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Yearbook pre-orders close at the end of first semester.  We can only order a limited number of extra copies.  Don’t miss out on the memories!!  Go to Revtrak to place your order today.

SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS:  Yearbook senior photos and senior dedication ads must be submitted by October 5. There is a $10 late fee for submissions for two weeks after October 5 (ads may close sooner if the space fills up).  Please follow directions for senior photos carefully.  Senior information can be found on the yearbook website.

Questions?  Contact bonnie.katzive@bvsd.org.
If you want to check a senior photo for appropriateness, contact editor in chief Ellie Guanella at egguanella01@bvsd.org.


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

Upcoming PEN Events

PEN provides a community of support, a place to build your parenting toolbox, and a touch stone for dealing with challenging issues.  We are committed to providing an environment where parents can engage in conversations about hard issues, find other parents who share similar experiences, and get the support they need to feel engaged, educated and empowered in their parenting.

Check out the upcoming PEN events HERE, beginning with the 17th Annual Kick Off with guest Derek McCoy who will speak about this year’s theme of Harvesting Healthy Families, on September 17, 6 – 8:30pm, at Verde Restaurant in Louisville. The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, presentation and resources. You can purchase your ticket HERE.

Lori Dulberg
Monarch PEN Liaison

PTSO Thanks You for a Great Year!

It seems like only last week we were welcoming you all to a new school year and now here we are writing the last Co-President’s letter of 2017-18.

First, congratulations to the Class of 2018! What an exciting time of life it is to be a student saying goodbye to their primary years of school and entering their future. We wish you all the best of luck to all of you as you pursue your passions.

We would like to thank our talented and hard working PTSO board! Our board has volunteered many hundreds of hours to serve the Monarch High School community. We have been fortunate to work alongside each of them as they use their talents to make a difference in our school. Along with the two of us, we regretfully say farewell to our board members who have given generously of their time Brenda Brown, Anita Harrington, Michelle Gazarik and Lorie Roch.  We very much appreciate your contributions and hope you to stay in touch!

We asked our community to join our board and you did! A special thank you to the new and returning PTSO board members who will officially serve in the new school year:

  • Lisa Ponder – Fundraising
  • Kendra Dushane -Treasurer
  • Sean Mitchell & Bevin Stilson – Mini Grant Co-Chairs
  • Katie Wilcox – Secretary
  • Janelle Stanton & Anna Gentry – Newsletter Co-Chairs
  • Kathy Brohm – Student & Volunteer Outreach
  • Anna Fleming  & Stacey Mahaffie  – Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs
  • Tiffany Voeller – Website
  • Kate O’Brien – Social Media

Thanks to Eric Moroye and Neil Anderson for attending each and every board meeting to answer questions and provide us with invaluable insight and counsel during mini-grant selection sessions. Special thanks to Barb Olsen for helping us coordinate our meetings and events.

Last, but not least, thank you to you, our Monarch High School parents, for helping to provide over $17,000 in financial support for our school. The teachers are truly appreciative of everything you do to make the school great and so is the PTSO. Have a terrific summer!

Cory  Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
Outgoing PTSO Co-Presidents

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


Unified Basketball Season Success!

The Unified Basketball season was amazing!

All players worked very hard and showed great sportsmanship during the season.

Congratulations to the following players: Alya Goodman, Berit Chevalier, Ryan Danekind, Laura Minter, Tim Conroy, Annabella Callipari, Reilly Vanderveer, Madison Anderson, Maggie Pieper, Nicole Reading, Erin Stricker, Cadence Taht, Thomas Volpe, Hayden Spracklin, Kendall Magness, Matteo Germain, Jasmine Floyd, Croix Cope, and Kami Terch.

Thanks for a great season!

Jen Dixon

Your iPhone Repair = Fundraising Dollars for MoHi

ExperiMac is offering the Monarch community 20% off iPhone repair, plus a 20% cash donation to Monarch PTSO!

  1. Mention Monarch High School at the time of service
  2. Save 20% on your bill
  3. Experimac will donate an additional 20% of the original repair cost back to Monarch’s PTSO!

Experimac is located in Boulder and would much rather give back to the community than spend money on advertising.

1468 Pearl Street Suite 120
Boulder, CO, 80302

Open 7 Days a week!

Mon-Sat 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Sun 10:00AM – 5:00PM

While Experimac is not an authorized dealer for any computer or device manufacturer, it offers a 1 year repair / replace warranty on all of the products it sells.

Lisa Ponder
PTSO Fundraising Chair

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

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