MORRISTOWN, NJ - The 2016 - 2017 has officially come to a close. In a letter to parents and guardians on the first full day of summer vacation, Mackey Pendergrast, Superintendent of Schools for the Morris School District thanked teachers, students, counselors, administrators, the home school associations, parents and the Morris Educational Foundation for a wonderful year. 
 
Pendergrast stated that the Morris School District is "committed to delivering a traditional, rock-solid academic foundation while at the same time investigating innovative learning experiences. That commitment, he wrote, has led to academic achievement at the elementary school level. The Morris School District ranked no. 3 of non-economically disadvantaged 5th grade students “meeting” and “exceeding” expectations in reading and writing in the 2016 PARCC. The Morris School District also placed in the top 20 "exceeding" expectations in 5th grade math; scoring no. 6 for economically disadvantaged students and no. 16 for non-economically disadvantaged students.
 
 
The Morris School District is the only school in New Jersey in the top 20 for both economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged. 
 
 "In other words, along with heavy doses of reading and writing, our students are exploring everything from the arts, design, and sustainability, as well as service learning", wrote Pendergrast. 

 
This year, the district's K-5 media centers were outfitted with new touch screen chrome base computers and LitLabs, stated Pendergrast.  During the school year, students  explored careers, celebrated cultures, learned about the Power of Growth Mindset, introduced to enrichment clusters and explored nutrition/sustainability.  Students also celebrated cultures and nations, participated in the Duct Tape Reading Challenge and S.T.E.A.M.M Night .

"The fullness of these learning experiences is outstanding preparation for FMS, MHS, and beyond.  As a result, the academic achievement of our students in our elementary schools continues to soar", he said.