Application Process

Students applying for admission to the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School must demonstrate:

  • A record of advanced academic success
  • A record of excellent attendance
  • A record of good conduct and work habits

Students will be required to complete an Application, an Academic & Behavior Questionnaire and submit prior school records. Additionally, all students will be required to take an Entrance Assessment. Due to the specific curriculum being followed at Morriss Elementary School, no curriculum or behavior modifications will be made. Students requiring specific accommodations will be reviewed individually and may be referred to their home attendance zone for appropriate services.

Skills included on the locally developed Entrance Assessment are within the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Mathematics skills will be assessed at a grade level above the tested grade to correspond with the acceleration in the Morriss Elementary School classroom. The TEKS and practice STAAR tests can be found on this Texas Education Agency link:

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6148

For grades K, 1 & 2, the questions are based on the TEKS. Assessment questions for grades 3-5 are similar to the STAAR tests. Remember to follow basic testing strategy of ensuring your student is rested prior to testing.

If you are unable to access the link, we will provide a copy of the information requested.

Parents/Guardians will be notified of Entrance Assessment results and placement status on:

  • April 1 for all Kindergarten applicants
  • June 30 for all Grade 1 - 5 applicants

The highest ranking students will be offered enrollment by the above dates. As additional openings develop during the summer, we will continue to enroll in rank order. Openings that develop during the first grading period of each year will be filled. After the first grading period, no new students will be admitted for the reminder of the school year.

APPLICATION PERIOD
An application period will be designated each year for each grade level. During the official application period, applications will be available by accessing a live link on our TISD home and Morriss Elementary School web pages.

Applications will also be available from:
Office of Quality Assurance & MIS
Rosalind Mayfield, Administrative Secretary
4241 Summerhill Road
Texarkana, Texas 75503
Phone: 903.794.3651 ext. 1030
Fax: 903.792.2632

For notification purposes, it will be the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to maintain address and contact information on file with our office. TISD will not be responsible for deadlines missed due to inaccurate contact information.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRADES 1-5 FOR 2019-20

Application period for Grades 1-5 will be open May 1 May 24, 2019. Students will be evaluated based on Academics, Attendance and Behavior. A rubric score will be determined based on the test administered at Morriss Elementary School, as well as: current and prior year report card grades; current and prior year STAAR or standardized test scores; current and prior year attendance and tardy record; and current and prior year behavior record.

Additional ranking points will be given for TISD residency and full-time employees of Morriss Elementary School. Each student will be ranked based on the composite rubric score. A minimum testing and composite score will be required for admittance.

All applicants must complete a Math and Reading Assessment. Testing will be held at Morriss Elementary School. Students must test on the designated date to be eligible for selection. All requested documents must be provided by June 7, 2019 for student to be eligible for evaluation.

A 9-day Math Prep Camp will be made available from Tuesday, May 28 Friday, June 7 which will provide student applicants with a review of fundamental concepts and skills prior to entrance testing. Camp is optional for applicants.

All of the skills included on the locally developed assessment are within the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Mathematics skills will be assessed at a grade level above the actual grade to correspond with the acceleration in the Morriss Elementary School classroom. TEKS and practice STAAR tests can be found on the Texas Education Agency website (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/). In grades 3 thru 5, the assessment is similar to a STAAR test. For grades 1 and 2, questions are based on the TEKS. Remember to follow basic testing strategy of ensuring your student is rested prior to testing. If you are unable to access the TEA website, we can provide a copy of the information requested.

2019-20 APPLICATION & SELECTION INFORMATION PACKET FOR GRADES 1-5


APPLICATIONS FOR KINDERGARTEN FOR 2020-21

Application period for Kindergarten for 2019-2020 has closed. It will be open in November 2019 for the 2020-2021 school year.