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AfterProm Fundraiser at Old Santa Fe is ALL DAY on March 13

Mark Your Calendars for an All Day Fundraiser at Old Santa Fe Mexican Grille located at 592 McCaslin Blvd!

Come join us for lunch, happy hour or dinner (take out or dine in) on Tuesday night, March 13th and support Monarch’s AfterProm fundraising efforts. Mention Monarch After Prom and we receive 20% of your purchase for After Prom.

Tanya Stearns, Nanette Ziele, Kathi Oke
AfterProm Co-chairs

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

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria Donates $150 to Monarch PTSO!

The Monarch High PTSO sends a big SHOUT OUT to Pica’s Louisville!  We raised $150 during our dedicated fundraising day on January 22nd. Thank you to all Monarch families, staff and community members who came down to Front Street and ordered all day, dine in and take out. You helped make a big difference. The awesome owners of Pica’s generously donated 20% of the sales whenever Monarch was mentioned.

Monarch PTSO is proud to raise approximately $15,000 per school year, which go back into the classrooms through our mini-grant program for teachers. Donations via check or PayPal are welcome all year by visiting the PTSO website here and clicking on the yellow Paypal button on the right side.

If you would like to get involved with the PTSO as a donor, volunteer or to learn more about the mini-grant program, please contact either one of us at the e-mail below.

Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
PTSO Co-Presidents

Give to the PTSO with Premier Members Credit Union

Raising money for your school has never been easier. LIFE– Loan Interest for Education. You’ll save money on all of your loans and a portion of the interest paid will go directly to Monarch’s PTSO  when you simply mention LIFE and Monarch High School when you apply for a loan at Premier Members Credit Union. That’s LIFE and it’s that simple.  Learn all about how your mortgage or car loan can help Monarch High School here. Additional details here.

Be proactive and set your entire family up with low-cost financial services today so you can rest-assured that everyone will receive the best value on all of their financial needs. That’s a New Year’s resolution that helps everyone.  Discover the advantages credit unions offer – low-cost financial services, better rates on savings, and premier service. Open a credit union account for all of your family members. There’s a branch of the Premier Credit Union right here at Monarch for your student.

Steve Carr
Business Development Consultant
Premiere Members Credit Union

Thank You 2017 PTSO Donors!

During the fall semester, your donations through the Farmers Market, Sport Clips, various corporate gifts, and our annual Coyote Canvas letter writing drive provided the funding for the Fall Mini-Grants Program. Thank you so much to all of our 2017 donors who helped us to raise the funds to support a variety of  grants which are being funded now for use during the second semester.

On December 4th, the PTSO Board met to review a record number of grant applications from 18 staff members. In total, there was over $15,000 in requests of which the PTSO was able to fund  $6,000 from our fall budget. These grants included:

– Math and Science tutors from University of Colorado who will provide one on one tutoring open to all students.

– Motivational speaker, Carlotta Lanier, one of the Little Rock Nine who will present to Social Studies students about the Civil Rights era in the United States

– New books for the MHS Library, French, and Language Arts classes

– 12 respiratory spirometers and molecular modeling kits for the science classrooms

– Publication of the MoHi Literary Magazine

– Smart technology (Wacom Tablet) to improve instruction for Math classes

– Upgraded technology, equipment, and resources for the Robotics Program

If  funding is available, there will be another round of mini-grants considered in the Spring. The PTSO hopes to fund some of the additional teacher requests in the next funding round.

Lorie Roche
PTSO Mini Grant Coordinator

Open Enrollment Information for 2018-19 School Year

Visit Monarch High School where we create, “Bright Futures, One Student at a Time.”

The Open Enrollment Showcase for parents and students will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the Auditorium. This event will provide an opportunity to interact with administrators, counselors, teachers, students and parent groups. We will showcase our outstanding opportunities in academics, activities, athletics, fine arts, and clubs, as well as conduct building tours. Students will have an additional opportunity to get to know Monarch first-hand by having a parent arrange a student school visitation during our Monarch Experience Tours.

To sign-up for a tour, please click here.

Monarch Experience Tours for prospective students will be available on Wednesday, December 6th from 1-2:30 pm and Thursday, December 7th from 8-9:30 am. If you have questions about these tours, please contact the Counseling Office at 720-561- 5634.

Parent meetings with Administration will be held during student visitation. A Parent Tea will be held on Wednesday, December 6th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the library and a parent coffee will be held on Thursday, December 7, from 8:00-9:30 am in the library.

Barbara Olsen
Principal’s Assistant

Three Monarch Students Attend Future Leader Programs

In June, Amanda Auday, Amaya Tierramar, and Dylan Sain represented Monarch High School and the State of Colorado in Boston, Massachusetts.  Amaya attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, Dylan attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, and Amanda attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.  These three talented students were surrounded by many fellow high school students who share their passion, ability, and potential.  During their three days in Boston, Amanda, Dylan and Amaya heard lectures from young geniuses who are leading the future of science, technology, and medicine and some of the greatest living minds in the field – winners of the world’s most prestigious international prizes such as:

  • David J Wineland, Ph.D. – Winner 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics and Recipient of the National Medal of Science
  • Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D. – Winner 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Sheldon Glashow, Ph.D. – Winner 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. – Winner 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Recipient of the National Medal of Science
  • Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D. – Inventor of the Ethernet, Founder of 3Com and Recipient of the National Medal Technology and Innovation

To learn more about Amaya, Dylan, and Amanda’s programs, visit www.scitechleaders.com and www.futuredocs.com.



Jo Harpring
Monarch Counselor

A Coyote Howlin’ Thank You to Sport Clips of Louisville – Centennial Pavilions!

After finishing up a wonderful Back-to-School Campaign, offering students and staff $2 off each hair cut, Sport Clips has donated $300 back to the Monarch PTSO!

Thank you for contributing to our organization which raises funds all year long to support our students and classrooms through our biannual teacher mini-grant program, as well as other activities all year long.

Please continue to visit and shop with our wonderful supporters!

Shawnie Hansen
Fundraising Chair