Welcome to Cyrus J. Morris, where we are all MATADORS!
Cyrus J. Morris is a distinguished 2016 Gold Ribbon School with a dedicated and passionate staff who selflessly mentor, teach, and inspire a diverse student body comprising many talented and unique young minds. Cyrus J. Morris Elementary represents the best of the best in elementary education. Walk through the halls of our state of the art facility, and you will see our students developing into scholars, principled leaders, inquirers, risk-takers, reflective thinkers, caring citizens, and open-minded communicators. You will also see a network of dedicated teachers, staff, and parents working collectively to put “Kids First-Every Student, Every Day.”
At Cyrus J. Morris, it is our mission to establish a school environment where every student has the opportunity to receive a stellar education — one that meets their individual needs in a safe and loving environment where their hearts are ignited, their spirits are encouraged, and their minds are challenged. We strive to ensure that all students who walk through the Cyrus J. Morris’ doors are given the tools, skills, and support to discover their true self-worth, make the impossible possible, and are inspired to make the world a better place.
Cyrus J. Morris takes great pride in educating the whole child. Academically, all curriculum provided at each grade level, K-5, has been aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Students also have ample instruction and exposure to technology. Every student has access to our chrome book carts and iPad cart during daily instruction. Cyrus J. Morris is also proud to be an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School (I.B. PYP). The I.B. PYP aims to combine the best research and practice from the world educational communities to create a transdisciplinary curriculum which is relevant, challenging and engaging for students in grades K-5. The I.B. PYP curriculum sets high standards for the students. A rigorous and structured inquiry-based program utilizing the California State Content Standards is used to develop students into active engaged learners who can explore knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. One feature of I.B. PYP is that our students get to have Spanish Class each week.
Providing academic rigor in a student engaged environment is a top priority at Cyrus J. Morris. However, also ensuring that students are taught the core values of character development, so that they can grow to be productive and caring members of society is our school’s philosophy. Cyrus J. Morris has been a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) school since 2014.Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. The Visual and Performing Arts are also alive at Cyrus J. Morris. Students engage in monthly art lessons, 4th graders learn to play Recorders, 5th graders have the opportunity to play band or join choir, Kindergarten/1st/3rd participate in culturally diverse dance residencies, and 3rd grades enjoy an acting residency rooted in S.T.E.A.M.
It is my goal, each and every day, to provide our students with the experiences and opportunities that were afforded to me when I was growing up in the Walnut Valley Unified School District as a child. I am an alumnus of Walnut Valley, have taught for 16 years in this district, and have been a Principal for the past five years. Walnut Valley is a nationally recognized district and I am honored to be leading Cyrus J. Elementary School.