Morning Announcements for 4/9/20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3lUl2CN3QM&feature=youtu.be Attendance Form: https://bit.ly/d54attendance4720
Morning Announcements for 4/8/20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCzPDYawlk&feature=youtu.be Attendance Form: https://bit.ly/d54attendance4720
The link below is the new form to sign-up for Grab and Go Lunches on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Lunches WILL NOT be provided on Friday, April 10th or Monday, April 13. https://bit.ly/d54lunch4820
We are currently accepting applications for an Elementary Music Teacher. Please follow this link for more information and to apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Elementary+School+Teaching
“ROCK” By Lucy Cook I tripped on a rock outside Then fell to the ground with a cry My head cracked open and I died Tears ran from people’s eyes At my funeral I got out of my casket Everyone screamed and made a racket Then I woke up from my sleep I was so very confused
Track Parents and Athletes. Unfortunately, due to the evolving situation, the IESA has decided to cancel the 2020 Track season. Refunds of registration and volunteer fees will be issued. Please know that the safety of all students is our primary concern. Be Safe!
Morning Announcements for 4/3/20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mENWKVkHKLg&feature=youtu.be Attendance Form: https://bit.ly/d54remoteattendance
Morning Announcements for 4/2/20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRIFTrmkYTY&feature=youtu.be Daily Attendance Form: https://bit.ly/d54remoteattendance
Track athletes who have ordered spirit wear for the track season. As the order has not been completed yet, due to the current situation, if you would like to make an order or would like to cancel your order and have a refund contact Coach Guilinger at email@example.com.
We will continue to keep you updated as information is given to us from the IESA and ISBE. Should the IESA track season be canceled, full refunds of registration fees will be provided. Please continue to follow shelter in place guidelines and be safe!
Track parents and athletes. Just an update on the current situation regarding athletics. Keeping in compliance with the Governor's extension of shelter in place, the track season, practices, and meets will be postponed through April 30th.
Morning Announcements for April 1, 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYooV185f8&feature=youtu.be
POSTPONEMENT OF KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP! As we have announced our school closure until April 30th, we are also required to postpone our kindergarten roundup (originally scheduled for April 3, 2020). As soon as we have more information we will post it on our website and send emails to those who have completed the needed forms. Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility during this time of uncertainty!
ATTENTION: Remote learning has been extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Please follow this link for more information about our school closure extension. Be safe! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/644148/School_District_Closure_Letter_3.31.20__2_.pdf
Remote Learning Check-In will start tomorrow, April 1st. A form will be shared and posted on our website by 9 am tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.
Good Afternoon District #54 Families, Please follow this link for important remote learning updates and guidelines. We will continue to keep you updated with any new information we may receive. As always, thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/641489/School_District_Remote_Learning_Letter.pdf
Welcome Back from Spring Break! Here are the morning announcements from Mr. Raffel for the week of March 30th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2KEkaBsE0E&feature=youtu.be
Grab and Go Lunch Form. Please fill out the attached form for 3/31-4/7. If you cannot fill out the form, you may call our office by 10 am. Lunch Pick-Up will be from 11am-12 noon. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRmpNZtinXn5zO3VZ4woaXmtcWUKUbj4aEPZuSyJ8Y2JvN_g/viewform
Dear District #54 Community, Please follow this link for an important update regarding our school closure. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/628663/School_District_Closure_Letter_3.20.20.pdf
Letter to Morris 54 Families: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RAiqUKVpawoT52rCOg0_t93CrAcSMG-EPf5rf97boT0/edit?usp=sharing
Here is an updated link for "Where in the Building is Mr. Raffel?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFUmR4MnLJM
Procedures for lunch pick up for the Grab and Go Program have adjusted slightly. We are asking that cars pull up to the front of the school in the circle drive. Employees will come to your car, check your names off the list and hand you your ordered lunches.
Here is a document to help you access your child's Google Account from home:http://bit.ly/d54goggleloginhelp A Parent's Guide to Google Classroom https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PDVZvie0DnFbFEVFB8U3j89o1mD5BCUXTE6ymbb9y_k/mobilepresent?slide=id.g4f60ec15fb_1_0
Dear Morris Community Families: We have decided to provide free lunches for ALL children in Morris (18 years of age and under). If you would like to receive a lunch for your kids, please fill out the attached form. YOU MUST FILL OUT THE FORM SEPARATELY FOR EACH CHILD YOU ARE REQUESTING A LUNCH. If you cannot fill out the form for any reason, you may call our office (815) 942-0056 to place your order. All orders need to be in by 10 am in order to be ready for that day's pick-up. You may order for multiple days on the form or on your phone call. Lunch Pick-Up will be each day from 11am-12 noon at Morris Grade School. Please come to Door 24 to pick-up the lunch. If you have any questions or additional needs, please contact your school administrator. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_nlbML8glnmdKUouIQdc-Ibdx-Z0swhXkU9a3qD_QIwTM0A/viewform
Internet Essentials from Comcast- Affordable Internet at Home for Eligible Households: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19?fbclid=IwAR2Lfn-WAp1d2HgPMsg5q2WuCzxnVdU5WSPnewMELxIgOLZDe2EHEU8xj2s
Please see the attached letter with updated information regarding the upcoming school closure: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m1UMKtvM0lT0-FuGlq5pd7MaPbuuGyd6caWJ2vfI_9w/edit?usp=sharing
Dear District #54 Community, Effective immediately, and until further notice, Morris Elementary School District #54 is closed. Please follow this link for more information regarding this closure. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/617961/School_District_Closure_Letter__2_.pdf
Please remember that visitors need to bring their driver's license/photo ID to pick up their student or enter the building. Students will not be allowed to leave unless a Photo ID is present. Thank you for your cooperation as we implement our procedures to keep our students safe.
Unfortunately, District #54 PTO has to share the news of the postponement of our Fun Day Carnival, originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 14th. We will have updates soon for those of you who have already purchased wristbands, and/or wax hands. We will also announce our new date as soon as we have it. Thank you to everyone for your support. When available, updates will be posted on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/District54PTO/
Please follow this link for important information regarding the Coronavirus. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/615614/Coronavirus_Community_Letter__1_.pdf
Volleyball Parents, due to an IESA directive, the Volleyball regional championship game at Saratoga has been cancelled for tonight.
Congratulations to the Morris Grade School Lady Braves Volleyball Team for defeating Richland in 2 games in the IESA Regional Semifinals and advancing to the Championship where they will play crosstown rivals Saratoga @ Saratoga tonight at 430. Great job Ladies and Go Braves!
Mrs. DesLauriers and her amazing Sit! Stay! Read! program was recently featured on Northern Public Radio! 🤗 https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/meet-reading-specialist-her-team-therapy-dogs-teachers-lounge-podcast
Track Parents and Participants, just a reminder that there will be an informational meeting about the Track season tonight at 5pm in the Morris Grade School cafeteria. Please enter through door 28 or 24. Thank you and Go Braves!
Reminder that there is no school on Monday, March 2nd for Pulaski Day.
Congratulations to the Morris Braves Wrestling team for finishing 2nd place overall as a team at the iesa regional this weekend. 10 wrestlers will advance to the sectional next Saturday! Great job and Go Braves!!
Cheer Parents! Just a reminder that the banquet for the 19-20 Cheer season will be this Thursday 2/27 5pm in the Morris Grade School Cafeteria. Please park in the north lot and enter through door 24.
This is a reminder that we will have an Early Dismissal Day on Wednesday, 2/26. Students in grades 6th-8th will dismiss at 11:30 am and students in grades K-5th will dismiss at 12:15 pm. Please have pick up arrangements for our younger students at the adjusted bus drop off time.
Morris Grade School Parents and Athletes, March marks the beginning of the Track Season!! There will be a parent meeting at 5pm on Thursday March 5 in the Morris Grade School Cafeteria to discuss the specifics of the season. Please enter through door 24.
We are currently looking for staff for the 2020-2021 school year! Please view our open positions online at www.morris54.org.
Braves Boys 6/7/8 Basketball parents and players. Just a reminder that the basketball banquet is tonight at 4:30pm in the Morris Grade School Cafeteria. You may park in the north parking lot and enter through door 24. See you there!!
Great job tonight as both the 7th and 8th grade Lady Braves Volleyball teams defeated crosstown rivals ICS both in 2 games. A great win to celebrate 8th grade night and acknowledge the accomplishments of this 8th grade team. Great Job Ladies and Go Braves!!
We are currently accepting applications for a kitchen support staff member! Please follow this link for more information and to apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/
Great job Mrs. Auwerda and Mrs. McDonald’s 1st grade classrooms on a terrific performance of the 2019-2020 Snowman Parade. If you missed it, you can watch it here; https://youtu.be/ZeeuRluDISc
We have Early Dismissal Today...January 29th. 6th-8th grade students will be dismissed at 11:30 am and students in grades K-5th will dismiss at 12:15 pm. Have a great afternoon!
Braves Wrestling fans, just a reminder that the Braves will be celebrating their 8th Grade Night at tonight's match vs Seneca!! and as an added bonus the Little Redskins will be joining in the fun with a match vs Little Coalers. Matches will begin 4:30 at Shabbona Go Braves!
Braves Fans! There will be an Assembly Friday morning 7:40am to celebrate the Cheer squad as they compete at the IESA State Tournament on Saturday Jan 25th. Parents, you are welcome to attend but please enter the front doors and check in at the front office. Go Braves!
Congratulations are in order for another student ours, Alaina Close! She was also chosen as a winner of the Grundy County Sheriff’s contest, Santa’s Extra Nice List. Kids were nominated and chosen for all of the good deeds that they do! Deputy Roach escorted her home from school Friday. Her 3rd grade class also participated in some of the fun!
The Morris 54 PTO's Jr High Lock-In will take place at an adjusted time due to the weather. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. The event will last until 9:30 pm. All students must be picked up by 9:30 pm. This will allow everyone to get home before the worst part of the storm.
Spirit Week and Jazzercise!! 🤗 Check it out! 👇🏻 https://www.instagram.com/p/B7bcQOrgaKs/?igshid=1fdbdhpaavun0
We are currently accepting applications for a Technology Support Specialist. Please follow this link for more information and to apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Technology
Parents, Please take a minute to fill out the 5 Essentials Survey to give our school some feedback. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
The 8th grade boys Braves Basketball team had a big win last night with a 52-51 victory over a tough Manhattan team. A big win as the Braves head into the IVC tournament this weekend. Great job and Go Braves!!
We hope everyone had a great Holiday Break! Enjoy your last day off and we will see all of our students back at school on Tuesday, January 7th!
Congratulations to the Wrestling Braves for a big win tonight vs Lukancic 66-33 in their home opener!! Great job boys and Go Braves!
3rd and 4th grades had a thrilling time on their field trip to the Chicago Wolves game today! Five kiddos were lucky enough to be chosen to go out on the ice during Intermission! 🙌🏻 Check out the video footage here! 👇🏻 https://www.instagram.com/p/B6MFpqsAP0n/?igshid=kbnksyh89x0k
With hard work and motivation from their coach, Mr. Provancal, the 6th grade boys basketball team made it to the Championship and play in the Jim Feeney Tournament tonight at ICS! All Coach had to do was offer to wear this one-of-a-kind suit to the tournament-if the boys made it! Good luck to the boys tonight! 🏀
A pair of big wins tonight for the Braves 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams over the Seneca Raiders. Great Job boys and Go Braves!!
District #54 is raising money for our families in need! Next week on Tuesday, 12/10, students will be allowed to wear pajamas to school if they bring in $1. On Thursday, 12/12, students will be allowed to wear hats to school if they bring in $1. Thank you for your generosity to our District 54 families during this holiday season! (Please note: All students are welcome to participate. The donation is purely optional!)
6/7/8 Girls Basketball players and parents, the banquet is tonight at 5pm in the grade school cafeteria. See you there!
Parents, come check out the Braves intersquad Wrestling match tonight at 4pm at Shabbona and parent meeting to follow afterwards.
Congratulations to the Lady Braves 8th grade Basketball team as the capped off a successful season last night falling to a tough Rockford Marshall team 18-35 in the second round of the IESA regionals. They finished the season with a 10-10 record. Great Season girls and Go Braves!
Fannie May pick up will be from 3:30-6:30 pm on Monday, December 9th through Door 28. Please contact the office if you are unable to make the pick up time. Thank you.
The Kindergarten/1st Grade/2nd Grade concert will be December 18th at 5:00 pm in the big gym. Kindergarten students are to be here at 4:30. 1st Grade students should be here at 5:30. 2nd grade students should be here at 6:30. Parents are to drop them at Door 24 by the Gym.
Upcoming Braves Tryouts 7th Volleyball - Dec 9,10 in the Whiteoak Main Gym 3:30pm-5pm 8th Volleyball - Dec 9,10,11 in the Whiteoak Main Gym 3:30pm-4:45pm
Big wins tonight for both the 7th and 8th grade Braves basketball teams as they defeat Cross town rivals ICS 28-19 and 50-16! Great Job and Go Braves!
Just a reminder that students who wish to tryout for a sport must have a valid sports physical turned into our nurse prior to being able to practice.
Upcoming Braves Tryouts (dates, times, places) Wrestling - First Practice Dec 2 at Shabbona wrestling room - 3:30-5pm
Tough loss for the Braves 8th grade boys basketball team tonight 26-28 in a barn burner vs Channahon. Great game, great effort from both teams!
Nice job to the Braves 6th grade B team who saw victory against cross town rival Saratoga winning 13-7!! Go Braves!!
Congratulations to the 6th grade Braves A basketball team for a victory in the crosstown classic vs Saratoga 26-7. Great job and Go Braves!
6th grade boys pulled out a great victory tonight with a 42-11 win!! Great Job and go Braves!!
7th grade Lady Braves showed their stuff tonight with a great win over Dwight 20-3. 8th grade Lady Braves lost a close one tonight 21-23 to Dwight.
Just a quick reminder that Picture ReTake Day is tomorrow, November 14th.
Parents & guardians - please remind your children to bundle up and dress warmly tomorrow morning. Unseasonably cold temps & windchills expected for Tuesday. Stay safe!
A great day for the Braves 8th grade basketball team as they defeat Cross Lutheran 37-33 to advance to the Championship game at the ICS tournament where they will play St Mary's on Tuesday Nov 12 at 6:30pm. Great Job and Go Braves!!!
Reminders: Today- 11/7- Half Day of School- PT Conferences are from 4-7 pm Tomorrow- 11/8- No School- PT Conferences are from 8 am-12 noon Monday- 11/11- No School- Veterans Day
Nice win tonight for the Lady Braves basketball team as they posted a 30-19 score over Elwood. As we improve our record to 9-7 so far on the season. Go Braves!
8th grade Boys Braves Basketball kicked off their season with a big win over St Paul to advance in the championship bracket of the ICS tournament!
Congratulations to the 6th grade Lady Braves as they capped off a successful season tonight with a victory over Herscher and ending with a 10-5 record!!
Don't Forget that today, October 31st, we have an early dismissal. Grades 6-8 will dismiss at 11:30 am & Grades K-5 will dismiss at 12:15 pm. Please be sure someone is at the bus stop for our younger students at the adjusted drop-off time. Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!
Don't Forget that tomorrow, October 31st, we have an early dismissal. Grades 6-8 will dismiss at 11:30 am & Grades K-5 will dismiss at 12:15 pm. Also, due to the predicted weather, our Halloween Parade to Park Point has been cancelled.
Kindergarten students in Miss Cheshareck’s and Mrs. Burke’s classes recently had the fun opportunity to work creatively with their buddies in 4th grade classes. Their very own “Forky’s” were created together! “Being there for a child is the most noble thing a toy can do.” ~Woody (speaking to Forky) ❤️
Congratulations to the 8th and 6th grade Lady Braves Basketball teams for posting victories vs Sandwich tonight. Go Braves!
Ukulele Club Correction. The note that Jr High Students brought home regarding Ukulele Club is not correct. Please ignore this information. We will update you when and if this club can be offered to Jr High Students. We apologize for the confusion.
Morris District #54 Parents and Guardians (Grades K-8), Please take a moment to answer this survey regarding technology access in the home. This information will help us to support your child during an e-learning emergency day. These e-learning days are designed to avoid interruptions in instruction that occur when school cannot be held due to severe weather conditions. Please follow this link to complete the survey. Thanks for your help! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfY_kWCvxAaN2XEgNu3ZETDuQjV31XIiU8mGqsXmSm5TGipQg/viewform?usp=sf_link
A barn burner for the Morris Grade School Lady Braves 8th grade Basketball tonight as they lose a close one to Channahon 20-21. 6th grade B team found Victory 8-4! Go Braves
8th Grade Graduation Picture Day is Thursday, October 31st! Students will have their pictures taken in their gowns. No order forms or payment are required on this day, proofs will be sent home at a later date and orders can be placed then.
Parents of Morris Grade School 8th Grade Students- You were sent a diploma name verification and graduation gown payment form in the mail a few weeks ago. They are due back to the office tomorrow (October 1st). If you have questions, please contact the office.
We just received an email informing us that the Queen's Parade has been cancelled for tonight. The band will not be marching, but will perform at Sunday's Parade as scheduled.
Due to the threat of inclement weather tomorrow, the 3rd Grade Field Trip will be postponed to next Friday (10/4). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher for more information.
Don't Forget...we have an early dismissal day today! Jr High will dismiss at 11:30 am and K-5 Students will dismiss at 12:15 pm.
Students in Mrs. Zima's class are beyond excited about their new Scholastic books! Generous friends and family of our 3rd grade teacher have each sponsored a child in her class, donating money to her at the beginning of the year so that she is able to buy every one of her students a new Scholastic book every month. The huge smiles on their faces show how thankful they are!
WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIANS AND SUBSTITUTE LUNCHROOM MONITORS! If you are interested, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share!
Don't Forget tomorrow, September 13th is "Dress" the Principal day!! We'll be "Dressing" Mr. Raffel in various condiments! Donations for this event can be made online: https://squareup.com/store/district54-pto or cash can be sent in with your child.
Congratulations to the Lady Braves A softball team for winning the cross town classic vs Saratoga and improving their record to 11-3 on the season
IVC baseball tournament update. The Braves defeated Minooka 3-0 in the Semifinal and now advance to the Championship to face the winner of CC vs Channahon. Great Job 👍 Go Braves!
Congratulations Lady Braves for a 10-0 shutout against Lukancik. Great Job Go Braves!
Great Job to the Braves baseball A team for edging out a win against Wilmington 5-4 to advance to the Semifinal round of the IVC tournament to be played on Saturday. Great Job boys and Go Braves!
Congratulations to the Morris Braves Soccer team for a 5-3 VICTORY over Ottawa today!! Great Job! Go Braves!
Good Luck to our A and B Baseball teams for the IVC A and B team Tournament first round tonight. The A baseball team takes on Wilmington 4:30pm at their place. B baseball takes on Channahon 4:30pm @ Channahon. Go Braves!
Sporting cancellations for tonight A team Baseball vs Coal City - Cancelled, Practice at Shabbona Main Gym B team Baseball vs Seneca - Cancelled, No Practice Soccer vs Sandwich - Cancelled, No Practice A team Softball vs GSW - Cancelled, Hitting at the Cages
Congratulations to The Lady Braves Softball team for finishing 2nd in the IVC tournament.
IVC Softball Tournament schedule for today. At home A team will take on Coal City in the semifinals at 12. In Coal City the B team will take on Channahon in the semifinals. Championship games will follow. Go Braves!
Morris Grade School is looking for someone to work as our Print Room Specialist. This job entails filling copy, laminate, and print requests from District Staff. They will work with Administration and the District Tech Director to ensure that jobs are created in a timely manner and that all equipment is in working order. This employee works 5 hours per day during the school year and a few weeks prior to the start of school (maximum of 200 days). Interested candidates may email their resume to Mr. Raffel at email@example.com
7th and 8th Grade Curriculum Nights will be Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 pm. Parents may enter through Door 24 or 28. We will start the evening in the cafeteria before heading to your child's classrooms in an Open House format. We hope to see everyone there!
5th Grade Curriculum Night will be Thursday, August 29th at 5:30 pm. Parents may enter through Door 24 or 28. We will start the evening in the cafeteria before heading to your child's classroom. We hope to see everyone there!
This is a reminder that we have early dismissal, today. Grades 6-8 will dismiss at 11:30 am & Grades K-5 will dismiss at 12:15 pm. Please be sure someone is at the bus stop for our younger students at the adjusted drop-off time. Thank you for your cooperation.
Tough loss tonight for the Lady Braves B softball team. Dropping a heartbreaker to GSW. Keep your heads up Go Braves!
Don't Forget that tomorrow, August 28th, we have an early dismissal. Grades 6-8 will dismiss at 11:30 am & Grades K-5 will dismiss at 12:15 pm. Please be sure someone is at the bus stop for our younger students at the adjusted drop-off time. Thank you and have a good evening.
Morris Elementary School District 54 has an immediate opening for a Middle School Paraprofessional. Please go online and apply at www.morris54.org.
3rd and 4th Grade Curriculum Nights will be Tuesday, August 27th at 7:00 pm. Parents may enter through Door 24 or 28. We will start the evening in the cafeteria before heading to your child's classroom. We hope to see you there!
1st and 2nd Grade Curriculum Nights will be Tuesday, August 27th at 5:30 pm. Parents may enter through Door 24 or 28. We will start the evening in the cafeteria before heading to your child's classroom. We hope to see everyone there!
Cross Country @ Channahon has also been cancelled for today.
The City of Morris is conducting a traffic study along Dupont and Route 6 tomorrow (8/27/19). If you see people standing along the road or in cars that seem to be watching the kids, they are supposed to be there. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Due to weather and field conditions the A softball game @ Ottawa Shepard, B softball game vs Minooka, and the A Baseball game vs Coal City are all canceled for today. We are working on makeup dates for all of those games and they will be posted on our 8to18 athletic website.
The Lady Braves showed great heart but lost a close one to MVK 2-4. The Lady Braves take on Reed Custer tonight at their place. Good luck tonight and Go Braves!
Tough loss tonight for the Braves A Baseball team. Losing to Minooka. They take on Coal City on Monday. Go Braves!
Also remember...Cheerleaders must have a valid sports physical to participate in tryouts. If they do not, they may still watch. Make sure to register them on our athletic website https://il.8to18.com/ShabbonaMS/. Go Braves!
Reminder Cheer Parents...Cheer Tryouts are (8/21, 8/22) today and tomorrow 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Shabbona Main Gym. For the tryouts, transport from MGS to Shabbona will be provided. Please plan to pick up your child after tryout practice time.
B team Softball is still on for their game today vs Dwight
Girls A team Softball vs Reed Custer has been cancelled due to weather and rescheduled for Friday 8/23. Make sure to check out 8 to 18 for the updated schedule.
Congratulations to the Lady Braves for winning 21-2 vs Richland and improving their undefeated streak to 4-0! Go Braves!
Tough loss tonight for the Braves Baseball team. Losing 3-6 to Channahon.
Congratulations to the Braves A baseball team for posting an 18-1 score against GSW. Great job boys! Go Braves!
A Great Start to the Braves baseball B team! Posting a 15-0 victory over GSW. Congratulations!! Go Braves!
Congratulations to the Braves baseball team! A spectacular start to the season with a 3-0 victory over Ottawa. Great Job boys. Go Braves!
Just a Reminder to our Cheer Parents...there will be a parent meeting for all those interested in being part of the Braves Cheer Squad this Thursday August 15 at 5pm in the Morris Grade School cafeteria. Please enter through door 28. Go Braves!
PreSchool Open House will take place on Wednesday, August 14th for those students currently registered for the 2019-2020 school year. The AM session is at 10:00 and the PM session is at 1:00.
Parents of 6th Grade Students! On Tuesday, August 13th we will have our 6th Grade Orientation Night. We will start at 5:30 pm in the Cafeteria. You may enter through Doors 24 or 28. Remember this is for Parents and 6th Grade Students.
School starts this week! We will have supply drop off on Tuesday, August 13th from 2-4 PM. Students may drop off supplies to their Homeroom Teacher and say hello. This will be an open house format, so you may stop by anytime. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 14th.
Parents of New Kindergarten Students! On Monday, August 12th we will have our Parent Orientation Night. We will start at 5:30 pm in the Cafeteria. You may enter through Doors 24 or 28. Remember this is for PARENTS ONLY. We look forward to seeing everyone!
The 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Schedules have been finalized. Please log-on to PowerSchool to see your child's schedule. If you have trouble doing this, contact the office next week and we will be glad to help you. Have a great weekend!
I would like to welcome our new Cheer Coach Cassie Kilgore to the district and let everyone know that we will be having a Cheer Parent Meeting on August 15 at 5pm in the MGS cafeteria. If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Braves!!
K-5 Class Lists have been completed! Please log on to PowerSchool to see your child's teacher. Lists will not be on the doors due to privacy issues. These lists are final and changes will not be made. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact the office.
Reminder: Cross Country tryouts will be Monday 8/5 7:30-9am at Morris Grade School, and Baseball Tryouts will be 9-11am at Shabbona Roth Field. Remember that in order to tryout and practice every participant needs to have an up to date sports physical. GO BRAVES!!
Update 7/31/19: We apologize for any confusion from our earlier post! Registration Day is for all new students AND RETURNING STUDENTS who still need to complete the online forms and/or make payments. You may also complete fee waiver forms, pick up your pre-ordered PTO school supply kit, turn in any health forms, make payments to your lunch account, complete free and reduced lunch forms, and more! Class lists will be released next week following this process. Returning families who have not registered through Power School will not be placed on a list. Please contact the office after August 2nd if you have further questions. Thank you!
The Fall Parent Sports Information Meeting is tonight at 6pm in the cafeteria. Please enter through door 28.
Softball Tryouts for today (7/29) have been cancelled due to weather and field conditions. Tryouts will resume Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-11 am.
Morris Grade School is seeking a 3rd Grade Special Education Teacher. Please go online to www.Morris54.org to apply! Be a part of our story!
Reminder: All athletes MUST have a physical on file prior to participating in any tryouts or practices. Students without a physical will be excluded from participation until it is received. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Anderson at email@example.com
Follow Up: The Fall Parent Sports Meeting will be in the Morris Grade School Cafeteria at 2001 Dupont Ave. on Monday, July 29th...6pm.
The Fall Parent Sports Meeting will take place on July 29th at 6pm in the cafeteria. Parents with children who are participating in Baseball, Softball, Cross-Country, Soccer, and Cheer should be in attendance. Contact Mr. Keith Anderson with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
BUS DRIVERS NEEDED! If you are interested, please call 815-942-2128 TODAY! All training will be provided! The entire process can be completed in as little as three weeks. Drivers get paid for a minimum of two hours regardless of how long the route is. The starting hourly rate is $16.50 per hour – the two hour minimum for morning and two hour for afternoon routes is $66.00 a day! This is a great job for retirees, as well as mothers with young children, as small children are allowed to ride on the bus (not babies). Below are the steps to get a CDL (in no particular order). Call Saratoga School at 815-942-2128 Take 8 hour initial class Fingerprint background check Physical and drug test Three computer tests at DMV – there are many sample tests on the internet and we provide the curriculum to study Two weeks behind the wheel training Driving test CALL TODAY!
We are currently accepting applications for a Physical Education Teacher! Please follow this link for more information and to apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Elementary+School+Teaching
2019-2020 School meal applications are now available in the documents folder on Morris Elementary School website and app.
Morris Grade School is looking for a 3rd Grade Special Education Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. Please go online and apply at www.morris54.org.
We are currently accepting applications for Kitchen Support Staff. Please follow this link for more information and to apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Food+Services
We are currently seeking a cheerleading coach for the 2019-2020 school year! Please e-mail Mr. Raffel at email@example.com for more information!
RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTER ONLINE NOW! Summer break may have just started, but REGISTRATION time is here! Returning students must register online by June 30, 2019 at https://district54.powerschool.com/public/ Please note that registration can only be completed on a computer, not on a phone. Registration Packets for the 2019-2020 school year have been mailed out by the District Office. Please be sure to open the letter and follow the instructions for registering your child for the next school year. Transportation cannot be guaranteed unless your online registration has been completed. Students WILL NOT be placed on a class list until this has been done. You may also click on the following link to register your student. https://district54.powerschool.com/public/ Please complete the online registration by June 30, 2019. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the office during our June/Summer hours (Mon.-Thurs. 7 am-3 pm and Fri. 7 am-12 noon). New Student Registration will be held on August 1st.
Retiring 5th grade teacher, Sue Farber, was surprised today by many former students of her first fifth grade class! These students were 5th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year and will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall. Mrs. Farber has taught several grades in the district since 1986, was a PE teacher for many years, and went back into the classroom teaching fifth grade in 2012. She has made an impact on so many and will be missed! ❤️
After the kids left today, we celebrated our amazing and dedicated retirees! Fran Rosa, custodian for 19 years, Susan Farber, teacher for over 33 years, and Karin Weaver, teacher for over 18 years, were honored by fellow teachers and staff! We can’t thank you all enough for your love and dedication to District 54! You will be missed! ❤️
We are currently seeking a soccer coach for fall of the 2019-2020 school year! Please email Mr. Raffel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Thanks to the Community Foundation of Grundy County, our 6th graders were able to go to Feed My Starving Children in Aurora today. It was a great way to help the less fortunate. We were able to pack 206 boxes which contained more than 44,000 meals and will feed one hot meal a day to 122 kiddos for a year. It was a great feeling to be a part of this project! #teachmorris #fmsc #communityfoundationofgrundyco
Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2019. Watch the Commencement Ceremony on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/fifGOWpCd2I
Attention cheerleaders: tryout dates for this upcoming year are TBA until we have a cheerleading coach in place. Parents stay tuned for an announcement as soon as we can.
Tryout/ practice information for this upcoming year! Cheerleading: June 5, 6, 7th 9-11am @Shabbona Softball: July 29&30th 9am-11am @ Morris Grade School Baseball- Aug. 5&6th 9am-11am @ Shabbona Cross country: Aug. 5th 7:30-9am @ Morris Grade School
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”...wonderfully said by Benjamin Franklin. We are so proud of the hard work and dedication so many of our 8th grade students have upheld during their years at Morris Grade School. They were honored along with other area school students at the Honors Banquet, held at Saratoga School Tuesday night. Congratulations!
Congratulations to 7th grader Patrick Stroup who will be representing D54 at State next weekend in Discus
No act of kindness goes unnoticed...from the first grader who smiled and said hello this morning, brightening our day, to the refreshing glass of lemonade made with love from our Life Skills class, amongst many others! “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~Princess Diana ❤️
We are currently accepting online applications for an 8th Grade Science Teacher. Please follow this link for more information and to apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Middle+School+Teaching
We are so very proud of our amazing Administrators for recently being awarded special honors! Mr. Raffel was surprised at our recent Board Meeting for being recognized as the Illinois Principals Association Elementary Principal of the Year! Mrs. Stover, Special Populations Director, was recognized as a 2019 recipient of the James V. And Dorothy B. Moon Scholarship!
Tonight’s track practice has been cancelled.
Tonight’s track meet has been cancelled. The makeup date for this meet will happen on May 2nd at 4:15. Track practice has been cancelled for tonight as well.
Congratulations to our Math Team for placing 2nd overall at the IVC Math Contest at Richland last night! The 6th grade team placed 3rd, 7th grade placed 3rd, and 8th grade placed 2nd overall. Haven Perdomo placed 2nd for 7th grade, Abby Henson placed 4th and Jack Mills placed 3rd for 8th grade in the individual competition. In the team portion, 6th grade came in 2nd, 7th grade came in 1st, and 8th grade came in 1st. Congrats on an amazing job representing Morris Grade School!
Morris Grade School is currently accepting online applications for Dean of Students/Activities Director. Please visit this link to learn more and apply! https://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Administration
Kindergarten Roundup and Screenings are just around the corner! Register your child today at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W0NFGzdxJrmOllz4kDyadaOzZ_x0msNxlCBR2RhCy6I/edit?usp=sharing
Congratulations to Carter skoff Owen Sater Brady Brown On qualifying for IESA state for wrestling !
Good luck to our wrestlers who are competing today in Sectionals! Let’s make state!
Good luck to our lady Braves 8th grade volleyball team on their opening round of regionals today at Saratoga!
Good luck to our 7th girls volleyball in their regional semi final match tonight 4:30 in Peru Parkside!
Good luck to our Lady Braves 7th volleyball team as they head to Peru Parkside for the first round of regionals at 4:30!!
8th grade night for volleyball will start at 5:15 Wednesday vs GSW!! Come support the girls as they play their final home game. 7th grade starts at 4:30 followed by 8th grade game.
All this week we will be holding a Military Care Package Drive! Donated items will be delivered to Operation Care Package in Manhattan, IL. Book Nook Tuesday-books, comics, coloring books, pencils, pens puzzle books, magazines, etc. Squeaky Clean Wednesday-Wet wipes, floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant, hand sanitizer, etc. Cozy Wozy Thursday-blankets, twin size sheets, white tee shirts, travel size pillows, card games, slippers, etc. Mail time Friday-Letters, drawings, cards to servicemen and women.
We are so proud of our teachers, administration and staff who will be participating in the St. Jude Chicago to Peoria Run in August! Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. #goteamd54runstrong
7th Grade students in Mr. Lawrence's science classes recently competed in a Seismic Tower Challenge! Groups of "engineers" researched and developed building plans/structures using available materials. The kids had to follow strict guidelines for their structure as well as seismic testing to ensure a stable prototype and "win a building contract"!
Attention: all after school activities for tonight have been cancelled due to predicted weather. There will be no games or practices tonight. Please stay safe if your traveling!
The Morris High School Recreation Center ( Mals) will be closed until Friday, February 1st.
All after school activities for Tuesday, January 29th have been cancelled. However, the School Board Meeting will take place at 6 pm as scheduled.
Local school district leaders are closely monitoring the forecasted record cold predicted for Wed- Thurs. We anticipate school attendance decisions will be made by early Tuesday afternoon.
CAFETERIA NEWS! *ATTENTION JR. HIGH STUDENTS* Coming February 1st, ala'carte /snack items will be available for purchase during lunch.
Tonight's Board of Education Meeting has been cancelled. We will let the community know when it has been rescheduled.
Due to the Winter Weather Advisory and worsening road conditions, we will be dismissing early today, January 22nd. 6th-8th Grade students will dismiss at 12:50 pm and K-5 students will dismiss at 1:20pm. K and 1st Grade car riders will be in the big gym rather than the cafeteria. Afternoon Pre K is cancelled as well. All after school activities are cancelled. Thank you for your cooperation in assuring all students will get home safe.
7th grade boys basketball regional game scheduled for Saturday is now moved to Monday at 4:30pm at Saratoga due to predicted weather.
Pleases visit our sports website at http://il.8to18.com/ShabbonaMS/ for more information on our sports, games, schedules, and more!
Congratulations to the winners of the Exibit Youth Art Show! K-1st Grade: 1st place - Arienne Medler 2nd-3rd Grade: 1st Place - Anslie Rink, 1st Runner Up - Shawn Miles 4th-5th Grade: 1st Place - Anna Williams, 1st Runner Up - Demi Davila, Honorable Mention - Jessica McCaughn 6th-8th: 1st Runner Up - Nichole Melville, Honorable Mention - Hector Ramos, Chemia Walton, Skylar Sparks, Grace Mennenga
Congratulations to Haven Perdomo, 3rd place winner of the VFW essay contest, “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Mrs. Stefanie Phillis, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, submitted the essay entries for her students. Haven received a cash prize and her essay was sent to the next level of the contest. She will also celebrate with a pizza party in January! Congrats!
ATTENTION Volleyball tryouts today and Friday for 7th and 8th grade has been changed. Tryouts will take place at White Oak until 5:00 NOT at Shabbona!
The cafeteria can will be serving Monday's menu on Tuesday.
The Boys basketball game at Bishop McNamara and the 8th girls game in Peru have been canceled for tonight.
Due to the severity of the predicted weather, there is NO SCHOOL Monday, November 26. This includes all after school activities.
The office has been seeing students for positive office referrals!! Students receive a positive note (Golden Ticket) from their teacher and an administrator checks in with them. Students get to place a feather with their name on it around our new brave head! Great job kiddos! Continue to be leaders! #TeachMorris #ilschoolstories
PLEASE NOTE THIS CALENDAR CHANGE! WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018 WILL BE A HALF DAY OF STUDENT ATTENDANCE! Please note that this day was previously listed as a full day of student attendance. K-5 will dismiss at 12:15. 6-8 will dismiss at 11:30. As previously listed, the parent teacher conference days on November 15th and 19th will also be half days of attendance.
Attention Boys and Girls Basketball teams: Pictures will be on Monday at Shabbona starting at 3:15 for all levels. 6th girls please ride bus over like you would with a game.
Q: What has 66 hoodies, 15 jackets, 4 sweaters, 2 flannels, 9 lunch boxes, 7 hats, 8 plastic lunch containers, two footballs and an assortment of gloves and mittens? A: Our lost and found!!! Please check it out during Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 15 and 19. All items left after November 20th will be donated.
Congratulations to our students who performed at the Speech Competition last weekend! The students performed memorized solos, duets, small group skits, and many also participated in group improv. Each Morris performer received one of the 2 highest ratings, and everyone had their judge and audience laughing throughout their entire performance! Many thanks to Miss Blatti and Miss Druszkowski for their hard work preparing the students for this exciting competition!
Reminder to 8th girls basketball parents, please be at game tonight by 5:15pm to help honor our 8th graders!
8th grade girls basketball parents we will be honoring the girls at tomorrow’s home game. Please be there by 5:15 as we will honor before 8th game.
Thank you to all students who brought canned goods in today for Red Ribbon Week! “I CAN Make a Difference!” All items brought in will be donated to We Care of Grundy County. Many thanks to our amazing social workers for their hard work in making Red Ribbon Week such a huge success each and every year! The 2018 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free!”
Sports announcements: Cheerleading practice for tonight has been canceled. Also, all 6,7th, & 8th boys basketball will practice at White Oak tonight.
Congrats to our 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams on their great win vs Saratoga last night!!
Menu change for Tuesday, October 23. Wild Mikes Cheesy bread sticks and marinara instead of Pepperoni pizza.
All of the preparations for our STEM program with Park Pointe are paying off! The smiles on everyone’s faces say it all! Many thanks to our instructional coaches, Ashlee Geiss and Molly Kaminski, for their extra hard work preparing students and obtaining multiple grants to make these and other special STEM programs possible! We look forward to many more in the future! https://www.facebook.com/1867077863544327/posts/2131683277083783/
7th grade boys basketball tryouts will be at Shabbona tonight until 5:00 not here at White Oak.
Congrats to our Morris Grade School dancing teachers, 2 School 4 Cool, for receiving the first ever Crowd Favorite Award at the Dancing with the Local Stars Fundraiser last night!! On Friday Afternoon, all grades were treated a sneak peak of the hit performance! We are so proud of our teachers for participating in this awesome event!
Menu change for lunch on Wednesday , October 17. Wild Milkes pepperoni pizza instead of Cheesy Bread sticks and marinara.
Our awesome Instructional Coaches have been visiting classrooms and helping students learn about seniors and ways to bring them happiness. The first of many visits to Park Pointe started this week! Stay tuned for more pictures of this amazing experience for both the students and our wonderful senior friends down the road!
Attention 6-8th boys interested in basketball! Tryouts will be Monday and Tuesday: 8th- 6:45-7:30AM- White Oak 7th- 3:30-5:00 Shabbona 6th- 3:30-4:45 White Oak
The kids had a blast at the PTO event, Water Balloon the Principal! Mr. Raffel and many others were pretty drenched by the end of the day Friday! All proceeds from PTO events go straight back to our teachers and classrooms. Many thanks to our amazing PTO, volunteers, Mr. Raffel, and everyone else who helped to make this fun event happen!
I'm excited to introduce @54Elementary district dashboard.The dashboard is a one stop shop to learn about District 54.Take a moment to learn more about our district and story. https://ecriss.ecragroup.com/strategy/Home/Index?Dashboard=MOR054
Last year, we told you about our awesome student, Dakota Goff, and his quest to collect pop tabs to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Look at what Dakota has been up to lately! Monday night, Dakota attended his first NFL game (Seahawks/Bears), sat in the first row behind the Seattle sideline, and received a shout out on live TV! Watching his hero, Shaquem Griffin, play in person was a pretty big deal too! We are so proud of everything Dakota has accomplished, all while focusing on helping others in need!
Our annual Magazine Fundraiser kicked off today! We're excited to offer your favorite magazines and a NEW OFFER for savings via a Discount Savings App for all family and friends of our students at Morris Grade School. Anyone can sign up for the App through bit.ly/morrises and credit will be given to our fundraiser. Thanks to all our parents and students for your support to continue to enhance our classrooms with technology.
The School Board Meeting for tonight has been cancelled. We will post a new date as soon as possible.
Attention girls basketball! 7/8th tryouts Monday at Shabbona 3:30-5 6th girls tryouts Wednesday after school at White Oak! Please have updated physical on file
NOW IS THE TIME TO BECOME A BUS DRIVER OR SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER! If you are interested, please call 815-416-1745 TODAY! All training will be provided! The entire process can be completed in as little as three weeks. Drivers get paid for a minimum of two hours regardless of how long the route is. The starting hourly rate is $16.00 per hour – the two hour minimum is $32.00 every time you drive! CALL TODAY!
On September 6th from 4pm-7pm, 5th Grade students will have the opportunity to test out several instruments of their choice. Student and Parents will go directly to pick up their instrument and sign the rental agreement. Contact Mr. Wozniak with questions: email@example.com
You may find monthly menus for printing under "Documents"> Menus folder on the Morris School District website or app.
Due to an increase in enrollment and the addition of classrooms, Class Lists will be finalized and posted tomorrow. You may see the finalized lists on PowerSchool or posted at Door 1 by 3 pm on August 9th.
**BAND CAMP UPDATE** Incoming 7th and 8th Grade Band Members ONLY August 7-10 9am-12pm @ White Oak $20 per student An email will be sent after August 1st
PE Clothes for Jr High students will be available during the first week of school. Locks for 6th Grade Students will be given out on the first day of school.
**UPDATED FALL SPORT TRYOUT INFORMATION** SOFTBALL Tryouts: July 23 & July 24th: 9:00-10:30am West Side Park Field (Next to White Oak) If anyone has any questions or is unable to make the tryouts email firstname.lastname@example.org BASEBALL Tryouts: July 30th & July 31st: 9:00-11:00am Roth Field (Next to Shabbona) If anyone has any questions or is unable to make the tryouts email email@example.com SOCCER Tryouts: July 30th & 31st: 9-10:30 AM Soccer Fields behind White Oak Building If anyone has any questions or is unable to make the tryouts email firstname.lastname@example.org CROSS COUNTRY *NO TRYOUTS* Practice begins on Aug. 6th -7:30-9:00am. Practice will continue at that same time (7:30-9:00am) through August 10th. Practices will take place at White Oak If anyone has any questions or is unable to make the first practice email email@example.com AN UPDATED SPORT PHYSICAL IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE ON FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS- please bring an updated copy on first day if not turned into the office already!
We are looking for a Science Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year! Submit all applications materials online at: http://www.applitrack.com/morris54/onlineapp
Registration Reminder! Returning students DO NOT need to attend Registration Day to register. It can be completed in the convenience of your home! Register online today at https://district54.powerschool.com/public/, especially if transportation is needed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with online registration. Class lists WILL NOT be posted on Registration Day. Class lists will be available after August 9th. Middle school student schedules will be dispersed on the first day of school. Schedules can be viewed through the PowerSchool parent portal, but please be aware they are not final.
Last week, 6th-8th grade students participated in an exciting Escape Room activity as part of their PBIS reward. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Before leaving their designated room, each class had to complete the tasks and instructions posted on the SmartBoards. In this case, students needed to survive an apocalypse and outbreak of a mutated H1N1 virus! They also had to create an antidote to help their teammates who became infected! Students were allowed to call for help to a designated call center if they had difficulities finding answers. Congrats to the grade level winners for “surviving” this terrible outbreak!
Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2018. Watch the Commencement Ceremony on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/GZEne6IZx8A
We had such a beautiful night for the memorial bench dedication ceremony honoring Mark and Jan Wendling! Family, friends, coworkers, and students were present Sunday night to honor the couple who truly dedicated their lives to helping others! Several coworkers and friends spoke of Jan and Mark, also relaying many wonderful memories. The benches were placed near the front of the school, along with a beautiful memorial plaque and stone. Thank you to all who made the ceremony so special!