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MCSD prepares to welcome students back to school

Aug 17, 2023 10:55AM ● By Verlene Johnson

When students, teachers and staff in Morgan County School District return to school Tuesday, August 22, they may notice some changes to their school. Most notably at Morgan Middle School, which has a new office area and a new counseling center.  Besides seismic reinforcement and a remodel of the shop building, a breezeway connecting the shop to the main school was constructed to allow students to transition between classes without using the main doors. A  new coat of paint and a new floor was laid in the large gym. Four classrooms have been added for CTE, Drone and Robotic classes.  A new LED marquee will also be installed in front of the school.

At the high school, a major overhaul of the auditorium will be ongoing for a while. Stage lights, a rigging system and new seating will be worked on throughout the next couple of months.

Morgan Elementary received new hallway flooring and the playground pavement was replaced. 

Custodians at all the schools in MCSD have hard-working custodians who work throughout the summer to clean each school ready for the first day of school.

Each year, not only are there changes to the buildings, but there are also changes in teachers and staff. With the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Doug Jacobs, Andy Jensen became the new MCSD superintendent. Crae Wilson moved from MHS principal to  Employment Services & Compliance. The district has also hired April Vogt as a Speech pathologist.

Luke Thomas is the new principal at MHS with Kade Morrell continuing as assistant principal and Athletic Director and Josh Sargent was hired as the new assistant principal. Scott Hunt will be the new school counselor. New teachers include Steven Ellsworth and Larissa Rees as new English teachers. Sadie Julander will be the new choir teacher and Todd Richardson as a Science teacher. Aubry Adams who has been a teacher for the last four years at MGMS will move to the high school as a social study teacher. MHS will hold a back-to-school open house from 3:00–5:30 pm Monday, August 21.

Morgan Middle School will be sharing Julander with the high school. Amy Larsen and Dezaree Jaffa will be the New Media Specialists and a new Specialist, Heather Richardson will be shared between MMS and MES. MMS back-to-school night is Monday, August 21; with fifth and sixth grades from 5:00-6:00 pm with seventh and eighth graders from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Morgan Elementary  School has a new principal, Trina Wilkinson. They also have a new kindergarten teacher, Melissa Callister and Tiffany Jensen as a Behavior Specialist. MES back-to-school night will be held Thursday, August 24 at 5 pm. 

Mountain Green Middle School has hired Madison Boyer as a Social Studies teacher, Kathi Hammond as a fifth-grade teacher and two sixth-grade teacher, Jericho Robbins and Rebecca Stolle. Debbie Anderson who has been the art teacher at MES for several years will be the new FACS teacher and Dustin Fullmer who was a long-term substitute at MGMS last year will continue teaching Business. Jennie Durrant will be the new Instructional Coach. MGMS will hold their back-to-school night Monday, August 21, 3:00- 4:00 pm for fifth graders and 4:00-6:00 pm for grades sixth through eighth. 

Mountain Green Elementary School's new principal is long-time district employee Ramona Martin. Cyndi McMillan and JoAnn Robinson will be the new Kindergarten teacher along with Amy Frandsen who has worked for Morgan Schools for several years.  BreAnne Archibeque will be the new third-grade teacher and Emily Haslam as the SPED Teacher. Meet the teachers at MGES will be Tuesday, August 29, from 6:00-6:30 pm for first and second graders and 6:30-7:00 pm for third and fourth grade.

MHS, MMS, MGMS will start school at 7:50 Tuesday morning, with MGES and MES starting at 8:30 with all schools on early out schedule.

Good luck to all in the 2023/2024 school year.λ


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