Supporting each student's unique pathway

Welcome from the Superintendent


September, 2018
Dear Morris School District Community,

Each summer,  administrators and I work together to develop the district goals and actions we will undertake in the coming year.  This is always an interesting process that involves lively discussion about what matters most to our school community and how best to achieve our objectives.  The last couple of months generated comprehensive plans that I am particularly excited about because they center around a concept that I value highly as both a parent and an educator:  the whole child.

In the Morris School District, we are certainly proud of the recent dramatic growth in reading and writing, high AP participation, as well as a dynamic PK-12th grade vision for design thinking, STEM and the arts.   Yet, to ensure that we are addressing all aspects of learning--academic, social, and emotional--in all of our classrooms and programs, in 2018-19 the Morris School District will begin to implement our Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, continue to build on wellness strategies, and take additional steps to create a culture that fosters resilience and perseverance, self-efficacy, and a growth mindset.  For detailed information, click on the links to the left. Please note that we will also be discussing our progress on these initiatives at HSA meetings, parent forums and Board of Education meetings throughout the year.  I hope to see you at some of these events so that we can continue to learn together as a community.

I hope the first month of school has been an exciting one for your children.  I look forward to continuing this dialogue in the coming months.


Superintendent of Schools



MSD Superintendent, Mr. Mackey Pendergrast, sharing a story with preschoolers at Lafayette Learning Center.