Principal Update Aug.27th

Principal Update Aug.27th
Posted on 08/27/2020
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Good afternoon, Morse families. This email includes LOTS of pertinent information as we prepare to start school on Monday, August 31st. 

Here is a link to access lots of documents for parents' review. 

Access to Students' Schedule 

Students and parents will be able to access their schedules tonight at 6:00 p.m. via Student/Parent Portal. If you do not have a parent portal account or you need us to send your child's Access ID/Password, please email your child's alpha VP. 

A-L: VP Duren [email protected] 

M-Z: VP Malcolm [email protected]

Chromebook Distribution

Morse just received more Chromebooks today. If your child does NOT have a Chromebook, please come to Morse on Friday, August 28th or Monday, August 31st between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to check out a Chromebook. If you child already has a functioning Chromebook in his/her possession, he/she does NOT have to come to Morse to check out a Chromebook...even if the Chromebook is from 8th grade or summer school. 

Students DO NOT need their parents to come to Morse if they are able to get to Morse on their own. Parents can also come to Morse on their own to pick up their child's Chromebook. 

Drive Through Pick Up Procedures

  • We are asking families to stay in their vehicles when coming to pick up their child’s Chromebook.
  • Please bring your photo ID and show proof of identity for your child by providing the following:
    • Student’s date of birth and address
    • Student ID number OR
    • Student’s school ID card OR
  • IMPORTANT: Write student’s name, ID number, or date of birth and address in large print on a sheet of paper that can be easily ready by staff members from a distance of at least 6 feet. Carry this with you to the line or place on the dash or your car, and be prepared to show it to staff.

Walk-Up Pick Up Procedures

  • If you do not plan to drive to Morse to pick up your Chromebook, you will be directed to another line to receive your Chromebook. Please still have the proof of ID and student’s information as stated above.

Textbook Return

Current 10th-12 graders: If you still have textbooks at home from the 2019-20 school year, we NEED you to also return them to Morse ASAP. We are busily preparing to distribute textbooks in the next couple of weeks and need ALL previously checkout books returned to Morse ASAP. Students can return textbooks to Morse on Friday, August 28th and Monday, August 31st between 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT: How Do Students Get Access to Their Teachers' Google or Canvas Online Learning Platforms?

1. First...students should review their class schedules via PowerSchool Student Portal. 

2. Second...students should visit this website:

3. Third...students should find their teachers' webpages by clicking on departments. 

4. Fourth...students should join their teachers' Google Classrooms OR if the teacher is using CANVAS, the teacher will automatically enroll their students. 

What Does the First Week of School Look Like? (August 31-September 4)

ALL students are expected to meet with their teachers during the first week of school. Here is the schedule for Morse High School:

Monday, August 31st: 9:45-10:45 a.m...students will meet with their 1st period teacher. The first period teacher will let students know how to log onto to the Zoom meeting. 

Tuesday, September 1st:  9:45-10:45 a.m...students will meet with their 2nd period teacher. The 2nd period teacher will let students know how to log onto to the Zoom meeting. 

Wednesday, September 2nd: 9:45-10:45 a.m...students will meet with their 3rd period teacher. The 3rd period teacher will let students know how to log onto to the Zoom meeting. 

Thursday, September 3rd: 9:45-10:15 a.m..students will meet with their 4th period teacher and from 10:15-10:45 a.m students will meet with their 5th period teacher. Both teachers will let students know how to log onto to the Zoom meeting. 

Friday, September 4th: 9:45-10:15 a.m..students will meet with their 6th period teacher and from 10:15-10:45 a.m students will AGAIN meet with their 1st period teacher. Both teachers will let students know how to log onto to the Zoom meeting. 

What will students do during the first week of school?

Students will use be given ONE portfolio document to engage in and share their work throughout the first week of school. All assignments and student submissions of work will be housed in the portfolio. Student will receive access to their portfolio from their FIRST period teacher. So it is really important that ALL students log into their 1st period teacher's Zoom access on Monday, August 31st.

Morse's Online Learning Schedule

To review Morse's schedule, please click on the link to access the folder at the beginning of this email. 

Registration/Enrollment Update

Thank you to those parents who have been emailing their enrollment information to our enrollment clerks. Existing SDUSD students articulating to the next grade or cluster level do not need to submit a new Enrollment Card for 2020-21 school year. Your data has been rolled over in PowerSchool. There are other documents that we still need you to complete. But the district is asking that families begin to use Parent Portal to update information in PowerSchool. I am attaching a job aid so that families will know how to go into Parent Portal to update their information like emergency contacts, phone number, email, etc. You are not able to update your address in PowerSchool. We must verify this information via email at this time. Job aids in English and Spanish are attached to this email. 

If you are new to Morse High School, you WILL need to verify your address with our enrollment clerks to ensure that you currently live in the boundaries to attend Morse High School. And there are still other documents we need you to complete. Link to our website is:

If you have any questions, please contact me or your child's alpha VP:

A-L: VP Duren [email protected] 

M-Z: VP Malcolm [email protected]

Thank you,

Dr. Cynthia Larkin

Principal, Morse High School

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