Monticello Matters Family News
April 26, 2023
Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day! Please give a special thank you to our administrative support staff: Jan Coiner, Connie Jenkins, Evan Coleman, Keyondra Ragland, Anber Mars, Lonnie Hensley, Melissa Pelletier, Sharon McDougall, and Gina Weigold.
Last Friday, we kicked off our Latino Student Union in partnership with UVA. We had 55 MHS students and over 20 UVA mentors. This is just the beginning! Special thanks to Jenn Timms for organizing and executing the event!
A reminder to students and families that we cannot accept Door Dash and other delivery services. We have asked that they do not come onto campus for security reasons. Securing our parking lot is a hard enough job with students coming and going from release periods, CATEC, etc., so we appreciate your cooperation with not using delivery services. Thank you!
A couple of tips and reminders:
- We will be serving a variety of desserts and punch
- Small, clear purses and clutches only. No bags or other purses will be permitted inside.
- All students must be at the prom by 9:00 pm.
- If a student leaves early, they must leave the facility and parking lot. No re-entry.
- No one may access the stairs or elevator and our admin and security personnel will be onsite to assist us in keeping a safe and orderly environment.
Monticello Photo students were featured in Southside Neighbors Magazine this month.
The article starts on page 6.....here is a PDF of the entire magazine.
This past Thursday, Albemarle County Indoor Percussion (a.k.a. Albemarle County Combined Schools) made history as the group performed at the WGI (Winter Guard International) Percussion World Championships in Dayton, OH, for the first time in program history. We unfortunately came up short in prelims, but the group made history again as they received the highest score in ACIP program history with an 81.175. This not only surpasses the previous high score of 72.25 set in February of 2020, but it is also an 11 point improvement from the 70.325 earned April 2nd at the AIA (Atlantic Indoor Association) Finals. I am beyond proud of what the group accomplished this season and so thankful to be the Unit Director of these amazing percussionists. If you come across any of the members please congratulate them on their hard work and historic marks.
Here is a link to our performance from Dayton.
Thank you for your continued support. It means a lot to the students, parents and myself.
Spring Book Fair
All books are brand new, and the average cost of books is $5-$6.
We also have a website for online browsing & pre-orders: https://sites.google.com/k12albemarle.org/mohs2023springbookfair/home
Senior Information-as shared via email
Seniors, Teachers, and Parents,
We are writing to make sure you know of the upcoming end of year festivities. Below is the schedule for the conclusion of senior year.
May 23 is the last day of classes for seniors.
- After May 23, only seniors who are still completing necessary schoolwork in a required class for graduation will be expected to attend school.
- School counselors or administrators will communicate with students and parents if this is expected for a student.
May 31 at 7pm is Senior Awards Night at Monticello in the auditorium.
- All seniors and their families are invited to attend senior awards night.
- The event will recognize students earning scholarships to attend college, departmental awards, and other school awards for the senior class.
June 2 at 4pm is the last day that a senior can turn in schoolwork for a class required for graduation.
- If a student has unfinished work needed to pass a class required for graduation on June 2 at 4pm that student will not be allowed to walk at graduation on June 6.
- Students in that situation will be invited to summer school to finish necessary graduation requirements.
June 6 at 6pm is Graduation at John Paul Jones Arena.
- Students must plan to arrive by 5:00 to be placed in line.
- Families may enter the arena starting at 5:15.
- No tickets are required for graduation. Seats are first come, first served. Students can bring as many people as they wish to graduation.
- All students must wear their graduation cap and gown to graduation. If you have not ordered your cap and gown you must do so immediately to get it in time for graduation. Graduation cap/gown packages, along with other graduation items, can be found on www.jostens.com by searching for Monticello High School.
- Gowns must be zipped during the graduation ceremony.
- Students can decorate their caps; however, all decorations must be school-appropriate. Monticello High School reserves the right to deny a student to wear an inappropriately decorated cap to graduation and to replace it with a new cap.
- TSS Photography will be on hand to take pictures during and after the ceremony. No family members will be allowed on the graduation floor. TSS will send out a separate flyer about purchasing graduation pictures.
- Students will pick up their diplomas at the conclusion of the ceremony and then meet you in front of the main entrance to JPJ.
- Final transcripts will be mailed the 3rd week of June for all graduates as noted by seniors on the senior survey.
We will offer both credit recovery and initial credit Health/PE and Economics/Personal Finance courses this summer. Click here for all of the information for Virtual and in-person PE and EPF registration. More information on credit recovery will be sent out closer to the end of the school year.
We need teachers in the following areas:
- Economics and Personal Finance (in person credit recovery/virtual initial credit)
Virtual teachers get paid $40/hr and in person teachers earn $180/day. Let Jenn Timms know if you are interested. Many thanks!
We have run a list of students with Incomplete grades for semester one. Our assumption is that 99% of them are because students have not completed an Essential Assignment. Counselors and administration will be meeting with students to make a plan for completion, up to and including after school, Saturday School and summer school. We will need to do the same for 2nd semester at a later date, so thank you for all you do to communicate the importance of EAs and support student completion.
Here is the link to the SOL testing schedule. Students will take their tests in the gym, forum, or small group location. After testing, students will be given a pass to go back to their classrooms. The expectation is that everyone goes back to class after they test unless they have been signed out by their family to leave the building.
Going on and Ongoing
See testing schedule above for SOL dates
April 26: Administrative Professional Day
April 28: No school for students; teacher work day and DPLC
April 29: Junior/Senior Prom
May 8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 11-14: Monticello's Production of "Crybaby" (Thurs at 7:30, Sat/Sun at 8:00, Sun at 2:00)
May 23: Last Academic School day for seniors
June 6: graduation at JPJ (6:00 pm)