New Vision & Mission for 2017-18 and Beyond

VISION:
At Morey, we build on every child’s unique gifts so each person becomes a self-directed, socially conscious, educated member of our diverse community, both inside and outside of the classroom.

MISSION:
At Morey, learning is personalized, supportive, rooted in social justice, and integrated within our local community.

Our students learn in a diverse and inclusive school that supports students of all backgrounds, identities, interests, and abilities to foster their unique gifts. We offer a highly personalized and rigorous educational program, support social skills, and develop emotional intelligence within a safe and affirming environment. With a focus on real world application, our education program is driven by student interests informed by relevant social justice issues and heightened through experiences outside the classroom.

Our families and community experience an open and welcoming school connected to greater Denver through the intentional integration of community members within a broader social justice curriculum, through transparent communication, and by honoring each family’s vision and hopes for their children.

Our staff is continuously cultivating our skills, passion, and connection to this school community through a willingness to explore new ideas and techniques, targeted professional learning, time spent building our team together, and an honest focus on equity.

At Morey, we expect MORE. We endeavor to develop Motivated, Organized, Respectful and Empathetic students.

School Goals for 2017-18

  • Develop and implement differentiated/personalized instructional practices.
  • Develop a school culture that supports an environment where students can drive their own learning.
  • Teachers will implement best practices for gifted education in every classroom, with a particular focus upon differentiation and rigor.

Final Innovation Plan & Board Vote

Our final innovation status application can be found here: https://drive.google.com/…/0B150j-Qi2OQXbnpyZHZfeENnc…/view….

100% of staff present for the vote on Wednesday, May 31 voted in favor of the plan (although the vote will go down as 89.5% due to one staff member in the ER and one on maternity leave). 100% of our Collaborative School Committee voted to support the plan on Thursday, June 1.

Next step is the Board Meeting on Monday, June 12 for the Board Presentation, followed by the official vote on Monday, June 19. Please consider coming to support us at the Board meeting! Emails of support are also strongly encourage. Please send those to noah_tonk@dpsk12.org.

Summer is here!

Well, the classrooms are packed, the grades are posted, and the last student got on the bus yesterday. It was amazing, as usual, to watch our 8th graders participate in Continuation on Wednesday night. This was Principal Tonk’s first group of 6th graders, and it was so fulfilling to watch them become young adults. We wish them the best, and we wish you a wonderful summer break.

Please remember that the school is completely closed for construction from now until August 14. David Ankele will still be able to get your messages through June 30, and after that no one will be around to respond to messages officially until July 24.

Principal Tonk is still working officially until June 16, and can respond to questions or concerns until then. Due to the lack of a real office during that time, you are encouraged to email him at noah_tonk@dpsk12.org if you need an answer to a question, or send us a Facebook message at http://www.facebook.com/morefrommorey.

Thank you for an amazing school year!

Bell Schedule for Friday, June 2

Friday, June 2 is a half day. All bus routes will drop off students approximately three hours earlier than usual.

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Important Information for 8th Grade Families

Greetings parents and guardians of our 8th grade students!

Please read this entire post, as it contains extremely important information regarding your student’s last week of school. This information can also be found on our school website.

On Tuesday, 8th graders who are on track for attendance, academics, and behavior are attending Elitch Gardens for their end-of-year celebration. Off-track students will be working independently at school to complete make-up hours and missing assignments to get back on track for the Continuation ceremony. Many 8th graders have still not turned in their Elitch Gardens permission slips and $35 fees and must do turn it in or contact the school for financial assistance by 4 PM on Friday, May 26.

Continuation practice at East High School is mandatory and will begin promptly at 9 AM on Wednesday, May 31 at East High School. Students will be walking to East High School from Morey, but may arrive at East no later than 9 AM without going to Morey first if they choose. Students who do not attend Continuation practice will not be allowed to participate in the Continuation ceremony. After the practice, students are required to return to Morey, but may go home without any attendance penalty with a permission slip available in the main office. Please remember that participation in Continuation is a privilege, and depends upon students having taken the initiative to earn that privilege through coming to school, working hard, and making good decisions, or by making up work or putting in the time to earn that privilege back. School leaders will be making phone calls home on Friday to families with 8th graders who are in danger of not participating in Continuation. Please make sure your contact information listed with the school is correct.

Next Wednesday night, May 31, the East auditorium doors will open at 6 PM, and all on-track 8th graders are required to be there and in their correct seats no later than 6:15 PM. I look forward to shaking the hands of each and every one of your amazing kids next Wednesday night at 6:30 PM.

Principal Noah Tonk

Morey Innovation Plan for Community Review

Morey Community:

We thank you for your support as we worked this year to redesign school as we know it at Morey, based on your input and upon student data. Today, we submitted the following document for review before we put it to our staff and CSC for a final vote and then submit it to the Board for a vote in June. Please feel free to review what education will look like at Morey, with a three-year phase-in, starting in August.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxSaHVI4emivNFdQZVAzS0wzRWc/view