Everything in the Middle School that matters

Volume 3

December 3, 2018


Happy December

We have a full calendar of events for the month of December. The next 15 days of school will be very busy. We have seen many parents come in to watch some of the middle school winter sports, activities and competitions. Holiday music concerts are in full swing, and we have several groups on field trips.

Mental Health Support during the Holidays

The holiday season can be a busy and festive time for many. However, for some, it can be a time of struggle and emotional stress. Please know there is support available for those who need it. Check out the resources available through the Middle School Student Center web page.

Midterm updates available December 11

We have worked very hard to get your child’s updated progress report and report card to you. On Monday, December 11 teachers will have their second quarter grade books updated. You can check child’s midterm progress on Parent Portal on that date. If you would like a hard copy sent home through the mail, please contact the student center 763-272-2111.

Fall Conferences

Our record shows another excellent turnout for fall student-led conferences. We had a 99.4% turn out. That is a tribute to you as parents and your commitment to being part of your child’s education. If you missed your child's scheduled conference, please contact your child ’s advisor to schedule another time to meet.

A big thank you goes out to all those who brought in wonderful soups, desserts, bread, etc. for us on our 1st conference night. It was very much appreciated.

Parent Information

Transportation Changes

Please remember Hoglund transportation needs any transportation changes submitted 24 hours before any anticipated changes. This will help ensure all students have a seat on the bus. Last minute requests to have your child ride a different bus home cannot be honored.


Item Drop-off

Please know that when you drop an item off for your child in the front office, we will not interrupt class. Instead, we will have your child paged in between class to pick up their item.

MCA's will be mailed out this week, look for them in your mailbox.

Dates to Remember

Dec. 3

2nd & 3rd Hour Band Concert @ HS Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 7

Activity Night 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 7

Mid-term Quarter 2

Dec. 10

8th-Grade Orchestra Concert @ HS Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 13

6th & 7th Hour Band Concert @ MS Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 18

7th-Grade Orchestra Concert @ MS Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Winter Break - No School - Office's are closed during those dates.

School Resumes Jan. 2nd.


Voting is open!

7th graders have painted posters that reflect that "kindness matters."

Pick your top 3 posters. Top 3 winners will receive prizes. Join the fun!

Click here to vote.

MMS YEARBOOK SALES: Final chance to order your Monticello Middle School Yearbook

Be sure to order your yearbook before December 20 if you would like a personalized cover. All yearbook sales are submitted online at www.jostensyearbooks.com

DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS from school sports, activities, or student involvement that we can use in the yearbook?

Be sure to upload them on our yearbook website at www.replayit.com You will be able to share, view and save photos with our school!

The media center would like to extend its appreciation to all the visitors to our recent book fair.

We loved all the parents and students enjoying our new spaces and are grateful for the purchases at our book fair that help support our middle school student's enjoyment of reading. Because of your support, we will be receiving more than 200 new (and popular) books to our collection. Three volunteers (Melissa, Mel, and Heidi) deserve special recognition for their willingness to help during a very busy time of year. The students will be very excited to check out our new titles! Thank you!

Students of the Month

Photo Use Authorization

If you DO NOT WANT your child's photo/video/podcast used, please contact Chris at chris.schyma@monticello.k12.mn.us


Monica Schwickerath, RN, LSN

Dress for the weather

Reminder to parents that with the cold weather upon us, students should dress for school appropriately. There may be times when traveling that they become stalled on the road or some other emergency may occur. Be Prepared.

Youth Tobacco Use Rises for First Time in 17 Years

Over 26 percent of high-school students surveyed reported using tobacco products in the past 30 days. Check out the 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey fact sheet for more information or the Minnesota Department of Health.

Please call the health office with any questions or concerns.

Middle School Health Office Phone: (763) 272-2120 or Fax (763)272-2109


Activity Night!!

Friday, December 7th - 2:30-4:30. All students are welcome to attend. Cost is $5.00, plus any spending money for concessions. Activities include DJ Mike Stein providing music and dance contests, volleyball tournament (sign up with a team), crafts & beading, Bingo, basketball, dodgeball, and an Ugly Sweater contest with prizes for the top 3 selected. Proceeds go towards our grade level service projects (6th g. Cancer Walk, 7th g. Shoe/supply Drive, and 8th g. Bounce Back Project). Please make sure students have a ride home planned for 4:30.

Student Center Resources

You may have noticed a new list of contact numbers on our Middle School web page. Given the importance of an immediate response, we have listed these resources for families, students, and staff who may need assistance in times of crisis. Mental health concerns can affect all families, and it can be overwhelming to know how to help someone when a crisis occurs. We do notice an increase in mental health issues this time of year, so please utilize the many excellent resources we have available in our community when needed. You are also welcome to contact any of us in the MMS Student Center if you are looking for specific resources or support here at school. Please know there is support available for those who need it. Check out the resources available through the Middle School Student Center web page.

Annette Bieniek & Sarah Welk, school social workers, and Therese Olson, school counselor


Call 911-Emergency (suicide attempt)

Go to the Hospital Emergency Room (suicide threat or specific plan)

Call Four County Crisis Response Team: 800-635-8008 or 320-253-5555 (will assist and provide resources or come to home if needed)

Toys for Tots

We have boxes set up in the Student Center. All items will be picked up on Dec. 13th. Please encourage students to bring items that are for their age group. Each building in the district is focusing on their age groups to make sure all ages are covered.

We Scare Hunger

Thank you to all students who assisted our MMS and MHS Interact students in collecting donations this Halloween. Over 1500 pounds of food were brought to the Monticello Food Shelf with the help of many Rotary volunteers. MMS students also donated 37 pounds of candy with the Allina Health Candy Buy Back Program. Altogether 3,789 pounds were collected between 19 area schools! Blue Star Mom's will send the candy to military personnel, plus each local food shelf in the region received a $500 check which is the "buy back" part of the collection.

Interact Club Update:

23 Interact students attended the Jostens Renaissance Tour on November 9th at Edina High School. The focus was on improving school culture and making positive connections within our community. Ask your middle schooler about "Fist Bump Friday!", An idea from our Interact club to start Fridays with lots of smiles. Interact club is promoting and helping with our upcoming Activity Night to fund the community service projects and will have other future volunteer opportunities. A big thanks to our Monticello Rotary Club for the bus funds for our Renaissance Tour!


Boys 7/8 Basketball

  • Practice starts on Wednesday, January 2nd from 2:45-4:30 p.m.
  • Registration can be done online @ http://www.monticello.feepay.com
  • Reminder: 1st-time athletes need to have a current physical on file
  • Middle School game schedule can be found online at www.mississippi8.org

Speech Team

Speech team is looking for students who have or want to develop the ‘gift of gab’!!! Students can present a selection from an author or their own work. Speech can be done solo, or as a duet. Coaches work with students in selection and preparation for meets.

  • 6th - 8th gr. students are eligible to participate in Speech.

  • Practice is 2 / week beginning in December.

  • There will be 5-6 meets where students travel to surrounding schools

  • The fee is $60.00 and can be registered for online @ http://www.monticello.feepay.com

  • Middle School game schedule can be found online at http://www.mississippi8.org

Questions: contact Abbey Veldhuizen @ abbey.veldhuizen@monticello.k12.mn.us or Michelle Thompson @ michelle.thompson@monticello.k12.mn.us


  • Runs Monday - Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30

  • Complete an emergency card for registration

  • No fee to participate in this program

  • Contact Mr. Nutt with questions @ alan.nutt@monticello.k12.mn.us

Winter Orchestra Concert Details

8th Grade Orchestra & High School Orchestras Concert—Monday, December 10th

Meet at High School for tuning & mass rehearsal with high school – Arrival time 5:00 p.m. for mass rehearsal with high school orchestra – pizza party between rehearsal & concert! The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

7th Grade Orchestra Winter Concert – Tuesday, December 18th

Meet at Middle School for tuning & warmups @ 6:15 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade Orchestra Winter Concert – Monday, January 14th

Meet at Middle School for tuning & warmups @ 6:15 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

*Concert attire is black dress pants/nice black shirt/black socks/black dress shoes. (NO skirts/dresses)

*Cello/Bass players will need to bring their own instruments from home.

*Parent volunteers are needed and appreciated – let Mrs. Schettler-Stein know if you are willing & able!

See Mrs. Schettler-Stein ASAP if you need to borrow an outfit! (If you would like to donate concert outfits/shoes from previous years that are too small now, please let Mrs. Schettler-Stein know. Thanks!)

These are also on the Middle School Orchestra Website!


Thursday, Jan. 31st 2019 at 7pm

800 Broadway Street East

Monticello, MN

Mark your calendar for the first performance of the school year featuring our 6th-grade band students. Their first concert is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

Parent Involvement

Thank you!

The parent involvement group would like to thank everyone for their help in making our fundraiser a success! Thank you to all the students who sold and the volunteers for helping during distribution. We could not have done this without you!

Parent Involvement Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th 2019 at 6pm

800 Broadway Street East

Monticello, MN