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July 21, 2014

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Common Core.  I have too – both good and bad.  

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Common Core.  I have too – both good and bad.  

July 10, 2014

 

Morgan County School Board members weighed in on the state issue of extending a No Child Left Behind waiver, saying they don’t want to take a risk and would rather renew the waiver that is set to expire.

Morgan County School Board members weighed in on the state issue of extending a No Child Left Behind waiver, saying they don’t want to take a risk and would rather renew the waiver that is set to expire.

June 25, 2014

Some 302 voters determined the outcome for the one school board seat involved in a primary election Tuesday.  The 24.77 percent of 1,219 registered voters in that district eliminated Roland Haslam from the race and sent Ted W. Taylor and incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith on to the November general election.

Some 302 voters determined the outcome for the one school board seat involved in a primary election Tuesday.  The 24.77 percent of 1,219 registered voters in that district eliminated Roland Haslam from the race and sent Ted W. Taylor and incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith on to the November general election.

June 12, 2014

After teaching music at Morgan Middle School for 27 years, Dr. Gordon Johnson retired from the school district.  In that time, Johnson estimates he has taught about 15,000 students.

After teaching music at Morgan Middle School for 27 years, Dr. Gordon Johnson retired from the school district.  In that time, Johnson estimates he has taught about 15,000 students.

May 2, 2014

Within the matter of a couple of minutes, Morgan City gained a new mayor and lost a long-time councilmember.

Within the matter of a couple of minutes, Morgan City gained a new mayor and lost a long-time councilmember.

May 2, 2014

 

Morgan Elementary Preschool is offering four and five half-day sessions per week for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2014-2015 school year.  

By Alisa Griffith
 
Morgan Elementary Preschool is offering four and five half-day sessions per week for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2014-2015 school year.  

May 1, 2014

Morgan Elementary will hold its first annual Art Festival, “Journey of Imagination, Dream, Believe, Inspire,” on April 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the school.  

Morgan Elementary will hold its first annual Art Festival, “Journey of Imagination, Dream, Believe, Inspire,” on April 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the school.  

April 13, 2014

Although the controversy over the “common core” has been going on for a couple of years, my conversations outside of fellow educators have been limited to only a few individuals.  That began to change the night of the Republican Party Caucus meetings in my precinct.  I have been amazed at the lack of understanding and misinformation possessed by several individuals that I’ve talked with; thus the impetus for this response.  The purpose of this response is not to change the minds of those who are opposed, but to simply provide those who are honestly seeking information with the other side of the story.

Dear Editor,

April 13, 2014

After four years in office and just three months into his second term, Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert somewhat abruptly resigned his position.

After four years in office and just three months into his second term, Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert somewhat abruptly resigned his position.

March 23, 2014

Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is officially open for Utah Connections Academy (UCA), a tuition-free, virtual public school that offers high-quality online K-12 education to students statewide. 

Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is officially open for Utah Connections Academy (UCA), a tuition-free, virtual public school that offers high-quality online K-12 education to students statewide. 

March 23, 2014

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama spoke about his signature domestic achievement, Obamacare. He predictably declared that his health law is working as advertised, despite all the problems with the website, the millions of Americans who have had their health insurance dropped as a result of the law, and the skyrocketing costs that have made health care unaffordable for many. To anyone taking an objective view, Obamacare is a disaster.

By Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

March 23, 2014

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

March 23, 2014

Like many school districts throughout the state, the Morgan School District is struggling with finding a math textbook option that aligns with common core standards. 

Like many school districts throughout the state, the Morgan School District is struggling with finding a math textbook option that aligns with common core standards. 

March 23, 2014

Weber State University’s 18th annual Storytelling Festival will take place Feb. 24-26. Each year the award-winning festival invites the public to enjoy the performances of national, local and student storytellers.

Weber State University’s 18th annual Storytelling Festival will take place Feb. 24-26. Each year the award-winning festival invites the public to enjoy the performances of national, local and student storytellers.

March 23, 2014

Weber State University Charter Academy will host its second annual admissions lottery March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

By Nathan Alexander
Weber State University Charter Academy will host its second annual admissions lottery March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

February 8, 2014

Emphasizing her ongoing commitment to Utah’s economic development, longtime educator and community leader Ann Millner formally announces her candidacy to run for the Utah Senate in District 18.

Emphasizing her ongoing commitment to Utah’s economic development, longtime educator and community leader Ann Millner formally announces her candidacy to run for the Utah Senate in District 18.

January 25, 2014

Amanda Campbell was born in Ogden, Utah on July 11 and grew up in Morgan with her brother Justin until the family moved to Torrington, Wyoming, during her ninth through 11th grade years.  She returned for her senior year at Morgan High School, graduating in 1992.  

Amanda Campbell was born in Ogden, Utah on July 11 and grew up in Morgan with her brother Justin until the family moved to Torrington, Wyoming, during her ninth through 11th grade years.  She returned for her senior year at Morgan High School, graduating in 1992.  

January 12, 2014

Roger Fowles was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah.  The son of a father who was a school teacher and a mother who was a professional secretary for Geneva Steel, Fowles was raised an only child and admits to being a little “spoiled.”  Fowles lived in Mount Pleasant until he was about 8 year old and then moved to Provo as his father attended Brigham Young University.  The family then settled in Springville, where Fowles lived until he graduated from Springville High School.  

Roger Fowles was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah.  The son of a father who was a school teacher and a mother who was a professional secretary for Geneva Steel, Fowles was raised an only child and admits to being a little “spoiled.”  Fowles lived in Mount Pleasant until he was about 8 year old and then moved to Provo as his father attended Brigham Y

December 28, 2013

Morgan School District would like to make residents aware of the existence of the Adult Education program. Our program is open to local residents as well as those from nearby communities who did not graduate from high school and want to earn their high school diploma or GED.

By Blaine Fackrell
Morgan School District would like to make residents aware of the existence of the Adult Education program. Our program is open to local residents as well as those from nearby communities who did not graduate from high school and want to earn their high school diploma or GED.

December 28, 2013

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

November 28, 2013

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 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.

November 9, 2013

Anyone who owns a home, walks across a bridge or enjoys the protection of our laws here in Morgan County should take a walk in Riverside Park.  There in the warming October sun they should use their fingers to trace over the names of Samuel and Esther Francis that were recently inscribed on a monument dedicated to our forbears by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.  This couple has been one of the center stones of the foundation upon which we all have laid our lives. 

Anyone who owns a home, walks across a bridge or enjoys the protection of our laws here in Morgan County should take a walk in Riverside Park.  There in the warming October sun they should use their fingers to trace over the names of Samuel and Esther Francis that were recently inscribed on a monument dedicated to our forbears by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.&n

November 9, 2013

Magee Stapley, a paraeducator at Morgan Middle School, has been awarded the Utah Outstanding Paraeducator Award in the secondary resource category.  The award will be presented at the Utah Paraeducator Conference in Provo Nov. 8 to 9.

Magee Stapley, a paraeducator at Morgan Middle School, has been awarded the Utah Outstanding Paraeducator Award in the secondary resource category.  The award will be presented at the Utah Paraeducator Conference in Provo Nov. 8 to 9.

November 9, 2013

After four years in office, Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert is running for his second term unopposed.

After four years in office, Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert is running for his second term unopposed.

October 14, 2013

As the Morgan County School District takes time to investigate the pros and cons of the four-day school week, they may be able to learn from other Utah schools have tried it.

As the Morgan County School District takes time to investigate the pros and cons of the four-day school week, they may be able to learn from other Utah schools have tried it.

October 14, 2013

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.  

During the Utah Valley University Forum on Engaged Reading, Dr.

October 5, 2013

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.

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.

September 1, 2013

After competing for their titles earlier this week, Head Wranger Daxton Rowser and Queen Madison Bohman presided over this week’s fair activities. 

After competing for their titles earlier this week, Head Wranger Daxton Rowser and Queen Madison Bohman presided over this week’s fair activities. 
Rowser is joined this year by Second Wrangler, Owen Clark; First Wrangler, Trace Vigoren; and RyLee Brown, who took home the Rookie award.   

September 1, 2013

After competing for their titles earlier this week, Head Wranger Daxton Rowser and Queen Madison Bohman presided over this week’s fair activities. 

After competing for their titles earlier this week, Head Wranger Daxton Rowser and Queen Madison Bohman presided over this week’s fair activities. 
Rowser is joined this year by Second Wrangler, Owen Clark; First Wrangler, Trace Vigoren; and RyLee Brown, who took home the Rookie award.   

August 21, 2013

When Mountain Green Elementary students walk through the school doors to start their 2013-2014 school year, they will be greeted by a new principal ready to get to know each one of them personally.

When Mountain Green Elementary students walk through the school doors to start their 2013-2014 school year, they will be greeted by a new principal ready to get to know each one of them personally.

July 24, 2013

he Board of Directors at Goldenwest Credit Union and USU Charter Credit Union announced today their intent to merge the two Utah-based credit unions. Goldenwest officials say the partnership will bring about one of the strongest financial institutions in Northern Utah with a combined 26 branches, $985 million in assets, and more than 106,000 members.

The Board of Directors at Goldenwest Credit Union and USU Charter Credit Union announced today their intent to merge the two Utah-based credit unions. Goldenwest officials say the partnership will bring about one of the strongest financial institutions in Northern Utah with a combined 26 branches, $985 million in assets, and more than 106,000 members.

July 8, 2013

Like some of you, I have chosen to serve our community by participating on different school committees (MHS Community Council, Morgan Education Foundation and MHS Scholarship Board) that hopefully add value to the educational experience of all of our children.  There are some amazingly smart and dedicated parents who give freely of their time and resources to enrich the educational experience of all of our kids in this valley.  We do not always agree on the best way to meet the needs, but for the most part everyone has the best interest of the kids in mind.  I think we work well together because we leave ego’s and personal agenda’s at the door.  We ask thought provoking questions, we learn the issues and then we try to put forth solutions that meet challenges head on.  Our job isn’t done when we walk out of a meeting.  These are “working” committee’s where we roll up our sleeves and spend countless hours taking action and executing the plans laid out in the meetings.  We work with very tight budgets.  We work hard to raise money, simply because we have too, and consequently are quite conservative in how we spend each and every dollar.  We work closely with the teachers and school administrators.  We feel their pain.  You can never really know that pain until you sit in their classrooms and virtually walk in their shoes.  In most instances we work with the School District Administrators and in some cases we sit side by side with School Board members to find solutions to problems.  We have learned first hand the uniqueness of being part of a school district in rural Morgan County, with an almost nonexistent tax base.  One day that will change, but only when we are willing to accept the fallout that comes with growth and development.  It’s called change, and many are afraid of it.  None the less this area has so very much to offer, but it comes at a price, sometimes a steep price.  It is a price that each of us must bear.  Do I want higher taxes?  No.  Can I afford higher property taxes?  I cannot.  So why do I support the Voted Local Levy?  Because from where I sit, it is the best short term SOLUTION to a long-term problem.  Let’s be very clear about something.  The VLL is not the end-all answer, but it is a real short-term solution that is needed now.  Those who oppose the VLL have become very proficient at propogating what I call the FUD factor.  They spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.  It all begins with certain half truths and then leads to veiled forms of borderline deception.  Case in point.  Last night I received a flyer in the mail.  On one side it stated that I have “the opportunity to voice my opinion”.  I’ve read the Constitution and I get that.  This is a truth.  On the other side of the flyer it states in smaller text that if the VLL passes that “I will no longer have a voice or a vote” (false).  It states further that the school board can raise my taxes (truth) without advertising or notifying me (false).  They call it taxation without representation.  What is this, the Boston Tea Party all over again?  Of course we have representation.  It’s called going to the advertised school board meetings and standing up and saying what you have to say.  Do you realize that last week the school board held their annual budget meetings which were fully advertised and open to the public?  Do you also realize that not one single person who opposes the VLL attended the meeting?  If the VLL does not pass, the sun will still rise on on June 26th.  But know this one fact.  If you have a third grader going to Mountain Green Elementary, your child or grandchild will be sitting next to 32 other students of which 2-3 will have major behavioral issues that dominate the teachers time and efforts.  Now imagine the quality education your child is going to experience!  This is real, as real as it gets.  Again, the VLL is a tax, no doubt about it.  It will cost you $2.18 per month for each $100,000 that your home is valued at.  The School District needs $358,000 this next year alone that will go toward four (4) specific needs.  Replacing three educators who have retired or moved, costs associated with special needs students, remediation for those struggling in math and lastly to address state mandated standards and testing.  This is not conjecture, it’s fact.  The time to vote is almost here.  What will you base your vote on?  Will it be the FUD factor that you read about or hear about that has run rampant these past few months?  Or will you call a teacher you can trust, or your local school board member and ask specific questions about specific needs.  Get educated and then do the right thing for you, your family and your kids.

Dear Editor:

July 8, 2013

Anyone who has taken the ACT test knows what a grueling process it is.  

Anyone who has taken the ACT test knows what a grueling process it is.  
You go into a silent room and pour over question after question, wondering at each answer if you were going to do well.

July 8, 2013

As the tragic news of the Tornado that recently hit Oklahoma spread across the nation, hearts were wrenched.  A desire to help those affected has touched the hearts of the children of the Morgan Utah Stake.  

As the tragic news of the Tornado that recently hit Oklahoma spread across the nation, hearts were wrenched.  A desire to help those affected has touched the hearts of the children of the Morgan Utah Stake.  

June 7, 2013

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.  

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

June 7, 2013

The Morgan School Board recognized three distinguished residents during the annual Morgan High School graduation ceremonies held at the Dee Events Center on May 24.  

The Morgan School Board recognized three distinguished residents during the annual Morgan High School graduation ceremonies held at the Dee Events Center on May 24.  

June 7, 2013

Morgan High School held its annual Scholarship Awards Night on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  Parents, families, teachers and community members all gathered to honor the nearly 100 members of the Class of 2013 who received scholarships to help them pursue their dreams of gaining a post high school education.  

Morgan High School held its annual Scholarship Awards Night on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  Parents, families, teachers and community members all gathered to honor the nearly 100 members of the Class of 2013 who received scholarships to help them pursue their dreams of gaining a post high school education.  

June 7, 2013

During the month of April the eighth graders had two different opportunities to explore career options and participate in hands-on activities to see what careers could meet their interests.

During the month of April the eighth graders had two different opportunities to explore career options and participate in hands-on activities to see what careers could meet their interests.

June 7, 2013

A huge reason we have so many individual success stories in our special education program at Morgan Middle School is because of the success of our peer tutor program.   These students play a vital role in the success of some of their fellow students.

A huge reason we have so many individual success stories in our special education program at Morgan Middle School is because of the success of our peer tutor program.   These students play a vital role in the success of some of their fellow students.

June 7, 2013

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, both elementary schools will realize the full implementation of “skill classes.”  An idea planned many years ago, this change has become necessary now as the district faces ongoing funding deficits.  With this change, the Morgan County School District is projected to save $76,800 over the next two years.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, both elementary schools will realize the full implementation of “skill classes.”  An idea planned many years ago, this change has become necessary now as the district faces ongoing funding deficits.  With this change, the Morgan County School District is projected to save

June 7, 2013

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.

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.

June 7, 2013

Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp.  4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved.  The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activities during this day camp that lasted two days.

Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp.  4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved.  The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activi

June 6, 2013

A Morgan County Councilman provided the Morgan County School District with up-to-date information regarding potential residential development.

A Morgan County Councilman provided the Morgan County School District with up-to-date information regarding potential residential development.
Councilman Robert Kilmer told the district that 453 building lots have been platted, approved, and “ready to dig a hole and put a house on them.”  

June 6, 2013

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer Danielson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, will be the featured speaker at this event. 

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act.

June 6, 2013

I am in favor of the voted local levy and will vote “FOR” on June 25th.  I have lived in 5 western states and have had children attend schools in all 5 of those states.  The Morgan School District is by far the best of the other schools our children have attended.  My youngest 3 children graduated from Morgan and had a marvelous experience.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute this to the quality and effort of the educators involved in the school system, and in the leadership of those who have served on the school board over the years.

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute thi

June 6, 2013

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our current reading teachers in our elementary schools.  

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our cur

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits. 

Dear Editor:

June 5, 2013

Morgan High School held its annual Scholarship Awards Night on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  Parents, families, teachers and community members all gathered to honor the nearly 100 members of the Class of 2013 who received scholarships to help them pursue their dreams of gaining a post high school education.  

Morgan High School held its annual Scholarship Awards Night on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  Parents, families, teachers and community members all gathered to honor the nearly 100 members of the Class of 2013 who received scholarships to help them pursue their dreams of gaining a post high school education.  

June 5, 2013

During the month of April the eighth graders had two different opportunities to explore career options and participate in hands-on activities to see what careers could meet their interests.

During the month of April the eighth graders had two different opportunities to explore career options and participate in hands-on activities to see what careers could meet their interests.

June 5, 2013

A huge reason we have so many individual success stories in our special education program at Morgan Middle School is because of the success of our peer tutor program.   These students play a vital role in the success of some of their fellow students.

A huge reason we have so many individual success stories in our special education program at Morgan Middle School is because of the success of our peer tutor program.   These students play a vital role in the success of some of their fellow students.

June 4, 2013

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer Danielson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, will be the featured speaker at this event. 

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act.

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
I am in favor of the voted local levy and will vote “FOR” on June 25th.  I have lived in 5 western states and have had children attend schools in all 5 of those states.  The Morgan School District is by far the best of the other schools our children have attended.  My youngest 3 children graduated from Morgan and had a marvelous experience.

Dear Editor:

June 4, 2013

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our current reading teachers in our elementary schools.  

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our cur

June 3, 2013

On Tuesday evening, the Morgan High School Scholarship Board held their annual scholarship awards night.  Parents, patrons, sponsors, school officials and students gathered for this prestigious evening.

On Tuesday evening, the Morgan High School Scholarship Board held their annual scholarship awards night.  Parents, patrons, sponsors, school officials and students gathered for this prestigious evening.

June 3, 2013

I’m voting in favor of the Voted Local Levy for Morgan County on June 25. The levy is a tax that will generate funds to benefit students who are educated by Morgan School District.

I’m voting in favor of the Voted Local Levy for Morgan County on June 25. The levy is a tax that will generate funds to benefit students who are educated by Morgan School District.

June 3, 2013

I will vote “FOR” Proposition #1 on June 25th

I will vote “FOR” Proposition #1 on June 25th

June 3, 2013

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.

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.

April 29, 2013

As we grow closer to the end of another school year, I wanted to take the time to pay tribute to all of our wonderful and dedicated teachers within the district.  They are truly professionals who have made the decision to center their careers on the betterment of our youth.

As we grow closer to the end of another school year, I wanted to take the time to pay tribute to all of our wonderful and dedicated teachers within the district.  They are truly professionals who have made the decision to center their careers on the betterment of our youth.

April 29, 2013

Ken Hicks was honored as the Morgan County recipient of the 2013 Utah Silver Bowl Award at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah, on April l6. A luncheon was given in honor of volunteers throughout the state featuring Bob Evans of Fox 13 News as master of ceremonies.  Remarks were offered by Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell and LaDawn Stoddard of the Utah Commission on Volunteers.

Ken Hicks was honored as the Morgan County recipient of the 2013 Utah Silver Bowl Award at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah, on April l6.

April 20, 2013

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Morgan High School is designed to prepare students for a successful career and a smooth transition into postsecondary education. Postsecondary education may be technical school, a two-year college or a four-year college. Whichever route a student chooses, CTE is there to help them prepare and plan for their future.  Students are encouraged to explore a variety of career areas throughout high school in an effort to build the academic knowledge, technical skills and employment skills that are vital to entering the current and future workforce. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Morgan High School is designed to prepare students for a successful career and a smooth transition into postsecondary education. Postsecondary education may be technical school, a two-year college or a four-year college.

April 20, 2013

This school year I have had the opportunity to participate in a Principals Academy for the elementary math and science core curriculum. One of the presenters at the academy asked,with all of the expectations we have on teachers in regards to high-stakes testing and student growth, why do we set elementary teachers up to fail? He went on to explain that traditionally elementary teachers are expected to teach multiple different subjects yet are expected to provide the same quality instruction in each of those classes as a teacher assigned to teach one or two subjects. While listening I found myself wondering what we could do at MMS to help our sixth grade teachers and students have the greatest opportunity for success. During a recent PLC I shared with the sixth grade team the things I had learned and was thinking about to get their ideas on how we could make changes to enhance student learning.

This school year I have had the opportunity to participate in a Principals Academy for the elementary math and science core curriculum. One of the presenters at the academy asked,with all of the expectations we have on teachers in regards to high-stakes testing and student growth, why do we set elementary teachers up to fail?

April 20, 2013

There exists a very generous group of individuals who donate to a program at Weber State University. This program is known as TAPT (Teachers Assisted Path to Teaching). 

There exists a very generous group of individuals who donate to a program at Weber State University. This program is known as TAPT (Teachers Assisted Path to Teaching). 

April 20, 2013

The Morgan County School District announced its selection for its next superintendent of schools.

The Morgan County School District announced its selection for its next superintendent of schools. 
Dr. Doug Jacobs from Kanab will take over as Morgan’s new superintendent July 1.  Ken Adams will step down as superintendent June 30.

April 2, 2013

MORGAN - Sometimes even giants have to sleep.  In fitting fashion, Parley Otis Rose selected March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday, to begin his eternal rest from mortality. 
Funeral services will be held at the Porterville church on Friday, April 5th, at 1:00 p.m.  A viewing will be held also at the Porterville church on Thursday, April 4th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11:30 to 12:30.

MORGAN - Sometimes even giants have to sleep.  In fitting fashion, Parley Otis Rose selected March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday, to begin his eternal rest from mortality.  Surrounded by his family, Otis slipped peacefully from this life to the next and into the tender arms of his sweetheart who has been waiting anxiously for 14 years for his return.

March 15, 2013

Jay and Bonnie Jeffery are happy to announce their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Friday, March 13, 1953, in the Manti temple. Bonnie was reared in Provo and Jay in Delta.  

Jay and Bonnie Jeffery are happy to announce their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Friday, March 13, 1953, in the Manti temple. Bonnie was reared in Provo and Jay in Delta.  

March 15, 2013

On April 8, the testing window will open in Morgan School District for your children to take the Utah mandated computer based Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT). The testing window will end on Friday, May 10. The week of May 13-17 will be used to allow students to take the test that they may have missed taking during the regular testing window.

On April 8, the testing window will open in Morgan School District for your children to take the Utah mandated computer based Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT). The testing window will end on Friday, May 10. The week of May 13-17 will be used to allow students to take the test that they may have missed taking during the regular testing window.

March 15, 2013

Math classrooms are changing all over the country. In the past, most mathematical teaching was made up of a routine of correcting previous assignments, showing the students how to work through a step a by step problem, and then having the students practice the steps until mastery is obtained. Over the years we have discovered that this type of mathematical instruction is not adequately preparing students to apply their learning in a consistently changing technological society. 

Math classrooms are changing all over the country. In the past, most mathematical teaching was made up of a routine of correcting previous assignments, showing the students how to work through a step a by step problem, and then having the students practice the steps until mastery is obtained.

March 15, 2013

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. The Morgan School District will again be honoring past educators and employees of the district and their families at MHS commencement exercises and are looking for nominations.  Since 2008, 12 outstanding individuals have been honored for their service to the community in years past. Their names have been added to the stunning Trojan monument located just outside the MHS office. Their contributions and legacy should not be forgotten or go unappreciated. We are excited to recognize excellence from the past in the Morgan School District and look forward to the names of this year’s recipients to be included on the beautiful Trojan monument.

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back.

February 28, 2013

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Morgan School District is updating its emergency preparedness plan and evaluating the safety of its schools.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Morgan School District is updating its emergency preparedness plan and evaluating the safety of its schools.

February 16, 2013

Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce that it has launched its 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program.

Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce that it has launched its 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program.

December 24, 2012

The horrific tragedy that swept over the nation this past week with the senseless loss of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary has saddened all of our hearts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these children and to the heroic efforts of their teachers and principal who gave their own lives trying to protect them.

The horrific tragedy that swept over the nation this past week with the senseless loss of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary has saddened all of our hearts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these children and to the heroic efforts of their teachers and principal who gave their own lives trying to protect them.

December 24, 2012

I want to start off by saying how fortunate I am to serve as the Principal at Morgan Middle School. I have a great faculty and staff that go out of their way to help students develop and grow academically and as individuals. I say this because I feel that with the recent release of the state’s new Utah Comprehensive Accountability System (UCAS) report, (replaces the UPASS and AYP reports that the state used to meet federal accountability guidelines) some may be confused by the results. The UCAS report combines each school’s proficiency (possible 300 points) and student growth or progress (possible 300 points) scores for an overall grade.

I want to start off by saying how fortunate I am to serve as the Principal at Morgan Middle School. I have a great faculty and staff that go out of their way to help students develop and grow academically and as individuals.

December 24, 2012

Once again the spirit of our community has reached out to provide service and assistance to families through the annual Giving Tree project.  This annual event is directed by students and advisors in the FCCLA, FFA, and National Honor Society.  Help was also received from Morgan Middle School student officers and the PTSO’s in the elementary schools.

Once again the spirit of our community has reached out to provide service and assistance to families through the annual Giving Tree project.  This annual event is directed by students and advisors in the FCCLA, FFA, and National Honor Society.  Help was also received from Morgan Middle School student officers and the PTSO’s in the elementary schools.

December 18, 2012

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”  

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”  
~ Leo Buscaglia.  
 
“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.”  

December 18, 2012

The Morgan County School Board’s decision not to participate in the SHARP survey may lead to loss of prevention services provided by Weber Human Services.

The Morgan County School Board’s decision not to participate in the SHARP survey may lead to loss of prevention services provided by Weber Human Services.

December 18, 2012

Language arts teachers from both the middle school and high school met with Christelle Estrada, Language Arts Specialist from the Utah Office of Education, on Nov. 29 to receive training and insight to assist with the implementation of the new Language Arts Common Core. From this, the teachers planned and shared resources to meet their goals.

Language arts teachers from both the middle school and high school met with Christelle Estrada, Language Arts Specialist from the Utah Office of Education, on Nov. 29 to receive training and insight to assist with the implementation of the new Language Arts Common Core. From this, the teachers planned and shared resources to meet their goals.

November 24, 2012

“The child’s first and most important teacher is the parent.” 

“The child’s first and most important teacher is the parent.” 
– Author unknown-
In this week’s column I would like to refer to several studies that demonstrate the importance of parental involvement in the educational success of the child.

November 24, 2012

Morgan County School officials promised constituents they would look into a dual immersion language program at area elementary schools.  As part of that promise, the community councils at both Morgan and Mountain Green elementary schools have written a survey to measure interest in the area.  

Morgan County School officials promised constituents they would look into a dual immersion language program at area elementary schools.  As part of that promise, the community councils at both Morgan and Mountain Green elementary schools have written a survey to measure interest in the area.  

November 24, 2012

On Nov. 13, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education along with the Utah State Board of Education hosted the second annual Symposium on Social Studies and Civic Education in Utah Schools.  During this event, Lydia Nuttall of Mountain Green was presented with the 2012 Community Leader in Civic and Character Education award by Lt. Governor, Greg Bell.  

On Nov. 13, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education along with the Utah State Board of Education hosted the second annual Symposium on Social Studies and Civic Education in Utah Schools.  During this event, Lydia Nuttall of Mountain Green was presented with the 2012 Community Leader in Civic and Character Education award by Lt. Governor, Greg Bell.

November 24, 2012

Mary Jane Wright Straight’s life was celebration of family, art, education, and conversation. On November 20, 2012 she passed away surrounded by her children and their spouses. Mary was born to Clark and Elizabeth Wright in Price, Utah, on December 22, 1930. The third of four children, Mary grew up in Morgan, Utah, and graduated from Morgan High. After a time working for the California Dairy Council and Port of San Diego, she returned and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah.

Mary Jane Wright Straight’s life was celebration of family, art, education, and conversation. On November 20, 2012 she passed away surrounded by her children and their spouses. Mary was born to Clark and Elizabeth Wright in Price, Utah, on December 22, 1930. The third of four children, Mary grew up in Morgan, Utah, and graduated from Morgan High.

November 10, 2012

Bios of candidates

County Council District #3 - Robert Kilmer
1.  You are involved in an unopposed race.  What do you think of running unopposed?
I would always prefer that the people have a choice when it comes to electing our government leaders.

November 10, 2012

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

October 11, 2012

Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, educator, coach, and friend Gloria Schwab Richardson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 21, 2012 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Gloria was born Feb. 9, 1962 in Provo, Utah, to Marvin and Jeanne Schwab of Afton, Wyoming. 

Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, educator, coach, and friend Gloria Schwab Richardson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 21, 2012 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Gloria was born Feb. 9, 1962 in Provo, Utah, to Marvin and Jeanne Schwab of Afton, Wyoming. 

October 11, 2012

Teachers and administrators across the district are working together in enhancing student learning in all schools.  Small groups of educators are meeting each Wednesday, focusing their attention on best practices and remediation strategies for students under their care.

Teachers and administrators across the district are working together in enhancing student learning in all schools.  Small groups of educators are meeting each Wednesday, focusing their attention on best practices and remediation strategies for students under their care.

September 12, 2012

As we begin a new year at Morgan High School, I am excited to renew many of the relationships I have with our wonderful students.  As staff members of Morgan High School and Morgan School District, we are always looking for ways to improve our school system and continue to provide the students of this great valley a top quality education.

As we begin a new year at Morgan High School, I am excited to renew many of the relationships I have with our wonderful students.  As staff members of Morgan High School and Morgan School District, we are always looking for ways to improve our school system and continue to provide the students of this great valley a top quality education.

September 5, 2012

Croydon, Utah - Holcim Devil’s Slide Plant Manager Keith Krugh and Northern Utah United Way Director Ben Johnson have teamed up with AmeriCorps to assist students in the Morgan School District with reading and math skills.  This program has the potential of bringing literally dozens of community volunteers into the Morgan and Mountain Green Elementary Schools on a regular basis.

Croydon, Utah - Holcim Devil’s Slide Plant Manager Keith Krugh and Northern Utah United Way Director Ben Johnson have teamed up with AmeriCorps to assist students in the Morgan School District with reading and math skills.  This program has the potential of bringing literally dozens of community volunteers into the Morgan and Mountain Green Elementary Schools on a regular basis.

August 29, 2012

Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle.  It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.

Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle.  It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.

August 29, 2012

David Brown, a recently returned Finnish mission president, spoke to the Sons of Utah Pioneers at their monthly dinner meeting.  The subject of his presentation was concerning the history of the church in Finland.  Brown spoke about how Finland is a small country, but it has over 188,000 lakes within its borders.  The Finish name means swamps because of the many lakes.  

David Brown, a recently returned Finnish mission president, spoke to the Sons of Utah Pioneers at their monthly dinner meeting.  The subject of his presentation was concerning the history of the church in Finland.  Brown spoke about how Finland is a small country, but it has over 188,000 lakes within its borders.  The Finish name means swamps because o

August 16, 2012

Morgan Middle School is excited about this new school year. We have lots of fun things planned. The sixth grade will have their back to school night on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to get things started. Aug. 23 will be the first day of school and will be a full day of school. Our PTSO is sponsoring a Back to School Bash fund raiser on Aug. 24 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the middle school. The Bash costs $10 to attend and there will be activities and megatoys. Those who attend should plan on getting wet. There will also be drinks and food for an additional cost. For more information on the bash, contact PTSO President Shalece Sanders 801-876-3458.

Morgan Middle School is excited about this new school year. We have lots of fun things planned. The sixth grade will have their back to school night on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to get things started. Aug. 23 will be the first day of school and will be a full day of school. Our PTSO is sponsoring a Back to School Bash fund raiser on Aug. 24 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the middle school.

August 16, 2012

With the commencement of the 2012-13 school year a rudimentary form of Professional Learning Communities  will be implemented in all schools within the district.  Presently, Morgan Elementary School, Mountain Green Elementary School, and Morgan Middle School employ basic models of PLCs.  Morgan High School has had periodic departmental planning sessions, but nothing continuous or direction focused.

With the commencement of the 2012-13 school year a rudimentary form of Professional Learning Communities  will be implemented in all schools within the district.  Presently, Morgan Elementary School, Mountain Green Elementary School, and Morgan Middle School employ basic models of PLCs.  Morgan High School has had periodic departmental planning sessions, but nothing continuous or

August 16, 2012

Public comment was split nearly evenly Tuesday evening on whether or not the Morgan County School Board should raise taxes to provide the district with $100,000 in contingency funds.

Public comment was split nearly evenly Tuesday evening on whether or not the Morgan County School Board should raise taxes to provide the district with $100,000 in contingency funds.
Twenty people addressed the board in a meeting that was relocated to the Morgan High School auditorium because of the large turnout.

August 13, 2012

The Martin Heiner family reunion was a big success at the Morgan Stake Center Saturday with approximately 500 descendants of Martin and Adelgunda Heiner in attendance.  All eight children of Martin and Adelgunda were represented, as well as descendants of Martin’s nephew, Heinrich Dittmar.

The Martin Heiner family reunion was a big success at the Morgan Stake Center Saturday with approximately 500 descendants of Martin and Adelgunda Heiner in attendance.  All eight children of Martin and Adelgunda were represented, as well as descendants of Martin’s nephew, Heinrich Dittmar.

August 13, 2012

HighMark Charter School (HMCS), Davis counties newest charter school, is pleased to invite the community to tour the schools new facilities and classrooms. Public open houses will be on Aug. 6, 9, and 14, from 6-8 p.m. Tours and additional information on HighMark Charter School will be available at the open houses. The school is located at 2467 E. South Weber Drive in South Weber.

HighMark Charter School (HMCS), Davis counties newest charter school, is pleased to invite the community to tour the schools new facilities and classrooms. Public open houses will be on Aug. 6, 9, and 14, from 6-8 p.m. Tours and additional information on HighMark Charter School will be available at the open houses. The school is located at 2467 E. South Weber Drive in South Weber.

July 23, 2012

The Morgan School District’s financial situation is so complicated, it is going to take a combination of many options to solve, or even squeak by from year to year, school board members agreed.  The solution rests on raising taxes, a voted leeway, and possibly even more cuts that could directly affect the classroom.

The Morgan School District’s financial situation is so complicated, it is going to take a combination of many options to solve, or even squeak by from year to year, school board members agreed.  The solution rests on raising taxes, a voted leeway, and possibly even more cuts that could directly affect the classroom.

July 18, 2012

 Jody Hipwell currently represents District 1 on the Morgan School Board.  Hipwell has been serving on the board since August of 2011 when she replaced Earl Ericksen, who passed away.  Hipwell is a native of Ogden.  After her marriage to her husband, Carl, they spent 17 years in the Southeast United States in Arkansas and South and North Carolina.  Hipwell, who has four children, volunteered in schools in each of the communities where they lived.  

Originally printed April 27

July 18, 2012

With a strong background in finance and a focus on volunteer service, Tina Cannon hopes to make a difference on the Morgan County School Board.  Cannon is running for District 1. Cannon is a professional accountant who worked at a public accounting firm for many years.  She left the firm to spend more time at home with her children.  She and a partner run their own accounting firm, where she provides services to businesses and is able to work out of her home and be close to the needs of her children.  The change has also allowed her to do more volunteer work.

With a strong background in finance and a focus on volunteer service, Tina Cannon hopes to make a difference on the Morgan County School Board.  Cannon is running for District 1.

July 16, 2012

Morgan resident Jimmy Jones, a 5th grade teacher at Cook Elementary School in Syracuse, Davis School District, has been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress “Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute” during the week of July 16-20, 2012.

Morgan resident Jimmy Jones, a 5th grade teacher at Cook Elementary School in Syracuse, Davis School District, has been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress “Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute” during the week of July 16-20, 2012.

July 16, 2012

Mariah Sunday and Trevor Langston are pleased to announce their engagement.  They will be married on August 2, 2012, in the Logan Temple.

 
Mariah Sunday and Trevor Langston are pleased to announce their engagement.  They will be married on August 2, 2012, in the Logan Temple.

July 6, 2012

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.   

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.   

July 6, 2012

One of summer’s greatest joys is long hot days filled with a dip in the pool.  Cannon balls, splashing children calling out marco polo all bring back floods of memories to most Americans who have experienced a setting similar to this sometime in their life.  Much of our summertime activities revolve around water.  From relaxing on the shore of Pineview, or camping next to a creek in the Uintahs, most of us will come into contact with water.  With extra precaution, these activities can give us a lifetime of memories and a scrapbook full of photos.  

One of summer’s greatest joys is long hot days filled with a dip in the pool.  Cannon balls, splashing children calling out marco polo all bring back floods of memories to most Americans who have experienced a setting similar to this sometime in their life.  Much of our summertime activities revolve around water.  From relaxing on the shore of Pi

June 7, 2012

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.  

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.  

June 5, 2012

Ceremonies for the Morgan High School class of 2012 will be held in the Dee Events Center at Weber State University on Friday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Ceremonies for the Morgan High School class of 2012 will be held in the Dee Events Center at Weber State University on Friday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.

June 5, 2012

May 10, 2012, Morgan High School held their 16th annual Scholarship Awards Night in the high school auditorium. Over 100 students received scholarships to help them in furthering their education.

May 10, 2012, Morgan High School held their 16th annual Scholarship Awards Night in the high school auditorium. Over 100 students received scholarships to help them in furthering their education.

June 5, 2012

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. 

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. 

May 12, 2012

Jodi Hipwell currently represents district 1 on the Morgan School Board.  Hipwell has been serving on the board since August of 2011 when she replaced Earl Ericksen who passed away.  Hipwell had previously run against Ericksen in the election.  Hipwell is running in the race with the most candidates in the county.  She will face two opponents in a primary on June 26.  The two other candidates for the School Board in District 1 are Tina Cannon and Lydia Nuttall.  The two candidates with the most votes in the primary will continue on to the general election in November.  

April 14, 2012

Recently, the Dots and Doodles Preschool has open their doors to a second location, 185 North Commerical Street, in Morgan City.

Recently, the Dots and Doodles Preschool has open their doors to a second location, 185 North Commerical Street, in Morgan City.

March 31, 2012

As parents we attend Parent/Teacher Conferences because we are concerned about our children. We want to know how they are doing in school socially, academically, and gain some insight into our children’s lives when they are away from home. Teachers dutifully tell us our child’s academic strengths, weaknesses, and provide some knowledge regarding social growth. At some point during the conference DIBELS scores are mentioned. The purpose of this article is to provide basic information regarding DIBELS so you, as parents/guardians, will have a better understanding of what DIBELS scores mean for your child. It is important to understand how DIBELS works so you will be better equipped to be your child’s advocate. So, what are DIBELS?

March 10, 2012

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” words of the Preamble which introduce the Constitution. This constitution formed the nation’s government, on September 17,1787. This coming September will be the 225th Anniversary.

February 18, 2012

McKinsey Ferrell, daughter of Robert and Lori Ferrell, was chosen as Morgan High School’s 2011-2012 Computer Technology Sterling Scholar! Kinsey has designed three different companies’ websites and currently designs the monthly newsletter for the company Inspire Us NOW. 

 

McKinsey Ferrell, daughter of Robert and Lori Ferrell, was chosen as Morgan High School’s 2011-2012 Computer Technology Sterling Scholar! Kinsey has designed three different companies’ websites and currently designs the monthly newsletter for the company Inspire Us NOW. 

February 4, 2012

From the National Institute for Literacy’s text, Big Dreams:

From the National Institute for Literacy’s text, Big Dreams:

I want my child to read. I want my child to be a reader.  I want my child to have big dreams.  And I want my child’s dreams to come true.  How can I help my child learn to read?

February 4, 2012

The growth of Morgan County has been of major focus the last few years. As a community, we have grown in population, opportunities, and challenges. Morgan County School District is no different. The district has been experiencing challenges, as well as many opportunities for growth and improvement in its schools due to our growth as a community. This applies to all areas of our schools including special education. 

February 4, 2012

On Thursday, January 19th, Morgan Elementary School Faculty and Staff joined Chili’s in supporting the Weber/Morgan Strike Force by holding a luncheon. We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such a worthwhile event.

January 16, 2012

A clear glass lies atop the counter.  A young child fills the glass to the half-point mark with water.  Is the glass half full or is it half empty?  The answer could very well depend on the respondent’s attitude.

A clear glass lies atop the counter.  A young child fills the glass to the half-point mark with water.  Is the glass half full or is it half empty?  The answer could very well depend on the respondent’s attitude.

English philosopher James Allen has penned the following words:

December 29, 2011

The “Educate to Innovate” campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is a new initiative being funded by the federal government, private companies, foundations, and non-profit organizations. The purpose is to lift American students to the top internationally in science and math achievement over the next decade by motivating and inspiring students to excel in STEM subjects. Many states and universities have received or are about to receive large grants. Morgan Middle School CTE/Technology teacher Brian Rutherford has received multiple grants for this purpose. He has been awarded $1500.00 from the Utah Credit Union Education Foundation, $1000.00 from the Utah Education Association, $500.00 from the Carl Perkins grant that was awarded to the District Career and Technical Education Department, and several hundred dollars’ worth of product from vendors as well as a 20% discount on all future orders from TeacherGeek.

November 19, 2011

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

 

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

Board and Administration

November 19, 2011

What is happening with Special Education in Morgan School District?  Federal law 94-142 Idea mandates the practice of special education.  Each state dictates how they will adopt and implement educational practices.  Then each district utilizes the guidelines to design programs that are mandated for individual schools, classrooms, and students. This can be tricky in both large and small districts because of size and funding, so creativity and intelligence combined makes it work!  Synchronizing education between what is happening in the regular education classes, special education classes, related service providers and at home, is as crucial as a balanced diet.

November 7, 2011

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?

November 1, 2011

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.  

 

November 1, 2011

On the 29th of September the Morgan elementary 4th graders went to Farm Field day put on by the Morgan FFA chapter and sponsored by Morgan Soil Conservation.

 

On the 29th of September the Morgan elementary 4th graders went to Farm Field day put on by the Morgan FFA chapter and sponsored by Morgan Soil Conservation.

November 1, 2011

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.  

 

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October 17, 2011

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.

 

October 17, 2011

On Sunday, October 9, Renn and Valeri Hoopes had their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary. Both make important contributions to our community as educators at Morgan High School.  Mrs. Hoopes teaches Biology and Mr. Hoopes is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. The couple has worked here all fourteen years that they have lived in Morgan. They both grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming although they weren’t high school sweethearts. Mr. Hoopes’ sister encouraged him to take her friend Valeri on a date, and the rest is history! They were married in Star Valley, Wyoming and sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. 

 

September 30, 2011

Amy Petersen Jensen graduated from Morgan High School in 1986 along with 107 other students of that class.  Throughout her four years of attending MHS, Jensen had many successes and was acknowledged on several occasions for her academic achievements.

 

September 30, 2011

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.

 

September 22, 2011

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.”  

 

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.”  

September 22, 2011

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. 

 

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. 

September 15, 2011

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.

 

September 13, 2011

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.

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.

September 1, 2011

 

What an exciting time of year!  Back-to-school is truly one of our favorite events at Morgan Elementary and this fall we are eager to begin a year of many new challenges.  Each August we rededicate ourselves to finding the strategies necessary to continue the tradition of excellence that has made our school so great for so long.  This year we especially welcome our new students and their families as they join our journey.  

Morgan Elementary School’s motto is, “Mountaineers Climbing Higher!” and we hope to embody this slogan through the empowerment and achievement of our students.  

 

September 1, 2011

The Utah State University Extension Office provides excellent resources to Morgan County.  Through the Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H program, the Agricultural Services Department and the Food Sense Program our community is enriched and educated. The first two services may be familiar to you already, but the last, Food Sense is an up and coming program in the Extension Office. The program is headed by me, Madeline Carrigan, the Nutrition Education Assistant and sponsored and supported by Amanda Horrocks the County 4-H Agent. Food Sense is a program funded by the USDA which aims to assist families in budgeting properly and getting the most nutrition out of what they can afford.  

August 25, 2011

As school begins each year students are usually filled with excitement and enthusiasm to meet new friends and learn new things.  Just the anticipation of a new class and seeing their old friends provides motivation to come to school during the first few weeks.  Regrettably, after a few weeks some students begin to feel that regular attendance to school is not important.  Sadly, but not usually intentionally, some parents also feel that missing a few days of school is not that important.

 

August 4, 2011

 

Hannah Hawkes, daughter of Denise and Chad Hawkes of Morgan will marry Daniel Giullian, son of Mark and Marianne Giullian of Bozeman, Montana on Thursday, August 11th in the Bountiful LDS Temple. A garden reception will be held in their honor that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at the home of the bride at 179 West 150 South. In case of an oversight please join us that evening to celebrate with the happy couple. Guests may park at the Fox Point Park (300 West) and follow the park path leading to the backyard of the Hawkes home. Hannah and Dan met at BYU and plan to reside in Provo to continue their educational goals.

 

July 21, 2011

The Morgan School District and the State of Utah lost a great advocate for public education with the passing of Dr. K. Earl Ericksen.  Earl was a man of conviction who devoted a majority of his adult life to our youth and the educational systems that served them.

 

July 19, 2011

K. Earl Ericksen, 87, passed away, July 12, 2011 at McKay-Dee Hospital.  Ericksen served on the Morgan County School Board for more than twenty years.  He was still serving and lending his insight and vast experience on the school board at the time of his death.  

 

April 12, 2011

 

By Chelsea Fairbourn

TMCN Student Writer

 

 

We are now one week closer to the Northeastern region Sterling Scholar competition and the pressure is building.  First drafts of portfolios have been submitted for proofreading, mock interviews scheduled, and plans to shop for business attire made.  

For the fourteen scholars at Morgan High School, the process has been a blur, but perhaps one of the most valuable experiences of their lives thus far.  

Without further ado, it’s time to meet this week’s four Sterling Scholars:

 

By Chelsea Fairbourn

March 26, 2011

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

 

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

March 5, 2011

Currently students live as well as learn in a world that has been profoundly transformed by the immediate availability of immense stores of information in an array of formats.  One form of literacy that is important to the success of Morgan County School District students is Information Literacy. 

Currently students live as well as learn in a world that has been profoundly transformed by the immediate availability of immense stores of information in an array of formats.  One form of literacy that is important to the success of Morgan County School District students is Information Literacy.  

March 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC  Ruston Roberts of Morgan Elementary School has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to lead the Morgan Elementary School faculty in a study of How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Susan Brookhart.  
Collaborative teams will review the text, the research, and student and classroom data over the course of the year to support implementation of the principles of effective feedback.  The study and implementation will be supported by text, DVD training, and coaching.

WASHINGTON, DC  Ruston Roberts of Morgan Elementary School has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to lead the Morgan Elementary School faculty in a study of How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Susan Brookhart.  

February 10, 2011

In the December 14, 2010, issue of the Daily Herald in Provo, a State Senator from Utah County made some insinuating comments that have certainly created a stir.  The remarks were demeaning towards local boards of education across the state and the individuals who serve in that capacity. May I share with readers of The Morgan County News some facts about the Morgan County Board of Education? 

January 1, 2011

As we move forward and continue to strive for excellence in education for our children, the Morgan County School Board recently approved a new mission statement and beliefs to help guide our efforts.

December 31, 2010

Throughout Utah more and more schools are relying on volunteers for the extra support that is needed to help children learn at the accelerated pace that is expected of them.   Volunteers at  Mountain Green Elementary have provided support in filling staffing gaps, providing reading and math support to students who need one-on-one or small group help, and strategic assistance in daily classroom routines.

December 31, 2010

The Morgan Board of Education has unveiled a new logo and mission statement for the district.  The action follows work completed by two select committees over the past four months.  The committees were comprised of faculty, community council members, and administrators

The Morgan Board of Education has unveiled a new logo and mission statement for the district.  The action follows work completed by two select committees over the past four months.  The committees were comprised of faculty, community council members, and administrators.  

December 31, 2010

Often as I am working with genealogists they express sadness that they cannot get more members of their family to become engaged in family history.  Many of them have been doing family history for years.  Sometimes they have rooms full of information on their research and no one in their family with which they can share it.

December 31, 2010

LAS VEGAS –  Megan Haslam, agricultural educator at Morgan High School in Morgan, Utah, is one of 33  individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given December 4 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) annual convention in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS –  Megan Haslam, agricultural educator at Morgan High School in Morgan, Utah, is one of 33  individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given December 4 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) annual convention in Las Vegas.

December 31, 2010

In the document “Promises to Keep” adopted by the Utah State Board of Education in August of 2009 it refers to the mission of Public Education.  Within this mission it states that Utah’s public education system keeps its constitutional promise by ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children.

December 13, 2010

Morgan resident Jimmy Jones recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the weightlessness of space. While it wasn’t a trip in the space shuttle, the program operated by the Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) Foundation offers teachers the opportunity to feel at least one part of space flight.

December 10, 2010

By Terry Allen, Assistant Principal, Morgan Middle School
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.  ~William D. Tammeus

By Terry Allen, Assistant Principal, Morgan Middle School
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.  ~William D. Tammeus

November 12, 2010

With a nip in the air, a cup of hot cocoa in hand, and a quiet evening to reflect on the beginning of this school year, I pause to revel in gratitude for a moment at being in this time and place. 

With a nip in the air, a cup of hot cocoa in hand, and a quiet evening to reflect on the beginning of this school year, I pause to revel in gratitude for a moment at being in this time and place.  

November 9, 2010

Have you ever gotten stuck while doing family history and wished that you had a personal trainer to help you and teach you how to do research the way the professionals do? If so, you are in good company. Everyone comes upon a problem they don’t know how to solve at some point.

Have you ever gotten stuck while doing family history and wished that you had a personal trainer to help you and teach you how to do research the way the professionals do? If so, you are in good company. Everyone comes upon a problem they don’t know how to solve at some point.

November 7, 2010

One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.

One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.

October 24, 2010

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Chinese Proverb
Often when a teacher tells students about a new concept, the student has a hard time remembering what they heard.  When a teacher explains the new concept and demonstrates the concept, there is a greater probability that the concept will stick with the student.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Chinese Proverb

October 16, 2010

Mel Brown has a family tradition of political service.  His father ran for the state legislature when Brown was young, and he and his brother have both served as Utah’s speaker of the house.  Brown is a man who has years of experience in the legislative process, and strong connections to the area he serves.

Mel Brown has a family tradition of political service.  His father ran for the state legislature when Brown was young, and he and his brother have both served as Utah’s speaker of the house.  Brown is a man who has years of experience in the legislative process, and strong connections to the area he serves.

October 10, 2010

Student learning is the supreme reason for a school’s existence and optimal student learning is the top priority of the Morgan County School District.  Teachers and administrators in each of the district’s four schools work diligently towards this outcome.

October 2, 2010

Nearly 40% of students in the United States have had, or are having, a challenge, in learning to read.  The good news is that many reading problems can be prevented or solved with a good reading teacher in conjunction with parents.  The bad news is that many children have to wait for their turn with reading teachers and parents who just do not have the time to help.  This waiting can be demoralizing to children as they fall further and further behind. So what can be done? 

September 25, 2010

By Chuck Gates
Special Contributor for the Morgan County News
 
   SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders must brace themselves to withstand the coming budgetary collision of entitlement programs and funding obligations at the federal and state levels.

By Chuck Gates
Special Contributor for the Morgan County News
 
   SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders must brace themselves to withstand the coming budgetary collision of entitlement programs and funding obligations at the federal and state levels.

September 25, 2010

2005
* Water flowed over the top of the East Canyon Dam for the first time in many years

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* Water flowed over the top of the East Canyon Dam for the first time in many years

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*Five ladies were up for the Morgala Days Queen. They were Ashley Allen, Kristen Call, Melanie Haddock, Jessica Lott and SaraH Stettler
*Bessie (Bette) Mecham, 81, passed away on June 16, 2000

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September 25, 2010

I have often been asked, “What can a busy parent do to make sure their child succeeds in school?”  According to the Parent Institute, four simple things can be done to help parents make sure their child is doing their best in school.

I have often been asked, “What can a busy parent do to make sure their child succeeds in school?”  According to the Parent Institute, four simple things can be done to help parents make sure their child is doing their best in school.

September 25, 2010

My experience as an educator spans 36 years, four school districts and two states. During this time of employment, it has been my pleasure to be associated with great students, wonderful parents and conscientious staff members. It has been said that if one chooses something he loves to do then he will never go to work for the rest of his life. There is no truer statement than this about my vocation.

September 24, 2010

    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.
    At Morgan High School two students qualified for AP Scholar with Honor Award

    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.

September 19, 2010

     Three players from Morgan teamed up to win gold at the Utah Summer Games in the collegiate division.  Sixteen teams comprised of college players throughout the state of Utah and Idaho were eliminated as our local girls went undefeated through pool play, and the tournament to finish first and win the gold medal.

     Three players from Morgan teamed up to win gold at the Utah Summer Games in the collegiate division.  Sixteen teams comprised of college players throughout the state of Utah and Idaho were eliminated as our local girls went undefeated through pool play, and the tournament to finish first and win the gold medal.

September 19, 2010

This spring and early summer produced a number of changes in our administrative team.  Late in the month of May, Ron Wolff announced his intentions to step down as Superintendent.  In mid-June our beloved Morgan Elementary Principal, Laraine Whitear lost her battle to cancer.  Both individuals have left voids to be filled in our system.  The positive influence for good they have given and shared with our community will be felt for years to come.

September 19, 2010

    Morgan- Wade T. Murdock has been selected as the new Morgan High School Principal.  Murdock’s official appointment will occur at a Special Board of Education meeting scheduled for July 13, 2010 at 3:30 P.M. in the district office.  The Morgan Board of Education received input from a screening committee comprised of parents, educators, and support staff prior to reaching their decision. 

September 17, 2010

Ronald Wolff, Superintendent of Schools in the Box Elder School District and former Superintendent of Schools in the Morgan School District, has been named the 2010 Utah Superintendent of the Year.

Ronald Wolff, Superintendent of Schools in the Box Elder School District and former Superintendent of Schools in the Morgan School District, has been named the 2010 Utah Superintendent of the Year.

September 17, 2010

According to a document published by the Utah State Board of Education entitled “Promises to Keep” Utah’s public education system is created in the Utah State Constitution to “secure and perpetuate” freedom.  Freedom, as envisioned in the Utah Constitution, is a promise to future generations that requires:

According to a document published by the Utah State Board of Education entitled “Promises to Keep” Utah’s public education system is created in the Utah State Constitution to “secure and perpetuate” freedom.  Freedom, as envisioned in the Utah Constitution, is a promise to future generations that requires:

September 12, 2010

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the first of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the first of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.