FEBRUARY FULL OF EVENTS
February is loaded with fun-filled events for students at Morrison. Some of these special activities include:
Week of Feb. 5, 6th Grade Science Fair
Feb. 6, 6th Grade Spelling Bee
Feb. 7-9, Student Council Lollipop Sales
Feb. 9, Honors Assembly for K-3
Feb. 12, Dr. Magic presents two Math Magic Shows
Feb. 13, Math Fair for K-6
Feb 14, Magic Carpet Time Tour for P-2 and Valentine's Day parties
Feb 22, Johnny Magic Safety Show- K-3
Feb. 26, 4th grade Proficiency Test Rally
It's a great time to be a student at Morrison.
EARLY DISMISSAL FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Staff development will occur on Thursday, February 15. On that day, elementary students will be dismissed at 1:30 and most should be home by 2:05 Parents are requested to make the necessary child care arrangements.
There will be NO school in the district on Friday, February 16, and Monday, February 19. Classes will resume at their regular times on Tuesday, February, 20.
P.T.O. TO MEET
The next meeting of the Morrison P.T.O. will occur on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 in the library conference room. All interested P.T.O. members are invited.
We again want to thank the P.T.O. for the 18 fantastic printers which the organization purchased for each of our classrooms.
OPEN ENROLLMENT SET
If you live outside of the Morrison attendance area and would like to continue your son/daughter in the open enrollment program for 2001-2002, you need to visit the Morrison office and obtain the open enrollment forms. Intra-District forms may be obtained between March 1-15. Inter- District forms may be acquired in the school office during the period April 1-15.
Kindergarten registration and health screening will occur at Morrison on
Tuesday, April 24, between the hours of 8:15 - 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration packetswill be available in March 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.
NOTE: Each new kindergartner will need a physical examination from a doctor. Parents are encouraged to begin making appointments now with a family physician so that their paperwork is complete by the time of registration.
CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE APPRECIATED
Follow up sessions to our fall goal setting conferences for students in grades 4-6concluded on February 7. Kindergartenconferences also occurred during the same time frame.
We greatly appreciate the interest parents displayed in their children's education through attendance at these conference sessions.
Grades 1, 2, and 3 will be holding their
goal setting follow up conferences in mid- April. Watch for materials coming home and make plans to attend.
Due to inclement weather, there are times during the academic year when it is necessary to delay the opening of school, dismiss school early, change bus schedules, or cancel classes.. Keep your radios and televisions turned on for weather-related announcements.
NOTE: If school starting times are delayed by 2 hours on a day that early dismissal is scheduled, we will NOT have early dismissal that day. On the other hand, early dismissal will occur if we are on a 1 hour delay.
FIFTH GRADE READIES FOR WOODLAND
A meeting for fifth grade parentsinterested in obtaining more information regarding the outdoor education experience for their son/daughters at Woodland Altars will occur on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 127 at Morrison. This informative session will give parents an opportunity to get their questions answered prior to the trip which is scheduled for May 23-25, 2001.
Work is progressing on the Morrison Mustang Yearbook. Our student staff and their advisors are meeting twice weekly as we count down to the publication deadline.
This year's edition may be even better than the superb publication that many of our families greatly enjoyed last year. Fantastic!
HONOR ROLL ANNOUNCED
We are extremely pleased to announce that the following students made the Morrison Honor Roll for the second grading period. (An*denotes all "As" in grades 5-6.)
Courtney Allen Michael Malesick*
Dylan Armstrong Chris Marcum
Drake Bolin* Abby Mathews
Kat Carpenter Mackey Newman
Kevin Chen* Dana Peck
Arie Frame Ian Robinson
Leslei Gilfert David Rothwell
Carolyn Grippa Andrea Schey*
Kathy Gulino Jessica Schlabach
Yosha Gunasekera* Jacquie Showalter*
Patrick Hale Cassie Snell
Erin Herpy* Laura Snoddy*
Joey Ipacs Olivia Sole*
Claire Lew* Emily Thatcher
Ga-Jen Lin Angela Wince
Stephen Bartone Conor Hartwick
Katherine Chen* Hanna Hirst
Sophia Chen* Maxwell Jahren
Doug Chik Mitchell Jeffers
Shannon Clary Akela Jennings
Emily Climer* Patrick Lew
David Edwards Tabitha Peters
Trey Ford John Schriner
Mary Jane Giesey* Ebony Smith*
Rebekah Grippi Christina Wince
Ellie Andrews Megan McCoy
Jim Bruggeman Bethany Miller
Shane Bugeja Andrea Pierson
Ricky Frame Daniel Rankin
Danielle Fultz Jordon Scali
David Gilfert Katie Selander
Robert Harrington John Siemer
Lauren Herpy Anthony Sylvester
Alissa Hyde Tristen West
Ben Innis Michele Wiggins
Chris Ipacs Samantha Williams
Adriana Lein Matthew Witten
MORRISON LOOKS GOOD AT 21
Morrison School will be 21 years old on February 19. Throughout its life span, our building has been an excellent learning facility. Some significant improvements to the school during the 1990s and into the 21st century have included: creation of a six acre land lab, purchasing the new "miracle" playground equipment by the P.T.O., painting of the school's interior during the summer of 1999, installation of telephones and Internet access in every classroom, development of a technology lab, implementation of a computer automated library with the capability now of accessing our total collection from either the media center or each classroom, a completely new concrete surface and improved drainage for our parking lot completed during the summer of 2000, and the acquisition of 100 computers and 18 printers within the past month. WOW!
Many of these improvements were made possible through funds from the district's permanent improvement levy. We have a very good school facility that should serve students well into the 21st century as long as we continue to properly maintain what we have and modernize where necessary.
SPELLING BEE WINNERS
Students put lots of thought into spelling their words correctly during the annual Sixth Grade Spelling Bee held at Morrison on February 6. This year's winners were: Kathy Gulino-1st, Claire Lew-2nd and Laura Snoddy-3rd, and Keely Flaherty -alternate.. Our winners will represent Morrison during the district spelling bee held on February 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Athens High School auditorium. Parents and friends are invited.
Co-President of the P.T.O. Traci Lawrence presented dictionaries to our three winners. Thank you, P.T.O.
Other participants in the bee were: Ian Robinson, Mackey Newman, Cassie Snell, Drake Bolon, Patrick Hale, Dana Peck, Angela Wince, Katlynd Full, Andrea Schey, Courtney Allen, Joey Ipacs, Carolyn Grippa, Arie Frame, Kevin Chen, Jacquie Showalter, Meghan Dunn, Michael Malesick, Emily Thatcher, Bryan Young, Erin Herpy, Jessica Schlabach, Chris Marcum, Yosha Gunasekera, Harrison Xue, Olivia Sole
Directing this exciting bee were sixth grade teachers, Bev Mottl, Mike Brawley, and Lora Lavelle. Pronouncer was former sixth grade teacher, Lillian Dinos.
TESTING SCHEDULE SET
Throughout the week of March 5,students in all grades except kindergarten will participate in either Proficiency or CBE testing. We appreciate your assistance in seeing that children get plenty of rest nightly and receive a good breakfast each morning. Let's help our young people to "do their best on the tests."
WHAT HOURS SHOULD YOUR CHILD ATTEND
Coming SOON to your home will be a survey to gather parent opinions regarding hours of the elementary and secondary school day. We encourage you to read, complete and return the questionnaire quickly.
Our district is considering various starting and ending times for the school day. Some research has revealed that adolescents (high school and middle school age) need more sleep and don't really perform well early in the mornings but do better later in the day. Many elementary teachers believe that younger children are quite alert and full of energy when they arrive at school but tend to slow down in their performance levels later in the school day. Because today's students are expected to learn great amounts of information and perform increasingly complex tasks, we would like to have our young people attend school during their optimum learning hours. What are your experiences with these various age levels?
As our district reviews its school starting and ending times, we hope to consider the research, parent, and staff opinions before making decisions regarding this important matter. Watch for the forthcoming survey.
Spring break happens during the week of March 19-23, in the Athens City Schools. Classes resume at their regular times on Monday, March 26. School assignments will not be given in advance for people departing prior to the vacation. Students may make the work up when they return.
Last updated on February 9, 2001