Welcome Back

2022-23 School Year

Updated: Saturday, August 20th

Principal's Desk

Hello Monticello Students and Families,

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weather that we are having this summer. Our staff is anxiously awaiting your return on Wednesday, August 31st to begin the new school year. We are excited to provide you an opportunity to grow socially, emotionally and academically. One of our goals is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where ALL students feel connected to Monticello. This year, we will work hand in hand with you to achieve this goal.


Last year, our staff worked hard to overcome the learning loss that took place during the pandemic. I am proud to announce that Monticello led the district in reading and math growth based on iReady assessment results at the middle school level. This is a direct result of hard work and perseverance. At Monticello, we call this grit. Grit has always been a characteristic that sets our school apart from others.


As we embark on a new year and new challenges, we realize that it takes a collaborative effort between the school, the home and the community to help students be successful. With your support, we promise to provide ALL students with the necessary resources to help them reach their full learning potential. We ask that you support your student by ensuring they attend school daily, they complete their assigned work and you monitor their progress throughout the year. Our teachers welcome two-way communication to help meet the needs of your student.

Monticello Mission Statement

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.


We encourage everyone to be actively involved in the educational process. Students have an opportunity to participate in several clubs and extra-curricular activities, while parents are encouraged to volunteer in the school or join the PTO. We have several committees that need parent and student input. They meet once a month on Tuesdays from 2:40-3:40pm. If you would like additional information, please check out our school website at https://monticello.longviewschools.com/ or follow us on facebook @monticellomiddleschool.


Scott Merzoian – Principal

QUICK PARENT SURVEY-ONE QUESTION

The last week in August, I will be working with my staff to create a school that focuses on meeting the needs of ALL of our students. We are requesting that you take the one question survey linked below. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, but will help us understand what is important to you for your child.


QUESTION

What do you want most for your child from our staff when you send them to school? In other words, what do you look for in a middle school?

Link to survey https://forms.gle/ah1rqN9P1t2jBGfb7

Upcoming Events

August 29th First Volleyball Practice 3:00-4:30

August 29th Free Sports Physicals 8:00-2:00pm

August 29th Cross Country Practice 3:00pm

August 29th Football Gear Check Out Option 1 (12:00-2:00pm)

August 30th Football Gear Check Out Option 2 (4:00-6:00pm)

August 30th 6th Grade Student Orientation 12:00pm-1:30pm (students only)

August 30th 7th & 8th Grade class schedule pick up 1:30-3:00pm

August 31st First Day of School - First class starts at 7:55am

Sept. 5th No School Labor Day

Sept. 8th Open House 5:30-7:00pm

Sept. 27th School Picture Day

Oct. 14th No School - State Inservice Day

New Safety Protocols For Visiting Monticello

Safety is our number one priority. This summer, we installed a new camera and an electronic entrance for all visitors coming to our front door. All doors will be locked at all times except when we have staff members monitoring the doors to allow students in from outside. Visitors will need to push the door bell on the left side of the front door and identify themselves. Our office staff will speak with you through the intercom to check for identification. A camera will also be used. You will be asked to provide identification at that time. Once your ID is confirmed, the office staff will electronically unlock the door for you to enter. If you have any questions regarding this new procedure, please contact Mr. Merzoian at smerzoian@longview.k12.wa.us

Free Sports Physicals Aug 29th 8:00-2:00pm

Attention Monticello Athletes! We will be offereing free sports phyicals on August 29th by appointment only from 8:00 to 2:00pm (scheduled every 15 minutes). Mrs. Hernandez has organized this opportunity for Monticello students.


Parents/Guardians: sports physicals are usually good for two years. If your student is planning on participating in sports this year, please make sure they have a current physical on file at the school that is good until the end of the school year.


If not, then contact us at 360-575-7055 or 360-575-7041 to schedule your student for a physical. You can also reach Mrs. Herndandez at the following email address chernandez@longview.k12.wa.us


Parents/guardians are expected to be at the physical with their student. If that is not possible, then the parent will be expected to stop by the school ahead of time and complete the necessary paperwork.


The number of appointments are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible to set up your appointment. If by chance we do not have very many students sign up, we will offer this service to students at other middle schools in Longview.

6th GRADE STUDENT ORIENTATION AUG 30TH

Transitioning to a new school can be overwhelming. To alleviate some stress, we will hold our 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, August 30th from 12:00-1:30pm (more information will be sent out by email). All 6th grade students will enter the gym from the back parking lot. Students will receive their schedules, tour the building, and attend classes for a short period of time. This is for students only. The orientation will end at 1:30pm. We ask that you pick up your student in the back parking lot.

7th & 8th GRADE SCHEDULE PICK UP AUG 30th

7th & 8th grade students will be able to pick up their class schedules from 1:30-3:00pm in the gym on August 30th. During this time, students will also have an opportunity to tour the school and meet their teachers. Class schedules will also be posted online and can be viewed by accessing Skyward. To learn more about Skyward, please click here

OPEN HOUSE SEPT 8TH

Would you like to meet your child's teachers and tour the school? We will be holding our open house on September 8th from 5:30-7:00pm.

Meet Our New Staff

Ms. Faul - Special Education Teacher

Ms. Flint - Extensive Para Educator

Mr. Flanagan - 7th Grade PE/Health

Mr. James - Para Educator & Head Football Coach

Mr. Reed - Band Teacher

Mrs. Swier - 7th Grade Math Teacher

Ms. Whitman - Para Educator Extensive Program

SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

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.

ATHLETICS

7th and 8th grade students are eligible to try out for one of our 7 sports teams. 6th Grade students are able to participate in cross country, wrestling and track. Student need to make sure they have turned in a recent physical as well as the necessary paperwork before the first practice. The athletic paperwork can be downloaded from our school website or picked up from our office. Click here to visit our athletics page.
  • Volleyball practice is August 29th from 3:00-4:30
  • Football Gear Check Out (Two Options)
  • August 29th 12-2:30 or August 30th 4:00-6:00
  • Cross Country practice August 29th 3:00-4:30

BAND INSTRUMENTS

Instrument rentals are available through Ted Brown Music Company. You can rent instruments month to month, all year long, or purchase them directly from Ted Brown. Click on the link below to access information on instrument rentals. Instruments will be delivered on September 2nd, so it is important to get your order in before Aug 30th.


https://www.tedbrownmusic.com/aerntschoolselect?PlanCode=Rental

Follow the prompts and pull down menues to get to the Monticello page

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING TO SCHOOL?

  • Backpack or bag to carry supplies from classroom to classroom
  • School Supplies (paper/notebooks/pencil/pen) Click here for supplies list.
  • Water Bottle
  • Dress for the weather. Students will be asked to go outside for lunch each day.

ATTENDANCE


  • Attendance is one of the top indicators of student success.
  • Our goal this year is to exceed 90% regular attendance for all students.
  • It is very important that your student is in class every day when healthy.
  • Attendance will be taken each day during the first 5 minutes of class.
  • All students are expected to be in class on time and at their learning station.
  • If a student arrives late to school, they need to check in with the attendance secretary in the office to to get a note before walking to class. The secretary will make sure the attendance is corrected in skyward.
  • If a student is marked absent, parents/guardians will receive a phone call notifying them of the absence. If there is an error, please call our attendance office 360-575-7041.
  • If your child is ill, we do ask that you keep them home and contact the office.
  • If you know that your child is going to be absent from school in advance, please contact our office. We have a protocol for students that are going to be out of school for multiple days.
  • If you are planning to pick your child up early, please contact our office at least one hour in advance so that we can make sure they are in the office when you arrive.

BELL SCHEDULES

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ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Monticello Arrival & Departure Route 2021-22

ARRIVAL: BREAKFAST 7:30AM

When students arrive in the morning, they will enter the double doors located by the back parking lot. The double doors lead to the courtyard. The doors will open at 7:30am. Students will need to stay in the courtyard or walk to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students will not be allowed in the halls or classrooms until 7:50am. It is best to bring a coat if planning to stay outside in the courtyard. Once students arrive on campus, phones are to be placed on silent mode and put away until the end of the school day.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH ARE FREE TO EVERYONE

All students are able to receive free breakfast and lunch this year. However, we are asking that you still complete (a new easier) free and reduced lunch form now called the Education Benefits Form. This information helps us receive additional funding for Monticello which helps us provide additional support for academics, attendance and behavior. The form can be downloaded by clicking the following link. https://www.longviewschools.com/family-resources/food-and-nutrition

AFTER SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS

  • Take all belongings with you.
  • No hanging around after school, unless you have an arranged meeting with a staff member or an after school club/sports activity.
  • We have two bus routes. The busses will be parked out back by the tennis courts.
  • Click here to get more information about bus transportation.
  • All other pick-ups will occur in the back parking lot.
  • Phones can be used once the final bell rings to end the school day.

ATTENTION SIGNAL

When a teacher or staff member need to gaint the attention of everyone, they will say give me 5. At that time, students are asked to quickly quiet down to a Level 0 voice level. Staff members will then usually countdown from 5 to 0. At 0, all voices should be off.

CELL PHONE POLICY

When students arrive on campus, it is expected that all cell phones and electronic devices will be silenced and put away. They are not to be used during the school day. If a student needs to make an emergency phone call, they can use the phone in the office. If a parent/guardian needs to reach their child, they can contact our office.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Dress Code: No Bare Zone

The shaded portion in the figure represents the front and back parts of the body. These parts of the body must be covered (in all positions, e.g., sitting, standing, bending, and reaching while attending school). This now includes a mask to cover your nose and mouth.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

  • Sanitize hands upon entry and exit
  • Students will have assigned seats
  • Follow specific directions from your teacher

HALLWAY EXPECTATIONS

  • Stay on the right side
  • Go directly to class
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself (no horseplay)
  • Take your materials with you (lockers will not be used at this time)

BATHROOM EXPECTATIONS


  • Sign out in your classroom
  • Grab a pass with your teacher's name on it
  • Attach your pass to the velcro next to the bathroom sign by the door
  • Wash your hands for 30 seconds
  • Return directly to class

CAFETERIA EXPECTATIONS

  • Sanitize hands upon entry and exit
  • Form two lines, one for each side of the kitchen
  • Remain seated while eating
  • Level 2 Voice
  • Clean up your area before leaving
  • Students can have up to 4 people at a table
  • Students will go outside for lunch
  • Lunches will be split into 4 groups. Two groups for first lunch and two groups for second
  • One group will be outside, while the other group eats
  • They will switch after about 15 minutes
  • We will ensure that students have enough time to eat their lunch

LOCKERS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES

We will not be using lockers at the beginning of the year. We may provide lockers at some point during the year. Students are encouraged to bring a backpack to carry school supplies, lunch and/or water bottle. Click here to see a list of recommended school supplies for Monticello.

VOICE LEVELS

At Monticello, we use different voice levels to ensure that all of our students are able to receive quality instruction without disruptions.

Level 0 - Sitting in seat with no voice listening to the speaker.

Level 1 - Whisper

Level 2 - Partner/Small Group Work

Level 3 - Presentation Voice

Level 4 - Outside: When instruction is not happening.

Level 5 - Outside

See Something, Say Something

We want all students to feel safe at Monticello. If you see or hear something that may cause harm to another student or staff member, please talk with a staff member immediately. Drugs, alcohol and weapons are not allowed on school grounds. Reporting can be done confidentially. You can write a teacher a note, or find a time when other students are not around.
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Please report bullying immediately to your teacher. Students will be asked to fill out a What Happened Form to collect all of the details so that our principals can investigate the situation to help it stop.

MONTICELLO SPIRIT WEAR

Check out our online Monticello spirit wear store by clicking the link below.

https://www.monticellomiddlespiritwear.com/


You can customize your own school gear using the online store.

Free shipping on all order for two weeks starting on September 9th.

Resource For Parents

How to help your child succeed from Day 1

This article is has concrete advice for kids & parents, plus a very helpful checklist for parents.

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.