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January PTSO General Meeting – Prom/After Prom!

Mark your calendars for the January PTSO Meeting to learn all about Prom/After Prom.

The meeting will take place on Friday, January 8th, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the large conference room in the administrative offices.

School dances are a big part of the high school experience and prom is the pinnacle of these dances. Many parents are concerned about prom night activities. Although prom is for juniors and seniors, some freshman and sophomore girls are invited and any student may attend the After Prom Open House or volunteer for After Prom. Come and hear what Monarch does to both make prom a fun and memorable evening and help keep our students safe on this important night of their high school career! There will also be student presentations from the Gay/Straight Alliance and the Monarch High Book Club. Hope to see you there!

Kelli Gambee
PTSO President

Marching Band Finishes Fifth in State Finals!

“Let’s be AMAZING!!” These three words were next to the Marching Band’s performance time for each competition and they took those words to heart. Monarch Marching Band could have struggled with the changes that the band had to contend with this year–a change in staff, a new band director, and a move from 4A to 5A–but they took it all in stride, worked hard, and had their best year ever! Drum majors Sarah Fowle, Paige Smith, and Daniel Wilson did a fabulous job of leading the band of 112 students. New director Chuck Stephen, along with Dan Pinkston, Clare Church, and a great staff (many of whom are Monarch High School alumni) provided the instruction they needed to excel. The season culminated in a fifth place finish at the Colorado Bandmasters Association (CBA) State Championships with their highest score to date for their show “Spanish Fantasy.”

Next for many of these musicians, in addition to performing in Monarch High School’s concert or jazz bands, orchestra and/or choir, is the winter season. Monarch Indoor Percussion and Monarch Winter Guard have started practices and also hope for a great season this year. You can find more information about these groups and the entire music department at our new website: www.monarchmusicboosters.org. Thanks for your support!

Sheila Spangler
Monarch Marching Band Parent Representative

Ultimate Frisbee Excels at State Tournament!

Monarch High School sent four teams to the state tournament in Broomfield over the weekend of November 14th and 15th. (Varsity A, Varsity B, Junior Varsity and a Rookie Team.) Varsity A steamrolled all of their opponents on the first day. On Sunday, they beat Arapahoe High School in the quarter finals, Denver East High School in the semi-finals, and suffered a heartbreaking 12-11 loss to Lakewood High School in the finals to take second place in the tournament.

The B team may have struggled to find their groove and make the plays on Saturday the 14th, but on day two they showed up and showed off! On Sunday, the team played hard and made some incredible all-out plays, and defense dominated. Girl power was evident. They were fast, determined, and focused. The B team was seeded 11th, but ended up finishing in ninth place by beating Littleton High School and Colorado Academy. Way to go team B; you made us proud!

The junior varsity team played in Division 2, against many schools’ top teams. It’s always a huge challenge, but the junior varsity team played hard. They ended up beating Fairview High School on day two to finish in seventh place in the Division 2 bracket.

The rookies played their hearts out facing opponents comprised almost entirely of upperclassmen. After four hard fought defeats, they finished strong with a nail biting victory to win game five, even while playing “savage” (that’s Ultimate Frisbee lingo for zero subs). Coach Fin Waugh said the rookie team is full of “rising stars” ensuring continued success for MoHi Ultimate Frisbee.

Tam Dalle Molle
Team Manager

BVSD November Thrive Newsletter Available!

On behalf of Superintendent Bruce Messinger:

Dear Boulder Valley School District Parents, Guardians and Staff,

The November Thrive Update newsletter is here! The theme is building healthy relationships. Included are helpful ideas about supporting children’s development of healthy social behaviors and working together to nurture positive family interactions. Events listed in the calendar range from parenting support and informational talks to teen advisory group meetings for local libraries. This issue also provides information about the Boulder County Foster Care program and the YMCA’s DACA (assists young immigrants applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Project.

We hope you find this information useful.

Access the full issue here: ow.ly/Us04m

Cory Nickerson
PTSO Social Media Chair


Updates from the Counseling Office


Monarch High School counselors were in grades 9-11 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. 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 worked with students to develop a four 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.


We will be taking requests for second semester schedule changes December 1-4. There is very little room in classes, as you have experienced, so changes will be limited to the following:

  • Level changes if confirmed by current level teacher and room in the next level class exists (a form must be signed by all teachers involved and guardian)
  • Adding a class to a free period. Remember, there is limited space in electives so choices may not be ideal.
  • Adding a teacher’s aid class to your schedule (form must be completed)
  • Dropping a class if not needed


Sophomores and juniors: Are you interested in attending Career and Technical Education school (CTE Boulder)? Attend the CTE tour on Tuesday, January 26. You must pick up a permission slip in the counseling office and return the signed form. CTE Boulder programs are available to all Boulder Valley School District high school students as elective credits in career and technical educational areas. In small classes, students follow a sequence of courses that provide hands-on technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare them for an immediate career and/or to further education. CTE is a state-certified Designated Area Vocational School and offers many state-approved vocational secondary programs. Certifications in CTE programs may be earned after course completions ranging from one semester to two years. CTE students with transcripted certifications are eligible to apply for articulation credit at Front Range Community College. For more information, go to:



It is time to start thinking about the classes you want to take next year! Course selection for the 2016-2017 academic year will take place on Friday, February 19, Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23. Remember to think about graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and matching your course choices here at MHS to your future career and educational interests!

Seniors interested in Front Range, please be on the look out for information about a FRCC tour that will take place in February.

Seniors: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines (November, December, and early January). Plan ahead!

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 will go live on January 1, 2016, and seniors/parents NEED to submit it as soon as possible after January 1 for consideration for many financial aid opportunities as well as many scholarships. Do you need help filling out the FAFSA? We can help! Come to the post grad center for FAFSA support. Parents and guardians are welcome. Remember, you must submit the 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/ (the official free application through the government).

Last names beginning A–D: Erin Gee, erin.gee@bvsd.org720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, alexandra.cyr@bvsd.org720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: John Vidulich, john.vidulich@bvsd.org720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website at

Alexandra Cyr

After Prom Volunteers Needed!

We are getting very close to an AfterProm theme at Monarch High School, but we are still looking for a few good men and women to help fill volunteer roles.

Parent/Grandparent Positions:
1. Decorating Chair-in-Training (freshman or sophomore parent needed!)
2. Volunteers Chair
3. Fundraising Co-Chair
4. Prize Co-Chair
5. Volunteers Support
6. Open House Support
7. Registration Support
8. Refreshment Support
9. Entertainment Support
10. Prize Support

Support people are not required to attend meetings. Otherwise, at least one chairperson from each area should try to attend.

Meetings are on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
January 12, 26
February 9, 23
March 1, 8, 15, 29
April 5, 12

I am happy to answer questions if anyone wants more information about what is involved with any of the positions. Thanks!

Sharon Reese
Committee Lead

Cross Country Team Excels at State Meet and Beyond

A HUGE congratulations to the Monarch High School Cross Country team! Both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the state meet in Colorado Springs on October 31. Each came away each with a sixth place finish in the 5A state meet.

The boys were represented by Isaac Green, Ben Hogan, Zach Litoff, Isaac Russo, Greg Hibl, Jack Herrmann, and Declan Stone Murphy. Charlie Perry, who turned in a stellar time during the regional qualifying race, was sidelined with an injury.

In the girls’ race, Audrey Lookner came in 17th place followed by Hailey Leader, Liz Hogan, Brooke Forsythe, Emily Hoffmann, Daisy Fuchs, and Alden Gruidel. The girls’ top runner, Holly Bent, was also sidelined for the big race.

The biggest highlight of the day was Isaac Green’s first cross country state title. Issac fought off a tough field to win the race in dramatic fashion. He and Jake Mitchem, a senior from Broomfield, were very close entering the stadium. Isaac’s surge to the finish line brought him his second state title in six months after winning the 1600 meter state championship last spring. Congratulations to Isaac who was also named to the All-State team!

Last, but not least, congratulations to Monarch High School’s own Cross Country coach, Laura Thweatt, who ran one of the best debuts ever by an American woman at the New York City Marathon. Thweatt was the fastest American this year and finishing seventh in 2:28:23. “It went surprisingly well,” Thweatt, 26, of Boulder, Colorado, said about her first marathon. Thweatt’s time is the seventh fastest by an American in New York.

The Cross Country team finishes their season on Saturday, November 21, at the Nike Southwest Regional Meet in Arizona. Go Coyotes!

Samantha Wexler
Cross Country Runner/Reporter


DECA Shines at the CU and Beaver Creek Invitational!

After a fantastic and highly successful weekend at the University of Colorado Boulder Invitational and the Beaver Creek Invitational, Monarch High School DECA’s next mission is to take on districts on Friday, November 20, at Johnson and Wales University.

District 1 includes MHS, Mountain Range High School, and Legacy High School. This role-play competition will determine who moves on to the state competition in Colorado Springs at the end of February. Best of luck to all competing at the District 1 conference. Keep calm and role play on!

Zoe Senteno

Softball Team Finishes with Stellar Record and Recognition

The Girls’ Softball varsity team finished out their regular season in style, beating Greeley West 4-3 in an action-packed game full of double plays, strikeouts, and heavy hitting (including a home run by junior Hanna Urbach!), culminating in a walk-off win off of a double by freshman Payton Allen in the bottom of the 7th inning. The team logged its best record in five seasons.

Recently, senior Ali Harford was named second team All-Front-Range-League! Ali is joined by fellow teammates Jane Polyard, Hannah Urbach, Sydney Marchetti, and Peyton Allen who received honorable mention. Congratulations!

Lynne Wexler
PTSO Newsletter Chair

Order the 2015-2016 Mosaic Yearbook Before It’s Too Late!

Now is the time to purchase your 2015-2016 Monarch High School Mosaic yearbook. Pre-orders will close after December 18 and only a very small number of yearbooks will be available for purchase in May. Don’t miss out on the memories! Buy your yearbook today.

Yearbooks are available on Revtrak. Click here to purchase now: ow.ly/TIXLM

Please contact the yearbook advisers, Bonnie Katzive, or Emily Stanley (emily.stanley@bvsd.org), with any questions or concerns.

Bonnie Katzive, bonnie.katzive@bvsd.org, 720-561-4312
Language Arts and Journalism Teacher
Adviser, The Howler and Yearbook