Superintendent Doug Jacobs introduced Madison Beardall as the student board member for the 2013-14 school year. She was selected from a group of five applications. The selection committee included the school board president, high school principal, and district superintendent.
News reporter and author Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” On Monday, Nov. 11, Morgan Middle school students celebrated Veteran’s Day by honoring the many brave Morgan residents who have fought valiantly for our rights and freedoms.
The Morgan County School District was one of three Utah schools named to the fourth annual AP District Honor Roll. The College Board recognizes districts that simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement courses while maintaining or increasing the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP tests.
The students of Morgan Elementary, under the guidance of Morgan High School counselor Destiny Field and Morgan School District social worker Linda Taylor, chose Wednesday, Oct. 9 as a day to unite against bullying.
As I write this article I find myself thinking about how fast these first days of school have come and gone. On Oct. 28 we will begin the second quarter of the academic year and it seems like only yesterday I was welcoming staff and students back to school. I have always been proud of the students and staff here at Morgan Middle School. However this year has been even more special as the students and staff has done a tremendous job of adapting to the changes we have experienced.
Dr. Jacobs celebrates reading with Morgan Elementary School third grade students. Morgan School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs and elementary students across the county celebrated reading last week in an attempt to Read for the Record. The Pearson Foundation, in partnership with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign and the Governor’s Office, supplied the book “Otis” by Loren Long. County children and children across the state attempted to set a new record by all reading the same book.
The Morgan school’s Parent Teacher Student Organizations are combining efforts for the first time ever to raise funds for the high school, middle school and elementary school. The Morgan PTSO Fall Festival is on Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be full of excitement and fun for the whole family!
Chris Carrigan was born in Provo, Utah, while her father was attending Brigham Young University. She has four sisters and one brother. She spent most of her early years in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to kindergarten in a two-level old rickety school that reminded her of Ogden High School. She wore a red dot every day on her collar because when she was in first grade, she was hit by a car when walking home from school.
Locals have organized a unique motorcycle ride and dinner fundraiser to benefit Morgan area schools set for this Saturday. The agenda is packed with a fall colors motorcycle ride, dinner, bonfire, live band, and driving competitions.
While administrators in the Morgan County School District have heard residents offer a four-day school week as a solution to their budgetary woes, other schools in the nation have already tried it with mixed results.
Ellen Thunberg sat on her school bus in Stockholm, Sweden, a bit dismayed at the monotony of her life. She was bored with school and wondered if she was going to have to continue with her mundane schedule. As she pondered on her lackluster situation, Thunberg’s friend presented an idea she had never before contemplated: she suggested they become foreign exchange students! Fast forward through the paperwork, selection process and waiting, and Thunberg found herself on the other side of the world on an adventure right here in Morgan, Utah, while her friend stays with a family in Chicago, Illinois!
During the Utah Valley University Forum on Engaged Reading, Dr. Douglas Gardner of UVU presented the Morgan Elementary second grade team a $500 “For the Love of Reading Innovative Reading Program Award” prize to be used for the continued development and sustainability of their classroom efforts. The teachers were also recognized for innovation in engaged reading and literacy instruction during a banquet at The Chateaux Deer Valley on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Administrators in the Morgan County School District plan to survey parents to measure interest in the four-day school week. The estimated 292 schools in the United States that have tried operating on a four-day school week have discovered many benefits and drawbacks along the way. Here are some of them:
When you come into the Morgan School District Office, the first smiling face you see or sweet voice you hear belongs to Denise Rich. You know from the minute you meet her that she cares about you and will take care of whatever you need.
As the Morgan County School District goes through the arduous process of tackling their budgetary woes, boardmembers and many in the community tried to come up with solutions. The idea for changing to a four-day school week was briefly discussed.
On Wednesday, Aug. 18, Morgan hosted Glenn J Kimber for a community question-and-answer period to learn about a new school that will soon be moving to Morgan City. In attendance were Morgan Mayor Jim Egbert, Councilwoman Shelly Betz, Councilman Ray Little, as well as residents interested in learning more about the history and curriculum of this private education center that will soon be offering what is being considered a God- and country-centered educational alternative to the parents of Morgan county and surrounding areas.
Ron Litchfield of Clearfield, Utah, has accepted the offer to serve as the new transportation supervisor for the Morgan School District. Although Litchfield began work on Thursday after being chosen by a local selection committee, the school board will officially approve his employment at their September board meeting.
Alayna Gunn of Morgan has earned a $2,000 academic scholarship from Alliance for Affordable Services. Gunn plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall. This year Alliance awarded $186,000 in scholarships to 138 students across the United States. Since 1996, the Alliance Scholarship Program has supported approximately 1,600 students with more than $2.3 million in scholarships.
Grappling with a budgetary shortfall of over $300,000, and upcoming health care reform implementation, the Morgan School District has been making cuts that have affected many area bus routes. The changes affect students, parents, bus drivers and administrators.
OnTimeBus today announces the release of its bus tracking web application for free to all Morgan County School District families with bus riding students. The OnTimeBus service aids parents and students by showing bus stop locations and bus positions on a live map.
As school bells are days away from ringing, children are gathering supplies from lists the schools have sent out. While they are not mandatory, the items are purchased by able parents to ensure a successful year for their student. Teachers have been readying classrooms for pupils throughout the district and thanks to generous citizens, a dozen classrooms will be well stocked without the burden falling on the teachers.
It is great to be a part of the Morgan School District. It is a real treat to live in such a beautiful area surrounded by spectacular scenery and good people. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I thank you for your kindness. I look forward to being a part of your successful academic and extra-curricular traditions and having some fun along the way.
More than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to showcase their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $54,000 in cash awards.
Kenneth L. White, Utah State University vice president of Extension and dean of the college of agriculture and applied sciences announced the appointment of Brian J. Higginbotham as associate vice president of Extension, effective July 15. Higginbotham will replace Charles Gay, who retired June 30 after serving in the position for 11 years.
Three days after stepping into the role of Prime Minister, Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons. It was May, 1940, and the world was amid one of the greatest conflicts of all time. As England faced the foe, Churchill focused on gathering his various opposing party leaders to form a War Cabinet in order to meet that opposition with united front.
I am preparing this week’s edition of the Campus Connection on Monday, June 24. I am doing so intentionally before date of the voted levy. As the dust settles and the results of the vote are made known, the district will move forward based on the voice of the people; exactly what the board intended when they initiated the balloting process. The board and district have every intention of developing a budget and plan that best meets the needs of the students with the resources available.
Morgan voters went to the polls yesterday and voted down the proposed vote local levy by a wide margin. 2,485 votes were cast, a 45% voter turnout. 885 (36%) were cast in favor and 1,600 (64%) voted against. The vote was fairly consistent across all precincts. The breakdown by precinct is as follows:
Precinct Voters For Against
Mountain Green 421 141 (33.5%) 280 (66.5%)
Peterson 587 213 (36.3%) 374 (63.7%)
Canyon Creek 278 73 (26.3%) 205 (73.7%)
City 516 198 (38.4%) 318 (61.6%)
North Morgan 437 189 (43.25%) 248 (56.75%)
CC State Senate 188 59 (31.4%) 129 (68.6%)
Croydon 57 11 (19.3%) 46 (80.7%)
The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday. Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up. Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.
At Morgan Elementary School, one of the smallest classes of fifth graders completed their school year in May. The kindergarten class that has registered for the upcoming 2013-14 year is about 20 students larger than the fifth graders that recently completed the school year, said Principal Tim Wolff. The 116 registered kindergarteners represent a typical class size, Wolff said. The 2012-13 kindergarten class was large with 128.
During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts. State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not alone in facing financial challenges when it comes to balancing their budgets this year. A quick review of the state’s newspapers and television stations and you will see many headlines, news stories and editorials dealing with school finance. One example can be found on the editorial page of the Sunday, June 2, issue of the Ogden Standard Examiner.
The Agriculture Science Department has been busy this spring! If you have driven past Morgan Elementary School you may have noticed some new benches and ground cover in the far corner of the elementary playground.
Summer is always such a great time of year. In education, summer signals a time for celebration. At this time of year we celebrate the end of another successful school year, the excitement for a change of pace, and the collective pride as a group of young adults graduate and start adventures of their own. Summertime in education is also frequently a time to say professional goodbyes to colleagues who are leaving our schools.