Learning beyond the classroom is an essential part of a complete education. The Morgan County School District Community has an expressed dedication to this concept through our Mission Statement and imbedded within our instruction. “What does it look like?” is a common phrase educators use as we challenge ourselves and our colleagues during professional development and is also a phrase that is appropriate when planning successful educational experiences beyond the classroom. What is learning beyond the classroom and how can it be linked seamlessly to the activities and learning prepared for school?
Morgan Middle school culminated an event filled week Thursday afternoon, by hosting an assembly to reinforce the messages of the Red Ribbon Week campaign. Started in 1988, Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program which is used to teach students all across America the danger of illegal drugs.
With the dawning of a new age at the turn of the century, the beautiful Morgan valley experienced more rapid growth and change along with the rest of the nation. The changing times also changed the functioning of the American families, communities, and society as a whole.
The accreditation process is well underway at Morgan High School. As we prepare for the visiting team to arrive on March 13th and 14th, we have focused on the steps to make sure that our school is on track and ready to go. One of the first steps was to analyze our departmental effectiveness using the new guidelines provided by the state accreditation training team. Each department met and answered a series of eleven questions regarding various aspects of instruction and learning within their areas of expertise. Teachers were asked how they help one another throughout the department and school to better meet the needs of students. In reading the different responses, I am reassured by the strengths and talents of our faculty and staff. We have an amazing group of teachers who not only understand their content area, but also know and understand their students.
This year in 8th grade science we are doing a number of fun activities. We will make and erupt volcanoes, make and launch catapults and make grape smashers. The students have many chances to perform hands on experiments and labs. I believe that this enriches the learning environment.
Mrs. Breshears is the new English teacher in the Morgan School District this year. She teaches three tenth grade English classes at the high school in the mornings and two seventh grade English classes at the middle school in the afternoon. Mrs. Breshears graduated from our very own Morgan High School and went on to Weber State University afterwards. She put her degree on hold for a while to start a family but went back to school three years ago and received her bachelor’s degree from Weber State majoring in English Teaching with a Psychology Teaching minor.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School have been getting a close up view of some very large pumpkins. The growers, Matt McConkie and Tyler Quigley, both residents of Mountain Green, brought the pumpkins to the school for display.
Morgan County Historical Society for pictures and history information.
In, looking back over the history of the Morgan County High School, one must regard its rapid development as most miraculous. In the fall of 1911, the high school began to take firm footing. The first year saw a sturdy bunch of twenty-two students and one instructor, Principal H. B, Fry, working hard against a thousand difficulties; yet never having the least idea of the great foundation they were laying. One room comprised the spacious apartments of the school in the present grade building.
We all have friends, good friends, close friends, even best friends. We have all faced losing friends, I have on several occasions. However, there are times when you lose the ones that mean the world to you.
We are fortunate to live and work in a community where there is no shortage of parental and overall community support for our schools. An example of this type of support occurs in each school through their community councils. In 1999, the Utah legislature established the School Land Trust Program and with it School Community Councils (SCC).
Last week the 2nd and 3rd grade students at Mountain Green Elementary School enjoyed a visit from some local firefighters. They taught the students some valuable lessons regarding fire safety. It was also a great experience for the students to be able to walk around the fire truck and look at all of the gear and tools used to put out fires and help those in harm’s way. A big thank you to some of Mountain Green’s finest in uniform!
Mr. Mills is our new choral director at Morgan Middle School and Morgan High School this year. At the middle school he teaches Mixed Choir and Advanced Choir and at the high school he directs Concert Choir, Millennial Choir, and Ovation!, the school’s chamber choir. Mr. Mills graduated from Cottonwood High School and went on to graduate from the University of Utah. His fun, happy personality fits right in with his students and when asked why he chose to teach choir he replied, “Because I’ll never grow up.” He loves spending time with the kids at school. Mr. Mills is a fabulous pianist and a wonderful asset to the schools’ choral program.
The Technology and Engineering Education program at Morgan Middle School introduces students to the technical skills needed to be successful in the technology or engineering career of his or her choice and with the skills to function in a technological society.
The Morgan High School and Middle School choirs came together to present their annual fall concert called “How can I keep from singing” conducted by Mr. Michael Mills, with his own piano teacher Suzanne Gibbs accompanying some of the music groups.
Middle School art teacher Steve Carrigan went to Japan a few years back for an art convention. He there met a Japanese artist who was looking for international art to share with her students. It was there that inspired Carrigan to have his students submit their art work to Japan, drawing themes that the Japanese artists would send to him.
Steven Gudmundson is Morgan High’s new woods teacher. His curriculum encompasses all drafting, woodworking and construction classes. He graduated from Westwood High School in Austin Texas in 1996, and then went on to graduate from BYU. He came to Morgan because of a job opportunity, and is enjoying his time here. Mr. Gudmundson enjoys furniture design and is excited for the opportunity to teach this to his students.
Have you ever felt like that you are incapable of doing something? As if you aren’t strong enough or others will think less of you if you can’t do it? I can relate. Doubting yourself is second-guessing yourself, which will bring you down. I used to think that a lot of things were out of my reach or were out of my league.
Creative FACS is a good and fun way to spend an hour once a week every week at Morgan Middle School. Also not to mention the delicious snack or craft. Every week after school whether you come Tuesday or Wednesday we get to do something like make a recipe or make something to take home.
October has been selected as National School Principals Month. The primary purpose for this designation is to recognize and honor the outstanding work of public school principals. In Morgan we have the privilege of having six outstanding leaders directing our schools. These individuals each portray unique leadership skills that when combined add enormous strength to the quality of our schools and the academic climate within those schools.
Support Morgan High School winning $10,000 vote for McKenna Zentner. Oct. 10-Oct. 17. Morgan High School portion will air on Monday Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. on KSL. Vote at www.werutah.com Click on R U Talented. Click on small dot next to McKenna Zentner name and click submit.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the third grade class of Mountain Green Elementary School performed new songs, accompanied by peppy music and contagious actions. The energetic program lasted about 30 minutes and included the songs “We are Amazing”, “Secret Mission”, “Direction Dance”, “What can You Do in 3 Minutes?”, “Smile”, “Stronger” and “How Big Are Your Dreams?” Another song performed is entitled “The Great Big Beautiful World.” The students were engaged in their performance, and their energy spread to the audience.
Morgan Elementary held its first ever Grandparent’s Day. Grandparents from all over came to enjoy lunch, have their pictures taken and just spend time with their grandchildren. If you were to walk into the lunch room during this time, you would see nothing but smiles from ear to ear! It was an enjoyable day for everyone. Thanks “Grandparents” for spending the day with us!
In the State of Utah voters are able to select fellow citizens to positions on local district school boards through non-partisan elections. This system allows many decisions regarding public education to be determined on a local level. These representatives add real meaning to the term “Grass Roots”.
Stephanie Simister is the newest Math teacher at Morgan High School. Stephanie grew up nearby and attended North Summit High School. Growing up, she was inspired by her teachers and gained a life-long love of learning. This deeply ingrained principle is an important part of her teaching philosophy as she tries to instill the same philosophy in the students she teaches. After student teaching here in Morgan, she taught at Bountiful High for one year before returning to teach in Morgan. Remembering the high caliber of students and faculty here at Morgan High School, she was very impressed and wanted to return to Morgan. Stephanie and her family reside in Henefer, where she is busy chasing her three children (ages 15, 13, and 9) to their different activities. When she is not teaching she enjoys being with her kids, football games and reading science fiction or “not too gooey” romance novels.
The mission statement of the Common Core is as follows: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
Chris Deitsch is in the business of teaching high school students business. He is teaching classes ranging from Computer Technology, to Business Communication. Mr. Deitsch’s favorite class he took during his own days in High School was Sports Marketing, and he is excited to be offering this class to students 3rd trimester. Mr. Deitsch graduated from Clearfield High School in 2006, and from Weber State University in 2011. The best way to get on Mr. Deitsch’s good side is to work hard and show others respect. On the other hand, not paying attention or being disrespectful, and lack of effort are Mr. Deitsch’s least favorite traits.
Early Tuesday September 27, hundreds of students and parents took to the streets of Morgan, walking from all over the city to promote safety. Walk to School Day is one of the major components of Green Ribbon Week, which was celebrated by Morgan Elementary School this week. Parents and Students were encouraged to make the walk to school as a reminder to stay safe and look out for others. In addition to the regular crossing guards, Morgan Police, and parent volunteers helped guide the way.
Mountain Green Elementary held its 3rd annual student Walk-A-Thon on Friday, Sept. 23. Over 450 students from Kindergarten thru 5th grade walked 1/5 or ¼ mile course. Students walked 8047 laps or 1820 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Parent volunteers manned water and snack stations and counted laps completed by students.
Pat Stephen, a former Morgan High School art teacher is hosting an open art studio sale on October 6th, 7th, and 8th. Pat graduated from Weber State University as an outstanding art student and also outstanding woman artist at WSU in 1983. She has exhibited her work in Salt Lake City, Brigham City, Ogden City, and Weber State College.
KSL “We R Utah” show, visited Morgan High School on Wed. Sept. 28, to film one segment of their show for the “We are talented” featuring individual finalists from high schools across Utah. Their object: to film the talented teen McKenna Zentner and her high school backing her. The high school students and their teachers surrounded the front of the school to greet KSL and McKenna with a lawn barbecue, Dance Music, pingpong table and a whole bunch of excited students to be on film standing behind McKenna.
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.
Many are familiar with the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” Similarly, Buddha taught, “…people may live in a community but it is not one of real fellowship until they know each other and have sympathy for one another.”
Barber Brother Ford again pulls through with another fund raiser to benefit Morgan High School. Barber Brothers Ford set up brand new cars in the Morgan High School back parking for the general public to take a test drive in. Each test drive resulted in $20 to $30 dollars donated back to the school, depending on the car driven. To be qualified for the Drive One 4 UR School program, John Barber had to submit The Morgan High School as a recipient to the Ford Dealer Corporation. Out of the 4,000 dealerships across the country, only 1,000 of those dealerships get selected to do this for the schools. Barber Brother Ford submitted his request at 11:59 p.m. in order to be one of the 1,000 dealers selected. The Ford motor corporation pays the schools from the test drives Barber Brothers Ford brought the vehicles to be test driven.
The school board reported that the Morgan Education Foundation has raised more than $530,000 towards the Trojan Century Center as a major donor in the county contributed an additional $100,000 and the foundation added funds from the 100 for a $1000 campaign.
A divided school board decided to leave bus times for Morgan Elementary at the current times despite a request from school administration and calls from parents. The school district decided to change Morgan Elementary bus routes to pick up children ten minutes earlier than last year when they announced the new school breakfast program. “This is the biggest number of complaints in a long time,” said school district superintendent Ken Adams.
In the world of high stakes, testing in education and minimal budgets combined with the pressure and expectations of success in public education often taint the views and perceptions of people looking in on the profession. The administration of Morgan School District wishes to acknowledge our teachers and coaching staff for the time, effort, and energy spent in preparing our students in the classroom and our athletes for competition. Advisors and coaches work with students on a daily basis and make decisions ranging from team selection to playing time. Administrators make every effort to support the students in all of the programs offered by the district. We support our leaders as they teach lessons about how to accomplish tasks correctly. Administrators support teachers and advisors as they emphasize the teaching of life lessons in preparation for the challenging and competitive world. Our advisors encourage students to win correctly and to lose with dignity. Our teachers and coaching staffs do a remarkable job with the talent of our students and the opposition they face in region and state competitions.
The sounds of honor and respect, could be felt as the audience stood, while a color guard of Cub and Boy Scouts, presented the colors of the state and national flags. The voices of the kindergarten children recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Morgan School District is fortunate to have outstanding administrators serving in each of our schools. Their responsibilities can be overwhelming at times, but each works through the challenges and opportunities with an aura of professionalism. This week I would like to spotlight our outstanding elementary principals; Tom McFarland and Tim Wolff.