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Tag Archives: 2016-01-January

Congratulations to DECA State Qualifiers!

Congratulations to all our awesome Monarch DECA State Qualifiers!

We had over 100 participants represent Monarch in District competition in November.

These are the 61 students who will continue to compete at State early next year!

DECA State Qualifiers 2015-16 (TEAM)

1. Jack Ferry
2. Grant Saunders
3. Kylie Boren
4. Leah Masamoto
5. Matt Keenan
6. Abby Pelsmaeker
7. Brecken Reiman
8. Zach Sattler
9. Ryan Crist
10. Michael Harris
11. Carmen Connolly
12. Sean Connolly
13. Buck Guthrie
14. Alex Tappen
15. Garyn Grace
16. Jane Polyard
17. Matt Behren
18. Jack Brynstead
19. Alden Maben
20. Kalel McClure
21. Nick Banks
22. Brennen Kellner
23. Jenna Nguyen
24. Allyssa Ealy
25. Sean McGann
26. Garrett Weaver

DECA State Qualifiers 2015-16 (INDVIDUAL)

1. Ethan Stansbury
2. Sarah Holland
3. Anna Nickerson
4. Matthew Houston
5. Matthew Mitchell
6. Sarah McCauley
7. Taylor Ficker
8. Cami Pessin
9. Allie Battreall
10. Kenneth Gill
11. Harris Dietz
12. Jennifer Mah
13. Ashton Warman
14. William Spong
15. Marcus Cassar
16. Jacob Munch
17. Brady Perry
18. Delaney Elliott
19. Monica Mah
20. Zoe Senteno
21. Alexis Pring
22. Tommy Harlow
23. Ali Scholtz
24. Sophie Wingert
25. Ellie Buck
26. Paul Meaney
27. Hunter Glass
28. Evan Anderson
29. Roland Compo
30. Sydney Lehman
31. Jensen Fauver
32. Paige Stockebrand
33. Hannah Ray
34. Carly Gallant
35. Ashley Childre

Dana Anderson
Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor

Runners Shine at Nike Meet in Arizona

Although competition as a school team technically ended with the State Championship meet, a group from the Monarch High School Cross Country team took a trip down to Arizona as the Louisville XC Club to compete at the Nike Regional meet for the southwest region on November 21. The meet marked the end of a stellar cross country career at MHS for seniors Alden Gruidel, Jensen Avey, Daisy Fuchs, Emily Hoffmann, Riley Sorbo, and Ben Hogan.

The meet was highlighted by Isaac Green’s fourth place finish time of 14:55 for the 5k in the Championship Boys’ Race, which qualified him for an exciting trip to the Nike National Meet in Oregon on December 5.

In the Championship Girls’ Race, Audrey Lookner led the team to an 18th place finish with her 50th place time of 18:48. Daisy Fuchs, Liz Hogan, Brooke Forsythe, and Alden Gruidel closed out the scoring for the team. Emily Hoffmann and Hailey Leader also competed in the championship race.

In the Open Boys’ Race, Ben Hogan led the team to a 5th place finish in the Open A Race with his 13th place time of 16:07. Zach Litoff, Isaac Russo, Greg Hibl, and Jack Herrmann finished out the scoring for MHS, followed by Declan Stone-Murphy. Riley Sorbo was the first finisher for the Open B Race with his 215th place time of 17:35. Chris Lyders, Tyler Waters, and Mitch Waters followed suit.

In the Open Girls’ Race, Sam Wexler led the team to a 15th place finish with her 63rd place time of 19:52. Abby Hein, Katy Kilcoyne, Libby Moore, and Maddie Johnson finished out the scoring for the team, followed by Jensen Avey. Many of the girls in the open race ran best times for the season.

Track season is up next! Winter practices for the distance squad have already started. For more information, please contact Kent Rieder at moh-track@bvsd.org.

Samantha Wexler
Mohi XC and Track Runner/Reporter

December PTSO Raffle Winners

Our December winners of the PTSO drawing for our “up close” parking spot and Coyote Cave gift card are:

Talley Kyle (parking spot)
Matt Russell (Coyote Cave gift card)

It’s never too late to get into the drawing. When you make a one-time donation to the PTSO, you will be entered each month for the whole year! Go to our website to donate by check or online and fill out the form to specify whether you would want the parking spot or the gift card.
Kelli Gambee
PTSO President

Robotics Team and Others Ship Medical and Dental Clinic to Mexico

The Monarch High School Robotics Team, the Shazbots, worked with other school organizations, Homes of Living Hope, and the community to transform an empty shipping container into a fully functional medical and dental clinic. As the Shazbots worked on the inside of the container learning skills such as construction, residential electrical work, and installing solar panels, the Monarch High School Art Club painted a nice mountain scene on the outside to represent the State of Colorado. In addition to the Art Club, the plans for the container came from Monarch High School’s Architecture class, and the donations for the clinic came from various students. Outside of MHS, multiple organizations including Homes of Living Hope, Connexion Mexico, and Impact on Education contributed to building and stocking the container. Over 100 hours were spent in the spring and summer renovating the shipping container.

On November 30, the container was loaded onto a semi-truck and left MHS to continue its journey to help the impoverished community of San Jose Las Palmas, Mexico. This shipping container will be used daily by hundreds of people in great need and will have a significant impact on their community.

Medical Clinic1


Monica Mah
Project Manager

From the Counseling Office

Monarch High School counselors were in the 9-11 grade classrooms in October and November to talk with students about the ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and help them update their plans. Students learned about the ICAP and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance. According to the Colorado Department of Education:

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 worked with students to develop a four-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 login information by contacting their assigned counselor or by calling the Counseling Office at 720-561-5634.

We allowed students to make second semester schedule change requests from December 1-4. Further schedule changes will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Please remember there is very little room in classes, so changing will be limited to the following:

  • Level changes if confirmed by current level teacher and room in the next level class exists (a form must be signed by all teachers involved and guardian)
  • Adding a class to a free period. Remember, there is limited space in electives so choices may not be ideal.
  • Adding a teacher’s aid class to your schedule (form must be completed)
  • Dropping a class if not needed

Sophomores and juniors: Are you interested in attending Career and Technical Education, Boulder (CTE Boulder)? Attend the CTE tour on Tuesday, January 26. You must pick up a permission slip in the Counseling Office and return the signed form. CTE Boulder programs are available to all Boulder Valley High School students as elective credits in career and technical educational areas. In small classes, students follow a sequence of courses that provide hands-on technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for an immediate career and/or further education. CTE is a state-certified Designated Area Vocational School and offers many state-approved vocational secondary programs. Certifications in CTE programs may be earned after course completions ranging from one semester to two years. CTE students with transcripted certifications are eligible to apply for articulation credit at Front Range Community College. For more information, go to:

It is time to start thinking about the classes you want to take next year! Course selection for the 2016-2017 academic year will take place on Friday, February 19, Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23. Remember to think about graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and matching your course choices here at Monarch High School to your future career and educational interests.

Seniors interested in Front Range, please be on the lookout for information about a FRCC tour that will take place in February.

Seniors: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines so plan ahead!

College representatives from colleges all over the country (and beyond) come to the Monarch High School Post Grad Center to meet prospective students. Be sure to check out the upcoming college visits on Naviance. Students must sign up through Naviance in order to have their absence excused.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) went live on January 1, and seniors/parents need to submit it as soon as possible after January 1 for consideration for many financial aid opportunities as well as many scholarships. Do you need help filling out the FAFSA? We can help! Come to the post grad center for FAFSA support. Parents and guardians are welcome. Remember, you must submit the FAFSA if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid for college. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA through www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (this is the official free application through the government).


Last names beginning A–D: Erin Gee, erin.gee@bvsd.org, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, alexandra.cyr@bvsd.org, 720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: John Vidulich, john.vidulich@bvsd.org, 720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org, 720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website at

Monarch Counselor

BVSD Considers School Day Changes for 2016-2017

Did you know that the Boulder Valley School District is seriously considering changing the structure of the school day across the district? The initiative is called “Ideal School Day,” and BVSD hopes to have a plan in place for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. This plan includes a potential change in the high school start time. The board of education will likely vote on the implementation of this plan in January 2016.

Please use the link below to read more about the committee’s recommendations or submit your comments to the task force and school board by using the link on the upper right hand side of the page.

Ideal School Day Website

There will be more to come regarding how these changes will impact Monarch High School after the school board makes a decision early this new year.

Lynne Wexler
PTSO Newsletter Coordinator

Generous PTSO Donors Fund Fall Mini-Grants

On behalf of the PTSO, I would like to thank all of our donors for their generosity during the registration campaign as well as our mailing effort this fall. The Monarch High School PTSO strives to limit our fundraising events and solicitations. All of our fundraising proceeds go directly to the school.

Our first major funding initiative this year was the fall mini-grant distribution which took place on Thursday, December 11. The committee awarded $3,800 to support four different programs. These programs included the Advanced Chemistry Department’s Flipped Classroom Initiative, Adaptive PE’s Just Dance Program, the Library’s 10th Grade Reading Challenge, and the Academic Tutoring Program to enhance their efforts with students.

In the spring, there will be another round of mini-grant funding. If you would like to support our efforts, please click the attached link.

Click for the Monarch PTSO Donation Page

Thanks again for helping to provide some of these special extras that make MHS shine.

Kelli Gambee
PTSO President

From the PTSO President

Hello Monarch High School Families,

I hope you had a wonderful, restful break. Can you believe our students have completed one semester already? Time flies!

As we start the new semester please be aware of a few things that are on the PTSO’s calendar:

Mark your calendars and invite your neighbors.

Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m. in the MHS Library: Please join the MHS PTSO and guest speaker State Representative Mike Foote for a discussion about the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), the state budget, and how these issues are impacting education in Colorado. Following the talk, there will be a question and answer session. It is rare to get a member of the legislature to come and speak and do a Q&A, so please consider attending and bringing people with you. This is not solely a MHS event. We are inviting parents and students from all the local schools.

Friday, January 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the main office conference room: Prom and After Prom. Come learn about why we make such a big deal about the After Prom event and why it’s important for your kids to attend.

Friday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the main office conference room: Student standardized testing. Spring is the time of year that student testing usually takes place and is a hot topic. Come to hear the MHS administrators speak about the changes that are being implemented in regard to standardized testing for this year.

Kelli Gambee
PTSO President

Choir and Orchestra Students Qualify for All-State Honors

Congrats to the six MoHi students qualified for All-State Choir: Oliver Ullman, Corbin Mills, Harry Abel, Bradley Spangler, Claire McConville, and Sydney McDonald. In addition, Corbin Mills and Alexis Pring made All-State Orchestra.

In February, the All-State Choir students will attend three days of workshops with 314 other All-State Choir students from Colorado, concluding with a concert at Denver’s Convention Center.

Congratulations singers!

Tammy Mills
Monarch Choir and Orchestra Parent Representative

Monarch Boys Swim and Dive Team Gears Up for Spring Season

The Boys’ Swim and Dive team is looking forward to a strong year with second year Head Coach Amber Sullivan, and many returning athletes from Monarch High School, Centaurus High School, and Peak to Peak High School. We welcome new freshman boys as well as upperclassmen from all three high schools.

Pre-season practices will begin the week of January 4, 2016, upon students returning to school from winter break with times and locations still to be determined.

The first official day of practice is Monday, February 29. Boys’ Swim and Dive is a spring sport. Registration will be available soon at the Athletics’ Office.

Please contact Head Coach Amber Sullivan at (720) 261-5236 or amber.sullivan3@hotmail.com for all other season details or to be added to our team distribution email list in order to be informed of all information and details for the upcoming season.

Priscilla Slocum Lacy
Boys’ Swim and Dive Team Liaison