• Superintendent Blog: October 11, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 10/11/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Greetings Morrisville Families!

    I wanted to take a moment and remind you that meals are still available for ALL students, age 18 and under.  Our Food Services Department is providing FREE breakfast and lunch for each student who wishes to receive it.

    Meal distribution will occur on Tuesdays (3 breakfasts & 3 lunches) and Fridays (4 breakfasts and 4 lunches) from 12:15-2:00pm.  If you have any questions about food service, please email Marie Wallace, mwallace@mv.org.  Children do not have to attend Morrisville SD to receive these free meals. We hope that everyone takes advantage of this benefit!


    There will be a virtual College and Financial Planning Night, hosted by Senator Santarsiero’s office on Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm.  If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP by email to Nancy Adam, nancy.adam@pasenate.com, or call 215-489-5000.


    Please see our website, www.mv.org, for information related to immunizations.


    Thanks to everyone who has enrolled their student with a Zoom account. If you have not done so already, please see the information below:

        Grades K-2:  Mrs. Palumbo's Grandview Principal Page

        Grades 3-5:  Mrs. Palumbo's Intermediate Principal Page

        Grades 6-12: Mr. Haines' Principal’s Blog.

    As a reminder, we are requiring Zoom user authentication to improve virtual classroom safety.

    If you are receiving a message during Zoom account registration stating that you will receive a confirmation e-mail, please click on the link below. As a reminder, students do not use Gmail to access their school e-mail addresses.

    http://mail.mv.org

    Additionally, the Technology Department has added a page to our website which can be accessed by going to www.mv.org , clicking on the “District” tab, and clicking on “Technology” from the drop-down menu. The Technology Department will be consistently updating this page with important technology information, instructions, and frequently asked questions.  You can also click here:

    https://www.mv.org/Page/2766


    The Facilities and Finance Committees will meet virtually on Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm and 7 pm, respectively. The Zoom link will be posted on Facebook and the website on the morning of the meeting.


    Do you have questions?  Get answers here!

    General questions?  Phone:  215-736-2681.  Please leave a message with your name, date/time, and a return phone number.

    About Grade K-5 academics?  Mrs. Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org

    About Grade 6-12 academics?  Mr. Haines, shaines@mv.org

    About Special Education?  Ms. Russell, srussell@mv.org

    About Technology?  Mr. Shiota, jshiota@mv.org

    About Lunches?  Mrs. Wallace, mwallace@mv.org

    About Genesis?  Mrs. Burkhardt, mburkhardt@mv.org

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  • Superintendent Blog: October 4, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 10/4/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Happy October!

    We have experienced a few security challenges in our virtual classrooms. We take these challenges very seriously. To preserve the safety of all students and staff involved in virtual instruction, please do not share Zoom links for classes with anyone.  Additionally, I must remind everyone that school disciplinary rules apply to virtual instruction.  We hope to avoid future issues and need your support in underscoring the importance of online security with your students.

    For more detailed information about this District-wide security improvement, please go to:

        Grades K-2:  Mrs. Palumbo's Grandview Principal Page

        Grades 3-5:  Mrs. Palumbo's Intermediate Principal Page

        Grades 6-12: Mr. Haines' Principal’s Blog.

    The new student Zoom log in process will be effective Monday, October 5th. THIS APPLIES TO ALL STUDENTS. It is our hope that these improvements will increase the security of our virtual classrooms against those who are not authorized to access the classrooms.


    The Public Relations and Communication Committee meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 7th at 7 pm. The Zoom link will be posted on Facebook and the website on the morning of the meeting.


    As a reminder, you can direct your questions here:

    General questions?  Phone:  215-736-2681.  Please leave a message with your name, date/time, and a return phone number.

    About Grade K-5 academics?  Mrs. Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org

    About Grade 6-12 academics?  Mr. Haines, shaines@mv.org

    About Special Education?  Ms. Russell, srussell@mv.org

    About Technology?  Mr. Shiota, jshiota@mv.org

    About Lunches?  Mrs. Wallace, mwallace@mv.org

    About Genesis?  Mrs. Burkhardt, mburkhardt@mv.org

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: September 20, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 9/20/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Well, we have two weeks of school under our belts.  Thanks to everyone for your patience as we get moving!  Please continue to call or email us if you have any questions or issues with virtual learning.  Try your teacher first, then the school office, then the school principal.  We are working through as many requests as we can promptly, and we are trying to return all calls and emails within 1 business day.

    As a reminder, you can direct your questions here:

    General questions?  Phone:  215-736-2681.  Please leave a message with your name, date/time, and a return phone number.

    About Grade K-5 academics?  Mrs. Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org

    About Grade 6-12 academics?  Mr. Haines, shaines@mv.org

    About Special Education?  Ms. Russell, srussell@mv.org

    About technology?  Mr. Shiota, jshiota@mv.org

    About lunches?  Mrs. Wallace, mwallace@mv.org

    About Genesis?  Mrs. Burkhardt, mburkhardt@mv.org


     (Virtual) Back to School Nights are scheduled as follows:

    Grandview: September 22

    Intermediate: September 24

    Middle/High: September 30

    Details for these virtual meetings will be provided by Mrs. Palumbo and Mr. Haines, as well as your child’s teacher(s).


    The School Board Action Meeting will be held (virtually) on Wednesday, September 23.  Zoom links will be posted on our website and on social media on the day of the meeting.


    Finally, as a reminder, the District will be closed on Monday, September 28, in observance of Yom Kippur.

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  • Superintendent Blog: September 6, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 9/6/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Happy Labor Day!

    Start to the 20-21 School Year:  Patience, please

    We are excited to begin the journey that is called the 2020-2021 school year…it is certainly poised to be like no other! Although we are beginning in a virtual format, our faculty and staff have been preparing as they always have, with an eye toward an improved online experience for both teachers and students. There will be challenges and celebrations. There will be problems to solve, and issues to address.  Please keep in mind that none of us has begun a school year this way and that we thank you in advance for keeping a positive attitude and assuming the best of intentions on behalf of our teachers. They have made incredible efforts to get ready for the school year, and have collaborated like never before.

    The school year will begin on Tuesday, September 8, and will follow the virtual schedules posted below:

    Link to GV Schedule 

    Link to IS Schedule  

    Link to MS/HS Schedule  

    I encourage you to keep an open line of communication with your child’s teacher(s). Emails and phone messages are encouraged. There are no “dumb questions”, and we look forward to supporting you on the journey.

    Chromebooks

    Need a Chromebook? Click HERE

    From Mr. Shiota:  If your student received a Chromebook and had trouble signing in with the instructions provided, please restart the device and try again. We have experienced an issue with our vendor, Clever, which manages our Chromebook sign-in experience. The issue has since been resolved!

    If your student received a laptop and is unable to see and connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, please call the school to schedule a time to swap out the device.

    Additionally, we appreciate your patience regarding the contact and distribution of devices. For those who were not yet contacted, we will be reaching out very soon. I want to reassure you that your student will not be left behind in class, and will have an excused absence if they do not yet have a device.  We are working through the challenges of making calls and distributing devices as fast as we can. Our teachers understand that these challenges are real and that we are working through them as devices are delivered and released to students. 

    Food Services

    The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has approved the continuation of the waivers for school lunches! This means that every child 18 and under, is eligible for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of school affiliation, until at least December.

    The District will continue to provide FREE school breakfast and lunch for all children age 18 and younger through our foodservice contractor, The Nutrition Group. Your children do not have to attend Morrisville schools to be eligible.   You can find out more about school lunches at the following link:  FOOD SERVICE

    While virtual, meal distribution will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:15-2:15, at the MS/HS cafeteria entrance.  You can either walk-up or drive-through. Use the driveway to the first parking lot, side entrance.

    School Board Committee Meetings

    Our School Board Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00pm

    Our School Board Finance Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00pm

    Zoom links for both meetings will be posted on our website, www.mv.org, as well as our social media.

     

    Questions…

    About Middle/High School?  Mr. Sean Haines, shaines@mv.org

    About Grandview or Intermediate School? Mrs. Lynn Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org

    About lunches?  Ms. Marie Wallace, mwallace@mv.org

    About Chromebooks?  Mr. Jon Shiota jshiota@mv.org

    By telephone?  You can always call  215-736-2681.  Please be sure to leave a message with your name, number, and question. We will get you an answer as soon as well can.

     

    Please share this post with someone who needs to know.

     

    Bookmark this page!  It will be updated regularly. Also, check our school websites for information specific to each grade level and building.

     

    Best wishes for an incredible school year.

     

    With Bulldog Pride,

    Mr. Harris

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  • Superintendent Blog: September 2, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 9/2/2020 6:00:00 AM
    Dear Morrisville Families,
     
    I write today with two important updates:
     
    First, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has approved the continuation of the waivers for school lunches! This means that every child 18 and under, is eligible for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of school affiliation, until at least December. This is very similar to the spring and summer arrangements. Stay tuned for more details.
     
    Secondly, as promised, our parent orientation is scheduled for today, September 2. Sessions are being held at 9 am 2 pm and 7 pm. These sessions will be recorded, and you can find the zoom links for the meetings here, as well as on our social media and website.
     
    Our teachers are busy preparing their virtual classrooms for your students. Please take the time to learn more about our virtual instruction and how you can partner with teachers to make this a positive experience for your student.
     
    Do you have...
     
    Questions about lunches?  email Marie Wallace, mwallace@mv.org
    Questions about K-5 Classrooms?  email Lynn Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org
    Questions about 6-12 Classrooms? email Sean Haines, shaines@mv.org
     
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  • Superintendent Blog: August 30, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 8/30/2020 6:00:00 PM
    Good Evening Morrisville Families, 
     
    There will be a Parent Orientation for Virtual Classrooms, on Wednesday, September, 2.  There will be three “live” sessions:
     
    9 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm.  Each session will have a 45min presentation with Q&A to follow.  Each session will be recorded and posted for later viewing.
     
    The School Board Public Relations/Communications Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm
    The School Board Policy Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 pm
    The School Board Education Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, September 3, at 7:30 pm
     
    Zoom links to all committee meetings will be posted on the website and Facebook on the day of the meeting.
     
    The District will be closed on Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.
     
    Friendly reminder:  Morrisville Schools will reopen in a VIRTUAL format on Tuesday, September 8.
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  • Superintendent Blog: August 23, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 8/23/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good Evening Morrisville Families,

    The past few days have been filled with planning and preparation for our virtual reopening on September 8. Below you can find links to the school day schedules. These schedules will also be posted on our website under NEWS.  It is our hope that the requirements set in place for daily/period attendance, grading, as well as synchronous (at the same time) instruction will be a vast improvement over the experience in the Spring.

    Link to GV Schedule

    Link to IS Schedule

    Link to MS/HS Schedule

    Please keep in mind that these schedules will be flexible for students who have individual needs.  In that case, your child’s teachers will be in touch when the time comes to make sure that the schedules are set. As of Monday, August 24, you should be able to see your child’s teacher assignment and daily schedule in Genesis. If you do not have access to Genesis, please email Miriam Burkhardt (mburkhardt@mv.org) with a copy to your child’s principal (Mr. Haines, HS/MS Principal, shaines@mv.org; Mrs. Palumbo, GV/IS Principal, lpalumbo@mv.org)

    Additionally, if you have a child with an IEP, you will be contacted by the Special Education Office both by mail and by phone to discuss any questions you may have about specially designed instruction and related services for students with IEP’s.  If you have any questions about students with IEP‘s, please email the Special Education Office, Mrs. Russell, srussell@mv.org or Ms. McQuillan, kmcquillan@mv.org..


    Summer Lunches:  Summer food service distribution paused its operations as of Thursday, August 19. It will resume on September 8. Any questions about meal distribution or eligibility for free and reduced lunch should be directed to Marie Wallace, mwallace@mv.org.


    Chromebooks are coming! In order for us to practice appropriate distancing and manage the distribution of Chromebooks, we are asking for you to complete a form to request a computer for your students. If you have already received a district asset/device for the purpose of online learning, you do not need to complete the request for that student.  If you need additional devices for other students in your home, you may use the same survey for up to five students.  Following the submission of your information, you will be contacted with a date and time to pick up your device(s).

    You can find a link to the request form HERE.


    Locker/Desk items from last year: We still have many locker/desk contents from students that were not retrieved.  Please contact your child’s principal to schedule a pickup.

    Deadline for pick-up:  September 9, 2020.


    Our School Board Action Meeting will be held virtually via zoom on Wednesday, August 26 at 7:30 PM. Details for the call-in/login information will be posted on the website on the morning of the meeting.


    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email or phone, jharris@mv.org or 215-736-5374.  Please be sure to leave a return contact so that I can connect with you.

     Mr. Harris

    SPANISH:

    Buenas noches, familias de Morrisville, Los últimos días han estado llenos de planificación y preparación para nuestra reapertura virtual el 8 de septiembre. A continuación, puede encontrar enlaces a los horarios del día escolar. Estos horarios también se publicarán en nuestro sitio web en NOTICIAS. Esperamos que los requisitos establecidos para la asistencia diaria / periódica, las calificaciones y la instrucción sincrónica (al mismo tiempo) sean una gran mejora con respecto a la experiencia de la primavera.

    Link to GV Schedule

    Link to IS Schedule

    Link to MS/HS Schedule

    Tenga en cuenta que estos horarios serán flexibles para los estudiantes que tengan necesidades individuales. En ese caso, los maestros de su hijo se comunicarán con usted cuando llegue el momento para asegurarse de que se establezcan los horarios. A partir del lunes 24 de agosto, debería poder ver la asignación de maestros y el horario diario de su hijo en Genesis. Si no tiene acceso a Genesis, envíe un correo electrónico a Miriam Burkhardt (mburkhardt@mv.org) con una copia al director de su hijo (Sr. Haines, director de HS / MS, shaines@mv.org; Sra. Palumbo, GV / IS Directora, lpalumbo@mv.org)

    Además, si tiene un hijo con un IEP, la Oficina de Educación Especial se comunicará con usted tanto por correo como por teléfono para discutir cualquier pregunta que pueda tener sobre instrucción especialmente diseñada y servicios relacionados para estudiantes con IEP. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los estudiantes con IEP, envíe un correo electrónico a la Oficina de Educación Especial, Sra. Russell, srussell@mv.org o Sra. McQuillan, kmcquillan@mv.org ..

    Almuerzos de verano: La distribución del servicio de alimentos de verano pausó sus operaciones a partir del jueves 19 de agosto. Se reanudará el 8 de septiembre. Cualquier pregunta sobre la distribución de comidas o la elegibilidad para almuerzos gratis o reducidos deben dirigirse a Marie Wallace, mwallace@mv.org. ¡Ya vienen las Chromebook! Para que podamos practicar el distanciamiento apropiado y administrar la distribución de Chromebooks, le pedimos que complete un formulario para solicitar una computadora para sus estudiantes. Si ya recibió un activo / dispositivo del distrito con el propósito de aprendizaje en línea, no es necesario que complete la solicitud para ese estudiante. Si necesita dispositivos adicionales para otros estudiantes en su hogar, puede usar la misma encuesta para hasta cinco estudiantes. Después de enviar su información, se le comunicará con una fecha y hora para recoger su (s) dispositivo (s).Puede encontrar un enlace al formulario de solicitud HERE.


    Artículos personales del año pasado: Todavía tenemos muchos contenidos escritorios de los estudiantes que no fueron recuperados. Comuníquese con el director de su hijo para programar una recogida. Fecha límite de recogida: 9 de septiembre de 2020.

    Nuestra reunión de acción de la junta escolar se llevará a cabo virtualmente a través de zoom el miércoles 26 de agosto a las 7:30 PM. Los detalles de la información de inicio de sesión / llamadas se publicarán en el sitio web la mañana de la reunión Como siempre, si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse por correo electrónico o por teléfono, jharris@mv.org o 215-736-5374. Asegúrese de dejar un contacto de devolución para que pueda conectarme con usted. Mi oficina habla español.

     Mr. Harris

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: August 9, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 8/9/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Dear Morrisville Community,

    As you may be aware, the Morrisville Board of School Directors held a Special Meeting on Thursday, August 6, 2020.  At the Special Meeting, the Board considered the recommendation of the Pandemic Task Force. The recommendation of the Task Force was to reopen Morrisville Schools in a fully virtual format, through the end of the First Semester (February 2, 2021) or sooner, if feasible and appropriate to do so.  Additionally, the Board approved the cancellation or postponement of all athletic activities for the same period. 

    You can view the agenda of the Special Meeting here.

    These decisions are not taken lightly, and our administrators, teachers, and staff are committed to supporting our students and their families in navigating this change.  Also, please keep in mind that the Board can reconsider its decision and move toward a hybrid or full in-person delivery model at any time.   

    Here is what we are working toward over the next several weeks.  This list is certainly not comprehensive, and we will release more information and details as they become available.

    • Distribution of devices to students to participate in virtual learning.
    • Creation of schedules for virtual classrooms that will have both live and ‘on your own’ instruction.
    • Scheduling of office hours with teachers for student (and parent) support.
    • Development of parent and student orientations with clear expectations for participation and support from school staff.

    Additionally, all families who have students with IEP’s will be contacted to discuss individual supports for students in the virtual environment. 

    Our staff is committed to delivering a robust program for our students, and we are sharing our best practices that will ensure an improved educational experience for everyone. 

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s principal:

    Grades K-5:  Mrs. Lynn Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org

    Grades 6-12: Mr. Sean Haines, shaines@mv.org

    Telephone:  215-736-2681

    We ask that you afford us grace and patience as we prepare for our virtual reopening on September 8, 2020.

    More to come.

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: July 19, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 7/20/2020 5:00:00 AM

    Dear Morrisville Families,

    I have heard it said that "in the absence of knowledge, stuff gets made up." I have been deliberately silent about our return to school plan, because I knew that many things would change in a few short weeks from my last post. 

    Since my last post (19 days ago), a great deal has changed in terms of planning for a return to school.  We received new guidance from PDE on Thursday of last week, which calls for 6 feet distancing (where feasible) AND masks/face coverings while in school.  This is different from the 3 feet distance/masks and 6 feet distance/no masks guidance that we had been receiving.  (still conflicting, but certainly a direction to follow.  A bright spot along the way was that the County has offered to purchase face shields for everyone. But then, the CDC said that a face shield is NOT a substitute for a mask.  (Enter deeply frustrated sigh).

    This is not to say that we are giving up.  We continue to incorporate the latest guidance into our planning for some kind of in-person return to school.  Who knows, the Governor may even pull the plug on in-person school before we start in September...yet another change.

    Basically folks, the guidance for returning keeps changing, and our team must adapt and incorporate those changes. If we were to release a plan (now) that required changes (later), it would only create confusion.  Several other school districts who have already had their plans Board-approved now have to revise and resubmit their plans, based on the latest guidance from PDE. That's a lot of work down the drain.

    I understand it's frustrating.

    I understand that the stakes are high.

    I understand that we want to get back to school as safely as possible.

    However, there are no perfect people, and there are no perfect plans.  This school team of teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, administrators and staff remains committed to creating a plan that allows options for those who need it, as well as a comprehensive plan that considers the recent (re-re-re-revised) guidance to get kids back to school in a manner that is as safe as possible. (I cannot believe that I have to put that qualifier in this message!)

    As soon as we have the draft of our Return to School Plan ready, we will release it to the community.  The plan will be accessible to all. 

    At this time, I ask for your patience as we navigate this new set of parameters and constraints.  I ask that you also share this post with those who might not regularly check it.

    Stay tuned.

    Jason

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: June 30, 2020

    Posted by Jason Harris on 6/30/2020 9:25:00 AM

    Dear Morrisville Families,

    Summer may be upon us, but the 2020-2021 School Year looms large in the distance!  Our Administrative Team, our School Nurse, as well as our District Safety Committee are reviewing the latest guidance documents from the Centers for Disease Control, the PA Department of Education, and the Bucks County Health Department, for the sake of creating the State-mandated Return to School Plan.  Each of the aforementioned entities have released guidance for re-opening our schools in a safe manner, that mitigates spread of disease, and considers the large number of people who come to our schools on a daily basis.  Attached to this message, you will find the latest set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) from the Bucks County Health Department.  We will use the FAQs to inform our planning, in conjunction with the other guidance we have received.

    Bucks County Health Department FAQ's on Reopening School

    As you may recall, I asked parents to complete a “return to school” survey. As of the moment, 95 responses have been collected.  I am sharing the link once again, in the hopes that we can get more participation.  Your input is vital to the planning process, and we want to hear from you!  Please consider taking a few moments to complete the survey. Please complete the survey no later than July 6, 2020.

    Return to School Parent Survey

    Finally, I am pleased to inform you that the Morrisville Board of School Directors approved the Return to Participate (RTP) Plan for athletics and marching band.  You can find that document at the following link:

    Return to Participate Plan

    While no plan is infallible, it is my hope that we can create a Return To School Plan that considers the guidance as well as parent and staff input, and return our students and teachers to the classroom in September!

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

    Sincerely,

     

    Jason B. Harris,

    Superintendent of Schools

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