Welcome Back from Morse School
Published on Aug 21, 2015 14:01

August 21, 2015
P. Beggy

Welcome Back!
Welcome to the Morse School! I want to welcome back all of the returning children and families to the Morse and extend to our new students and their families wishes for a positive and productive school year. The students at the Morse School are encouraged to develop their academic abilities through inquiry, analysis and critical thinking. The students gain a solid foundation of knowledge and are expected to develop respect for self and others, a sense of civic responsibility, and an appreciation for people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. It is my hope that they take what they learn here at school and become thriving members of the Cambridge community!

Throughout the year, we serve the needs of our very diverse school community using a curriculum that follows both the State Frameworks and the National Common Core Standards for curriculum and infuses these curriculum frameworks with the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence. In addition to the academic curriculum, the school follows a model of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports or PBIS. The PBIS strategies provide students and staff with consistent expectations and verbiage to create a cohesive school climate. Part of this is the Morse Code, which explicitly states behavior expectations in all areas of the school. Our goal for the use of PBIS is have the teachers and students spend more time on teaching and learning, which will ensure all students meet their academic goals.

As the Principal, I see daily evidence of the hard work and caring that everyone brings to this school. We are fortunate to have good community schools, and afterschool programs and a parent support group in The Friends of The Morse organization. I see dedication on the part of staff that work here and I observe children who are inquisitive and engaged in what they are doing. Most importantly, it is obvious that people are happy here and that there is a tremendous amount of learning taking place everyday.

Having a clean and welcoming environment is important to the positive atmosphere for learning so I want to thank Dan, Worrell and Frank our custodians who have worked very had all summer long to ensure that the building is clean and ready for the start of classes.

To continue building a strong school community, it is important to keep the communication between the school and home strong. The children are our main priority and with your help and participation we can make our school community even stronger.


Miss Patricia Beggy,

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Class assignment letters
 and supply lists will be mailed mid-August. 

Orientation for all Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten students will be on Wednesday, September 9th – more specific information will be mailed to JK/K families.

The Main Office will be open periodically through out the summer. 

The Liaison Office is closed for the entire month of July, but Denise will answer your questions via emails and phone calls in August. 


First Day of School for Grades 1 - 12
September 8

JK/K Orientation
September 9

First Day of School for Kindergarten
September 10

JK/K Summer Playdate
September 12 | 3 - 5PM

No School: Yom Kippur
September 23

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September 24

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September 29

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September 20 | 6 - 8 PM

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