Welcome Back!

As we continue to move forward in our quest towards our goals, it's important to ensure that we are building up life-ready skills within ourselves so that we can inspire our students through action. This month, we focus on our first life-ready skill of goal-setting.

If you can't clearly see WHERE your destination is, you'll never be able to find where you need to go. Fortunately, Monticello is a district with 2020 vision. We know that our bold goal is to reach an 87% graduation rate and to see 65% of our students on level in math and ELA by 2020.

What's YOUR goal? As you settle in to the second week of the 2018-19 school year, take a moment amidst the hustle and bustle to evaluate what you want to achieve this school year. Remember to make it a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound). Write it down. Tell someone about it. Remember, you can't GET the goals, if you don't SET the goals.


A HUGE thank you to our entire team, especially our paras, transportation, security, support and food service folks, for all your hard work in creating a safe and fun first day back for our kiddos.

September Spotlights

Kudos to our September spotlights who exemplify goal-setting and goal-getting. These fine folks, as described by their building/department leadership team, know the job that they want to get done, and work hard to make it happen. #MonticelloRocks because of you!

"We have chosen our custodial team here at the Cooke School for our Spotlight. Bruce Ackerley, our Head Custodian and his staff, Bob Bowman, and Nazareth Betancur have gone above and beyond to make the Cooke School look amazing. The custodians were busy all summer to make sure the Cooke School is not only shining but has beautiful bright colors on the hallway walls. They created a warm, welcoming, kid friendly environment," - George L. Cooke Administrative Team

"Katie Moskowitz has scored a perfect 20 out of 20 on student growth for her NEWA reading outcomes in back-to-back years. This is no easy feat. Clearly, when Katie sets a goal regarding her students' success, she gets the job done. Katie is an eighth-grade ELA teacher who has demonstrated leadership with building our LFA practices and protocols in the middle school. She gets the most out of her students by practicing patience, reflection, and intentional planning," - Nick Millas, Principal, RJK Middle School

"Kelly Madsen is the heartbeat of Emma C. Chase Elementary School. Dependability, phone and computer skills, customer service, and organization are the basics. Kelly launches beyond a basic platform of skilled office management and provides valuable critical thinking. Kelly is able to trouble-shoot solutions by considering the perspective of each stakeholder (parent, student, teacher, staff member…). Mrs. Madsen’s attention to detail and ability to collaborate at a high level on any topic makes her an indispensable part of our building," - Emma C. Chase Administrative Team

"Michael Regan is not only a high school social worker, he is an administrative intern in the district and the MBK Coordinator. Mike pours his heart and soul into his work each and every day. He is multi-skilled and manages many tasks with a high level of performance. Mike always works to provide the best opportunities for the students he serves. Michael Regan is truly an asset to this district. We are so lucky to have him on our team. He is worthy of this honor for his commitment to improving the outcomes for the young men of color through the MCSD My Brother's Keeper Program. The lengthy data report indicates improvements with attendance, out comes and discipline. Not only did Michael program for the students and their families, he was instrumental in forming an alliance with other area MBK programs.

– Special Programs Administrative Team

"Tyla Walker is always at the right place at the right time. She enforces, with the assistance of a team member and/or building administrators, the school rules and regulations which pertain to the safety and welfare of our students and staff alike," – Nelson Qunñioes, Director of Security

Upcoming Events

Sept. 15 - Panther Pride Ride and BBQ. Join us as we take the welcome wagon out to our community (literally!). The ride takes off at 9 a.m. from the high school, and the BBQ begins at 12:30 p.m. at the high school. Contact Jackie Beamer to reserve your spot on the bus.

Last year's Pride Ride and BBQ

Oct. 22 - Staff Conference Day - Our special programs department is hard at work planning a day filled with fun, inspiration and wellness. Standby for more information

TED Talks, Monti Speaks

Do you have an interesting story to share? Have your life experiences impacted the way you teach? Do you have a unique strategy or method that helps you connect with students?

We are seeking team members who are interested in using their experiences and insight to inspire the rest of our team on our Oct. 22 Conference Day as keynote speakers.

If you are interested in giving a 3-10 minute keynote speech, please email a brief proposal with a summary of your proposed speech to Jackie Beamer, jbeamer@K12mcsd.net by Friday, Sept. 21

Nov. 14 - Capital bond referendum - After a summer of working diligently to prioritize our buildings' needs, the Board has approved a capital improvement plan that residents will vote on on Nov. 14. Please keep your eye on our website for more information about the vote and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Model Schools Message

Gernilee Schombs brings back some of the wisdom she learned at this year's Model Schools conference in this bite-sized PD session.

There are so many reasons why #MonticelloRocks! Be on the lookout as the school year progresses for students, staff, volunteers and any other community members who make Monticello rock. Send a photo of this person in action, and 2-3 sentences explaining why he or she rocks to communications@k12mcsd.net and we'll spread the word!

Be Well! Happy September!

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