Monticello Matters (Family News)

September 17, 2023

From the Administration

It's been a very quick four weeks! We have seen positive changes in our Mustang Morning move and teachers report being able to help more students and keep them caught up if they are absent.

We have a few busy weeks in a row with Back to School Night, conferences, and Homecoming. This year's theme is "Under the Sea."

Our Back to School Night is September 21 from 6:00-8:00. We host a Regional College Fair that same evening, so we are making a slight adjustment to our schedule. I will record the State of the School, send it to families, and post it on the website instead of giving a presentation in the auditorium like last year. My hope is that more families will be able to attend the college fair, which will be set up in the gym from 5:30-8:00.

Attendance for Mustang Morning

Parents/guardians with the Power School app may receive a notification that your child has missed Mustang Morning. In most instances, it's because your child was drafted through Adaptive Scheduler, a Power School add on, which doesn't automatically sync with attendance in Power School.

Teachers have to take attendance in two places. They take their seminar attendance, which is the default for students who have not been drafted or signed up to work with a teacher AND they have to go into Adaptive Scheduler to take attendance of the students who have been drafted. It's confusing, but the important thing that we want you to know is that our attendance team will work to sync the attendance records in Adaptive Scheduler with Power School to be accurate, but it will be after Mustang Morning before they can do so. .

In almost every instance, your child is attending Mustang Morning and they are where they are assigned. We appreciate your patience as we get everything updated and accurate in Power School.

Spirit Week

Our Leadership classes have been working hard to plan our homecoming Spirit Week (Oct 2-6).

Monday: Wear your Team Colors/Jersey

Tuesday: Neon/Bright colors

Wednesday: Pink Out in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday: Tropical

Friday: Mustang Black and Gold

Homecoming Dance Information

Homecoming dance tickets will be on sale during all three lunches from 9/25-10/5 ($10.)

Guest permission forms are due on October 3rd.

Fall Surveys

In October and November, we will administer surveys to help gauge student engagement and a safe and healthy school climate. Please read the letter linked below for more information;

The Panorama survey will be administered during seminar on October 23. Our goal is an 80% participation rate county wide.

Lunch Release

Our "senior lunch" release has begun. It has been successful in many ways, but, as with anything new, we do have a few challenges.

For the most part, students have been returning back to school on time for the start of their class. Please remind students to keep this up!

If your child is a senior or if you have given them permission to leave for lunch daily, please talk to your student about driving safely at all times. We have seen an increase in students with permission to leave for lunch and that comes with a huge responsibility. We do not recommend giving freshmen and sophomores permission to leave, but of course, that is a parent's/guardian's right.

If, at any time, you choose to revoke permission for your student, please call the main office. Many thanks for following up with your student to talk about safety and responsibility if leaving the school campus during the day.

Career Corner

Finance Career and Leadership Academy

Virginia National Bank (VNB) is now taking applications for it’s 2024 Finance Career and Leadership Academy (FCLA, Academy)! The FCLA is an in-depth and challenging educational program that reviews and builds upon what our high school students already know. It goes further to provide the advanced training and skills necessary to understand and excel at managing one’s personal finances, obtain employment, and shine as a professional, AND potentially lays the groundwork for a promising career in the banking and finance industry.

The Academy is open to high school juniors and seniors and is free to those that are accepted into the program. The 2024 FCLA in-person, evening classes are scheduled for February 5 through June 6, 2024, at Virginia National Bank’s Pantops office. The FCLA application deadline is Thursday, November 9, 2023. Up to ten students will be accepted into the program. Upon completion of the Academy, high performing FCLA participants become candidates for VNB’s College Program.

We will be holding two free informational presentations for interested parents and students.

The location, dates, and times for the presentations are listed below.


October 5th (Th) or 11th (W)

6:30 – 8:00 PM


Virginia National Bank

404 People Place, Basement Level

Charlottesville, VA 22911

Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, therefore, an RSVP sent to from those interested in attending would be greatly appreciated. For more information regarding the Academy, please visit to take you directly to the program page.

Career Corner

ACPS Internship opportunities! ACPS is excited to host internships in the following departments: The English Learner’s Office & Building Services. Please see the links below for more information and to access the application. All applications are to be completed in SchooLinks using your ACPS k12 email log-in. Reach out to Mrs. Bledsoe ( if you have questions or need help with the applications.

Interpreters in Training Internship: Internship Application Link. Applications will be accepted through September, followed by a brief interview and proficiency screening, followed by orientation in early October.

Energy Internship (Building Services): Energy Internship Application Link. Applications due by Sept. 22nd.

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Parking Passes

All drivers must have a parking pass to park in our lots. Sophomores and Juniors park in the lots at the athletic fields. Seniors park in the upper lot by the purple doors. Passes are $35 and can be purchased with the application in the main office.

Here is the link to the application:

AP Testing Information

Ms. Gentry, our AP testing coordinator, has prepared the following information for students enrolled in an AP course.

Trip to France?

We renew our homestay student exchange with the Lycée Ledoux, a high school in Besançon, France, Charlottesville's sister city, begun in 2006, with a trip to France during this year's spring break.

We would like to form our travel group by September 30 to ensure seats on a plane and two nights in Paris after our time in Besançon. This trip is open to all students, parents, and friends regardless of French-speaking ability.

For more information, please contact Mr. Keith at .

Going on and Ongoing

September 18: First Clubs Meeting (Mustang Morning)

September 21: Back to School Night (6:00 pm)

September 28: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (all 3 lunches)

September 29: DPLC and PD Day (no school for students)

October 2-6: Spirit Week

October 6: Homecoming game against CHS (7:00 pm). Homecoming court introduced at half time.

October 7: Homecoming Dance

October 10: PSAT day

October 18/24: Conferences

November 3: MHS 25 year celebration. All alumni invited to home football against Fluvanna!