Red Ribbon Week, October 20-24
From Mr. Barton
Red Ribbon WeekMary Morgan Elementary School has designated October 20 – 24, 2014, as Red Ribbon Week. This week every year is set aside to help students and their families become more aware of drug and alcohol issues and how those concerns impact families.

Important Dates!
From Mr. Barton

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week, October 22 & 23. You may check your conference time(s) by logging on to your Skyward Family Access account and selecting the "Teacher Conferences" tab, located on the left side of your screen. If you need any support accessing this information, please contact the Mary Morgan school office at 815-234-5491, Ext. 251 or 757.

In addition to Parent Teacher Conferences, we will have more information available for parents to access in the Mary Morgan library. Parents can obtain information on how they can support their children with reading and math skills, learn about the upcoming PARCC assessment and Common Core State Standards, or get guidance on how to navigate our new student information system, Skyward Family Access. Please stop by the library. We look forward to seeing you next week.

 Paretn Teacher ConferenceParent-Teacher Conferences5th Grade Musical Vision & Hearing Screenings
 October 22 & 23Broadway Highlights Nov. 17 - 19
Early Dismissal 2:00 PM Oct. 30 6:30 pmDownload Flyer
 BMS Auditorium 

 Click to view Fire Safety Movie [flash required]

PTA Fall Book Fair
From Mrs. Egan
PTA Fall Book Fair
October 22nd and 23rd
Open to the public
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. both days
The fair will be held in the old Mary Morgan gym.
(next to the Park District Desk)

Midterms Available
From Mr. Barton


Instructions are provided for parents pertaining to the navigation of the student gradebook using Skyward's Family Access.


Click Here For Skyward Family Access
Navigating the K-2 Gradebook pdf
Navigating the 3-5 Gradebook  pdf
Navigating the 6-12 Gradebook pdf 



Mary Morgan, Boyer Earn Gold Circle of Quality Award
From Mr. Barton

Gold Circle of Quality

Mary Morgan elementary school has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality designation, the highest award issued through the state’s new early learning program rating system known as ExceleRate Illinois.

When determining a program’s rating, ExceleRate Illinois employs a consistent set of standards in four domains: Teaching and Learning, Family and Community Engagement, Leadership and Management, and Qualifications and Continuing Education.

There are four levels of distinction: Licensed Circle of Quality, Bronze Circle of Quality, Silver Circle of Quality and Gold Circle of Quality.

The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have demonstrated quality on all fifteen standards, as validated by an independent assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.

Mary Morgan’s preschool program has been run by longtime preschool teacher, Mrs. Kim Boyer, who often works in conjunction with Mary Morgan early childhood teacher, Mrs. Mindi McKinley.

“Mrs. Boyer is very deserving of this award,” McKinley stated. “She has been dedicated to the Pre-K program for many years and strives to create a safe and fun learning environment for her students each day. Mrs. Boyer has positively touched many little lives in her career, and Mary Morgan has been lucky to have her all these years.”

When told that she had been given the Gold Circle of Quality Award, Mrs. Boyer stated, “I feel very honored to have been given this distinction. It validates the work we have put into the program the past several years. I have always tried to improve upon the opportunities we provide for our kids, and I am fortunate and grateful to have been given a great deal of support throughout my years teaching the program – it truly take a village to raise a child.”

To learn more about ExceleRate Illinois, including the specific requirements for each Circle of Quality, visit www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com.

Author Steve Cotler at Mary Morgan
From Mrs. Smith, MM Library

Author steve CotlerOn Wednesday, October 8, Mr. Cotler will speak to 3rd-5th grade students about writing, reading and creative thinking. His presentations are animated, enthusiastic, and interactive. He will excite the students about the creative process and challenge them to imagine. He will share tips from his career as a working writer, and encourage students to think, dream, and improvise. Plus laughing…lots of laughing!

Recently, your student has been excited and energized by a library read-aloud of chapters from Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything. Picked by the children’s librarians of Illinois as one of the best books of 2014, it’s the first in a series of smart, funny wholesome adventures for readers aged 8-12. I

If you would like your child to have an autographed copy of any or all of these five books (or to order copies for gifts), please complete the form that is coming home with your student and return it to your child’s teacher with payment NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, October 8. Mr. Cotler will sign and personalize each book.

Get To Know Me
From Mr. Barton

Cortni Little 

Cortni Little

Position: 2nd grade: 2 years at Mary Morgan
Family: Husband~ Jay, Kids~ Payten, Brady, Reese Dogs~ Cubbie and Gussie
Education: Bachelors Degree form NIU, Masters From Rockford University

Sharon Egan

Sharon Egan

Position: District Librarian 7 years
Family: Husband~ Pat, Son~ Riley and Daughter~ Delaney
Education: Masters of Education
Hobbies: Reading
The person I admire most: Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite Food: It’s a tie…Cheese and fruit
The thing I miss most about being a kid: Being able to ride carnival rides without feeling sick
What I love most about my job: I get the opportunity to make a positive impact in a child’s life.
The thing I miss most about being a kid: Running around without fear.
Dream Vacation: An Island
Greatest Achievement: My kids

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Preschool Screenings

The Byron School District will be holding preschool screenings on the follwoing dates from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Mary Morgan Elementary School.

  • November 7, 2014
  • February 27, 2015
  • April 17, 2015
  • May 19, 2015

This screening is for Byron school districtresidents only. The developmental screening is for children ages 3-5 years old. Areas of development that are screened include language, concepts, motor, hearing, and vision.

Please call Joy at 815-234-5491 x 223 to make an appointment for your child.

Reading is Fun!
From Mr. Barton

 Reading is FUN!

 Help us celebrate!! The Mary Morgan Library is collecting 4x6 photos of students reading. Be creative!! Show us how they like to read or even who they like to read with.  Click images to enlarge.

These photos will be on display in the Mary Morgan Library during the month of September. Please check back to see photos of some of our teams and classes reading.

Reading is FUN!

Health Related Examination Requirements
From the School Nurse

Free Dental Clinic! 
Early Childhood

  • Physical Examination
  • Up to date Immunizations
  • Dental Examination
  • Eye Examination
  • Certified Birth Certificate
 Second Grade
  • Dental Examination

    Sixth Grade
  • Physical Examination
  • Up to date Immunizations (including Hep B)
  • Dental Examination
 Fifth Grade
  • Up to date Immunizations (including Hep B)

    Ninth Grade
  • Physical Examination
  • Up to date Immunizations (including Hep B)
  • Dental Examination 

Download Forms: [pdf] Dental Form Physical Exam/Immunization Form Eye Examination Form
   Vaccination Requirements 


Morning Drop-off Procedures
From Mr. Barton


In effort to increase the current level of building security, we are making a slight change to our drop-off procedures.

Parents are still directed to drop their children off at their currently designated drop off area from 7:50 – 8:10, at which time the first bell rings, allowing students to enter the building. In the past, to allow for efficient student access to classrooms, the doorways at all drop-off areas remained accessible until 8:20, when the tardy bell rang.  

Moving forward, however, those doorways will not be accessible and all students dropped off after 8:10 will need to go through the office area, regardless of grade level. This means any student dropped off after 8:10 must enter the building through the office doors. As always, students will not be counted as tardy until 8:20.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the school office. State Law: No Cell Phones in School Zones  Pick-up and Drop-off Diagram [pdf]  

Food Service Payments 

The Byron School District is no longer using MySchoolBucks.com for food service payments. Payments are to be made using Skyward Family Access, the same program used for student registration.

Click Here For Skyward Family Access

After login, click on the Food Service link found in the left navigation pane where you can view totals or make a payment. Food Service

New:  Common Core State Standards and PARCC Assessment 
From Mr. Barton

 Common Core and PARCC

The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new Math and English Language Arts standards for K-12 education known as the New Illinois State Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core. The goal is to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and the workforce in a competitive global economy. You can learn more about the Common Core State Standards at : http://www.corestandards.org/

The state has determined that the current expectations for our students in grades 3-8 are too low and do not give an accurate picture of a student’s ability to succeed in college and the workforce. Therefore, the Illinois State Board of Education is raising the bar on the ISAT performance expectations in Math and English Language Arts for elementary and middle school students to bring them into line with the Common Core’s more rigorous standards.

The new expectations also pave the way for the state to replace the ISAT tests in Math and English Language Arts with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. The PARCC exams will line up with the Common Core State Standards and provide better information about students’ abilities to master the appropriate skills and content for college and careers. Unlike the ISAT, which is given once a year, the PARCC tests will be given more than once during the school year. This should help give educators a more detailed picture of students’ strengths and areas that need improvement. The new PARCC tests are scheduled to begin in the 2014-2015 school year. You can learn more about the upcoming PARCC assessment at: http://www.parcconline.org/

Though more difficult, these higher standards will better position students to tackle the challenges of college and careers. With these new tools and standards – and with your help – we are confident that our students will rise to the occasion.


Mary Morgan 1:1 Initiative
From Mr. Barton


The 4th and 5th grade students will be loaned a laptop to improve and personalize his/her education. It is essential that the Byron Community Schools Laptop Use Guidelines be followed to ensure the safe, efficient and ethical operation of the district's laptop.

Computer and Network Procedures Responsibilities and Terms  Laptop Care and Use Damage Guidelines

Have a question? Goto the Frequently Asked Question Page

Classroom Technology Projects
From Mr. Barton

Classroom technology ProjectsLink to the Classroom Technology Projects page to view projects created byour Mary Morgan students.  Examples include:

  • Mrs. Ludwig's O.R.E.O Animoto Project
  • Mrs. Schilling's Wax Museum AudioBoo and Scratch Projects
  • Mrs. Gura's PowToon Geography and Native Americans Project
  • Mrs. McGarry and Mrs. Little's QR code Project
  • Mrs. Gura'a American Revolution on Fakebook.
  • Mrs. Ludwig's and Mrs. Crull's Postcard Project
  • Mrs. Schilling's Economic's Projects using Movie Maker to create commericals
  • Mrs. Ludwig's animoto Mother's Day Project
  • Mrs. Reecher's 5th grade Science Project on Forces
  • Mrs. Politsch, Mrs. Schreiber, Mrs. Roush and Mrs. Walsh using SmileBox for thier Mother's Day Project


Buster Barton, Principal 
Jeff Milburn, Assistant Principal