Greetings from Monticello where....
....great things are happening
"Word of the Week" winners...
To promote vocabulary development, Monticello has introduced a new contest called the “Word of the Week.” All teachers use, model, and instruct on an identified critical vocabulary word in their classroom without telling students what the word of the week is. Students listen and make connections in all of their classes to find out what the word is. On Fridays, five students from each lunch who correctly guess the word of the week earn a pizza lunch. Last week’s winners were Gavin, Keely, Nicholas, Esabella, Korbin, Hannah, Lilli, Curtis, Alex, and Katie!
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....
Upcoming music concerts
- 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert with RAL March 13- 7:00pm
- Monticello, Mt. Solo and RA Long combined concert for Advanced Choirs (7th & 8th grades through high school) @ RAL March 17
- Dress rehearsal 6:00 pm
- Concert at 7:30 pm
- All – City Orchestra Concert - Tuesday, March 18 7:00 p.m. at R.A. Long auditorium. All 3 Middle School 7/8th Grade Orchestras (no 6th grade) Two High School String Orchestras
- Success night - 6th grade choir and piano demonstrations
2nd Annual Success Night on March 27th
Monticello will have our 2nd Annual Success Night on March 27th at 6:00pm. Each year we put on display our best work for our families and community to celebrate the successes of our students and teachers. We will have a choir performance, lots of student work on display throughout the building, student presentations and of course, snacks. Our students are proud of the work that they have done over the course of the year and the great progress that they have made in learning. Teachers are also anxious to show off their work with students and the technology and assignments that students have used.
Successes we can highlight this year include:
- Student growth on the MAP assessments, given 3 times during the year, indicated more students have increased their scores than the previous years by several percentages.
- Monticello choir students are Superior! At the Southwest Washington Music Educators Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest students received multiple Superior ratings and one Excellent Plus.
- Students involved in after school math help showed significant growth in their MAP scores. 7 out of 8 7th and 8th grade students improved!
- Pictured: Music contest vocalists.
Honor Roll announced...see who made it...
We are proud of all the 76 students who had perfect attendance second quarter. Not only that, but 32 of them had perfect attendance first quarter also! Given this is the time of the year when illness's hit that is quite an avhievment.. See who they were....
The next PTO meeting will be on March 4th 6:00pm at the Guadalajara Grill & Cantina (46th and Ocean Beach Highway).
8th grade sees Amazing Data with January MAP scores
Our 8th grade students showed tremendous gains on their winter MAP testing in both reading and math!
In reading, student scores increased an average of 4.5 points from last spring. The typical growth in that time period is 1.5 points.
In math, scores increased an average of 6.1 points from fall testing. The typical growth from fall to winter for 8th graders is 2.6 points.
Some of the reasons for these impressive gains are teachers continuous implementation of Common Core Standards into all classrooms and effective strategies used within all content areas. Students have also been learning about the importance of effort on intelligence and used that information to set MAP goals.
MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) provides us with data on individual students so we can see how they and their classmates are progressing. See more...
La Chispa is a bilingual leadership summit to help Latino students take an active role in their schools to decrease the achievement gap. See more pictures
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
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
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....
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.|
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)