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A note from Principal Craig Peterson

One of our core values at Morris Area is that “Every Student Can Learn.” Student growth, student learning and student achievement are goals for each student as they pass through our hallways at Morris Area High School.  

Recently, Morris Area High School received our growth scores from the state of Minnesota.The Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) rates schools on four criteria. The criteria in which high schools are rated on is student proficiency, student growth, lowering the student achievement gap and graduation rate. Each area is worth 25 points for a total score of 100. During the 2012-2013 school year, Morris Area High School achieved a MMR rating of 87.76 percent. This is an increase of over 26 percent from the previous year. Our 26 percent increase over the past year is a testament to our students, staff and to our parents/guardians. This is a great accomplishment for our high school.

Announcements and School News

Career Fair: On Monday, Nov. 4, Morris Area will be hosting a Career Fair for our senior high students. The Career Fair will include many careers in Stevens County as well as other career opportunities for our students.

Project Breakfast: Morris Area High School was selected as one of sixteen schools in the state to participate in a program called “Project Breakfast.” Project Breakfast is a study that will be conducted by the University of Minnesota. Student participants in grades 9 or 10 (with parental/guardian approval) will be asked about their breakfast habits and whether they eat breakfast on a daily basis. Students will be randomly selected for a period of two years to participate in the study. Our high school will receive funds through the University of Minnesota to participate in the study.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the ’68 gym across from the high school cafeteria and on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the teacher’s classrooms. Parents/guardians do not need an appointment for conferences. Parents/guardians will receive their son or daughter’s first quarter grades, their first quarter attendance, MCA test results from last April and NWEA test results from September. We highly encourage all parents/guardians to attend conferences at the high school. This is a great way to build relationships with your son/daughter’s teachers and a great way to look at our high school. Tammy Roth will be doing presentation sessions on Naviance and I will be doing presentation sessions on state testing data during parent-teacher conferences.

Naviance: Naviance is a College and Career readiness tool that gives parents and students can access their child’s interest surveys, career interests and college choice information. Mrs. Roth will be doing presentation sessions on Naviance for all parents/guardians during parent-teacher conferences.

FFA National Convention: During the week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, I have the great opportunity to attend the FFA National Convention in Louisville, Ky. Fourteen students and staff from our high school will be competing at the FFA National Convention. I am personally very excited for this opportunity and excited to see our student projects. I want to thank Mrs. Mortenson and Mr. Milbrandt for this opportunity.

WE Day: Last month, Mrs. Rinkenberger, Mrs. Nygaard and Mrs. Maras took 60 students to St. Paul for a WE Day event. WE Day is a national event on volunteerism and volunteerism in communities. Our students regularly volunteer their services. They spend many hours volunteering to make our high school and the city of Morris a better place.

Celebrate My Drive: Over the past week, Morris Area students have participated in a national competition sponsored by State Farm called “Celebrate My Drive.” To participate in the “Celebrate My Drive” project, community members need to visit and make a commitment to safe driving. If Morris Area finishes number one in the nation for votes, we could receive a $100,000 grant and a concert by Kelly Clarkson. Our students, led by Mrs. Maras and Paul LeTendre have done an outstanding job at promoting this event. I want to thank all of the area businesses and community members who have helped out in this project.

Silent Sustained Reading (SSR): One of our goals this year at Morris Area High School is reading. One strategy that we are using to obtain our goal is Silent Sustained Reading (SSR). Students and staff are reading each Monday to increase literacy, comprehension and vocabulary.

Thank You

Thank you to all the businesses and community members that help our school be successful. Without your volunteer time and generosity, we as a school would not be where we are as an institution. Thank you to all of local business that are allowing our Senior student mentorships and for our students to gain valuable knowledge on careers in Stevens County.

As always, we want to keep the lines of communication open between stakeholders and the school. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 320-585-2200 or email me at cpeterson@morris.k12. anytime or stop in the high school to visit.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 28: 7-12 Band concert in Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 29-Nov.1: National FFA conference in Louisville, KY

Nov. 1: End of First Quarter

Nov. 5: Dental Presentations for grades 7-11

Nov. 5: Project Breakfast for grades 9-10

Nov. 6-7: Senior Mentorships

Nov. 7: Parent-Teacher conferences in the High School gym

Nov. 11: Veterans Day program in the elementary school

    gym at 2 p.m.

Nov. 12: Parent-Teacher conferences from 5:30 p.m. to

    8 p.m. in teacher classrooms

Nov. 13: Two-hour late start