April, 2001

   Parents of students in grades 4-6 are invited to attend our "MUSIC ON COURT" program happening at Morrison on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade instrumental musicstudents will perform in the multi-purpose room beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Students will be directed by teachers, Kim Howell and David Terrill.
   Following the 30 minutes of music and beginning at 7:30, students will present a physical education  demonstration in the  gym under the direction  of teacher, Scott  Porterfield.  Seating for  both activities will be  provided for parents in  the gym and on the  stage.  We hope you will be in attendance at our 3rd annual and exciting "Music on Court" program.  It should be a great evening!

   The annual Morrison Mus-Art Show will occur at the school on Thursday, May 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Art portfolios for students in grades 4-6 will be on exhibit in the multi-purpose room.  Other art will be found hanging in the bottom floor hallway near the music room. At 7:00, intermediate students, including the  " Kids Next Door" will  perform a program  titled, "Sing and  Celebrate the 20th Century."  It is a  musical revue of popular music from each decade of the 20th century.   Performers should arrive at 6:45 and go directly to their classrooms.
   Our Mus-Art Show is being directed by art instructor, Martie Rector and music teacher, Michele Hayes. Parents and friends are invited to attend this show and view firsthand the vast amount of musical and artistic talent on display.
  Additional parking is available next door at the Athens Church of Christ

   The next meeting of the Morrison P.T.O. occurs on  Monday, April 23, at 7:00 the conference room.   All interested members are invited.

     Kindergarten registration and health screening happens at Morrison on
Tuesday, April 24, between the hours of 8:15 - 11:00 a.m.  Pre-registration packetswere provided earlier this month for parents to help expedite this  process.
     Parents are  requested to attend  the kindergarten  registration on Tuesday, April 24, with their  youngsters and plan to stay for about 1 hour.  Children will be screened for vision, hearing, and gross motor development.  In addition, their immunizations, height/weight, and birth certificates will be checked.
   We look forward to seeing you and your future Morrison kindergartner at our registration/health screening on Tuesday, April 24, between the hours  of 8:15 - 11:00.

   Registration for Morrison's  Pre-school classes happens  on Wednesday, May 16,  from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Space is limited.  If you  know of families wishing to  have their children attend our  school, please let them know  of our registration date.

   Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.s) for students enrolled in special education classes will be reviewed with parents on May 14, 15, and 21.  Parents having students in either Mrs. Cooley's or Mrs. Mitchell's classes will have their conferences on May 14-15.  Conferences with Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Waddell occur on May 21.
   These sessions are important because individual student goals and plans for the forthcoming year are being written and discussed at these sessions.  Parental input regarding their children makes for better individual plans for our students.
   Invitations to these meetings are being sent to all families having children enrolled in our special education programs.  Please return the form telling us that you will attend and make a special effort to be at these important meetings.
   Contact the school office if you have questions.

   Hannah Hirst in Mrs. Conroy's fifth grade class and her family would like to thank everyone for their support following the recent loss of their home by fire.  Hanna's mother has written, "We were touched by the encouragement, support, and donations received by Morrison students and their families.  Thanks so much!"
    Best wishes to Hanna and her family.

   Sixth grade graduation will occur at Morrison on Wednesday, June 6, at 9:15 a.m.  Parents and interested friends are invited to attend this event.
   Once again, students at Morrison went above and beyond their expectations with "The Jump Rope For  Heart" program this  year.  Our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders raised  over 4,500 dollars for  the American Heart  Association.  Top money  collector was Cody Brown from 4th grade.  He collected 206.00 dollars and is registered to win a trip to Disney World.  Thanks for all the parental support and the student effort with this year's "Jump Rope For Heart" program.
  Through the efforts of students,  parents friends, Morrison's Jump Rope for Heart program has raised more than $10,000 over the past three years to support work of the American Heart Association.
  Thanks to Scott Porterfield for his leadership with this project.

   Within the week, Morrison families will be receiving Enrollment Surveys to assist  us in making  personnel decisions  for the 2001-02  school year.  It is  important that you  complete the survey quickly and return it to your child's teacher.  If you do not receive a survey by April 23, please contact the school office.

   Parents who are moving out of the Athens area should request their children's records soon and by no later than June 1.  This will permit us time to copy the records and make them available to you prior to the summer vacation.  Requests that are made after June 1, might not be processed until August.  Don't delay.  Make your records request today by contacting the school office at

   An article in the Columbus Dispatch on April 18, reported on how seniors in the Columbus area did on proficiency tests this year.   The percentage of these seniors who passed all 5 parts of the  proficiency test  included:Bexley- 68%,  Columbus- 32%,  Reynoldsburg-48%,  Upper Arlington-71%,  Westerville-59%,  Worthington-64%.  Not  reported in the article was the fact that seniors at Athens High School had a passing rate of 71%.  Way to go, AHS.
   These high school seniors will receive a $500 scholarship from the state if they continue their education in Ohio.

   Within the next ten days, a Morrison P.T.O. Volunteers form will be coming home requesting your help with school and P.T.O. projects in 2001-02.  Yearly, hundreds of parents assist Morrison with numerous projects helping to make us a better school for your children. If you have the time and interest, we urge you to quickly complete and return this form to your child's teacher.  If you do not receive a  form by April 25, and would like to volunteer, contact the school office.
   School nurse, Janalee Stock is reminding sixth grade parents/students that the MMRI immunization requirement needs to be met by the END of the school year.  This is a state mandated stipulation for entrance into 7th grade.  FREE MMRI immunizations may  be gotten at Morrison  on Tuesday, April  24, between 8:00 -  11:00 a.m.    Appointments are not  needed, just willing  students.

   Fifth graders are getting  "geared up" for their  outdoor education  experience at Woodland  Altars on May 23, 24, 25.    Keep those dates on your  calendars!   Final payments  are due May 4.  Health  forms and packing lists will  be sent home in early May. It's getting closer than you think!

   Throughout the week of April 23, classes at Morrison will vote via the Internet for America's National Tree.  This is a nationwide project sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation.  Teacher, Sabrina Kotts is facilitating this activity for our children.

Sixth Grade News
   The sixth grade had a very successful cupcake sale to raise money for their gift to Morrison A big thank you to all who participated, bakers and buyers.
   On Tuesday morning, April 24, Tri- County Vocational School students will once again be providing demonstrations and hands on experience about career choices to our 5th and 6th grades. Topics this year will include carpentry, diversified health occupations, horticulture, law enforcement, and light construction.
   On Wednesday April 25, several 6th grade girls will attend the " Women in Science and Engineering" workshop at Ohio University.  They will be accompanied by teacher,
Bev Mottl.

   Morrison's neighbor, TS Trim is participating in an Arbor Day project with the school.  They are purchasing one Yellow Buckeye tree for each of our home rooms.  The trees are 2-3 feet tall when planted by T.S. Trim employees.  Each of our classrooms will "adopt" a tree by making a sign for their tree and witnessing the planting.  Weather permitting, the planting will occur on Friday, April 27.  We thank TS Trim for their generosity and for their interest in helping our students understand the value of trees to our community.  Coordinator of this project at Morrison is teacher, Sabrina Kotts.