PTSO Newsletter – April 2018
PTSO donors and parents or guardians are welcome to attend and contribute to our Spring Mini-Grant review process to support teachers and students at Monarch.
Date: Wednesday, April 25th
Time: 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Administrative Conference Room
Our board is expecting several wonderful grant applications from a variety of teachers and departments. We will be reviewing and weighing the requests against our budget. Last fall we funded $6,000 in requests as follows:
• Little Rock Nine Foundation speaker, Carlotta Lanier, addressed the Juniors in US History on February 28th.
• Surface Pro Tablet to create flipped classrooms for AP and Advanced Chemistry.
• Funding towards a “book tasting restaurant” for students in Language Arts and Social Studies.
• iPods for all World Languages to aid in preparation for the AP exams.
• Movement Lab and Obstacle Course for the Adaptive PE students.
• Robotics class tools including an electrical motor, micro-controller, and joystick.
• 3D Glasses used in the library allowing classes to take virtual field trips.
• Wacom wireless tablet with pen for use in Math to present problems interactively.
• Respiratory Spirometers for use in Biology and Anatomy classes.
• ILC classroom items to create a space for students challenged by sensory input.
• iPads for use by Science and Art for digital lab stations and image research/design.
• Spanish Novels and Games for use in the classroom for free reading and creativity.
• Molecular Modeling Kits to demonstrate chemical bonding in Physical Science classes.
• Publication of the school literary magazine.
• Both MoVibe and After Prom support.
• Support and celebration of staff during Staff Appreciation Week with food, treats, and gift cards.
• Staff Appreciation meals during Parent/Teacher conferences.
You’re welcome to come and help the committee make decisions. We will meet in the conference room next to the Administrative Offices. Please send us an email if you’d like to attend. Hope to see you there!
Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
In conjunction with Monarch’s 8th Grade Activities Night on Tuesday, May 8th, the PTSO is hosting a free event, designed to help incoming freshman with the topic, “What I Wish I Knew Before Entering High School”.
Listen and interact with our student panel, comprised of Monarch students, who will share their tips on how to thrive in high school. Join us for either one of two 30 minute sessions starting at 7pm and 7:30pm... or stay for both sessions!
This is free of charge! Parents, guardians, and students all welcome to attend!
This event will represent the second of two student panels this year which also serves as the PTSO’s General Meeting for the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.
The PTSO raises money to support the teacher mini-grant program. This program provides approximately $12,000 per year for teaching tools and classroom supplies of which all of our students are the beneficiaries. To support the Monarch PTSO, please consider a donation online at: monarchptso.org.
Questions? Please email President@monarchptso.org. We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
This month’s winners are:
- Izzy Lincoln – PTSO VIP Parking Spot all of March
- Tori and Kyle Sylvester – $20 Coyote Cave Boosters Gift Card
Participate in our PTSO drive for the 2017-18 year by donating at least $25 today and you could win a $20 gift card to the Coyote Cave (the Boosters’ Spirit Store) OR a dedicated VIP parking spot at the front of the school for an entire month next year. We pick winners every month and, if you donate now, your name will stay in the drawing for the entire school year.
Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
Co-Presidents, Monarch PTSO
Monarch implemented new entrance procedures for all visitors entering the building during school hours effective April 2nd.
* In accordance with current BVSD policy, all visitors must check in at the front window of the attendance office and provide valid government issued identification to be verified prior to being granted entry into the building.
* Once identification has been verified, a unique visitor’s badge will be provided by front office personnel.
* After entering the building, we ask that each visitor properly display the badge on their outermost garment at all times for quick recognition while conducting school business.
* Those visitors who are not wearing authorized visitor badges will be asked to properly display their badges; and in those rare cases where a visitor cannot be properly identified; that visitor will be escorted by school personnel back to the attendance office for identification verification.
* Upon exiting the building, we ask that each visitor sign out and relinquish their visitor badge prior to leaving the building.
*District employees and volunteers with current BVSD/Monarch identification also will continue to sign in and be required to display their district/volunteer badges while they are in the building.
Thank you for helping the Monarch administration know who is in our building at all times for safety and security reasons. If you have any questions, please contact anyone in the school administration office.
Course Selection for 2018-19
Course selection is now closed. Students who have not yet turned in their course request sheet (with signatures) or have not yet entered their course requests need to see their counselor.
Please Note: Schedule changes will NOT be made in the Fall. If you have questions or concerns about your course selection, speak with your counselor now.
Online Courses- Summer 2018 Term
BVSD Online SUMMER 2018 Course Registration will open on April 9th!
BVSD Online Summer 2018 Course Registration for Full Courses and Credit Recovery Courses will open April 9th.
Only students that have previously taken the course and earned a F or a D are eligible to take Credit Recovery Courses. Credit Recovery Courses are open for 4 weeks (no extensions).
Learn more here.
Summer School On Campus Courses:
BVSD Summer 2018 On Campus Course Registration for Full Courses will open April 9th.
Information about on campus courses that are offered over the summer can be found here.
Updating Naviance with College Admission Decisions
|It is the time of year when many of you begin receiving admission decisions from your colleges. Please be sure to update your Naviance account to show all admission decisions.
The data collected from these decisions (accepted, denied, wait listed, or deferred) is used to assist us in best supporting future seniors. Think back to how helpful the Admission Decisions Graphs in Naviance were for you!
If you are choosing another option for post-high school such as military, work, Gap Year, etc. – please let your counselor know so we can also record and celebrate these accomplishments!
Information about how to update your admissions decisions is listed below:
1. Sign into Naviance.
If you know what college you will be attending, please update “College that I am attending” on the “Colleges I’m applying to” page.
If you chose not to apply to some of the schools on your list, please ask a counselor to delete those applications.
Finally, this year’s Letters of Recommendation were sent to over 1,000 schools on behalf of your senior class. Please remember to thank your teachers for writing your letters of recommendation.
FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS: Check out all the Boulder CTEC has to offer.
—-Did you know? Many CTEC Classes offer College Credit and Embedded High School Credit.
Learn more about the course offerings here.
Upcoming Scholarship Application Deadlines
SENIORS: Many scholarships have upcoming application deadlines- plan ahead! Be sure to check with the scholarship organization to determine your deadlines. Order your transcripts at least a week in advance and request letters of recommendation a month in advance. Remember, if you order paper transcripts you must pick them up and send them.
College Representative Visits
College reps from colleges all over the country (and beyond) come to the Monarch High School Post Grad Center to meet prospective students. Be sure to check out the upcoming college visits on Naviance. Students must sign up through Naviance in order to have their absence excused.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) went live on October 1st and seniors/parents NEED to submit it as soon as possible for consideration for many financial aid opportunities as well as many scholarships.
REMEMBER: You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid for college. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA.
Complete your FAFSA here. (This is the official FREE application through the government.)
Last names beginning A–D: Tom Hacker, email@example.com, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: Jo Harpring, email@example.com, 720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-561-4203
Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website HERE.
We’re a new and used, full service book store on Main Street in Louisville (two doors North of the Huckleberry!).
Teachers receive 50% off used books and 10% off anything new for the classroom. When you buy a gift certificate for a teacher, we’ll match the amount in used books!
Students and Parents will love our trade program. Bring in gently used books for 50% off other used books in-store. Browse our extensive selection of early readers, chapter books, classics, award winners, and teen fiction.
Staff is always available to make personalized recommendations for your next favorite book.
Call us at 303.604.2880 for any information or to see if we have what you’re looking for.
Make sure your child is honored at Monarch High After Prom!
Support After Prom to keep our kids safe on Prom Night!
Tickets are now on sale online here.
Volunteers needed, sign up here.
Donate Items, Cash or Lend an Item here.
Last, but not least, Save the Date for the AfterProm Open House
Open to our community, free of charge, it takes place on Saturday, April 25th from 8 PM to 10 PM. We open the doors right before our guests arrive, so that underclass students, their families and our whole community can view the finished work!
Free, Fun and Family Friendly! (but we will take any donations!)
We also welcome any volunteers to help set up, run the event and clean up. Sign up or donate at: www.monarchafterprom.com.
Questions? Please email email@example.com.
Monarch After Prom President
Buy A Plant (or two) and Grow the Booster Club!
Spring has sprung! It’s the perfect time to start planning your outdoor plant needs and we have a great way to take care of that while supporting ALL of the incredible Monarch High School Student programs through the Booster Club’s 2018 annual Spring Plant Sale!
Anyone in the community is welcome to purchase through this great program! The more sales the more your chosen student activity directly benefits! All of the plants will be delivered just in time for Mothers’ Day planting and we have a wide variety of choices available!
You can place your order via the attached form or place your order directly online here.
Booster Club generously gives an incredible 70% of the sale profits to YOUR preferred group / club / activity or sport! This fabulous tradition is a great way to help raise funds and get something for yourself too! These fantastic plants are of the highest quality and grown locally for our climate by the renowned creator of the Hardy Boy Plants, Welby Gardens.
You won’t be disappointed with the longevity and beauty of these plants that will deliver beauty all summer long and then some (assuming you water them of course)!
Orders are due April 20th and plants will be available for pickup at Monarch on May 9th!
Booster Spring Plant Sale Rep
Do you have a student active in sports, music, theatre or clubs at Monarch? Do you work full time during the day, but have been looking for a way to give back to the school?
Consider joining the Booster Club as the Secretary of the Board!
Booster Club is looking for a Secretary to attend a monthly meetings held in the evenings, take minutes and send out e-mails periodically to the membership to help promote events and fundraisers. The outgoing secretary will happily assist with your transition, so you will have plenty of help. This is a great way to have your voice heard and stay involved.
For more information about Booster Club, please visit the website here.
If you are interested in the role, please contact us and we would be happy to give you more details!
Paula Isaacson, President
Laurie Harford, Secretary
Monarch Booster Club
Monarch has a strong tradition of having international students walk the halls alongside students in our community. International students add a tremendous amount of value to a conversation in a classroom. The friendships that are formed with other students and their host families last a lifetime. Monarch would love to continue this tradition as we see the value it can add to the community and our classrooms.
We are in need of local host families to volunteer to host these students for a semester or school year. Hosting an exchange student can bring a wealth of knowledge about other countries and cultures to your home and can create lifelong friendships as well. Three meals a day, a place to study and a loving environment to learn more of American life is all that is needed. Students come with their own spending money. They speak English. They have their own medical insurance.
The Poms Team Tryouts are just around the corner! The team is for any serious dancer and Monarch student (as of Fall ’18) wanting to be involved as a spirit leader and dancer for Monarch High School. If you are interested in being a part of a competitive dance team, we would love to see you at tryouts!
April 16th – 19th Skills Camp (Optional): View Times and Dates by clicking here to visit our website.
April 19th – Parent Informational Meeting 6 PM @MHS Cafeteria
April 23rd & 25th – Tryout Clinics 5-8 PM @MHS Gym
April 27th Judges Day 4 PM @MHS Gym
Coyote Student Credit Union
Coyote Student Credit Union
Raising money for your school has never been easier. LIFE– Loan Interest for Education. You’ll save money on all of your loans and a portion of the interest paid will go directly to Monarch’s PTSO when you simply mention LIFE and Monarch High School when you apply for a loan at Premier Members Credit Union. That’s LIFE and it’s that simple. Learn all about how your mortgage or car loan can help Monarch High School here. Additional details here.
Be proactive and set your entire family up with low-cost financial services today so you can rest-assured that everyone will receive the best value on all of their financial needs. That’s a New Year’s resolution that helps everyone. Discover the advantages credit unions offer – low-cost financial services, better rates on savings, and premier service. Open a credit union account for all of your family members. There’s a branch of the Premier Credit Union right here at Monarch for your student.