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Mr. James Morse
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!
Parents, If you have not received your login for the Parent Portal, PLEASE update your child's records with a current email address. You will need to send a note with your child to have your email address updated. Please include your name, your child's name, and your current email address on the note. Mrs. Williams will then be able to update your records and activate your PowerSchool Parent Portal login.
Parents, Follow these step by step directions to access your child's report card on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. There are screenshots to show you exactly where you need to look to find the report card. Please remember that if you have never logged into the Parent Portal, you will need to get a login from the school office. Directions for Report Cards on Parent Portal
The Johnston County Board of Education voted to return Pre-K - 5th grade to Plan A, four days per week, beginning on Monday, March. 1. These students will participate in face-to-face instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday serving as an asynchronous learning day, to allow for deep cleaning of the schools.
2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration began Feb. 15 and ends on March 5. For specific questions, parents are asked to call their assigned school. Registration can be completed online for all students. If you need assistance completing your registration or do not have access to a computer to complete the online registration, please call the school to make an appointment.
North Carolina schools are required to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to all students identified as English Learners (ELs) in the spring of each year to determine their progress in learning English. Each student is tested in four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment helps us monitor their English language development. The state window for our annual ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is February 22 to April 23, 2021. Your child will be tested between February 22 and April 23.
Johnston County Public Schools values your feedback! We are currently surveying JCPS families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback.
Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 21. The event will be held in a Zoom Conference format from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with various school principals about career opportunities in each of the district’s 47 schools.
The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.
Johnston County Public Schools has updated its plan to mark senior milestones, including prom and graduation while adhering to guidance from the Johnston County Public Health Department and the CDC in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.