As part of the science and environmental education program, thirty-six Ameraucana eggs have been incubating since April 26. The first chick hatched today! The children voted to name the newest member of the Morgan Academy family. Please welcome Peep! He/she is fluffy, cute, and weighs 4.5 ounces. The children and I have been using stethoscopes to listen for movement from the remaining eggs. There should be more baby chicks by tomorrow.

With just a few days of the school year remaining, students and teachers are busily preparing for our end of the year festivities, known as Family Day. Family Day at Morgan Academy is like Christmas, with much surprise and excitement for all!

Please join us Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Hall for our production of Cinderella and a student art show.

It’s Diffendoofer Day at Morgan Academy! What is Diffendoofer Day, you ask?

Diffendoofer Day is the first day of standardized testing every year at Morgan Academy. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! is a book that Dr. Seuss started before his death in 1991. His publisher took his sketches, characters, and story ideas to Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith and asked them to complete the story and illustrations. The result is a fabulous book about a school that’s a little “different-er” than the rest. When Diffendoofer School is forced to take a test, the fantastic teacher, Miss Bonkers, declares:

“Don’t fret!” she said.

“You’ve learned the things you need

To pass that test and many more-

I’m certain you’ll succeed.

We’ve taught you that the earth is round,

That red and white make pink,

And something else that matters more-

We’ve taught you how to think.”

So, the first day of standardized testing each year, a Morgan Academy teacher reads Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss before we start our testing. It reminds our students that they know how to think! Happy Testing!

The results from the 2011 WV Special Primary Mock Election are in! Morgan Academy results are tied between Jeffrey V. Kessler and Natalie E. Tennant for the Democratic Party. The Morgan Academy winner of the Republican Party is Betty Ireland.

The West Virginia state winner of the Democratic Party is Earl Ray Tomblin. The West Virginia State winner of the Republican Party is Betty Ireland.

Morgan Academy is very grateful to the WV Department of Education for partnering with the Youth Leadership Initiative and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office for making this mock election possible. Students and teachers are looking forward to the West Virginia Special General Mock Election in September. This will include the election for Governor and all other local and statewide races.


It was an excellent gardening day at Morgan Academy! Students, parents, and teachers picked lettuce, spinach, arugula, and radishes for tasty salads. Many of the flowers and herbs planted today (zinnias, sun flowers, marigolds, portulaca, basil, and dill, just to name a few) were started from seeds by our students. Raised beds were prepared, the potatoes and peas were cared for, a new compost bin was crafted, and a lovely bed of impatiens was planted by the kids.  We were very dirty, and we loved it! Today was quite wonderful!

It’s Election Day at Morgan Academy! Students are casting their votes in the West Virginia Special Primary Mock Election sponsored by Youth Leadership Initiative. The middle school students are serving as election poll workers and helping the younger students cast their votes. We will post our election results tomorrow!

The students and I are looking forward to running in the Shepherdstown Day Care 5K Run by the River tomorrow. We’re off to the races. -Ms. Somers

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