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Morris Area High School

A note from Principal Craig Peterson


Happy Holidays to all of the Morris Sun Tribune readers. I feel 2013 has been a great year at Morris Area High School and look forward to what 2014 can bring to our community and to our school.

One of our core values at Morris Area is “every student can learn:” believe in the ability of each student to learn and number one goal each year at MAHS. We want students to grow academically, socially and go through the process of becoming a well-educated young adult. We want every student at MAHS to grow as a person, student and community resident. We want to create interests and develop skills for students to move on to whatever path they may choose after their high school career. In trying to achieve our core value of “every student can learn” we are trying to increase more college in the school course opportunities, develop more elective courses at the high school and build leadership skills for all of our students. Simply put, we all want students to achieve. Every student can learn and should grow as a student at Morris Area high school.

Morris Area High School Honored

I received an email last week from Newsweek magazine honoring Morris Area High School as one of the top 2,000 high schools in the nation. The magazine went on to list Morris Area High School as one of the top 45 schools in the state of Minnesota. This is a great honor for us at MAHS. We have been recognized in US News and World Report magazine and now Newsweek magazine as one of the top schools in the nation. This is a testament to our students, community and staff for their hard work and dedication towards student achievement. Thank you! (I have provided the link to the Newsweek magazine article.) http://www.newsweek. com/2013/05/06/america-s-best-high-schools.html

Winter Activities

Winter activities are in full swing at MAHS. If you can, please come to the high school to see our students perform on the mat, the stage, the court, in the pool or in the concert hall. Our students work very hard at all activities and represent Morris Area with great pride.

Testing and Student Data

Winter NWEA (MAP) tests will be occurring on Jan. 13 and 14 for all students in seventh and eighth. We use NWEA data to track student growth. Every student can learn. We track student growth in reading and math.


To all parents and students: With the colder weather, please make sure that you are wearing the proper clothing. Please make sure that you wear a warm coat, have a winter hat and winter gloves when you are outside. Please make sure you have warm clothes when riding the bus to school. Drive carefully on icy, slippery and snowy roads while getting to school

To all school visitors: Please make sure to “sign in/stop in” the high school office when visiting our high school. We enjoy having guests at our school, however, please make sure to stop into the office and get a visitors pass.

Thank You

Thank you to all of our staff and to all of the presenters who made our Nov. 27 seventh and eighth grade career day a success. Our students are thankful that all of you took time out of your busy schedules to help them learn about different careers in Stevens County and around the surrounding area.

Thank you to the communities of Morris, Donnelly and Cyrus for supporting our school system. The investment that all of you make in our school system is immeasurable.

Thank you to our students and staff at Morris Area. We continue to push and raise the achievement bar in all aspects of academics and extra-curricular activities at Morris Area. We are taking the next step. Keep working. I can, I will, I must.

As always, we want to keep the lines of communication open between stakeholders and the school. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 320-585-2200 or email me at anytime or stop in the high school to visit.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 23: Winter Break begins

Jan. 2: School Resumes

Jan. 8-10: Science Fair

Jan. 13-14: NWEA testing in high school

Jan. 15: 2 hour late start

Jan. 17: End of the second quarter and first semester

Jan. 20-21: No School