James Morris School

Regional School District No.6

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School Delay/Cancellation Alerts

Winter weather is underway, and with it comes inevitable delays and cancellations. Please be sure that your contact information is up to date, so that the alert system, School Messenger, can notify you of delays and cancellations in a timely manner. If you need to update your telephone number or email address, contact Mrs. Varanko at hvaranko@rsd6.org or call 860-567-7420.

JMS Sunflower Walking Sticks

JMS 4th grade students are creating walking sticks by repurposing sunflower stalks grown in the Giving Garden. These walking sticks will be sold to raise money for the White Memorial Foundation because we all use the trails and have learned so much about our environment through White Memorial. Please see the flyer below to order. Supplies are limited!

JMS Sunflower Seed Company

The mission of JMS Sunny Seeds Seed Co. is to provide organic, raw, nutritional Giving Garden sunflower seeds and to reach out to help others in need. Through the purchase of the seed packets, our customers will help continue our support of local soup kitchens and the Little Guild Animal Shelter and Rescue Center in West Cornwall, CT. This project was started and coordinated by 6th graders. All K-6 students are helping to weigh seeds and make packets. ​

​We hope you'll support this project by purchasing seeds using this order form:


Morning Basketball

Students in grades 3-6 are welcome to join free-play basketball at JMS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:25 - 8:50.

Tech Times

Please click here to read the new Elementary Tech Times from our Technology Specialist, Sarah Miller.

Cold Weather Clothing

As stated in our Student/Parent Handbook, we try to hold recess outdoors whenever possible. Students should wear appropriate clothing such as warm jackets or coats, hats, mittens/gloves and boots during cold and inclement weather. Students without boots must stay on the blacktop area as long as snow covers the playground.

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Principal's Message for January 12th, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

Today, students and staff from each of the three RSD6 elementary schools met at James Morris School for our much-anticipated Inauguration Celebration. As the opening ceremony began, students were able to watch a live video feed of our three 6th-grade class presidents, Abby, Anthony and Drew as they arrived, with a police escort, in a limousine flanked by "Secret Service agents".

The class presidents were escorted to the gymnasium by student Secret Service, and sworn into office by "Chief Justice" Barbara Connery, who led them in the Oath of Office. Then, each president shared his or her vision for the future through their own well-written and beautifully-articulated speeches. The opening ceremony concluded with a wonderful solo rendition of the National Anthem by fourth-grader, Lilah.

Grouped by grade, the students then participated in break-out sessions, including ballroom dancing, in which they worked with their friends from across the district. The gathering concluded with a patriotic whole-group singalong and presentation of student-created artwork to the three schools.

We sincerely thank...

  • all of our three schools' students for their tremendous enthusiasm, kindness and behavior displayed today,
  • our teachers and support staff for navigating the students through the many transitions of this first-time event,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Korner of Executive Livery, LLC for donating their time and use of a limousine,
  • Trooper Hawley for providing a police escort for the limousine,
  • Morris Selectmen Erica Matthews and Tom Weik, Mr. John Threlfall, Mr. Bruce Richard and Mrs. Tracy Keilty for serving as Secret Servicemen,
  • Mrs. Cheryl Martinelli and her photography students for serving as the press and taking many photos and videos,
  • Mrs. Barbara Connery for serving as Chief Justice and supporting students speech writing,
  • Mrs. Battistoni for working with students to create signs,
  • Mr. Bruce Richard for arranging and setting up the many decorations and staging,
  • Mrs. Marsha Doran for helping JMS students create art pieces to give to the three schools,
  • Mrs. Cheryl Martinelli, Mrs. Renee Farell and Mrs. Bethany Cassidy for facilitating a whole-group art project during the event,
  • Mrs. Amanda Glover for creating JMS's Class of 2017 banner,
  • Mrs. Sarah Bills and 6th-grader Kayleigh for facilitating the closing ceremony,
  • Mrs. Sarah Bills, Mrs. Alisa Wright, Mrs. Robin Moore, Mrs. Kathleen Ruiz and Mr. Ruiz for facilitating wonderful dance lessons for our 5th and 6th graders,
  • Ms. Kara Cook for managing the audio and video,
  • Mrs. Heidi Varanko and Mrs. Karen Prado for their ongoing efforts to support our staff in the preparation,
  • Mrs. DeLello, Mrs. Emmanuel, Mrs. Weik, and Mrs. Palumbo for volunteering to cover lunch and recess,
  • Our JMS sixth-grade narrators for teaching the audience about the history and meaning of the presidential inauguration,
  • the James Morris School PTO for donating funds for decorations,

and we share special appreciation to Miss Carrie Maillet for her tremendous efforts preparing her class and the building and Miss Sarah Miller leading the planning and coordinating of the logistics.

As always, please contact me at any time with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

KC Chapman

Principal of James Morris School


Celebration of the Arts Award Winners

The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) sponsors an annual Celebration of the Arts. Each year, two students from each elementary school are recognized for for their outstanding citizenship, cooperative skills, and artistic ability in performing or visual arts. I am pleased to announce that Sierra Cortes and Anthony Williams have been selected to represent James Morris School this year.

Sierra participates in the elementary concert band, the inter-elementary jazz band, and the inter-elementary select choir. Sierra has auditioned for the annual Middle School Northern Regional Music Festival this year. In addition to her participation in school music ensembles, she also studies music privately. Her enthusiasm towards learning is evident not only in the music program, but within the visual arts as well.

Anthony participates in both the inter-elementary jazz band and the elementary concert band. This year, Anthony has auditioned for the annual Middle School Northern Regional Music Festival. In addition to his music participation in school, Anthony studies music privately and is very interested in composing music.

Both students and their families will be invited to attend the CAS Elementary Arts Banquet on February 6th. They will be joined by the award recipients from Goshen Center School and Warren School, as well as Mrs. Bills, Ms. Cook, Mrs. Sweet, and Miss Maillet.

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My Current Reading Selection:

Flyers (attached)

  • FNO

  • Knights of Columbs Free Throw

  • Lego Club - Morris Public Library

  • Morris Public Library Winter Reading & Bingo Card

  • Morris Public Library Museum Passes

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day

  • Tri-Town Winter Workouts

  • Wamogo Rec BB

  • Women & Girls Fund

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