of these programs, should contact their student's classroom teacher. If you wish to volunteer, contact a teacher or principal.
Moorhead Area Public Schools provides free bus service for students who live within their attendance area and who live one mile or more from the school. Transportation is not provided to Spanish Immersion students outside the Ellen Hopkins attendance area. Information concerning bus routes is mailed to families prior to the start of school or may be obtained by checking PowerSchool or calling the school district transportation office at 284-1410.
The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties provides before- and after-school programming and summer programming for K-4 students at Dorothy Dodds, Ellen Hopkins, Robert Asp and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary Schools. Parents may register by contacting the School Age Learning Center site directly or they can call the School Age Learning Center office at 218-512-2030.
Dorothy Dodds School Age Learning Center