Dear MMES families, The cold and snowy weather is officially here! Please make sure that you have plans in place should we need to cancel school or end school early due to inclement weather. If there is a cancelation or early dismissal, the District will issue an all-call to all families and communicate to the local media. If your phone number or email address has changed, please make sure you call our office so we can update the information on our system.
Also, please to make sure your children are dressed appropriately for school. Winter coats, hats and gloves/mittens are necessary items for all Mary Morgan elementary school children. If you require support in obtaining any of these items, please contact our school counselor, Dr. Laura Mutchler, at 815-234-5491, ext. 559. For more information.....
Holiday Message from the Principal From Mr. Barton
FOOD AND TOY DRIVE
For the 15th consecutive year, Mary Morgan Elementary School will conduct a holiday food drive to help support our local food pantry, People Helping People. The food collected will directly support needy families in our community. On top of that, in conjunction with our food drive, we have also been asked to participate in the Byron Police Department’s annual toy drive called “Operation Santa Claus.” The intent of “Operation Santa Claus” is to provide gifts to children in the Byron area who may otherwise not receive any. This will be Mary Morgan’s 4th consecutive year of supporting this very worthy cause.
The food and toy drive will last for 2 weeks starting December 2nd and ending on December 13th.
If possible, we are asking each grade level to donate either a toy item or a specific type of food. This will provide a greater variety and balance of items collected, which will be of additional benefit to the organization that will be in charge of distribution. Please feel free to donate any item, however. Items collected will be displayed in the K-1 and 2-5 foyers. All toy items will be picked up at the end of the day by the Byron Police Department. All donated toy items should be new, not used, and the cost of these gifts should not exceed $10.
Students will bring their donated items to their classrooms. Each teacher will then tally items for the day and they will be added to the Mary Morgan grand total. Students will be able to see the results posted by cafeteria. The contest will run from December 2nd through December 6th. All items will continue to be collected through the 13th of December. Listed below are the suggested items by grade level:
Early Childhood and Kindergarten – Canned Soup, Canned Vegetables, or Any Toy Item
First Grade – Macaroni& Cheese, Tuna, or Any Toy Item
Second Grade—Canned Fruit, Paper Products, or Any Toy Item
Third Grade— Cake & Brownie Mix, or Any Toy Item
Fourth Grade— Jelly, Peanut Butter, or Any Toy Item
Fifth Grade— Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, or Any Toy Item
We believe that these projects allow our students the opportunity to be involved in something that benefits the the people of our community. We hope each and every student and their family will support this project.
Midterms From Mr. Barton
Please review your child’s 2nd quarter midterm grades through the Pinnacle PIV, or Parent Internet Viewer. The access portal for the Pinnacle PIV is located below, including instructions. In order to access the portal, parents must know their child’s student ID number and password. For support accessing the PIV, please contact the school office.
This application allows you to view your student's grades and attendance in a real-time atmosphere. By using your student's id number and the password assigned by your school district, you will be able to view your student's current information as well as information from previous marking periods.
Education: High School Diploma- Graduated from a trade school
Hobbies: Cooking, Baking
Favorite Food: Anything Italian
Favorite Movie: Sleeping with the Enemy
Favorite Book: The Bible
Thing I miss most about being a kid: How simple life was!
Washington, IL Tornado Recovery From Mr. Flater and Ms. Main
The Byron HS National Honor Society and Byron School District will be collecting new/gently used and new personal grooming items from Nov. 21 through Dec. 9th for the victims of the tornado disaster that occurred in Washington, IL. There are drop-off boxes at the Byron Library, County Market in Byron, and Byron High School.
VanWormer Memorial From Mr. Barton
On Sunday, November 10th a character tree bookshelfwas dedicated in the Mary Morgan library in the honor of long-time Byron educator Mary VanWormer. Mary taught physical education and kindergarten at Mary Morgan Elementary School for over 30 years.
For the 5th consecutive year, the 3rd graders at Mary Morgan elementary school have been given the gift of words by our Byron Rotary Club. On November 14, several representatives of the Byron Rotary Club visited Mary Morgan and personally handed out the gifts to the students. On top of providing them with a brand new dictionary, members of the Byron Rotary Club spoke to the students on the importance of being good readers and writers. The excitement was palpable as the students were called up individually to receive their dictionary. Thank you Byron Rotary Club for your time and very generous donation! [Click here for more pictures].
November PBIS Gift Card Winners From Mr. Milburn
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Congratulations to the students pictured for winning a gift card through our PBIS system. Students earn PAWS for following expectations at school and put them in a drawing for a chance to win. Way to go!!
Kindergarten- Carson G. 1st- Thomas R. 2nd- Faith R. 3rd- Logan G. 4th- Jacob L. 5th- Courtney S.
Students in Mrs. Little’s and Mrs. McGarry’s second grade classes were in a frenzy over QR codes. During their Journeys Reading Stations, students were completing contraction task cards and using embedded QR codes to self-correct their work. The students were able to use new technology while practicing their skills! Everyone had a great time with it.
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Note: each of the QR codes is a text file. There is no need for the mobile devices to connect to the internet to decode them. Scan the QR code above to read the message!
Mary Morgan PE Blog From Mrs. Brown Mary Morgan P.E. Staff can now be found on the World Wide Web! Weekly posts will be made to the Mary Morgan P.E. Blog about upcoming events and exciting news that is happening in P.E. This blog can be found on the Mary Morgan Physical Education web page. So...find out what is happening in PE and leave a comment!
Mrs. Ludwig's Fourth Grade Project
Mrs. Walsh's 1st Grade Field Trip
Our Really Exciting Online Project was a fun way to practice applying our math skills to a data set. Thanks to Projects by Jenwe had a delicious day!
Check out Mrs. Walsh's Smilebox slideshow on the 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch.
Halloween Safety Program 2013 From Mr. Milburn
Byron Fire & Police Departments Educate Students on How to Show Their PAWS
This Halloween, Mary Morgan Elementary students were energized and learning steps to safety as they participated in the annual Halloween Safety Program. Every year, the Byron Fire Department and the Byron Police Department team-up to educate Mary Morgan Elementary students on their PAWS in order to have a fun and safe Halloween night. Some highlighted safety tips both departments emphasized were the need to Put Safety First by being seen by cars, staying with a buddy, stranger danger, watching out for lit jack-o-lanterns, and having an adult check the candy before eating it. All the students received a glow stick for visibility and a candy bag. This community is privileged to have such active fire and police departments that are willing to go above and beyond and work hand-in-hand with our schools to educate (and entertain) our youngsters. [Click for pictures]
Halloween Parade 2013 From Mr. Barton Mary Morgan elementary school once again "treated" their students, parents and community members to a "spooktacular" Halloween parade on Thursday, October 31. It consisted of approximately 700 students and several staff members. The parade went through the building and into the PE Center for a lap around the inside track. Several hundred spectators lined the outside of the track viewing all the students and their costumes. Upon conclusion of the parade, parents were invited into their child's classroom for a Halloween party. Fun was had by all. This is the 30th consecutive year Mary Morgan has had their Halloween parade. [Click for Pictures of the Parade]
February 28, 2014
8:00 am - 11:00 am
The Byron School District will be holding preschool screenings on Friday, November 8, 2013 and Friday February 28, 2014 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Mary Morgan Elementary School.
This screening is for Byron school district residents 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.
Byron Fire Department Visits to Promote Fire Safety From Mr. Barton
Deputy fire chief Tim Salo and several firefighters visited Mary Morgan on Thursday, October 14, to help promote fire safety to Mary Morgan students. The students were given several fire safety tips, met Sparky the Fire Dog, and learned how to "Stop, Drop and Roll." [Click for more pictures.]
Award-winning author, Candace Fleming, visited the Mary Morgan and Byron Middle School students on Tuesday, October 8th.
Author sessions took place in the Middle School auditorium throughout the day. Copies of Ms. Fleming's books were available to look at in the MM and BMS Libraries. You can also visit her website at: www.candacefleming.com.
Officer Oleson Visits Mary Morgan PE Classes From Mr. Barton United States Marine and Byron police officer Jerry Oleson visited Mary Morgan Elementary School on September 11 to help promote teamwork, physical fitness, and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Officer Oleson stayed the entire school day and conducted 10 consecutive “boot camps” in full fatigues in the sweltering hot Physical Education Center. Throughout the course of the day, Mary Morgan students were asked to do a variety of physical fitness activities ranging in difficulty. “Officer Oleson did a great job making hard work fun for the kids, and the kids did an awesome job!” stated Mary Morgan physical education instructor Chad Wilmarth. [Click here for more photos.]
Mary Morgan PBIS P.A.W.S. Celebration/Parent Night From Mr. Milburn
Mary Morgan students and staff get excited during their PBIS, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, kick-off celebration.
Putting safety first,
Work for success, and
If you were anywhere in the vicinity of the school the afternoon of August 16th, you probably heard the 800+ students and staff members singing, cheering and celebrating the behaviors our students have been displaying to start the year.
To find out more information about the district’s PBIS initiative and the efforts the staff at Mary Morgan have put forth, click on the PBIS link found on the Mary Morgan portion of the district website.
Also, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Mary Morgan families are invited to attend the PBIS Family Night in the Mary Morgan cafeteria. Families are welcome to come and go as they please.
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]
Student Accident Insurance Coverage From Central Office Byron CUSD has purchased Student Accident Insurance Coverage on your child’s behalf. This program provides coverage for your child for any injuries incurred while participating in any school-sponsored and/or supervised activity, or on school grounds. This coverage extends to all students, including athletes.
Claim forms or information regarding the coverage may be directed to Amy Adkins, Human Resources, at 815-234-5491, ext 307. In addition, the program administrator also offers an opportunity to purchase 24-hour unlimited dental accident coverage, and also 24-hour coverage that provides protection during vacations and weekends.
If interested in purchasing this coverage, or for more information, please call the plan administrator, Zevitz, Redfield & Associates Inc. at (847) 374-0888 or (312) 346-7460.
New: Common Core State Standards and PARCC Assessment From Mr. Barton
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.
Buster Barton, Principal Jeff Milburn, Assistant Principal