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From the PTSO President

The Monarch High School PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) wants to thank all of our generous parents for their donations in our fall fundraising campaign. At this point, we have raised over $13,000 and are getting close to our $15,000 goal!

In December, teachers submitted applications for mini-grants and we were able to approve every one. Some of the classroom equipment for which the PTSO supplied funds included:

  • Apple products for the Science Department
  • A television cabinet for Adaptive Physical Education
  • $1000 for books/equipment/supplies for the library
  • Athletic equipment for Physical Education
  • A stand-up desk for tutoring students

At our January PTSO meeting, we welcomed students from the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) as well as students from Monarch Book Club. If you have never attended a meeting and heard the excitement and passion that Monarch students express about the interests they’re passionate about, you should consider attending one. Our students are doing amazing things, and there is nothing like hearing them talk about it!

Also, at the January meeting we hosted the After-Prom committee. They talked with us about the importance of this event to our school and community. After-Prom keeps teens off the roads and in a safe environment during the hours that can cause the most concern for parents on prom night. If you are interested in learning more about After-Prom, please contact Sharon Reece at sharon.reese3@gmail.com.

Our next PTSO meeting will be on March 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the main office conference room. Our administrators will be there to answer questions about standardized testing (ACT, SAT, PSAT, PARCC, etc.). Hope to see you there.

PTSO is looking for a president for next year. Perhaps you were involved in PTA/PTSO at the elementary or middle school level–you could easily step into this role. In high school, the job is much easier! It really just requires overseeing the other committee chairs. I always say, “many hands make light work,” and we are fortunate to have many hands. Please let me know if you’re interested.

Kelli Gambee
Monarch PTSO President