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Monroe Local Schools eNews - March 2021

Monroe Staff Receive Second Dose of Vaccine

On February 26, Monroe staff joined other Butler County educators to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. We are truly grateful that our staff was able to receive the vaccine and look forward to the safe and healthy finish to the 2020-21 school year!

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!

Our Virtual Learning Academy students have been busy working at home. It is not all about time on their computer. Students also have the opportunity for hands-on lessons. Our Monroe VLA students are pictured below with some of their art and science experiments.

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

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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.

To learn more, go to Fair School Funding Plan Overview.

How can you help? Contact our legislators and voice support for the Fair School Funding plan:

Senator George F. Lang

(614) 466-8072

Email Senator Lang

Senator Steve Wilson

(614) 466-9737

Email Senator Wilson

Representative Thomas Hall

Phone (614) 644-5094

Fax (614) 719-6953

Email Representative Hall

Representative Jennifer Gross

Phone (614) 466-8550

Fax (614) 719-6955

Email Representative Gross

Representative Paul Zeltwanger

Phone (614) 644-6027

Fax (614) 719-3967

Email Representative Zeltwanger

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.

Thrive in the Hive - March 2021

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

Important Calendar Reminders

March 15-19: Spring Break-No School
March 22: Board of Education Meeting-6:30- 8:30 p.m.- Monroe Elementary School cafeteria.
April 2: No School
April 23: No School

Translation Now Available for Newsletter

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Ahora la traducción está disponible para el boletín informativo

Nuestro 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.