Emphasis at Morrison is placed on teaching and learning the basics.
Learning to read through a skills based program including instruction in
phonics is emphasized in the primary grades. Students are academically
grouped for some skills instruction.
Our kindergarten program contributes to the physical, social, intellectual,
and emotional growth of the five and six year old in many planned ways.
Although the list below is not all-inclusive, kindergarten students are
> Be polite
and cooperative while working and playing with other children.
experiences, ideas, games, and tools with classmates.
> To use
verbal and nonverbal means to express ideas.
> To become
more independent by caring for self and belongings.
> To develop
self control and good manners.
> To appreciate
good books and the printed word.
> To express
creative ideas in clay, paint, paper, blocks and other materials.
> To develop
self-confidence and the willingness to attack simple problems.
> To act
out and dramatize familiar stories.
> To develop
readiness for math and reading skills.
Children are taught the D'Nealian handwriting method in kindergarten, first
and second grades. The manuscript utilized in this program is designed
to aid children in making the transition to cursive writing in third grade.
By the time children reach third grade, they are involved in instructional
activities that include: independent silent reading, dictionary skills,
comprehension (i.e. main idea, critical reading, making inferences, drawing
conclusions, and distinguishing between fact and fiction, phonics, vocabulary,
book reports, and written language.) Fifth grade language arts classes
include instruction in study skills, grammar, parts of speech, paragraph
development, research writing, creative writing, and oral fluency.
Our math program emphasizes the need for students to understand concepts,
know basic facts, efficiently use computational skills, and apply appropriate
problem solving strategies. Addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts
are expected to be mastered before the end of fourth grade.
achieve sixth grade status, they should be able to independently take notes,
outline, summarize, do research in our library and on the internet, write
and orally present coherent reports.
are another tool available to the students and their teachers. Weekly,
children visit our technology lab for instruction. They also may
utilize these computers during open lab time if deemed appropriate by their
teachers. New computers were added to each of our classrooms beginning
in January, 2001, followed by additional computers in August, 2002 for
sixth grade and August 2003 for fifth grade. Having up-to-date classroom
computers for students to use helps facilitate the integration of technology
into our curriculum and enhances our educational program.
is given by teachers to reinforce classroom work. It is due the next
day unless otherwise indicated by the teacher. Students who return
homework late can receive a reduced grade for that activity.
music, and physical education classes are taught by special instructors.
All students participate in these classes weekly. In addition, instrumental
music is available to students in grades 5 and 6. Class sessions
occur weekly. Students who are interested in band should indicate their
desire to participate early in the school year so that they may become
part of the instrumental program.
education classes including learning disabilities/ developmental disabilities,
multiple disabilities, and speech/language are housed at Morrison for those
children who are identified as requiring special assistance. Referrals
for these classes are generally made by teachers but parents may also bring
learning problems to the attention of school personnel. Parents should
talk with their child's teacher if they believe their son or daughter requires
the kinds of academic help and assistance provided by a special education
students in grades five and six participate in HOTS (Higher Order
Thinking Skills) which is a full day of intervention for students identified
as having superior cognitive ability. Students meet one day per week at
a district site. CHALLENGE is for students in grade four who are recognized
as having specific academic ability in certain subject areas. These
youngsters meet two days per week at Morrison.
a strong academic program provided by well qualified and caring staff members.
Annually, students in grades 4 and 6 pass the Ohio Proficiency Test.
If students apply themselves, they should be well prepared for success
in the middle school after graduating from Morrison.
have questions about our school's curriculum should contact their child's
teacher or principal, John Gordon.
Last updated on June 16, 2004