PTSO Newsletter – March 2018
This month’s winners are:
- Ben & Ellie Kowalski – PTSO VIP Parking Spot all of March
- Sam Carlson – $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
Thanks to our generous donors and corporate sponsors, we have raised approximately $10,000 so far this school year! This has enabled us to fund over a dozen mini-grants to support our students, teachers and staff in the classroom. Our donors helped us fund the following:
• An on-site pilot tutoring program through CU Work-Study offering students tutoring in Math, LA, Science and Social Studies.
• 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, microcontroller, 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.
On behalf of the PTSO board, we greatly appreciate your support in helping our wonderful school and teachers.
Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
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
Auditions for the Spring Play, MYTHOLOGY MANIA, are coming up on Wednesday, April 4th. Anyone and Everyone welcome!
You will need to sign up in an audition group. Your group will be responsible for a short 5-8 minute reenactment of a known fairy tale or children’s story–you can perform narrator style, a loose script, operetta, interpretive dance–whatever you feel demonstrates your strengths! Make it fun and show your character!
The show dates are Wednesday, April 25th through Friday, the 27th (Friday performance will be at 6:30. Prom is that Saturday). We are planning on touring some of the feeder schools with this show–it will be awesome!
Sign up sheets are on the Theatre Board in the Drama Hall. Please see Gwendolyn Lukas-Doctor for more information.
2018-19 Course Selection Update
Counselors were in LA classrooms on February 20th, 23rd, or 26th to talk with students about course selection for the 2018-2019 school year. Students received course request forms at that time. If a student was absent when we were in their LA class, they should go to the Counseling Office to pick up their forms. On February 27th, students should have spoken with each of their teachers during class to discuss placement for next year. Students should also speak with any appropriate parties (counselor, guardian and teacher, if necessary) to determine which courses they would like to register for during 2018-19. Students needed go into IC and input their course selection choices by 10 PM on 3/4. Counselors are returning to classroom to check course input on 3/5, 3/6, 3/9. 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.
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 College Application Deadlines
SENIORS: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines in March – plan ahead! Be sure to check your schools’ websites in order 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.
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 REP 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)
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) here. Information about pre-registration will be provided soon.
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 soon.
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 soon.
Sophomore College Planning Night
Sophomore Class Students and Parents: It’s time to start thinking about planning for college. Sophomore College Planning Night will take place on March 21st @ 6:30 PM. 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, 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: Jo Harpring, 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 MHS counseling website HERE.
Monarch High School senior Finn Murray has been selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Finn’s candidacy is based on outstanding performance on the ACT Assessment. Finn is currently going through a rigorous selection process to be identified as a 2018 Scholar.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
Emily Locker, J.D. Inge, and Connor Horn recognized as Finalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program!
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
Jonathan, Emily, and Connor are three academically talented Monarch High School seniors of approximately 15,000 Finalists who are now going through the process to become one of the 7,500 Merit® Scholarship recipients. These scholarships are worth more than $32 million and will be offered beginning in March. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Finalists must fulfill several requirements demonstrated through a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at www.nationalmerit.org.
Congratulations to our Technology Student Association Award Winners listed below:
1st Place – Chapter Service Project – Our Community Service Project with Juniper Village.
(All Monarch TSA members – Project organizers Michael Katona, David Park, Cam Frederickson)
1st Place – Penny War – Colorado TSA Scholarship Fundraising Project.
(All Monarch TSA members – Project organizer – Michael Katona
2nd Place – On-site Coding – CS/programming quick programs and one small computer application.
Michael Katona, Nathan Hand, Greg Bell
Top Five Finalists:
Software Development – Students create a very complete software system/application from September thru January.
Greg Bell, Michael Katona, Nathan Hand
Top Five Finalists:
Video Game Development – Students create a very complete video game from September thru January.
Daniel Fredrick, David Park, Cam Frederickson, Ben Donley, Jessica Hannebert
Web site – Students create a new Monarch TSA web site with a STEM/CS research topic every year.
Ben Familetto, Maguire Harwood, Zikra Hashmi, Rachel Klemaszewski, Preston Dixon
On Demand Video- Students create a video based on topic given to them at the conference. They have 24 hours to complete the project!
These students are highly creative: Zikra Hashmi, Jessica Hannebert, Charlie Nevitt, Rachel Klemaszewski
All projects and competitions are accompanied by a Leadership Resume. Students must describe what they do for team building and leadership for every project. They must not only show their excellent technical expertise, but also interview as a team. Congratulations to all!
Monarch DECA would like to Congratulate our 55 state DECA competitors for an outstanding showing at the DECA State Conference in February.
Top 10 Finalists:
Justin Kiss (double finalist – 2 events!)
Reilly Vander Veer
Special congratulations to our international qualifiers who have moved on to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in April.
Shajesh Sharma – 1st Place
Hank Dalle-Malle – 6th Place
Connor Crouch – 6th Place
Chandler Thornton – 4th Place
Sam Keenan – 5th Place
Reilly Vander Veer & Garet Villars – 4th Place
Tyler Lilja – 6th Place
Additionally, Megan Banks was selected as the District 1 State Officer and will represent Monarch and District 1 on the Colorado State Officer team!
Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor
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.
Mark Your Calendars for an All Day Fundraiser at Old Santa Fe Mexican Grille located at 592 McCaslin Blvd!
Come join us for lunch, happy hour or dinner (take out or dine in) on Tuesday night, March 13th and support Monarch’s AfterProm fundraising efforts. Mention Monarch After Prom and we receive 20% of your purchase for After Prom.
Prom night is historically a night filled with stories of car accidents and substance abuse incidents. Help us keep our kids safe by offering a SAFE, FUN place for the kids to go after their prom ends. Last year, we had 670 students attend and this year we are anticipating 700. That’s 700 kids who might otherwise seek out other unsafe alternative activities.
Ready for you to sign up to help out for this amazing event. We have something for everyone and this cannot be done without your help. We need casino dealers, decoration set up and tear down, registration, coat check, large & small prop builders\crafters, food servers, volunteers to run games, hand out prizes,etc. Sign up here.
AT HOME & CRAFT PROJECTS
We have several small props that can be done in your home. Right now, we need Golden Snitches made. We provide the pieces to assemble and instructions, and you provide the glue gun. More information on this project here. Contact us at MonarchAfterProm@gmail.com if you are interested and we will arrange to have a kit for you on the porch. Need by: March 15th
CRAFT\PROP BUILDING NIGHTS – Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm
We are currently making Floating Candles for the Great Hall. Help us light up the cafeteria with these props. Gluing and painting. Glue guns\sticks are appreciated as well as paint brushes. To see what we are building, click here.
We rely on business and parent donations for our event. We are a 501 c3 organization so your donation might be tax deductible! Please consider donating cash, prizes, food, gift cards etc here.
SPONSOR OF THE MONTH – PUZZAH!
A new and exciting live action adventure is coming to Monarch After-Prom! Our local escape room company, Puzzah!, will be hosting a special mission prepared just for us Coyotes! Gather your team and embark on a mind-bending puzzle hunt to win a prize and a chance to win free tickets to their hour long, live action puzzle rooms! We hope to see you there! Learn more at puzzah.com.
We have a fabulous website with a wealth of information found at: www.MonarchAfterProm.org
Our Unified Basketball season starts April 3rd and runs until April 24th. We have 4 practices and 4 games during the season.
If you are interested in being a mentor on the Unified Basketball team, please see Coach Dixon! We will finalize the roster before we leave for Spring Break.
Find the Practice and Game Schedule HERE.
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