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Mr. James Morse
Have a safe and enjoyable summer break!
Welcome to my classroom webpage! My name is Mr. Morse and I teach 3rd grade. This is my twelfth year teaching, all of which have been here at West Smithfield Elementary. Go Eagles! In my classroom you can expect to work hard and learn something new each day! I love helping my students to become stronger readers by building fluency, expression, and furthermore comprehension. It is important to read each day and find books that you enjoy! We will also work hard in math by memorizing multiplication problems, exploring fractions, and so much more! If you would like to know what else we will learn about this year, just browse my webpage! I am excited to watch each student grow in their knowledge and confidence this school year. One of my favorite quotes I would love for my students to keep in mind is said by Dr. Seuss, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Here's to a great year of hard work and learning!
Some Other Cool Facts About Mr. Morse!!!
*I have two sons, Jaxon and Colton. I love to play outside with them, play Beyblades with them, and teach them to always be their best!
*My wife is my best friend and she's a teacher too! She teaches second grade at another school in Johnston County.
*I grew up in Rochester, NY and attended college there also. I am dually certified to teach general and special education.
*I love basketball! I played all through high school and still play for fun with friends! My favorite basketball team is the Knicks.
*When I am not teaching I enjoy watching sports, reading, working outside, and spending time with my family.
*My favorite color is Carolina blue. My favorite food is pizza. My favorite candy is Butterfingers. I love to drink coffee.
I can't wait to learn more about YOU!
The goal of Read to Achieve legislation, which became law in July 2012, is to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade. This law requires students who are not proficient on third grade reading standards after the student attempts all of the possibilities for promotion, to be placed in one of three situations for the following school year...
Join us on Thursday, October 21 from 4:30-6:30 for Student Led Conferences . With the help of their teacher, students will lead parents through the conference to show them all they have learned this year!
As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and are making progress in reading proficiency. The goal is to ensure all third grade students can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success. As part of the Read to Achieve law (G.S. §115C-83.1) passed by the General Assembly in 2012, your child will take the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) Reading Test to establish a baseline measure of beginning third-grade reading skills. This test will be administered on September 7, 2021.
Johnston County Public Schools is now offering a Substitute Teacher Temporary Incentive Pay Plan for substitutes.
At their August meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education voted 4-3 to make face coverings required indoors in all Johnston County Public Schools campuses and on all buses for students, staff, and guests. This updated mask requirement is effective immediately.