Bearcat Necessities 9/17/2021

Monroe High School - 17001 Tester Road, Monroe, WA 98272

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Coming Events

  • Principal Chat is 3rd Thursday of each month, 9-10 am, a Zoom link will be provided.
  • Spanish Heritage Month - Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
  • MHS Curriculum Night (Virtual) 7- 9pm
  • Oct. 28 - School Picture Retakes - Students who missed their picture day or would like to have retakes may do so.

From the Principal

Hope everyone in our Bearcat family has a great weekend!


GO BEARCATS!

Entry to Building in the AM


Beginning Monday 9/20, the school doors will not be unlocked until 7:30. At that time, students can head in to breakfast in the commons. All food needs to be eaten in the Commons, PAC or Mezzanine area per our COVID safety measures Students are not allowed to eat in hallways, classrooms or Pod areas at this time.

Important Transportation Information

Due to COVID protocols, effective for this school year, students will not be allowed to ride a different bus. If a student shows up to a bus with a bus note they'll be directed back to the office or their regular routed bus. Seating on buses is limited so we are unable to accomodate changes that effect the number of students routed to each bus. Sorry for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding.

Student Resources

Dear Families,

We know that the economy has hit some of our families hard and we want you to be aware of the resources available to your student(s). Through partnerships with the Monroe Public Schools Foundation, Sky Valley Food Bank, Assistance League of Everett, Clothes for Kids and other partners we are able to offer assistance in a variety of areas.

Items available at MHS include: Backpacks and school supplies, Limited clothing such as sweatshirts/t-shirts, socks, gloves/scarves, hygiene care products, emergency breakfast and/or lunch items.


Clothing Resources:

Operation School Bell: fall shopping at Fred Meyer for students who have a financial need. Spots are limited, SIGN UP NOW THROUGH OCT 1st.

Clothes For Kids provides school clothing to lower-income students 2x per year who request help.


Food Bank Program- students receive a bag of food every Friday to support them over the weekend.


The Monroe Public Schools Foundation Emergency Needs Vouchers:

Clothing/hygiene/housing supplies/Food - Fred Meyer/Grocery Outlet/Walmart/Goodwill/Payless

Vision- eye exam & glasses if needed via Lions Club

Transportation assistance

Laundry- Monroe Laundromat

Staples- (online only) school supplies

Hair-masters & EVCC Beauty school


If you have any questions about these resources or have a student demonstrating a need that is not covered on this list please do not hesitate to reach out to counseling.

Testing Updates

Smarter Balance Testing

Last Spring's 2021 SBA (ELA & Math) and WCAS (Science) assessments were postponed to this Fall. Due to state and federal requirements we will be administering the assessments to the 9th, 11th and 12th graders. This exam will be taken during a normal school scheduled day and will be in the library.

Dates: October 11th – November 5th

Next week we will be sending out more detailed information about the actual testing dates by grade and alpha. For more information about this test, Click Here.

WLC21-22

Do you speak another language? Did you know that you could earn up to four credits and an official Seal of Biliteracy by taking the World Language Competency exam? The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English.

Dates: November 13th, February 12th or *May 17th

Time: 8:00am

Location: Monroe High School

Cost: $20

Register online!

May 17th is open for seniors only.

PSAT

Priority to 11th graders, the PSAT is one of the best ways to prepare for the SAT. Your PSAT scores should highlight your strengths and any areas of improvement that you need to work on before you take the SAT. When you take the PSAT, you may earn a qualifying score to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for national recognition and college scholarships.

Date: October 16th

Time: 8:00am

Location: Monroe High School

Cost: $25

Register online!

Payment due by October 14; you must register before you pay in order to save your seat.

UPDATED - MHS Athletic Spectator Guidelines

Per Governor Inslee’s mandate, face coverings/masks are now required for outdoor events with 500 or more people, regardless of vaccination status. Please remember this when attending outdoor school district athletic events, as this new mandate will be strictly enforced for all those attending.

Our district and schools will be proactive in adhering to these guidelines with increased facility signage, in-game public announcements, in-school student reminders, etc. that highlight the face covering/masking expectations. The same guidelines hold true when attending away (non-home) events and activities.

The Governor's office and Washington State Department of Health have noted they will allow K-12 athletics and extracurricular activities to continue so long as they trust that their member schools will enforce the mandate at each and every event. All of us have done tremendous work over the last 18 months to get athletics and activities back up and running with fans. We kindly request that all those in attendance please adhere to the mandates to make sure these participation opportunities continue to be available for our students. Please be kind to our employees as they enforce this state-level mandate in order to keep our students, staff, families and community safe and healthy.

Thank you!


Chrome books

If your high school student does not have a district issued chromebook at this time, please make sure you fill out the Chromebook User Agreement & Protection form have your student take it to the MHS library.


If your high school student does have a district issued chromebook from last year, make sure you fill out the Chromebook User Agreement & Protection form and send it to school with your student. Your student can return their old Chrome book and get their new Chrome book.


Chromebooks will be checked out for the school year in the same way as a textbook. The expectation is that students will take care of the device, bring it to school daily (charged), and use it at home as an extension of their learning at school. Just as with textbooks, if a Chromebook is lost or damaged, families will be financially responsible for repairing or replacing them. However, families will have the option to purchase Chromebook protection that will provide coverage for accidental breakage, etc. The Chromebook Protection plan information is included above. If you have any questions, please call the school’s main office.

Celebrating "Bold Bearcats"

Thank you to this week’s “Bold Bearcats” for contributing to our school’s culture of positivity and ensuring Monroe is a place of high school PLUS for ALL.


Bon for finding ways to make positive connections with students through the creation of “Bon Products” and drawings.


Barbara Virgen and Jonas Urrutia-Sheehan, for helping a new student feel welcome and included in our classroom community.


Logan Monsisvais for responding calmly to a stressful situation and de escalating all involved.


Carson Lewis continues to make great decisions as he creates the future trajectory of his life.


Casey Raimer for being on top of her game and showing a ton of leadership in choir.


Alex Princesa.stepping up in the library one afternoon without being asked for help, just saw that help was needed and pitched in.


Connor Dayley for being inclusive in the making of their health poster.


To the student body for giving band such a loud cheer at the football game.

Verification of 2022 Enrollment

The 2022 Enrollment Verification is now open in Family Access. This online registration houses many forms that need to be updated yearly but most importantly this year, the updated race and ethnicity re-survey that needs to be done by every student in the district. This will be open in Family Access through 9/30/21.

Attention: Yearbook Info for Seniors

Check out the MHS Yearbook Website for senior deadlines and information on how to contribute photos of activities this year.

https://sites.google.com/monroe.wednet.edu/mhs-yearbook/home


We still have a few dozen 2020-2021 yearbooks for sale for $45 at the finance window during lunches until they are sold out. Don't miss out!

Free Lunches and Breakfasts

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at https://monroeschools.nutrislice.com/

Transportation

Message to Families - If you would like transportation for your student you MUST opt in and fill out a Transportation Request Form. This is a year to year request so if you filled one out last year you will still need to fill one out for this year. Please use the link above.

Bearcat Pride

Hello Bearcat Families!

Concession Stand Sales.

Be on the lookout for an opportunity to help in concessions for all football, soccer, and one cross country meet.

Concession stand sales will look a bit different this year but we will do our very best to bring the same enthusiasm within Covid-19 guidelines. The signup genius will be posted on Facebook and is at the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D48ABA72EA64-concession

Email us at parents-mhs@monroe.wednet.edu if you are interested or have any questions.

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Interested in being a Board Member?

We currently have board positions open. If interested please email us at

parents-mhs@monroe.wednet.edu Now would be the perfect time to join and shadow a position.

Current Board Members:

  • Seanna Sunde-President

  • Sara Kuntz & Alison Hurley-Co Vice President

  • Tiffany Martin-Treasurer

  • Emily Miller-Secretary

Our next board meeting

Date: October 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Virtual: Link will be provided closer to date (Check your email day of)

Come and hear how you can support the staff at MHS and other ways that Bearcat Pride is making a difference and have a voice in how you would like to contribute or perhaps change some things.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF CLASS OF 2022

As Senior year kicks off there will be lots of info and dates to remember. We will do our best to keep you updated, answer questions and just be there for support if needed.

Join us:

Social Media: Facebook @mhsclassof2022

Email: Mhsbearcats2022@gmail.com

Counseling Corner

The MHS Counseling Office will open August 30. Student schedules will be available through Family Access on Sept 3.


Questions contact your school counselor

Student last names: A-El: Mrs. Woodard: woodardl@monroe.wednet.edu

Student last names: Em-Le: Mrs. Garcia: garciaj@monroe.wednet.edu

Student last names: Li-Q: Mrs. Parry: parrys@monroe.wednet.edu

Student last names: R-Z: Ms. Stevens: stevensj@monroe.wednet.edu


APPOINTMENTS: If you need an appointment with your counselor you can email them directly or contact one of our Counseling secretaries.

Ms. Hutson - (360) 804-4520 - hutsonh@monroe.wednet.edu

Ms. Tucker - (360) 804-4503 - tuckers@monroe.wednet.edu.

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Who's Who at MHS

Brett Wille- willeb@monroe.wednet.edu

Principal


Rachel Bleakney-Bailey - bleakneybaileyr@monroe.wednet.edu

Assistant Principal


Jennifer Murphy - murphyj@monroe.wednet.edu

Assistant Principal


Noah Wallace - wallacen@monroe.wednet.edu

Assistant Principal


Shannon Tarrach - tarrachs@monroe.wednet.edu

Director of College and Career Readiness - (360) 804-4508


Ashley Tuiasosopo - tuiasosopoa@monroe.wednet.edu

Athletic Director - 360-804-4542


Melissa Myers - myersme@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Manager - 360-804-4502


Oscar Hanson - hansono@monroe.wednet.edu

Main Line - Front Desk - (360) 804-4500


Janet Smith -smithja@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Support -Attendance/Discipline -(360) 804-4501


Jacci Rasmussen - rasmussenj@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Support - Financial Office/ASB - (360) 804-4513


Tara Weyrick- weyrickt@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Support - Athletics - (360) 804-4511


Shannon Barksdale - barksdales@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Support - CTE - (360) 804-4512


Denise Palmer - palmerd@monroe.wednet.edu

Registrar - (360) 804-4524


Amber Mehta - mehtaa@monroe.wednet

Attendance Intervention Specialist - (360) 804-4518


Helen Hutson - hutsonh@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Support - Counseling - (360) 804-4520


Sarah Tucker - tuckers@monroe.wednet.edu

Office Support - Counseling - (360) 804-4503


Michelle Dickinson - dickinsonm@monroe.wednet.edu

Career & College Ready Specialist - Career Center - (360) 804-4507


Geneva Padilla - padillag@monroe.wednet.edu

Health Room RN/ (360) 804-4532