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The Montebello School Newsletter: March 2023

Principal's Message

Montebello Community,

We are excited to be home and the building is abuzz with activities. We have opened up our extracurriculars now that we are home and we have basketball, cheerleading, step, Capoeira, wrestling, robotics, Baltimore Urban Debate League, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and SGA keeping our building going after dismissal. We are excited about the opportunities that students have to stay connected to the school and develop those skills that will make them successful in the future. We appreciate your support for our scholars.

We held the second of our three school budget meetings last month. We have taken your input into consideration as we prepare a budget to present to the district for approval. There will be some changes in programming based on our allocated funds but there will be no decrease in services or access for our students. There will be a final meeting scheduled for March 15, 2023 at 5:45 in the gymnasium that everyone is invited to for the presentation of the approved budget for SY 23-24.

You asked for it and now its happening. Due to the overwhelming success of the Daddy/Daughter Dance in November we will be hosting our first Mother/Son Dance this month on Friday, March 24, 2023 at the school. If you are interested in coming please use the flyer that was shared on Class Dojo, the linked flyer in this newsletter or the one distributed to families to register for the dance. We must have an accurate count to ensure we have enough resources and space to guarantee that our guests have memorable evening.

Montebello will be distributing 3rd Quarter progress reports this month. This means that it is the halfway point in the quarter. Please make sure that you are monitoring your students progress between official marking periods by logging in the Parent Portal. Students will have an early release day on March 8, 2023 for parent conferences. Teachers will be distributing sign-ups for families to register for these conferences.

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 entering our end of year assessment window and will begin the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) testing for our 5th and 8th Grade Science Scholars. Encourage your students to come to school daily and to do their best on the test. Although we will have make-up sessions we want to test as many students in the original window as possible.

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

March Core Value - Responsibility

People who are responsible don't make excuses for their actions or blame others when things go wrong. They think things through and use good judgment before they take action. They behave in ways that encourage others to trust them.

March is Women's History Month

Women's History Facts

  • The first Women's History Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909 in New York City.
  • The first Women's History Week was celebrated in Santa Rosa, California in 1978.
  • Women's History Month began in 1987.
  • The Women's History Month theme for 2023 is Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories. This year, the National Women's History Alliance "will encourage the recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media."

To learn more Women's History Fact visit

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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100th Day of School

Big Wig Day

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Mother Son Dance

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Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) is administered to all students in fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school. The MISA is aligned to the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS integrate three dimensions necessary to understand science. The dimensions are the Science and Engineering Practices, the Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas.
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Montebello's Daisy Girl Scouts

Is your Kindergarten or First Grade scholar interested in becoming a Daisy Girl Scout. If so, please join the Zoom Interest Meeting being held on Wednesday, March 1st from 6pm to 7pm.

What: Montebello's Daisy Girl Scouts Troop #4315

Who: Girls aged 5-7

When: 1st Monday of the Month from 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Where: Mrs. Whites Classroom

Why: To help you girls develop courage, character and confidence.

Cost: $38 for yearly membership and $23 for Tunic

For more information, please contact Troop Leader, Mrs. White @ or call 667.895.7102

Daisy Interest form click here

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 Maryland (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 holds 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 Maryland 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 - March 2023/April 2023

March 2, 2023- Quarter 3 Progress Report Distribution

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

March 8, 2023- NEHS/NJHS Induction Ceremony

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

March 24, 2023- Mother-Son Dance

March 30, 2023- End of Quarter 3

April 3-10, 2023- Spring Break, School Closed for Teachers and Students

April 11, 2023- Classes resume

April 21, 2023- Professional Development Day for Teachers, School Closed for Students