Our report cards were developed during the 2016-2017 school year by the Morris School District K-5 Assessment Team with feedback from K-5 teachers and parents.
K-5 Standards-Based Report Cards
Our standards-based report cards are based on the most recent New Jersey Student Learning Standards and are designed to provide you with clear and specific information about your child’s academic progress and the development of behaviors that support lifelong learning. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards establish challenging performance expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for the Morris School District’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment models. This reporting system allows parents and students to understand more clearly what is expected at each grade level. With this understanding, parents and teachers will be better able to guide and support students and help them to be successful in a rigorous academic program.
K-5 Report Card Parent Guidebook
We have created a parent guidebook which includes frequently asked questions with answers, an explanation of progress indicators, clarification and explanations of some of the language found in the standards, and what parents can do to help their children succeed. This guidebook is posted on the Morris School District website in this section and on your child’s school website.
Parents will continue to have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher for conferences in November/December and March/April every school year and report cards will be sent home in February and June. We appreciate your active engagement in our schools and in the Morris School District community of learners. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with questions related to your child’s progress in school. For more general questions, comments, and concerns about the new standards-based report cards, please contact your school’s principal or contact me directly.
Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
The Morris School District adopts an inquiry-based approach to program development that relies on research vis-à-vis wise practice in the discipline. The various Curriculum Committees go through a thorough process of conducting research to develop a synthesis of current wisdom in the discipline with faculty members and administrators engaging in research to align with core philosophical understandings, the latest in the field regarding “best” instructional practice, reviewing and recommending effective instructional materials, and supporting any new curriculum with professional development to establish a coherent program design.
The discipline specific content areas listed within our website contain the core course curricula. The many elective courses offered at Morristown High School can be viewed in the Program of Studies. Copies of our elective course curricula can be viewed and shared as the need arises by simply contacting the Curriculum Office at 973 292 2300 ext 2112.
Parents can now access the Morris School District's Rubicon Atlas website. This site allows you to view curriculum information for all grade levels and courses. Click the link below to visit the site and begin browsing.
Morris School District's Rubicon Atlas Link
Directions for using Rubicon Atlas:
Use the globe icon/Browse to access Unit Calendars
On Next Screen:
1. Use Last filter on left side of page --“Type a Course Name”
2. Type the name of the course you’re searching for
3. Choose course from drop down and select “Browse”
4. Click on course title (in red)
5. In the Unit Calendar--Click on the name of each unit to view.
Note: Any curriculum not available in Rubicon Atlas is still available on the MSD website. As those curriculum documents are revised, they will be moved to Rubicon Atlas. Please contact your school's principal with any questions about curriculum and/or Rubicon Atlas.