Principal’s Thanksgiving Message

Morey Community:

This is a time of year when we gather to give thanks, and the Morey community has a great deal to give thanks for this year:

  • Enrollment that is higher than DPS projections
  • Projected enrollment for next year that is higher than this year’s projections
  • Strong growth on our student and parent surveys from last year
  • Strong performance on the 2015-16 CMAS, including being one of only a few schools to see a rise in growth scores from the last time we had a growth score calculated (13-14)
  • Parent tour groups that are two and three times larger than tour groups were last year
  • Student Council members that are driven to engage in acts of social justice in our community
  • A school quality review that we opted into that went very positively for Morey
  • Service learning day that worked to put together food baskets for Morey families who are not as fortunate as others
  • Staff members who are fiercely driven to engage our students in the forging of powerful, supportive relationships in order to build a foundation where education can occur
  • The passing of the DPS bond and mill levy, resulting in a program to install classroom-by-classroom air conditioning solutions plus $2.6 million in renovations for the Morey Campus

This Thursday, many of us will travel distances both long and short to share a meal and fellowship with friends and extended members of our families. It is important to remember that not all members of our community are fortunate enough to have this experience. Some of us are mourning the loss of loved ones or are struggling to put basic food items on the table. While Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for us to come together to give thanks for all that we have, it is also an opportunity for us to demonstrate the Morey value of Empathy for those who do not have as much as we have. When we return from Fall Break, Morey will kick off a “Mustang Tree” drive to fulfill wishes for families who need our community support during the holidays. Once we put up the Tree, you are welcome to come in to the school, take a “wish” from the Tree, and help make a Morey family’s holiday that much better through your generosity.

Lastly, it is critical as we gather with our families to remember that, much like our nation that often seems so bitterly divided lately, the Morey community has far more in common than it does otherwise. We all want the best for our children, we all want our children to be safe, and we all want our children to come to school and be loved and engage in opportunities to grow academically and emotionally. We are one school, one community, with similar hopes and dreams for our kids.

This week, most of all, I give thanks for you. Happy Thanksgiving.

– Principal Noah Tonk

Official Communication Regarding Building Evacuation Today, November 14, 2016

Please see the link below for an important letter regarding the building evacuation that took place on Monday, November 14, due to a burned-out ventilation motor that sent smoke into Morey’s interior.

building evacuation

State of the School Community Meeting, November 1 at 6 PM

 

Morey Community: This is a reminder that the State of the School Community Meeting to discuss our Green rating under the DPS School Performance Framework will take place at 6 PM on Tuesday, November 1, in the Morey library and will go until 7:00 PM, with an additional 30 minute meeting to discuss our innovation plans, ending at 7:30. We will review the data, determine areas of growth, and gather general community feedback on both our current work and our innovation planning. Translation will be provided. We are super excited about our growth, and we look forward to talking with you about it in person!

Morey earns EFFECTIVE label from Denver Public Schools!

Morey GREEN SPF

Dear Morey Middle School families,

Thank you for being a part of our school community. As we work toward the Denver Plan 2020 goal of Great Schools in Every Neighborhood, we want you to know that we hold ourselves accountable for the success of all of our students.

This week, we learned the results of our school report card – called the School Performance Framework – which is used to measure performance on our state test results and other key data. DPS uses this as one of our primary tools for measuring our school’s performance.

Now that we have our results, we are pleased to share that the hard work that our students, families and staff have been doing at Morey has shown improvements we can be proud of – and that means we are no longer being scrutinized as a school set for possible closure. We are out of the woods, so to speak, but we need to continue the gains we have made in order to remain successful and “Effective.”  Please join us in the library on Tuesday, November 1, from 6 to 7:30 PM, for the annual “State of the School” meeting to discuss Morey’s School Performance Framework grade, our current trajectory data, planned action steps, and our work toward innovation status.

We will still have our School Quality Review on Nov. 9 and 10 to help us continue to improve and better serve our students. A trained team of neutral observers – including DPS parents and school leaders – will visit our school. They will evaluate 10 key aspects of our school’s performance, such as quality teaching and strong support for all students.

The visit will include focus groups with families, and I encourage you to share your feedback about our school with the team. The review team will create a report of our strengths and challenge areas that we will use to plan ongoing improvements. If you would like to participate in a focus group, please contact our front office staff to sign up. We will share the results of this review and our plan for improvement with you in the weeks ahead.

To learn more about the school report card, School Quality Reviews and other ways that DPS is working toward our goal of Great Schools in Every Neighborhood, please visit greatschools.dpsk12.org.

Your participation and involvement in school events and meetings is an essential part of continuing the progress we’ve made. Please feel free to contact me at 720-424-0700 or noah_tonk@dpsk12.org. You may also call the Family and Community Engagement helpline at 720-423-3054 with any questions you may have. Thank you for your continued support of Morey Middle School and our extraordinary students.

Sincerely,

Noah Tonk, Proud Principal

Downloadable PDF – School Performance Letter

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Parent-Staff Conference Sign-Up System

Morey Community,

As you know, Morey is hosting parent-staff conferences on October 18 and on October 27, from 4 to 8 PM on both nights, and sign-up sheets are now available online for families. Please look for open spots during times that are convenient for you and your families to visit with your child’s teachers or a member of our support team (counselors, social worker, HGT coordinator). Each slot is ten minutes long. Once you have found these spots on either night, you can type your child’s name directly into that time slot. Please only put your child’s name into one slot per staff members, and be sure not to put parent names down. Lastly, please do not type over another student’s name.

If you struggle with the sign-up sheet, you can call Susan Hougas for help, at 720-424-0700. Staff names are linked to their email addresses, so if there are no slots available, please call the school to arrange another time to meet or email the staff member directly.

You can use this link to access the sign-up sheets for both nights: http://tinyurl.com/moreyparents.