Monticello Matters (Family News)

March 12, 2023

From the Administration

Monticello High School is proud to offer this student highlight. All seven students who attended the Black College Institute (pictured below) received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech.

What is the Black College Institute?

The Black College Institute is an academic summer enrichment program by Virginia Tech. It hosts talented, high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors. For 2023, all three sessions will be held in-person over a 4-day period for rising juniors and 5-day period for rising seniors.

While this program is designed to attract underrepresented and/or first-generation students, we welcome the participation of any student who has a potential interest in Virginia Tech. Our program activities are planned to use a multicultural perspective though we place special emphasis on the African-American identity.

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MHS Student Highlight

Congratulations to AVID 10 student , Jolanta [Jolen] Mejia David

She is The Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia’s 2023 Youth of the Year

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Career Corner

MoHS JOB FAIR!!! Wednesday, March 15th In the Atrium during all lunches (11am-1pm). Hosted in partnership with the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau. There will be over 20 employers hiring for part-time and summer jobs. Students who attend will also be entered to win Raffle prizes! Contact Mrs. Bledsoe if you need assistance preparing a resume for the event.

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Testing in March

March – SOL Field Test

This week, our 11th graders are scheduled to take the SOL Field Test. Virginia is developing a new SOL test that integrates reading and writing, and they are examining the test’s format and questions. This SOL Field Test will contain a reading passage, 4 to 6 multiple-choice questions about the passage, and 1 writing prompt related to the passage. This SOL Field Test will be given all at once on the same day and will not be scored. With limited exceptions, all juniors are required to participate. Be on the lookout for an email with your 11th graders testing date and further testing details. Contact Melissa Hankins if you have any questions.

March – SAT Day

Also for our 11th graders in March, we are offering the SAT on a school day – Wednesday, March 22, and most of our juniors have signed up to take advantage of this opportunity. Contact Laura Gaskins if you have any questions about the SAT.

This means that March is a testing-intense month for our juniors. Create some relaxing space(s) at home, plan some stress-reducing activities with your child/children, or simply check in on them to see how they are feeling about these tests.

Here are some quick tips for relieving stress or anxiety.

  1. Exercise
  2. Reduce your caffeine intake
  3. Write it down
  4. Get more sleep
  5. Laugh
  6. Learn to say no
  7. Listen to soothing music
  8. Deep breathing
  9. Spend time with your pet
  10. Spend time with friends and family

History and Social Science Standards of Learning

Public comment regarding the proposed 2023 History and Social Science Standards of Learning may be offered through public hearings or the online public comment form through March 21, 2023.

Superintendent's Listening Tour

Part of the mission of our strategic plan, Learning for All, states that ACPS seeks “to build relationships with families and communities to ensure that every student succeeds.”

With this aspect of our mission statement in mind, we have revived the Superintendent’s Listening Tour, which allows our students, families and other community members to speak directly with Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas. During these meetings, stakeholders are asked to share with Dr. Haas and other ACPS staff three positive things about their or their student’s learning experience, three concerns they may have about the learning experience, and three things that they would change about the learning experience.

The goal of these sessions is to be able to connect directly with our stakeholders and identify trends that need to be addressed in our schools and our division.

We hope that you will join us at Monticello HS on March 28th from 6-7 pm and help us reach our goal of providing our students with learning experiences that meet every need.

Travel to France

We will travel to France during spring break 2024 to renew Monticello's exchange with the Lycée Ledoux, a high school in Besançon, Charlottesville's sister city.

We will have an interest meeting about this trip on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 in the MHS Forum. Alex, from Forum Prométour, will be present in person and will be pleased to answer your questions. If you would like to attend or to learn more, please contact Mr. Keith at .

Summer School 2023

Summer School registration information will be shared with families after Spring Break

Yearbook Store Now Open

Buy your 2023 Yearbook now, available until we sell out. We sold out last year and expect to do so again! Yearbooks are $65.

Senior Ads

Dear seniors and families of MHS seniors,

2022 yearbooks are now for sale! They are $65. Please purchase them through Balfour ( Balfour also sends you direct marketing materials via email, and you can use their links to order the same book.

Along with the yearbook, you have the option to purchase a “student ad” for your graduating senior. (You might hear people refer to these as ‘baby ads’ because families often include photos of their seniors when they were little.) This is a privilege extended only to seniors; it is optional and certainly not required. Our deadline for all ad submissions is Friday, March 18th.

If you would like to purchase an ad, you will do so on Balfour, using a very similar process to buying a yearbook itself. Here are the steps:

1. Visit and search for Monticello High School (be sure to pick the one in Charlottesville)

2. Shop “Yearbook products” and purchase the ad size you want. Our prices are: ¼ page = $25; ½ page = $50; ¾ page - $75; Full page - $100. Please see the attached image if you cannot find this ad purchase option.

3. Create an account on

4. Look for an email within 1 business day confirming your Ad Workspace is available

5. Log into your account and look under My Orders to design your ad. Watch this short video to see how to design.

6. When you’re ready, choose “Submit Your Ad” to send it to the yearbook staff.

The attached flyer explains how to design an ad as well.

The design process is relatively easy and very well explained by Balfour – but we know this can be daunting! If you purchase an ad but need our support in designing, please send your senior to G104 during 4B or right after school. Our yearbook staff and I can support your student in designing the ad. If you want the ad to remain a surprise but are having trouble designing, check out the resources below, call the Balfour support line, or email me with questions.


Ms. Deegan

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Going on and Ongoing

March 15: MHS Job Fair

March 17: Teacher Work Day, no school for students

March 31: Teacher Work Day, no school for students

April 3-7: Spring Break

April 29: Junior/Senior Prom

May 23: Last Academic Day for Seniors

June 6: Graduation (JPJ at 6:00)