Morton Middle School

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Spring 2016 K-PREP results:

Our tradition of academic excellence continues!

Morton Middle School scored 75.2,

Distinguished School and a School of Distinction. 

We are extremely proud of our students, staff and families for these accomplishments!  The academic growth evidenced over the last year is amazing, and the commitment our students have to education is making their futures’ brighter!

 


Yankee Candles have arrived at Morton!

Please make arrangements to pick up your child’s order from the front office starting this Thursday, September 29th. Orders are available for pick up during the hours of 8:15 am-4:45 pm beginning Thursday.  If students have small orders or only a few items, they may bring them home directly from school.  Though all items will come packed in boxes, please note that buses will not allow students to ride with glass containers so plan accordingly.  Questions?  Please contact the front office or Mr. Williams 381-3533, ext. 41402.  Thanks again to all who have helped and remember the sale runs online until December 31st.

MMS Girls' Basketball Tryouts

There will be an open gym date for any girl interested in trying out for Morton’s basketball team on Wednesday, September 28 from 4-6 pm.

 

Tryouts will take place the following week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 3rd through 5th, from 4-6 pm.  Any 6th, 7th or 8th grade girl interested in trying out should have a current KHSAA physical from, available on Morton website, as well as a 2.5 GPA.  All girls trying out should pick up a contract and a grade sheet which are found in the gym, next to desk on the stage.  Contracts must be completed prior to trying out. Please see Mr. Yates if you have any questions.

Dig For Decker!

FCPS News Link: http://www.fcps.net/news/features/2016-17/digfordecker

Dig for Decker

Yankee Candle Fundraiser News!

Help support Morton---although our catalog sales have ended, you are still able to purchase Yankee Candles online.  Simply go towww.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter Morton’s group # 990098135 in the “Start Shopping” box.  Then shop for items and online exclusives to help us reach our goal.  You can continue to purchase items through December 31st.  All items are paid for online and will be delivered directly to your home address. Great gift ideas for the holiday season!

Are your students interested in technology?

If so, they need to know about STLP! All Mustangs are invited to attend an informational meeting about STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) on Wednesday, September 14 from 4:00 until 5:00 in Room 208. Morton’s STLP uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for student to design, make, connect and learn. Student products, projects, and services are showcased through local, regional, and state events. Students can learn more at the first (informational) STLP meeting.

2016-2017 Reflections

Morton students can pick up a Reflections entry packet in the front office or Mrs. Blackman’s office 201B.

Edible Book Contest

Former Morton Mustang C. C. Payne speaking and signing copies of The Thing About Leftovers at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library on October 20, 2016, at 6 p.m. In conjunction with this event, the LPL will be conducting two contests: Edible Book Contest/3 Divisions: Elem, Middle, High; Leftovers Recipe Contest – Open to the Public/Two Divisions: Young People and Adult (please see their website for Leftovers Recipe Contest info once it is posted). For the Edible Book Contest, students must win at the school level to compete at the LPL on October 20, 2016. Our school’s competition will be held on Wed, October 19th. Students must have their creations in the library by 9 a.m. the morning of the 19th. Please take refrigeration into consideration when creating products. These will be on display throughout the day, and may possibly need to be recreated for the LPL’s competition on the 20th. A scoring rubric will be distributed to each student and is posted on our website here. Morton’s top entrant will receive a Kindle Fire tablet. Prizes will also be awarded to our second and third place entrants as well (prizes as yet to be determined). The LPL will also be awarding a prize for the overall winner of each division in each contest. English/Language Arts teachers will be giving extra credit to our students who attend this event to hear C. C. Payne speak!

Parent SBDM Members
Congratulations to the 2016-17 parent SBDM members:  Heather Mullins, Allie O'Donnell, Ashley Waechter, and Kim Thompson.

Green Goals - Save Plastic Lids for Morton
Morton is not only continuing with our Green Goals by recycling plastic bottles caps, but now we are actually going to use these bottle caps in an effort to redo our Outdoor Classroom, which is in need of a huge make-over!  We plan to rip out the rotted wood benches and replace them with plastic benches made completely out of recyclable bottle caps.  These bottle caps can be from water bottles, Gatorade Bottles, Mayonnaise Caps, Peanut-Butter Bottle, you get the picture!  Please save them all summer and then turn them into Ms. Trisko, room 212 (7th grade science) when school resumes, or you can e-mail Ms. Trisko at carla.trisko@fayette.kyschools.us and we can arrange for you to take your caps to Morton this summer.  Thanks so much for helping us to create a Green environment!

Kroger Card Support for Morton
Please take a moment to grab your Kroger Plus card number and click on https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards​ to get started. If you need help, please click on this document for directions. Thank you for helping us earn much needed funding for our school!!!

 

 


Dress Code 2016-17

Dress for Success exemplifies our dress code policy. Please keep the guidelines in mind when you are shopping for your school clothes.

 

 

Free Volunteer Background Check
Get involved!!!  Get a free background check and volunteer in your child's school.  We need you.  Click here for access to the free background check.

Attendance
Be sure to call the attendance office @ 381-3535 every day if your child is absent. Also please send a note within 3 days of their return to school.

Notice About Your Change In Address
Please contact Ms. Hufnagel or call her at 859-381-3540 if you have changed your address or phone number.  If you have a change of address you must bring in a new proof of residence.

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Summer Reading Lists
Summer is the perfect time for students to relax and read a good book, and this allows students to continue to make progress with their reading skills.  At Morton, all students are required to read two books from the approved grade level list prior to the start of school.  Click on the link for your specific grade level to see the reading list; students can choose from a variety of genres and reading levels.  On a side note, an exciting aspect of our summer lists this year is that Morton’s own C.C. Payne (author of Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freekdom and the Challenges of Bad Hair (6th grade list), and The Thing About Leftovers (7th grade list) will be visiting Morton in the fall!  You may want to keep this in mind as you’re selecting the books you choose to read.   A Summer Reading Celebration will be held at the start of school for those students who pass Accelerated Reader tests for their chosen books  Mustangs who read… succeed!
6th Grade Summer Reading List
7th Grade Summer Reading List
8th Grade Summer Reading List

AR Quiz Information:
Use this link to search the company’s database for available quizzes. If they have a quiz for the title in which you’re interested, then you’ll have access to that quiz at school. This is the link for AR's databases. Double check author and title to make sure you have an exact match.
AR quizzes may only be taken at school.

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Morton Girls Volleyball Tryout Information:

Girls wishing to tryout for volleyball should have a 2.5 grade point average for the 4th nine-week grading period.  Students should also have a completed and up to date KHSAA physical (4 required pages).  No student will be allowed to participate or tryout without the proper physical.  There will be a two-day clinic to go over and learn some of the required skills for playing volleyball.  Attendance at the clinic is not required but helpful for tryouts.  Clinic and Tryouts will be held in the Morton gym from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

July 25th & 26th – Clinic

July 27th – 6th grade only

July 28th – 7th and 8th grade only

July 29th – Final Tryout

If you have any questions you may contact Jessica Wicker or Rubin Jones

Student Clubs and Activities
Students are encouraged to become involved in Morton's extra-curricular activities. (Click on link to see listing.) Contact the sponsor of each activity by clicking on the Staff link at the top of Morton's homepage to get the teacher's email address or by calling the sponsor.

Sports Physicals
All students wishing to try out for a sport, cheerleading or dance team must have a completed sports physical physician form and consent form on file before they will be allowed to try out.  These forms were revised as of April, 2015.  This is the direct link to the newest forms.  Forms are also linked below.
Sports Physical Physician Form *New*
MS Athletic Participation/Physical & Consent Form