Rocket Review

Morgan Elementary School

Welcome Back!

The summer is quickly winding down and we are already very busy at Morgan Elementary getting everything ready for our students to arrive on Tuesday, September 4!

Fall is a time of excitement and fresh starts as students move from one grade to another, connect with friends from last year, meet new friends in their new classroom, or experience school for the first time. The Morgan staff is excited to greet our students as they come to Morgan for the first time or return for another year of fun and learning adventure!

Our custodial staff has been working hard to clean the building and have it shiny and fresh for students to arrive. Staff have been returning to Morgan to set up their classrooms and prepare for the first week of school. There are many changes in classroom locations this year. A chart of teacher names and classroom numbers is below for your reference.

As you enjoy the last few moments of summer vacation, know that the Morgan staff is looking forward to a great year of learning, friendship and great memories!

See you soon!

Lunchtime Supervisors Needed!

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Start an EduStaff Application for Lunch Monitor

This link will take you to the EduStaff web page where you can complete an application for Lunch Monitor

Rocket Day

Morgan's annual Rocket Day will be Wednesday, August 29, from 4-6 PM. Rocket Day is an informal, drop-in event, where you and your child can come to Morgan, greet your child's teacher, see where the classroom is located, drop off any school supplies and meet classmates. You can also pick up your child's homework folder with all the back-to-school forms you need to complete each year.

This is also the day you should receive an email from Utica Community Schools that contains your child's teacher placement for the school year.

If you have not received an email from UCS by 5PM, come to Morgan and we will give provide you with your child's teacher placement in the Main Office.

Please remember that Morgan is still working to have the building fully ready for student arrival on Tuesday, September 4. Teachers are still setting up classrooms and cleaning projects are in the process of being completed for the first day of school.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Parking Lot Safety

Morgan is a very busy place during student arrive in the morning and student dismissal in the afternoon. Many of our students have busing service available to them, which accounts for the 8 general education and 5 special needs buses that arrive each day.

If your child is not eligible for bus transportation, or you elect to drive your child to school instead of using the bus, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • There is a drop off/pick up lane that is reserved for buses. It has yellow, diagonal lines in the lane and is close to the curb.
  • UCS buses ALWAYS have the right-of-way in the drop off/pick up lane. Parents MUST move out of the way of the bus for student safety.
  • Once buses have moved out of the lane, parents may drop off their child. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR in the drop off lane. You will be asked to move your vehicle.
  • If you feel more comfortable walking your child to the front door, please PARK your vehicle in a designated parking spot in the lot and walk with your child for safety.
  • Please NO NOT allow students to walk across the parking lot unattended to reach the sidewalk. Keep their safety in mind.
  • During pick up time, please park your vehicle in a designated parking spot and walk to the sidewalk to meet your child and escort them back to your vehicle.
  • Please be considerate of our handicap parking spaces. You do need a handicap license plate or placard hanging from your rear-view mirror showing your legal permission to use those spaces. Anyone parked illegally in a handicap parking space will be asked to move their vehicle.
  • Please be considerate of the cross walk that is located on the West side of the parking lot, near the gym doors. It should be clear of vehicles at all times so students may cross safely.

As our parking lot is small and our buses large in number, Morgan is very fortunate to have some wonderful neighbors to our south with another, larger parking lot. St. Kieran's church is often used by parents to drop off students by the sidewalk that connects from the St. Kieran parking lot to the Morgan sidewalk. Some parents also choose to park in a designated parking spot in the church parking lot and escort their child to the Morgan sidewalk.

During pick up times, parents have also elected to use the church parking lot to park their vehicle and meet their child on the sidewalk or other arranged location, then escort their child back to their vehicle.

Please note that the church parking lot is not connected to Morgan in any way and is not supervised by Morgan staff. The Morgan parking lot is supervised by Morgan staff during arrival and dismissal time.

Arrival and Dismissal Times

What time does school start?

Morgan's daily start and dismissal times are listed below:

Full Day of School: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM

Instructional time begins promptly at 8:25 AM

Half-Day of School: 8:15 AM - 11:29 AM

Instructional time begins promptly at 8:25 AM

If your child arrives AFTER 8:25 AM, they will need an adult to sign them in at the Main Office before heading to class. Our front doors and access to classrooms closes promptly at 8:25 AM each day.

Early Dismissals

If you are planning on taking your child out of school before the school day ends, please park your vehicle in a designated parking spot and walk to the front door. You will be greeted and allowed in to the Main Office. The Main Office will then call your child's classroom to let your child know to report to the Main Office with their belongings.

If you know of an early dismissal ahead of time, send your child's teacher an email so they are aware that your child will be leaving early and can help assemble homework and have your child ready to leave when the Main Office calls the classrooms.

Please arrive prior to 3:00 PM for an early dismissal at the end of the school day to ensure that your child will not get on a bus or head to SACC when you are looking for them in the office.

Medication at School

Notes from UCS Nurse Becky

Please remember that any medications brought to Morgan need to have paperwork on file that is signed by a physician and by parents. This includes:

  • All prescription medications
  • All over-the-counter medications (including cough drops)

If your child needs to have medicine at Morgan, the medication should be kept in the Morgan office in the original prescription bottle or over-the-counter container. Students will need to come to the office to receive medication, which will be documented whenever it is dispensed.

Any medication brought to Morgan without appropriate paperwork, will be held in the Morgan office for parent pick up.

Any questions about medication, please call the Morgan office at: (586) 797-5800

Transportation Reminders

Where is the Bus?

As the school year gets off and running, please remember that bus drivers will be adjusting their route times as they become more familiar with the routes and the students traveling on their buses.

Please be patient as the bus may drop off later than anticipated. Per transportation guidelines, students should arrive at their designated bus stop 15 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. As the drivers perfect their routes, they may be able to give you a smaller time window for arrival and drop off. This usually takes a couple of weeks to get running.

Bus rules, per the UCS Elementary Handbook:

• Obey the bus driver, show respect to the bus driver and fellow passengers

• Remain seated at all times

• Eating, drinking and gum chewing are not allowed

• Keep bodies and other objects to themselves and inside the bus

• Hold all carry-on items, such as backpacks, musical instruments, etc. in your lap

• Board and exit the bus in an orderly manner at assigned bus stop

• Name calling, vulgarity, profanity, abusive or derogatory comments or gestures, bullying, harassment, hate speech or threats of violence are prohibited

• Use of electronic communication devices, (cell phones, cameras and pagers) is not permitted

• No preferential seat assignments – although bus driver or administrator may assign seats

• Only students eligible for transportation may ride home with another student. The students must have a permission note from both sets of parents and signed by the principal. Seating space is reserved for assigned riders.

Any questions/concerns regarding bus stops and time of arrival should be addressed to the UCS Transportation Department at: (586) 797-7100.

UCS Student Handbooks

This link will take you to the UCS webpage where the Elementary Handbook can be read online and/or downloaded for printing.

Pick Up Changes

Morgan's Pink Reminder Slips

When you have a change in your regular dismissal routine, please let your child's teacher know through email a day in advance if possible. If advance notice is not possible, please call the Main Office (586-797-5800) BEFORE 3 PM so we can get a pink reminder slip sent to your child's classroom.

At 3 PM each day, service squad members deliver the pick "Changes" notes to each classroom so teachers and students are aware of a change in a child's regular dismissal routine. Example: If your child regularly attends SACC after school, but you were able to pick up on a given day, call the office and we can alert your child and their teacher of the change in routine.

Please note that calls received AFTER 3 PM may NOT reach the teacher on time. If the teacher is unaware of a change in a child's regular dismissal routine, the teacher will default to what usually occurs each day. Example: If your child rides the bus each day, but one day you would like to pick up your child at dismissal, let the teacher/office know before 3 PM. Otherwise, the teacher will put your child on bus as is done each day.

Morgan staff is very aware of student safety and wants to make sure each child is heading in the correct location after school, whether that be parent pick-up, walking/riding bikes home, bus ride home, SACC, or an after school activity.

Lunch Schedules for Morgan

What Time Does My Child Eat Lunch?

Morgan has two lunch shifts. The First Shift includes grades: K, 5, 6 & AIM classes. The Second Shift includes grades: 1-4. The schedule is below:

First Shift: 11:30-11:50

Grades: K, 5, 6 & AIM

Recess for Grades: 1-4

**Kindergarten and AIM classes will arrive in the lunchroom at 11:20 AM with teacher support until 11:30 AM to allow for additional time to eat and clean up.

Second Shift: 11:50 - 12:10

Grades: 1-4

Recess for Grades: K, 5, 6 & AIM

Lunchroom expectations per UCS Elementary Handbook:

• Eat quietly and use good table manners

• Remain seated until dismissed by an adult supervisor

• Place all trash and recyclable items in proper containers

• Leave the table in a clean condition for other students

• Show respect for others

Glass containers and knives are not allowed. Students are not permitted to take food or beverages outside the lunchroom without approval.

Math Expressions for Grade K-5

Morgan, and all UCS elementary schools, have a new math program to use entitled Math Expressions! Teachers are spending a whole day this week learning about the program and are excited to start using with students when they return next week.

This math program comes with math books that students can bring home and write in! Students will also have new manipulative materials in their classrooms and lots of opportunities to solve problems together while learning about math.

Your child's teacher for grades K-5 will be able to tell you more about Math Expressions during our Open House on Thursday, September 27.

Our 6th grade students will also be using a new math program as part of a math pilot this year.

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UCS News and Updates

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School Meal Prices for 2018-2019

School meal prices for students will remain unchanged for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 Meal Prices

Elementary, Lunch $ 2.75

Junior High, Lunch $ 2.90

High School, Lunch $ 2.95

All Grades, Breakfast $ 1.75

Breakfast is Served!

A healthy, nutritious breakfast is a critical ingredient to the success of our students. To help our students succeed, the school breakfast program is available in all of our schools. Healthy choices include cereal, whole-grain breakfast bars, yogurt, fruit and milk in the elementary buildings. Those choices, along with fresh-made hot breakfast sandwiches and other favorites are featured in the secondary buildings. Fresh-made fruit smoothies are also available in the high schools. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria prior to the start of the school day. For menu information and serving times at your student’s school, please check the schools website or on the Utica Community Schools Mobile App.

Utica Community Schools Bond Proposal

Safety, technology and infrastructure improvements highlight Nov. 6 Bond Proposal

The Utica Community Schools Board of Education has unanimously (7-0) approved placing a $155 million bond proposal on the November 6 ballot to address safety and security, technology and infrastructure improvements identified through the district’s strategic, long-range facility improvement program.

“The bond proposal will allow us to continue providing an environment that supports the academic excellence for students that our community expects and deserves,” Board of Education president Gene Klida said. “The bond projects address safety and security and infrastructure priorities that directly impact our classrooms. The projects also provide our teachers the tools they need to drive learning and develop the job skills that businesses need to build our economy.”

Voter approval of the bond proposal has been structured to keep the tax rate at or below the current level.

The bond proposal will affect each UCS student and every UCS school and school facility.

The ballot proposal states that that the bond proposal will provide for:

1. making safety and security improvements, including cameras and door-locking systems;

2. equipping, furnishing, re-equipping and refurnishing school district buildings, facilities, and structures, and acquiring school buses and technology equipment;

3. constructing additions to and/or remodeling school district buildings; and

4. improving and developing sites, including playgrounds, athletic fields, facilities, and structures in the school district.

“Safe and secure schools are a top priority for our community and our district,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “The improvements in this bond proposal are a key piece to our collaborative efforts with local law enforcement to continue to keep our schools safe places for students and staff.”

Technology improvements provide students and teachers the resources to support learning, including key areas of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the integration of skills that ensure success in college and career.

The infrastructure projects also support the district’s long-range improvement programs in key areas of roofing, paving and the replacement of buses.

Board of Education Treasurer Dr. Robert Ross emphasized that voter approval of the bond proposal has been structured to not increase the current tax rate.

“Through solid fiscal planning, this bond issue has been designed to ensure we can address our facility priorities at or below our current millage level,” Dr. Ross said.

Dr. Ross added that the improvements will allow the district to extend the life of current school buildings and protect the investment the community has made in its facilities.

“Area realtors are clear that the strength of Utica Community Schools protects property values and draws new families and businesses to the communities we serve,” he said.

Dr. Ross noted that by law the bond revenue will be used only for capital improvements and may be not used for operating expenses, such as salaries or utilities.

“It is important that our taxpayers know that all revenue must be used for the purposes that are specified in the bond proposal and the expenditures are independently audited,” he said.

More information and an overview of projects are available on the district’s website at

UCS Bond Proposal

This link will provide you with additional information and frequently asked questions relating to the 2018 Bond Proposal.

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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.