At the board of trustees meeting held July 16, the Morgan Education Foundation approved more than $14,000 in classroom grants and $1,800 in school grants to benefit Morgan County School District students and teachers.
The tax rate set by the state for each school district was decreased this year compared to last year, but the Morgan County School Board will not be able to pass on the savings. To fund $348,000 in capital projects such as technology, a new bus and mechanical controls, they will need to increase the tax rate higher than that set by the Utah State Tax Commission, yet not higher than the total rate paid by county taxpayers last year. Since the district plans to set a rate different from that set by the state, they plan to hold a truth in taxation meeting. The school board voted unanimously to hold that meeting in August.
In an effort to get parents and community members more involved in the education of students, the Morgan Board of Education has created special purpose committees. The board members have been reporting the progress of the committees in board meetings for the past several months.
In the 2013-2014 school year, the Morgan County School Board collected $6,400 in fees for use of the Trojan Century Center. In the same time, the district paid $17,067 in utilities for the building, $6,300 for supervision of the building, $4,416 for custodians to clean the building, and another $2,300 for supplies and repairs, said District Business Manager D’Lynn Poll.
Over the course of its 30-year career, the Morgan High School marquee has deteriorated drastically. Students and staff have nursed the sign along using tape, white out and other remedies to keep it going, but they are finding these methods inadequate to keep this archaic sign up to date.
Three local have lined for a spot on the June 24 primary election ballot for a chance at the Morgan County School Board District 2 seat. Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith hope to fill the four-year position.
Both Taylor and Galbraith agree that the growth facing the school district is of utmost concern. Haslam was contacted for input in this article, but didn’t respond.
While the Morgan County School Board reviews the student activities policy, some board members are considering increasing the grade point average for students involved in sports and other school activities.
Jeffery Manning of Morgan was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions during Creighton University’s commencement ceremony on May 17, 2014, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., presided. Lannon, a 1973 graduate of the university, is the first alum to serve as president of Creighton. About 1,600 degrees were conferred during Creighton University’s spring commencement.
Seven hundred and twenty-three children, from kindergarten to fifth grade, proved that kids can do big things, especially when working together. The students of Morgan Elementary School came together with a common goal of earning money for the American Cancer Society through a fun day called Relay Recess. The school raised over $2,030. This is a huge accomplishment.
Ruth Hill taught English and Literature in the Morgan School District from 1953 to 1965. She started influencing the future of Morgan students in the seventh grade and continued her desire to improve grammar and love for literature until graduation. Her passion for literature was contagious. She had zero tolerance for wasting time and challenged students to develop a love for literary masters.
Through a generous grant from Holcim, Morgan Elementary was able to realize a goal they have had for several years. Principal Wolff, along with the community council, staff, and others have had a vision to host a STEM night for some time and with the money from Holcim, they were able to welcome students and their families to an evening of fun learning on May 2.
Dietrich Streuber, a student at Morgan High, will participate in the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year.
Gaylene Adams was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of a mother who was primarily a homemaker and a father who was a transportation supervisor at Hill Air Force Base as well as a farmer. Gaylene is number three in a family of four children. She spent her childhood living in Morgan County, first in Peterson and then on a farm in Porterville. Throughout her childhood, Gaylene’s parents inspired an appreciation of hard work that continues to be evident in her work ethic to this day.
The annual Utah State FFA CDE contests were held April 22 and 23, 2014 in Logan, Utah. Our local Morgan FFA chapter sent out four teams to compete in the following areas: Livestock Evaluation, Vet Science, Poultry Evaluation, and Meat Evaluation.
Morgan Elementary School first, second and third grade students enjoyed an in-house fieldtrip from GoPlanetarium on Friday, April 18. Each class went into an inflatable dome that was 22 feet in diameter to view the presentation.
High school is a time notorious for drama and big emotions, but students from around the state took it to a whole new level as they competed in the state drama competition at Stansbury High School in Tooele on April 12.
Chase Nielsen, son of Jeff and Jen Nielsen, is the speech/theater arts/forensics Sterling Scholar of Morgan High School. He has been involved at the high school as a member of the debate and Academic Olympiad teams, and National Honor Society. He has also served as the debate president his senior year. He has enjoyed taking debate classes and participating in tournaments.
Laura is the daughter of Scott and Teresa Deru. She is currently the student body vice president and a past junior class officer. Laura is active in the National Honor Society, FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) and many other clubs. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Shaylee Ewing is the youngest of five born to Dirk and Ronda Ewing. She has danced since the age of three and has had the opportunity of learning many different styles of dance (clogging, ballet, point, jazz and hip hop). She loves them all!
Tyson Lindley is the son of Trevor and Tiffanie Lindley. He is the oldest of four children, whom he is a good example for. In his free time he enjoys playing baseball (which is more of an obsession than a hobby), swimming, competing in Future Business Leader of America competitions and travelling.
When a new superintendent took over the Morgan School District July 1, 2013, he had a community to calm after a failed voted leeway, a new principal to hire and bus routes to figure out. And the weekly “Superintendent’s Corner” column that had run for decades in the newspaper ended.
Bryan Smith is the son of Jeffery and Glenna Smith. Early on, even before his freshman year, Smith knew he wanted to be a Sterling Scholar. To fulfill this dream, he studied hard, kept his options open and made sure to communicate effectively with family, friends and teachers. Keeping his priorities straight was another big key to getting him to where he is now.
Candace Gunn, the daughter of Brian and Alisa Gunn, is the Instrumental Music Sterling Scholar for Morgan High School. She started playing the piano at about the age of 6 and began playing the oboe in band in seventh grade. As a freshman, she learned how to play the flute so that she could play in the pep band. In parades, she plays the tenor drums in the Morgan High School Drum Line.
Christian Elton is the Morgan High General Sterling Scholar. He is the son of Richard and Candice Elton. Christian loves learning, reading, sports, and girls. Christian plays football, soccer and tennis. He loves anything that has to do with learning.
Collin Gibb, son of Nathan and Suzanne Gibb, is this year’s Sterling Scholar for vocal performance. His interest in music has stemmed from living in a family where music is valued and has an ever-present influence. He began playing the piano at the age of 6. His mom taught him, but after three years of lessons, he began teaching himself. At the age of 8 he received a guitar for Christmas. Since then, he has been playing and teaching others the basics of the instrument. His guitar playing is accompanied with composition of his own songs, which he performs for friends and family at local acoustic shows.
Andrea is the daughter of John and Camille Millburn. Growing up in a family of four brothers, she has grown to love sports and the outdoors. Her family is very important to her. She loves spending time with them and is so thankful for all the support and love they give to her.
Lauren Casper is the daughter of Dale and Robyn Casper. As a child, she had the privilege of living in Japan with her family. Throughout her time in Japan she learned to love the Japanese people and their rich culture. This cultivated a desire within her to continue to see new places and learn new things. During her time at Morgan High School, she has made sure to take every class available that would increase her knowledge about the various civilizations and cultures throughout the world.
Rebekah Peterson is the daughter of Rich and Jenn Peterson. Peterson has loved math since she was a young child and that love of math has helped her to excel. Not one to sit back and relax, Peterson has taken on every scholastic, leadership and service opportunity that she could fit into her schedule. As soon as she found out about the Sterling Scholar program, she was immediately interested and was amazed at how her desire to be involved had helped prepare her for this opportunity.
The Sterling Scholar nominees from North Summit High School and Morgan High School were recognized and honored on March 24, 2014, at the ninth annual Sterling Scholar Recognition Banquet at the Spring Chicken Inn, Morgan. After each name was read, Holcim (US) Inc. Plant Manager David E. Fletcher presented them with a certificate, as well as a copy of the book by Sean Covey, “The Habits of Highly Effective Teens” as a token of appreciation and remembrance of this evening.
March 27, our Morgan Troyettes took flight to sunny California to compete on a national stage against the nation’s best dancers. Nineteen of the 21 Troyettes traveled to show off their talented kicks, turns and splits at a USA competition at the Anaheim convention center.
After a month of competitions and several weeks of studying, the Morgan Middle School Annual Spelling Bee culminated Friday, March 21 with 24 sixth to eight grade students going head to head for the title. The first round brought words such as “automaton” and “butte,” ending with 16 boys and girls left in the competition.
The Night Out with the Troyettes is always fun for all the dancers in Morgan County. It celebrates the art of dance and a year of accomplishment. Each year, the Morgan Academy of Dance members join the Troyettes and the Future Troyettes in making this an enjoyable night for the entire community.