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Mary Morgan Elementary School Gold Circle of Quality Award

Mary Morgan Elementary School has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality recognition for their Preschool for All (PFA) program!  The Illinois State Board of Education uses ExceleRate Illinois as their quality recognition program as well as their improvement system for early learning and development programs. 
ExceleRate utilizes a common set of standards in four domains to help determine a program’s rating.  The domains are Teaching and Learning, Family and Community Engagement, Leadership and Management, and Qualifications and Continuing Education.  There are four levels of distinction: Licensed Circle of Quality, Bronze Circle of Quality, Silver Circle of Quality, and Gold Circle of Quality.
The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have met the requirements on all fifteen standards, as validated by an independent assessor.  Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.
Currently, Mrs. Jenni Peterson is the Pre-K teacher at Mary Morgan Elementary School.  When asked about this honor, Mrs. Peterson shared, “I am excited, proud, and overwhelmed to receive the honor of the Gold Circle of Quality for the Byron Pre-K program.  I feel fortunate that my passion for teaching young learners was recognized.”
While this honor has been bestowed on Mary Morgan Elementary School in the past, this is the first time that Peterson has been at the helm when the honor was awarded.  She continued to say, “Everything I do as a teacher is done with my students in mind, so to be recognized for the work I love is refreshing.  My everyday goal is to instill the love of learning while also building a strong foundation of lifelong learners.  I am so lucky I get to do what I love each day, and I am honored to represent Byron and our community.”
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  • Enrollment Number Total number of students enrolled is 653.
  • boardoftrustees Class Sizes Average number of students per class is 21.
  • Student Mobility Student who transfer in or out of school between the first day of October and the last school day of the year is 12%.
  • applebooks Teacher Retention Of full time teachers, 88.3% return to the elementary school year to year.
  • Advanced Academic Classes Advanced classes are offered in math and language arts for grades 4 and 5.
  • Outside the Core In addition to core academics, all students have classes in art, library, music, social & emotional learning, and technology.
  • Beyond Academics Outside the classroom students participate in K-Kids, the Kiwanis elementary school program.
  • 1-to-1 Computing Students in grades 2-5 are issued a Chromebook for accessing curriculum, producing products of learning, and developing 21st Century skills.

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