Sidney City Schools has recently welcomed Angie Ross and Denny Morrison to the district for the 2021-2022 school year in the roles of Family and Community Engagement Coordinators.
Angie Ross, a 2004 graduate of Sidney High School, will serve as the K-4 Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. Ross, in the capacity of working with children, has worked for the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and the City of Sidney Parks Department. She has also served several non-profit agencies in our community, in addition to serving as a corporate business partner liaison through the Workforce Partnership.
“Being from Sidney, having an active family in the community and our schools, and being a parent in the district all add a level of passion for the position,” said Ross. “I'm hopeful my new role will help engage our community, support families, and ultimately contribute to each students' success in our district.”
Denny Morrison will serve the Middle and High School in the same capacity as Ross. Morrison most recently served as the high school principal at Sidney, the feather to his cap on an extraordinary career in education. Prior to serving Sidney High School, Morrison has served as a classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, director of curriculum, business manager, and district superintendent.
Notably, Morrison has served as a principal of a National School of Excellence, worked for the U.S. Department of Education evaluating schools across the country, and has been nominated for National Superintendent of the Year. He gives credit for those accolades to surrounding himself with good people.
“Most special for me are the opportunities I have had to work with children and the relationships that have been established across the years,” said Morrison. “I’m incredibly excited for this role and look forward to continuing to work with the fantastic people within and connected to Sidney City Schools.”
“Positive outcomes from engaged parents and community partnerships can be powerful,” added Ross. “Our goal is to build partnership programs to strengthen our community, home, and school involvement.”
This teamwork approach is essential in the mission of Sidney City Schools to inspire, empower, and prepare our students for their best future.
Ross and Morrison’s positions are being funded with grant money through state and federal programs.
“We are extremely excited to have Angie and Denny joining our district to expand and improve our district's outreach to families and community,” said Sidney City Schools Curriculum Director Brooke Gessler. “We believe this outreach is necessary for district improvement and student success, which is why we have allocated grant money toward these positions. Angie and Denny share in our district's belief that we need our families and community to help our students grow academically, emotionally, and socially to find their success in our 21st-century world.”
The collaboration and networking have already begun—Ross and Morrison have been meeting with community leaders and working with various district personnel to grow and enhance engagement opportunities between the schools, families, and the community.