Welcome Back from Winter Break!

Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 1/3/2024

I was so thrilled to see the kids today!  As I visited all the rooms this morning - it was very quiet.  It takes a few days for all of us to get back to our normal school schedule and pace!  Of course, the library is a popular place today, as students visit and return their books to get new ones for 2024!

Yesterday, our teachers and staff returned for a day of planning, meetings and professional development.  A group of us met with Social Worker Scott La Salle, who is the team lead for our MES Mentor program, in its second year.  About 25 of our students will participate in the program, which gives individualized support to students once a week during a non-academic time of the day.  This approach helps the mentee build upon his or her unique strengths and aspirations, while practicing goal-setting around academics, social growth or other school skills.  

    

Our entire staff attended session #2 of Culturally Responsive Teaching with Dr. Crystal LaVoulle.  Thank you to the MESF for sponsoring these two sessions, through a request from our Whole Child and Intervention Team of staff.  These engaging and interactive small group sessions spark lots of discussion and planning as we ensure all of our students thrive at MES.  Our kids come to us with so many strengths and a lot of knowledge and skills.  These sessions have helped us to build upon that and develop our activities and state curriculum to reflect the diverse world we live in, while connecting learning to students' own lives and our MES community.  

We have 91 days remaining of school and many events and activities to come!  Thank you to all of you and our PTA for a successful fundraiser that makes so much of what we do possible at Morningside. The enrichment provided to our students through PTA also helps our students to thrive and love school.  Below you can see "Big Blue", our dolphin mascot, who made an appearance at the Boosterthon Fun Run and was certainly a fan favorite.  Always be on the lookout for "Big Blue" and "Little Blue", who both make appearances throughout the year.