The mission of the Morse Pond School Community, both students and adults, is to work together to create a positive academic and social learning environment for each child. This environment will enforce individuality and respect for differences, foster self-esteem, teach him/her to be considerate, responsible and willing to take risks in order to become a life-long learner. The three R’s of Morse Pond School – Responsible, Respectful and Ready to learn.
Morse Pond School’s philosophy is demonstrated in practice. Continuous, honest, reflective communication allows us to address the needs of our students, their families and our community. Assessments of our students, teachers and leadership practices provide data to inform our instruction, which, in turn, creates high student achievement. Open minds, utilizing new technology, research best practices, implementing creative instructional strategies build an innovative school environment. Invigorating teachers to engage students in topics that inspire emotional connections and that also tap into a teacher’s passion construct critical thinkers, spirited dialogue that empower students to think about how they will, in turn, influence the 21st Century.
Address and Contact Information
Changes in your address or family situation should be immediately reported to the school office so records may be kept current. Keeping the Emergency Information up to date is essential, so that we can reach you swiftly in an emergency situation.
Teachers may not accept individual gifts from parents or students valued at $50.00 or more. The $50.00 limit is per parent or student per year. In the case of a class gift, the total value for the year may not exceed $150.00 and teachers may not know the names of the students or families that contributed or how much they contributed.
The Falmouth School Committee recognizes the right of all students to participate, through competition or open admission, in all clubs, activities, and sports programs, and therefore, prohibits the practice of “hazing”. The full document regarding hazing is available at all school buildings and our website.
The Massachusetts Non-Custodial Parent Laws/Regulations are available in the Principal’s office upon request. Non-custodial parents in certain circumstances must follow a procedure to get information from staff about their child even if they have joint legal custody. It is recommended to check with the Principal to see if this law applies to your situation.
Automobiles are not allowed in the area reserved for school buses. It is illegal and potentially life-threatening to pass a stopped bus when the red lights are flashing. Park in the designated parking areas only and follow the directions of school personnel directing traffic.
Partnership with Parents
For every student to reach his or her potential there needs to be a strong partnership between the family and the school. We welcome the involvement of parents and the community-at-large in our schools. There are many ways for parents to be involved in our schools. The purpose of this section is to list some of the opportunities that are available for you.
- Attend classroom events, plays, band and choral concerts.
- Attend special events at the school, such as Open House and Art Show/Book Fair.
- Stay in communication with your child’s guidance counselor and teachers.
- Attend School Committee meetings where issues affecting the Falmouth Public Schools are discussed.
- Access on-line resources such as the Morse Pond School web-site.
- Attend School Council meetings that are scheduled monthly at your school. The School Council is advisory to the principal at each school. Issues are discussed at the School Council that impact that particular school.
- Join our Parent /Teacher Organization.
- Participate in monthly Parent Connection Meetings which focus on parenting topics and teenager issues. These meetings are sponsored by the district Pupil Personnel Services Office and advertised on the school website.
- Visit the school website to view teacher websites and current events.
The following volunteer opportunities allow an individual to work directly with the students and staff, and are quite rewarding for the volunteer, as well as the students.
- Become a mentor.
- Become a Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS). 508-548-1621 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer to chaperone field trips.
- Volunteer at special events, such as Coast Sweep, Spaghetti Supper.
Please note that all volunteers working in any capacity with the students are required to submit the CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form that is available on our website at: http://www.falmouth.k12.ma.us/uploads/File/CORIForm.pdf
Falmouth Public Schools will obtain criminal offender record information (CORI) for all volunteers and others who wish to participate in school activities. This includes classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones. The CORI process must be completed before any involvement in the schools and the results of the CORI, based on the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee, will determine one’s eligibility to participate in school activities. CORIs can be completed at the VIPS office at Falmouth High School. All CORI information is confidential and privacy will be maintained. In addition, individuals may be asked to submit state and national fingerprint-based criminal background checks at the expense of the individual. The requirement to submit state and national fingerprint-based criminal background checks will be made by the Superintendent or his/her designee. For information regarding how to become CORI’d, you may contact the Morse Pond School Main Office at 508-548-7300 or you may visit the Office of Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) which is located at Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth MA, or call VIPS at 508-548-1621.
Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence
In accordance with Massachusetts law, each school will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and will observe a moment of silence at the start of the school day. School personnel will not require students participate during the Pledge of Allegiance and/or the moment of silence. In addition, students will not be required to provide a reason if they choose not to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance and/or the moment of silence nor will disciplinary action occur.
Registration for New Students
Students new to Morse Pond School report to the Main Office with their parents or guardians and receive registration materials. The Guidance Counselor will meet with parents/guardians and student to discuss the student’s individual needs. Once all required paperwork from the previous school has been received, and the registration materials are completed, the student will be assigned to a homeroom class.
State law prohibits our releasing any information to anyone without the parent’s or guardian’s permission. This even includes allowing us to release the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the students in a class to the PTO or to other parents or guardians who wish to have a party, send Valentine cards, etc. Therefore, we now seek your permission to allow the classroom teacher or central office to release the name, address, and telephone number of your child to the PTO, room parents, and other parents or guardians. If we do not hear from you to the contrary, we will consider this permission granted. Other records are not covered by this permission and will be released only with your specific written approval.
Returned Check Policy
This local policy refers to checks that are made out to the Town of Falmouth or any group sponsored by the Town of Falmouth, including the Falmouth Public Schools. Checks are subject to a $25.00 surcharge if the checks are returned as an overdraft.
- School Cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8:10 a.m.
- School doors open at 8:15 a.m.
- School begins at 8:25 a.m.
- Students are tardy as of 8:25 a.m.
- School ends and dismissal begins at 2:50 p.m.
Your child should not arrive at school prior to 8:15 a.m. Remember that the only reason for your child to arrive before school starts should be to participate in the breakfast program, or a before school activity. The first ten minutes of school is some of the most important time of your child's school day. Please have your child arrive at school on time in the morning.
When your child arrives late to school, please escort your child to the main office and let our front office know that your child is late. Your child will be given a pass to proceed to their classroom.
School Visits By Visitors/Parents/Guardians
When entering the school, all visitors must enter the front door and check in at the office. All other doors will be locked during the school day. Parents or guardians are invited to visit the school as long as it does not interfere with the normal school or class routine. If you want to visit the school, contact the principal at least 48 hours before your planned visit. This is not necessary if you are joining your child for lunch but you must sign in and obtain a Visitor’s Pass in the office before going to the cafeteria. If you wish to visit your child’s classroom, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher at least 48 hours before your planned visit. Individuals visiting the school to volunteer need to preregister with VIPS.
Sharing Information Regarding Tragic Events
If a tragic event occurs during school hours, students will not receive any information from the school. We will not use Internet or television that confronts students with such disastrous events as they are taking place or in the immediate aftermath. Principals and administrators are responsible for monitoring these situations. In all schools, when such tragedies or disasters stimulate emotional reactions on the basis of national origin, race or religion, or any categorical grouping, the schools will take appropriate steps to discuss the dangers of stereotypical statements. All schools will work to assist parents with information on how to help students respond.
Families moving out of the community or school district should notify the school secretary at least three (3) days before leaving in order to complete the necessary forms, including a release form prior to the release of any student records.