Dates to Remember!
From Mr. Barton
 NO SCHOOL  Friday, April 18  Monday, April 21

April PBIS Gift Card Winners
From Mr. Barton
April PBIS Winners
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Congratulations to the PBIS gift card winners for the month of April:

Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

Byron PTA Educator of the Year Award!
From Byron PTA
Byron PTA Teachers of the Year!Byron PTA recognizes one educator from each of the three District buildings each year with an award for their dedication and service to our students in District #226. The PTA is seeking nominations for these awards from District students, parents, and residents.

A nomination may be made by providing the educator's name, level or course being taught, and an essay describing the characteristics that have made this individual an outstanding educator. Nominations will be accepted at each of the District building offices, by emailing them to Sandy Brooks ( uiteach5@comcast.net ), or by mailing them to Sandy Brooks (8560 Verde Dr.). Please consider nominating an educator that you know has had a significant impact on a student or students in the Byron School District.  [Download Nomination Form]

Pancakes with the Principals!
From Mr. Barton
Mr. BartonAt Mary Morgan Elementary School, we are always looking for new and creative ways to celebrate our students’ successes. On the morning of April 16, the faculty and staff at Mary Morgan used Pancakes with Principals to show our appreciation for all of our students’ hard work and good behavior.Any student who earned PAWS for good behavior could enter the drawing; approximately 60 Mary Morgan students were selected for and took part in this special event. Students selected were given fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes made by Mr. Barton and Mr. Milburn, sausage links, juice and milk. Fun was had by all. 
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PTA and USAgain Earth Day Challenge
From Byron PTA
Earth Month ChallengeThe Byron School District PTA is asking for your participation in the USAgain’s Earth Month Challenge to raise funds and win cash prizes.  It’s as easy as cleaning out your closet and depositing textiles in a green and white recycling bin located in the Mary Morgan School’s parking lot. Bag up any surplus clothes, shoes or household textiles of any shape or size and put them in the bin. The items need to be in plastic bags.

The top five recycling schools will earn cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250, or $100! Money received is used to support school functions. According to the EPA, over 11 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in landfills each year. Don’t throw away those surplus clothes – let’s collect to use them again and win cash prizes for our school!  Earth Month is April 1-30.

SchoolKidz Kits
From Byron PTA
SchoolKidz KitsIt’s that time of year again to order Schoolkidz kits for your child for the next school year. Order forms will be sent home Friday, April 11. Please look for them in your child’s backpack. Order forms will need to be returned to your child’s teacher by Friday, May 2. Extra order forms will be available in each school’s office and will be available to print from the school website link.

Online ordering is available this year for those that prefer to order using a credit card. You can order online at www.shopttkits.com. You will need to enter the school account number when you order. Account number 23884 for Mary Morgan Elementary and account number 23885 for Byron Middle School. The online ordering deadline is Friday, May 9. Please be aware that you will be required to pay sales tax when ordering online.

For those that qualify for the Good Neighbor Program, online ordering is not available. Please return your order to your child’s teacher. Thank you for supporting the Byron PTA. Any questions please contact Terri Ditmars at 815-234-4787.

Parent Input Sought on Statewide Survey
Mr. Herkert
Illinois 5Essentials SurveyAll teachers and 6th through 12th grade students across Illinois will soon be participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey-based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago-asks students about their experiences in school, and has teachers weigh in on their perception of climate, culture, and support. We are also inviting parents to participate in the process by completing the parent component of the survey. If at least 30 percent of a school's parents complete the survey, a supplemental report will be generated and sent to the school, providing an important perspective on how the school is viewed by the parents of the current students.

While participating in the survey, identities will be completely confidential. School personnel will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, and parental responses will never be connected to their child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be available through April 25, 2014. To take the survey:
1. Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org
2. Click on the "Take the Survey" button at the top of the page
3. Select "Parent Survey"

Byron Foundation Annual Basket Fundraiser
From the Byron Foundation
Lego BasketThe Byron Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps provide Byron students with educational programs and services that are not funded with tax dollars. We have funded various activities throughout the district including iPads at Mary Morgan, Medieval Times trip at Byron Middle School, math programs at Byron High School, and PBIS at all three buildings. We are able to support these items and trips through our annual Basket Fundraiser!

Please purchase raffle tickets for $1 apiece, or buy $20 worth of tickets and earn 5 FREE tickets for any basket! Baskets are currently on display at Byron Bank and the Stillman Bank of Byron, where tickets can be purchased, until May 7. Baskets will be raffled off at the District Art Show on Thursday, May 8. Purchase your tickets today!  Thank you for your support!  [Click to View Baskets]

Get To Know Me
From Mr. Barton

Mrs. Bond

Position & Years of Service: Early Childhood Classroom Aide; 6 years
Family: Dwight, Courtney & John Feimster-Des Moines; Travis-Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida Cameron- Army, Ft Leonardwood, MO Danielle- 11th grade
Favorite Movie: Secretariat
Greatest Achievement: My children are my greatest achievement!

Mrs. Gustafson

Position & Years of Service: 3rd grade- This is my 29th year at Byron- 33rd year of teaching!
Family: Husband- Keith, Son- Garrett
Education: Rockford College
The person I admire most: : My mother.
What I love most about my job:Every single day is different!

Preschool Screenings

FridayMay 30, 20148:00 am - 12:00 am
TuesdayJuly 22, 20148:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Byron School District will be holding preschool screenings on Friday, May 30th and Tuesday July 22nd, 2014  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.

Jump Rope for Heart
From Mr. Milburn
Our physical education staff at Mary Morgan have a strong belief in the purpose of Jump Rope For Heart. They include all the children in heart health lessons throughout the year in P.E. Through these lessons and the strong tradition of Jump Rope For Heart, they are able to increase awareness and make a difference in the lives and health of our children. Every year, our students, parents, staff and community seem to outdo the previous year making Jump Rope For Heart an unforgettable event that is a highlight for our students’ school experience.

The American Heart Association makes it a point to attend our Jump Rope For Heart because of the amount of money we donate each year. Our average donation is around $10,000. This year, our students were able to raise over $13,000, which was our second highest total. This is just another example of excellence and outstanding job by our students, staff, parents and community members. It’s great to be a Heart Healthy Tiger! [Click image to enlarge]

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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

1st Grade Reading Olympics
From Mr. Barton

1st Grade Reading Olympics

 The 1st graders were given an Olympic reading challenge. They were asked to read as many minutes as possible during the month of February. The students were very motivated and many achieved to become gold medalists by reading at least 550 minutes.

The top three readers in first grade were recognized and are pictured. 3rd place with 1,175 minutes read was Hudson Schmidt, 2nd place with 1,237 minutes was Sarah Nyamwange, and 1st place with 1,566 minutes was Bryson Roush. The first grade teachers would like to thank all of those who participated and are looking forward to the next reading incentive for March.

Considine Helps Promote Read Across America
From Mrs. Spear

Considine - Read Across AmericaOn Monday, March 3rd, Sean Considine came to Mary Morgan to read Dr.Seuss books to our K-2 students to help celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday and promote READ ACROSS AMERICA, an annual reading event sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), and celebrated in schools across the country!

Throughout the morning, Sean met with each of the K-2 grade-level groups in the Mary Morgan band room. During each session, he read a different Dr. Seuss book, and he did so much more!

Before reading to the students, Sean explained how important reading has been in his life, and how it has contributed to his many successes along the way. He brought his super bowl ring for everyone to see, and allowed it to be passed throughout the room so everyone could hold it, look at it, and even try it on if they wanted. WOW! During the question and answer time at the end, Sean shared many personal stories about his family, and growing up in Byron. He said that the many great teachers he had in Byron had contributed to his success. He also told us about his years in the NFL, and specifically, his time with the Baltimore Ravens, and the 2012 Super Bowl!

To commemorate the occasion, Sean autographed a Dr. Seuss bookmark for each of the students! What a great way to celebrate Dr. Seuss, and reading!  [View more pictures]

Considine - Read Across America
Considine - Read Across America

Mary Morgan 1st Graders Receive Book Donations!
From Mr. Barton

 Mrs. Rousch Mrs. PolitschMrs. Walsh Mrs. Hedrick Mrs. Schreiber
 Mrs. Rousch's Class Mrs. Politsch's Class  Mrs. Schreiber's Class
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All Mary Morgan elementary school first graders were recently given a free book from local educator and author, Mrs. Brenda Fiorini. The book is entitled, Rescue Pup, and the donation was made possible as a part of an educational outreach program through Granny Rose Animal Shelter, located in Dixon, Illinois. Mary Morgan is but one of several Lee and Ogle County schools who will be receiving the free books. And that’s not all! Coming soon in the spring will be another free book from Mrs. Fiorini entitled, Rescue Kitty. If you would like to view her books through YouTube, please select the following link: http://joyfuljourneybooks.com

Thank you Mrs. Fiorini and Granny Rose Animal Shelter for your thoughtful donation.

Being Happy During a Long Winter
From 5th Grade


Parent Internet Viewer
From Mr. Barton
Please review your child’s 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.

Grade Viewer Link

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.

Download instructions [pdf]

Conroy, Gustafson - Examples of Excellence!
From Mr. Barton

Mrs. ConroyMrs. Gustafson

At the end of this year, Mary Morgan Elementary School will lose two of its finest ambassadors of excellence, Mrs. Diane Conroy and Mrs. Kristine Gustafson. Collectively they have given over 60 years of service to Mary Morgan Elementary School and the Byron School District - Mrs. Conroy in art and Mrs. Gustafson in 3rd grade.

Read more about their contributions....

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]  

Buster Barton, Principal 
Jeff Milburn, Assistant Principal