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Awesome news: Morris Area Elementary School has been named a 2012 Celebration School! This award is given by the Minnesota Department of Education to recognize a school’s performance in student proficiency, student growth, and closure of the achievement gap. In other words – students, staff, parents, and the Morris area community are doing a great job!  

Morris Area was first identified as a Celebration Eligible School when it placed in the top 60th to 86th percentile of top performing schools based on its MMR, and after an application process, was among the 10 percent of Title I schools to be selected for the Celebration School Award. This award is based on 2012 MCA scores – during former principal Brad Korn’s tenure. Give him a high five the next time you see him!

Minnesota Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius said selecting Morris Area Elementary School, “is a direct reflection of the gains your school has made and the tireless efforts your staff have directed toward improving outcomes for your students. It takes focus and commitment to put systems and strategies in place that yield the kind of results your school has shown. Your entire team deserves sincere congratulations for this outstanding achievement.”  

As always, if you have any questions or would just like to visit, please stop in; this is your school!

Don’t forget Coffee with Ken held from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria the first Friday of each month (next opportunity March 1). This is a time for fellowship, asking questions, and getting to know your school a little bit better!  

1. School WILL be in session Monday, Feb. 18.  (make-up day)

2. Barring any more snow days, Tuesday, Feb. 12, will be the 100th day of school – a very big event for our kindergarten students!

3. Join us for our first annual Dare Mighty Things Day on Friday, March 1, starting at 2:15 p.m. in the M.A.E.S. Concert Hall. Students are invited to dress for their “dream” careers on that day.  

4. Remember that all elementary teaching staff now have their own individual web pages. This is a great resource to check the weekly happenings/schedules/ lessons for your child’s classroom. To access teacher sites, first go to the district web site, then click on Elementary, then on Faculty. To access my site, first go to the district web site, then click on Elementary, then on PRINCIPAL.  

5.  News From our PE Department:  The Physical Education Department would like to thank the many family and friends that helped make our winter activities a huge success. We had many volunteers to help find, tighten, tie and untie skates for our ice skating unit at the Lee Community Center. It would be very challenging to do this unit without your support! We also want to thank the 30 family members who will join the fourth grades students from MAES and St. Mary’s for our annual ski trip to Andes Tower Hills. The new date for this is Tuesday, Feb. 19.  The 2013 Jump Rope for Heart event will be on Friday, Feb. 22.  Check the schedule and see if you are able to join us for some jammin’ and jumpin’! Last year our event raised $11,649.00 for the American Heart Association. We are continually amazed by the support of our families and the communities we live in.

Make a difference!

Grade 3        8:45 – 9:20

Grade 4        9:20 – 9:55

Grade 5        9:55 – 10:30

Grade 6        10:30 – 11:05

Grade 1        12:35 – 1:05

Grade K        1:05 – 1:35

St. Mary’s        1:40 – 2:15

Grade 2        2:15 – 2:45

Jump Rope for Heart!

Attendance: It is important that all of our students arrive on time and ready to learn each day.  Tardies and absences do affect a child’s education. Students miss out on morning opening and important instruction when they are late or absent. Please try to schedule appointments and vacations outside the school day or school calendar. When absences are excessive it may be necessary for the principal to require a doctor in order to excuse an absence. Students with perfect attendance during the first semester include:

6th Grade: Lea Asmus, Deven Dybdal, Leandra H., Benjamin Juarez Hernandez, Summer Larson, Owen Lin, Matthew McNeill, Carissa Mohrman, Lindsey Moser, Noah Thielke, Benjamin Travis, and Morgan Wevley    

5th Grade: Malory Arnold, Jared Boots, Deana Botello, Samuel Burks, Tyler Buss, Madison Carrington, Garrett Eystad, Cade Fehr, Keenan Irwin, Keyshawn James, Cameron Koebernick, Dalton Koehler, Tanner Lanoue, Nevaeh Marshall, Dillon Nelson, Miranda Papesh, Bradlely Rohloff, Karmen Sperr, Boe Staples, Braden Waldbesor, and Kendra Wevley

4th Grade: Ashton Aanderson, Anya Eckerle, Hannah Flogstad, Alexandra Gomer, Kylie Irwin, Hailey Jackson, Sade James, Ana Juarez Hernandez, Alissa Kellen, Clara Kruger, Courtney Lehman, Gavin Luthi, Andrew Olson, Bryanna Olson, Brandon Vidaurri, and Chace Warzecha

3rd Grade: Cassidy Asmus, Meredith Carrington, Shannon Dougherty, Brett Hansen, Jeramee Hoberg, Sawyer Knobloch, Tasha Koehl, Brady Krusemark, Ocean Lin, Itzel Sanchez Salguero, Madelyn Siegel, and Memarie White Mountain

2nd Grade: Whitney Bruns, Trevor Buss, Ricardo Garcia Naranjo, Matthew Gomer, Katya Lackey, Maura Lamberty, Ava Lonergan , Jaiden Olson, and Daniel Travis

1st Grade: Alexa Erholtz, Ashley Koehl, April Paul, Tyler Schneider, Darin VanHorn, Derek Waldbeser, and Lillian Zeltwanger

Kindergarten: Wylie McNally and Jase Minners

Dates to Remember:

Feb. 13 – Two-hour late start

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties

Feb. 18 – Regular school day

Feb. 19 – 4th grade ski trip

Feb. 22 – Jump Rope for Heart

March 1 – 1st Annual Dare Mighty Things Day

March 15 – No school

March 20 – Early dismissal / 12:30 p.m.

March 11-22 – Obstacle Course

March 28 – End of third quarter