Dear Newcomer Parent,
Welcome to Morton Schools. Our goal is to help make your transition into our school system as
smooth as possible. To get you off to a good start, we are providing you with information about
how to locate resources with the school system and the community, to answer your questions,
provide your children with needed services, and assist you in understanding our school system.
Morton School District
Call Morton School District staff and community agencies at the telephone numbers below or
check the school district’s website for information about…
Kind of Information Needed Telephone and website
General Information about the
Morton School District
Morton Junior/Senior High
Morton Elementary School
School bus schedules and routes
ask the office staff at your child’s school
School lunch program, including 496-5300; or
free- and reduced price lunch
information ask the office staff at your child’s school
Preschool and childcare programs 496-5143
After school Programs Ask the office staff at your child’s school
Special Education for students
with disabilities, other special Ask the office staff at your child’s school
Summer School Ask the office staff at your child’s school
Resources in the community for
Morton School District Dictionary of Commonly Used Terms
Associated Student Body. The official organization
that oversees middle and high school program of sports,
clubs and other extracurricular activities that are Morton
ASB enjoyable for students and help them develop teamwork, Junior/Senior High
leadership, and problem-solving skills or purse a School
particular talent. Students must pay a fee to participate in
A state law that requires students to attend school
BECCA regularly and has very specific consequences for those Both schools
who do not.
Parent-teacher conferences are private meetings held at
both schools. It is very important that you attend these
conferences to discuss your child’s strengths and areas
for improvement. Throughout the rest of the school year
Conferences your teacher will contact you if a conference is
necessary. However, you are welcome and encouraged
to contact your child teacher(s) at any time if you wish
to discuss your child’s progress in school.
Our district counselor can help in many ways, such as
working with students to resolve personal or behavior
Counselor problems, choose courses in middle and high school, Both schools
plan for college, find outside resources, monitor progress
and meet with parents.
Short-hand for “School District,” which is run by
Superintendent Tom Manke and the Morton School (1) K-6 elementary
Board. The district is responsible for establishing the
school and (1) 7-12
District curriculum (what is to be taught at each grade level),
hiring staff, and providing both schools with funds for Junior/Senior High
various needs. See www.morton.k12.wa.us for more School
Schools are released early. The elementary school
releases at 11:50am and the junior/senior high school Both schools
Dismissal releases at 12 noon on these days.
Emergency Up-to-date phone numbers where parents can be reached
in case of an emergency during the school day.
Contact Whenever their phone number changes, parents must
Information notify the school immediately.
A field trip is when a group of students, along with
chaperones, travels to another location for an activity.
Field Trips Common field trips are to museums, theater, colleges,
Some students are eligible to receive school breakfast
Free- and and lunch for free or for a reduced price, based on their
family’s annual income. The identity of students
reduced-Meal participating in this program is completely confidential.
Program Families must fill out an application form for this
program. Forms are available at each school.
Individual Education Plan. These plans are
developed for students with certain kinds of disabilities
IEP Both schools
who have been identified as needing “Special
Navigation 101 is a life skills and planning program for
students in grades 6 through 12. It aims to help students
make clear, careful, and creative plans for life beyond
high school, and:
Encourage student engagement; Junior/Senior High
Enhance student achievement;
Involve parents and guardians; and
The district nurse works half a day in the Morton School
District. She splits the half-day schedule between the
elementary and Jr/Sr High school. They make sure that
Nurse children with special health needs have a plan in place,
for example, with respect to medication, as well as
handling minor cuts and bruises, etc.
An OT works with students who have been identified as
OT or needing Special Education services; by helping them
Occupational improve the functioning of fine motor skills lost through Both schools
Therapist illness or injury. An example of a fine motor skill is
holding a pencil or writing.
Teachers prepare progress reports in the middle of each
quarter of school, approximately 4 ½ weeks into each
Progress quarter. At the end of each quarter and semester, your
Reports/Report child will receive his or her report card. It is important Both schools
Cards for parents to understand their child’s progress. If you
have questions about progress reports/report cards, talk
to your child’s teacher or the school office.
Parent Teacher Association. This group of parent
volunteers provides many services for the elementary
school including sponsoring social events and school-
wide educational programs. PTA volunteers help the
PTA elementary school stretch their resources. If you are
interested in volunteering or would like more
information, ask the elementary school office how to
become involved in PTA.
The current school year starts on August 30, 2011 and
ends on June 14, 2012. Parents should study the calendar
School carefully to know when schools are closed for waiver
days (see below), holidays and vacation days. If school
is closed because of snow, additional school days will be
added to the school calendar.
A federally funded program that allows schools to
Title I provide extra help for students in certain subjects such as
math and reading. School
Washington Assessment of Student Learning. A
statewide test for all students in grades 3-10. High
school students MUST pass this test, which covers
WASL Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Science is also Both schools
given, but at this time is not a graduation requirement to
receive a high school diploma. For more information,
please visit: www.k12.wa.us/assessment/default.aspx