PTSO Newsletter – February 2018
This month’s winners are:
- Jack and Kate Jensen – PTSO VIP Parking Spot (Feb 1 – 28)
- Nathan Olsen $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
Would you like to help the PTSO provide much needed learning tools into our classrooms? We have a wonderful way to get involved and help raise money for classrooms with the PTSO teacher mini-grant program, support our staff with meals at conference time, and host student panels twice a year to share student experiences. Help teachers by filling these positions for the 2018-19 school year:
* Volunteer Coordinator – auto pilot so easy with our awesome volunteer database!
* Treasurer – good with numbers? It’s for you!
* Student Panel Coordinator – only two 1 hour events per year – super fun and rewarding!
* Social Media – looking for someone to help put their Facebook skills to good work!
The PTSO also publishes a monthly newsletter, hosts a robust website and posts useful information on Facebook and Twitter daily. Board members meet with the Monarch administration monthly and share opinions, ask questions, have input into the PTSO decision making process while getting to know the staff around school. Visit www.monarchptso.org for more information. Our next board meeting is Tuesday, February 13th at 12:30pm in the Main Conference Room. Please come to learn more!
Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
The Monarch High PTSO sends a big SHOUT OUT to Pica’s Louisville! We raised $150 during our dedicated fundraising day on January 22nd. Thank you to all Monarch families, staff and community members 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 approximately $15,000 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.
Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
Keep your eyes peeled for our new school moniker being installed this February on the front of the school.
Our school’s motto will read: Creating Bright Futures One Student at a Time.
This moniker is a gift from the Class of 2017. We want to thank Jim Basey, General Manager of Fastsigns, for their help with this installment project.
Kristin Kerr Gannon
Social Studies Department
A group of students will be traveling to Peru in March to volunteer with children in Lima. They are tasked with raising money for a service project that they will complete while in Peru during Spring Break. Please help us meet our fundraising goals in any of the following events all happening during February.
February 10: Want a night out? Our students will be offering a babysitting event at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Louisville from 5 to 9 pm. We are asking for donations of $25 for the first child in the family and $10 for siblings. More details found here. If you or anyone you know is interesting, please sign up in our Google Form.
February 15: Chik-Fil-A will be donating some of their proceeds to our cause between 4 and 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
COURSE SELECTION for 2018-19
Counselors will be in the Language Arts classrooms on February 20th, 23rd, or 26th to talk with students about course selection for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will receive course request forms at this time. If a student is absent when we are in his or her LA class, he or she should go to the Counseling Office to pick up a form. On February 27th, students will speak with each of their core academic teachers during class to discuss placement for next year. Students should then speak with the appropriate parties (counselor, guardian and teacher, if necessary) to determine which courses they would like to register for during 2018-19. Students will then go on to Infinite Campus and input their course selection choices by 10 PM on March 4th. Counselors will return to the classroom to check course input on March 5th, 6th and 9th.
COLLEGE REP VISITS
College representatives from 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)
FAFSA 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).
SAT Colorado State Test
Remember, ALL JUNIORS in the state of Colorado will take the SAT on April 10th. This test is free and students DO NOT register online. These test results will be posted on a student’s transcript. Information about prep classes can be found on the Counseling Department’s website, in the Counseling Office, and online through Community Connections (A Student Resource Guide) found here. Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later date.
Reminder, ALL SOPHOMORES in the state of Colorado will take the PSAT 10 on April 10th. This test is free and students DO NOT register online. Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.
Reminder, ALL FRESHMAN in the state of Colorado will take the PSAT 9 on April 11th. This test is free and students DO NOT register online. Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.
SOPHOMORE COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT
Sophomore Class Students and Parents: It’s time to start thinking about planning for college. Keep an eye out for information about Sophomore College Planning Night. Topics covered during this night event will include:
– College Planning Timeline
– Making the Most of College Fairs
– Review of Naviance and how to use it for College Search and Planning
– And more!
ONLINE COURSES – Spring 2018 Term
BVSD Online Spring 2018 Course Registration is closed with the exception of Credit Recovery Session 2!
Credit Recovery Session 2 Registration open through March 14th
Courses run March 19th through April 30th.
No late registration accepted.
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).
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.
Want to know what Impact on Education is all about and how this Foundation supports our school and students? Please download flyer attached here.
Ready for a fun night out? Impact on Education is sponsoring BVSD Hockey Night. Get a ticket for the Colorado Avalanche game on March 2, 2018 at 7 PM. Details attached here.
Impact On Education
Jen@impactoneducation.org or (303) 524-3865
We have some exciting news for our Coyote families and students! We are going online with our spirit and now offering online letter jacket sales. In order to offer our community the convenience for ordering year round, the Boosters is now promoting 24/7 online ordering for Monarch letter jackets for boys and girls. While you can start the process online, we highly recommend that you go to Sportline in Arvada in order to check that the size will fit you. Start here and navigate to the drop down menu “Letter Jackets” and then “Schools” or go directly to Monarch’s custom ordering webpage here.
All letter jackets are custom and made to order – PLEASE ALLOW 6 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY.
Don’t see a size, patch or option? Please contact the Letter Jacket Specialists at 303-421-6751.
**NOTE, ALL ONLINE ORDERS ARE CUSTOM AND ARE NON-RETURNABLE** Please work with the rep to ensure customer satisfaction!
Booster Letter Jacket Rep
Sadly, AfterProm did not win in December, so they are trying again! Precision Plumbing donates $12,000 each year to LOCAL charities. Help us win this month’s donation of $1,000 by visiting here to nominate Monarch After Prom. (The online form does not work well with cell phones. Please try on PC or laptop.)
Enter our information in the nomination form. The organization who receives the most nominations for the month WINS $1,000. This is a monthly campaign. You can only nominate once per month, however you can have family, friends, and neighbors nominate Monarch After Prom. You will fill in our information with the following:
Organization: Monarch After Prom
Contact Name: Tanya Stearns
Additional Comments: Please type in this section why you think our organization should win this grant. Remember, our #1 goal is keeping kids safe on Prom night which has historically been a night of auto accidents and substance abuse. We give our students a safe, fun place to go after their prom.
Check out what else is happening with Monarch After Prom HERE!
Adolesco will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months).
Sunday, March 11th from 2 to 4 PM
Boulder Public Library, 2nd Floor, Flatiron Room
The Making HERstory Women’s Leadership Group invites parents and students to a special Self-Defense seminar with Chris Love of the Level Five Combat Systems on National Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8th, 2018.
This hour-long event will take place in the Cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 PM, where Mr. Love will inform participants on how to stay alert and safe in an urbanized environment. This seminar is free and open to our Monarch High School community. Donations are welcome at the door, and additional information on self-defense opportunities will be available with Level Five Combat Systems after the presentation. We look forward to seeing you there.
Chris Love is an internationally sought after expert in self defense and defensive tactics. With over 25 years of experience in martial arts and self protection, he teaches use of force, defensive tactics, self defense, and more to law enforcement, military, civilians and commercial airline pilots. He has been called upon multiple times by KDVR and KWGN as an expert in these areas. For more information, visit here.
Kristin Kerr Gannon
Social Studies Department
Making HERstory Sponsor
Now that the new year has arrived, the Writer’s Society is beginning the task of creating the 2017-18 Literary Magazine. But, we need submissions from students of writing and art work to publish in the magazine. So, if you are, or know someone who is, a poet, photographer, playwright or graphic artist, please submit your work to email@example.com.
You can also drop off hard copies in room A205 to Ms. Grace and or join us Tuesdays after school. If editors decide to publish your work, you’ll receive a free copy of the magazine – and you get bragging rights! Submissions due no later than Feb. 15 – so don’t delay. Submit TODAY!
Elaine Grace, CJE
LA Department/Literary Magazine Adviser
Looking for the ultimate way to have fun? Come join 100 other student athletes for the spring season of Ultimate Frisbee. Multiple boys and girls teams will be formed for League and Tournament play. From rookie to seasoned Varsity players, all students are invited to join in this fun, growing, competitive sport.
Kick off meetings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25th and Friday, Jan. 26th in Mr. DiCarlo’s room (C-122) from 3:15 – 4:00 PM. Athletes only need to attend one of the two meetings. The first practice is slated for Monday, Jan. 29 where all players meet at “The Bowl” after school. Practices are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday after school until about 5:15 p.m. Games are usually played on Thursdays and the season runs through the first weekend in May, culminating with the State Tournament.
For more information, please contact Head Coach Finlay Waugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimate Frisbee Parent Representative
The start of the 2018 season for the Monarch Boys’ Swim-Dive team is just 3 weeks away! If you’re interested in joining the team, please register now. If you haven’t already, get in touch with Head Coach, Amber Sullivan at email@example.com!
Monarch Girls’ Golf for the Spring 2018 season begins with a team meeting on February 26th in Room C114 with tryouts beginning February 28th through March 7th, followed by practice from March 8th through May 16th. We are looking for girls with some golf experience and/or new beginners in 9th and 10th grade. We do not cut anyone, but tryouts are used to establish levels of play for teams. Golf is a lifetime sport and we encourage the concept of team spirit first, honor and integrity found in the game of golf, as well as the natural competitiveness our players all strive to achieve. All girls must have completed the district registration, paid the district fee, and have a current physical turned into the Athletic Office prior to tryouts. Registration starts the 29th of January.
This is year twenty of the Monarch Girls’ program for Coach Riley, along with Coach Findley (7th year) and new coach, Elizabeth Wilson, who all look forward to meeting and working with the girls this season. Coal Creek is our home course for all practices.
Any questions or concerns, please contact Coach Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join us! Anyone interested who cannot make the first meeting should contact Coach Riley by email.
Girls’ Golf Coach
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.
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
PEN provides a community of support, a place to build your parenting toolbox, and a touch stone for dealing with challenging issues. We are committed to providing an environment where parents can engage in conversations about hard issues, find other parents who share similar experiences, and get the support they need to feel engaged, educated and empowered in their parenting.
PEN SPEAKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
We’ve got lots in store!
Click on the events below for more details and to register.
4:30 – 6:00 Meet & Greet at 3120 Kittrell Court, Boulder
6:30 – 8:30 PM Presentation at Fairview High School
6:30 – 8:00 PM at Monarch High School
5:00 – 10:30 PM at Lionsgate Event Center
These free or low cost events are open to the public.
SCHOLARSHIPS and SPANISH INTERPRETATION are always available.
Teachers can receive 2 CEU (seat hours) for attending PEN events!
Visit our website for the most current list of events by clicking here.
QUESTIONS? Contact: PEN Speaks Chair, Kathy Valentine or 303-810-6456
For more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website.
Monarch PEN Liaison