Wall of Gratitude...

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Dear Families,

Please join me at our December PTA meeting this Wednesday morning, Dec. 12 at 8:45am in the 4th FL. LIBRARY (NOT the Cafeteria).. We’ll be hearing from our amazing ELA teacher, Donna Santman, as well as getting an update on proposed changes to the Specialized High School admissions process. As always, coffee and bagels are provided by our PTA. We hope you can make it!

On your way up, stop by our beautiful Wall of Gratitude in the lobby - have any of you read what your children have written? The post-its of gratitude messages are so sweet and honest. The wall is slowly growing and, as you can imagine, the lobby has a lot of traffic moving by the wall every day. We are grateful that the wall remains intact and we see children stop and read the messages. It is a quiet and lovely reminder that...

  1. Your children have deep and beautiful hearts.

  2. While we sometimes hear talk of middle school behaviors that disappoint us, this wall’s staying power reminds us that our children have wonderful souls.

  3. There are so many more projects we can do to tap into the sensitive and meaningful sides of our children.

Please let us know if you have ideas for projects we can do with our students - our Advisory system is designed for moments and projects like the Wall of Gratitude. We work every day to bring out the best in your children, even when they slip and slide along this journey.

Now that we are in Holiday Season, the days feel different. There is a sense of anticipation about the coming vacation and all that it brings. It is both a joyous time and, for some families, an emotional time. Please let us know if we can support any of you who may be having any difficulties during these busy weeks - and if you feel it has an effect on your children.

These next two weeks bring field trips for ice skating (6th and 7th grades) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (6th grade). Thanks to all of you who are volunteering to join us and to support the staff. You will have a great time - I promise! It is so important to bring our children out into the city, and we hope to do that more often in the coming months.

With Respect,

Jacqui

What We Learn from Your Children

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Dear Families,

Our Student Led Conferences were hugely successful. We met with more than 95% of our families and, in a week or two, we should be at 98%. That number is so important to the staff at 75 Morton. A big part of our mission is to reach ALL families and to bring your voices into our school journey. Your children worked hard to prepare for the Student Led Conferences, and you were all here to celebrate. Thank you. Our students are still young and learning to take on the responsibilities of middle school. By the end of 8th grade, the growth you see will amaze you.

During conferences, we heard …

  • How proud you are of your children

  • About the wonderful relationships between students and Advisors

  • You got a more thorough sense of the work your child is doing

  • Some of you would still like to meet with the Bungalow teachers – and you can!

  • There are still questions about JumpRope and Mastery Grading (read on!)

  • How much you appreciate the hard work of our staff

Please join us on Friday, December 21 in the LIBRARY (NOT the Cafeteria) for a workshop on JumpRope and Mastery Grading.

  • 7th grade at 8:45am

  • 6th grade at 9:30am

Please send questions ahead of time to info@75morton.org and we will do our best to answer them.

We are also looking forward to the 75 Morton Ice Skating Trips!

  • 6th grade: Dec. 11, 12 & 13

  • 7th grade: Dec. 17 & 18

I hope some of you can participate and help on these trips as chaperones. Please contact your student’s Advisor. It is such fun to take our 75 Morton students on activities to build community and to share experiences that will always be a middle school memory!

With Respect,

Jacqui