A Little Hike Around a Mountain for MOSS



I’m Mark Shipley, a 9th grade science teacher here at Moscow High School, and I’m going to hike the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in 50 hours this coming July.  As of last week, a colleague and ‘friend’ of mine, Ken Berger (another 9th grade science teacher here at Moscow H.S.) has jumped into the project, which is a 92 mile, 22,000 foot elevation, knee-destroying hike.  This ‘day’ hike is usually done in 8-11 days…I guess we wanted a challenge!  I also thought that if I’m putting the training and pain into it, that I would dedicate all that to something.  The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) came to mind.  I love the program and what they have done for kids in this district and in this area.  Plus, my ninth graders raved about ‘going to camp’ at MOSS back when they were in 6th grade.  When they can’t remember a thing I taught them yesterday, they can explain in detail what they did and loved at MOSS years ago.  That says something.

So… I’m trying to raise money to help send students to MOSS.  The estimated cost to send a child is $264, which many parents and families can’t afford.  Thus, I’m looking at raising enough money to try to cover the expenses of as many children as I can so they can experience MOSS without having to worry about money.  To me, this is simply a walk-a-thon.  Here’s some ‘levels’ you might consider when thinking about how you would like to support this endeavor…

To send a child to Moss$2.90 per mile = $264

Other donation options:      $1.00 per mile = $92

$0.50 per mile = $46

$0.20 per mile = $23

$______ Any lump sum, regardless of amount!  Any donation would be appreciated!

How do I donate?

Option #1:  The UIdaho website below is simple and effective.  It also describes a little about my project.


Option #2:  You can write checks to the Moscow School District and list it as a donation for a tax break. Please be sure to identify the donation to go to help fund sending kids to MOSS camp.

Moscow School District

650 N. Cleveland

Moscow, ID 83843


That’s it.  Thanks for supporting us and wish us luck (AND DONATE, if you can!).

Mark and Ken


Join us for free lunch in the park!


Moscow School District invites you to join us for a FREE lunch during the summer. ALL children between the ages of 1 to 18 are offered a nutritious lunch during the summer. Adults accompanying children are welcome as well.  
There is no cost for children’s meals. Adults may purchase a lunch for $3.75.

Dates: June 10 through August 14, 2015
               (Monday through Friday)
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
               (Syringa: 11:45 to 12:15)

At 3 beautiful community locations:

  • Ghormley Park     –     510 Home St
  • Lena Whitmore Park     –     125 South Cleveland St
  • Syringa Mobile Home Park     –     4600 Robinson Park Road


If you would like to volunteer, or have questions please contact:

Mimi Pengilly at (208)892-1123



Watching the Grass Grow


Construction at the new Moscow School District Community Play Fields at Joseph Street is finished.  This cooperative effort between the city of Moscow and the school district will benefit Moscow sports teams and allow us to host tournaments for the benefit of the whole community.  There is also a new walking path that is already being used.  The grass on the play field is green and growing.  So why can’t the play fields be used until Spring of 2016?  The grass is made up of a mix of perennial species of wear tolerant bluegrass, turf type tall fescue, and pseudo-stoloniferous perennial ryegrass.  They get started slower because they are wired to survive for the long haul.  So this first year those perennial grasses are putting down roots and building reserves so that they can fill in, get thicker, and get tough to stick around for many years to come.  If hundreds of kids stomp on those fields before the perennials are ready, we end up with weak turf that we are constantly struggling to replace.  This project was a long time in coming and we know that it’s hard to just watch the grass grow but that’s exactly what is needed for a long lasting set of fields that we can all be proud of.

Kim Garland Campbell

USDA-ARS Wheat Breeding

Moscow School District Board Member

Email: kcampbell@msd281.org

Website Under Construction

Dear Moscow School District Stakeholders,

As you know we are trying to improve our website and it has taken a bit longer than expected. We believe when we get the site up and running at its utmost capability you will see it as a very helpful tool as a parent, community member, or just someone interested in what is happening in the Moscow Schools. Please bear with us during this transition. Thank you.

You can see the summary results of our website survey by clicking on the link below.

MSD 281 Website Survey



Greg Bailey


Your School District Is Planning For the Future


At Moscow School District we have always referred to ourselves as, “The Pride of the North”. With the help of our staff, community, and students we have worked together to develop a school district that is known in Idaho as being one of the best. We know it takes ongoing reviewing, planning, and guided action to allow us to continually improve and we are doing this through a pilot program with the State of Idaho to complete a system-wide accreditation.

We are working with AdvancED services to review stakeholder feedback, student and staff data, and past accomplishments to determine and identify the strengths and weaknesses of our schools and district. Once this information is complete, we will be audited by an outside committee of professionals that will assess our efforts and provide feedback to help us in our desire to provide the best for our community.