Dear C.J. Morris families,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! I am looking forward to a great year at C.J. Morris. I have enjoyed getting to meet so many of our parents last year, and have appreciated your constant support. We were honored as a Gold Ribbon School last year by the California Department of Education for our model practice of "Inquiry Through Technology." We are hoping to build on our practice as we continue to prepare our kids for a rapidly changing global economy.
Being in education for over 15 years, as a teacher and administrator in different districts and at different levels, has shaped my views on what we need to do collectively to help our kids be successful. I am a strong believer in that it takes “A Village to Raise a Child.” So, as a community, we all have a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of our children. I strongly encourage parents and community members to get involved with our school community and seek ways to make a positive impact for our kids. At C.J. Morris, everyone strives to put “Kids First.” Our teachers, custodians, morning and lunch supervisors, instructional aides, and anyone else who is involved in impacting kids is driven by doing what’s best for kids. We take pride in developing the Whole Child, and positively shaping the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of our children. Using the Common Core State Standards, we create a rigorous academic program that fosters creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration. Being an I.B. school, we seek to create global citizens who value diversity, tolerance and pluralism in creating a stronger, more equitable society. Our emphasis on utilizing instructional technology to create college and career ready students, is seen in our 1:1 programs for the upper grades. Our music, art and foreign language programs seek to further develop the Whole Child, and expose students to a variety of learning experiences.
Good attendance is an essential ingredient of student success. Students should arrive each day no earlier than 7:55 a.m. Our school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m. for Grades 1 – 5 (Tuesday-Friday). Kindergarten begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 1:20 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Friday dismissal is at 11:35 a.m. Mondays, starting Aug. 22nd, are Late Start Days and the school day begins at 9am. Child supervision will be provided beginning at 8am if you need it.
I encourage you to be partners with us in helping mold our future. Consider joining our Community Club or volunteering with your child’s teacher, as a way to not only be more closely involved in your child’s learning, but also to serve our school.
Please contact me if I can be of any assistance. I am looking forward to a great year.