Parents and Caregivers: Please see below to review a copy of today’s presentation in the auditorium for new Morey students and parents.
It’s been a powerful journey over the last two years to build the kind of school culture we can be proud of. As we welcome new students to Morey this week and engage all students in a Student Culture Academy, I am happy to report that we made MAJOR strides last year toward that positive school culture we are aiming for. Please take a moment to celebrate the statistics below, stemming from our MAP testing, Science CMAS results, parent satisfaction survey, and student satisfaction survey. I am pleased to report that we improved in EVERY single category on the parent survey, with an average increase of 21%. The student survey also increased significantly, with an average 11% increase. Highlights from both surveys are below. Thank you for your hard work and support!
William Ahern – Math
I chose to pursue teaching in order to put students first. I have worked in several schools with various mottos and mission statements that have tried to make many improvements to public education. I am glad to be at Morey because its main priority is putting students as well as their parents and community, and their needs first at all times. I want to help make this a reality. Through having a single parent who worked in education I have grown to respect faculties and staff who support students and their families in order to prepare students for their future as well as including their families in the education process.
Bertie Fiz – HGT Coordinator
Roberta “Bertie” Fiz is excited to be supporting staff and students in the position of HGT Coordinator at Morey Middle School this year! She studied Visual Arts and French at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, studied French at l’Université de Nancy in France and conducted some graduate study in French Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She then worked for a Caribbean and Latin American based telecommunications company where she perfected her Spanish. Here she gained a love for immigrants and their will to succeed. Therefore, Bertie began her teaching career as a 4th grade classroom teacher delivering instruction in Spanish. After four years, she took a break to raise her three children while they were young. During this time, Bertie and her family lived in Spain for 5 years. When Bertie returned to the United States, she returned to public education to teach Visual Arts in Spanish at the Dual Language program of La Escuela Valdez. Influenced by personal experience, Bertie realized that gifted and talented programming was essential for highly able children to feel successful. So, she added the endorsement of Gifted and Talented education to her list of specialties. After challenging students in pull-out classes and supporting their social/emotional needs for 5 years at Valdez, Bertie decided to initiate her Master’s in Special Education focusing on the Gifted Education.She looks forward to using her expertise to make Morey a fantastic place for all learners. Her email is Roberta_Fiz@dpsk12.org if you would like to contact her with questions or concerns.
Adeline Fryar – Language Arts
My name is Adeline Fryar and I am excited be teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts this year at Morey! I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English, and I am in the middle of a MA in Secondary English Education from Western State Colorado University. I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to inspire students to be life-long readers, and because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. When I was in high school I had a teacher that was a mentor to me and helped me through challenges. Even when the days are tough, I will be there for my students, from teaching them and molding them, to giving them a high five in the hallways — and that can make all the difference.
Julio Garcia – Music/Spanish
My name is Julio Cesar Garcia; I am so excited to be teaching both Music and Spanish at Morey this year. As well as being an educator, I am a professional musician, composer, and Doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. I hold a Master of Music in Education from University of Montana, and a Bachelor of Music in Education from University of Miami, Florida. In sixteen years as an educator, I have taught General Music, Band, Choir, Music Appreciation (online format), SFA Reading, and Wilson Reading; K-12 and Community College. I have also in past two decades tutor Math, Spanish, and Reading. As a musician, I have performed all over Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. I have self-released three CDs of original music (2004, 2006, 2011), and has been nominated as best solo/duo pop music in 2005 & 2006 by the Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC). These experiences serve me well in the classroom, as I bring real life world knowledge to my students. My students being the beneficiaries of this knowledge and experiences have come to enjoy, respect, and appreciate set experiences. It is my professional belief that online education is the future for our Nation’s education. Today, as it was so well predicted by Yarbrough the internet is a major resource of knowledge and information (Yarbrough 2000). As we begin the 21st Century, Distance education has become a widespread and preferred method of delivery for Higher Education. Allen and Seaman, as cited by Bolliger and Wasillik (2009) stated that by 2006 at least 20% of American higher education students were involved in online classes. Today’s students have instant access to a plethora of web based information; it is the instructor’s responsibility to teach our students how to evaluate the accuracy and importance of set information. We educators are quickly becoming guides and mentors rather than teachers in the old sense of the word.
Briana Mesa – 6th Grade Science/Social Studies
Briana Mesa is a proud Denver area native. She grew up in Thornton. After she graduated from the University of Denver in 2009, she joined Teach For America. While in Teach For America, she was fortunate enough to impact young lives in the same school district as she went to. Her first principal was actually her high school technology teacher! Initially, Briana believed that once she finished her Teach For America commitment, she would go to law school to affect education from the policy side. However, working in the same community where she grew up helped her realize that her true passion was advocating for kids within their communities and that studying law would not allow her to maintain that close connection. Instead of going to law school, she decided to attend the University of Colorado at Denver and earn her MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Briana is currently pursuing her principal license through the University of Denver’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. Briana has taught 2nd and 3rd grade in both public and charter schools. She has also worked as an Instructional Interventionist for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, as a Dean of Data and an Administrative Assistant. Briana is incredibly excited about the coming year and continuing to build our capacity as innovators in the Capital Hill community. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, 4 year old and two dogs. She also loves to be outside in the Colorado sun as possible, especially if she has a good book.
Lindsay (Linnie) Roy – Math
Hello! My name is Linnie Roy and I am from Houston, Texas. I attended college at the University of Virginia where I studied Neuroscience and learned about the brain and behavior. I decided to be a teacher because it is more interesting to work with students than it is to work with lab rats, and I felt dedicated to using what I know about the brain to make math class fun, exciting, and meaningful for kids. I have taught middle and high school math in Nashville, Tennessee, and recently moved to Colorado to be closer to the mountains. In my free time I like to paint, go backpacking, dissect the meaning of confusing emojis, drink chocolate milk, and convince students and people that making and learning from your mistakes in math is the key to happiness.
Shana Jenner Wilhelm – Physical Education
Hello! My name is Shana Jenner Wilhelm and I teach Physical Education. I have been teaching PE for 17 years. I grew up in Evergreen Colorado and am married to my wonderful husband Brett. I enjoy skiing, golfing, playing volleyball and traveling and I love the Denver Broncos. There are several factors that inspired me to become a PE teacher. I have always loved sports and participating in athletics. As a young student, PE classes were my favorite and my PE teachers were extremely fun and inspired me to try my best and to work hard. My father worked in education as a school social worker and teacher, and he was a great role model for me as well as his students. Because of my father’s motivation and all of my former teachers I was drawn towards the field of education. I love working with middle school kids because they are curious, funny and energetic. They inspire me to try new things, listen to the latest tunes and attempt the hippest dance moves. My desire is to instill a lifelong love of health, fitness and fun by being a positive role model for my students.
Parents and Caregivers: Please click on this link in order to view the Summer Welcome letter being mailed today: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ifBAStfSKEcZ-B6n6kHDNnNNtem-L2ao9aGf0uQr_l4/pub.
Parents and Caregivers:
We hope you are enjoying your summer! We are currently finalizing a letter to be provided to parents with a great deal of detail regarding registration, elective requests, parent opportunities, fall events, and more. You will receiving this letter via the mail, through a Parent Portal email, and our school email list; additionally, it will be posted on Morey social media accounts and the school website. In the meantime, here are a few frequently requested items:
School Supply List: Please see the updated school supply list here: School Supply List 2016
Registration: August 10, 9am to 12pm & August 11, 3-6pm.
Student Schedules: Available at the Morey Community Barbecue.
Morey Community Barbecue: August 18, 5:30 to 7pm.
First Days of School:
- August 22, 7:45am-3:05pm: 6th grade and NEW 7/8th grade students
- August 23, 7:45am-3:05pm: First day for returning students; ALL students attend
Back to School Night: September 8, 5:30-7:30pm