Almost half of the registered voters in Morgan County turned out to the polls Tuesday night to defeat the proposed Morgan County School District voted local levy.
About 30 people gathered at the county offices late Tuesday night to view the results: 64.41 percent (1,600 votes) against, 35.59 percent (884 votes) for. Of 5,495 registered voters, 45 percent visited the polls (2,485 voters).
Voter turnout was highest in the Croydon District, where 66 percent of registered voters cast their votes strictly by absentee ballot. Compared to the other six voting districts, the Croydon District also had the highest percentage (80.7 percent) of voters voting against the levy.
Voter turnout was lowest in the Mountain Green District at 38.8 percent.
The district with the highest percentage voting for the levy was North Morgan, where 43 percent cast ballots supporting the levy.
It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.
Jim Bledsoe, a four-year county resident who plans to vote against the levy, acted as moderator. The panelists included the following four residents, who are all planning to vote against the levy: Brent Anderson, local businessman; John Barber, who operated Barber Brothers Ford for 14 years; Kera Birkeland, small business owner; Joe McFarland, father of four children who have gone through Morgan schools.
Panelist Tina Cannon, a tax professional and mother of four, said she is undecided on how she will vote on June 25’s ballot. Panelist Jennie Earl, a 10-year resident with a master’s degree in elementary education, did not want to comment on if she was pro- or anti-levy.
Last Wednesday night the MHS Volleyball team sponsored its 3rd annual Pink Night. MHS & Skyline came together to play for cancer research. Both teams wore pink jerseys and even the officials wore pink. This year was extra special because the volleyball team recently lost one of its own to cancer, Sherie Wright. Sherie and her family were honored before the game and all proceeds of over $2900 will be donated in her name to cancer research.
Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering. They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.
The Morgan County School Board voted to continue serving breakfast to Morgan Elementary Students in the 2012-2013 year. Morgan Elementary was the first school in the district to offer a breakfast program. After watching the program closely, board members and other district administrators said they may consider offering a similar program at Morgan Middle School.
District officials are considering a new tardy policy at Morgan Middle School.
The new policy is based on one already in place at Roosevelt Junior High, Morgan Middle School Principal Terry Allen said. In surveying his staff, 90 percent responded that they liked the new policy.
The Morgan High Troyettes are off to a fresh start this year. Their new coach is Kim Ball. She is a great new addition to the team!
The Troyettes just returned from camp where they received a spirit award, technique award, and an award for their performance!
At a ceremony just after the flag raising on the fourth of July, individuals from various branches of government in the county gathered to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the families who have individuals serving in the armed services. “We owe it to our veterans, we owe it to those who are serving our county and protecting us,” said Mayor Egbert.
The school district is in financial trouble, enough that two top administrators are doing something drastic to save costs.
Superintendent Ken Adams announced his retirement, effective April 16, 2013. The state retirement board has already approved the move, Adams said.
We all look back and think of teachers that have inspired us—those who teach us more than what can be captured within the confines of textbook. For the past 40 years, Morgan Middle School art teacher Steve Carrigan was one of those.
The Morgan School District is developing a new policy governing fund-raising and donations. Not only does it put restrictions on the type of fund-raising allowed in schools, it also protects local merchants and assigns guidelines for vendors and advertisers wishing to solicit students and district employees.
Even though summer is here for over 2,000 Morgan students, it only takes about two weeks before the kids start to ask, “What can I do today, mom?” As educators we hope you will take time with your children to continue the process of learning as the summer progresses.
When you have your last child leave your home, you realize that you are not an expert on anything related to raising children. Number six has just left the nest and graduated last week from Morgan High School.
On May 11 the kindergarten students joined the FFA students for a farm field trip at Morgan’s Diamond D Ranch. They learned about horses, cows, baby animals, crops, roping, barrel racing, and played keyhole and goat tying. They had lots of fun and learned much. The FFA students loved helping the kids learn about animals.
The fifth grade students from Mountain Green Elementary School spent the year learning about United States history and government. As a culminating activity to demonstrate what they had learned, they put on a “Great American” program for their parents and the MGES studentbody.
For the past two years the Morgan County School District has been investigating the possibility of creating a dual immersion program within the district. This educational program has a distinctive 50/50 curriculum in English and a second language that is integrated for academic content. It is aligned with the Utah State Core. It begins in first grade and adds an additional grade each year until the sixth grade. These second-language teachers generally come from outside the district and they usually replace a teacher within the school that is being transferred or replaced.
“Good people of Morgan Elementary School. We live in a great nation full of opportunity, full of optimism, full of hope”, begins JA Biztown mayor Nate Preslar. “ In recent months I believe that our freedoms and liberties have been slowly deteriorating. Unemployment is rising, the income gap is growing, and men and women march on Washington D.C. in protest. Yes, the Dow has dropped tremendously, and in Greece, Neo Nazis are gaining political power. The world and its future may appear bleak to you. Don’t give up. Coming to J.A. Biztown, you may see a town that is insignificant, that is just another fieldtrip. I on the other hand, see a town of hope, a town of prosperity, a town of promise, and a town of opportunity waiting for us. Students don’t believe the future is bleak, where others see disparity, I see opportunity. How do we harness this opportunity? We start today! I believe in America and the free market. I believe in competition and hard work, and I believe in you! Don’t give up, there is opportunity awaiting us in life and in this town. God bless you, and God bless America!”
Every year, Mountain Green Elementary fourth grade students visit the state’s capital and receive a tour where they explore the different rooms where each branch of government operates. This year, though, thanks to the efforts of Mountain Green resident and former Utah Representative Brad Winn, our fourth grade students received a special treat.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed by a bipartisan congress in late 2010. The Act recognized that foods and beverages sold in schools were generally of poor quality and changed the requirements for school meals and for the school environment in which the meals are served.
Wednesday, May 9, the Morgan FFA Chapter held its annual banquet where we honored many students for their outstanding accomplishments. We believe that congratulations are in order for all those who gained their Greenhand, Chapter, State, and American degree. Greenhand: Alex Eddington, Kennedy Gibson, Hanna Giles, Chase Grandpre, McKenna Hales, Annie Hodges, Linsday Mahan, Kailyn Nelson, Mariah Remund, Taylor Sherburn, Miranda Smith, Ty Stephens, and Taisha Vollmer. Chapter: Bryce Preece, Jessica Carter, Tabatha Carter, Isaac Cannon, Jake Cannon, Jessica Larsen, Marissa Morgan, Courtney Sanders, and Tyson Spens. State: Christina Andersen, Nate Buchanan, Garrett Eddington, Shawn Francis, and Megan Stapley. American: Ethan Porter. We would also like to honor Hanna Giles and Luke Larsen for being selected as our Star Greenhands.
The girls from Mountain Green Elementary School had a fun filled evening with their dads or grandpas at the PTSO sponsored Daddy Daughter Dance. This was an amazing night where the girls had the opportunity to get all dressed up for a special evening out with their dads. The girls and their dads got to fill out a “get to know your sheet” together as well as purchase jewelry keepsakes, get their pictures taken, eat lots of treats and have a wonderful time dancing. Thanks to the Mountain Green Elementary PTSO for their wonderful support and effort to make this an enjoyable evening for all those who came.
Megan Stapley, a 2012 graduate of Morgan High School FFA (Future Farmers of America), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Barber Brothers Ford and Ford Motor Company. Stapley’s parents are Kurt Stapley and Maggee Stapley of Morgan. Stapley plans to study at Weber State University.
On March 8-10 the Morgan FFA Chapter went to the town of Richfield to their FFA State Convention. Several of them competed in competitions. The Parliamentary Procedures team consisted of six members. They competed by completing a 10 minute long demonstration of the procedures that are used to run an official meeting.
As the weather warms, my staff and I focus on the loose ends that still need to be tied to finish the school year successfully. Among those loose ends is the important and joyous responsibility we have of planning and carrying out graduation ceremonies. Just imagine the countless hours of preparation. If a student spent just one hour on homework each day from the time they were in kindergarten until graduation, he or she would have spent 2,340 hours. We know that many of our students have spent many more hours than that.
On April 24 and 25 members of our FFA chapter competed in the 2012 Career Development Experiences in Logan. There were eight teams that competed. One of those teams won the state title for this year in the Agricultural Sales contest. Those that were on the team were Luke Larsen, Jake Cannon, Katie Spens, and Megan Stapley.
Inspired by Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Mrs. Sheridan encouraged students in Mrs. Yorgason’s class to create a “quilt square” based on a character trait each student would like to acquire.
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle…If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
Park City High School was the site of this year’s annual Deseret News –KSL sponsored Sterling Scholar program for the Northeastern Utah area. Fourteen schools participate in this competition. Morgan High nominees fared well amongst highly qualified candidates.
Six weeks ago any bugs spotted around Morgan Elementary would be squished, swatted or exterminated on the spot. Now there is a celebrated multi-legged creature crawling through the halls of the school.
Morgan Middle School took ten 7th graders and eleven 8th graders to the state math competition last month and the results are back. All 21 students scored in the top 50%. Special congratulations are given to Sadie Carter, Logan Jones, Logan Cameron, Savana Carter, Jaiden Farr, and Tyler Payne for scoring in the top 25%, and to Carter Bailey, Ryan Milburn, Konnor Andrews, Weston Blocker, and Colin Smith for scoring in the top 10%. Our students did an outstanding job, considering we were competing against all schools this year, no matter their size. This would not be unlike all schools, from 1A through 5A, playing for the state championship in a given sport.
I remember doing an article earlier this year about bullying but I think that this week, I need to go deeper into it. We all know that bullying is wrong but why does it still occur? Maybe those who bully can’t forgive others for their mistakes. Maybe those who bully have problems of their own and they don’t know who to take their problems out on. None the less, BULLYING IS WRONG!
The students from Mountain Green Elementary School were pleased to have Rick Tolman, author of the book I Saw A Purple Bubble, visit their school. Mr. Tolman spent a full day at the school reading to individual classes and talking to the students about the importance of using their imagination. The students were absolutely delighted with the book and thoroughly enjoyed the time that Mr. Tolman spent talking to them about why and how he wrote the book, the beautiful illustrations that are in the book, and the process that he went through to get the book published. Author visits are always fun learning events for the students and we appreciate the time that Mr. Tolman spent to help cultivate the students’ love of books.
Morgan School District (MSD) employees had an opportunity this year to be involved in a new wellness program. A wellness committee was formed last year before school started to decide how to motivate the employees to incorporate healthy habits into their life. The committee decided to adopt a similar program developed by the Wasatch School District. The name of the program is “Seven Steps in Seven Months: Healthier Habits = Healthier You”. The goal of the committee for this year was to unite and encourage the employees of Morgan School District to improve overall health and wellness.
“One Dream, One Goal, One Team, One Soul.” That is the theme for the 2011-2012 Morgan High School Troyettes. On March 28th, as “One Team”, the Troyettes won first place at 2012 USA Dance/Drill National Competition held in Anaheim, California!
This year’s General Sterling Scholar at Morgan High School is Seanna Thornton, daughter of Doug and Janet Thornton! Seanna is the Student Body President at Morgan High School. She has also earned the honor of Academic All-State in girls’ tennis and attended the national FBLA competition in Nashville, Tennessee her junior year.
One of the most memorable activities for the fourth grade students at Mountain Green Elementary School is the Utah History Fair. As part of the fourth grade curriculum, they study the history and origins of the state of Utah, from Native Americans, to the first Mormon pioneers and settlers.
The dedication of a bus garage is not normally an occasion where there is great emotion expressed, but the dedication of the Morgan School District’s new transportation facility was certainly an exception. School Board member Neil Carrigan spoke of his experiences as a young man working with his father on the district’s busses. His eyes misted a few times as he reminisced about time spent with his father in the old transportation facility. “It was a wooden building ... in that building there was a rest room. It was a small rest room. It was so small it could only hold one roll of toilet paper, if you had two you were crowded.” He related the early work by his father to acquire the tools necessary to maintain the busses. He continued, “You could put three busses in the garage if you did it right. You could put one on the left hand side as far as you could get and then you took the other one and drove it up about three quarters of the way and then you could drive the third bus up behind the bus on the left... you had to do it just right or your couldn’t get them in. “ He spoke of his experience of measuring the gas remaining in the tank on the site. “When I was a kid that was the funnest job I had. I used to go out and measure how much gas was in there. You drop a big thing down there and go tell dad that you had 500 or 100 gallons in there.”
On Tuesday, March 27, 2012 MMS Counselor Gary Crittenden hosted a review panel from the State Office of Education and the CTE Team from Box Elder School District. They were here to evaluate how effectively the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program is used in our school. This review consisted of Mr. Crittenden explaining and providing evidence in twelve different standards divided into two sections as to what the MS counseling program provides for the students.