My son has been going to this school for 7 months now. It took us 4 months to even get a parent teacher conference and to top that off that was the first time we even meet his teachers. Even though his grades have come up and we have seen and improvement on that part. We have seen a very bad mood change in our son ever since he started this school. He has been bullied on more then one occasion. Now since he has been sticking up for him self because he the school wanted to do nothing at all, he is getting punished for it. I went to this school as a child and thought it would be a great school for my child. I am really second guessing my decision on that now. They do keep the school looking amazing and have a lot of fun raisers for the kids. My main concern is that you are not notified when your child gets in trouble, you do not have the right to be there when they are scolding as I would say your child. Which very much irritates me, I feel like I have the right to be there to defend my child or make sure he is being treated fairly. Overall we have not had a great experience with this school. I just hope next year is better and we do not have the same problems over again!
When this year started we were very optimistic. The principal is fantastic, and the school grounds are up to date. The teacher however, we have come to find could not be worse, we will be moving mid-year and I could not be happier about that. This teacher has ruined kindergarten for my child, and I hope her attitude toward learning is not beyond repair.
My son attends 2nd grade at Morton. So far my experience with his education has been great. My son went up more than an entire grade level in reading since he began half way through the school year. I've been impressed with my son's experience at Morton. Ihope this continues for him well into the next school year as well.
My Sons went there when Mr. Barnes was the principal. We loved it! He was a super principal and the teachers were fantastic. It seems like the school has gone downhill since he left. How sad.
We've had children at Morton for several years. I can say it started out great when we first got there but it has gone no where but down. This year (2010-2011) has been the downfall of Morton. The only plus to the school is the majority of the teachers are top notch. The failure of the school comes from the top down. If there isn't a change in "leadership" for the next school year my kids will be going to another school. MES had been a Title I school for the past couple years so I'm sure it'll be easy to have them transfer.
If you research you will find that Morton has failed to meet the standards of learning for more than 8 years. While the staff is friendly, the students are not challenged. My daughter has an excellent teacher this year but last year was a nightmare. My child showed very little progress last year and the teacher's excuse for not grading papers or communicating with me was that grading papers was not a top priority. She also said she felt no need to continue with a child's learning skills once they met the minimum requirements! When I expressed concern, nothing was done. A neighbor has had such extensive issues with a teacher that they are moving to base housing solely as a means of pulling their son from the school since the new principle is failing to help, much the same as last year's principle did nothing for me. Other neighbors are having similar issues and our children have different teachers. Due to complete lack of teacher accountability, the number of bad teaching seeds, and the failing standards, I rate this school as poor.
THis is our second and final year at Moron. Last year was A+. actually came in midyear last year. Atmosphere was like family from the first. Atmposhere this year is changed for the worse. I dont know the principal in the other posts or the new principals but change is top down and i guess they have decided to change. I cant go there without finding a new rule or reason to stop me from whatever. our teacher is great though.
Already, my family is missing Mr. Barnes. There's a different feel in the air. I'm sure the new principal is fine, but Mr. Barnes was exceptional.
I agree. Morton is a great school. Principal Barnes, the assistants, the teachers, almost all the staff, they are good people, easy to deal with, responsive. Maybe a bad apple or two, but very few. I would like the whole group to move to middle school and high school with my children.
The students, parents, and staff at Morton Elementary School are second to none. Morton is truly a 'GreatSchool!'
I have been involved with Morton for the last 6 years. I have 2 kids that are currently there. This school is A #1. From the Principal, to the teachers, to the TAs, to the whole staff. Everyone is OUTSTANDING!!! They have helped not only my kids, but myself through my cancer and treatments. They went well beyond what they should have. I love this school and would put it way ahead of all the others in Onslow County. I just wish as my kids went on to the higher grades, I could take the school too. No where would they get the teaching, understanding or love anywhere else. Cudos to Mr Barnes (by far the best principal) and the entire faculty for everything you do, each and everyday.
They are doing a great job by providing care to a special needs child in kindergarten.
They are trying to keep my kids on track even with all of the absences they have for my youngests chemotherapy appointments. They fax me the work when they miss and are trying to make my youngests time in school very comfortable. They want to add handicapped equipment to the playground and they are trying to hire someone to follow him around and help him if he needs it. They have been the best support during this time.
I agree with most of the comments. Morton is a really good school. The admin and parent advocate put out alot of information. If as a parent I dont know whats going on schoolwide its because I am not reading or listening. 3 of 4 teachers have been great. 1 of 4 needed help with communicating with parents, keeping my husband and I updated on progress. But that was worked out. On the whole, I am pleased with the school.
After Onslow County redistricted last year my children were transferred from Hunters Creek Elementary to Morton Elementary. I am so happy with the change. Morton is a rural school with a more personal approach to teaching. As a parent of a child under medication for ADHD this school is an improvement over the bigger, more impersonal style of HCES. I wanted to be able to personally observe my child's progress on medication and never wanted to medicate my child but... It works for my son. I was welcomed to participate in his education and didn't have to rely on a counselors assessment, although the counselor is fantastic along with the rest of the administration. The very strong emphasis on core education I feel is the real strength of Morton. I am very pleased with the school.
I have now had 3 kids at Morton, in 7 years, with 3 principals. The current principal is very family oriented and kid friendly; impressive, young man. The school feels very welcoming, scores are improving, and as former USMC- the principal and teachers really support the military families. PE teacher could be more kid friendly. Strong art and reading program.
This school has done very well with all of the students, especially the military kids.
There are a lot of great things about this school. But there is not always good communication between the parents and the school. The new principal is trying hard to make posative changes, and the size of the school is growing very quickly.
Class sizes are great, faculty and staff are on-the-ball and the atmosphere is very friendly.
The level of teacher dedication is unmatched. Everyone from the teachers and their assistances to the office staff are truly invested in each and every child. It is so nice to see that the care and concern for my child doesn't end with the afternoon bell. I am encouraged to call my son's teacher at any time with questions. I was even given her home and cell numbers. This school is by far the best!!! Not only does the principal know each student by name, he knows their siblings as well. Every classroom has an assistant teacher as well, so each child can receive the one on one attention they sometimes need.
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