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Tag Archives: 2015-09-September

Ultimate Frisbee

Monarch High School is known throughout the state for its championship-winning Ultimate teams. The three goals of the Ultimate program are:

  1. Have fun
  2. Learn some skills
  3. Have fun

We repeat “have fun” to emphasize its importance.

In the fall, boys and girls compete together on co-ed teams for mixed play. During the spring season, boys and girls compete on separate teams. Ultimate is a club sport, so participants are not required to submit proof of a physical exam. All are welcome to play Ultimate, and there are never any cuts.

This fall, we have a total of four teams: two varsity and two junior varsity. All players practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-5:15 p.m., and games are on Thursdays. The varsity teams practice at the Louisville Sports Complex, and the junior varsity teams and rookies practice at Monarch K-8 Elementary School.

The season kicked off on September 10, and will wrap up with the state tournament on November 14-15.

We’re off to a great start with all four teams bringing home victories last week; well, one was a forfeit, but we’ll take it!

It’s not too late to join, and it’s really not too late to come cheer us on. There are games at Louisville Sports Complex and Monarch K-8 Elementary School every Thursday at 4:00, so come and see what Ultimate is all about!

Tam Dalle Molle, team manager


PTSO Meeting

We had a great Parent Teacher Student Organization meeting in September. There was a large turn-out of new parents who were able to ask questions of our assistant principal, Eric Moroye, and of student representatives from the National Honor Society and Student Senate. The meeting discussion ranged from the MHS parking situation to how to appreciate staff/teachers. We also learned about how to seek out volunteer opportunities if our child is going to apply for the NHS. Did you know that students need 25 hours of service before the winter of their junior year? Start now! Learn more at: http://moh.bvsd.org/AandA/activities/Pages/National-Honors-Society.aspx or http://www.nhs.us.

MHS PTSO really strives to host meetings that give pertinent, timely information to parents. We do not just focus on fundraising and soliciting volunteers. Please consider stopping by our next meeting as you will not want to miss it.

At our next PTSO meeting on Friday, November 13, 11:30 a.m., in the main office conference room, we will be talking about parking, traffic, and school safety at MHS with Chris Wilderman, Director of Operations, Security & Environmental Services for BVSD. You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear what he has to say and ask questions about these important issues.

Kelli Gambee, PTSO President


Writer’s Society

Attention writers, poets, playwrights, artists, graphic designers, photographers: Join the Writer’s Society!

In addition to publishing the Literary Magazine in the spring, which features student writing and art work, we also organize fundraisers and events throughout the year such as: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), Movie Night, Open-Mic Night, writing workshops, and more…

We meet in room A205 throughout first and second semester with Ms. Grace, Tuesdays after school starting September 1.

Elaine Grace, CJE
Literary Magazine Adviser

Boys’ Golf 2015

The MHS Boys’ Golf Team has wrapped up league play, coming in 2nd place overall in the Front Range League, the best of all BVSD teams. Congrats to our Varsity golfers! In addition, MHS Boys’ Golf placed 1st out of 32 schools at the prestigious Cherry Creek Invitational in August. Way to hit ‘em ‘Yotes!

Leading the way for MHS this season are senior Noah Gambee, and juniors Ethan Alexander, Buck Guthrie, and Danny Gallant. These boys will represent MHS at the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Northern Regional Tournament at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction, CO, on Monday, September 21. The regional is the qualifying tourney for the State Championship October 5-6 at the Fort Collins Country Club. Best of luck to our MHS golfers. ‘Scooo ‘Yotes!

Other important contributing members to the 2nd place league finish include senior Cooper Schutt, and sophomore Spencer Daake. The varsity B and junior varsity teams have also enjoyed a productive season. Liam Benshoff, Jack Taylor, Robbie Redfern, Andrew LeBlanc, Tanner Johnson, Dane Jones, and Bryan Hummer all had some good rounds which allowed them to place both as a team and individually in tournament.

Thank you to Coach Riley and Coach Findley for all the awesome support!

Julie Alexander, Booster Club representative



DECA is a non-profit, co-curricular organization with marketing classes.

“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.”

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, September 23, (precise time?) Mock role-plays at MHS during tutor time. First year marketing students get the opportunity to practice role play events and receive feedback from highly qualified judges.

Friday, October 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Taste of Monarch. MHS DECA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Local vendors bring samples for all that come. Tickets are only $7 and there is even a silent auction.

Friday, October 30, all day comptetition, CU Invitational. Monarch DECA’s own invitational at the beautiful CU boulder campus. A great competition to practice for districts.

Sunday-Monday, November 1-2, all day competitions, Beaver Creek Invitational. This is a two day competition up in Beaver Creek. Another great opportunity for students to learn.

Zoe Senteno, secretary

Running Coyotes Have Early Success

The MHS boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have been in action officially since the Monday before school started, and unofficially since June. The team practices Monday-Friday, with most meets falling on Saturdays. All of this hard work has been paying off in the first few meets of the season. Isaac Green is so far undefeated in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) competition and leads one of the best boys’ teams in school history. He repeated his title at the esteemed Liberty Bell Meet, winning in an incredible time of 15:16 for the 5k. Holly Bent leads a talented and deep group of ladies. She also had a fantastic performance at Liberty Bell, running 17:59 for the 5k. On the team front, both teams have either won or placed second at the three meets thus far in the season. The junior varsity teams have also performed well, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams and individuals winning the first two meets in a dominating fashion.

The cross country team is entering the middle of the season racing phase, in which every week has a meet. Both varsity teams are gearing up for an impressive state campaign, ending with the state meet down in Colorado Springs on Halloween. After state, the team will travel to Arizona for the Nike Southwest Regional Meet on November 20, to try and qualify for the Nike National Meet in Oregon in December.

The coyotes take on other Boulder Valley teams in the annual Pat Patten Invitational at Viele Lake on September 26, the day of homecoming. Come out and cheer on the cross country team before you dance the night away!

For a schedule, photos, and meet recaps make sure to visit www.mohirunning.com

Sam Wexler, Cross Country Coach


Monthly Counseling Updates

Freshman Parent Night

Monarch High School counselors will provide information and answer your questions about the Counseling Department, Boulder Valley School District graduation requirements, and college entrance requirements. Oct 28, 7-8:30 p.m., in the MHS auditorium.

In-State College Fair

BVSD high school counselors are holding the In-state College Fair from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, at Centaurus High School, free to students and parents. This is a chance to meet with college admissions representatives from around the state.

Out-of-State College Fair

BVSD high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations are holding the Out-of-State College Fair at MHS on October 7, 6-8 p.m, free to students and parents. There will be a financial aid presentation from 5:15-6 p.m. in the auditorium. This is a chance to meet with college admissions representatives from around the country. More information can be found at http://www.collegefairsdenver.org/

PSAT Registration

PSAT registration for juniors is September 23-October 2, and registration for sophomores is October 5-9, if seats are still available. Students must pay at time of registration. The PSAT testing date is October 17, 7:30-11:30 a.m. More information to follow.

Coffee Talks

Coffee talks will take place throughout the year in the MHS 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. Students 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 (thus far) are September 19, October 9, and October 30.

ICAP Lessons

Monarch counselors will be going into freshman, sophomore, and junior classrooms over the next two months to talk with students about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and help them update their plan. Students will learn about ICAP and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance.

According to the Colorado Department of Education, “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 post-secondary plan that ensures readiness for post-secondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student, and his or her parent or legal guardian, in exploring the post-secondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to post-secondary 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 BVSD.  Students can choose supplemental, extension, and remedial courses.

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2015-2016

Fall Term Full Courses
August 24, 2015 – September 23, 2015  Registration Window Open*
September 15, 2015 – December 15, 2015  Courses Open (no extensions)
*Registrations and payments received after September 11, 2015, will result in late enrollment into the class. No extensions are granted due to late registrations.

Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses
August 24, 2015 – October 28, 2015  Registration Window Open*
*Fall Term begins Tuesday, September 15. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, September 11, to start on Tuesday, September 15.

Enrollment takes place approximately two business days after registration and payment.

Credit Recovery Courses will be open for six weeks after the start date (no extensions). All Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses must be completed by 10 p.m. Mountain Time on December 15.

Alexandra Cyr, counselor


Congratulations to Deann Bucher

Deann Bucher has been awarded the CU Best Should Teach Award. She currently teaches World History, Geography, and U.S. Government at Monarch High School.

Best Should Teach Initiative strives to acknowledge excellence in teaching and academic leadership. The initiative is managed by the Graduate Teacher Program in coordination with the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Lindley and Marguerite Stiles established the initiative in 1996 to promulgate the message that “the best should teach.”

Learn more at: http://www.colorado.edu/gtp/best-should-teach-initiative

Student Handbook

Students and parents are responsible for reviewing and knowing the behavioral expectations outlined in this student handbook and the Boulder Valley School District Students’ and Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities Handbook published by the district. Students will be held accountable for knowing this information.

Student Handbook 2015-2016

Welcome Back to School, from your Premier Members Credit Union (formerly) Boulder Valley Credit Union

In May 2015, Boulder Valley Credit Union and Premier Members Federal Credit Union joined forces and changed our name to Premier Members Credit Union which reflects our fantastic members in the many communities we serve beyond Boulder and Boulder County.

We are one. We are bigger and better. We now have an even stronger commitment to our long-time support of the BVSD schools and its teachers, administrators, staff, parents, students, and community members. We are dedicated and steadfast to helping students gain the hands-on skills they need to be financially successful as they graduate and advance to college, and throughout life, through their Coyote Student Credit Union.

Over the coming months, we are transitioning our name and operations from Boulder Valley Credit Union to Premier Members Credit Union. We have created synergy that reduces costs and increases efficiency, resulting in more branches, more financial strength, more products and services, better rates, higher dividends, lower fees, better technology services, and so much more…as well as continuing to provide the same great friendly and professional staff to help ensure that everyone can achieve their financial dreams.

Managing money is a crucial life lesson. There are two ways to learn personal money management skills: the easy way or the hard way.

The hard way: Over 70 percent of college freshmen surveyed claimed they were ill-prepared to handle their personal finances. Simply setting up a checking account at a bank may not provide young adults with the proper financial skills they need to manage their own money when they move away to college and even later in life.

The easy way: Fortunately, Coyote students have the unique opportunity to learn personal money management skills. Unlike most high schools across the United States, Monarch High School has the Coyote Student Credit Union to help all students pay lower fees and financing rates, and earn more on their savings as well as gain the financial skills they need to manage their personal finances through hands-on learning before they graduate from high school, so they are better prepared to be successful, financially-independent adults.

Tips for parents to help students learn how to successfully manage their personal finances:

Work with your student. Financial education doesn’t evolve from simply opening a bank account for your student(s). The most effective way is to have them open their own account at the student credit union with their parent on the account. Then, work with them each month to help them balance their account and reward them for handling the account responsibly. The credit union has online learning tools to help students learn how to manage their money and use credit responsibly.

Lead by example. Setting a good example is key. Be financially responsible so your students have a good example to follow. Pay your bills on time, balance your checkbook and credit card statements regularly, and don’t buy on impulse, and spend money you don’t have. Share your techniques on how you keep your household within budget.

Take a finance class. Taking a finance class is invaluable for student learning. In addition, discussing finances at home helps to reinforce the lessons learned in school and helps to solidify your values on the importance of saving regularly, establishing and maintaining good credit, and the basics of good money management skills. Include your student in discussions about major financial decisions such as a purchasing a new home, car, etc. and discuss the sacrifices the whole family may have to make if a hardship situation occurs.

Incorporate hands-on learning. While your student may already have an account at your bank, consider the new opportunity for them to open their own account at the Coyote Student Credit Union. It is conveniently located in the student center and is open during the lunch period on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Consider these credit union advantages and compare them with your current financial institution.

  • Savings account: $5 minimum deposit to become a member
  • Checking account: No minimum balance requirements or monthly fees
  • Debit card: No monthly fee (free instant-issue, customized debit cards)
  • Student VISA credit card: No annual fee

Convenient free service

  • Over 30,000 CO-OP network ATMs located locally and nationwide
  •  Over 5,000 CO-OP shared branches located locally and nationwide
  • 24/7 convenience. Online and mobile Banking
  • Savings are federally insured up to $250,000 by NCUA

Note that the largest national banks do not have branches and ATMS in every state and city. The credit union CO-OP shared branches and ATMS are located in every state, major city, and on or near most every major college campus in the U.S.

Help the PTSO. Students, parents, and MHS staff members who join the credit union, or are already members, need to let us know that they are with MHS. We will code each of these accounts to MHS, and submit a check donation to the MHS PTSO based upon the total of all savings and loan balances. This donation can grow each year as more of the MHS community joins and uses our services.

When you take the time to help your student open their account at the student credit union and work with them on managing their personal finances before they graduate from high school, you will be setting them on the right course for financial success. They will reap the benefits throughout their lives and thank you for it. If you have any questions, please visit the student credit union website at www.bvcu.org/coyotes, contact Business/Finance FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) teachers Rudy Sumpter and Sean McCoy, or Steve Carr at Premier Members Credit Union 303-657-7558 or scarr@bvcu.org.

Welcome back to school and may this be a great year! Don’t put off financial literacy another day. Join today.