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Distance learning begins for Minn. students

posted Mar 30, 2020, 3:47 PM by Andrew Tichy

By: Jack Eisenzimmer

One of the most pressing issues of COVID-19 is how fast it spreads. This is why governments everywhere are ordering shelter in place, and social distancing guidelines. One of the questions that comes with this though is what to do about education. Due to the fact that we can’t be in school, teachers and district administration have had to create an online curriculum to finish out the school year.  The school is also helping deal with the issue of childcare for parents that work in essential services. Along with that, they’re providing meals for students and families during the pandemic. The questions students have are mainly surrounding the specifics of the plans. How is school going to work? What times will we have classes? Do we need to use Chromebooks? We will break down the latest updates from MHS and the district throughout this article, and attempt to answer some of those questions.

On Friday an email was sent out to all students and parents in the district outlining the plan for the upcoming online curriculum. It provided the schedule for classes and described the basic structure. Everyone will use their school provided Chromebooks to attend online classes starting on Monday, March 30. Classes will start at 8:25 a.m. with Principal Lawrence giving some morning announcements. After that your classes will start at 8:30 with blocks lasting 45 minutes and skinnies lasting 25 minutes. After that there is a short lunch break, and then time for students to meet individually or in small groups with students from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Teachers are using Google Hangouts to hold these online classes, and applications like loom to send out videos for notes. Students are required to use school-issued devices. This is primarily because using one uniform device makes things easier for the district and allows for better tech support from the district. 

These are interesting and unprecedented times, but education must go on. Plans have been put in place and students should do whatever they can to adhere to the directions provided for them. Throughout the coming weeks more information will come out, and plans could change, but for now, keep going to class. Education and routine are critical for kids. Stay safe, stay inside, and try to embrace online learning and the new challenges it provides.

Applications open for MHS National Honor Society

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:41 AM by Andrew Tichy

By: Antonia Am Orde

Would you describe yourself as social, ambitious, a natural leader and a good student? Do you want to get more actively involved at school and in the community? Are you interested in helping others and developing social skills? If you answered these questions with yes and are a junior at MHS this year with a 3.5 G.P.A or above, you should apply to National Honor Society for your senior year!

National Honor Society is a nationwide organization in the United States, dedicated to recognizing outstanding high school students in academics, extracurriculars, and service. It was founded in 1921 and started in Moorhead in 1928. After a 48 year break, it returned to Moorhead High School this school year with the induction of 30 members. 

“In the National Honor Society, we primarily do service-based projects. We do community and school service as part of the organization,” says Antoinette Lighe, a senior at MHS and member of the Society. “Our biggest project this year has been the Moorhead Spuds Closet. It is a safe place where kids can get essentials that they need, such as food, clothing and school supplies. We also do peer-tutoring.” 

The application process for next year has just started. Applications can be picked up from the NHS advisors, which are Mrs. Erickson, Mrs. Bentz, Mrs. Kasper, Dr. Sando and Mr. Blake and returned to the counseling office. 

Lighe remembers the application process for the Society. “It is pretty long, but it’s doable.” Selection for NHS is based on four criterias: Scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The application involves lists of extracurriculars you are involved in as well as community service you have provided. It also includes letters of recommendation and a personal essay. Nevertheless, Lighe thinks she made the right choice by joining the NHS. 

“I would recommend the National Honor Society to any current junior or underclassmen,” she says. “It’s a pretty cool organization and the advisors are kind and understanding. It helps you get more involved in community activities and you also receive scholarship opportunities!”

College, career options come to MHS

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:38 AM by Andrew Tichy

Students gather information at the NSDU table during the latest "College and Career Day" at MHS
Photo: Abby Carvell | The Spud

By: Abby Carvell

Attention juniors and seniors, if you don’t know what college you want to go to yet and you missed Moorhead High’s college career day, let this help you choose your future. There were a total of four colleges and about four or five companies ready to talk about the jobs they do that are perfect for high schoolers if you are 18 or older. As you walk by the booths you would have seen booths with jars of honey, colored table cloths, key chains, pens, brochures, pictures, business cards, and flags of the college to hang up. All of this stuff was free and there were people just sitting there ready for you to ask them questions.

The biggest change from high school to college is “there is more independence and a lot harder classes” said Rachel Michaud from Concordia college. Adam Hollingsworth from North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) also said that “there is more responsibility put on you.” All of the colleges warned that you had better be ready to study hard. 

When asked why students should enroll at their college Hollingsworth said that “we have small class sizes and a great campus” which is true. If you check pictures out on their website you will see that the class sizes are small and would be great for someone who wants one on one help or someone who hates big class sizes.

When Katie Demuth, who is also from Concordia was asked, she said, “we take a step above the average Liberal Arts and we have counselors there to help with job placements and to see if that job is the perfect one for you.”

This is a great tool for students who don’t know what they want to do and they would be crazy not to use it to their advantage.

Feeding those most in need

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:28 AM by Andrew Tichy

Members from the National Honors Society, helping fill up packages of food at the FMSC organization.
Photo: Shahean Barwary | The Spud

By: Shahean Barwary

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that aids children all over the world by packaging meals for distribution. With the help of volunteers, the organization has had the ability to extend to almost 70 different countries assisting in any way possible. Jordan Nichols, president of Moorhead High’s student council, had the idea to gather members of student council to help aid with this organization along with the help of The National Honors Society, another organization that contributes to Moorhead High. There were officially enough students to positively experience a beneficial prospect of why volunteering is important. “I wanted to bring the Student Council to the Feed My Starving Children event because I have done it before, and have had such a great experience with was also a great way to serve outside the realm of the school since the Student Council is mainly school-based,” said Nichols, overall explaining the real importance behind volunteering outside your community to assure maximum satisfaction to all people.  

Student Council members find it exceptionally rewarding when having the ability to aid other organizations. When Nichols came in with the idea of attending the FMSC, members of the council were more than thrilled to take her up on that proposal. Nichols fully prepared, organized a presentation to show the members of the Student Council exactly what FMSC was all about. A sign-up sheet was later sent around filling up within a matter of seconds. The event ran from January 30th through February 1st, with multiple 2-hour shifts running throughout each day. Student council members, along with the National Honors Society students represented Moorhead High on the 30th with extreme excitement. “I thought everyone had a fun time, everyone was able to chat with other student council members-ones they already knew, and ones that they didn't know as well,” stated Nichols as she promptly described the interactions between students. 

Thanks to the aid of so many students around the community, approximately 36 food packages were created per box. Understanding the impact this small gesture has on thousands of kids around the world is an exceptional feeling, “It was rewarding to know that others in need would be benefiting from our time spent packing food,” said Nichols. The event itself wasnt as time consuming as incipated, Moorhead contributed a two hour shift which many students explained as a “quick and satisfying shift.” The members seated themselves, as the FMSC workers continued to discuss the amount of food that had been distributed, ultimately clarifying the gratitude they had for all the students who participated.  

  Little acts of kindness and selflessness can be an exceptional sentiment in many people's lives. Students who make time in their schedules to volunteer and contribute to such an impactful organization really deserve recognition. FMSC is not only a beneficial non-profit for developing nations but it's an organization that puts people first.

Peer-to-Peer Leadership at MHS

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:22 AM by Andrew Tichy

The leadership team at a meeting earlier this year.
Photo: Brittney Rehm | Special to The Spud

By: Abby Carvell

The time for next year's class sign-ups is coming next week and if you have an open skinny why don’t you fill it with Peer to Peer Leadership? What is it you ask, it is “a class for students to build leadership skills and give opportunities for social inclusion,” said Brittney Rehm who helps teach it. The class consists of ten students this year but they can take up to 15 of them. 

There are no qualifications for students to take the class except that they have to be at least a Sophomore and they need to have a teacher reference. The type of students that the teachers want to take the class are ones that consider themselves leaders, who want to build more leadership skills, help others, and build more inclusion in school.  

One thing the class does is host guest speakers like Dan Rehm (Ms. Rehm’s husband), parents who have kids with disabilities and Rachel Stone from Horizon Middle School. Another thing the class does is every Tuesday and Thursday have the Mentee’s (Special Ed) come in and do something with the Mentors (students).  That’s not all the class does with the Mentee’s though, they also go on field trips like to TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics Center in Fargo and also to Hockey and Basketball games at Moorhead High School. 

If this sounds like your type of class then sign up and give it a try and who knows, you may really like it and want to take something like it the year after. If you do then you're in luck because there is a Peer to Peer leadership Two starting up next year also. In that class each Mentor is assigned a Mentee and they both go to the Mentee’s normal class together for moral support. Also once a month the Mentor with Ms. Rehm and a few other teachers have a meeting about how they think the Mentee is doing in that class. Sounds like fun right, because Ms. Rehm thinks so. 

Spuds, local students, team up to 'Fill the Dome'

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:07 AM by Andrew Tichy

Student council members loading boxes of cans to take to the Fargodome.
Photo: Shahean Barwary | The Spud

By: Shahean Barwary

MASA, Metro Area Student Ambassadors, and Student Council came together to participate in Fill the Dome, a food fundraising drive that has run since 2006. Moorhead High, Reinertsen, Robert Asp, Hopkins, and Dorothy Dodds collected a total of 27,878 cans. Fill the Dome is one of the biggest events Moorhead High school participates in. Student Council members missed two days of school just so they could help with the event. Two students from each school join in on MASA. The two students picked from Moorhead High were Lydia Welle and Lydia Flaspohler. “We plan and fundraise the whole event six months in advance,” said Welle.

Fill the Dome has always been big for Moorhead High students, and Student Council motivates the school to do as much as possible. “We put up posters, distribute boxes and money jars to all the teachers, count and collect cans at the end of the dome, bring the cans to the dome and advertise the drive to the rest of the school,” said Jordan Nichols, President of Student Council. The events set up during Fill the Dome were selling hot chocolate and Halloween suckers in the old commons, Homecoming, skate night, blaze pizza, trick or canning, selling Hornbacher’s bags, and battle of the cans that took place during school.

During the last two days of fill the dome, student council members helped load boxes filled with cans from all seven schools in the Moorhead area district. Student council members loaded all of the boxes in a truck to take to the FargoDome, where they would color code all of the food for hours and make a rocket ship and planets for their design. Moorhead highs student council decided to design a rocket because this year's theme was, “No Space for Hunger.” Many other schools were there making designs for cans they had collected from their schools. This is to display all of the non-perishable foods the Fargo-Moorhead community had collected.

There’s still so much more behind fill the dome and a lot of hard work from both MASA members and student council members. All food collected from Fargo-Moorhead schools will be going to the Great Plains food banks and people in our community who need it the most.  

'Spud Closet' opens its doors to students in need

posted Nov 3, 2019, 9:40 AM by Andrew Tichy

Photo: Taylor Qualey | The Spud

By: Taylor Qualey
Features Reporter

The day is March 9, 1928, and Moorhead High School has just received its first chapter of the National Honor Society. On and off for years, the society was featured in the yearbook for their community and school works. This was until 1972 when the National Honor Society made its last appearance of Moorhead School history. Only now, after years of being disbanded, Moorhead High School’s National Honor Society is back in action for the 2019-2020 school year. With this year’s seniors leading the pack, they have big ambitions and even bigger plans. The seniors this year will be working on a multitude of projects, but the first one they decided to take on was a community closet.

The Honor Society has been working on a community closet that hosts food, clothes, hygienics, and much more that are free to use for any student in need. Talia Williams is a senior and the president of the Honor Society this year. She said that initiatives, like the Spud Closet, is a good first step in ensuring educational equity in the school.

“Moorhead High has a very diverse student body, which makes us stronger as a community, however, it also means that not everyone in our school has the same opportunities as others,” said Williams. “The Spud Closet was created to try and alleviate this problem, to make sure that every student at Moorhead High can take advantage of their education regardless of material situation.” 

The closet officially opened last week and information regarding donations and how to access the closet will be provided via posters throughout the hallways. Alternatively, counselors are always open to answer any questions students may have regarding the Spud Closet.

The National Honor Society of Moorhead originated in March of 1928. Although there isn’t much documentation on the previous group, their active years can be found through the school’s archived yearbooks. On and off again until 1972, the Honor Society was a part of Moorhead High’s extracurriculars, working on school and community projects. After 1972, however, there was no mention of the National Honor Society in any school records and the group had been completely disbanded until this year.

With their new Spud Closet opening, they would again like to remind all students to contact their counselor if they’d either like to donate or use the service themselves. All services regarding the closet can be kept confidential and anonymous upon request. There’s absolutely no shame in reaching out for help when necessary, and one of the primary goals of the closet is to break the stigma of reaching out when you need it.

Spuds host military as part of 'career day'

posted Nov 3, 2019, 9:34 AM by Andrew Tichy

Sergeant Brandon Fulk (Left) informed students about the US Army during 'Career Day' at MHS.
Photo: Esther Padi | The Spud 

By: Esther Padi
News Reporter

With the future of the students in mind, especially that of the seniors, the administration of Moorhead High School organizes the career day for students each year to enable them to get in touch with business professionals and ask them important questions which will help them in terms of what career they would want to go in for in the near future. This year’s event happened last Thursday and the theme was Military. 

While several current military members were on hand to answer questions, the mission was not to recruit, but rather to inform. 

“Even though this occupation has lots of opportunities to offer I cannot bring myself to the fact that I am going to harm someone else,” said MHS senior Emmanuel Adams. 

    Other students were intrigued by the visit. 

“The answer I always give is that it is my family’s tradition but that’s not just it, you know, I am in  PAY and I’m also a peer tutor. I love helping people but I just don’t want it to end there I want to be a part of something bigger than what I do now and I don’t have to hurt anyone,” said Jevon Page. 

Additionally officers like Sergeant Brandon Fulk in the US Army are very positive about what he does."This is a great job because you're always doing something new. I'm not here to force anyone to join the army, but I'm here to help people through what I do,” said Fulk. “There are lots of opportunities involved in this job and that is what I want the students to know. That is why I'm here.”

Voters to decide future of MHS on Tuesday

posted Nov 3, 2019, 9:25 AM by Andrew Tichy

By: Hailey Goulet
News Editor

The discussion of building a new school has been around for a while now, but finally, it's starting to become a reality. On November 5, the community will vote on the Referendum and decide Moorhead High’s fate. Overcrowding is near the top of the list of concerns. The current building is already over capacity and enrollment numbers are only projected to increase as large classes make their way through the middle school.

The idea of the new school has many people talking, both students and families. Many are excited about the new school. If the referendum passes, current construction projections slate the completion of the project for the start of the 2024-25 school year, or when this year’s seventh grade class would be seniors. 

Voters last approved a referendum four years ago and major construction at Horizon Middle School followed. The last major construction project at MHS was the addition of the 9th grade wing nearly two decades ago. 

On October 24, there was a State of the District meeting at Probstfield Elementary, to discuss the referendum. There was also a tour of the high school scheduled for October 29 for families, community members, and fellow students to see the changes that are to be made to the school. 

The new referendum has been the topic of discussion as many are curious about how the new school will turn out and what will happen to the school and the surrounding streets and parking lots. The construction down the road for the new underpass is still going on as well and with the construction going on, many are worried about space for parking and for traffic being overfilled. Plans in place would add paved parking on the west side of the existing site, with additional parking created east of the school.

The new school could possibly help bring more families and students to the school district and with the new school, which may result in an increase of faculty and staff. Moorhead staff and students are excited to see how the new school turns out and how the community will react to the new building. The new school is planned to be split into secluded sections for certain subjects, including art and science. 

According to the State of District , when and if the bond gets approved, the $110 million will be used to rebuild the existing high school, and add a career academy for all secondary students to provide pathways to multiple career pathways and opportunities. This new school is said to be able to hold 2,200 to 2,400 thousand students. It’s also said to provide natural daylight to help students feel more comfortable and relaxed. 

The new career academy is said to be located at Sam’s Club in Moorhead that the district recently purchased. The building will have new labs, classrooms, and spaces to help students interested in the career field of science, health, technology and farm trade. The building is hoping to hold approximately 300 students, along with space for the district’s learning center. The existing building will stay and the inside will be renovated to provide space and to provide natural daylight for the students and staff. The renovation is said to cost approximately $9 to $10 million.

Old favorites return to MHS lunch trays

posted Oct 13, 2019, 2:21 PM by Andrew Tichy

By: Keegan Lee
News Reporter

The year was 2008: High School Musical 3 and WALL-E were in theaters, Miley Cyrus was at the height of her career, and America had just elected its first black president. Arguably one of the largest moments in modern history, it ushered in a lot of change in this country. Some were immediate and others didn’t appear until much later. One such change, which would greatly affect children in school cafeterias all around the nation, wasn’t felt for another two years.

In 2010 the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) was passed. Among other things, it set new nutrition standards for schools and allowed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make significant reforms to school lunch for the first time in 30 years. What it meant for the average kid from Moorhead was a near complete overhaul of their daily lunches. Among those lost to the changes were french toast, tacos, grilled cheese, Christmas cookies, and fried chicken. For many students, the change was tough to swallow. Sure, lunches were much healthier, but they weren’t fun anymore. The food served was now was basic, bland, and boring. 

Eventually everyone got used to the new menu, but nobody forgot how things used to be. Jeana Lee, a current freshman at Moorhead High, fondly remembers a wider lunch variety as a kid. “We used to get cookies with real sugar on top for Christmas. They were good too, not like the oatmeal raisin ones we get now,” said Lee. 

The HHFKA may have made changes for the better, but for kids who can remember what lunch was like before, things have always felt off. Like a shadow looming above; a reminder of what once was. 

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, things started to change again. As this school year slowly got moving, it became clear that some lunch menu items thought to be long lost were making a comeback. Within the first two weeks, Mac and Cheese, tacos, and fried chicken had all made their way back onto our lunch trays. This caused celebration for those who had dearly missed the old days of school lunch, but one had to wonder why they came back. “The meal regulations are still there, but it’s not like the Obama’s can enforce them anymore,” said one school lunch staffer at MHS. This seems to be at least partially true, as the USDA weakened its ability to enforce the HHKA in 2018, but it doesn’t give the whole picture for why these changes were made. District Food and Nutrition Director Donna Tvedt said there is more flexibility in menu planning. Actually I had [a] request to have a 4 week cycle instead of a 3 week cycle. This gives more menu options. The guidelines that I have to follow have not changed. So it’s possible, perhaps even probable, that the Obama-era regulations have nothing to do with the reemergence of past lunch options.

Change affects everyone differently. The change to school lunch menus seemed a great one for health conscious parents, but it came as a shock to public school children who felt the consequences. It may be inevitable, but it would seem that change doesn’t always last like we think it will. Those unsuspecting kids from 2008 had no idea what they were about to lose in just a couple of years, and they certainly didn’t know that it would reappear nearly a decade later.

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