Greetings from Monticello where....
....great things are happening
November Students of the Month
Each month we choose students who have demonstrated characteristics that set the example for all students to be successful. We have a lot of students who do that - these rose to the top this month. Congratulations to each. See who they are....
Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance for 1st Quarter
Our Principal has been chosen the St Helens Region Distinguished Principal of the Year
Congratulations to Mrs. Allen who was chosen by her peers to the the Distinguished Principal of the Year for our region. Shown with Mrs. Allen is Assistant Principal Keven Palena and 6th graders Daylen Box, Nick Sarysz and Madeline Cooper with a sign congratulating their principal.. Please read the nomination letter submitted by Mr. Palena. A well deserve recognition. Nomination Letter
Monticello celebrated Veterans Day with a lighting of candles and a musical triubute, See more pictures.,..
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.
The PTO is taking orders for Monticello apparel. Hooded sweatshirts and T-shirts. Checks (Made out to Monticello PTO) or cash need to be taken with the order form to the student store before or after school.
Order by November 13th. See order form
Green and Gold.... and wacky dress...see pictures
And we can't let most favorite costume day go unnoticed! See pictures
Twins and more twins...
Well...we don't have this many sets of twins at Monticello but that doesn't mean we can't dress like twins! See a bit larger image of each
What does a blue pinky have to do with anti-bullying???
October 10th marked the finish of our Anti-bullying Week activities at Monticello. Students have written about their experiences being bullied, we have talked about them every day by having volunteer readers read anonymous stories and have watched student led skits and videos at lunch. At lunch we had students pledge to put a stop to bullying by signing our poster and take the Blue Pinky Pledge. Read more....
We have spirit yes we do we have spirit how about you? These are our 6th grade students that dressed up today for Spirit Day! Remember to wear your green and gold every Friday.
Come to the PTO meeting...
There will be a PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30. This will give us an opportunity to go over budget and make sure important things are getting covered (ie: yearbook and fundraiser). Meet in the foyer.
What are your children learning at school? View our syllabi 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.|
Longview Public Library ....
Celebrate Teen Read Week and Domestic Violence Month -Author Lisa Schroeder at Longview Public Library
Celebrate Teen Read Week and Domestic Violence Month! Lisa Schroeder, author of over 10 books for children and teens, including the 2013 novel "Falling For You" will appear at the Longview Public Library on Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. She will give a short talk, read from her two newest books, ”Falling For You” and “Frosting and Friendship,” take Q&A and sign books. Read more....
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!!!
Grading...Standards Based Grading
We've made some changes and adjustments in how we determine grades based on research and best practices....read more...
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)