First Day of School
The first day of school this year is Monday, August 24th. Students will attend school for the full day (7:30-2:30). We do have 1:30 early dismissals every Monday of the school year (beginning August 31st) to allow for valuable teacher team meeting time.
Student Drop-off and Pick-up
All students should be dropped off in the front of the building in the mornings. Please pull all the way to the stop sign to allow for many cars to drop off at once. This courtesy allows for a much smoother and faster process.
In the afternoon, pick-up with take place in the front of the building for 6th graders and the back for 7th and 8th graders. If you have students in more than one grade level, just communicate with your child as to whichever one you select. Please be patient, as we will not permit students to cut through a line of cars to get to your car. All students will be picked up along the sidewalk. Thank you for your help in making this a safe and efficient process.
We are still waiting for our 2020-2021 yearbooks to arrive, but we hope to receive them soon. For current 9th graders, once they arrive, we will deliver yearbooks to Butler to be given to those students who ordered them.
When you were completing your child’s beginning-of-the-year paperwork through PowerSchool, you were asked about the SBIRT screening program, and you had the choice to opt in or opt out. This is a program provided to us through a partnership with Samaritan Behavioral for the second year. We have a Samaritan Behavioral counselor who will be screening our students and following up with some of them and some of you throughout the course of the year. The screening process takes about 15-20 minutes and is a great way for us to provide additional help and resources to students who may be at-risk of mental health disorders or substance abuse, without the involvement of school personnel (unless of course there is anything that is life threatening or dangerous). We began the screening process this past week with 8th graders whose parents had opted in to the program, and we will continue with 7th and then 6th graders (who have a little different screening interview) through the course of the year. The SBHI counselor is working with our counselors if students are comfortable with them following up, and she is also including outside resources as necessary. Our goal is to be proactive and help students to deal with the negative stressors and peer pressure that can inhibit them from reaching their full potential. If you are interested in your child taking part in this program, but you have not yet “opted in,” please let me know as soon as possible. At this point, more than 400 students at Morton are included.
Dude. Be Kind.
Dude, Be Kind. is an initiative started by our National Junior Honor Society three years ago, and it is still going strong. Sixth graders and new students will find out more about Dude. Be Kind. in Advisory class. Soon, all students will have an opportunity at lunch time to pledge their promise to be kind. Kindness isn't just about the grand gestures; it is about being kind in all aspects of day-to-day life. Dude. Be Kind. shirts are available in the office for $8. Students can wear the shirts at any time, but on the last Wednesday of each month, we celebrate and recognize kindness by wearing our shirts and lots of pink!
Also, we appreciate all of the families who have signed up for Kroger Rewards. (We currently have over 100 households linked to this program.) We use the money raised from Kroger rewards for incentives, programs (such as Re-Do Day), flight pass rewards, field trips, etc. If you have already signed up or if you have not but would like to do so, please be aware that the Morton Middle School organization number has changed. It is now SF862. The old number will continue to be linked to Morton for the time being, but please be sure to change the number in the near future when you have a chance. The website link to enroll for the first time or to make changes is https://www.kroger.com/topic/kroger-community-rewards-3.
If you are interested in having easier access to your child’s grades, you may want to consider getting the free PowerSchool app. Once you download the app from your app store, you can search for our school district name or simply enter our school district code, which is PDND. Once you enter your PowerSchool log-in information, you are all set. The app is much more user-friendly than trying to pull up the website if you are using a cell phone. However, a computer is your best option for updating forms and seeing all of the PowerSchool features.
Just as a reminder, the PowerSchool app is very user-friendly and even sends notices of grade changes to your phone. To use the PowerSchool app, locate it in your particular App Store and download it. Once you pull it up, it will ask for a code. Our district code is PDND. Once you enter that, you will need to enter your username and password. However, after you do this once, you should not need to do it every time.
If you are interested in joining the Morton PTO, you can find a membership form online. Just go to the Morton page and then click on PTO. Our PTO provides great opportunities and support for our student programs here at Morton. The cost to join is $5.00.
*** Attention Parents and Guardians***
The tier two PBIS team at Morton has been working diligently with students who have struggled with behavior and compliance issues. The goal is to provide students with the skills and tools to make better choices and decisions throughout the school day and beyond. If you feel like your son or daughter may benefit from this program, please contact our Tier 2 Specialist Charles Curtis at email@example.com or our TOSA Steve Doring at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss concerns and eligibility.