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Monroe Local Schools eNews - March 2021
Monroe Staff Receive Second Dose of Vaccine
Monroe Student Selected for Prestigious Health Program
Congratulations to Monroe High School student Adam Duff for being selected for The Health Collaborative 2021 TAP MD program. For the past several years THC’s TAP MD program has helped high school students explore physician specialties.
TAP MD seeks the best young talent from across our tri-state region and connects them to educational opportunities, presentations, and workshops about the healthcare field. It is the 10th year for the TAP MD Program, with a current class of 65 students from the area.
Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022
Monroe Local School District's kindergarten registration is open for the 2021-2022 school year. To enroll in kindergarten a child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2021.
Go to monroelocalschools.com and click on the "Enrollment" link on the top of the home page to follow directions to the OneView Portal.
If you have any questions, please call the Monroe Primary Office at 513-360-0700 or email either:
Preschool Enrollment for 2021-2022
Monroe Primary School offers two AM and two PM preschool classes Monday through Thursday. Children must be potty trained and three years old on or before the first day of school, August 19, 2021.
Monroe Primary will hold its preschool registration on April 23, 2021. The registration link will be posted at 9:00 am. at monroelocalschools.com. The link will be posted on the right side of the main page under "District News.'' There are limited spots in our preschool program. Parents will be notified via email or telephone if their child has a spot for the 2021-22 school year.
If you have any questions, please call the Monroe Primary Office at 513-360-0700.
VLA Students in Action!
Holocaust Survivor Shares Inspirational Story With Students
On March 2, Monroe Jr./Sr. High Schools hosted a virtual visit from Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor and world-traveling author of the award-winning book Four Perfect Pebbles.
Students heard firsthand about her experiences as a nine-year-old child interned with her family in the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, the same camp in which Anne Frank died.
Lazan described in detail what life was like during those years and emphasized the values of perseverance, hope, tolerance, and understanding.
Lazan's book, Four Perfect Pebbles, was available for purchase and she offered to send each student who purchased one a personalized bookmark. More than 30 families have reached out sharing that they purchased her book.
"Marion had an incredible ability to not only describe the horrors she experienced but relate her situation to the lives of students today and remind them of the importance of being kind above all else," said Jen Williams, MJHS 8th Grade Language Arts teacher.
Spring Signing Ceremony for Monroe High School Seniors
The Monroe High School Athletic Department celebrated the commitments of 10 Hornet athletes who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level in a special College Signing Ceremony held on February 17 at the high school.
Monroe High School Athletic Director Eric Silverman shared, "Each one of these outstanding student-athletes is a prime example of what can be achieved when you put in the hard work and chase your dreams. We're extremely proud of each one of them and look forward to following the bright future that is ahead of them!"
Students making their college commitments at the Spring Signing Ceremony:
Brady Youtsler-Indiana University - Kokomo-Baseball
Marty Zumbiel-Ohio Northern University-Basketball
Jackson Baker-Miami University/Middletown-Golf
Alyssa Beckett-Ohio Northern University-Soccer
Brooke Frazier-Mt. Vernon Nazarene University-Soccer
William Bruce-Eastern Illinois University-Soccer
Benjamin Griffis-Bellarmine University-Soccer
Erin Dyke-Huntington University-Softball
Lilian Volk-Mt. Vernon Nazarene University-Tennis
Rylen Carroll-Goldey-Beacom College-Volleyball
Legislators Address School Funding Plan
Monroe Local School District is counting on Ohio’s legislators to address the inequity of school funding. Legislators are currently debating the Fair School Funding Plan which has reemerged as the top priority for the 134th General Assembly, as House Bill 1.
One of the biggest funding issues for Monroe is being a capped district which means the district receives much less funding than other schools with the same local taxpayer base. This creates an unfair tax burden on our community. Monroe should receive closer to $14 million from the State but only received $7.5 million this year.
The state reported that $7.5 million in funding will go to Monroe Schools this year for the district’s 2,780 students. The district actually received $6.2 million in funding because close to $1.2 million of the allotted funds went to non-public schools attended by 188 students who live in the district. Students who actually attend Monroe receive much less in State funding than the students who live here but attend non-public schools. This practice was started in schools over 20 years ago and continues to escalate each year.
"Our Monroe Community deserves transparency. The state’s current funding formula is a serious injustice to our Monroe families. We are counting on our own legislators to support funding where students attend and not where they reside. We are counting on them to stand up for public school education and our local taxpayers," Cahall said.
How can you help? Contact our legislators and voice support for the Fair School Funding plan:
Senator George F. Lang
Senator Steve Wilson
Representative Thomas Hall
Phone (614) 644-5094
Fax (614) 719-6953
Representative Jennifer Gross
Phone (614) 466-8550
Fax (614) 719-6955
Representative Paul Zeltwanger
Phone (614) 644-6027
Fax (614) 719-3967
Thrive in the Hive-Mental Health Resources for Families
Thrive in the Hive is a monthly mental health newsletter produced by Access Counseling Services. The goal of this newsletter is to provide Monroe families with education, interventions, and self-care tips for you and your children to take care of your mental health.
Bus Drivers/Monitors Needed
Petermann Bus is in need of drivers/bus monitors. Drivers start at $20.53 per hour (and start with 6 hours per day) and monitors at $13.87 around 4.5 – 5.5 hours per day.
Here is how to apply: www.petermannbus.com, select Careers, enter Monroe, OH in the location field, and access to the applications will come up.
Monroe Local School District is looking to fill a variety of positions. All job listings are posted here: https://www.applitrack.com/bcc/onlineapp/default.aspx
If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please apply through the Bulter County Education Service Center at https://www.bcesc.org
Translation Now Available for Newsletter
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Ahora la traducción está disponible para el boletín informativoNuestro boletín electrónico se llama What's the Buzz ahora está disponible en varios idiomas. La función de traducción funciona con Google Translate. Cuando acceda al boletín en línea, vaya a la parte superior derecha de la barra de accesibilidad y haga clic en el enlace "Translate Newsletter". Se proporcionará un menú desplegable que le permitirá seleccionar su idioma.