PTSO Newsletter – October 2017
After the PTSO’s dedicated dinner fundraiser on September 19th, the owners of Jimmy John’s (also Mohi Parents) generously donated $200 to the Monarch PTSO. We very much appreciate their support during our fall campaign to raise funds for the PTSO teacher mini-grant program. To learn more about the teacher mini-grant program visit: HERE
Want to help? Please contact us at email@example.com.
Cory Nickerson & Lynne Wexler
Co-Presidents, MHS PTSO
Some students don’t have a chance to grab a healthy meal or snack in the morning before school. For some students, this can impact their ability to learn. The Forum, Academic Support Center, is looking for healthy snacks to provide to students in need in the Forum. Suggested options would include individual servings of cheese sticks, yogurt, granola bars, goldfish, fruit leather, cheese-its, etc. Sign up HERE . Please drop off your very appreciated donations at The Forum between 8:30-3 p.m on Wednesdays.
Thank you for your support!
Academic Support Services and TAG
Ethan Plott (Parking Spot for the Month)
The Pierce Family ($20 Coyote Cave gift card)
Participate in our PTSO drive for the 2017-2018 year by donating at least $25 today and you could win a $20 gift card to the Coyote Cave (the Boosters’ Spirit Store) OR a dedicated parking spot at the front of the school for an entire month next year. We pick winners every month and, if you donate now, your name will stay in the drawing for the entire school year.
Click to Donate by PayPal or mail a check to Monarch PTSO, 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027.
Your tax deductible donations are welcome all year long!
Out of State College Fair Was A Success
Boulder Valley School District high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations, held the Out of State College Fair at Monarch High School on September 27th. The powerpoint from the Financial Aid Presentation can be found on the Monarch High School Counseling Website: http://www.mohicounseling.com/financial-aid-presentation.html
Financial Aid Night
Please come join us for an evening filled with information about financing college. We will begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 in the Auditorium here at Monarch. Our presenter, Danielle Heath, is a Financial Aid Counselor at CU Boulder. She will be discussing the nuts and bolts around FAFSA, grants, scholarships and other ways to afford college.
PSAT Sign Up
PSAT sign up for Juniors and Sophomores closes on October 6th. Sign up for Sophomores will be based on available. Students must pay at time of sign up. The PSAT Test will take place on SATURDAY, October 14th. Room assignments will be sent out by 10/11.
Coffee with the Counselors
Coffee with the Counselors will take place twice in October. These events take place in the Monarch High School Post Grad Center ALL DAY and are opportunities for seniors to get answers to their questions about the college application process. Seniors should come in during lunch or during an off period. Student can ask questions on topics such as how to order transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation, beginning the scholarship search, finding a college fit, using Naviance in the college search and application process, etc. Dates are Oct 6th and Oct 27th.
Senior One-on-One Meetings With Your Counselor
Seniors can come to the counseling office to schedule a meeting with their counselor to discuss post-secondary plans, college application questions or other important issues.
Monarch Counselors are going into 9th through 11th grade classrooms to talk with students about ICAP and help them update their plan. Students will learn about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance. According to the CDE: 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 postsecondary plan that ensures readiness for postsecondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the postsecondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to postsecondary education institutions, securing financial aid and ultimately entering the workforce.
We will work with students to develop a 4 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.
BVSD Online Courses
BVSD Online is a District program offering online courses to students enrolled in Boulder Valley School District. Students can choose supplemental, extension and remedial courses.
Important Dates and Deadlines for 2017-2018
Fall Term Full Courses
Registration is now CLOSED
Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses
Now through 10.27.2017 Registration Window Open for Session 2*
Enrollment takes place approximately 2 business days after
registration and payment.
In addition to the four National Merit Semifinalists, fourteen students ar among about 34,000 Commended Students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Congratulations to Cooper Anderson, Victoria Armitage, Oliver Campeau, Theodore Bayard de Volo, Avery Golder, Macklin Harrington, Lily Horst, Michael Katona, Ryan Mitton, Kyra Slovacek, Mitchell Waters, Tyler Waters, Treyton Williams, and Zoe Woods.
Zikra Hashmi, Jonathan Inge, Emily Locker, and Connor Horn have been named as Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Monarch’s outstanding students are 4 of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the country. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website here.
You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Latino Parent Summit on Saturday, October 14 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Casey Middle School! The event is co-sponsored by BVSD, Foothills United Way, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, ELPASO, AMISTAD, “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Boulder Housing Partners and EFAA, and is a valuable opportunity for Latino parents in Boulder County to connect with the school district and dozens of local organizations serving our community.
The event will include workshops and community conversations covering many issues important to parents of young and school-aged children, including early support for reading and writing, understanding bi-lingual programming at BVSD, what parents need to know about discipline and bullying, how to talk to your children about drugs and pregnancy, the importance of parents caring for themselves so they can take care of their families, and many other topics!
Free lunch and childcare will be provided, and parents will have an opportunity to win raffle prizes! For more information and to register for the event, please contact Patricia Molina at 720-690-4531.
2ª Cumbre Anual de Padres Latinos
Usted está invitado a asistir a la 2ª Cumbre Anual de Padres Latinos el sábado, 14 de octubre de 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. en la Escuela Intermedia Casey. El evento es copatrocinado por el BVSD, Foothills United Way, Fundación de la Comunidad que sirve al Condado de Boulder, ELPASO, AMISTAD, la Fundación “Tengo un Sueño”, Boulder Housing Partners y EFAA. Este evento es una valiosa oportunidad para que los padres latinos en el Condado de Boulder se conecten con el distrito escolar y docenas de organizaciones locales que sirven a nuestra comunidad. El evento incluirá talleres y conversaciones comunitarias que cubrirán diversos temas importantes para padres de niños jóvenes y en edad escolar, incluyendo el apoyo temprano para leer y escribir, el entendimiento de cómo es el programa bilingüe en el BVSD, lo que los padres necesitan saber acerca de la disciplina y la intimidación, cómo hablar con sus hijos sobre las drogas y el embarazo, la importancia de los padres cuidando de sí mismos para así poder cuidar de sus familias, y muchos otros temas más de interés. Se proporcionará almuerzo gratuito y cuidado de niños; asimismo, los padres tendrán la oportunidad de participar en una rifa para poder ganar premios. Para inscribirse y tener más información para este evento, por favor comuníquese con Patricia Molina al 720-690-4531.
Maela Moore, MA
Boulder Valley School District
Performing and Visual Arts
Performing and Visual Arts
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, in a new edition created specially for high school performing groups! She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler, Agnes Evans, as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright, Qui Nguyen, offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Age appropriate PG-13.
Monarch High School Auditorium
October 19th-21st, at 7 PM and a 2 PM matinee on the 21st
Tickets are $7.00/adults $5.00 Students and Senior Citizens
English Teacher and Drama Department Director
Nearly ninety Monarch student athletes are tearing it up on the fields with the fall Coed Ultimate Frisbee season well underway. The Coyotes are competing with two Varsity teams and two JV teams each week while also training and grooming a team of rookies new to the game. The Varsity teams currently remain undefeated, while the JV teams also boast an impressive record with only one loss so far this season.
If you’ve never seen high school Ultimate in action, we invite you to come out to campus on October 14th and 15thwhen Monarch hosts the 5th Annual MoHi Invitational Tournament. About 15 teams from a dozen Colorado schools will be competing throughout the weekend and all Monarch players – including rookies – will be on a roster.
The Coyotes will also enjoy some light-hearted competition on Saturday, October 28 at the Broomfield High School Halloween Tournament when they play in costume. Otherwise, you can catch at least one game a week on Thursday afternoons when our home teams compete in League games.
Please join us for a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 24th at Chipotle from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Just mention you are there to support Monarch Ultimate and our team will receive a portion of all proceeds from the restaurant. Thank you, Chipotle!!!.
Our season will wrap up during the weekend of November 11 -12 at the State Tournament at Broomfield Commons.’Sko Yotes!
Ultimate Frisbee Parent Representative
Monarch After Prom Committee is group of parents who plan and host a safe, fun, substance-free event for our high school students every year. We lost several Committee Leads last year due to Committee Leads with graduating seniors. We are seeking all skill levels to fill these lead positions. Parents of freshmen and sophomore students are needed to learn the ropes to make this a great event when your child is a junior or senior.
Creative, Organized, Flare for FUN, Eclectic, Social, Inspirational,
Marketing, Project Management, Community Outreach, Friendly, or Shy.
Anyone who wants to make a difference for our students.
Current Committee Lead Positions Available:
(Don’t worry, we have mentors for each position)
Fundraising: Contact community sponsors to solicit donations. We have a list of all our donors from years past.
Open House: Help organize our Open House the night of the event.
Volunteer Coordinator: Help keep track of volunteers and greet them on the day of the event.
Are you CRAFTY?
We have several tasks or positions for people who like to make or build things!
Drawing | Painting | Building | Sewing | Gluing | Baking | Decorating!
Many of these tasks are things you can do at home.
Meetings – We meet a couple of times in the fall and more regularly beginning in February. Our After Prom Informational meeting is Tuesday, October 10th.
Tanya Stearns, Nanette Zeile , Kathi Oke
After Prom Co-Chairs
Boys’ golf will have completed a successful 2017 season by the time this article comes to print. The varsity competed in ten tournaments, finishing 3-4th in invitationals and concluded league play in 6th place out of 13 teams.
Monarch Boy’s went on to place second at the CHSAA Northern Regional gaining an automatic birth for four players at the state championship which was held on Oct. 2-3 at Common Ground golf course in Aurora. Our boys’ were led by Senior Captain Spencer Daake, Senior Joe Waddle, Junior Thomas Volpe and Sophomore Brayden Weiss. They have dedicated themselves and gained the best team finish for Monarch Golf in the past several years.
Coach Michael Riley
Monarch Varsity Golf Coach
The boys soccer program has sustained their momentum through the first half of the season. Varsity, ranked 11 in Colorado Class 5A, have a record of 5-1-1. Some of the highlights include two hat tricks by Thomas Volpe, over thirty saves by Hank Dalle-Molle while going over 500 minutes without a goal scored against, a double overtime draw with Fossil Ridge, and a hard fought win against Legacy.
JV, with a record of 3-3-0, continue to demonstrate growth and discipline. So far, the highlights include hat tricks by Noah Hubbard, Ryan Miller, and John Samuelson, a 9-0 win over Lewis-Palmer, a 6-0 win over Horizon, and 3 clean sheets by goalies Adrian Nii. Meanwhile, C Team has taken every opportunity to hone their skills and build team dynamics with an abbreviated schedule. With a current record of 0-4-1, the final score has rarely told the story of how the team overcame challenges to focus on player development.
Cheer on our soccer players with upcoming games including Thursday the 12th vs Poudre and Senior Night on Thursday, October 19th against Ft. Collins. Come out to celebrate these hard working boys and congratulate our seniors on their final season with the MOHI Coyotes. Free pizza and drinks to students wearing MOHI spirit wear on the 19th.
Coyote Boys’ Soccer Parent Representative
Fall Sports are in full swing! But you don’t have to wait in long lines for game tickets anymore.
Be sure to buy your Football & Volleyball tickets online at the new website for pre-purchases! Go online today!
Athletic Administrative Assistant
Monarch High School
October 6–Senior Photos and Senior Ads due. Please read the photos specifications before you submit. Directions and upload links HERE.
October 13–Senior Quotes due. Please read the quotation guidelines carefully so your quote does not get rejected. NO LATE QUOTES ACCEPTED. Directions and upload links HERE.
Until December 8: Yearbooks are for sale on Revtrak (for all students).
Coyote Student Credit Union
Coyote Student Credit Union
With the holidays fast approaching, take time to ensure that you and your family are enjoying the lowest cost financial services. Studies continue to show that credit unions typically provide the lowest cost loans and financial services, the lowest fees, better rates on savings and the highest customer satisfaction ratings. Premier Members Credit Union is no exception!
Now, you and your family can lower the costs of your mortgage, 2nd mortgage and HELOC, auto loans, credit cards and more. AND when you do, the credit union will send a portion of the loan interest back to Monarch’s PTSO. That’s LIFE (Loan Interest for Education) and it’s that simple.
It works similar to the grocery store fundraising Cards…without reloading cards all the time. Simply apply for a qualified consumer loan at Premier Members Credit Union, mention LIFE, and mention Monarch PTSO. Then make your monthly payments and enjoy the savings and know your school will benefit.
Encourage your family and friends to discover the savings they can enjoy by financing and/or refinancing their consumer loans with Premier Members Credit Union to help produce additional funding for your school. Visit this link for more information and to apply online. The sooner you start, the quicker you’ll save and see the money help your school.
Students can save on the costs of financial services for a lifetime when they join the Coyote Student Credit Union located in the Student Center. Ask how students can earn up to $25 when they make 5 or more purchases per month with their new Debit Card during the first 5 months from opening their new account. Click here for more information.. Call Steve at the number below for more information.
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
Mohi PEN Monthly meeting – Join us Monday, October 9, 7:00pm @ Monarch in Administrative conference room.
Have your say in the programs/events hosted at Monarch. For more information contact Lori Dulberg at the address below.
Dyslexia Awareness Coffee Talk
October 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join the conversation on the Complexities of Raising Dyslexic Kids!
Parents supporting parents with guidance from a panel of experts can be a safe place to explore whatever is coming up for ur child as they move through Middle and High School. Panelists include:
- Kathy Sherman of Hillside School
- Anna Stuart of BVSD Special Education
- Marti Hirsch parent and member of BVKID
- Marie, parent advocate from CO Learning Allies
Potential topics to explore:
- Navigating 7 classes, 7 teachers and Homework
- When to advocate and when to coach to build self-efficacy
- Assistive technology, tips and tools for school success
- Social-emotional ups and downs
- Celebrating the strengths of a mighty “dyslexian”
Hillside School is hosting other dyslexia awareness events throughout the month visit: Hilltopics
How to Raise An Adult
October 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Break Free of the Over-Parenting Trap & Prepare Your Kid for Success: A community conversation with best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims
- 7:00 p.m.– Lythcott-Haims presentation, immediately followed by Q&A/discussion
- 8:30 p.m.– Books available for purchase/book signing; refreshments
- 8:30-9:45 p.m.– Space available for parent groups and book clubs to meet and discuss
In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to over helping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success. Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings— and of special value to parents of teens.
Special thanks to Dawson school for hosting this FREE event for the public. REGISTER HERE is necessary to reserve your spot.
PEN Book Group Coordinator, Fawnda Hathaway, will be on hand to help organize groups based on Lythcott-Haims book. A book signing will follow the presentation.