Welcome from Principal Chad Leith

Welcome to the Morse Elementary School! Established in 1891 and located along the Charles River, the Morse School serves children and families from every Cambridge neighborhood and from over 35 different countries. We function as a true community, where all adults and children are respected and appreciated. Our goal is to provide our students with the academic, social, and emotional resources they need to attain their full potential and become successful, independent, and culturally-proficient members of our community and our world. In partnership with parents and caregivers, we strive to nurture our children’s curiosity and intellectual development, their sense of civic responsibility, and their appreciation for people with different origins, identities, beliefs and learning styles. Just like math and literacy, we view positive engagement and respectful behavior as skills that can be taught. The “Morse Code” includes our core values: Be respectful, be responsible, be kind, and be an active learner.

My personal investment in the Morse School community and my strong belief in the transformative power of public education stems from my own upbringing and professional experiences. I grew up only a few blocks away from the Morse School (my wife Edna and our two school-aged children, Aléx and Isabella, still live right here in Cambridgeport!) and attended the Cambridge Public Schools from first grade through high school (CRLS Class of ‘88!). I went on to earn my B.A. from Harvard, my Ed.M. in teaching from Boston University and my Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the last 25 years - in schools as nearby as Boston and as distant as Cape Verde, West Africa - I have served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, Peace Corps volunteer, university professor and principal. My experiences - both as an educator and as a parent - have led me to conclude that successful schools share some common key ingredients, such as communication and trust, collaboration and shared responsibility for student learning and growth, high expectations and high-quality instruction, careful attention to the individual needs of learners, and positive relationships with families.

As the principal of the Morse School, it is my great privilege to work alongside teachers and parents who are committed to creating and sustaining a school community where children from all backgrounds enjoy a safe, nurturing and joyful learning environment. Many exciting things are happening at the Morse School. During the 2019-2020 school year we will work together to refine the way we engage our children in exceptional learning experiences. We will also focus on strengthening our approaches for fostering each child’s sense of well being and belonging. Finally, we will continue to engage in conversations about the way that race and culture impact the daily experiences of children and adults, and how we can work together to address persistent inequities and the lingering effects of systemic racism. On behalf of the Morse School’s teachers and staff, I invite you to consider joining our vibrant school community. To learn more, please explore our school’s website or call to schedule a visit!
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