Dear C.J. Morris families,
Welcome to the 2018-19 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.
In addition to an array of after-school enrichment programs ranging from chess, science, Lego robotics, and art, we also offered a diverse variety of programs during the school day so that all kids could benefit. The CJM Drama Club collaborated with the Suzanne & WHS drama programs to practice and plan a student performance with cast & crew of 45 students. Thanks to 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. Makerspace enrichment during the school day included – Virtual Reality Google Expeditions, Robotics, Circuits, Building/Designing Projects, and Programming.
The CJ Morris Science Olympiad team earned a silver medal this year as they competed in the LA County Science Olympiad Competition. Science Olympiad Trials at CJM increased access and equity for all 3rd-5th grade students to engage in science and qualify for the team, resulting in 50 students competing. Our track team, competed in the Walnut Valley Track Meet and learned about teamwork and competition. The Green Club promoted conservation efforts on our campus, leading our Recycling Drive and our Trash Free lunch program. Our school climate was enhanced by celebrations of Red Ribbon Week, Kindness Week and Literacy Week. Our 3rd graders received multi-cultural dance lessons connected to the social studies standards.
Our school proudly displayed the IB Spirit as we collected donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey preserved our precious planet by continuing recycling efforts and contributing to the Spark of Love Toy Drive and the RAISE foundation to support child abuse victims. Student Leadership Council was more engaged in designing and implementing schoolwide activities.
Our community partnerships grew this year. We continued our collaboration with the Beauty of Sharing Foundation for the Green Pets Program (1st Grade) & Farm to Table Program (2nd Grade). Our kids benefitted from having a pollinator and an edible garden on our campus. They learned about the importance of plants and food while nurturing life and improving their observational skills. In partnership with the Pacific Clinics, parent workshops were offered in the spring to promote parenting skills. Student Life Skills (ID for Success) workshops (11 sessions) were offered in April & May to all 3rd-5th graders.
Our commitment to professional growth continued with teachers collaborating during the Monday morning late starts. Furthermore, a 3-day workshop was offered to all teachers at the conclusion of the school year to deepen their understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards.
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.