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Tag Archives: 2016-02-February

Boys’ Swim and Dive Team Pre-Season News

The Monarch High School Boys’ Swim and Dive team is busy preparing for their spring season. The first set of pre-season practices have been underway since early January. The team is sharing pool space with the Fairview High School Boys’ team at the East Boulder Recreation Center.

There will be a team meeting for swimmers, divers, and their families on Thursday, February 4, 6 p.m., at Monarch High School.

The second set of Monarch-only pre-season practices will take place the weeks of February 15 and February 22 at Lakeshore Athletic Club after 7 p.m. The first official day of practice follows on Monday, February 29.

For more information about the season or to be added to the team distribution list, please contact Head Coach Amber Sullivan at 720-261-5236 or amber.sullivan3@hotmail.com.

Priscilla Slocum Lacy
Boys’ Swim and Dive Team Parent Liaison
(303) 956-3626

Coyote Student Credit Union

Making financial literacy a goal for 2016
Also, ten $2,000 College Scholarships available….

As we forge into the new year, you should first ask yourself:

Does your student (or students):

  • Budget his/her own money and have a spending plan which includes saving money regularly and spending money wisely?
  • Use credit responsibly and understand the importance of maintaining good credit?
  • Have the financial skills to manage his/her own money when they go to college?

If you were not able to answer “yes” to all of these questions, you’re not alone. In fact, recent studies indicate that over 75% of college freshmen claim they were ill-prepared to handle their personal finances. Experts concur that simply providing young adults with financial products and services from their parent’s bank is not enough. It must be combined with classroom education, parent involvement, and hands-on experience that helps them understand the importance of savings, living within their means, and using credit responsibly. That is where Monarch High School’s Coyote Student Credit Union comes in.

The Coyote Student Credit Union offers high school students the hands-on opportunity to manage their own money to develop their financial skills, and help them make good financial decisions before they graduate from high school. Most student credit union members claim they feel more confident in managing their money and understand the importance of using their accounts and credit responsibly.

Discover the benefits. The student branch is located in the student center and is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during lunch. Students can by stop the student branch to pick up a student membership packet and take it home to review and complete. It takes a $5 minimum savings balance to join. Students will enjoy no monthly fee checking and a free debit card which they can continue to use when they move on to college. Ask about how to receive the $20 incentive to join and the $25 incentive when using the debit card for purchasing.

Seniors who are Coyote Student Credit Union members and plan to go to college in the U.S. next fall can apply for one of ten $2,000 college scholarship awards.

The Coyote Student Credit Union is sponsored by Premier Members Credit Union, formerly Boulder Valley Credit Union. For more information, please visit www.bvcu.org/coyotes [youth] or contact liaison, Steve Carr, at the phone and email address below.

Steve Carr
Education Specialist, Premier Members Credit Union
303-657-7558 or scarr@bvcu.org

DECA Students Prepare for State Competition

The DECA State Competition is quickly approaching. We want all of our 61 state qualifiers to succeed!

In order to prepare our students to perform at the best of their abilities, the Monarch High School DECA Chapter is offering board workshops for manual competitors and mock role plays for role play competitors. Dates for the mock role plays and the workshop will be determined soon.

Have your DECA student come to one of these role play events in order to prepare for State which will be held at the Broadmoor Hotel February 20-February 23 in Colorado Springs! Best of luck to all competitors.

Jenna Nguyen
DECA Secretary

Apply to Join the MHS Howler and Mosaic Staff

Does your student love writing, taking photos, and being involved at Monarch High School? If any of these appeal to your student, Monarch Publications is for them! The Publications class produces the Mosaic yearbook, the Howler newspaper, and the website, MHSHowler.com. As a reporter or editor, your student will have the chance to cover sports, entertainment, news, culture, or really anything that appeals to them over the various publications.

Publications is both a class and an extracurricular activity; it’s a great way to get involved at Monarch. It’s possible to be on the publications staff and still be involved in other sports and clubs. As an upperclassman, there are a variety of editorships and leadership opportunities in a range of areas including sports writing, opinions, design, and financial management.

Students who work on the newspaper or yearbook, on average, get better grades, higher ACT scores, and better grades as college freshmen according to a Newspaper Association for America (NAA) 2008 study. As a member of the publications staff, your student will improve his or her writing and speaking skills as well as get more involved in all aspects of the Monarch community. So, what are you waiting for?

To join, fill out an application here and sign up for either Yearbook 1 or Newspaper 1 at course selection. The course counts for technology or elective credit. Please contact bonnie.katzive@bvsd.org or emily.stanley@bvsd.org with any questions.

Samantha Wexler
Yearbook Sports Editor and Newspaper Reporter

January PTSO General Meeting Minutes Available

Please click on this link to read more about the January PTSO (Parent Student Teacher Organization) meeting which included presentations from the Gay/Straight Alliance and the Monarch Book Club as well as a discussion of Prom and After-Prom activities.

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

From the Counseling Office

Course Selection

Counselors will be in the Language Arts classrooms on Tuesday, February 16, Friday, February 19, and Monday, February 22 to talk with students about course selection for the 2016-2017 school year. Students will receive course request forms at this time. If a student is absent while we are in his or her LA class, he or she should go to the Counseling Office to pick up these forms. Students should talk with their current teachers, counselors, and parents or guardians if they have questions about what to take. Counselors will return to classes on March 1, 4, and 7 to review course selection choices with students and assist them in entering their choices into Infinite Campus.

Career and Technical Education

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors: check out all the Boulder Career and Technical Education Center has to offer. Did you know most CTEC classes offer college credit and embedded high school credit? See your counselor for details!

Online Courses- Spring 2016 Term

Full Courses
Sign-up is closed at this time.

Credit Recovery Courses
November 16, 2015-February 24, 2016 registration window is open.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss course enrollment with their counselor before registering for courses. Students may register using the online registration application at www.bvsdonline.org.

Only students that have previously taken the course and earned a F or a D are eligible to take credit recovery courses.

Upcoming College Application Deadlines

Seniors: many colleges have upcoming application deadlines in February, so plan ahead! Be sure to check your college websites in order to determine your deadlines. Order your transcripts at least a week in advance and request letters of recommendation a month in advance. Remember, if you order paper transcripts, you must pick them up and send them.

Free Application for Financial Student Aid

FAFSA went live on January 1 and seniors/parents must submit as soon as possible 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/. This is the official free application through the government.

ACT Colorado State Test

Remember, all juniors in the state of Colorado will take the ACT on April 19. This test is free and students do not register online. These test results will be posted on a student’s transcript. Information about prep classes can be found on the Counseling Department’s website (see below), in the Counseling Office, and online through Community Connections (A Student Resource Guide) at http://bvsd.org/guide/Pages/disclaimer.aspx. Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.

Sophomore College Planning Night

Sophomore class students and parents: it’s time to start thinking about planning for college. Keep an eye out for information about Sophomore College Planning Night. Topics covered during this night event will include:

  • College planning timeline
  • Making the most of college fairs
  • Review of Naviance and how to use it for college search and planning
  • And much more!

Contact Information

Last names beginning A–D: Erin Gee, erin.gee@bvsd.org, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, alexandra.cyr@bvsd.org, 720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: John Vidulich, john.vidulich@bvsd.org, 720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org, 720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website here.

Alexandra Cyr
Monarch Counselor


Monarch High School’s After Prom Event Set for April 16

MHS After Prom Kick-Off 2016 a Success

The Monarch High School After Prom committee had a super kick-off meeting this month with several new and returning parents, as well as six students (woot!) who were very excited to help out. There is an immediate need in decoration making. Renee Enroth, our lead designer, is a rock star, but cannot do it all alone. Please consider coming to weekly decoration clinics to help get the theme kick-started.

Decorations Workshops began January 19 and continue through mid April every Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Monarch High School. Look for the sign at the entrance (we will probably start in the multi-purpose room). Drop ins are welcome!

Renee Enroth
After-Prom Committee Decorating Chair


Want to Help? Please Support After Prom!

MoHi After Prom will be held on Saturday, April 16. The event is designed to give the kids a safe and fun place to go after attending the Prom. Our large group of volunteers organize and offer entertainment, food, and prizes to entice the kids to come and stay. The event is hosted from midnight until 4 a.m. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and much appreciated by Monarch High School Principal, Dr. Jerry Anderson. Read her sentiment here: mhscommunityconversation.blogspot.com.

We hope you will consider supporting the kids again this year to provide a safe fun event for our 600 students after they attend Prom.

CAPPA (Community After-Prom Parents Association) is a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization and our event is 100 percent funded by community donations. We are very appreciative of any monetary or gift donation and recognize donors on our Facebook Page, on our Twitter Feed, on our website, during our community open house, and in a full page ad in the Colorado Hometown Weekly/Boulder Daily Camera.

Donor Levels are as follows:
$25-$99 – Bronze
$100-$499 – Silver
$500-$999 – Gold
$1000 and up – Platinum

Checks may be made to:

P.O. Box 189
Louisville, Colorado 80027

To donate online please visit:www.afterpromevent.org.

To volunteer please email: afterpromevent@gmail.com.

Find us on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

We need your help to make this a success for the kids in our community!

Sharon Reese
MoHi After-Prom Committee Lead