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Annual Data Update (ADU) – What You Need to Know!

On Monday, April 16th, you should have received an email from BVSD Student Enrollment requesting that you complete your student’s Annual Data Update or ADU.

This is a critical step to your student’s continued enrollment at Monarch High School and is part of the Back to School Check-in Process. Please complete your ADU at your earliest convenience.

More detailed Annual Data Update directions are available on the BVSD website HERE.

If you have questions, please contact the BVSD Student Enrollment Help Desk at 720-561-5247 or email enrollment.helpdesk@bvsd.org.

Staci Sena
MHS Registrar


Important Yearbook Info


Parents and Students, please read the following carefully.  Due to summer remodel plans and some other changes, there will be limited opportunities for yearbook pickup this year. Please plan on picking up your yearbook during one of the available times.

What are the yearbook pickup times and locations for students who pre-ordered?

*You must pay all school fines before you can pick up your yearbook.

  • May 10: Library, 11-3:30             SENIORS ONLY
  • May 11: Library, 2:00-4:00        All students can pick up yearbooks and go enjoy the all-school barbecue
  • May 14: Room L205, 12:40-3:30
  • May 15: Room L205, 1:20-3:30
  • May 17: Room L205, 1:00-3:30

Pickup locations for finals week will be announced on Schoology.  If you do not pick up your yearbook before May 24, you will have to wait until after school starts in August!

Can I still purchase a yearbook?

We have 100 extra copies coming.  These will be sold at yearbook distribution on May 10th and 11th and then at the Treasurer’s window until they sell out.  Buy one at your earliest opportunity. The cost is $70. *You must pay all school fines before you can purchase a yearbook in May.

What if I am not sure if we bought one?

A list of who purchased will be posted outside room L205A (by the library) after April 15.  Please have your student check the list. If you do not see your name, but you have a receipt, canceled check, or Revtrak record showing a purchase, you may contact adviser Bonnie Katzive (bonnie.katzive@bvsd.org) to clear up any issues.  We try to keep perfect records, but sometimes errors occur and we are happy to clear up issues.

I never received my 2017 (last spring) yearbook and I paid for one.

Pick up your previously pre-purchased yearbook from the treasurer, Miranda Bellacosa, during regular school hours at your convenience.  We also have yearbooks from 2015 ($55), 2016 ($60), and 2017 ($65) available for purchase in the Treasurer’s Office.

Do NOT mark your yearbook until you have looked through it to make sure it is in perfect condition.

Seniors should check portraits and ads (if purchased).  If a yearbook has a printing error, such as smeared ink or an upside down page, the plant can only take it back and replace it if your yearbook is unmarked (which includes water and coffee stains).  [As soon as you are sure everything is in order, get your name into your yearbook so you can track it down if misplaced.]  Bring your yearbook to Bonnie Katzive if you need to discuss or exchange a yearbook that was damaged during printing.

My name is spelled wrong in a story.

The yearbook is a student publication and, as such, there may be errors.  While we do our best to offer you a quality publication, it is simply impossible to catch every error.  By purchasing a yearbook, you indicate your understanding of this statement and agree not to hold Monarch High School nor the yearbook staff liable for any mistakes in content or word processing including spelling mistakes.  Refunds will NOT be made for errors. Any problem in need of reporting should be sent to bonnie.katzive@bvsd.org.

My nameplate is spelled wrong.

Please report this to us by May 17th so we can arrange for a new one before the school closes for the summer.  We will only replace nameplates if the error was made by school or yearbook staff or by the yearbook company.

Bonnie Katzive
Language Arts and Journalism Teacher, Monarch High School
Adviser, The Howler and Yearbook

PEN Event – Senior Transitions

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM


             329 Campus Drive, Louisville

Join us for an interactive presentation about:

  • The transition to post-high school for adolescents and parents
  • Differences between high school & college
  • Challenges and the skills necessary to overcome them
  • Dealing with stress in a healthy and productive way
  • The changing parent/child relationship
  • Signs that help is needed
  • Resources on campus

A FREE presentation by guest speakers:  Dr. Don Misch, and Amy Robertson, LCSW.

For more information or to register, please click HERE.

Lori Dulberg
Monarch PEN Liaison


Teacher Mini-Grant Application & Selection

PTSO donors and parents or guardians are welcome to attend and contribute to our Spring Mini-Grant review process to support teachers and students at Monarch.

Date: Wednesday, April 25th
Time: 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Administrative Conference Room

Our board is expecting several wonderful grant applications from a variety of teachers and departments. We will be reviewing and weighing the requests against our budget. Last fall we funded $6,000 in requests as follows:

• Little Rock Nine Foundation speaker, Carlotta Lanier, addressed the Juniors in US History on February 28th.
• Surface Pro Tablet to create flipped classrooms for AP and Advanced Chemistry.
• Funding towards a “book tasting restaurant” for students in Language Arts and Social Studies.
• iPods for all World Languages to aid in preparation for the AP exams.
• Movement Lab and Obstacle Course for the Adaptive PE students.
• Robotics class tools including an electrical motor, micro-controller, and joystick.
• 3D Glasses used in the library allowing classes to take virtual field trips.
• Wacom wireless tablet with pen for use in Math to present problems interactively.
• Respiratory Spirometers for use in Biology and Anatomy classes.
• ILC classroom items to create a space for students challenged by sensory input.
• iPads for use by Science and Art for digital lab stations and image research/design.
• Spanish Novels and Games for use in the classroom for free reading and creativity.
• Molecular Modeling Kits to demonstrate chemical bonding in Physical Science classes.
• Publication of the school literary magazine.
• Both MoVibe and After Prom support.
• Support and celebration of staff during Staff Appreciation Week with food, treats, and gift cards.
• Staff Appreciation meals during Parent/Teacher conferences.

You’re welcome to come and help the committee make decisions. We will meet in the conference room next to the Administrative Offices. Please send us an email if you’d like to attend. Hope to see you there!

Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
PTSO Co-Presidents

Staff Appreciation Week is April 30th through May 4th

In May, schools across the United States thank teachers and staff during STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK. Monarch will be celebrating from April 30th to May 4th, 2018.

Please click here to sign up for meals, gift cards or to donate your time to help with this  wonderful week long event to support and thank Monarch’s teachers and staff! Or you can make a cash donation using our Paypal link here and scroll to look for the “Donate Now” button.

Our Staff Appreciation Chairs, Michelle Gazarik and Anna Fleming, could use some extra help to get everything organized. If you can help, please email them at socialevents@monarchptso.org.

We ask for your help in our final celebration to thank the 120+ staff at Monarch HS that make your student’s daily experience enriching and educational while challenging them to grow and develop into young adults.

We are planning something special each day and hope you can contribute in your special way.

Michelle Gazarik & Anna Fleming
PTSO Staff Appreciation Coordinators

Special Event for Incoming Freshman Families – Class of 2022!

In conjunction with Monarch’s 8th Grade Activities Night on Tuesday, May 8th, the PTSO is hosting a free event, designed to help incoming freshman with the topic, “What I Wish I Knew Before Entering High School”. 

Listen and interact with our student panel, comprised of Monarch students, who will share their tips on how to thrive in high school. Join us for either one of two 30 minute sessions starting at 7pm and 7:30pm... or stay for both sessions!

This is free of charge! Parents, guardians, and students all welcome to attend!

This event will represent the second of two student panels this year which also serves as the PTSO’s General Meeting for the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.

The PTSO raises money to support the teacher mini-grant program. This program provides approximately $12,000 per year for teaching tools and classroom supplies of which all of our students are the beneficiaries. To support the Monarch PTSO, please consider a donation online at: monarchptso.org.

Questions? Please email President@monarchptso.org. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
Co-Presidents, PTSO

Spring Standardized Testing Schedule

There will be some changes to the schedule during the second week in April to accommodate state testing including one day that each grade level will not have classes.

Please click HERE to see the upcoming standardized testing schedule.

MHS Art Department News

Congratulations to Monarch High School’s 2018 Colorado Scholastic Art Awards winners.  The Scholastic Art and Writing awards are the longest running and most prestigious recognition program for middle and high school students in our nation. In Colorado, approximately 2,200 students submitted 6,000 pieces of art. Works are reviewed and judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Students who receive Gold Keys, Silver Keys and honorable mentions are recognized and celebrated with an exhibition at the History Colorado Center and with an awards ceremony in the Spring. The Art Department is very proud of our students.

Dr. Claudia LaStella’s student, Grace Hattendorf, was awarded a Gold key for her digital piece, “North Star.”

Mrs. Makely’s student, Adrian Coohill, was awarded an Honorable Mention for his clay piece, “Bamboo Vase” and her student Emma Gentry was awarded a silver key for her Comic Art, “Possible Side Effects Include…”

Ms. Quigg’s student, Clara Butler, was awarded a silver key for her acrylic impasto painting, “Summer Adventures” and her student, Samantha Kalis, was awarded an honorable mention for her painting “Future Home.”

This show is spectacular to see and well worth a visit to Denver! Congratulations to these five students whose works were selected by the judges to represent Monarch High School!


The Art Department would also like to invite staff and students to the annual Valentine Card Workshop. The cost for non-Art Club members is $5 for all the cards you can make. Workshop will take place Wednesday, February 14 from 3:15 to 4:15. Hope to see you participate and make unique creative Valentine’s for your loved ones!

The Art Department would also like to encourage students to enter the Youth Spring Art Show sponsored by the Louisville Art Association.  No entry fee is required and students are allowed one work. The Opening Reception is March 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with artist demonstrations, door prizes for participants, music and refreshments.  The show is at the Louisville Public Library. Show dates are March 1st through 31st. Entry form and work are due February 24. This show is open to student artists ages 4 – 18 years.

In addition, we would also like to encourage students to enter the GOOGLE art contest. The grand prize is a $30,000 College Scholarship and $50,000 in technology for the winning school.  If interested, please see the Art Department for details.

Dr. Claudia LaStella,
Nationally Certified Board Teacher

Call to Action: Help PTSO Support Classrooms in 2018-19!

Would you like to help the PTSO provide much needed learning tools into our classrooms? We have a wonderful way to get involved and help raise money for classrooms with the PTSO teacher mini-grant program, support our staff with meals at conference time, and host student panels twice a year to share student experiences.   Help teachers by filling these positions for the 2018-19 school year:

* Volunteer Coordinator – auto pilot so easy with our awesome volunteer database!
* Treasurer – good with numbers? It’s for you!
* Student Panel Coordinator – only two 1 hour events per year – super fun and rewarding!
* Social Media – looking for someone to help put their Facebook skills to good work!

The PTSO also publishes a monthly newsletter, hosts a robust website and posts useful information on Facebook and Twitter daily. Board members meet with the Monarch administration monthly and share opinions, ask questions, have input into the PTSO decision making process while getting to know the staff around school. Visit www.monarchptso.org for more information.  Our next board meeting is Tuesday, February 13th at 12:30pm in the Main Conference Room. Please come to learn more!

Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
PTSO Co-Presidents