PTSO Newsletter – September 2017
This month’s winners are:
Tanner and Luc Filion (Parking Spot for the Month)
Charles Bangs ($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!
For the second year in a row, the PTSO thanks Kelly Miller, owner/operator of the Farmer’s Market and Monarch mom, for her generous donation to the PTSO.
On Saturday, August 19th, she set aside 5% of all the food sales from the Farmers Market in Louisville and donated to the PTSO to help our efforts to support the teacher mini-grant program. These funds give us a great start to the fundraising season, as our goal is to raise close to $13,000 so we can offer much needed support in our classrooms.
The Farmers Market runs every Thursday evening in Erie, and every Saturday morning in Louisville. We urge you to visit either or both! You will find great organic produce, a wide variety of non-food products, great music and it is dog friendly!
For more information click here.
To donate to the PTSO click here.
A huge thank you to Kelly and everyone at Farmers Market!
Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
Save the date and support your school by visiting Jimmy John’s at 994 West Dillon Road in Louisville on Tuesday, September 19th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We are very fortunate that Jimmy John’s owners, Shawnie and Mike Hansen, are Monarch parents and will be donating 20% of ALL proceeds from this evening event to the Monarch PTSO.
Please click here for the brochure.
Please come in and support the PTSO’s Teacher Mini-Grant Program!
Take out or dine in! If you’d like a sneak peek, preview the menu here.
Hope to see you there!
Picture retakes are just around the corner, and Sports Clips in Louisville wants to help! This locally owned business, located on McCaslin at Century near Walgreens, has partnered with Monarch PTSO to donate $2 for every hair cut when our students come into the Louisville store through September 30th! Just visit the store and mention Monarch High School.
They are also offering 20% off every student, faculty, or family hair cut all year long. So, come in, get a hair cut, and help the PTSO raise funds for our popular Teacher Mini-Grant Program!
Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
Welcome Monarch community to the start of the 2017 – 2018 school year! I trust that the opening weeks of this school year have been a positive experience and that the entire Monarch community is excited for the upcoming school year. I, for one, certainly am and I have enjoyed getting to know the Monarch staff, students, and parents. Thank you to all of those that have made the start of my tenure as Principal of Monarch welcoming, supportive, and encouraging.
Being that this is my first introduction to the greater Monarch community, I feel that it is important to provide you a little information about myself. Let me begin by stating that I have enjoyed being back in my childhood state (raised in Ft. Collins) after residing in the great Pacific Northwest (Salem, Oregon) for the past 18 years. Professionally, my 20 year educational career has afforded me the honor to teach at both the middle and high school levels, be a head varsity coach, and serve as a high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and central office administrator. My career in education began in Ft. Collins where I taught at Boltz Junior High School and coached at Rocky Mountain High School, while the past 18 years as seen me be a teacher and administrator within the Salem-Keizer School District in Salem, Oregon. Educationally, I graduated high school from Rocky Mountain, obtained my undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, and my master’s degree from Portland State University. Outside of work, my wife and I have three children (13, 11, and 7) and enjoy good food, being active in the outdoors, spending time with friends, and being together as a family. I am truly excited to be returning to Colorado and humbled that I can become a part of the Monarch team and the Boulder Valley School District.
I look forward to meeting you all and experiencing all that the Monarch community has to offer. Thank you for your continued support of Monarch High School.
Principal, Monarch High School
First couple of weeks at MoHi are in the books!
New to MoHi? Still feeling overwhelmed with all the activities and events coming up? We know the feeling!
Bookmark this link here to the school’s upcoming important and special dates.
Need the daily bell schedule? Use this link here.
Be sure to set up an account on Schoology to track many of your kids’ classes and get other school announcements.
Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
SENIOR COLLEGE APPLICATION NIGHT
Seniors, please plan to attend. This is the time when we communicate everything you need to know about the college application process, how Naviance and Monarch “talk to each other,” how to use the Common Application, and much, much more! Really, you need to be there!
There are 428 seniors, so coming to this presentation means we can give you the info you need. Please read your emails and take advantage of the opportunities we give you to get the information and support you need! September 12th, 6:30-8 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.
IN-STATE COLLEGE FAIR
Boulder Valley School District high school counselors are holding the In-State College Fair from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. October 2nd, at Broomfield High School. Free to students and parents. A chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the state.
OUT OF STATE COLLEGE FAIR
Boulder Valley School District high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations, are holding the Out of State College Fair at Monarch High School on September 27th. There will be a Financial Aid Presentation from 5:15 pm-6:00 pm in the Auditorium. The College Fair will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free to students and parents. This is a chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the country. More information can be found here.
The PSAT will be held on SATURDAY, October 14th from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM. This test is excellent preparation for the SAT which takes place in April for all juniors in Colorado. It is also the National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. All sophomores will take the PSAT10 in April, so this test is simply additional practice for you.
PSAT registration will run from September 11th- October 6th. Students may register through RevTrak or bring a check/cash to the Counseling Office (Checks payable to Monarch High school.) The cost is $35.00 and, if that fee is a barrier, please see your counselor. We want everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, so we will work with you. Priority registration is given to our juniors and we will contact you if space is not available. More information can be found at https://collegereadiness.
Coffee talks will take place throughout the year. These events take place in the Monarch High School Post Grad Center 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 to follow.
Monarch Counselors will be going into 9th through 11th grade classrooms over the next two months 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 post-secondary plan that ensures readiness for post-secondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to post-secondary 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
Credit Recovery Session 1:
Registration closes 09/08/17.
Credit Recovery Session 2:
Registration closes 10/27/17.
Full Semester Courses:
Registration closes 09/08/17. – Late Registration
Please visit the Monarch Counseling Office website for more information by clicking here.
On Saturday, October 21st, 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80302) 2nd Floor, Flatiron Room, there will be an Adolesco info meeting. Adolesco is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. See the attached flyer or more information about the organization.
Adolesco Exchange Coordinator
email@example.com or 303-9193-4845
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is an organization that helps develop students in business, marketing, communication, technology, and leadership. Then, they can show off their knowledge at district, state and national competitions. Along the way, students can join us at our conferences and leadership activities. The commitment is low, but the yield to student is high. The club has activities throughout the whole school year. Join us at our meetings and grab a snack, socialize, and learn with us.
FBLA meets weekly on Wednesdays at 3 PM in the Monarch HS Library. FBLA requires a paid membership of $40, which can be paid on RevTrak by November 1st. The FBLA T-shirt is included in membership price. Have your student join our Schoology class using this code (GHKMG-V95QB) so they can follow along with what is going on with FBLA weekly.
Sean P. McCoy M.Ed
High School of Business Teacher & FBLA Adviser
Attention writers, poets, playwrights, artists, graphic designers, photographers! JOIN THE WRITER’S SOCIETY!
In addition to publishing the Literary Magazine in the spring, we also organize fundraisers and events throughout the year such as: Movie Night, Open-Mic Night, Writing Workshops, and more!
Meet in room A205 with Ms. Grace, Tuesdays after school for about an hour, starting September 5, 2017. Bring snacks to share.
Elaine Grace, CJE
Language Arts Department, Literary Magazine Adviser
Monarch DECA is an Intra-Curricular Business and Marketing organization that runs concurrently with business and marketing curriculum at Monarch High School. While DECA is curriculum based, our organization participates in many social, community, fundraising, and competitive events throughout the year. DECA is one of the largest organizations on campus with over 200 members!
We host several events on campus throughout the year and LOVE the support we receive from our Monarch community around school and in Superior and Louisville.
For more information about DECA please visit our website by clicking here.
Taste of Monarch
The Taste of Monarch this year will take place on Friday, October 6, 2017. The event runs from 3:30-5:30pm, and we ask that you arrive for setup around 2:30. The event is free for vendors who bring food samples, and $50 for local businesses who would like to come sell or promote their products/business. Your donation can be tax deductible since our school is a non-profit organization.
If you are a part of any local business or restaurant… we have a PERFECT opportunity for you! We are Monarch DECA, a Business and Marketing student organization at Monarch High School. Each year we put on an event we call the Taste of Monarch, which some of you may have participated in before. The Taste of Monarch is similar to the Taste of Colorado. It is a big carnival atmosphere with lots of food vendors giving out free samples and booths with games and company information to give to members of the school and local community. We try to have as many food vendors as possible to help create the “Taste” of Monarch. The Taste of Monarch is a school-wide and community event as well as a fundraiser for our DECA chapter. This event offers great exposure for your business to your target market… Louisville and Superior residents!
We typically have around 500 people in attendance. We charge an entrance fee and people then get to sample from each of the vendors. We ask you, as a vendor, to come with enough food samples for 500 people. You are welcome to bring signage, and any marketing materials for your business as well.
We are inviting you to participate in this special event for your community and support the local students! If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or advisor, Jody Bennett, at the address below.
Jody Frieder Bennett
Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor
Monarch High 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 graduation. We are seeking all skill levels to fill these 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)
Lead Designer: Do you have a vision? Do you love to decorate? Then this position is for you!
Registration: Check in students as they arrive for the event. Excel spreadsheet skills would be helpful.
Fundraising: Contact community sponsors to solicit donations.
Entertainment: Help determine what the entertainment will be! Games, Inflatables, etc!
Large Props: Do you love to create and build large things? Then this position is for you!
Open House: Help organize our Open House the night of the event.
Refreshments: Do you love food? Help decide what to serve.
Volunteer Coordinator: Help keep track of volunteers and greet them on the day of the event.
Meetings – We meet a couple of times in the fall and more regularly beginning in February. Our first After Prom Informational meeting is Tuesday Sept. 26th.
Click here for the Committee Lead Sign Up Form
Or email us with any questions: MonarchAfterProm@gmail.com
Check out our website for more information – MonarchAfterProm.org
Tanya Stearns, Nanette Zeile , Kathi Oke
After Prom Co-Chairs
Come one, come all – boy or girl, accomplished athlete or just starting out – the Monarch Ultimate Frisbee Teams have a spot on a roster for you. Expecting over 100 athletes to take up the co-ed sport this fall, Head Coach Finlay Waugh anticipates the Coyotes will boast 4 mixed teams this season; 2 Varsity and 2 JV.
Coming off a huge win last spring as the State Champion Open (Boys) Division, Ultimate continues to grow at Monarch. Scores of returning veterans and 12 returning coaches from the spring season will shepherd all incoming rookies and continue to bolster the ever-popular sport.
All students are welcome and rosters are not finalized until September 7th, so any prospective rookie is encouraged to check out a practice even though they are already underway. This may be the only high school sport where experience is not required – you will learn all you need to know and grow as an athlete to enjoy being a part of our competitive teams.
Practices started on Monday, August 28 and the first league game is Thursday, Sept. 7. The season runs eight weeks and culminates on Nov. 11-12 with the Colorado State Championships. Practices are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 – 5:15. If you have any interest, please come on out to “The Bowl” (field near the library) and join in the action.
For more information, please contact Tam at the address below.
Amber Sullivan, Head Coach of the Monarch Boys’ Swim & Dive team, is gathering the names and contact information for those interested in joining the boys’ swim team for the 2018 spring season! If you are interested in coming out for the team, please contact her at the address or phone number below. Additionally, please note that anyone is welcome to join the team, even those that have never swam before, there are no tryouts, and no one will be cut from the team.
The season starts February 26th, 2018, but we will have an informational meeting in mid-January after everyone returns from Winter Break.
The Monarch Boys’ Swim & Dive team will be holding a Give Back Night fundraiser at the Old Chicago Pizza in Superior on Wednesday, October 4th – simply come eat and our team will earn a portion of what you spend! We will also be selling the famous Butterbraids in early October – please contact a swimmer or diver if you’d like to place an order!
Check out our NEW website for more information about our team HERE!
Join us in welcoming the new coaching staff of the Monarch boys’ soccer teams. Leading our talented boys are:
Varsity: Balen Arenas, JV: John Cole, C Team: Kevin Arnold.
The parents and players would also like to thank Principal Anderson, Athletic Director, Eric Gustafson, and former coach, Marcelo Balboa, for their assistance during the transition these past few weeks. All three teams practice five days a week after school throughout the season as times and fields permit.
Regardless of staffing changes, the teams stepped up and displayed great form with preseason matches at Smokey Hill and Lewis-Palmer last week. The varsity team won against Smokey Hill 2-0, with goals by Jacob Sehnert and Patrick Sternberg, while JV also had a clean sheet with a 4-0 win. Congratulations to Noah Hubbard on his hat trick in the opening game; also finding the back of the net were Will Barnocky and Wyatt Shirk.
The teams also traveled to Lewis-Palmer High School on Saturday the 26th where the varsity showed better form and won 4-0. Netting goals were Edward Alder, Jacob Sehnert, and Patrick Sternberg (2). Freshman, Carter Watson, stepped in as goalie to close out the match. Following suit, JV controlled the entire ninety minutes going so far as pulling players off the field, winning 9-0 with 2 hat tricks. Sully Adams, Oliver Bork, Noah Hubbard, Ryan Miller (3), and John Samuelson (3) all scored for the ‘Yotes.
The outlook for the Coyote boys soccer program looks great with immense talent, skill, and passion.
Coyote Boys’ Soccer Parent Representative
Back to School BBQ
Friday, September 16 – 6:00 pm
Juliette Carney’s House at 595 West Linden St., Louisville
For all returning athlete’s and prospective new swimmers & divers
Back to Swim Night
Wednesday, October 4th: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Monarch Student Center
1st Day of Pre-Season
Wednesday, October 11th – 5:30 am
Monarch High School Weight Room
1st Day of Regular Season
Monday, November 13th – 4:45 am
Louisville Recreation Center
Girls’ Swim and Dive Coach
The staff members of the yearbook (Monarch Mosaic) and newspaper (mhshowler.com and The Howler magazine) are hard at work, taking photos, making plans, and more. Here is some important news affecting students, especially seniors:
SENIORS AND SENIOR PARENTS: Information about senior ads and senior portraits is available on the Mosaic Yearbook website. Please read the guidelines for photos carefully and let us know if you have any need for help or clarification. Photos, ads, and senior quotes are all due October 7. Information about senior quotes will be available at the senior meeting in September.
YEARBOOK SALES ARE OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 8. Go to Revtrak to purchase your yearbook if you have not already made your purchase. Only a limited number of extra yearbooks will be ordered for May (and they will cost $5.00 extra!).
DID YOU PAY FOR A YEARBOOK LAST YEAR AND NOT PICK IT UP? Visit the Treasurer’s window to pick up your yearbook.
THE HOWLER NEEDS YOU. Please follow us on social media and read our web newspaper. We also have a beautiful magazine, The Howler, with in-depth school coverage and student perspectives. The Howler can be delivered to your home if you buy a subscription. Subscriptions support our costs and give you the convenience of getting a copy in your mailbox!
DID YOU TAKE PHOTOS AT A SCHOOL EVENT? Please share them with our publications.
Bonnie Katzive and Benjamin Reed
Advisers, The Howler and Yearbook
The 2016-2107 yearbook received a “First Class” rating in our NSPA (National Scholastic Press Association) critique.
The critique is a written evaluation of work submitted by a publication. Professional journalists, experienced media advisers, and other media professionals serve on the NSPA board of judges. The judge writes comments and scores the publication in several different categories such as coverage, writing and design. The composite score from all sections gives the publication an honor rating ranging from Third Class to All American. Awards range from third class up to All-American–which is pretty tough to achieve and is typically awarded to only one publication annually.
I am very proud of my staff, especially Emma Wolters and Samantha Wexler, our (graduated) Editors-in-Chief. But, we could not have made such a strong yearbook without all the support we received from Monarch staff and administrators, as well as some super-parents who made sure that we had photos even when some of the events were not accessible to yearbook staff. Please keep on sending us photos and tips for what we might want to cover in student publications.
Language Arts and Journalism Teacher, Monarch High School
Adviser, The Howler and Yearbook
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
PEN’s Mission is to increase youth resiliency and parent skills by:
- Engaging and supporting all parents, the community, and youth
- Providing research-based information and best practices on preventing high risk behavior
- Identifying parent, community, and youth strengths, and building on them
- Fostering thriving, resilient youth
Monarch High PEN will hold Informational Meeting on Monday, September 11th 7:00PM @ Monarch HS. All are welcome!
More details to follow on upcoming PEN events at MHS. Please contact us if there are specific parenting issues which you would like addressed at email@example.com.
Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year for the Boulder Valley PEN.
Click to learn more and mark your calendars so that you don’t miss out!
6:30 PM at Fairview High School
A Year of Strength-featuring Dr. Elizabeth Olson who will share the psychology behind fear and how we can move into strength in parenting and other aspects of our lives.
Fawnda Hathaway will be on hand to Kick Off a resiliency book group and share other book groups which parents can join throughout the year.
6:30 PM at Broomfield High School
Documentary film screening on raising kids in the digital age with after discussion.
Author, Julie Lyhcott-Haim, will present at Dawson School.
Open to the public. PEN will kick-off book groups based on book.
6:30 PM at Boulder High School
A Collaborative event with Fairview High where you can learn more about opioids and the impact on youth in our community.
Please remember PEN in your annual giving.
Monarch PEN Liaison