Mr. James Morse

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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!

School Announcements

  • Report Cards in Parent Portal

    Report Cards can be found in the Parent Portal. If you need help accessing your Parent Portal, you can access the directions at the following links.

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  • Beginning of Grade (BOG) Testing Letters

    As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and is making progress in reading proficiency, so they 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 within the first 20 days of face to face instruction, October 26 - November 23, 2020

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  • School Start and End Times

    Just as a reminder, we begin letting students in the building at 8:25 in the mornings. Our tardy bell rings at 8:55. We begin dismissal at 3:55 in the afternoons.

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  • Progress Reports Parent Letter

    Progress Reports will be sent electronically this year. Please click here for the Progress Report Letter to Parents.

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  • Trouble with Your Chromebook?

    Parents, did you know we have a form you can fill out for help if you or your child are having technical issues with your school issued chromebook? Click on the headline for more information!

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JCPS Announcements

  • JCPS transitions to Plan B for all students

    The Johnston County Board of Education voted to return all Pre-K and EC-Self Contained students to Plan B, four days per week, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19. These students will participate in face-to-face instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday serving as a remote learning day. All other students in grades K-12 will remain on Plan C until Monday, Feb. 1.

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  • High School State Assessments FAQ

    This FAQ document was created to provide responses to common or anticipated questions related to high school state assessments for first semester testing 2020-2021.

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  • Innovative Middle School and Program Information

    Fifth grade Students and Parents, are you looking for an innovative middle school or an innovative middle school program? Innovation Academy at South Campus and AVID could offer what you are looking for.

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  • High School State Assessments Update

    On December 8th 2020, the Johnston County School Board of Education voted to return to Plan C (Remote Learning), we would like to provide an update to parents and guardians of options to complete state-mandated End-of-Course (EOC) and Career/Technical Education Post Assessment testing.

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  • Second Semester Choice Form

    Every JCPS parent was to fill ou the Second Semester Choice form to choose either the Virtual Program OR face-to-face instruction for each of their students by Monday, Nov. 30. If you were unable to fill out the form by Nov. 30 please contact your child's school for assistance. The form was to be filled out for ALL students in grades PreK-12.

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