March 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

March 9th
  • Early Release 10:50am - Scheduled Student Led Conferences

March 10th

  • Early Release 10:50am

March 13th

  • Boys Basketball 7th/8th/Green Teams at home against La Center
  • Boys Basketball Yellow Team at Three Rivers Christian

March 14th

  • Band Competition at Mt Solo in the morning
  • Knowledge Bowl Meet at Mt Solo at 4pm
  • RA Long Cheer Clinic for 8th grade students interested in cheer 5:30-7:00pm
  • Longview School District Multilingual/EL Family Night @ Monticello 5:30-7:00

March 15th

  • Bowling – Final Match at Triangle Bowl
  • Boys Basketball Green Team at home Vs Three Rivers Christian
  • Boys Basketball 7th/8th/Yellow Teams at Coweeman
  • RA Long Cheer Clinic for 8th grade students interested in cheer 5:30-7:00pm

March 16th

  • Choir Trip in Chehalis All Day
  • Basketball Awards Ceremony in the cafe at 2:45pm (Remember to turn in your gear)
  • Knowledge Bowl Awards Cermony in Room 111 at 2:30pm (Remember to turn in your gear)
  • Garden Club – Initial Planting Day after school from 2:30-4:30 (see info below)
  • RA Long Cheer Clinic for 8th grade students interested in cheer 5:30-7:00pm

March 17th
  • Weather Make-Up Day - School starts 7:55am
March 23rd

  • Evening of Excellence Awards Night at Monticello from 5:00-6:30pm
  • RA Long & Mark Morris Freshman Night from 6:00-7:30pm at each school
March 27th
  • First track practice after school from 2:30-4:30pm

March 31st

  • Early Release 11:55am

April 3rd-7th

  • No School - Spring Break

April 10th

  • School Resumes

January Students of the Month

Students are selected by their teachers for displaying the 4 Bs of Monticello. Being Responsible, Being Respectful, Being Safe and Being a Learner. Congratulations to this month's winners.


The first track practice will held on March 27th after school. All students, including 6th grade students, are encouraged to participate. Athletes can pick up the required paperework from the office. It is important that we have a valid physical form on file in the office. If you have any questions, please contact our athletic secretary at 360-575-7041 or by email at

Track Schedule

April 17th @ Woodland (7th/8th Grade Only)

April 19th @ Hockinson (7th/8th Grade Only)

April 20th @ Mt Solo (6th Grade Only)

April 24th @ Monticello (7th/8th Grade Only)

April 26th @ Cascade (6th/7th/8th) Final Track Day for 6th Gr

May 1st @ La Center (7th/8th Grade Only)

May 3rd @ Coweeman (7th/8th Grade Only)

May 10th @ Woodland (7th/8th Grade Only)

May 16th Track Awards Cafeteria 2:30-3:30

March's Character Trait Is RESPECT

At Monticello, during advisory class we work on character traits. We use a curriculum called Character Strong to provide social and emotional support to our students to help them feel safe and connected to our school. Each month, the advisory class focuses on a specific character trait. This month's trait is RESPECT.

RESPECT: "to show consideration for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of somone or something."

RESPECT at Monticello

The character trait that we are emphasizing in March is RESPECT. We will be teaching students how to show consideration for others feelings, wishes, and rights. We have noticed this year, that students have struggled to develop appropriate ways to communicate with their peers and with our staff. We will focus our attention on helping students work through conflict while being respectful of others.

We realize that this trait is one that goes beyond the school setting. We are asking for your help in teaching our students what it means to be respectful. Below are some challenges that we are seeing at school:

  • students arguing or ignoring a staff member when they are not meeting school expectations
  • students being verbally or sometimes physically aggressive towards peers when conflict occurs
  • students disregarding school wide expectations such as cleaning their table after eating or keeping their hands and feet to themselves

Thank you in advance for having these conversations with your children.

Monticello Student Newspaper

We have a student newspaper club that meets on Thursdays after school in Room 200. If your student is interested, have them talk with Mrs. Peterson in Room 200.

Below is the link to the most recent edition of the Mustang News.

Monticello Climate & Culture Survey for Parents

Each year, we conduct climate and culture surveys for our students, parents and staff. The information from the surveys helps us create our school improvement plans. We are asking you to take some time to complete the parent climate and culture survey. Below is the link to the survey. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete it.

Monticello Spirit Wear

Our PTO has put together an online spirit wear site for students and family members to design and order their own personal school gear. Click on the following link to get started.

St Patrick's Day Sale - March 15-16th

20% off Gildan Tees 8000 & 8000B

Code: LUCKY20

Garden Club At Monticello

After school Garden Club is back! The Lower Columbia School Garden's Program will be starting at Monticello again in the spring. It will run on Thursdays starting on April 20th and ending on June 8th. Students that are interested in attending will need to complete a registration form that is located in the lobby.

School Yearbook Baby Photo For 8th Grade Students

Our yearbook staff is looking for baby photos of our 8th grade students. If you are willing to send them in please submit them to

Be sure to write down the name of your student once you attach the photo.

PTO Notes from March Meeting

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help in the Mustang Mart. If interested, please email the PTO president, Heather Peterson-Woodruff. Below is some of the infomration covered in the last PTO meeting on March 7th.

First, Mr. Roome sent me an e-mail expressing the Leadership Teams interest in having another dance in the spring. We discussed this at the meeting and decided against it. We have very few weeks remaining, and there is a lot of time, effort, and cost that goes into putting on the dance. Not to mention, organizing the volunteers. Our focus in the spring is to sponsor prizes for the testing kick off in May, Staff appreciation, and planning the 8th grade party.

Secondly, we have two events coming up in May. Wednesday May 3rd will be the kick off day for school testing. This year Mr. Merzoian said they could use some help handing out prizes. More to come later. Staff Appreciation begins May 8th. Last year the PTO provided breakfast one morning, lunch one afternoon, and ice cream on Friday for all teachers and staff at Monticello. Mike Milligan has offered to cook a hot breakfast this year. More to come on this event. We would like to have 2-3 people help with breakfast one day and lunch on the other day. Please let me know if you are interested in helping.

Thank you,

Heather Peterson-Woodruff

Cold Winter Weather

It is important to remember to dress appropriately for the weather this winter. The doors open at 7:30am for students that are having breakfast. For those not having breakfast, it is best to arrive at 7:45 or 7:50. Otherwise students are waiting out front or in the courtyard for school to begin.

During lunch, we will follow the same schedule that we used before the break. Students will be expected to go outside for a portion of their lunch. Please be sure to bring a coat or warm clothing. Gloves and an umbrella are helpful as well.

Skyward Access To Check Grades

Skyward Family Access is an online tool that gives families the opportunity to participate more fully in their students’ education. It offers up-to-the-minute student information, including attendance, schedules, food service balances and immunizations. It also includes a calendar and message center.

If you have not yet obtained a username, submit an application to a school where you have a student attending. Your username will work for all active students living in your household. Each guardian may have a separate user name and password. Click here for a link to skyward family access.

If you have any questions at all regarding your child's progress or classes, you are encouraged to reach out to your child's teachers.

We believe we make a difference in the lives of our students by providing a safe and supportive environment where ALL students receive a high-quality, comprehensive education that inspires them to become life-long learners and equips them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in high school and beyond.