PTSO Newsletter – November 2018
Monarch Counselors went into 9th through 11th grade classrooms in October and November to talk with students about ICAP and help them update their plan. Students learned about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance and Infinite Campus.
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 postsecondary plan that ensures readiness for postsecondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the postsecondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to postsecondary education institutions, securing financial aid and ultimately entering the workforce.
We worked 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.
It is time to start thinking about the classes you want to take next year! Course selection for the 2018-2019 academic year will take place in February. Remember to think about graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and matching your course choices here at Monarch to your future career and educational interests!
FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE VISIT FOR SENIORS
Seniors interested in Front Range, there is a FRCC college visit field trip on Tuesday, November 27 from 9am-12:30pm. Please sign up in the counseling office if you would like to attend.
UPCOMING COLLEGE APPLICATION DEADLINES
SENIORS: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines (November, December, and early January) – plan ahead!
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 through www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (this is the official FREE application through the government).
Last names beginning A–E: Tom Hacker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning F–K: Ben Holloway, 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.
Ben Holloway, NCC
Monarch High School
The Color Colorado Art institute’s mission is to help attract visitors to the various Colorado State Parks. They offer free art classes at libraries throughout Colorado. In these classes, students use templates inspired from the state parks. The institute teaches the ABC’s of landscape art using the subject matter found in our state parks. This year, they are producing their first coloring book and the first place winner’s work will be on the cover of “Color Colorado”. Proceeds support Colorado parks and wildlife.
Students in Ms. Quigg’s Drawing and Painting classes, as an alternative sketchbook homework assignment, had the opportunity to enter in the Color Colorado Art Institute Balloon Contest. Students had a template could add their own creativity while coloring. They could use part or the entire template. If desired, they could add fantasy elements. Work was to be hand drawn only – no computer art. Monarch had several finalists in this contest: Evelyn Brower, Nailah Falker, Anna Locker, Abdallah Abuyousef, Jaden Trujillo, Maci Burnett, Mary Sinsel, Katelyn Hewitt, and Max Maher.
Congratulations to Monarch’s Reese Jones. Reese won first place for “Hot Air Balloons” and to Alik Vasilyev who won second place for “Dragon Attack”. Each winner receives an annual state park pass.
Monarch After Prom is a volunteer supported and community sponsored evening of fun immediately following prom. The event is attended by more than 600 Monarch High School students and their dates.
The Monarch After Prom Committee is group of parents who plan and host this fun, substance-free event each year — our goal is to our keep kids safe and provide exciting activities, food and prizes.
We are looking for a couple of additional volunteers to join the team. We have openings for
- Someone interested in creating a variety of graphics to promote the event as well as signage for the night
- Someone to join the fundraising team — we have two on the team and would like a third to support this key area
Being part of the committee is a great way to meet fellow parents. We encourage parents of freshmen and sophomore students to join and learn the ropes!
The boys soccer season has come to a close with appreciation for our seniors and lots of skill and talent for a bright future. Varsity highlights in the final third of the season include a win over rival Horizon High School, a win on Senior night via a golden goal in overtime by senior Patrick Sternberg on his birthday and Principal Anderson introducing our seniors that same night: Aapo Lamminmaki, Blake Barber, Cal Brynestad, Danny Mulvahill, Elliot Konecnik, Hank Dalle-Molle, Jack Tater, Jesus Leyva, John Samuelson, Lucas Cote, Marcos Canales, Patrick Sternberg, Thomas Volpe, and Tyler Palme. Varsity finished with a record of 5-10.
The JV and C team has a year of growth and development. While the final score didn’t always reflect their passion and skill, they grew as individual players and formed stronger and more cohesive teams. JV finished with a record of 1-9-4. C team finished with a record of 3-6-2.
Thank you to our coaches Varsity: Balen Arenas, JV: John Cole and C Team: Kevin Arnold for their time and dedication this fall to the MoHi program and our boys.
Last weekend, Monarch sent one squad to the local Halloween tournament in Broomfield (complete with costumes!) Varsity teams A and B traveled to Utah to participate in the Lone Peak Ultimate Tournament. The A team played against some tough teams and windy conditions, ultimately ending up with 3 total wins and 3 losses. The B squad pulled together well, winning 4 games out of 6. This weekend, Mixed A, Mixed B, Mixed C and Rookie boys teams will head for the State Championships in Broomfield. Come out and cheer them on. Check out the schedule HERE.
Ultimate leagues are single sex in the Spring season and practices and informational meetings will take place in February 2019. For more information contact Head Coach Fin Waugh, firstname.lastname@example.org or Team Manager Tam Dalle Molle, email@example.com.
Coyote Student Credit Union
Coyote Student Credit Union
Autumn is when the leaves change color and the weather begins to turns cooler. It is also a great time to consider alternatives to help lower the fees you pay for financial services, and the financing rates you are charged for your mortgage, automobile, personal loans, and credit cards.
In addition, you may have already set up an account for your children with a debit card at your financial institution. While it might be free today, consider the long-term. If your financial institution is a bank, bank fees and financing rates have historically been higher than those at credit unions. That being the case, when your children apply for their first auto loan, a mortgage, and credit card, they may pay more than necessary which will cost them more over the long run. Why set them up for paying more when you don’t have to?
Financial literacy is part of the school’s curriculum. Teaching students to manage their money, use credit responsibly, and make wise financial choices, from the beginning, will have long-term benefits. To supplement classroom learning, we have the Coyote Student Credit Union to help students gain the skills before they graduate from high school through hands-on learning.
In fact, seniors still have time to open their account this year before they graduate and take advantage of the savings. Accounts graduate with students as they move out on their own or go away to college, and you’ll rest easier knowing they already have low-cost financial services.
NOTE: The largest national banks do not have branches and ATMS in every state. The credit union has shared branches and in-network ATM’s in EVERY state which are free to use, and located on or near most every college campus. When necessary, parents can fund their accounts through our local branches.
Before the holidays set in and time gets away from you, take time to discover the savings and benefits the credit union can provide you and your family. The credit union forwards a donation to your school’s PTSO Parent Teacher Student Organization based on everyone’s participation.
Education Specialist, Boulder Credit Union
303-657-7558 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
Happy November! It has been a great month for PEN. We kicked off our adolescent series and provided a number of other programs to support parents in raising healthy, happy youth.
As the school year progresses, most families are deep into their routines. Activities, homework, and work schedules are ever present and sometimes we have to make time to come up for air. This is necessary for both self care and relationship building. Click on this link to read the blog: 5 Ways to Build a Strong Relationship with Your Child.
Check out November events HERE.
Monarch PEN Liaison