PTSO Newsletter – October 2016
The Monarch High PTSO sends a big SHOUT OUT to Pica’s Louisville! We raised a whopping $400 during our dedicated fundraising day on September 26th. Thank you to all Monarch families and staff who came down to Front Street and ordered all day, dine in and take out. You helped make a big difference. The awesome owners of Pica’s generously donated 20% of the sales whenever Monarch was mentioned.
Monarch PTSO is proud to raise funds in excess of $16,000 per school year which go back into the classrooms through our mini-grant program for teachers. Donations via check or PayPal are welcome all year by visiting the PTSO website here and clicking on the yellow Paypal button on the right side.
If you would like to get involved with the PTSO as a donor, volunteer or to learn more about the mini-grant program, please contact either one of us at the e-mail below.
The Monarch Reading Challenge has expanded to include the majority of our sophomore students. We hope that you will take the time to find out what your student is currently reading and to track their progress on the way to our 2,500 page goal. Students will be encouraged to read on a regular basis with prizes, celebration and recognition.
If you are interested in supporting out efforts, we would welcome small donations of $5-$10 gift cards to recognize students. If you can contribute or want to regift a card to the Monarch Reading Challenge, please send it to the MHS Library, in care of Beatrice Gerrish.
Teachers involved this year include Deann Bucher, James Kelpy, Geoff Findley, Bonnie Katzive and Mystayn Barnes.
Social Studies Teacher
The Monarch High School Library now offers e-books and audiobooks to students through OverDrive. This is a way to access books and load them to a personal device through a free app. Students can go to the Monarch High School Library website and click on the Overdrive link to access these books using their BVSD log on information.
During the week of October 3-7th, students had a demonstration through their Language Arts or Reading Classes from librarian, Beatrice Gerrish, on how to access this content through OverDrive. For more information, please visit the library website by clicking here.
Beatrice Gerrish, M.Ed., M.L.I.S.
Teacher and Librarian
This is a reminder that the applications for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) and the CSS Profile opened on Saturday, October 1st. The FAFSA application can be found here.
In order to electronically sign and submit your FAFSA, both the student and their parent(s) will need to obtain a FSA ID number. The Counseling Staff recommends getting your FSA ID number prior to starting the FAFSA. Much of the information for your FAFSA will populate from the information submitted for your FSA ID.
The tab to get an FSA ID is found on the same page as the FAFSA. If you need assistance completing your FAFSA, College Goal Colorado will be hosting workshops on Sunday, November 13th from 1 pm to 3 pm at various locations. The locations will be posted soon on their website here.
The CSS Profile is also required by some schools. You can access information on how to complete the Profile at this link. A comprehensive list of the schools that require the CSS profile can also be found on this page.
Best of luck to all seniors as you continue to apply to colleges and for financial aid!
The Monarch Counseling Team
Senior One on One Meetings
Seniors should come to the Counseling Office to schedule their senior meeting with their counselor to discuss post-secondary plans, college application questions, and other important issues.
PSAT Sign Up
PSAT sign up for Juniors is closed. Sign up for Sophomores closed on October 7th. The PSAT Test will take place on October 19th. Room assignments will be sent out on October 17th.
Out of State College Fair was a Success
Boulder Valley School District high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations held the Out of State College Fair at Monarch High School on September 28th. The Powerpoint from the Financial Aid Presentation can be found on the Monarch High School Counseling Website or by clicking here.
Coffee with the Counselors
Coffee with the Counselors will take place twice in October. These events will be held in the Monarch High School Post Grad Center ALL DAY and provide an opportunity for Seniors to get answers to their questions about the college application process. Seniors should come in during lunch or during an off period. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions on topics such as how to order transcripts or request letters of recommendation, how to begin the scholarship search, find a college fit, use Naviance in the college search in the application process, etc. Dates are October 7th and October 28th.
Monarch Counselors will be going into 9th through 11th grade classrooms over the next two months to talk with students about their ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and help them update their plan. Students will learn about ICAP and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance.
According to the CDE: The intent of the ICAP policy is to ultimately decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized post-secondary plan that ensures readiness for post-secondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the career and educational opportunities available to the student, align course work and curriculum, apply to post-secondary education institutions, secure financial aid, and ultimately enter the workforce.
Students who are identified as talented and gifted will be completing their Advanced Learning Plan requirements through ICAP.
We will work with students to develop a 4 year plan, complete interest and career inventories, and explore career and college options. Students and parents can access Naviance through the counseling website. Parents/Guardians can obtain log in information by contacting their assigned counselor or calling the counseling office at 720-561-5634.
BVSD Online Courses
BVSD Online is a District program offering online courses to students enrolled in Boulder Valley School District. Students can choose supplemental, extension or remedial courses.
Important Dates and Deadlines for 2016-2017
Fall Term Full Courses
Registration is NOW CLOSED.
08.29.2016 – 12.09.2016 Courses Open, No Extensions.
Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses
Now through 10.21.2016; Registration Window Open for Session 2*
Enrollment takes place approximately 2 business days after registration and payment.
Credit Recovery Courses will be open for seven (7) weeks after the start date (no extensions). All Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses must be completed by December 9th.
Last names beginning A–D: Thomas Hacker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, email@example.com, 720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: John Vidulich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, email@example.com, 720-561-4203
Please be sure to check out the new and improved MHS counseling website here.
What: Supervising, directing, and having fun with children ages 5-12 years in a school age program outside of regular school hours.
Where: Fireside, Coal Creek, and Heatherwood Elementary Schools
When: Start times – 2:15 pm until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday; You can work 2 to 5 days per week.
Qualifications: BVSD student, 16 years or older, experience working with children, positive communication skills
Compensation: $8.31 per hour
Please complete and submit an application at bvsd.org/jobs under Browse Job Openings, then School. After submitting your application, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BVSD School Age Care Program
Performing and Visual Arts
Performing and Visual Arts
All band, orchestra, and choir concert passes on sale now through our Music Booster website.
- Buy a 4-punch concert pass on-line for $35, or download an order form to send in cash or check with your student.
- Skip the long ticket lines and get seated faster with our pass holder express line!
- One admission per punch for all MHS concerts EXCEPT the pops concerts.
- 1 child 12 and under OR 1 senior can accompany a pass holder for free.
- One card can be used by multiple people.
- Just present the pass at pass table at each visit.
- General admission ticket price are: $7 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/children at the door.
- Passes bought on-line will be available at the ticket table during the first concert.
Click here to find out more, download a form or pay with Paypal.
The Monarch Booster Club Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is here!! Please click on the this form to order. Your designated club or sport will receive a whopping 70% of the profit from your order!! Order deadline is November 9th with pick-up on December 7th.
Wreath Tip: Within a day or two of receiving your wreath – soak it in your bathtub for several hours. Last year, my wreath lasted until the end of January!!
Poinsettia Tip: The “small” poinsettia will fit on your dining room table as a centerpiece. The “medium” poinsettia is rather large and better suited to an end or entry table. The “large” poinsettia is very large – it is a good four feet tall and almost as wide.
Please contact email@example.com for more information or for a hard copy order form if you don’t want to order online.
Monarch Booster Club Secretary
University of Colorado-Boulder Leeds School of Business invited Monarch’s High School of Business (HSB) students to tour their campus to observe how actual classes are taught at Leeds, and speak with the college students there. Leeds graciously treated the HSB delegation to a luncheon. This is the first of what will be an annual showcase by Leeds held exclusively for our High School of Business students.
Below are a couple photos from the event.