Welcome to Monticello

Mrs. Allen

Angela Allen
Principal

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John Gourley

John Gourley
Assistant Principal


1225 28th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

Main Office - Principal
(360) 575-7050

Assistant Principal
(360) 575-7041

Dean of Students
360-575-7041

Guidance Office
(360)575-7042

Nurse
(360) 575-7048

FAX - 360-575-7220

What's happening...

Back to School Newsletter

Upcoming Events


10/07—Open House/Curriculum Night, 6:00pm

10/10—No School, Teacher In-service

Calendar

See the calendar


Attendance Info

School Supply list for 2014-15

Before and After School Program

Honor Roll
Perfect Attendance

View our syllabi by each grade level

Parents - You can now pay for your child's school lunch online!

Parent Resources - Check it out

2014-15 Student Handbook

Policy Handbook

Weather Delays

Washington College Bound Scholarship

Khan Academy Links


Longview School District

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Greetings from Monticello where....

we believe, we inspire and .great things are happening

 

PE uniforms will be sold on Friday mornings at the student store for September only. 7:30 to 7:55am.


Absences

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

Anime Saturdays at Longview Public Library

The last Saturday of the month is Anime Club at the Longview Public Library. All Otaku youth are welcome to drop by the Library Auditorium, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve,元日 Ganjitsu party for the whole family. See more!

Teen Tuesdays @ Longview Public Library

And more...

At our October 14,  6:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Tuesday event, Longview Public Library Youth Services will host an evening of book trailers. 

Author Denise Kawaii visiting Tuesday, October 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kawaii is the author of several books, most recently Adaline, a dystopian novel set in a future of clones, where any non-conforming behavior is punished, an appropriate theme for what is also Bullying Awareness Month! see more..

The second week of October is Teen Read Week, and, in case you are unfamiliar with the genre, book trailers, like movie trailers, or MTV music videos, are a short (60 seconds or less) teaser for a book.  Some are professionally made, but many high-quality trailers are made by teens, using freeware like Vine or Prezi.  An author I heard at last month’s PNLA conference said one of the producers currently popular with many authors is 14 years old!

(For more examples, Google YA Book Trailers or see... )


 

We glad to be back...

We are back at school

See more pictures of the first day of school....

And more info....

Picture Day: September 16th

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

 


Volunteers Needed! 

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

scoresWe 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.

 

 


Summer Math for Incoming 6th Graders

Practicing math skills for 20 to 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, will greatly improve your child’s math success in 6th  grade. Khan Academy is a good resource to use for this practice. See how to do this...

You will find great video tutorials for both regular and advanced math.


 

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....

 


 

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You can help raise money for the Monticello PTO when you shop at certain businesses. Those businesses will donate a percent of the sales to Monticello.

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. 

See details....


Monticello Apparel

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


What will your children learn this quarter?

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.

Fundraisers

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

 

See the details...

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

View our syllabi by 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.

New...March 15th...

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.

Added...March 30th

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...

Monticello's Garden

Check out the Monticello Garden.

Emergency Information

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.

Planning for High School & Beyond

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!!!
-Lexi Weiser

 

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


 

After School Student Pick-up

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)

 

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