PTSO Newsletter – September 2018
PLEASE JOIN US at the “Travel Fair: a showcase of opportunities for 4th to 12th grade students” on Wed., Sept. 26, 3-7 PM at DCIS Baker (574 W. 6th Ave., Denver, CO 80204). The Travel Fair is free and open to the public, with more than 20 exhibitors representing Gap Year, Travel, Study Abroad, Cultural Exchange, Language Immersion, and Service Opportunities. PLUS delicious food for sale! Join us for dinner 4 – 7 PM. See details here and email
We love to write and share our work.
In addition to publishing the Literary Magazine in the spring, we also organize fundraisers and events throughout the year such as: Movie Night, Open-Mic Night, Writing Workshops, and more…
Meet in room L205b with Ms. Grace, Tuesdays after school starting September 4th! Bring snacks to share!
Elaine Grace, CJE
Literary Magazine Adviser
Yearbook pre-orders close at the end of first semester. We can only order a limited number of extra copies. Don’t miss out on the memories!! Go to Revtrak to place your order today.
SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS: Yearbook senior photos and senior dedication ads must be submitted by October 5. There is a $10 late fee for submissions for two weeks after October 5 (ads may close sooner if the space fills up). Please follow directions for senior photos carefully. Senior information can be found on the yearbook website.
Auditions for the Interactive and Immersive Play, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are September 26th and 27th in the auditorium afterschool (3:15 Pm-5:30 PM).
Performance will be November 8th, 9th and 10th at 7 PM, and November 10th, 2 PM matinee.
Sign up on Theatre board or see Mrs. Lukas-Doctor, “Doc”, for more details!
Please come and support the performing arts!
More info HERE.
Gwendolyn E. Lukas-Doctor
Monarch High School
Language Arts Teacher
Drama Department Director
Thespian Director Troupe 5989
You can find our new scheduling software HERE.
Bus departure times and return times are available on MOST events. People can get a real time look of all our schedules for the entire building’s schedules and what’s going on. Categories include academic (school stuff, counseling, academic clubs), athletics, and scholastic (drama, choir, band, and orchestra), or you can view all. Finally, ‘notify me’ is an option to set to your personal cell or other device to get real time updates to changes that are made to your favorite events.
The link to buy tickets to our ticketed sporting events is here. Save time by buying online and not waiting in line, then just scan your phone at the gate.
See the website for regular updates HERE.
The sports punch pass can be bought during the school day from the treasurers office. This pass is 20 punches for any ticketed event in the district for $80.
College Essay Workshop
This is a guided brainstorming workshop with three activities designed to drive individual content for the personal statement and college application essay. The workshop will be held twice in September to accommodate different schedules and will last about an hour and 15 minutes. The first will be on Monday, September 24 from 1:45-3:00pm and the second will be on Wednesday, September 26 from 8-9:15am. These will be held in the old “Forum”.
Senior College Application Night
Seniors, please plan to attend. This is the time when we communicate everything you need to know about the college application process, how Naviance and Monarch “talk to each other,” updates and how to use the CommonApplication, and much, much more! Really, you need to be there!
There are 450 seniors, so coming to this presentation means we can give you the info you need. Please read your emails and take advantage of the opportunities we give you to get the information and support you need! September 12th, 6:30-8 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.
In-State College Fair
Boulder Valley School District high school counselors are holding the in-state College Fair from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. September 24, at Centaurus High School. Free to students and parents. A chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the state.
Out of State College Fair
Boulder Valley School District high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations, are holding the Out of State College Fair at Monarch High School on October 3rd. There will be a Financial Aid Presentation from 5:15-6:00 pm in the Auditorium. The College Fair will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free to students and parents. This is a chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the country. More information can be found at http://www.collegefairsdenver.org/
PSAT Sign Up
PSAT sign up for Juniors will take place in September. Sign up for Sophomores will be based on availability. Students must pay at time of sign up. The PSAT Test will take place on SATURDAY, October 13th. More information to follow.
Coffee talks will take place throughout the year. These events take place in the Monarch High School Post Grad Center and are opportunities for seniors to get answers to their questions about the college application process. Seniors should come in during lunch or during an off period. Student can ask questions on topics such as how to order transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation, beginning the scholarship search, finding a college fit, using Naviance in the college search and application process, etc. Dates to follow.
Monarch Counselors will be going into 9th through 11th grade classrooms over the next two months to talk with students about ICAP and help them update their plan. Students will learn about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) 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 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 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 for a fee. Students can choose supplemental, extension and remedial courses.
Important Dates and Deadlines for 2018-2019:
Credit Recovery Session 1:
Registration closes 09/07/18.
Credit Recovery Session 2:
Registration closes 10/26/18.
Full Semester Courses:
Registration closes 08/29/18.
Ben Holloway, NCC
Monarch High School
This fall, the Ultimate Coyotes will be comprised of at least four Co-Ed teams and we’ve got a spot for you! From novice, rookie players to elite, veteran players, we have an amazingly diverse group of student athletes that gather together three times a week to enjoy the great sport of Ultimate. This season, we already have 20 veteran girls, over 50 veteran boys, over a dozen rookie girls and almost 30 rookie boys that take to the fields on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 5:15 pm. We’re a very friendly and welcoming club and we encourage you to join us!
Local League Games started Thursday, September 6 and we have a couple of weekend tournaments to compete in before States in early November. For questions or more information, please contact Head Coach Finlay Waugh at email@example.com or Team Manager Tam Dalle Molle firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimate Frisbee Parent Representative
The Monarch boys soccer teams welcome back our coaches for another great season: Varsity: Balen Arenas, JV: John Cole and C Team: Kevin Arnold. This past week Varsity & JV scrimmaged against Silver Creek while the C-team took on Centaurus.
The next home game for the Varsity (6 pm) and JV (4 pm) will be on Thursday, September 13 against Greeley West. Come out and cheer on our hardworking soccer teams. The outlook for the Coyote boys soccer program looks great with immense talent, skill, and passion. Read about players to watch including stellar goalie Hank Dalle-Molle (Sr.) and his teammates here.
Finally, the soccer program is running a no-sale fund raiser. You can find out more details here and choose to donate as an anonymous donor. Our campaign runs until Tuesday, September 11. Help us reach our goal of $6,000 for new equipment and uniforms.
Coyote Boys’ Soccer Parent Representative
Do you love the water? Meeting new people? Getting a great workout in before school? Just curious about swimming or diving? Come learn what the Monarch Girls Swim & Dive Team is all about. We will be hosting an information meeting on Sept. 13th, 6:30pm in the Student Center. We will give an overview of the season (preseason starts in Oct.), lettering requirements, rules and expectations. Currently, we are a team of 50 athletes (and growing), with some athletes new to the sport and some, top in the state. You can meet the coaches and the captains and get any questions you may have answered. No need to worry about your ability, everyone is welcome!
Girls’ Swim and Dive Coach
Coyote Student Credit Union
Coyote Student Credit Union
Did you know…when you become Premier, that you are not only saving money on all your loans, paying lower financial service fees, and earning top rates on your savings and checking – you are also helping your student(s) save more and learn more about managing their personal finances and using credit responsibly. You are also helping your school’s PTSO raise money, all without costing you a penny.
Get to know Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU)
LIFE (Loan Interest for EducationTM)
- Save money on all of your loans – mention LIFE and Monarch PTSO when you apply
- PMCU gives Monarch PTSO a portion of the loan interest they receive
- It costs you nothing!
- New loans and/or refinance any current loan you have from another financial institution.
- Click LIFE for more information and how it works. Apply for a loan online, by phone
303-657-7000 or stop by a local Premier Members Credit Union branch near you.
- That’s LIFE and it’s that simple.
The Coyote Student Credit Union
- Encourage your student(s) to join so they can learn to manage their money and use credit responsibly.
- In-network ATMs and Shared Branches in all 50 States. No Bank provides that.
- Open a Savings Account with $5 minimum.
- Checking Accounts with a FREE Debit Card have NO minimum balance requirements and no monthly fees.
- Incentives: during the first five months from when the new account is opened, students will earn $5 each month when five or more purchases are made with their new Visa Debit Card.
- Savings/checking are federally insured to $250,000 by NCUA.
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.
Check out the upcoming PEN events HERE, beginning with the 17th Annual Kick Off with guest Derek McCoy who will speak about this year’s theme of Harvesting Healthy Families, on September 17, 6 – 8:30pm, at Verde Restaurant in Louisville. The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, presentation and resources. You can purchase your ticket HERE.
Monarch PEN Liaison