Announcement Regarding School Walkouts on Wednesday, March 14

Hello Morey Community,

As you have likely heard in the news and on social media, students across the nation are planning to walk out on Wednesday in order to, according to organizers, “demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools.” Several area middle schools and high schools have planned demonstrations for Wednesday, and we have a growing number of students who have expressed interest in participating. In order to keep our students safe, give them an opportunity to participate in civic conversations that impact them, and to give them a chance to live our school vision of social justice, we are providing an opportunity for students to remember those who have died as a result of gun violence in schools and to make their voices heard for our legislators to keep our schools safe. This is not an endorsement of any particular political viewpoint of how to make that happen; rather, it is a recognition that the last 19 years of mass shootings at schools must finally be addressed by our government.

At 10:17 AM on Wednesday, March 14, our teachers will lead their students that wish to participate out of the front doors on 14th Avenue. Students who do not wish to participate will be able to stay inside in either room 103 or room 122. Once outside, our students will turn right and will walk silently around the school for 17 minutes, their silence honoring the 17 people who lost their lives at Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Once we have walked for 17 minutes, we will re-enter the building and go to lunch or recess. Students may bring signs to carry during this walkout, but signs must not contain profanity and must contain messages connected to the theme of gun violence in schools. Appropriate signs may positively call for action, but may not be offensive or insulting to anyone. Because we are walking out of class silently to call attention to this matter, students who violate our norms of silence to honor those who have been lost will be considered to have walked out against the rules and will be consequenced as such. Students who believe they will not be able to stay quiet will be asked to remain behind in rooms 103 or 122.

Separately, for those of you who are planning to attend the March for our Lives on Saturday, March 24, we are planning a Morey contingent in the March. We will provide details later, but students, families, and teachers will be invited to meet at Morey prior to the March 24 march and to walk to the event together. If you are planning to attend the March, we invite you to join us.

Please take some time over the next day and a half to discuss this issues with your children and to help ensure they understand the gravity of these 17 minutes on Wednesday.

Principal Noah Tonk

What Makes Morey Special?

After-School Opportunities at Morey

Morey Neighborhood Center is very excited to be offering additional clubs!  These clubs are open to the entire school – you do not have to attend MNC regularly to sign up for an individual club.

PopCulture’s Creating Board Games: Develop your very own board game! Each session, we’ll play and discuss board games ranging from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan to Pandemic in order to learn how they’re made, then you’ll have the chance to create an original board game of your very own. By the end of the class, you’ll have a board game that you can play with friends and family!

  • Cost: $95/child for 8 sessions, once per week on Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Start Date: 2/8/18
  • End Date: 4/5/18
  • Minimum students needed to run the club: 8

Mad Science Chemistry: Ooze into action, manipulate matter and witness some radical reactions in this exciting Chemistry-themed after school program from Mad Science! Slide down the colorful pH scale and dip into the science of acids and bases. Learn to recognize chemical changes and mix ingredients together for some sensational results. Make your own ooey, gooey Mad Science slime and other concoctions to take home! From proper use of equipment and lab safety to molecular structure and more, this innovative program explores the exciting world of chemistry for middle school students!

  • Cost: $100/child for 6 sessions, once per week on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Start Date: 2/7/18
  • End Date: 3/14/18
  • Minimum students needed to run the club: 8

Arts and Minds: We will create a group project to “Give Back” to our community. The children will guide this process and decide to whom we “Give Back.”  Stay tuned for Family Engagement Opportunities throughout the Session. The last class will end in a dedication of our “Give Back” project, and Showcase of our Works. Stay connected to Arts & Minds through Facebook and Instagram to view snaps of your kids as they create with our incredible Teachers.

  • Cost: $100/child for 8 sessions, once per week on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Start Date: 2/26/18
  • End Date: 4/23/18
  • Minimum students needed to run the club: 10

Link to register online: Morey Neighborhood Center Club Descriptions

Please reach out to Zach Goodwin at 303-229-6676 with any questions!

Morey Open House on January 18

Please join us for Morey Middle School’s Open House this Thursday, January 18th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Morey Middle School
840 East 14th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218

We are excited to share with you the innovative practices at Morey these days!

Come learn more about:

  • Highly Gifted & Talented Magnet Programming: Morey is the only middle school in Denver that offers programming specifically for students identified as Highly Gifted & Talented.
    • That means our students are grouped with their intellectual peers, which supports their academic and social/emotional needs.
    • Teachers are HGT trained to extend curriculum and add depth and complexity into their lessons, while supporting students’ affective needs.
  • Personalized Learning: Morey is on a trajectory to providing personalized learning experiences. This means that students are learning how to drive their own learning with a pace that is responsive to student needs, under the guidance of trained mentor teachers.
  • Social & Emotional Focus: Morey has school-wide mindfulness, habits of success lessons, personal relationships with each student, and engagement of the whole child to help your student succeed in more than “just” academics.
  • Enrichment Opportunities: Weekly exploratory classes, service learning, week-long enrichment trips, after school clubs, and more!
  • Expansion of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) classes:
  • Design & Modeling                         • Flight & Space
  • Medical Detectives                         • Automation & Robotics
  • Green Architecture *NEW*        .  • Computer Programming *NEW*

We will have some fun activities for the students during the Open House, so feel free to bring your 5th grader with you! Please RSVP for Morey Middle School’s Open House on Sign Up Genius so we can make sure we have enough refreshments for everyone.

If you are unable to attend, no problem! We have school tours every Monday from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. until the choice window ends (February 28). Please email Bertie Fiz at to set up a tour date or schedule a shadowing experience for your child.

We hope to see you Thursday evening.

Video & Audio Screencast from October 18 “Student Supports at Morey” Parent Presentation

Couldn’t make it to the Student Supports at Morey parent presentation tonight? We recorded the whole thing, video and audio. Better set aside some time, though – it’s an hour long. Click below to get an extremely comprehensive view of how we support student positive behavior at Morey, from social-emotional supports to disciplinary measures to Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports.

Morey is GREEN for 2017 School Performance Framework!

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Morey Community,

This week, we were permitted to go public with our official rating of GREEN (Meets Expectations) for the SECOND year in a row. This is a big deal, since one year could be a fluke, but two years of Green status is a trend and a sign of a strengthening school culture. It is doubly meaningful for us, because schools in Denver Public Schools are now not allowed to be deemed Green unless there is strong evidence that those schools are closing academic gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups. Being rated Green means that there is a critical mass of students showing strong growth in every demographic and that we are indeed closing those gaps. We invite you to attend our School Performance Framework Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 PM in order to hear more details about our SPF, including bright spots, areas of focus, and specific plans moving forward, including our plans to reach Blue. Please click below for a basic overview of our SPF.