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!
Get excited about our new app and website!