June is Bustin Out All Over...

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June 3, 2019

Dear Families,

We have a very busy June! First one quick announcement:

  • 7th grade families please return Field Trip permission forms by this Wednesday (for the Museum of the City of NY trip). Trip Dates are: 710s Bungalow – June 12; 720s Bungalow – June 13.

I want to encourage you to get involved in three school events coming up:

  • Roller Skate Party: Saturday, June 8, 2 - 6pm, Recess Yard

  • Incoming 6th Grade Orientation:  Tuesday, June 11

  • MADE X MORTONStudent Art Show: NOTE DATE CHANGE– Now Tuesday, June 11, 6 - 9pm

    • at the Spanish Benevolent Society, 239 West 14th St.

A few thoughts about these events –

Imagine walking by a school yard on a sunny Saturday afternoon and seeing middle schoolers skating around and around! That is a happy and unusual scene – and so in keeping with the great ideas of the 75 Morton community. I am pretty sure many of our children have never had such a great experience and I know many of you are really hoping to skate yourselves... PLEASE join the fun this Saturday! Let’s let our neighbors peek out of their windows and see us skating!

Our New Families Orientation is a highlight of the year. Your children speak and represent our school – and their words crystalize their experience at 75 Morton. Your presence is crucial in answering questions from new families, the same questions that you had just a year or two ago. We need your spirit and energy and middle school expertise! We need your smiles and ability to calm fears, give tips and advice, and become a familiar face for next Fall. Please join the fun and help out the morning of Tuesday June 11, from 9 - 11 am (shifts start at 8am)!

Finally, I am so excited for our first 75 Morton Student Art Show, MADE X MORTON. Over the course of the year, our entire student body created countless gorgeous pieces of artwork. They studied bookmaking, calligraphy, color theory, graphite techniques, watercolor, sculpture... and the list goes on. Each and every Morton student was able to benefit from our special art room to exercise their creativity and innovation, their curiosity and their craftsmanship. A selection of their work will be on dislpay at the beautiful Spanish Benevolent Society at 239 West 14th Street – along with light bites and beverages. This will be a terrific evening. More details to follow. Don't miss it!

Have a beautiful week!

With respect,

Jacqui

info@75morton.org

Feedback

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Dear Families,

We like feedback at 75 Morton. It is why I have three email accounts. It is why I stay for entire PTA meetings in case you want to pull me aside or talk to me when the meeting ends. It is why my office door is literally always open and you do not go through various people to make a meeting. It is why I (and the staff) try to answer emails within 24 hours – to the very best of our ability.

So we received two forms of feedback last week.

Here is the hard feedback:

We have been hiring substitutes to cover our teachers so that they can do important planning and reflection work. The subs have been struggling with the behaviors of some of our students. The feedback has come from your children who have said, “Enough! We want our teachers back!” While we have addressed the behaviors that have deeply disappointed us and our community, we still have work to do. Therefore, we are changing our planning system and keeping our strong and wonderful staff with your strong and wonderful children. If a staff member is absent moving forward, it is because of illness, family emergencies, or a district meeting that we cannot miss. Your children’s feedback is hugely important to us.

Here is the GLORIOUS feedback:

We have been working with i2Learning to pilot an outstanding STEM program in the 7th grade, which we hope to bring to our entire school community next year. We are the first NYC public school that has partnered with the organization, which works with the entire Boston public school system. i2Learning generously trained our staff, and then our 7th grade students spent every day last week with their Advisories doing STEM projects. The trainer told me that this group of teachers was among the best she had ever trained. The founder of the program, Ethan Berman, visited on Thursday with some important funders – and they were all AMAZED by the focus of the students, the projects they produced, the expertise of the teachers, and the tone in all of the classrooms. Their feedback confirmed what we already know: our students have abilities and characters that will lead them to success.

We have so much to be proud of at 75 Morton and, while the work we have done in less than two years is in so many ways breathtaking, we still have stronger systems to put in place, and work to do in more than one area. We know that and embrace the challenge – with your feedback and support.

With respect,

Jacqui

info@75morton.org