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Monroe Local Schools eNews - May 2021

Building an Inclusive and Equitable School Culture

The Monroe Local School District administrative team has been reflecting on ways to focus on inclusivity and equity for all in our daily practices. Our team is planning for staff and student learning opportunities around these topics for the 2021-2022 school year. The district is forming a committee that includes staff and parents to discuss our issues and needs as a district, interview organizations that offer this training, and select the best option for our school community.


We understand that we have work to do to improve our climate and culture based on the feedback we have received from staff and parents. Building and sustaining a positive culture requires intentional effort from everyone in the district. We developed Monroe’s Culture Playbook as part of that effort. As we move forward, several critical behavior expectations of this playbook are essential when addressing inclusivity and equity for all: care and connect with each other, do the right thing even when it’s hard, and reflect and grow.


As we look ahead to next school year, we want to make sure we continue to address any issues that may occur this school year. If your child experiences any discrimination or harassment, it needs to be reported and will be addressed. Parents and students are encouraged to report any issues to a teacher, counselor, or building administrator to handle and document these issues.

Virtual Information Sessions on 1:1 Program

Monroe Local School District will be hosting two parent information meetings on the district's new 1:1 Chromebook program. These voluntary meetings for parents and families will be held virtually via Zoom and include a brief presentation explaining our 1:1 rollout plans along with a question and answer session. Click on the links below to access the sessions on the listed dates and times. Recordings of the meetings will be posted on the district website.


Parent 1:1 Information Meeting via Zoom

May 13, 2021

6:00 p.m.


Parent 1:1 Info Meeting via Zoom

May 20, 2021

6:00 p.m.


Click on the link below for responses to frequently asked questions about the 1:1 program.

1:1 FAQ

Enrollment Period for Virtual Learning Option

The MLS Virtual Learning option enrollment period for the 2021-2022 school year will be coming out soon. Monroe's virtual program for the new school year will be offered for grades 4-12.


Enrollment Dates for VLA: May 17 through July 30, 2021


Orientation and enrollment forms will be posted on the district website at monroelocalschools.com.


If you have any questions about the virtual program, please email Tammy Larison at tlarison@monroelocalschools.com.

Legislators Consider Fair School Funding Plan

There is some promising news that, if passed by our legislature, will begin to address the inadequacies in school funding in Ohio and especially for Monroe LSD. If passed, the Fair School Funding Plan will provide stability and predictability to our local school budget and ultimately allow us as a community to make plans for the future of our district. It would bring tax dollars back home! This Fair School Funding Plan is so important to Monroe LSD and other schools like us that are underfunded. Please join us in supporting this legislation.


The Fair School Funding Plan can be passed now with ZERO state tax increases - this formula was created by a group of bipartisan legislators, educators, and school leaders and is good for Ohio. To learn more about the plan, click here:

https://sites.google.com/view/ohiofairschoolfunding/home.


Write to or call your state senator as soon as possible to share your support for our schools and for investing Ohio’s excess revenue and available tax dollars in students at zero tax increase to residents.


Senator’s Contact Information:

Senator George Lang - email: lang@ohiosenate.gov - phone: 614-466-8072

Senator Steve Wilson - email: wilson@ohoisenate.gov - phone: 614-466-9737


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our district Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer Holly Cahall directly at hcahall@monroelocalschools.com. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support of our students.

Young Artists Receive Scholarships to Summer Workshop

Congratulations to the following Monroe art students who received scholarships to participate in an 8-day youth artist workshop over the summer!


Grades 1-3

Airyana Anderson

Raeneek Breen

Zorah Hasan

Amberly Matthews


Grades 4-6

Harper May Brown

Izabella Sparks

Addison Thornton

Lauren Witte

Monroe to Hold 2021 Graduation at Hornet Stadium

Graduation day for the Monroe High School class of 2021 is Saturday, May 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at Hornet Stadium. With the health department’s COVID restrictions, holding the ceremony at the stadium enables seniors to celebrate the ceremony together with their classmates, and each senior to receive six tickets for family members to attend.

MHS Interact Club Holds Successful Shoe/Sock Drive

The Monroe High School Interact Club collected 40 pairs of shoes, 325 pairs of socks, and 3 pairs of shoelaces for Shoes 4 the Shoeless. Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club. Thank you to everyone who donated and made this a success!

Thrive in the Hive-Mental Health Resources for Families

Thrive in the Hive is a monthly mental health newsletter produced by Access Counseling Services. The goal of this newsletter is to provide Monroe families with education, interventions, and self-care tips for you and your children to take care of your mental health.


There are some helpful tips in this month's edition about the transition to summer for your children. Click on the link below to read.


Thrive in the Hive - May 2021

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

Monroe Local School District's kindergarten registration is open for the 2021-2022 school year. To enroll in kindergarten a child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2021.


Go to monroelocalschools.com and click on the "Enrollment" link on the top of the home page to follow directions to the OneView Portal.


If you have any questions, please call the Monroe Primary Office at 513-360-0700 or email either:

Important Calendar Reminders

May 13: Virtual Parent Information Meeting on 1:1 Program, 6 p.m. via Zoom

May 20: Virtual Parent Information Meeting on 1:1 Program, 6 p.m. via Zoom

May 22: MHS Graduation, 10 a.m., Hornet Stadium

May 24: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

May 27: Last Day for Students (2.5 hour early dismissal)

May 28: Teacher In-service Day

Translation Now Available for Newsletter

Visitors to our What's the Buzz e-newsletter can now translate our newsletter into multiple languages. The translation feature is powered by Google Translate. Once you access the newsletter online, go to the top right side at the Accessibility Bar, and click on the "Translate Newsletter" link. A dropdown menu will be provided to allow you to select your chosen language.


Ahora la traducción está disponible para el boletín informativo

Nuestro boletín electrónico se llama What's the Buzz ahora está disponible en varios idiomas. La función de traducción funciona con Google Translate. Cuando acceda al boletín en línea, vaya a la parte superior derecha de la barra de accesibilidad y haga clic en el enlace "Translate Newsletter". Se proporcionará un menú desplegable que le permitirá seleccionar su idioma.