Morton Messenger

August 2nd, 2020

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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.

Back to School 20-21

Dear Morton Families,

Welcome to the 20-21 school year! We look forward to welcoming our students back the week of August 10-14. It has been quite some time since our classrooms were filled with students and staff. We enter this school year under very unique circumstances. There are many different perspectives and opinions regarding our return to school. I can assure you that our staff will make every effort possible to meet the needs of your family. This year will be filled with many challenges and opportunities as we move forward. Over the past six months, our community has shown a tremendous amount of strength and resilience. The Morton community did a tremendous job navigating through the pandemic and played a critical role in supporting our students and staff through Remote Learning. Thank you for your continued support! As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out. You can find detailed information regarding our reopening plan here.



Troy Malone


1st Week of School Information

The schedule for the first week of school will involve students being assigned to a small group. This means your children will attend only one day of school in person during the first week of school. This schedule is for all students - those who are choosing remote and those choosing in-person learning.

We need the time to get your children set up for success. The design of this plan enables us to maximize time and practice safety procedures.

We will bring 25% of the student body to school on each of the first four days of school with Friday morning being set aside for our remote students. This will make class sizes small and allow for individual attention.

For this week only, there will be no Wednesday early dismissal at the elementary or late start on Monday at the secondary level.

The schedule for the first week of school will be as follows:

Monday, August 10th - Last Name: A-F (8:30-3:45)

Tuesday, August 11th - Last Name: G-L (8:30-3:45)

Wednesday, August 12th - Last Name: M-R (8:30-3:45)

Thursday, August 13th - S-Z (8:30-3:45)

Friday, August 14th - Remote Learners - ½ day only - (8:30-12:00 )

*Friday is developed for in person orientation with our remote learners. If your family does not feel comfortable with in person orientation, please contact our office at 402-715-1290.

Bus transportation will run accordingly and allow our drivers the opportunity to work with students on safety protocols. There will be no bus services on Friday, August 14th.

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Parent Guide - Concurrent Remote Learning While Buildings are Open

We would like to invite you to our Remote Learning Parent Night on August 13th at 6:00 p.m. If you have a student participating in Remote Learning and you did not receive an email from Mr. Malone, please call the office. The meeting will be held via ZOOM. Please utilize the following document linked here as you plan for the upcoming school year.
Millard Public Schools COVID 19 Website (Click)

Please utilize these valuable resources to follow the progress of Millard Public Schools during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Virtual Open House

Morton Virtual Open House

By August 5th, you will receive an email from your child’s teacher(s). A Zoom link for open house will be included in the welcome letter.


August 6th, 2020


Session 1: 5:00-5:20 PM

Session 2: 5:20-5:40 PM

Session 3: 5:40-6:00 PM

3rd-5th Grade

Session 1: 6:00-6:20 PM

Session 2: 6:20-6:40 PM

Session 3: 6:40-7:00 PM

We look forward to meeting your family as we welcome our students back to Morton Elementary!

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Welcome to Morton!

We have several new additions to the Morton staff this year. We would like to welcome the following new Morton staff members:

2nd Grade - Miss Allie Knoepfler

4th Grade - Miss Hannah Allfree

Special Education - Miss Riley Schroeder

EL - English Language Teacher - Miss Elizabeth Tjeerdsma

Library Paraprofessional - Mrs. Drew Dimas

ACP Paraprofessional - Miss Hannah Leeper

Traffic Reminders

Below, you will see a map for our student pick up and drop off procedures. As mentioned in the Morton COVID Protocol document, we will ask families to keep social distancing and student safety in mind at arrival and dismissal. Students will need to wear masks as they enter the school building. At dismissal, we will ask parents to remain in their vehicles. Please do not approach the school, we will have the students walk to you. I would also encourage all families to wear a face covering when on school grounds. During the first week of school, we will send home laminated cards to assist with student pick up. We will ask you to keep your student card readily available in your vehicle. This visual will help our staff to identify your child as quickly as possible.
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