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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.



We Are Proud: Moorhead High Volleyball

January 14, 2019

We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School volleyball team for placing sixth in the 2018 Class 3A state tournament Nov. 8-10 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Spuds lost to Champlin Park in the first round. They beat Edina in the consolation semifinal, but lost the consolation championship to Shakopee. Moorhead beat Willmar in five sets to win the Class 3A, Section 8 championship on Nov. 3 to advance to the volleyball state tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The Spuds ended their season with a record of 22-11.

Team members are Carleigh Vedder, Claire Howell, Alexa Gronwold, Ayana Blythe, Sam Zimmerman, Megan Haugo, Brooke Walthall, Brook Carney, Mallory Lee, Willow Carrier, Valerie Hernandez, Jalen Ennen, Rosie Anderson, Ella Swedberg and Kylie Francis. Head coach is Char Lien, assistant coaches are Amy Bjerke, Amber Gunkel and Courtney Selbitschka, and student manager is Bryn Stumo.

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We Are Proud: Moorhead Teacher of the Year

January 14, 2019


We Are Proud of Brian Meyer, health education teacher at Horizon Middle School East Campus, for being named the 2019 Moorhead Teacher of the Year. Meyer has been a teacher in the district for 25 years. Previously he taught physical education at Robert Asp, Edison Elementary and Moorhead High and health at Moorhead Junior High. Meyer earned his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University. He was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee. Read More

We Are Proud: 2019 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives

January 14, 2019


We Are Proud of the 2019 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives. Each school selects a teacher of the year for that school, and the Moorhead Teacher of the Year is selected from these candidates. The 2019 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives include:

  • Chelsey Gauer, physical therapist for Early Intervention Services at Probstfield Early Learning Center;
  • Maisa Mabrouk, early childhood special education teacher at Dorothy Dodds Elementary;
  • Kristi Rusten, kindergarten teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary;
  • Jennifer Dahl, learner support services teacher at Robert Asp Elementary;
  • Kirsten Johnson, third-grade teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary;
  • Diana Anderson, sixth-grade teacher at Horizon Middle School West Campus;
  • Brian Meyer, health education teacher at Horizon Middle School East Campus;
  • Eric Stenehjem, science teacher at Moorhead High School; and
  • Mary Jo Good, mathematics teacher at Red River Area Learning Center at Vista Center for Education.
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Superintendent’s Spud Award: Haley’s Milk Run

December 10, 2018


The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Haley Dellaneva for her distinguished service that positively impacts the community. Since 2011 Dellaneva, with the support of her family, has raised more than $170,000 to provide milk for students in the Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo school districts through Haley’s Milk Run, a volunteer motorcycle run during the summer. In 2018 each school district received $11,500 from Haley’s Milk Run to help elementary students receive milk for snack break during the school year. Read More

We Are Proud: School Board Leadership Program

November 26, 2018


We Are Proud of Moorhead School Board member Matt Valan who has been honored by the Minnesota School Boards Association for completing the MSBA School Board leadership development program. The award recognizes those who have successfully attended the Phase I, II and III workshops.
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Hopkins raises $923.48 for United Way with penny war

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

We Are Proud: 2018 Polaris Leadership Award

October 8, 2018


We Are Proud of Dr. Lynne A. Kovash, retired superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, who received the 2018 Polaris Leadership Award from Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Kovash was honored for her leadership and a lifetime of achievement in education and the wider community during a statewide recognition ceremony Oct. 1 at the 2018 MASA Fall Conference in Brainerd, Minn. With this award, MASA recognized Kovash for qualities such as professional courage, creation of a legacy of excellent leadership, fostering innovation, contribution through example and mentoring, and significant tenure in each position supporting district vision and affecting positive change. Read More

We Are Proud: Minnesota Human Rights Commissions Essay Contest

October 8, 2018


We Are Proud of McCall Clark for winning first place and a $150 prize in the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions 2018 state essay contest. Clark was a student of Marc Wilson, language arts teacher at Horizon Middle School East Campus, when she won the contest with her essay about what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day means to her and how Dr. King’s civil rights movement impacted international human rights. Read More

We Are Proud: Perfect ACT Score

September 24, 2018


We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Zachary Van Raden for achieving a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. Nationwide more than 2 million students take the ACT, and approximately 0.136% score a 36. Read More

We Are Proud: National Merit Semifinalist

September 24, 2018


We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Zachary Van Raden for being named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists were recognized this year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. More than 1.6 million juniors entered the 2019 National Merit Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for more than 7,500 Merit Scholarships awards that will be offered next spring. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to finalist standing to be considered for a Merit Scholarship. Read More

We Are Proud: Book Author

September 24, 2018


We Are Proud of Kari Yates, elementary supervisor for learning and accountability, for cowriting the book “To Know and Nurture a Reader; Conferring with Confidence and Joy,” published by Stenhouse and released in July 2018. This is Yates' second professional development text targeted toward elementary teachers. The book focuses on teacher moves and strategies for providing feedback that will help young readers stretch, thrive, and grow. Read More

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