About the School
Built in 1928, Jefferson Elementary School is now a K-6, two-story building with a three-sided balcony overlooking a wood-floored gym and stage. Several additions over the years have made Jefferson a school with history and character. A separate computer lab, cafeteria, and gym are available for our fine instructional programs throughout the day and various community groups utilize our facilities in the evenings. Our caring staff offers programs which meet diverse student needs. Jefferson offers a sense of community with exceptional support and a team approach. Our dedicated parent organization, PTO, meets monthly and is very involved with raising funds and coordinating activities, such as our carnival and Laugh Olympics.
Our centrally located grounds are home to Morton's annual four-day Pumpkin Festival in September. The school grounds accommodate food tents, entertainment, merchants, carnival rides, and craft booths.
Jefferson School was first known as Morton Grade School until 1965, when Grundy School, the second elementary building, was opened. Jefferson School started with only eight classrooms surrounding the gym in 1928 with one room for each of the eight grades. There were additions to the school in 1944, 1948, and the primary wing was added in 1950. The cafeteria was built in 1964, replacing the bus-parking area.
Jefferson's 75th anniversary was celebrated in September 2018. Jefferson will be celebrating its 95th Anniversary this year 1928-2023.
In 2028, Jefferson will celebrate 100 years!
Fun Fact: There is a time capsule placed in an outside wall when Jefferson was built. The time capsule was intended to be opened after 100 years.