Dear C.J. Morris families,
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! I am looking forward to another great year at C.J. Morris.
Last year, CJ Morris continued to “Develop & Prepare the Whole Child to Compete in a Rapidly Evolving Global Economy.” We strengthened our commitment to professional growth, well-rounded enrichment programs, a focus on STEAM and targeted intervention.
Mondays were designated as Late Start days so that teachers got a chance to collaborate as professionals around instructional issues, best practices, curriculum planning and professional development. Students benefitted from this time by getting access to the computer lab, additional academic support, participating in track and choir or getting some additional time to rest on Monday mornings.
In addition to an array of after school enrichment programs ranging from chess, science, lego robotics, and art, we also offered a balance of programs during the school day so that all kids could benefit. Thanks to the support from our community club, all kids received art instruction from an artist three times a year, as they expanded their understanding of art history and also sharpened their art techniques. Students in grades first through fifth received coding training weekly for an hour. Coding enhances students’ problem solving, spatial, and critical thinking skills while preparing them for jobs in the 21st century. Many of our teachers also received training in coding.
The CJ Morris Science Olympiad team earned a gold medal in 16-17 as they competed in the LA County Science Olympiad Competition. Thanks to all the parents who helped our team improve from last year’s silver to gold this year! Our track team competed in the Walnut Valley Track Meet and learned about track and field, teamwork, and competition. The Green Club and our lunchtime recycling program promoted conservation efforts on our campus. Our first graders learned about plants and nature, by taking care of their own green pets (plants) in the classroom. They learned about the importance of plants while nurturing life and improving their observational skills.
Our library got a 21st Century “Reboot” in 16-17. This transformation allows our library to truly be a learning center and a focal point of the IB program. The library space reflects all the traditional elements of a library while allowing for space to collaborate and create. Our library will be utilized in multiple ways allowing kids not just to foster a love for reading, but also creatively express their learning using science, technology, engineering, and math.
Last year, we expanded the range and duration of our before and after school intervention offerings to provide students and parents more opportunities for support.
The CJ Morris Community Club continues to be a strong partner in supporting our school's instructional programs. We appreciate their efforts in bringing our school community together, which have resulted in increased participation in fundraising and other community events.
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 click on this link Parental Involvement to see how you can get involved.
Please contact me if I can be of any assistance. I am looking forward to a great year.