Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
August has arrived, along with the 90 degree temperatures. That must mean it is time to start thinking about school again. I hope that you are enjoying the wonderful weather with your family and friends. On behalf of the Monticello staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year.
It is hard to believe that the first day of school is just around the corner. Many of our staff members have been busy taking classes and preparing for the upcoming school year. Our Lego/Robotics summer school just finished up and was a huge success thanks to the work of Mr. Weiss, Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Piper, and the rest of our summer school staff. Our librarian, Ms. Olson, also just finished an amazing summer reading program at Monticello. All of this hard work has been done to ensure that our students have a comprehensive, high-quality education.
This will be my 21st year in education and my 5th year at Monticello. I can honestly say that our staff is the best. They are dedicated, hardworking and committed to making Monticello a school of distinction. State testing results indicate that we rank in the top 10% of schools in Washington State in terms of GROWTH on the state math assessment and we rank in the top 25% for English Language Arts. That means our students work really hard to improve while at Monticello. We realize that this requires a group effort. We are excited to work collaboratively with you to continue that success. We believe in a strong partnership between the school, home and community. This will ensure that every child receives the necessary support to reach their full learning potential.
To make sure that we get off to a great start, I have included some important dates and information below to help you as we approach the first week of school.
- Party in the Park! Where: Archie Anderson. When: 3:30-5:00pm What: Food and Fun. Who: Bring your whole family. There will be information for parents about the upcoming school year.
- 7th/8th grade football practice 1:30-3:30pm-meet in the boys’ locker room.
- 7th/8th grade volleyball practice 1:30-3:30pm-meet in the gym.
- Please be sure that you have turned in all of your paperwork including your physical form. You can bring the forms to the office prior to the first practice. Forms can be picked up in the office or found online through the Monticello athletic website.
- 6th grade Orientation 12:00-3:00pm (drop off and pick up in the back parking lot)
- Our leadership students will lead our new 6th grade class on a tour of the building. Students will briefly attend each of their classes and meet their teachers. At the end of the day, there will be games and activities to get to know each other.
- Parents: 6th grade orientation is for students only. You are welcome to tour the building when you pick up your child at 3:00pm. Administration will be available to answer your questions.
- 7th and 8th grade class schedules can be picked up from 2:00-3:00pm in the lobby.
- Students can also check skyward to get their schedule, but they will not be ready until the end of August and may be subject to change.
- First day of school. School begins at 7:55am and ends at 2:25pm.
- Please drop students off in the back parking lot across from Memorial Stadium to prevent traffic congestion in front of the building.
- Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:50am. Students may enter through the courtyard doors.
- Courtyard doors will open at 7:30am. Front doors will open at 7:50am.
- Picture day-Information will be sent home prior to the 19th for parents to review.
I encourage everyone to be actively involved in the educational process. Students have an opportunity to participate in several clubs and extra curricular activities, while parents are encouraged to volunteer in the school or join the PTO. The first PTO meeting will be September 11th at 6:30pm in the lobby. We also have several committees that need parent and student input. They meet once a month on Tuesdays from 2:40-3:40pm. If you would like additional information, please check out our school website or follow us on Facebook.
Scott Merzoian, Principal