MARCH 22, 2020

Dear Morris School District Community, 

As we begin week #2 of virtual learning, I want to extend a simple message of solidarity and gratitude.

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5200 students … 3000 families … 1000 employees … 10 schools … ONE COMMUNITY. This is a formula I have invoked throughout my five years as superintendent of the Morris School District, but it has taken on new meaning in light of our current circumstances. I have never felt more grateful to my Central Office team, more impressed by the leadership of our principals and building administrators, more proud of our talented and resourceful teachers and counselors, or more inspired by the resilience and commitment of our students and their families.

I offer a special, heartfelt thank you to the many staff members who are working behind the scenes to allow crucial operations to continue running: our custodians, nurses, lunch aides, security guards, tech support, payroll staff and other district personnel. This is new territory for all of us, but we are navigating it together with the strength of community to sustain us. 

Our transition to virtual learning was a major undertaking. Yet the preparation, focus, and continued patience of everyone involved has allowed this transition to take root meaningfully and effectively. Each week we will continue to methodically expand both our technological capacity and our delivery of instructional content, and build upon the previous week's foundation.

I am confident that our united front, our one community, will make the best of this challenging situation and emerge even stronger for it.  

I wish all of you and your families good health and good learning in the weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Mackey Pendergrast