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Shown below, a group of awe-struck onlookers gathered to watch as the greenhouse began mysteriously assembling itself over the course of two days. Every ‘above and beyond the call’ project at Morris is the result of a dream, volunteers and hard work. The dreamer was Adrienne Koesterer. Crystal Daynard and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
The Mighty Mustangs team from Morris Elementary Language Immersion School immersed itself in Humboldt Bay on Saturday as part of the Discovery Museum’s Perilous Plunge fundraiser. The group was composed of teachers Adriana Contreras, Jackie Hauger, Jennifer Nichols and husband Steve Ludwig, Angela Burkhart, Phyllis Nolan and principal Michael Davies-Hughes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
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Students from McKinleyville High School spread across the campus on Friday to read books in English and Spanish. The annual event marked the birthday of legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss, and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. For many of the high school students, it was a return... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Fri. March 2 – 911 Presentations K-1-2 learn about calling 911 for emergencies with a demo talking phone. Mon. March 5 – Principal’s Breakfast Join your child at the cafeteria for a free breakfast with Mr. D-H 7:50 to 8:45 a.m. Tues. March 6 – MPTO Meeting Parents get involved... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
MPTO’s literacy night returns with a variety of activities for all ages. As the name implies, students are encouraged to wear pajamas to Jammin’ Jammy Night. Entertainment begins in the Morris gym at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 8 with Dell Arte’ players and live music. At 6:15 p.m., attendees will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
The Morris Transition Action Committee, which is exploring the expansion of Morris with grades 6 through 8, is not pursuing the expansion for the 2012-13 school year. The group cited two reasons: expected start-up costs greater than the school’s existing budget during a time when the district is undergoing budget... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Third grader [name omitted] won a $4.50 gift certificate (a huge ice cream cone) to The Sweet Spot, the new ice cream parlor on Hiller Road. His name was selected from among students who have brought in soup labels, ‘Box Tops for Education’ labels, cell phones and printer cartridges to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Our principal, Michael Davies-Hughes, was recognized for his superness at the January board meeting of the McKinleyville Union School District. He has be appointed our school district's next superintendant. Current superintendant Dena McCullough announced her planned departure in a memo sent home last autumn as she pursues a doctorate. Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Students in kindergarten through 4th grade can submit original stories and illustrations for the KEET-TV Young Authors and Illustrator’s Contest. There is also a storytelller category for children who are too young to write or have other developmental ability challenges. Submissions will also be accepted in Spanish. The winning entries... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
The McKinleyville Middle School Spanish Club invites you to its Fiesta Dinner and Auction on Sunday, March 25 at Azalea Hall. The event features a delicious meal catered by Rita's Mexican Food, auction items, and entertainment provided by Morris’ own folkloric dancers. Funds raised will allow eighth graders to culminate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
MPTO's spring fundraiser to pay for core school resources and activities in the next school year will be held on Saturday, May 5th. Donations of products and services are needed as soon as possible. If you have something to donate, or have a tip on someone who might, or can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
‘Tea with the Principal’ is being replaced this month with breakfast. Join your child from 7:50 to 8:45 a.m.on Monday, March 5 to dine with Mr. D-H. The change of venues is to commemorate National School Breakfast Week. On tap that morning will be hash browns, sausage, bagels, cereal, fresh... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
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Students from Morris, Dow’s Prairie Elementary and McKinleyville Middle School will perform The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr. this month. The play follows the popular children’s book character Stanley Lambchop as he is flattened when a bulletin board falls on him in his sleep. Naturally, he then decides to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
As reported last month, our principal, Michael Davies-Hughes, has been appointed to be our school district’s next superintendent, effective July 1st. A 13-member committee has been assembled to interview candidates on March 20, including Morris parents Micah Holmes, Danya Wirtz and Sue Reeser. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Students in Lisa Cardenas’ 2nd grade class will say goodbye as she starts maternity leave at spring break. Her due date is April 14th and we’re assured of a photo of the new girl, or boy, (nobody except their doctor knows!) for the June newsletter. Cardenas is on the search... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Read-a-thon The Read-a-thon is now underway. This is the library’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All students who participate will receive a prize. Students earning $50 or more in pledges will receive a gift certificate to buy a new book at the next Scholastic Book Fair in late March. All... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
RWRP is the umbrella name for MPTO’s Mustang Free Bookstore and its newest offshoot pursuit: greeting cards. Both used children’s books and donated (yet unused) greeting cards are being put to work for student learning. As previously reported, students earn visits to the on-campus bookstore to take home a book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Aha! We have a website editor again (such is life in a parent-fueled endeavor). News updates will resume being posted this weekend (March 11, 2012). In the meantime, browse older news via the links at your right. On the off chance any preschool families are checking us out, feel free... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Mustang Minute
Each spring, the Morris Parent Teacher Organization holds Bust the Budget Cuts, an entertainment fundraiser at Cher-Ae Heights Casino to offset the typical budget cuts that schools are facing across our state. In May 2011, we raised over $17,000 for Morris Elementary amid a sold-out house! Dinner was provided by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at Mustang Minute
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Our own first grade teacher, Kelly Miller, has been named teacher of the year by the McKinleyville Union School District. Here are a few things you probably don't know about her. In 1994, Miller was a fifth grade nutrition teacher where she planned and implemented a three month nutrition program... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mustang Minute
Clothing and other items students have lost this school year, which have not been claimed, will be discarded or donated to charity at the end of the school year. There are two venues to look through. Items left behind on school buses are stored at the bus barn at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mustang Minute
May’s Bust the Budget fundraiser by the Morris Parent Teacher Organization raised $21,000 gross. Historically, MPTO has used these funds to provide the Artist in Residence program, keep the library open an extra hour every day and provide other enrichment programs. Thank you to parent volunteer Danya Wirtz for coordinating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mustang Minute
Basket Fundraiser I want to thank everyone for donating to the basket fundraiser. There were 17 baskets on display in the library and office; all filled to the brim with books, games, stuffed animals etc. Tickets sold during Open House raised more than $1,000. All proceeds go back to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mustang Minute
Dear Parents, As the school year closes, the district is actively preparing for the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. The recent funding cuts to education amounted to approximately $349 less per student next year. After many months of budget advisory meetings and discussions at board meetings, the district will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mustang Minute
A selection of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will be dancing a Samba during the Pony Express Days parade this Saturday, June 4 on Central Avenue. Not to be outdone, Elizabeth Rivera will be leading 5th graders in Los Machetes, the sticks-and-swirling dresses dance from our Winter Program. The parade... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mustang Minute