Rocket Review

Week of May 17, 2019

Mid-May is Here

It was another busy week at Morgan as we held our annual Art Show, the spring Book Fair, 2nd & 4th Grade Music Concerts, Variety Show and Volunteer Appreciation Night. We also completed two more M-STEP testing sessions and several NWEA testing sessions. Thankfully, we also had some sunny, warmer weather which allowed our students to get outside during lunch recess and afternoon recess to enjoy the warmer spring weather.

Next week will be the final week of M-STEP testing. It is also the week prior to Memorial Weekend--the unofficial start to summer! If you are planning on taking time away from school prior to or after the Memorial Weekend, please call into the Main Office to let us know your child will not be in attendance.

Last weekend our Morgan Volunteers PTO, with help from Mr. DeLorenzo, held a Saturday clean up day in the Morgan Nature Center. They cut away overgrown brush, spread 20 yards of mulch, lined trails with fallen logs to show the pathway and opened up former pathways that were previously too overgrown to access. The Morgan Nature Center is a true gem in our own backyard and our staff and students would like to say THANK YOU to all of the volunteers to helped get this valuable resource accessible again!

The final Morgan Volunteers PTO meeting will be Monday, May 20, starting at 6:30 PM at the Hamlin Pub on 25 Mile & VanDyke. This is when our PTO will be looking to elect a new Vice President and designate a new Webmaster to maintain the PTO web page. They will also be discussing Nature Center progress and plans, Color Run for the fall, and other items to finalize the 2018-2019 school year and plan for the 2019-2020 school year.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

PTO--Help Needed!

Our PTO is looking for a new Vice-President and a Webmaster for the 2019-2020 school year. Our current Vice-President and Webmaster have students moving on from Morgan and into junior high next year.

Our Vice-President helps with the organization of PTO initiatives and activities as a part of the PTO Board.

The Webmaster is in charge of maintaining/updating the Morgan Membership Toolkit web page for the PTO and training is provided.

If you are interested in serving in either of these positions, please contact our PTO and/or attend the next PTO meeting on May 20.

PTO contact information is:

Friday, May 24--Lunch in Classrooms

All Lunches to be Allergen Safe in Classrooms

On Friday, May 24, our 5th grade students will be hosting their annual Colonial Job Fair in the gymnasium/cafeteria throughout the school day. They have been working on their projects and presentations for the past several weeks and will have their displays up for parents and visitors to see and learn about the different career options available during the colonial days in American History.

Due to the elaborate display set up, we will be eating lunch in the classrooms that day. To protect the health and safety of our students with sensitive food allergies, all lunches brought from home will need to be peanut/tree nut safe. If a student does have an allergen in their lunch, that student will be asked to eat outside of the classroom to reduce exposure risk in the classroom.

Classrooms with allergy concerns will have all tables/desks cleaned after eating. Hot lunches are allergen safe and may be purchased and brought into the classroom.

If you have questions, please contact our main office at 586-797-5800.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Thursday evening, Morgan staff celebrated the time and efforts our volunteers provide throughout the school year by treating our volunteers to a night at the movies! We had 35 volunteers and several staff members come together to see "The Heist" at the AMC theater.

Morgan Elementary would like to thank ALL volunteers, as not all were able to attend last night. Our volunteers are a great support and asset to our school and we appreciate the time you provide to help our students and staff!

THANK YOU to our Morgan staff who helped plan and organize this event!

Science Olympiad

Good luck to our Morgan Science Olympiad teams as they head to competition on Saturday. THANK YOU to Mr. Mirovsky and all of the parents who volunteered to coach an event. Our teams have been practicing for months in preparation for Saturday's competition. Thank you for giving your time as our students are exciting about participating in this event!
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GOTR and Heart & Sole

Morgan's Girls on the Run (GOTR) and Heart & Sole running groups will be completing the 5K they have been training for over the past several months. THANK YOU to Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Simmons for volunteering their time to get our Morgan girls running!

Social Studies Olympiad Achievement!

Maya Wins Bronze Medal

Congratulations to Maya and Coach Borbolla!

Poetry Elementary Division

3rd Place Medal Winner: Maya 5th Grade

Morgan Elementary School, Utica Community Schools

Morgan Music Concerts

Thank you to Ms. Quagliotto and Mrs. Rosso for another fun evening of music! Our 2nd and 4th graders enjoyed the performance with flashlights and bug antenna!

Morgan Annual Art Show

Morgan Artwork was on display throughout the week, celebrating progress throughout the school year! Morgan always looks amazing during Art Show week with so much student art work to grace our hallways!

Morgan Variety Show

A big THANK YOU to Miss Brimmeier, Mrs. Laber, Mrs. Leykauf and Mrs. Sekerak for organizing our Morgan Variety Show this year! Morgan students enjoyed watching fellow Rockets perform on Monday and our parents, families and friends enjoyed watching the show Wednesday evening.

Also, THANK YOU to our Morgan Rockets who volunteered to share their talents with us. You all were truly amazing!

8 Keys Weekly Drawing Winners

Since we missed a week for drawing, we selected 4 students from each grade this week.


  • Kate
  • Roy


  • Amanda
  • Joseph

First Grade:

  • Shpresa
  • Dominik

Second Grade:

  • Grace
  • Isla

Third Grade:

  • Sydney
  • Leah

Fourth Grade:

  • Evan T
  • Christina

Fifth Grade:

  • Vanessa
  • Sophia T

Sixth Grade:

  • Rachael K
  • Dylan H

Congratulations to our drawing winners and keep earning those tickets!

School Supply Kits for the 2019-2020 School Year Available NOW!

Sale Ends June 30!

Morgan is offering one-stop school supply shopping again this year through 1st Day of School Supplies. Each grade level has a suggested school supply kit available for purchase online. These kits will be labeled with your child's name and grade (be sure to order for next year's grade) and will be delivered to Morgan in August.

Your child will have their school supply kit waiting for them on Rocket Day 2019! No running to stores or shopping multiple stores! Everything is right there in the kit!

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Morgan to Honor UCS Seniors from Morgan 2019

Whenever a Morgan group of team is heading to competition, Morgan gives them a Clap Out at end of the school day.

Graduates of the Class of 2019 who are former Morgan Rockets are invited back to Morgan on Tuesday, June 11 to participate in a final Clap Out from our current Morgan Rockets. Graduates should arrive to Morgan at 2:45 PM, with cap and gown if possible, and report to the Media Center.

Our Clap Out will occur at 3:00 PM followed by a reception in the Media Center with treats for the graduates. Morgan staff is looking forward to seeing former students as they finish their school career and move on to the next phase in their lives.

Morgan Lunch Monitors

Morgan continues to look for additional support during the lunch hour. While our building is allocated a certain amount of paid EduStaff lunch monitors, we can take additional support in the form of volunteers. Students really enjoying seeing their parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle at school during the lunch time helping in the lunchroom or walking around the playground with the kids.

If you are interested in becoming a paid lunch monitor, please click on link below to start an application with EduStaff. EduStaff certified lunch monitors are paid an hourly rate each day they work. EduStaff employees can also complete additional, free, online training sessions and become substitute paraprofessionals for additional paid hours of work.

Morgan also takes volunteers with a current background check on file. If you filled out a Volunteer Sheet within the past few years, you should be able to volunteer for field trips, classroom help and lunch supervision. If you are unsure about your volunteer status, please contact the Main Office and Sharon or Melissa can check for you: 586-797-5800.

If you are interested in volunteering during the lunch hour, which runs from 11:30 AM until 12:15 PM each day, please contact Melissa in the main office and let her know what days you are available to volunteer. Grandparents/aunts/uncles/neighbors are all welcome once we have a background check on file.

If you have any questions, please call Morgan at 586-797-5800 or email Mrs. Lasky at

EduStaff Application

Click here to complete an application to become a lunch monitor.

Morgan School Spirit Days

The Morgan Student Council has announced our School Spirit Days!

Friday, May 31: Crazy Hair Day

Mark Your Calendar!

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Monday, May 20: 6:30 PM Morgan Volunteers PTO LAST meeting for the 2018-2019 school year @ Hamlin Pub on 25 Mile/Van Dyke

Tuesday, May 21: 3rd Grade ELA M-STEP

Wednesday, May 22: 6th Grade Math M-STEP

Thursday, May 23: Taco Loco Restaurant Night--flyer required

Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL--Memorial Day

Friday, May 31: Crazy Hair Day

Thursday, June 6: Morgan Field Day

Tuesday, June 11: UCS Graduates--Morgan Clap Out 3:00 PM

Reception to follow in the media center for Morgan Senior Graduates and staff

Thursday, June 13: Early Dismissal. Students dismissed at 11:29 AM.

Friday, June 14: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

6th Grade Graduation in the gymnasium at 8:45 AM.

Early Dismissal at 11:29 AM.

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UCS News and Updates

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Thank you to Tree Surgeon!

Thank you to Dave from the Tree Surgeon for their generous donation of 30 yards of wood chips for the PTO Morgan Nature Center clean up initiative!

Taco Loco Restaurant Night

Thursday, May 23, 4--9 PM

A flyer will be required for Morgan Volunteers to receive credit for your visit from 4-9 PM. Morgan Volunteers will also receive credit for your take-out order.
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FINAL PTO Meeting for the 2019-2020 School Year!

Monday, May 20, 2019 @ 6:30 PM. Hamlin Pub on 25/VanDyke

Morgan Volunteers PTO Webpage

Click here to visit the Morgan Volunteers PTO web page and register for updates and volunteer information. Please update your family information each school year.

Morgan Elementary

Mission: Morgan is dedicated to developing lifelong learners through the working relationship of students, staff, and community.

Vision: We are a community of compassionate, committed professionals and learners who become academically successful through collaboration, ownership, and perseverance.