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Superintendent's Report 030114

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This month, I would like to talk about winter weather, preview some of the preparation taking place for the 2014-2015 school year, and recognize some of our staff and one of our extra-curricular teams.

Mother Nature has been in an “interesting” mood this winter, hasn’t she? It is surprising to me how challenging the combination of snow and wind can be when it comes to visibility and road conditions. In fact, I was driving one of the evenings when there wasn’t that much snow but the wind was blowing hard, and I was quite surprised at how difficult it was to see – thank goodness for the taillights of the truck in front of me. Ironically, four vehicles went into the ditch that night (perhaps following a set of taillights, like I was) and then my cell phone rang with an automated call informing me that Stevens County was advising no travel whatsoever. We do not have any control over what the weather does, that is for sure.

Due to days that school was cancelled/closed, Morris Area Schools will be in session on Friday, March 14 and Monday, April 21. If additional school days are cancelled, the day would be made up on June 3.

On that note, I want to commend our transportation staff for the important job they do every winter transporting students (and staff) safely from one location to another. I also want to say thank you to Stevens County and the City of Morris for the work they do keeping our roads and streets as clear as they can. Finally, I want to say thank you to parents and community members for their understanding and work keeping driveways and even country roads clear for our busses.

With three months of the current school year remaining, it can be difficult to comprehend that much planning for the 2014-2015 school year is going on behind the scenes, but it is. Kindergarten “Round Up” (Open House), preliminary budgeting, MAHS registration (including additional CIS courses), working on hiring staff, and a host of other things are taking place. While we are planning for 2014-2015, we are still focused on making the remainder of the school year go as well as possible for all of our students, staff, parents, and school district community members.

Congratulations are in order for Deb Felstul, Gretchen Gillis, Lyle Rambow, and Jerry Witt, all of whom are retiring at the end of this school year. These four individuals have over 130 combined years of experience in the Morris Area School District and will be sorely missed. We all hope retirement goes well for each of them.

Congratulations also go out to the MACA Tiger Gymnastics Team (and coaches), as they were recently named the Region 6A Academic Team Champion and the Class A Academic Team Runner-Up. The Tiger gymnasts had a combined Grade Point Average of 3.926 on a 4.0 scale – that’s getting it done in the classroom as well as on the gymnastics apparatus!

If you have questions or wish for additional information about something, feel free to contact me. I can be reached at (320) 589-4840 or smonson@morris.k12.mn.us. Thank you for taking time to read this!

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