Morristown Elementary School firmly believes in supporting all students with individualized learning and encouraging them to participate in activities beyond the normal school day. Doing so allows children to take ownership of their learning and interact with their learning community outside of the regular classroom environment. We offer a wide range of special programs that both support and encourage our students.
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We’re pleased to offer quality after-school care to parents who need a little extra help between work and school hours. Please contact our school office for information about enrolling your child in our after-school care program.
Students in fifth through eighth grades are eligible to participate in the extracurricular athletics program. We currently offer volleyball, basketball, track, and fitness training. Morristown School is a founding member of the Central Mountain League, an organization that gives our students an opportunity to play games with other schools of comparable size. Other schools in the Central Mountain League include Congress Elementary, Model Creek, Wickenburg Christian Academy, Canon, and Festival Foothills. We require written parental consent for students to participate in interscholastic sports.
Students must furnish proof of insurance coverage before they begin participation in the sports activity and must enroll in the after-school program with paid fees or fee waiver. Students will maintain at least a "C" average and will be ineligible with two "D" marks on their progress report or report card. If students become ineligible on the basis of unsatisfactory grades, they may attend after school remedial sessions 2–4 times per week. Students may resume sports when they improve grades to eligibility level. We will advise students and parents of ineligibility by written notice. Injured students must have a physician’s release before returning to playing status.
We expect students participating in sports to display excellent citizenship in the classroom as well as on the playing field. Failure to do so will result in loss of sports privileges.
Morristown School is fortunate to have a dedicated area for the study and preservation of the Sonoran Desert habitat for students in preschool through eighth grade. Teachers use this site, located just north of the fenced playground, for science, art, language arts, and physical education activities throughout the school year. During the school day, students may only utilize the site under teacher supervision after initial parent permission.
There is limited shade on the trail, so we encourage students to wear hats and closed-toed shoes. The Sonoran Trail is open to the public and is equipped with benches, trash cans, informative signs, and two water fountains. Developed with the funds from the environmental license plate fund and the work of many volunteers, we hope that students who use the trail will see themselves as stewards of the environment.
Students and staff always look forward to the yearly face-lift the trail gets each fall from the Grand Hikers Club. It is open for community access when school is not is session.
Our ESL program supports English language learners as they master the language in academic and social environments. Our goal is to help these students attain academic excellence through a variety of learning opportunities that will help ensure success for all students.
At Morristown Elementary School, “the arts are the heart of education.” Experiences in the arts give our students opportunities to exercise problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance. A blank piece of paper, a lump of clay, a musical instrument, or even a written a story or poem, are all problems to solve for our young thinkers. The skills our students develop while creating and producing the finished product are the same skills they will use someday in the workplace and everyday in life.
We are proud to showcase our students’ work in the performing arts in December at our winter programs. In April, we display their work in the visual arts at our school-wide art show. This popular event is co-sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Association, (PTSA). The PTSA provides award ribbons and serves a delicious pancake breakfast during the show as a fundraiser.
Over the years, our students have had the privilege of working with professional artists via the Artist in Residence program. This program brings an artist to the school to teach and demonstrate his/her art form over a two or more week period during the school year. Our students gained valuable experiences as they worked with Juanita Hull-Carlson, who creates mosaics from cement and “cool junk.” Teresa Shostakovich taught our students the art of “close drawing” for realistic effect. Susan Bendix integrated dance and technology to create some of our first student-created videos. Students learned about the power of Taiko Drumming with sensei Eileen Morgan. Since 1985, our students have worked with over 30 artists from a variety of genres.
The Morristown School District Governing Board believes special attention to the needs of gifted learners is critical to the effort to educate all Morristown students to their fullest capability. The main goal of this program is to challenge students at all levels to stimulate their academic potential. The program also seeks to develop study skills commensurate with ability, provide an opportunity for students to pursue goals that correlate with their academic interests, and develop thinking and creative skills that enhance the child’s individual thinking process.
Project E.M.E.R.G.E. seeks to provide gifted students with curriculum and materials that will enhance their gifted abilities. The school is rural and enrolls students in kindergarten through eighth grades.
The program primarily exists within the regular classroom with individualized materials and activities. Depending on a student’s needs, a pull-out program is available. The special education teacher is primarily responsible for administering the program. The use of technology to help deliver individualized content to students who are ready for it is effective for many students. In this way, students can receive accelerated content without leaving the room. Teachers monitor student achievement through a variety of assessments including, but not limited to STAR reading and math, classroom performance on assigned work, and statewide achievement testing. The classroom teachers as well as interested community members receive staff development to raise their awareness of the needs of gifted students.
Gifted students will have the opportunity to share the results of special projects at the Arizona State Fair, the District Art Show, and the District Science Fair. When appropriate, E.M.E.R.G.E. students will make presentations in the regular classrooms.
Definition of Gifted Student
Morristown School District defines "gifted students" as those children of lawful school age who show or have the potential for showing an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression. In accordance with the Arizona State Mandate for Gifted education, our district offers gifted services to all students who score above the 97th percentile on a verbal, quantitative, and/or nonverbal battery of a test included on the Arizona State Approved Gifted Test list.
We are pleased to offer children within our community the opportunity to participate in preschool three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. Help your child get a head start by calling our school office to learn more about enrolling.
Our special education program works with families to create Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to meet the special needs of their children. This plan includes related services in and out of school, at no cost to the family, to complement the student’s personal instruction and ensure that he/she receives the most benefit from his/her education.
STEM is that synergetic combination of science, technology, engineering, and math for the purpose of solving real-world problems. Teachers at Morristown School have training that enables them to help students see connections between these subjects, allowing them to see see the relevance of what they are learning and how it is used in the world outside of the classroom.
ESI-Engineering STEM Identities
Students in grades six through eight participate in science activities that help students see themselves as scientists using inquiry to build understanding of scientific concepts. Tablet technology and video conferencing are new tools that we use in this program. Our students will continue to work with other area schools and experts in the field of science through interactive video conferencing. The “Mustang Farm” was the result of the design challenge. Students have also embraced the challenge of efficient classroom organization. The concept of “Board Meetings” has revolutionized the way these students communicate, persuade, and share scientific information. For this program, Morristown School partners with the Maricopa County Educational Service Agency (MCESA).
First grade students maintain a playground garden that is home to a wide variety of flowers and vegetables. In the fall, pumpkins grow among giant leaves, and in the spring, the students sow carrots, radishes, and tomatoes with hopes of a harvest before school’s end. The students learn about where their food comes from and see the magic of a plant emerging from a seed.