This will be my last update for the 2014-2015 school year and I want to sincerely thank all of you for your support of the Morris Area School District. It has been a great year for learning and we want to finish this last month strong. Change is the one constant in our world and as we look forward to the fall of 2015 we already know a few things which will look different. Long time educator Joan Donovan is retiring and recently hired elementary counselor Andrea Winkels will be leaving the district to accept a full time position in Minneota.
As you read this article MAES will have just hosted our annual Kindergarten Registration Day. I always look forward to meeting the prospective young students and families we hope will join our school this coming fall. We have much to offer starting with the single most important factor impacting student success within the school building — our top notch staff! While I may be prejudiced in my view, I want you to know MAES has an exemplary set of teachers and support personnel that first and foremost care about children and their families.
Happy Valentine's Day! Since Valentine's Day is all about love I will share some of the things I love about our school: • Our wonderful students and their families • A great and caring staff • The finest facilities in west central Minnesota • A focus on high standards — both academically and environmentally • A commitment to service We can't wait to welcome our next potential incoming class of kindergarten students during our annual Kindergarten Round-Up on Friday, March 13 [Kindergarten Round Up is for students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2015].
Morris Area Elementary School As the New Year has arrived many of us have considered a New Year’s resolution – or possibly thought about the goals we set for ourselves...
Principal Ken Gagner It’s time for the 2014-2015 “Invest in our Youth” campaign! I want to invite the families, friends, and community of Morris to be part of this program. Here's a little background. In the not too distant past, every child in grades K-6 had been asked to contribute money or participate in fundraising at some point during the school year.
Morris Area Elementary School - Principal Ken Gagner Wow, it’s hard to believe but we are already six weeks into the school year and time seems to be flying by. I enjoy the fall portion of school as teachers are introduced to a new group of children and begin to see and discern the little things that make each and every child unique.
A note from Principal Ken Gagner This will be my last article for the 2013 – 2014 school year and I want to sincerely thank all of you for your support of the Morris Area District.
Morris Area Elementary School A note from Principal Ken Gagner Chinese Proverb: When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people. We all work hard each and every day to help children succeed and we need to keep in mind careful planning does make a difference.
A note from Principal Ken Gagner As a person who enjoys reading (especially leadership topics) I have found author/speaker John Maxwell to be one of my favorites. In a recent column he commented on the following Mark Twain quote: “I knew a man who grabbed a cat by the tail and learned forty percent more about cats than the man who didn’t.” Maxwell’s reflections centered on factors affecting learning; in the
A note from Principal Ken Gagner I happen to come across a great article a few weeks ago written by leadership expert Dr. Tim Elmore. His message focused on the common mistakes we make as parents. One of his key points is that we don't allow our children to experience risk. We want to protect and rescue them from every misadventure or disappointment. The result, as Dr.