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Helmut Schmidt, Published March 20 2011

K-12 Notebook: Moorhead Catholic school wins national award

St. Joseph’s School in Moorhead has been named a “2011 Catholic Schools for Tomorrow National Award” winner.

The school received the award for innovative restructuring to add seventh and eighth grades, said Stacia Erdmann, the development and stewardship coordinator.

A major building campaign helped create a space that’s inviting and secure and includes a state-of-the-art library and computer and science labs, plus freeing up room for extra classrooms, Erdmann said.

The first seventh-grade class started in 2007, with eighth grade in 2008.

Award winners will be honored in April during the 2011 National Catholic Education Association Convention in New Orleans.

Out Loud and proud

Karson Pederson of Watford City High School took first place in the North Dakota state “Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.”

Brianna Anderson of Fargo’s Shanley High School took second, and Kaley Schwab of Mandan High School took third, the North Dakota Council on the Arts announced.

Bethany Brumbaugh of Cavalier High School and Sam Hager of St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck also placed in the top five.

The state competition took place Tuesday at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

Pederson advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C., on April 27.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the mastery of great poetry.

Tour the Comstock

Loeffler Education Grants are available for area teachers who want to take their students on tours this spring of the Comstock House in Moorhead.

The grants help promote education about the Solomon and Sarah Comstock family and Comstock House, said Sandra Gordon, president of Friends of the Comstock House.

Teachers from third grade through post-secondary in Minnesota and North Dakota may apply for the grants, which pay admission and transportation costs up to a total of $300, Gordon said.

Applications will be considered until funds are gone, she said. They must be emailed to the Friends of the Comstock House at friends.comstock@live.com.

Applications must include:

Two Davies coaches set

Two head coaches were named for Davies High School, according to the Fargo School District.

The danceline coach will be Jessie Mattern, and the cheerleading coach will be Jennifer Toso-Kenna.

Mattern has been an assistant danceline coach in the district for three years: this year at Davies and the two years previous at South High School.

Mattern is a 2006 graduate of West Fargo High School. She is now a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Toso-Kenna has been cheer team coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2005. Her teams have qualified and won awards in national competition the past seven years. She also has eight years of coaching experience at the high school and junior high levels.

Toso-Kenna works as a counselor at South Campus II.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583