James Morris School

Regional School District No.6

Principal's Message for September 25, 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

As darkness fell over my son’s football practice last night, I was reminded how quickly late summer turns to early fall and that, remarkably, this coming Monday marks the end of the first 10% of the 2015-2016 school year. Yet, the beginning of fall also provides us the opportunity to build on students’ transition back to school and their initial learning and to now strengthen and deepen their knowledge and understanding in all subject areas.

In order to build on my belief that parents are valued partners, this week, parents joined me for the first “coffee with the principal” of the year, during which we discussed the direction and vision for JMS:

Our vision is to continue to enhance our reputation as a school that is highly regarded for its academic growth, and for instilling in students the desire to strive for the intrinsic values, rewards and opportunities that result from taking pride in one’s work.

In this, the third year of this vision statement, our primary goal is to dramatically improve student academic learning outcomes in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. Then, we want to make significant strides in providing students with authentic hands-on learning experiences while they develop an increased awareness and understanding of the greater world around them.

We know we still have some work to do, and my commitment is to continue to work with parents to develop and refine our mission and practices and develop a common understanding of what a quality education looks like at JMS.

In order to continue the dialogue with parents, I welcome all parents to attend the next “coffee with the principal” at 9:15AM, Wednesday, October 21st. After listening to parents at the first session, I have invited Mrs. Robin Moore, the math specialist in Morris, to attend the meeting to discuss the math program and answer any questions regarding math instruction and to discuss the new math curriculum.

A Message from our Health and Wellness teacher, Mrs. Alisa Wright:

The JMS Giving Garden is a student-centered project that fosters leadership, ownership and a sense of community. Going back to 2014, JMS students designed, named, and proposed the idea of the garden to the Board of Education, eventually joining parents and community members in its construction and ongoing maintenance. All JMS students have participated in sowing and nurturing the seeds, transplanting the plants into the soil, and harvesting and preparing the vegetables next week’s Harvest Luncheon. At this school-community celebration, JMS sixth graders will demonstrate and develop their leadership skills by hosting and serving our guests and younger students. We hope to see you there!

Flyers for this week are linked below:

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, concerns or comments.

Thank you,

KC Chapman, Principal