A Letter From the Principal
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Morris Jeff Community School. After three full years of planning and working together in our community to re-build Morris Jeff at its new location, it is a dream come true to open our school to children and families. Many of you know that the school was located on Rendon Street before Hurricane Katrina, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to re-imagine and re-recreate a school named after one of our city’s most dedicated children’s advocates, Morris F.X. Jeff, Sr. .
We have very high expectations for our educational program and our school is a beautiful reflection of many cultures and ethnicities – a microcosm of our city, our nation and our world. We have built a program of study that is both developmentally appropriate for young children and challenging to their growth as students. When children leave us as 8th graders, they will each be able to communicate in at least two languages, English and Spanish, and be prepared for academic excellence at whatever high school they choose.
The name of our school includes a key term – “community” – which is central to our mission for educating children. We believe that when a community genuinely focuses on the education of children and supports them in all aspects of their development, we contribute to producing engaged, talented, creative and caring young people who are prepared to contribute to our democracy in a powerful way. Our children will be prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders. We are responsible to give them the support and guidance that will enable them to be productive and successful contributors to our community.
I am excited to work together with each of you as we build a strong community around the children of Morris Jeff. Welcome to Morris Jeff Community School. My door is always open, and I invite you to visit often.