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Tag Archives: 2016-11-November

Sweet Spot Cafe Donates $185 to Monarch PTSO!

The Monarch High PTSO sends a big SHOUT OUT to the Sweet Spot Cafe at the Coal Creek Golf Course!  We raised $185 during our dedicated fundraising day on November 9th. Thank you to all Monarch families and staff who came over and ordered dine in and take out. You helped make a **big** difference. The awesome owners of Sweet Spot generously donated 20% of the sales whenever Monarch was mentioned.

Monarch PTSO has a goal to raise $18,000 per school year which goes back into the classrooms through our mini-grant program for teachers. If just each family donated $10 per student, we could reach our goal!

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 or by sending your donation to: Monarch PTSO 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027.

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


From the Counseling Office

ICAP Lessons

Monarch Counselors visited 9th through 11th grade classrooms in October and November to talk with students about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and help them update their plan. Students learned about ICAP and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance and Infinite Campus.

According to the CDE: The intent of the ICAP 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 post-secondary 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 worked 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.


We will be taking requests for 2nd semester schedule changes from December 9th through December 16th.


Sophomores and Juniors: Are you interested in attending Career and Technical Education -Boulder (CTE Boulder)? Attend the CTE tour on the morning of January 24th. Additional information and directions for how to sign up are coming soon!  CTE Boulder programs are available to all BVSD 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, please click here.


It is time to start thinking about the classes you want to take next year! Course selection for the 2017-2018 academic year will take place in February.  Remember to think about graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and matching your course choices here at Monarch to your future career and educational interests!


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


SENIORS: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines  (November, December, and early January) – plan ahead!


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

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA went live on October 1st and seniors and their parents NEED to submit it as soon as possible for consideration for many financial aid opportunities as well as many scholarships.

Do you need help filling out the FAFSA?

REMEMBER: You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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 here.  (This is the official FREE application through the government.)

Contact Information
Last names beginning A–D: Thomas Hacker, thomas.hacker@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 new and improved MHS counseling website here.

Alexandra Cyr
School Counselor

Join the Writer’s Society!

The Writer’s Society is a group of enthusiastic writers who meet for an hour, once a week on Tuesdays after school, in Ms. Grace’s room, A205.  This month, many members are partaking in the National Novel Writing Month, fondly known as NaNoWriMo.  If you’re familar with NaNoWriMo and would like to join us, please do!  If you would like to learn more, go to their website – then join us.

In addition to NaNoWriMo, the Writer’s Society publishes a literary magazine in the spring.  We are looking for poetry, short stories, essays, reflections, photographs, graphics, and other original works to publish in our magazine.  Please submit your work to mhswriters.gmail.com.  WE NEED YOUR WORK!  If your work is selected for publication, you will receive a free Lit Mag – and bragging rights.

Please e-mail me at the address below if you have any questions.

Elaine Grace, CJE
Literary Magazine Adviser

Parent Teacher Conference Potluck a Wild Success!

A BIG thank you poem……. for our fabulous PTSO volunteers for a hugely successful potluck for Parent/Teacher conferences !

to a wonderful BUNCH

of MHS Volunteers
who know how to cheer
for our awesome teachers
with their delicious craft
of yummy salads & sandwiches
and soups that waft
Down the hall
So nutritious and delicious!

Through your generosity,
we had enough to feed some more
Lunch today will be continuity
of the festive treat galore!


PS–If you brought a crock pot or pretty leaf platter, it can be picked up in the staff kitchen in the Main Office.

Michelle Gazarik

PTSO Social Events Chair


Help! PTSO Year to Date Donations are Down.

Our donations are down over 50% this year – oh no! If every family donated just $10 per student, we could meet our goal to fund $18,000 in mini-grants for Monarch High School teachers and staff.

In December, we will hold the first of two mini-grant proposal reviews for the year. We don’t want to have to slash funding for our teachers and their grant requests. Below are a few of the requests that we were able to fund last year. We would expect similar, although slightly different, grant requests this year.

  • Library books to continue to encourage all levels of reading
  • World language learning tools to prepare for the AP exam
  • Documentary DVDs to teach history lessons
  • Health and fitness equipment or training to increase movement and activity
  • Math technology to improve learning
  • Supplies for safety and enhanced learning in the sciences
  • Music and theater equipment to help replace aging audio-visual systems
  • and much more!

Visit our website here and click on the PayPal button to donate today! Another option is to mail a check to Monarch PTSO, 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027. Donor forms with our Tax ID can be found here.

Your tax deductible donations are welcome all year long and you will be automatically entered to win one of our monthly prizes. We truly appreciate your support!

Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
PTSO Co-Presidents

PTSO General Meeting/Student Panel Discussion: Helping Freshman (& Parents) Get Ready for Finals!

Date: Wednesday, November 30th

Time: 7 PM – 8 PM

Location: Monarch High School Library

The Monarch PTSO, with support from the Parent Engagement Network, is hosting an event designed to help students, particularly freshman, prepare for their first week of finals. This is free of charge! Parents, guardians, students, and staff are all welcome to attend!

Our panel will be comprised of 5-6 upperclass students who have successfully navigated finals week in high school. You, as an audience member, will be able to interact with the students in a Q & A format with the goal of having a lively discussion about how students can succeed during a stressful week.

This event will represent the first of two events and also serve as the PTSO’s General Meeting for the 1st semester of 2016-17 school year. The second event will be held in the Spring (theme is TBD).

Questions? Please email president@monarchptso.org or visit our event on Facebook here.  We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
PTSO Co-Presidents

PTSO Drawing Winners for November

Congratulations to the winners of the November Monarch PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) drawing.

Aston Horton (Parking spot for a whole month!)
Steven and Justin Langer ($20 Coyote Cave gift card)

Donate 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.  Visit our website and click on the yellow button on the right side to donate via PayPal or by mailing a check to Monarch PTSO, 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027. Your tax deductible donations are welcome all year long!

You too can still enter to win by making a small donation to the PTSO. Just click to Donate. We pick winners every month and when you donate your name stays in the drawing for the rest of the school year.

Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
PTSO Co-Presidents