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Tag Archives: 2018-02-February

From the Counseling Office


Counselors will be in the Language Arts classrooms on February 20th, 23rd, or 26th to talk with students about course selection for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will receive course request forms at this time.  If a student is absent when we are in his or her LA class, he or she should go to the Counseling Office to pick up a form. On February 27th, students will speak with each of their core academic teachers during class to discuss placement for next year.  Students should then speak with the appropriate parties (counselor, guardian and teacher, if necessary) to determine which courses they would like to register for during 2018-19.  Students will then go on to Infinite Campus and input their course selection choices by 10 PM on March 4th.  Counselors will return to the classroom to check course input on March 5th, 6th and 9th.


College representatives from 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)

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

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).

SAT Colorado State Test

Remember, ALL JUNIORS in the state of Colorado will take the SAT on April 10th.  This test is free and students DO NOT register online. These test results will be posted on a student’s transcript.  Information about prep classes can be found on the Counseling Department’s website, in the Counseling Office, and online through Community Connections (A Student Resource Guide) found here.  Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later date.


Reminder, ALL SOPHOMORES in the state of Colorado will take the PSAT 10 on April 10th. This test is free and students DO NOT register online.  Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.


Reminder, ALL FRESHMAN in the state of Colorado will take the PSAT 9 on April 11th. This test is free and students DO NOT register online.  Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.


Sophomore Class Students and Parents: It’s time to start thinking about planning for college.  Keep an eye out for information about Sophomore College Planning Night.  Topics covered during this night event will include:

– College Planning Timeline
– Making the Most of College Fairs
– Review of Naviance and how to use it for College Search and Planning
– And more!

ONLINE COURSES –  Spring 2018 Term

BVSD Online Spring 2018 Course Registration is closed with the exception of Credit Recovery Session 2!
Credit Recovery Session 2 Registration open through March 14th
Courses run March 19th through April 30th.
No late registration accepted.
Only students that have previously taken the course and earned a F or a D are eligible to take credit recovery courses. Credit recovery courses are open for 4 weeks (no extensions).


Last names beginning A–D: Tom Hacker, thomas.hacker@bvsd.org720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, alexandra.cyr@bvsd.org720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: Jo Harpring, jo.harpring@bvsd.org720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website here.

Alexandra Cyr
School Counselor

Season Beginning for Monarch Boys’ Swim-Dive Team

The start of the 2018 season for the Monarch Boys’ Swim-Dive team is just 3 weeks away!  If you’re interested in joining the team, please register now. If you haven’t already, get in touch with Head Coach, Amber Sullivan at amber.sullivan@bvsd.org!

You can register for the team online here and you can also learn more about the team by checking out their website here!

Amber Sullivan
Head Coach – Monarch Boys’ Swim & Dive
(720) 261-5236

New School Moniker

Keep your eyes peeled for our new school moniker being installed this February on the front of the school.

Our school’s motto will read:  Creating Bright Futures One Student at a Time.

This moniker is a gift from the Class of 2017.  We want to thank Jim Basey, General Manager of  Fastsigns, for their help with this installment project.

Kristin Kerr Gannon
Social Studies Department

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

Fundraising for Spanish Department trip to Peru in March!

A group of students will be traveling to Peru in March to volunteer with children in Lima.  They are tasked with raising money for a service project that they will complete while in Peru during Spring Break.  Please help us meet our fundraising goals in any of the following events all happening during February.

February 10:  Want a night out?  Our students will be offering a babysitting event at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Louisville from 5 to 9 pm.  We are asking for donations of $25 for the first child in the family and $10 for siblings.  More details found here. If you or anyone you know is interesting, please sign up in our Google Form.

February 15:  Chik-Fil-A will be donating some of their proceeds to our cause between 4 and 7 pm.  Hope to see you there!

Melissa Duplechin
Spanish Teacher- Monarch High School
BVSD World Language Teacher Leader

PTSO Drawing Winners for February Announced!

This month’s winners are:

  • Jack and Kate Jensen  – PTSO VIP Parking Spot (Feb 1 – 28)
  • Nathan Olsen $20 Coyote Cave Boosters Gift Card

Participate in our PTSO drive for the 2017-18 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 VIP 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 at www.monarchptso.org or mail a check to Monarch PTSO, 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027.  Your tax deductible donations are welcome all year long!

Cory Nickerson and Lynne Wexler
Co-Presidents, Monarch PTSO

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

Letter Jacket Update from Monarch Boosters!

We have some exciting news for our Coyote families and students! We are going online with our spirit and now offering online letter jacket sales.  In order to offer our community the convenience for ordering year round, the Boosters is now promoting 24/7 online ordering for Monarch letter jackets for boys and girls.  While you can start the process online, we highly recommend that you go to Sportline in Arvada in order to check that the size will fit you. Start here and navigate to the drop down menu “Letter Jackets” and then “Schools” or go directly to Monarch’s custom ordering webpage here.

All letter jackets are custom and made to order – PLEASE ALLOW 6 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY.

Don’t see a size, patch or option? Please contact the Letter Jacket Specialists at 303-421-6751.

**NOTE, ALL ONLINE ORDERS ARE CUSTOM AND ARE NON-RETURNABLE** Please work with the rep to ensure customer satisfaction!

Cory Nickerson
Booster Letter Jacket Rep

HELP Monarch High After Prom Win $1000 from Precision Plumbing!

Sadly, AfterProm did not win in December, so they are trying again! Precision Plumbing donates $12,000 each year to LOCAL charities. Help us win this month’s donation of $1,000 by visiting here to nominate Monarch After Prom. (The online form does not work well with cell phones. Please try on PC or laptop.)

Enter our information in the nomination form. The organization who receives the most nominations for the month WINS $1,000. This is a monthly campaign. You can only nominate once per month, however you can have family, friends, and neighbors nominate Monarch After Prom. You will fill in our information with the following:

Organization: Monarch After Prom
Contact Name: Tanya Stearns
Website: www.MonarchAfterProm.org
Additional Comments: Please type in this section why you think our organization should win this grant. Remember, our #1 goal is keeping kids safe on Prom night which has historically been a night of auto accidents and substance abuse. We give our students a safe, fun place to go after their prom.

Check out what else is happening with Monarch After Prom HERE!

Tanya Stearns, President
Monarch After Prom

Adolesco Students Learn French in France, German in Germany or Spanish in Spain!

Adolesco will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students ages 9–18.  YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months).

Information meeting: 

Sunday, March 11th from 2 to 4 PM

Boulder Public Library, 2nd Floor, Flatiron Room

1001 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80302

Find other upcoming informational events here and sign up for more information here.  Applications are due by Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Marie Meyer