Morton Messenger

January 29, 2021

Mission Statement

The mission of J. Sterling Morton Elementary School, whose culture unites families, guarantees all students develop the academic skills and character traits necessary for personal excellence and responsible citizenship through high-quality, innovative, engaging experiences in a challenging and nurturing environment.

Morton Elementary Kindergarten 21-22

Do you live in the Morton attendance area and have a child starting Kindergarten in 2021-2022? Do you know of anyone else that does? Please access the link below for important dates and tasks as we prepare for our future Mavericks!

Kindergarten Information for 2021-2022 School Year (click this link)

Weekly Update

Valentines Day Celebration

Valentines Day parties will be on February 9th at Morton Elementary. This party will look and feel very similar to the Halloween parties from the fall. Parties will be at 2:30 p.m. and will be facilitated by classroom teachers. The Morton PTA will provide a special treat. Students can bring Valentines Day cards to distribute at school and one candy will be permitted. Students will not open the cards or eat the candy at school. We also look forward to the school wide games and activities provided through Zoom. Thank you for your support as we develop COVID friendly celebrations for the Morton students. Please touch base with your classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We look forward to our upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences on February 4, 8, and 11. All conferences will be facilitated via Zoom. The final day to sign up for conferences is January 31st. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Important Dates

  • February 9 - Valentine's Day Parties
  • February 10, 11, 12 & 15 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No school
  • March 12 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • April 5-9 - Spring Break
  • May 7 - Kindergarten Round Up

  • Parent Teacher Conferences - All conferences will be held via Zoom.
  • February 4th - 4:15-8:15 p.m.
  • February 8th - 4:15-8:15 p.m.
  • February 11th - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

* Conferences will be scheduled online through Synergy ParentVue in the coming weeks.


To report a positive COVID case or a direct exposure please email Mr. Malone directly at or call the school at 402-715-1290. If there is any question on whether or not a student should attend due to quarantine, please keep him or her home and someone from the school will follow up with you.

We also have listed some resources for you below.

Douglas County Health Department website:

  • This website can also help guide families on when to quarantine.

MPS COVID website:

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Do You Have a Soon-to-Be Preschooler?

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Food Service

Meal Service Week of Feb 1 - 5 Free curbside community meals for all children between the ages of 1 - 18 will be available for pick up at the below listed sites from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Friday Feb. 5 & Tuesday Feb. 9:

  • Central Middle School- 12801 L Street
  • Millard North High School- 1010 South 144th Street
  • Millard South High School- 14905 Q Street
  • Millard West High School- 5710 South 176th Street

Tuesday 2/2 Pick Up Curbside Community Order Form- order cutoff time will be 5:00 pm on Monday 2/1. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for Feb. 3 - 5.

Friday 2/5 Pick Up Curbside Community Order Form- order cutoff time will be 5:00 pm on Thursday 2/4. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for Feb. 6 - 9.

Tuesday 2/9 Pick Up Curbside Community Order Form- order cutoff time will be 5:00 pm on Monday 2/8. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for Feb. 10 - 16.

An individual submission must be submitted for each child requesting a meal. If you have any questions please call 402-715-1440.

Free weekend meal kits for in school students can be pre ordered by Thursday 2/4 by 5:00 pm through the weekend meal kit order form 2/5. The weekend meal kits will provide breakfast and lunch for Saturday & Sunday. Students can pick up their meal kits at the end of the school day on Friday Feb. 5 as they exit the school building. Weeked meal kits will not be provided the week of Feb. 8, families can order from the curbside sites link above to receive meals during the February break.

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MPS Assessment System

Please review the MPS student assessment system here.

NEW Millard Public Schools COVID 19 Website

This new website tracks positive cases across our districts while also providing all resources related to our COVID 19 planning.

Safe2Help is Here for You

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you may want to call a crisis line. For more information visit the Safe2Help website or call directly. Anonymous reporting is available.


Below is list of resources available in the community and their contact information:

Safe Schools Hotline: 1-888-809-4757

Boys Town Hotline: 1-800-228-3000

Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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