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Mrs. Erin Morgan

Mrs. Erin Morgan
emorgan@simonjude.org
Mrs. Erin Morgan is a native to Phoenix and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Glendale and St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, before graduating from Arizona State University. Mrs. Morgan began teaching in January of 2004 as a long term substitute teacher in the Peoria Unified School District. She enjoyed working at Ironwood High School so much that she signed on to teach the Gifted Program for incoming freshman students, and later took over the newspaper, yearbook, and creative writing programs. While at Ironwood, Mrs. Morgan served as the youngest chair of the English department. Mrs. Morgan took a brief break from teaching to raise her daughter (Addison – Class of ’23) and son (Brian – Class of ’27) before requesting a position at SSJ in 2018. Since then, she has worked wherever she is needed, but mostly in the library. Mrs. Morgan is excited to be SSJ’s librarian and oversee our reading comprehension program (MindPlay). “I believe you can never read a good book too many times, and that is what I hope to pass on to these students. I love seeing them come to life when they find books they love.”


The School Library welcomes inquiries from parents. Parents may browse or check out books at their leisure.

Library Hours
The Library is open for students and parents between 7:30 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.

Book Check-Out Procedure
Students may check out books before school, at lunchtime, or during class library time.
All books must be returned or renewed after two weeks. Daily fines are incurred after two weeks.
For Grades K-1, students are allowed to check out one book at a time.
For Grades 2-4, students may check out a total of books equal to the grade (2nd – 2, 3rd – 3, etc. )
For Grades 5 – 8, students may check out a total of 5 books.
Parents may also check out books for two weeks.

Library Book Use
Establish a special place at home for school library books. Keep these books separate from public library books and books you own.
Help your child be responsible and return books on time.
Overdue books incur a charge of 5 cents per day.
Proceeds from book fines supplement library resources.
Library privileges may be restricted if a student has excessive overdue books or fines.
At the end of each quarter, parents will be billed for any books not returned to the library.

Friends of the Library
Each student is invited to become an SSJ “Friend of the Library” during their birthday month. Students may purchase a specific book of their choice for the library and have it dedicated to a family member, their teacher or classroom. Students are recognized at the weekly morning assemblies.

Parent Volunteers
Parents are welcome to volunteer in the library. Volunteers read to younger students during their Library period, clean and re-shelf books, and assist Librarians with other tasks. We also need many parent volunteers during our annual A.R. Promotion held in the Spring of each school year. This is a reading competition where students take a computerized quiz after reading a book to earn points or pages read toward personal and classroom goals.

Click on this link for the
SSJ list of recommended reading by grade level:
2021-2022 Reading Suggestions for SSJ Students – Sheet1


LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Accelerated Reader Program
  • Million Word Wall
  • 15,000 Volumes
  • Online Catalog