By Morgan Middle School Assistant Principal Terry Allen
When it comes to education most people think of the students, parents, teachers, buildings, and district administrators as the so called “village” in educating a child. In our district we have some of the best students, parents, and educators that you would find anywhere in the state. What set us apart though are the stake holders that many do not think about until there is a problem. I am referring to the support staff that we are lucky to have in our district and part of our educational team. I would like to publicly thank them for all they do and provide a glimmer of what they do behind the scenes that allows the students in our district to receive the best education possible.
A few years ago, while dealing with some serious issues and looking for a silver lining, I decided to change my choice of words when discussing challenges. Turning a negative into a positive I now call them “Opportunities for Growth”. I’ve also altered my salutation to those who ask, “How are you?” Rather than using the stale phrase, “Fine”, I look them in the eye and say with enthusiasm, “I’m glad to be living in America!”
Each November, Morgan Elementary students start preparing to show off their storytelling skills as they compete for the opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual Weber State Storytelling Festival. All students from 1st grade to 5th grade are encouraged to learn or write a story. They then share their stories with their classmates in December. It is a tough decision to choose just two students from each class to move on to the grade-level competition because the children are all working to be great storytellers.
The Troyettes just competed in their last competition before Region this last Saturday at Murray High School, and for the 3rd time in a row, they won 1st overall and received the Sweepstakes Trophy. This was the perfect way to head into the week of Region.
At the School Board Meeting on Tuesday night the school board local building authority approved the issuance of $4 million in bonds for the school building projects. The bonds will be purchased by Zions Bank. The bank has agreed to purchase them at the same rate as the subsidized rate under the federal government program used for the bonds. This means that the school district will be getting interest free money.
By Mike Shope, Transportation Director and Robert Kilmer, District Transportation
For more than half a century the Morgan School district bus facility has been located on State Street between Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn and Steph’s Drive-in. Before dawn each morning, you see the parking lot full of buses warming up and getting ready for a day of transporting students. There is a precession of buses leaving in every direction alerting citizens that school will soon be in session.
“I am just a kid from Porterville…This is where my heart is and where I want to serve is Morgan County,“ said Ken Adams, Morgan County School Superintendent. Adams was born in Porterville, one of eight children in his family. His father worked at the cement plant for forty-five years. He also raised cattle, sheep, and mink.
In the December 14, 2010, issue of the Daily Herald in Provo, a State Senator from Utah County made some insinuating comments that have certainly created a stir. The remarks were demeaning towards local boards of education across the state and the individuals who serve in that capacity. May I share with readers of The Morgan County News some facts about the Morgan County Board of Education?
Morgan Middle School held an essay contest titled “About a Time When You Brought Joy to Someone Else”. After attending the assembly, The Morgan County News asked if we could print the winning essays. They are below.
After hours of investigation, deliberation and interviews the Morgan County Board of Education has selected Westland Construction, Inc. as the construction manager and general contractor for the upcoming building projects.
Throughout Utah more and more schools are relying on volunteers for the extra support that is needed to help children learn at the accelerated pace that is expected of them. Volunteers at Mountain Green Elementary have provided support in filling staffing gaps, providing reading and math support to students who need one-on-one or small group help, and strategic assistance in daily classroom routines.
The Troyettes participated in their second competition this past weekend at Northridge High School and had another very successful competition. They came away with another 1st in military, 1st in dance, 1st in kick line, Sweepstakes winners, and a trophy for Judges Favorite. These girls are so excited for the success they are having this year and are determined to continue to work hard so they can continue having a successful year. Thanks again to all those who support the Troyettes. It means so much to each and everyone of them. The Troyettes next competition will be held at Murray High School on January 15. The continued support would be much appreciated. Congratulations Troyettes. This is your year. Keep dreaming with your feet and dancing with your hearts.
LAS VEGAS – Megan Haslam, agricultural educator at Morgan High School in Morgan, Utah, is one of 33 individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given December 4 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) annual convention in Las Vegas.
The Morgan Board of Education has unveiled a new logo and mission statement for the district. The action follows work completed by two select committees over the past four months. The committees were comprised of faculty, community council members, and administrators
The Troyettes of Morgan High participated in their first competition this past weekend. The girls had a very successful first competition. They came away with 1st place in every category (military, dance, and kick), won the Sweepstakes trophy that was 4 ft. tall, and also had two girls in the top three for drill down, Nikki Green, 1st place, and Karlie Rupe, 2nd place.
In the document “Promises to Keep” adopted by the Utah State Board of Education in August of 2009 it refers to the mission of Public Education. Within this mission it states that Utah’s public education system keeps its constitutional promise by ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children.
Volunteering in Morgan County Schools is a generous yet rewarding commitment to our children. Each of our four separate campuses has a variety of opportunities that can be tailored to meet almost any time commitment or personal strength.
Talk to any of the teachers at Morgan High School and they will tell you about the amazing students they teach; how extraordinary the young people are that live in Morgan Valley. There are two young women who attend Morgan High School that, through their latest endeavor, epitomize the great spirit of service of which the teachers and leaders at the school describe. These two students are Rebecca Elton and Madison Sunday. They are neighbors and friends.
Neil Carrigan was born and raised in Morgan. He graduated from Morgan High School and earned a degree from Brigham Young after which he became a math teacher. He taught for seven years at Rich High School, a small rural school in Randolph that had only fifty students. He then moved to Morgan where he taught math and coached a variety of sports for thirty-two years.
It has been said that “Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity”. Over the past several weeks, I have had many experiences that I feel separate our community and the Morgan School District from mediocrity. I would like to share a few experiences with you and also congratulate this wonderful community in which we live.
UDOT’s Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)™ announced its 49 recipients of donated bikes, helmets and scooters in classrooms and assemblies statewide. Students earned the prizes for participating in UDOT’s “Walk More in Four” initiative.
Ken Durrant is in his third term serving on the Morgan School Board and is loving the experience. “ I have enjoyed every minute of it “ says Durrant. He is a lifelong resident of Morgan. His father was mayor of Morgan City and he graduated from Morgan High School. Durrant and his wife, Kris, have four children, three of which still live in Morgan, and eleven grandchildren.
By Terry Allen, Assistant Principal, Morgan Middle School
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus
Thursday, November 11, 2010 was a very memorable day for our Morgan Middle School students and the 250 guests who joined us for our annual Veterans Day Assembly. It was an honor to recognize those who have served and are presently serving our great country during a time of war. Since our nation’s founding, brave men and women have taken up arms to defend the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence: “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Morgan County School Board has selected the architectural firm of Design West for the design of the P.E./Activities Center and the bus facility. Morgan resident and Design West Production Manager Darrell Erickson represented the company at the November 9 meeting. Design West’s bid for the two projects came in at $110,500. Four firms were under consideration with bids ranging from $190,400 to $110,500.
A portion of the Morgan High School song reads, “Give three cheers for our old Morgan High, where we never say can’t but I’ll try, heart and hand to thee we render, brain and brawn be they defender, for we love you our Morgan High.” These lines were actually played out this past weekend as two of our teams competed in state competition.
Colby Skinner, Junior, had an awesome game against Judge last week. He completed 4 out of 5 passing attempts, one of which led to a touchdown. He also has been a consistant player as quaterback for this years Varsity Football team.
Brittany Visage is a Senior for the number one ranked girls Varsity Volleyball team. Last week during the Ben Lomand and Skyline games she had a great games hitting and blocking. Then against Rickh she had 5 kills and 3 block assists. She is a stable part of the teams chemistry and is very consistant with her play.
One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Chinese Proverb
Often when a teacher tells students about a new concept, the student has a hard time remembering what they heard. When a teacher explains the new concept and demonstrates the concept, there is a greater probability that the concept will stick with the student.