Weekly Update from the Director
One of the things our teachers have been doing during these first three weeks is getting to know your child as a person and student. In almost all subjects, teachers have collected data on your child's current academic level. They will be sharing this information with you during our Parent Conferences on Wednesday, Sept 27 and Thursday, Sept 28.
 
If your child is on grade level or above, we will ask you to schedule an optional conference on Sept 27th. If you child is below grade level, we have asked teachers to schedule a required conference with you on Sept 28th. They will be sharing important information with you regarding your child's level, what they will be doing to help your child grow, and what you can do at home to help make sure your child catches up. Please watch for further information from your child's teachers!
 
There will be no school on Friday, Sept 29th, which is a professional development day for teachers. 
 
Lastly, many of you know that I just moved to Utah from Houston, Texas. Some have asked me how Hurricane Harvey affected my Houston community. Unfortunately, many of my friends and former students' families were severely affected. Harvey flooded the homes of 34 families from my previous school. They have had to delay the start of their school year and are working hard to rebuild their homes and their lives. Parents at my prior school have reached out to me to see if any of us high-and-dry Utahns might be able to help the affected families through this difficult time. At the same time, many Monticello students have generously asked me how we can help. We will start a fundraising drive next week to see what we can do to help! The proceeds will be used to give these families gift cards to home improvement stores and restaurants to help ease the burden while they rebuild. Stay tuned for more information!
 
Thanks for your help in getting the school year off to a great start! 


Last Updated: 09/08/2017
Parent Council Update
We as the newly formed Parents Council want to say how excited we are for the school year to start and look forward to the learning and fun we have in store for our children and possibly even the parents. We know there are a lot of changes that we are all learning to cope with and here is a few more for the Parent Council side.
 
1. We encourage parents to talk to us, contact us, email us parent.council@monticelloacademy.net and get to know us. We even want you to come to the meetings of the parent council if you are interested to either voice your opinion on a small matter and or even join the council and help plan events.
 
2. Events are part of what we do, We want you to tell us the events you like, possible events you would like to see in the future, events you are not that fond of, and also events you would like to come help out with as a volunteer.
 
3. Social Media is a big part of our society and we want you to follow the schools Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/monticelloacademy/) in the coming weeks we are hoping to put up some video snippets on the page with insight and announcments.
 
We are all looking forward to the Welcome Back to School Movie Night on September 15th and hope to see you there...
 
PS Monster Dash information will be soon forthcoming...


Last Updated: 09/02/2017
Update from the Director
  1. Where are we headed?
  2. Another opening at Monticello
  3. Congrats to our runners!
  4. Don’t come to school on Monday!

 

1.  In case you were not at the Back to School Night presentation, I would like to share some exciting initiatives we are starting this year:

  • Become a Core Knowledge School of Distinction. This designation is reserved for a handful of schools in the nation who show excellence in the Core Knowledge curriculum and approach. In the coming three years, we will be working hard to become an exemplary Core Knowledge school.
  • Raise academic achievement levels. Our current test scores indicate that not all Monticello students are on track for success at four-year colleges. Thanks to early dismissal Wednesdays, our teachers will have a chance to regularly review data on student performance and make plans to support student growth. As a well-rounded Core Knowledge school, we have many priorities other than SAGE scores, but SAGE is one indicator we seek to improve through overall instructional improvements.
  • Increase parent communication. As part of our effort to raise the academic bar, we will be reaching out to you more regularly concerning your child’s progress. When there are specific things you can do at home to help your child, we will let you know.
  • Create a safe and productive learning environment. We have received feedback regarding a slip in recent years in behavioral expectations, consistency in following through with expectations, and an overall sense that Monticello is not as orderly and safe of a learning environment as it needs to be. We also received feedback from parents that some specific issues of concern were not adequately addressed. Our approach this year is to be clear with students regarding what our values and expectations are, teach them how to meet them, and inform parents early if there are concerns, before they become larger issues. We encourage you to let your teachers or administrators (depending on the issue) know if something of concern is happening with your children. We will address it as soon as possible.
  • Increase independent reading. Teachers are working with students to find great books on their level for independent reading (independent reading shouldn’t be hard; in general, let them read what they enjoy). All students in grades K-8 have a nightly reading assignment. Make sure your children are reading and getting their reading logs signed. Also, students should always have at least two books with them (in case they finish one!). We know avid readers become life-long learners, so we are building a culture of reading at Monticello.

2.  We need substitute teachers! If you have a flexible schedule and are interested in being on the call list as a potential substitute, please email info@monticelloacademy.net. If you are selected, you will need to pass a background check to be added to the Monticello Academy payroll. Also, my apologies for posting the wrong email address for our last call for applicants! The kind folks at the Monticello Academy(.org) in California, forwarded us many of the resumes that were sent to them! If you aren’t sure if your resume made it to us, send a follow up email to the .net email address above.

3.  Congratulations to our Minutemen Cross Country team for their strong showing at their first meet. It doesn’t get better than 1st place!

4.  A reminder that Monday is Labor Day and there is no school. Enjoy the three-day weekend!



Last Updated: 09/02/2017
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