Tomorrow, Thursday, October 30th, the district will let out early at 1:20 p.m. Then, each building will be hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you have not already scheduled a time to visit with your student's teacher(s), be sure to contact the appropriate building and schedule a time to have a conference. There will be no school on Friday, October 31st.
Anita Allee, a representative of the the Morgan County Historical Society, recently visited Mr. Lewis' 8th grade social studies classes to discuss the history of Morgan County. Specifically, she shared special stories from the Civil War era.
The Morgan County R-II Board of Education usually meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school library, unless otherwise noted on the district calendar. Each month the Board of Education meeting agenda and minutes are posted for viewing by district patrons (e.g. students, parents, community members, and business leaders). Board of Education meeting minutes have been posted via the district website for the month of October. To view the meeting minutes go to: http://www.mcr2.k12.mo.us/meetings.html
An update was given regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shelter/Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 20th. The Morgan County R-II Board of Education has approved specifications and advertising for bids for a new parking lot expansion that must happen before breaking ground on the FEMA shelter/Performing Arts Center. The FEMA shelter/Performing Arts Center will consume 55 parking spots that are currently available in the high school parking lot. By expanding the parking lot the school will be able to provide 105 new parking spots, which will provide 50 more parking spots than the current lot. The bids for the parking lot expansion are to be received by 2 p.m. on Monday, November 3rd. The Morgan County R-II School District’s Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. on that day to open bids.
Architectural plans were also shared by the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joyce Ryerson. The auditorium will seat 620 people and will be accessible from three different points in the high school building, making evacuation into the shelter more efficient. To view the pictures of the FEMA Shelter/Performing Arts Center please click on the "Click to Read" option below.
The Morgan County R-II School District recently updated its Vision Statement. To learn more about the new Vision Statement, the Morgan County R-II Tiger decided to visit with Dr. Joyce Ryerson, the district’s Superintendent of Schools. The tiger also took time to ask the superintendent why she is proud to be a Tiger.
When asked about the district's new Vision Statement, Dr. Ryerson stated, “We recently updated our Vision Statement for the Morgan County R-II School District. Our new vision is to be “United for Tiger Excellence”. Because of the geography of our district, the Morgan County R-II School District encompasses several communities. We represent citizens with addresses of Versailles, Gravois Mills, Laurie, Glensted, Barnett, Sunrise Beach and Fortuna. Each community tends to have its own unique identity, however, the message we try to deliver is that we are one…..one district, one student body, one staff working for the good of all of our students. Our goal is for all programs in our district to be exemplary. This is what “United for Tiger Excellence” means to me.”
When asked why she is proud to be a Tiger, she stated, “I am proud to be a Tiger because of the people that I work with day and day out. Our staff is arguably the best staff in the area. The people I work with every day show in many ways how much they care about our students from quietly providing shoes, coats, clothing or funds for ACT testing for students who can’t afford, it to providing Christmas for kids who otherwise wouldn’t receive one. Over the years I’ve even seen several staff members open their homes to students who need a safe place to stay. I’m proud to be associated with a community that shows such care and concern for our kids.”
Tomorrow kicks off Red Ribbon Week 2014 for the Versailles Middle School. This year's theme is, "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free." To celebrate Red Ribbon Week, we will have spirit days:
- October 23rd - United Against Drugs Day: Wear Red
- October 24th - Turn Your Back on Drugs Day: Wear your shirt backwards
- October 27th - Super Hero Day: Dress up as your favorite hero
- October 28th - Sock it to Drugs Day: Wear your crazy socks
- October 29th - Don't Get Tied Up with Drugs Day: Wear a tie
- October 30th - Team Up Against Drugs Day: Wear your favorite team jersey day
Teachers are also decorating their classroom doors in celebration of Red Ribbon Week.
Congratulations to Kendall Reger, Angel Varner, and Thomas Vukovic! These student athletes recently made All-Conference at the Eldon cross country meet. They placed in the top 15 in a very strong field that includes student athletes from Blair Oaks, Warsaw, Osage, California and Eldon. Way to go Tigers!
Wednesday evening the high school counselor's office will be hosting a College & Career Night. College & Career Night is open to students in all grade levels, as well as community members, and students from surrounding schools. There will be approximately 35 institutions/organizations represented. For example, two-year and four-year colleges and universities, technical colleges, cosmetology schools and various branches of the military. Students and parents will be able to walk from table to table to talk with the representatives to gain information about the various institutions/organizations represented. The event will be in the high school commons from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.