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Morris Elementary on track for great year

We are on track for a great year at Morris Elementary District 54. There are many new faces in the halls and that feeling of having a fresh supply of sharpened No. 2 pencils is still in the air.

As one of these new faces, I can say without a doubt that moving to Morris was a terrific decision. My family and I have really enjoyed settling into our new home and exploring all Morris has to offer – including our first
Cornfest!

When I accepted the principal position at Morris, I also wanted to become an active member of the community. I truly believe that in order for a school to be most effective, it must work collaboratively with the community it serves.

This is why I convey an open-door policy with the students, staff and families of Morris 54. As times change, we are making adjustments accordingly at the school, while keeping in place all of the great things we have going for us.

In order to implement changes wisely, dialogue is key. I never want anyone to feel that they are bothering me or that their concern is too minor. We must work together in order to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of each and every student at our school.

We also want our students and staff to understand the importance of community. Our students will learn the importance of giving back to others through community service projects, classroom activities and raising funds to help others in need.

We also need our community to help us. Your time volunteering to enhance educational experiences in the school, as well as support of our PTO, is greatly appreciated. We are asking for every parent to donate three hours of your time to help enhance the learning at Morris 54.

It is no secret that schools are contending with many financial issues within the state of Illinois. As school leaders, we are constantly looking for ways to be fiscally responsible. This means being strategic in deciding on how to spend funds and creative in looking for alternative revenue sources.

Our PTO is a big piece of this puzzle. From pork chops and baked goods to duct tape and magazines, their many events and fundraising efforts supplement the school budget and provide items and programs that may not otherwise be made available.

Already this year, the PTO has purchased brand-new risers for the music department so that every single student will be both seen and heard at our many wonderful performances.

I hope that we can work together for the betterment of the entire Morris community. I would love to keep that “first day” excitement going all year!

I always welcome feedback and suggestions to achieve our goals. A reminder that hangs in my office reads, “Be not afraid of growing slowing, be afraid only of standing still.” I look forward to moving forward ... together.

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