Helmut Schmidt and Mila Koumpilova, Forum Education Reporters, Published September 12 2010
K-12 Education Notebook: West Fargo High to induct three into Hall of FameWest Fargo High School plans to induct three new members into its Hall of Fame.
- Michael Drew, who was principal of West Fargo High from 1979 to 1993. He has a degree in biology from Minot (N.D.) State University and a master’s in educational administration from North Dakota State University. He taught in Esmond, N.D., and was a teacher and elementary and secondary school principal at Central Cass in Casselton, N.D.
- Randy Gaugler, a 1968 graduate who obtained a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Wisconsin. His research includes risk assessment modeling, transgenic mosquitoes bearing a dominant lethal gene, the dynamics of the West Nile virus, and the ecology of invasive species.
- Jim Thompson, a 1971 graduate and founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance. He has authored four books on positive coaching and leads a movement to make character education the primary focus of youth sports without sacrificing competitiveness.
They will be recognized during halftime of Friday’s football game at Packer Field. They’ll also take part in the West Fest parade on Saturday.
Ready to listen
The Moorhead School District is hosting six community forums in the run-up to an $850 per-pupil levy referendum in November. Officials are calling them “listening sessions,” and they urge residents to come prepared to voice concerns and ask questions.
“We want to provide our residents, especially those who may not have children in school, an opportunity to attend a session where they can learn about the school district, get answers to their questions and offer feedback,” said Superintendent Lynne Kovash.
Community sessions are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the following dates:
- Thursday, Horizon Middle School Media Center, 3601 12th Ave. S.
- Sept. 20, Moorhead High School Media Center, 2300 4th Ave. S.
- Sept. 21, Ellen Hopkins Elementary Media Center, 2020 11th St. S.
- Sept. 23, S.G. Reinertsen Elementary Media Center, 1201 40th Ave. S.
- Sept. 28, Probstfield Center Board Room, 2410 14th St. S.
- Sept. 30, Robert Asp Elementary Media Center, 910 11th St. N.
The district is also offering a State of the District session through Moorhead Community Education from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Probstfield Center for Education Board Room.
Senate Youth Program
Two North Dakota high school students will be chosen to spend a week in Washington, D.C., and receive a $5,000 college scholarship, in the 2011 Senate Youth Program.
The all-expenses-paid trip gives students an opportunity to study how the federal government works.
The 2011 program is March 5-12.
The North Dakota selection deadline is Oct. 22, with winners announced in mid-December.
Delegates must be junior or senior elected student officers for the 2010-11 academic year and live in the state where they attend school. Learn more online at www.ussenateyouth.org.
Students should contact their high school principal or state program administrator Pauline Iler, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0440. Phone (701) 328-4518 or e-mail paIler@nd.gov.
Readers can reach Forum reporters Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583 and Mila Koumpilova at (701-241-5529