Immaculate Conception School – A Catholic school devoted to building a strong foundation in faith and academic excellence.
The primary mission of Immaculate Conception School is to recognize each child as a unique creation of God. Through the hard work of faculty and staff, we are committed to advancing students’ spiritual, academic, and physical growth through a sound curriculum, parental cooperation, and the support of the community.
We recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we pledge our partnership with them. We will proclaim the doctrines of our Catholic faith and living traditions, not only as intellectual lessons, but as basic moral values for the foundations of a Christian way of life. We will teach so as to provide an atmosphere of trust and love, so that personal relationships and friendships can grow. We will pursue our teaching with an energetic commitment to Christian peace and justice reflected with professionalism as we develop the total curriculum and in turn the total person. Through our own examples, we hope to guide our children to develop a responsible circumstance of life with the attitude of Christ.
Our Catholic school does not exist for or by itself; we are part of the community of Immaculate Conception Church and the larger community of Morris. We are a servant school which seeks with courage to practice what we believe. We will worship with an awareness of the needs of those near us and throughout the world. We will feed the hungry, visit the sick and elderly, console the sad, encourage excellence, and advance academics.
We are united with the parents in our commitment to meet the challenges of sharing the faith which has been entrusted to us.
|• Weekly Mass||• Reading||• Math Team
|• Prepare students during school for:|
|• Writing||• Sports
|• Daily prayer with P.A. and in classrooms||• Spelling||• Speech Contest
|• Daily religious instruction||• Math||• Music Contest
|• Living Rosary in October||• Science||• Talent Show
|• May Crowning in May||• Social Studies||• Student Council
|• Masses at nursing homes||• Computer class||• Field Trips
|• Service projects|
7th and 8th complete service hours
Ecumenical Hunger Walk
Collections for needy families
|• Music class|
• Art class
• Library instruction
|• Rosary Club
Father Lawrence Meehan, who came to Morris as pastor in 1889, was responsible for building the parochial school. A man of great zeal and energy, Father Meehan realized the need for a new school. He directed the building of an impressive Byzantine style structure to replace the classrooms provided in the old frame building that had once served as a church. The Holy Cross Sisters of St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, Indiana, staffed the new school.
Father Meehan’s efforts to erect a new parochial school were rewarded when he received a magnificent gift of money from Patrick Kenrick, an aged bachelor and one of the pioneer settlers of this county. With this and other contributions from parishioners, Father Meehan was able to build a two-story brick building with a basement for $15,000. The first floor was devoted to school purposes; the second floor was finished as a hall with a stage at the north end. It was named Kenrick Hall.
In 1962, Father Lloyd Bowden was instrumental in building the present Immaculate Conception School. All the classrooms in the new school were equipped to receive education television. The 250 students of the school were able to receive the supplemental teaching benefits afforded by the widest possible use of educational television in the Midwest.
The new building cost $265,000, less than $12.00 a square foot. At the time, comparable educational buildings in the same locale ranged from $15.00-$18.00 per square foot, yet the classrooms were well equipped to handle thirty to thirty-five pupils, and the school had desirable low-maintenance features usually found in more costly buildings. Father Bowden was able to inspire volunteers to work, thus avoiding having to hire workers for pay. Through this help, the former school, which had seen service since 1890, was converted into a gymnasium and an auditorium complete with a modern kitchen.
In 1983, a building committee was created to determine if Kenrick Hall should be renovated or replaced. It was determined that the renovations were too costly. During March of 1985, the old Kenrick Hall was demolished, and groundbreaking ceremonies were held on May 26, 1985. Construction was completed in the spring of 1986 at a cost of $1.2 million. The dedication ceremony was held on June 1, 1986, with the Most Reverend Joseph L. Imesch, Bishop of Joliet, participating. The gymnasium was named the Dr. Edward Connor Gym, honoring him for the innumerable hours Dr. Connor volunteered to the sports’ program. The multipurpose room was named the St. Angela Room after a former all girls’ school. Also the new addition brought to ICS a new computer lab, a large library, music room, Preschool room, faculty lounge, and the religious education offices.