Gutterballs & Strikes

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Dear Families,

I am a really bad, but very enthusiastic bowler! I seem to aim for the gutter and actually drop, not roll the ball…  lucky for me I had some terrific parents and staff on my team and I picked up a few tips. Watch out for next year! Thank you for the terrific vision of Cathy Curtin and the amazing work of the BOWL-A-THON team! It was a great event and far surpassed what I imagined. It was so much fun watching our parents and, of course, I loved that the 75 Morton staff showed up and bowled their hearts out. I am thrilled by the money raised, but even more thrilled by this COMMUNITY building event. It is so special to spend time making friends, matching students to parents, hearing the laughter, and watching us grow strong together.

Don’t forget we’ve got a PTA evening meeting this Wed., Nov. 14 at 6:15pm in the Cafeteria, with a Special Election for co-2nd Vice President. Lots of you have told me you can only attend evening meetings, so this is your chance! We’ll have sandwiches for the grown-ups and pizza for any students who need to come. Please join me.

You’ve got until Wed. evening (at the PTA meeting) to bring in donations to our Coat & Warm Clothing Drive. You can leave items in boxes in the lobby at any time. Special thanks to our parent coordinator Jill Bennett for this initiative!

On Friday Nov. 16, it’s our first annual Pie & Cider Open House, from 4 - 7pm in the Cafeteria. Stop by for a slice and a sip and good conversation. I’m so pleased we’re launching our series of FREE community events with this this fun fall gathering. You can RSVP HERE and let us know if you want to bring something or help out: 

Student Led Conferences are Tues. Nov. 27 from 5 - 7:30pm, and Wed. Nov. 28 from 1 - 3pm (11:30am dismissal). Your child’s Advisor will be sending home an appointment form. We expect every family to come to their Student Led Conference. Your children work very hard reflecting on their progress and preparing to present their successes and challenges. It is important that you work with your child’s Advisor to find a time to attend!

Some of you have asked about High School Articulation. We will have a preliminary meeting for 7th grade families in February. We will present a timeline and overview of the process. More in-depth meetings will take place in the spring.

High schools look at ALL or SOME of the following 7th grade data as part of their admissions rubrics:

  • Grades

  • NY State Test Scores

  • ATTENDANCE and LATENESS - if the total number of days (individually or combined) exceeds 10, many high schools grow concerned, which can impact chances of acceptance

  • Portfolios

  • Interviews

  • Teacher Comments

7th grade families, look for Out-Lunch Policy & Permission Form - going out electronically tomorrow... It’s due this Thursday, so we can start Out-Lunch on Monday. That’s all for now!

With Respect,

Jacqui