Message from Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast
As we state in our strategic vision, titled The Way Forward, “the Morris School District strives to be on the nexus of transformative instructional practices and re-imagined learning environments through curating innovative practices, leveraging progressive technology systems, developing new partnerships, and embracing a growth mindset”.
To this end, the Morris School District was recently selected as a member of Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools – one of 19 school districts chosen in the United States. This national network will assist us in exploring effective new programs and practices, especially in the areas of STEM and Personalized Learning. Along with being a part of this forward-thinking organization, last year the Morris School District was also accepted into the “Innovate NJ Community” – a group of progressive NJ school districts who collaborate on effective instructional practices. The Morris School District’s innovative and open-minded approach was highlighted in the fall edition of NJ Monthly in an article titled “Finding the Right Blend”.
While we prize the development of a progressive agenda, the Morris School District remains committed to those traditional values that are the hallmark of successful individuals and communities: developing a disciplined work ethic, fostering strong moral character, living a balanced life and seeing one’s connection and responsibilities to the world. The cultivation of these attributes will empower our students to live valuable and dignified lives.
The Morris School District is a unique community lead by a Board of Education and staff that sees strength in our diversity and differences. Our schools are successful because of this enduring commitment and the fundamental belief that a healthy community -- anchored in respect and dialogue--is the surest path for the success of all of our students.