The Panther Press
September 30, 2022
November 3, 2023
Greetings Morgan Families
Thank you for your continued support as we work to help our Panthers pursue excellence in every way.
As we continue to focus on student safety and maximizing learning time, we are asking for everyone's help with ensuring our Panthers are at school on time. We have staff and student volunteers still arriving at 6:30 to assist our families to have enough time to get all of our car riders in the doors before the 7:15 tardy bell. This school year, tardies have accounted for 54, 801 lost instructional minutes for our Panthers.
If 90% of our car riders are getting in the line at and after 6:55, we will continue to have tardies.
As an incentive to be at school by 7:15 each morning, we will have a "No Tardy Party" at the end of the 9 weeks for all Panthers with 0 tardies during the last weeks of the 9 weeks, November 6th - December 15th. Please help us by having your Panthers who are morning car riders, be dropped off between 6:30-7 AM.
Lastly, for safety reasons, parents are not able to park their car in any parking lot to have their child walk or be walked into school for arrival.
We appreciate your help!
Enjoy your weekend- do more of what makes you happy!
Your Morgan Administration Team
Dr. Brian Gibson - Principal
Jana Simoneaux - Assistant Principal
Flo Romero - Assistant Principal
Mark Your Calendars!
13- Science Benchmark (5th)
14- RLA Benchmark (5th)
15- RLA Benchmark (4th)
16- RLA Benchmark (3rd)
17- Early Dismissal
20-24: Thanksgiving Break
28- Math Benchmark (5th)
28-ABC 13 Food Drive
29- Math Benchmark (4th)
29- Spirit Night
30- Math Benchmark (3rd)
School and Office Hours
Share Your Holidays
Electronic Use Policy
Parents- please take note of the specials schedule so your child is prepared with tennis shoes for PE days.
Student attendance is of vital importance to the child and to the school. Children not present when attendance is taken at 8:15 a.m. are counted absent. When your student is absent from school, the student upon arrival or return to school, and within 5 days of the absence must bring a note signed by the parent, medical professional, or court official giving the date(s) of the absence(s) and describing the reason for the absence. The campus will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is considered by the district to be excused or unexcused.
Response to Absences
3 unexcused absences- Attendance letter posted in Skyward
5 unexcused absences- Phone call and letter posted in Skyward
6 unexcused absences- Parent meeting with Attendance Review Committee
8 unexcused absences- Parent meeting with grade-level Administrator
10 unexcused absences- Truancy filed
Our goal is an overall attendance rate of 97% for the school. Through the 1st 9 weeks of school, attendance averages are:
1st Grade- 96%
2nd Grade- 96%
3rd Grade- 96%
4th Grade- 96%
5th Grade- 96%
If students are not through the 1st set of doors by 7:15 a.m. they are considered tardy. When students arrive tardy or if they are picked up early from school, it results in loss of instructional time. While we realize there are extenuating circumstances, we want to make sure students are not missing out on learning opportunities.
While tardies were recorded during the first 9 weeks, consequences were not assigned, as we gave the school and families time to get into a routine and become accustomed to the earlier start time. Starting the 2nd 9 weeks, consequences will be assigned for tardies:
1st Tardy - Tardy notice
2nd Tardy - Tardy notice
3rd Tardy - Teacher contacts parent/written notice sent home
4th Tardy - Lunch or recess detention and a referral entered in Skyward/Administrator contacts parent
5th Tardy - Lunch or recess detention / a referral entered into Skyward and sent home
6th (plus) Tardy - After school detention/Family Support Specialist visits home OR contacts parent
We will also implement a "No Tardy Party" at the end of the 9 weeks for all students with 0 tardies during the 2nd 9 weeks.
Thank you for your support and dedication to getting our Panthers to school on time!
Promise to Parents
Parent Code of Conduct
AM Car Arrival
- Our goal is to keep the line moving and maximize every available drop off point. We begin at 6:30 and the tardy bell rings at 7:15.
- If you are the first parent in the parking lot in the am, pull all the way forward to Cone 0 to start the line.
- At 7:15, our safety patrol students and staff head to class to begin the day learning
- If you see staff and students are no longer outside, you will need to walk your student into the front office.
- All car seats need to be on the right side of the car if your child needs assistance getting out of the vehicle.
- Have your child prepared and ready to exit the vehicle.
- Refrain from being on your cell phone while in the line of moving traffic. Distracted drivers create safety and efficiency issues for the flow of traffic.
- Move all the way forward and maximize all space. If we are signaling you forward, please pull forward.
PM Car Dismissal
- All vehicles must have a car tag in the window. If you need one, please contact the front office.
- Keep the flow of traffic moving and pull to CONE 0, if directed.
- We do not ALLOW parking lot pickups or walkups
We are working with all of our Panthers to remember their cone number and pay attention to their name and number being called. This is a feat, especially for our youngest Panthers.
The dismissal line will cut off at 3:05pm. Anyone entering the line after that time will be asked to park and walk in to get their child.
Due to growth and space in the cafeteria, parents must make a reservation to have lunch with their child beginning Monday, September 11th. Each grade level will have 12 seats available. Please sign up for the number of seats you need. To allow everyone an opportunity to come and visit, please only sign up once a month.
Early Pick Up and Transportation Changes
If you take your child out of school before dismissal time, you will need to report to the office to sign him/her out. Your child will stay in the classroom until you arrive. If it necessary for someone other than the parent/guardian pick up your child, that person must be signed, dated note with the child. The person picking up your child must show photo identification to the office staff. Accumulated time of early pick-ups is calculated by minutes in lost instruction time. Request to check out your child must be done prior to 1:45 p.m.
Any changes in the normal transportation of your child must be stated in writing with a parent/guardian signature. We ask for everyone's help in not making changes frequently. However, we understand that in rare cases, unexpected changes will need to happen. These can be called in to the front office by 1:45 pm. We are not able to process changes after 1:45 pm. This includes parents that come to the campus without prior notice to pick up their child. Any change in transportation arrangements for any student requires a note to the teacher. Make sure you write your child's first and last name, teacher's name and indicate the date(s) for the change and how the child is going to go home. We ask that the parents not email the change since there maybe times that a teacher is not in attendance or does not have a chance to read their email.
Please note on early release days the latest you can pick up is 11:00 am!
Spirit Shirts and Dress Code
Students at Morgan Elementary are not required to wear uniforms. We follow the Lamar CISD dress code. You may access the handbook to reference dress code guidelines by clicking on the button below.
We are also excited to announce our school spirit days where students and staff wear certain shirts. Check out the picture below for what shirt is worn on the designated days.
Our theme for the 2023-24 school year is One Team One Dream! Use the link below to order your spirit wear.
Friends of Morgan
Follow our Friends of Morgan on Facebook and the website by clicking the buttons below. Friends of Morgan is our Parent Teacher Organization that will support the faculty, students and parents of Morgan Elementary.
Since we are a new school, they are currently working through the process for being able to fundraise to provide amazing opportunities for our Morgan Panther staff and students.
We love volunteers! As we work to build our volunteer base and systems, FOM will be working with the campus to coordinate volunteer activities. More information to come.
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Morgan Elementary Parent Handbook
This handbook has been designed to give you a quick, brief list of answers to questions, which
may arise, concerning Morgan Elementary School’s operational procedures.
Our campus wide newsletters will supplement the information herein, but if procedure or policy questions are still unanswered you may refer to the Elementary Student Handbook or contact our school to clarify these concerns.
We will update our page as often as possible to share as much as we can about Morgan and the achievements of the students and staff, as well as other relevant campus and district information.
Please click on the PDF below to access the Morgan Elementary Facebook page policy.
Messages for school staff will not be checked or responded to on Facebook. If anyone would like to reach school staff, please do so by calling the campus or emailing the appropriate staff member for assistance. Our campus phone number will be posted soon.
Fletcher Morgan Jr. Elementary
Jana Simoneaux, Asst. Principal email@example.com
Flo Romero, Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Pena, Counselor email@example.com