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MES off to a great start

Article Date: 
31 August, 2012 (All day)

The students of Morgan Elementary have just stepped into the 2012-2013 school year and their teachers have their classes up and running.  On Tuesday, Aug. 28, parents sat in miniature chairs at miniature desks to listen to big plans for the upcoming year.
Each teacher was able to meet in their classroom with the parents of their new students and go over what can be expected this year.  Each teacher has their own style and expectations; however, they seemed united in the idea that parent involvement, completing assignments and reading at home is critical to the success of each student.  
Before going to their individual classrooms, each grade first met to hear from Principal Wolff about Title 1.  This government program aids schools that have a high percentage of children from low income families.  Morgan Elementary School meets this requirement with 28 percent of the students receiving free or reduced lunch.   In order to receive funding the school must have a night to pass along information about Title 1, to give test scores, and to encourage parents to become involved.  
The test scores shared that night indicated that the school, as a whole, is at or above state average.  The score is taken from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  The state average is 84 percent and the school met that average with 84 percent in English and language arts(ELA) and exceeded the average with 88 percent in math and 90 percent in science.  The third grade did not receive a score in science and their individual scores were 77 percent for ELA and 77 percent for math.   The fourth grade received 89 percent in ELA, 96 percent in math, and 92 percent in science.  The fifth grade scored 89 percent in ELA, 88 percent in math and 90 percent in science.  The school receives about $100,000 through the Title 1 program.
The Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is excited about the new school year and is ready to hear from all of the parent volunteers.  Forms were distributed and returned to allow parents to sign up to help on any of the 16 different events and programs they have planned throughout the year to aid in the educational experience of Morgan Elementary students.  
There are different levels of volunteering, some that take an hour or two all year to some highly involved tasks.  The PTSO board wants to put an emphasis on the fact that each person doesn’t have to take on a major project. 
There is something for those who work, have other kids, health issues, etc.  If you would like to help there is a job that will fit your ability and desire to help.  The goal is to make Morgan Elementary a great place to learn and enjoy education.   A record number of forms were turned in that night showing that parents want to get involved and make a difference in our school.  For parents who would like to get involved but did not attend back to school night, return the PTSO form to your child’s teacher or to the office.
Another way parents can become more involved is through the Morgan Elementary School Community Council. This 10-person committee comprised of six parents and four teachers is entrusted with more detailed aspects of the school and budgets.  This council is elected in and requires a commitment of two years.  They typically meet together as a group once a month for a few hours in addition to other meetings in the individual committees.  
They oversee the School Improvement Plan, School LAND Trust Plan, Instructional Professional Development Plan, Reading Achievement Plan and Child Access Routing Plan. This year there are three parent positions up for election.  Parents or guardians who would like to be considered for this position need to apply by Sept. 6, 2012.  Voting will be between 8:35 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, 11, and 12. For more information please contact the school office.