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.
Lantzen Toomer, Sophomore, had 2 fantastic tackles against Box Elder high last week. One of those tackles caused the fumble that co-athlete of the week, Robbie Nelson recovered. The fumble came when the momentum of the game was starting to turn away from Morgan.
Robbie Nelson, Senior, had an outstanding game against Box Elder. Robbie rushed for an average of 27 yards per carry, had a 20 yard reception leading to a TD, a fumble recovery from co-athlete of the week, Lantzen Toomer’s tackle, 4 defensive tackles of his own, and last but not least; on a kick-off he kicked the ball through the uprights!
Ashlee Gallen, Junior, had a fantastic game against Bear River in Varsity Volleyball last week. Ashlee had 32 set assists, 15 service points, and 6 aces. Morgan’s volleyball team is ranked number 1 in the state with play-offs coming October 28 & 29th.
Chelsey Stegelmeier, Senior, had a great game even though the girls soccer team was met with a loss. As Morgan met Juan Deigo in the first round of the play-off’s, Chelsey was the ONLY thing between them and all the extreme shots taken against her. She stopped all but 5 of these shots.
One of the most effective resources available to the Morgan School District centers around the volunteer efforts of the PTSO. This organization is lead by a group of caring parents who are willing and anxious to lend assistance to the education and safety of our young people. They make a significant and positive difference in the success of our education program.
The Morgan Board of Education is working closely with city and county officials in a combined effort to construct a bridge at the south end of Young Street. During their monthly meeting held on October 12, the Board discussed options for the exact location of the bridge and how that design might influence the location of the new bus facility. Joining the Board in the discussion were Mayor Jim Egbert, County Council Chairman Sid Creager, and City Councilman Jeff Wardell.
Student learning is the supreme reason for a school’s existence and optimal student learning is the top priority of the Morgan County School District. Teachers and administrators in each of the district’s four schools work diligently towards this outcome.
The Morgan girls soccer team took to the road to play the defending 3A champs Juan Diego on Sept. 28th. It was a match-up of last seasons state finals played at Rio Tinto stadium, and as the first time the two teams played this season, Juan Diego came out on top by a score of 5-1.
Nearly 40% of students in the United States have had, or are having, a challenge, in learning to read. The good news is that many reading problems can be prevented or solved with a good reading teacher in conjunction with parents. The bad news is that many children have to wait for their turn with reading teachers and parents who just do not have the time to help. This waiting can be demoralizing to children as they fall further and further behind. So what can be done?
The Morgan County School District Mission Statement serves as a means of communicating what the district is trying to accomplish through its educational program. A mission statement should be clear, powerful and broad enough to guide the decision-making and provide the foundation for learning outcomes throughout the district.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. We want to recognize these students for their scholar award and academic success.
At Morgan High School two students qualified for AP Scholar with Honor Award
Dallin "Leroy" Schenk, Senior, had a impressive game against Juan Diego. Even with the loss, Dallin lead the defensive to keep the Soaring Eagles rushing yards to under 130 for the entire game. The least amount of any game Juan Diego has played so far. Dallin had some crucial tackles and the defensive line had a great game.
According to a document published by the Utah State Board of Education entitled “Promises to Keep” Utah’s public education system is created in the Utah State Constitution to “secure and perpetuate” freedom. Freedom, as envisioned in the Utah Constitution, is a promise to future generations that requires:
Ashley "Spud" Garfield, Morgan High Senior, had an incredible match last week. Spud's stats last week; 16 kills, 4 solo blocks, 5 block assists, 9 service points and 6 digs against Judge Memorial helping the Lady Trojans to win all three games easily.
Lawson Toomer, Morgan High senior, had an outstanding game against Salem Hills last week. He scored four touchdowns for Morgan and had 190 rushing yards. He helped his Trojans to a 40-12 victory over the Skyhawks.
It is an honor and a privilege to be back in the Morgan School District. It is exciting to see familiar faces as well as getting to know the new staff members. More importantly, I am excited to work with the youth of this community and continue the success of Morgan High School.
What a great start to the 2010-2011 school year! This August Morgan Elementary School welcomed back almost five hundred fifty eager students in grades one through five with more than one hundred fifty kindergarteners and preschoolers starting the first few days of September. Back to school is a time for new beginnings in an elementary school with new friends, new teachers, and new learning planned for the next nine months.
The Lady Trojans had the first home game against Skyview on Wednesday September 1st and looked to be definitely ready for a great season.
The Freshmen had a close first game with a win of 25-22, but then got rolling winning the next two 25-16 and 15-10.
The Morgan girls soccer team played their third preseason game of the year in Logan vs the 4A Lady Grizzlies on Thursday August 19th. Although the team played well, they went down to their third defeat of the season by the score of 3-2.
Photo - Back Row: Tom Rogers, Allen Rust, Ward Winchester, Al Morgan, Phil Castel, Mark Wilkinson, Tony Hassel, Robert Poll, Frank Bohman, Fred Bohman, Gene Ercanbrack, Vaughn Carter, Bud Olson, Keith Carrigan, George Hopkins, Bruce Widdison, Wayne Carter, Eddie Morgan Dean Duncan, (Missing Bruce Giles)
Middle Row: Carolyn (Porter) Morgan, Linda (Jensen) Roberts, Ann (Carrigan) Miller, Stephanie (Hopkins) Nance, Marsha Ann (Turner) Martin, Connie (Clark), Shannon (Reed) Croft, Mary Beth (Bates) Edwards, Arlene (Head) Taylor, Judy (Olsen) Barker, Sue (Allen) Brooks
Front Row: Sheila (Redden) Wilkinson, Maria (Chard) Neville, Joan (Simmons) Mortensen, Karel Mae (Butters) Dickson, Nell (Thurston) Nickerson, Cleo Mortensen) Stuart, Happy (Hulet) Fry
Happy (Hap) Hulet Fry
On August 6 and 7 of 2010. Our High School years started when we were in the 7th Grade 1955 through the 12th Grade 1960. So the committee started looking for all class mates from the time we started our High School Years.
Technology today has made our lives easier and information more easily accessible than ever before. At the click of a button a student can go to a virtual lab to dissect a frog or to build a strand of DNA.
Nick Wilde, son of Jamie and Dana Wilde, was chosen as one of only 40 national winners of the 2010 Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award. The $2,000 scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, or living expenses.