Greetings from Monticello where....
we believe, we inspire and .great things are happening
Each month we recognize students from each grade that have called attention to themselves because of their achievement, effort, how they get along with everyone and setting examples for others. Congratulations to our April Students of the Month! ...See who they are
Crystal Apple Award Winner
The Longview-Kelso Chamber of Commerce recognizes an outstanding educator each year from member education institutions, both K-12 and college. Our own Misty Velke was this year’s winner and recognized at the Crystal Apple Award event on May 21st. Congratulations Misty!
Monticello off priority list
Monticello Middle School has reached a milestone. We have successfully come off of the state’s lowest performing schools list. Our growth over the last three years has helped to show improvements and successes.
We now are only identified as a “Focus” school for the performance of our special education subgroup. While we still have a lot of growth in many areas we are working hard to get off of every list and be a high performing middle school.
Our goals for next year will certainly include more focused work on our students with special education needs, and all grade levels will continue their progress in math and language arts instruction. As a building we will still be refining standards based grading, to make it a highly effective system for tracking student growth.
Thank you for all of your support to help us with our improvement process.
2014-2015 Smarter Balanced/MSP Testing Schedule
The new Smarter Balanced Assessments will begin at the end of April. Students have already been practicing for the tests in their math and language arts classes. The testing is very different for students this year and each student could be testing for up to six different days. While these tests are all new to us we have been preparing students to be successful on the tests.
We know that testing can be exhausting for students and teachers we want everyone to feel good about their experience. With that in mind we want to make sure that students get a good night’s sleep of at least 8 hours each night. A breakfast with protein is also important to give students that lasting brain power through the morning. Also, please do not make any morning appointments for students during testing sessions. This will cause them to miss out on other classes to make up their assessments.
Please see the complete testing schedule for more information. See more info in our most recent newsletter.
Community volunteers help teach golf
Last week we had community volunteers come teach golf all week long in PE classes. See more pictures...
We had over 30 students and staff compete in the run on March 6th.. 8th grader Nick Sarsz finished the race in first place and all top 4 student spots were Monticello students. The Monticello Running Club has been training since January along with other students that were encouraged to run from their PE classes. See more pictures
Monticello staff/student basketball game -2015 edition
The staff beat the students handily making up for the loss in volleyball in November. Students definitly beat the staff in 'uniform' look however...see more pics...
Bring your Box Tops-win a party!!!
The PTO is sponsoring a drive for Box Tops. The money earned from Box Tops will be used to pay for a variety of activities at school including the dance, socials, and 8th grade graduation party. See details,,,
The contest will run for the month of March.
Bowl for free!
We applied for Monticello students to be able to bowl for free this summer. See this brochure for more info!
Our Tree of Kindness
Our Tree of Kindness is now finished in our cafeteria. It was a project developed by our 8th grade leadership students who wanted to recognize students in some way as part of anti-bullying week. The tree has been painted by a Ryan Moats, a volunteer for us. Students and staff have made leaves that say something kind about each student and staff member at Monticello. We hope to add more leaves as the year goes on.
Exson Sanchez Lopez – a 6th grader at Monticello won the National Boxing Title for his division in Kansas City last month! Check out his belt!!
Congratulations to the 59 students who had perfect attandence this quarter and/or semester. See list. A great achievement...congratulations!
Monticello Garden Club building birdhouse with Audubon
Twenty three students stayed after school to learn about birds - and each student assembled a nesting box to take home. Some great folks from Willapa Hills Audubon purchased the materials, created the kits, and brought wonderful information and pictures. The students absolutely loved it! See more pictures...
Winter Dance 2015
The Monticello Winter Dance took place on Tuesday, January 27, and would not have been possible without the combined efforts of staff, students, and community members. See more info and pictures...
We were able to send our Latino students again to La Chispa – a bilingual event for students to honor their diversity and promote their leadership abilities for their school. This is an annual event sponsored by the Association of Washington School Principals. This year we were able to send 20 students due to the generosity of the Pioneer Lions and a $500.00 donation. More pictures
See story in The Daily News
It was fun!
What are these staff members doing on the floor??? Check it out...
Hard at work
Technology in the classroom. If you haven't been in a classroom in a while you not be familiar with this scene. You still paper, pencils and textbooks but the Chromebook provides new sources of information for these students.
Click on the picture above to see some pictures of our Spirit Week! Even our staff has SPIRIT!
Open House Presentation on Standard Based Grading
Did you miss the Open House? Check out the presentation that was given to parents on Common Core State Standards and Standards-Based Grading!
Blocking English Language Arts and Math
Monticello is trying something new this year. We have increased student time in math classes to provide extra practice time in a subject that we are struggling with.
Last year our 6th grade math students showed a huge gain in their math scores on the state MSP test. We want to have that success translate into all of our grades. By blocking classes into two periods, students will get more time to practice problems and work with peers and the teacher to get extra help. Read more....
Does Your Student Need Extra Help?
Homework help is being offered after school on Wednesdays for any student that needs some extra time with school staff. Our para-educators are available in Room 157 to provide extra help with anything students are struggling with. Make arrangements with your student so they know where to go. 1:30 to 2:25 on Wednesdays.
Click on the image to see the brochure
PE uniforms will be sold on Friday mornings at the student store for September only. 7:30 to 7:55am.
If your student is going to be checked out from school during the day, you must call the office at least one hour in advance to give the office enough time to get the student without disrupting classes.
If students are going to be absent for more than one day for a pre-planned absence, all students must complete a form signed by teachers three days in advance of the absences. See details and form...
For you at the Longview Library
There are lots of things going on at the Longview Library. See this month's activities.
And more info....
PTO: There are offices still left to fill, please sign up or contact a member.
PE Uniforms: PE Uniforms will be sold on September 2nd from 11:30am to 12:30pm and then 2:00 to 3:00pm. Any sizes that the store does not have will be ordered at the time they are pre-paid for.
Medication: The nurse’s office will be open on September 2nd to check in your students medication if they have anything to be administered at school.
College Bound: Did you know that almost 70% of our 7th and 8th grade students qualify for college scholarship money. Sign them up in the guidance office.
After School Pick up: The front of the building will be blocked off for student pick up after school. All student pick up should be behind the building to make room for traffic on Hemlock Street.
Attendance Policy: According to state law most absences are no longer excused unless they are for illness, or medical appointments. If you know your student is going to be absent for any other reason, you will need to get a pre-approved absence form completed. A complete list of possible excused absences is available on the website under the “parent” links. Also, when checking your student out please send a note I the morning or call the office one hour ahead so we do not disrupt the learning in the classroom. See details
New School Hours: 7:55am to 2:25pm *Change* Wednesdays: Early Release Students attend from 7:55am to 1:25pm
If you have any time during the week we are looking for volunteers to help our secretaries by being at the front volunteer desk and answering phones. Also, if you have any desire to assist in the classroom with reading or math we are looking for support for our students. Please come get the volunteer paperwork so we can get you qualified. We love our volunteers!
6th graders making progress in reading and math
We formally assess our sixth graders in reading and math three times a year.
After our spring assessment we can say 81% showed and increase in reading and 92% in math over the year.
While some stay the same and some declined several of those students were already above the national standard for grade level and it is much more difficult to grow once you are far above the grade level standard.
Improvement by all students is our goal and having this data enables us to target those who need the most intervention.
Where Are We With Our School Action Plan?
This school year has gone racing by. As the school year comes to a close it’s time to update our families on where we are at on achieving our goals for the year. Read more....
Register you Safeway Club card, debit or credit card so when purchases are made proceeds come back to Monticello. It takes 30 seconds and then you never have to think about it again.
What are your children learning at school? View grade level standards by each grade level. You will also find who you can contact if you have more questions.
Learn more about Monticello
Site Action Plan - What are out strategies to achieve our plan this year. Included is a table showing the Achievement Data on State Assessments from Baseline (2010) to 2013.
Our Action Plan for this year - This detailed document outlines what we are going to do to ensure our students achieve proficiency in reading, writing, math and science.
Attendance...why is it important?
|Student attendance is the number one factor in student success while in school. We want all of our students to be successful but we can’t do this if they are not in their classes where the important learning takes place. Students that have poor attendance also have a higher likelihood of not graduating high school. Click here to see out brochure for more information.|
There are a lot of things we do at Monticello than provide for student services, recognition, motivaton that our normal school budget can't fund. Some of these fundraisers require nothing more than registering your TargetRED card or your Safeway card. Thank you for your support.
- The student store is open every day in the morning from 7:30am to 8:00am, during lunches, and after school for school supplies, P.E. uniforms, and drinks.
- We have a box top competition during the year where classes compete for box top prizes. Keep all of your box tops!
- Register your Target REDcard and Safeway Cards to support Monticello. We automatically get a small percentage of your purchase.
- Or, make a donation to the PTO to help fund school events and opportunities for students to promote academics and positive behavior
The Daily News says...
"Monticello Middle School turnaround in full swing"See what they have to say.
See what we are teaching at each grade level
Parents...want to know how to help your child with reading? Check out our new YouTube videos
Monticello is trying something new this year. In an effort to preserve important time for our families we are trying to provide opportunities for families to find out about what we are doing at school. We will do this in a video series where you can learn about our reading strategies.
The first strategy is Read Around The Text and all students are using this strategy in their classes. By using video and internet technology we hope that you can watch the video with your student and help them with reading comprehension. Please check it out.
The second strategy is K.I.M vocabulary. K is for the key Idea, I is information and M is a memory clue. Check out or video to see how this is used. K.I.M Vocabulary.
Two Column Notes family video - This video describes Monticello Middle School's 3rd literacy strategy, Two-column Notes, and gives tips for parental involvement at home.
Reciprocal teaching literacy strategy - This video describes the reciprocal teaching literacy strategy being used at Monticello Middle School.
Read Aloud literacy strategy- Give the reader an idea of what good readers sound like and an opportunity to demonstrate their reading comprehension.
Sum it up - This video gives information about the Sum it Up literacy strategy and provides families with ideas for supporting these skills at home.
How can we help?
Being a student is a task in itself. When one of our students thoughts are on where they may be living tonight, having enough food to eat or not getting the medical care they should, it can really impact their readiness to learn. Here is what we found in a recent student survey.
- Do you know anyone who did not eat yesterday? Yes—28%
- Do you know anyone who has worn the same clothes for two or more days in a row? Yes—50%
- How many times have you seen the dentist in the last year? 0 times—20%
- How many students do you know who need to see a doctor but cannot for various reasons? 1 or more—11%
- Do you know anyone who worries about not having a place to live? Yes—25%
- Do you know anyone who does not have a place to live? Yes—nearly 10%
We can often either provide help or point you in a direction to get assistance. Read More.
School Improvement Action Planning
As part of being classified a “Priority” school we have developed an action plan that will help us further our success as a school. Four areas have been selected as focus areas for the school action plan. These areas are: Providing strong leadership, using data to inform instruction, strengthening the schools instructional program and establishing a safe and supportive school environment. Read more...
We've received information from the district safety officer on videos from the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) on how to respond to various emergencies. Planning for what to do in the event of an emergency cannot be over emphasized. Some of the video on this page are in Spanish and sign language. A link to the page is now on the Parent menu bar.
What do we do when the weather or other emergency impacts out school day?
Our school hours and other emergency info can be found on the Longview School District website. You will find info about bus snow routes and hours of school operations.
In addition to local radio stations announcing weather delays, you would like to get notices sent to your my email. Sign up for a free service called "Flash Alert". Please note: you must subscribe and keep your contact information updated; some spam filters block these messages; you can get messages pushed to your smart phone or tablet with the FlashAlert Messenger App. Info is on the FlashAlert signup site.
Information will be posted before 6 a.m.
We are making progress!
Monticello students did amazing on last year’s Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) scores. Scores went up in every area but one group. The trend for Monticello scores has been mostly positive as we work through our last year of the School Improvement Grant funding. Students made large jumps in 6th grade reading, 7th grade math, writing and 8th grade science. Listed here are the trends in scores from when the grant started in 2009-2010 to where we are at currently. We are so proud of our students and staff for their continued work in all areas. See the stats!
Internet, Mobile Phones and Texting Safety Tips...
Check out some information we received from the U.S. Attorney's Office regarding safeguarding students relating to Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety Tips. Also if you would read the letter from the US Attorney you will see why we are making this information available.
We need your email address...
If you haven’t already updated or added your email address to your students Skyward information please call the school to do that. Weekly emails will be sent home by Principals and by teachers to inform you of classroom details and school events. This is the primary way to keep informed of how your student is progressing.
Chinese Language is Here
How about this for Chinese: We have a new Chinese teacher joining our team this year to offer Chinese 1 and 2 to Monticello students for high school credit. Li Shanshan is joining us from Seattle and wanted to stay in the United States to continue her teaching for another year before returning to China. We are so excited for the opportunities that our students have to learn another culture and language.
Parents and Guardians, you are the #1 influence in your child's life. All Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County high schools want to join with you to create an educational experience that will open doors to your student's success. Together we can help students build essential confidence and knowledge to face challenges in whatever they do next. Check out this 67 page comprehensive document to assist you in that process.
Our Mission Statement from a student's point of view....well said....
Lexi Weiser (7th grade) wrote a poem using our mission statement that she read before the entire student body. Well said!
Don’t underestimate the kindness in other humans!
Life gets better as it goes on, it really does. Don’t give up on your life, just because things happen to you doesn't’t mean you have to give up. You should never give up, there is so much ahead of you that you haven’t gotten to yet, but soon enough you will get there. Things happen in life that you may not understand, or you can’t stand. Just believe in yourself that you can do much better and succeed, all you have to do is just turn the other cheek. Be who you want to be! Don’t let anything get you down. You are yourself and that’s who you have always been since the beginning, and that’s who you will always be. You will never change no matter how hard you try. Begin a brand new start if you have to; just don’t let anyone get in your way, find the truth in others and yourself. Like I said, be who you want to be!
BELIEVE, INSPIRE, SUCCEED!!!
Inspiring your Child to Succeed
How can a parent inspire and help their child with reading and writing? Here is a one page article that will give you pointers on how to support reading, writing and success in class. Families and Literacy: Inspiring your Child to Succeed
In order to take the congestion off of 28th Avenue and Hemlock intersections parent pick-up will now be behind Monticello through the gates on the back side of the gym. The access gates will be open to one-way only traffic from the back parking lot through to Hemlock street. The gates will open at 210pm and then close at 230pm. Parents will be able to park alongside the back of the gym adjacent to the playing fields with one lane of parking and one lane a drive-thru. Students will be asked to exit the building from the back breezeway and health corridor. Student safety is our highest priority. Please use our new pick up route.. (see map)