Morey Spring Market – Volunteers Needed

Friends of Morey PTO is excited to announce their 1st annual Spring Market!

This event will take place on May 15th on the blacktop along 13th Ave behind Morey Middle School. The market features delicious eats, sweet treats, garden plants, flea market goodies, individual yard sale stalls and small business vendors selling an assortment of specialized items. All proceeds benefit the school and programs the PTO supports. It takes a village to raise a child and a community to support a public school!

Come get your shop on!

Friends of Morey PTO are hosting the 1st Annual Morey Spring Market!! 

Flea Market! Yard sale! Plant Sale! Local vendors selling their goods!

Where: Morey Middle School – 840 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO (Along the blacktop behind the school on 13th)

When: Sunday May 15, 2016 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Why: To raise funds to help support Morey Middle School and to raise awareness in the community of what a great school Morey is!

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Letter to Families Regarding 2017-18 Co-Location

This information was provided at a community meeting on April 14. To view the presentation, please click here

Dear Morey families:

I hope you and your students are enjoying being back to school and routine following a restful break.  As you know, we are currently engaging in a short CMAS administration for three days this week, plus one additional day next week for 7th and 8th graders. We believe that our powerful work this year on both student culture and academics has resulted in deep, authentic learning that will be shown on the CMAS tests this year and demonstrate significant growth from last year.

I’m writing to update you on exciting conversations I’ve been having with members of DPS Central Administration, our Collaborative School Committee, and with Danny Medved, the principal of Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design (DSISD) regarding the future of Morey. Both myself and Principal Medved are strongly supporting a proposal to the Board of Education that beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, DSISD should come join Morey at our campus.   We see tremendous potential in the synergies between our two programs, and the opportunities for 21st Century Learning.  In discussing this proposal with our Collaborative School Committee, I’m grateful to share their support as well.

The Morey feeder pattern has changed dramatically in the past few years, and as a result of the strong likelihood that we will never have more than 350-400 students, we have plenty of room for the 400-450 students DSISD plans to serve.  Our proposal is to move DSISD to Morey in 2017-2018, so there would be plenty of time for important conversations with our two school communities about the facility and culture of sharing a campus, including proposed 2016 Bond funded renovations to the inside and outside of Morey by Fall of 2017, which we are very excited about. As small schools, we are also exploring any synergies that may exist to share support staff, elective teachers, and other ways to share costs. It is important for me to note for you that the Board is aware of Morey’s recent strong growth, and the proposal to combine our campuses is a way to support continued growth.

DSISD is Denver’s first Competency Based high school offering a small, highly-personalized program that is based on ensuring all students meet rigorous college and career standards. Students sit in what looks like a traditional classroom, have choice and voice in what and how they learn, receive targeted supports, and do not move on in their learning until they have mastered content. This aligns very well to our shared goals for Morey, where students at all levels can thrive.

The students and staff of DSISD are currently at the Byers Campus, and have been looking for the right “fit” long term.  Although we will continue to support our traditional role as a middle school feeder for East High School, we believe we are the right fit to join campuses with DSISD and will work to prepare students for success at both high school campuses.

We presented this plan to Morey families who attended a community meeting on Thursday, April 14. That presentation has been posted online for your listening and viewing on social media and our website.

The Board of Education will consider public comment and vote whether to approve DSISD’s move to share the campus at Morey at its April 28, 2016 meeting. You can comment via board@dpsk12.orgor call 720-423-3210 to sign up to speak during the public comment session by 5 p.m.  April 27.

Sincerely,

Noah Tonk

Principal, Morey Middle School

News: Co-Location of DSISD at Morey in 2017-18 School Year

Morey Community,

We had big news at our Community Meeting tonight that recognizes Morey’s growth this year while acknowledging the shift in enrollment patterns over the last few years. We are pleased to announce that DPS is investing in Morey’s sustainability in a large building by co-locating the Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design, a small, Tier 1 Gifted & Talented high school for highly motivated students, at Morey for the 2017-18 school year. Please take a few minutes to watch the presentation, below.

 

Morey Community Meeting 4/14/16

Dear Morey families:

Whew! After some initial log-in glitches and some issues regarding laptops, testing went very smoothly today on our first day of CMAS administration. Students received a lengthy break and snacks in between tests today and seemed fairly upbeat. A huge thank you goes out to the families that donated snacks for our students’ hungry brains! We have two more days of testing on Wednesday and Thursday, and then, other than individual make-up tests, we only have 7th and 8th grade testing for science and social studies on Tuesday, April 19.

I’m sure you are aware of our lower enrollment over the last few years. After many conversations, I have exciting and positive news to share regarding the future of Morey Middle School and the stabilizing of our enrollment. We would like to invite you to a meeting on Thursday evening, April 14, at 6 pm in the Morey library to hear the new plan and provide your feedback. I apologize for the short notice, but we have been attempting to tightly coordinate our timing with a number of other factors and stakeholders. If you are unable to attend the Thursday evening meeting, we will be posting material to our website and social media, as well as sending a letter home on Friday.

I hope you have enjoyed the first half of your week, and I look forward to meeting with you on Thursday.

Sincerely,

Noah Tonk

Principal, Morey Middle School

No School Thursday, 3/24

UPDATE – DPS schools and administrative offices are CLOSED (3/24/2016)

Information Regarding PARCC Testing – Please Read

We are only testing for four days this spring. 

Assessments provide valuable information for students, parents and educators on whether students are on track to graduate prepared to be successful in an increasingly global workplace. Aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, CMAS focuses on the skills our students need – critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving – to achieve in whatever path they choose after high school. CMAS results help us understand what’s working – and what’s not – to improve our curriculum, instruction, professional development and school leadership so we can better serve the 90,000 kids in Denver Public Schools. Students gain from assessments because they help teachers focus on what students need. Learning from assessments helps us achieve our vision, Every Child Succeeds.

Please view the slideshow below for Morey’s plan to assess with PARCC/CMAS this year and why it is so important.