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The Montebello School Newsletter: February 2023

Principal's Message

Montebello Community,

We did it, we are finally "home"! We celebrated our triumphant return to 2040 E. 32nd Street and the Montebello community January 5, 2023. It would be an understatement to say that the students were excited to enter their newly renovated building. The students have been wonderful and the building is amazing. Parents were so excited to tour the building on the first day that we had to hold them back. Last week we conducted building tours for families and community members and had members of the National Junior Honor Society serve as tours guides. The goal was to provide families access without interrupting the regular school day and classes. For those who were unable to tour the building, future opportunities will be posted on Class Dojo.

The 2nd Quarter grading period has closed and you should expect to see report cards come home in the mail. If you are not receiving our messages on Class Dojo or through direct mail please check to see that we have the correct information in our systems. We want to be responsive to you and make sure that we have excellent two-way communication.

We are solidly in our budget season and last month we conducted our Priority Engagement Meeting, seeking input into where we should invest our resources. We have our Community Budget Forum upcoming where we will share our preliminary budget and get further input. This meeting will be on February 15, 2023 at 5:45 pm in the gymnasium. We will also host our Extra-curricular Activity Fair that evening. As we return to the community we have opened up the opportunities for clubs, athletics, and after-school activities. The sponsors of the clubs will be there to answer questions and sign students up.

Attendance for our students is still a major concern and we need your support in ensuring that students attend every day and are prepared to learn. If there are issues that are preventing regular school attendance, please reach out to our school social worker, Ms. Jaki McNeill or school counselor Mr. Hayim Zeif. We are reaching out to families and holding Student Support Team (SST) meetings to assist students and families.

We are wrapping up our Middle of the Year testing and we have had tremendous administration rates and have seen increases in student performance. We are excited that our students are learning and growing, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our caring staff.

Finally, it continues to be the ultimate honor to be principal of Montebello Elementary Middle School. Our goal is to provide the Montebello Community a learning experience and environment that is world class because our students and families deserve it. Thank you for partnering with us in creating the school that WE want.

Dolphin Pride,

Troy K. Mitchell, Principal

Montebello's Core Value of the Month

February Core Value - Compassion

A compassionate person is a person who feels deeply for another person as they experience the ups and downs associated with life. To be compassionate is to not just tell someone that you care, but also to show them that you care by being there before they even ask for it.

February is Black History Month

Black History Facts

  • Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
  • The colors red, black, green, (and yellow) that are associated with the celebration of Black History Month in the United States origins can be traced back to early twentieth century Pan-Africanism and the Ethiopian national flag. The colors are not just decorative, but symbolize so much more.
  • Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
  • The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” explores how "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings," since the nation's earliest days.

At Risk for Chronic Absence (ARCA)

ARCA is defined as any student who has missed 10% or more of the possible school days. This is a floating % based on the school day. (i.e. School day 80 / 8 absences = ARCA , School day 90 / 8 absences not ARCA). Students who miss 18 or more days at any point in the school year are identified as ARCA. We will continue to reach out to parents of students who have consecutive day absences or 3 or more days absent in a week to help identify barriers to attendance. The attendance team is also working on ways to address our attendance issues.
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A Reading by Principal Mitchell: School's First Day of School

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Montebello's Building Tours

Big Wig Day

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100th Day of School

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Basketball Try-outs

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Montebello's Community Budget Forum

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Montebello Science Fair

Montebello will be hosting it's first annual Science Fair in preparation for the Morgan State University Science Fair in March. Our goal is to ensure that we are presenting a balanced presentation of all of the core content areas with the same intentionality as we do Math and ELA. Many of our scholars are interested in science and we can use this as a gateway to the other core content areas. Be on the lookout for more information, details and resources from science teachers.
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Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL)

The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL) uses the art of speech and debate to change lives. BUDL brings learning to life by making it relevant, real, and fun. In competitive debate and in the debate classroom students do more than just memorize and repeat facts, they own and direct their learning, they approach a topic from their own perspective, and by doing so, they find their voice, their purpose, and their power. Students in BUDL develop a thirst for knowledge and become inspired to seek and utilize new information.

If your scholar is interested in participating in BUDL, please have them speak to Ms. McMurray.

Capoeria Club

Want to try Capoeira? Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that uses music and acrobatics. In Capoeira classes you will learn movements, how to play different instruments, learn songs in Portuguese and also Brazilian dances.

Registration: Jan. 30th - Feb. 8th

Classes start: February 13th

Days & Times:

Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 to 4 (3rd - 5th grade)

Wednesday 2:30 to 4 (6th - 8th grade)

If interested, please have your scholar see Mr. West.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a positive, after-school youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run uplifts and empowers girls through thought-provoking discussion and fun activities and prepares them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Registration closes on February 5th. Click here to register

Get Involved!

Health Matters


Vaccination is a simple, safe, and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases, before they come into contact with them. The Code of Maryand (COMAR) requires that students receive immunizations on schedule to attend school. There are vaccinations required for every 1st and 7th grader in Maryland. The office staff will reach out to families to ensure that we have documentation supporting student vaccination status or exemption request. The district hold several vaccination clinics throughout the year to support families in getting the immunization on schedule. If you cannot get a pediatrician appointment or need support please reach out to Mrs. Roberts, the school secretary to assist in scheduling. See the attached schedule of required vaccinations from the Mayland Health Department.


Baltimore City Public Schools has discontinued asymptomatic COVID health screenings. As we continue to take mitigating precautions to reduce the spread, please consider having your student wear a mask. If your scholar tests positive they are required to quarantine for 5 days if there are no symptoms, masking for an additional ten (10) days. If symptoms persist students should quarantine for ten (10 ) days with masking when they return.
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Parent Teacher Organization Meeting (PTO)

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a supportive and advisory body that supports school initiatives. The meetings are every second Wednesday of the month. Meetings begin at 5:45 pm. We need your input! Your voice matters!

School Family Council Meeting (SFC)

Montebello hosts their monthly SFC meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. The SFC is an advisory organization that supports the implementation of the School Performance Plan as well as the school's mission and vision. Meetings begin promptly at 6 pm. Please be part of the solution and help us create the school you want to see.

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Key Dates - February 2023/ March 2023

February 1, 2023- Early Release for Students (11:45am Dismissal)

February 15, 2023- Community Budget Forum / Extra-curricular Fair

February 17, 2023- Professional Development Day for Teachers, School Closed for Students

February 20, 2023- President's Day School Closed for Students

March 2, 2023- Quarter 3 Progress Report Distribution

March 8, 2023- Early Release for Students (11:45am Dismissal)

March 17, 2023- Professional Development Day for Teachers, School Closed for Students

March 30, 2023- End of Quarter 3