Everything in the Middle School that matters

Volume 5

February 4, 2019


Finally February!

Wow- what a crazy finish to January. In this edition of Middle Matters, we showcase many student accomplishments from January and promote our programming for February.

In this issue…

  • It’s “I Love to Read Month” contest and prizes

  • MS Snow Week dress up days

  • MMS Geography Bee- finalists

  • January Student of the Month- quotes

  • Athletics and Activities- Time to “Think Spring”

  • Parent Involvement update- Ice Cream sandwich sales this week

  • Bring in Box Tops- grade level competition

  • Important MCA dates

  • Important Eighth Grade/HS registration information

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I Love to Read Month

February is “I Love to Read” month here at Monticello Middle School. To celebrate our love of reading, we have many literacy-focused activities planned for the month. Here are some of the highlights:

  • What does it mean to be a reader? Through the month, we will be exploring that question through our Magic Studio News programming. Through staff interviews, book talks, and videos of news-worthy readers of the world, students will be bombarded with stories supporting reading as a journey of discovery.

  • Let’s read! Then read some more! Let’s gobble up those words and become Monticello Middle School Reading All-Stars! With every book a student reads, they will be putting up a star on our All-Star hallway display. How many All-Star students and books can be represented?

  • Let’s mix in some prizes! Thanks to our Parent Involvement committee, students who turn in a reading log with their parent signature will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. Reading log due dates will be February 8th, 22nd, and March 1st.

Thank you for your support of all of our amazing readers at Monticello Middle School!

Snow Week

It is the first week in February and we will be celebrating with MS Snow Week. We have fun "dress up" days during the week. In addition, Parent Involvement will be having a Box Top competition and selling ice cream sandwiches during lunch.
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Parent Information

Is Your 8th Grader Ready for High School Registration?

Our 8th Graders begin the process for high school registration this week. We will have a meeting this Thursday, 2/7/19, and share important information. Ask your 8th grader about the meeting. Online registration begins March 1st.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 5:00 PM for Curriculum Show Case Registration 2019 Information Night at Monticello High School.

Plans are in the works to help parents and student decide on their education pathway.

  • 8th Grade Student/Parent Meeting 5:00 p.m. in the H.S. Auditorium
  • Departure Showcase
  • Student Demonstrations
  • Student Performances
  • Registration Information
  • Tours


Reading MCA - Grades 6-8: April 15, 16, 17

Math MCA - Grades 6-8: April 24, 25, 26


We are extending the deadline to order personalized yearbook covers to February 22nd. Be sure to visit www.jostensyearbooks.com to order your yearbook ASAP!


The Superintendent of Schools in the event of extreme weather conditions or emergency circumstances may close schools. Official announcements will be announced over the following stations:

ATTENDANCE LINE - 763-272-2110

Please use “763-272-2110” to call in late or absent students. Please call the attendance line or send a note if your student needs to leave early. Prior notice expedites the process, avoids interruptions into classrooms to have students dismissed, and eliminates difficulty reaching students during Phy-ed, music, lunch and special events. You may also use the attendance line to request homework if students are gone two or more consecutive days.
Thank you!

Transportation Changes

Please remember Hoglund transportation needs any transportation changes submitted 24 hours before any anticipated changes. This will help ensure all students have a seat on the bus. Last minute requests to have your child ride a different bus home cannot be honored.


Item Drop-off

Please know that when you drop an item off for your child in the front office, we will not interrupt class. Instead, we will have your child paged in between class to pick up their item.

Dates to Remember

Feb. 11

Parent Involvement Meeting 6 p.m.

Feb. 15

No School - Teacher Workshop

Feb. 18

No School - Presidents' Day

Feb. 18

Mid-Quarter 3

Feb. 21

At-Risk Conferences 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 26

6th Choir and Cantar 7 p.m. at MS

Feb. 28

7th/8th Choir and Cantar 7 p.m. at MS


MMS Annual National Geographic GeoBee

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Aidan Thornton, Jacob Mitikyuk, and Patrick Shobe

The Monticello Middle School conducted their annual National Geographic GeoBee on January 10. 24 students from grades 6-8 qualified to participate. After a very suspenseful conclusion, 7th grader, Jacob Mikityuk was crowned our champion. 8th grader, Aidan Thornton, and 7th grader, Patrick Shobe, finished in second and third places respectively. Jacob will now take a qualifying test to see if he is one of the 100 middle schoolers across the state to qualify for the State GeoBee which will be held at the end of March. Good luck Jacob!

DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS from school sports, activities, or student involvement that we can use in the yearbook?

Be sure to upload them on our yearbook website at www.replayit.com You will be able to share, view and save photos with our school!

Students of the Month

Photo Use Authorization

If you DO NOT WANT your child's photo/video/podcast used, please contact Chris at chris.schyma@monticello.k12.mn.us


Monica Schwickerath, RN, LSN

Cold & Flu Season

We are in the cold and flu season and need to take extra precautions to stay healthy. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to do effective handwashing, get adequate sleep and also remember, it is not too late to get your flu shot. Influenza-like illness is defined by temperature >100 degrees Fahrenheit along with a sore throat &/or cough. If a student has a fever of over 100 degrees, they need to stay home until they have a normal temperature for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine. This is to allow them time to recuperate as well as not spread their illness to others.

Over the Counter Medication

Parents, if you want to send over the counter medication, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, to keep in the health office for as needed use throughout the school year for your child, the medication must come in the original container. No medication will be given when sent in a baggie or an envelope. For the safety of the students, the medication directions on the manufacturer’s label will be followed. If extra or increased doses are requested, a doctor’s authorization must be obtained. We also need parent authorization by a note written from you or you can print off & sign our Medication Authorization Form here, off of our MS website: by going to Departments/Services, then health office, then Medication Authorization Form. Our medication policy is further explained in this form. Your child may also stop by the health office to pick up our Medication Form.

Please call the health office with any questions or concerns.

Middle School Health Office Phone: (763) 272-2120 or Fax (763)272-2109

If your child is going to be absent, please call our 24/7 MS Attendance Line: (763) 272-2110. Thank you, Monica Schwickerath, Licensed School Nurse


Green Card Youth Voices Exhibit will be on display for the month of February at MMS and MHS.

Students will hear the voices of local youth who have immigrated to our area with audio access to each story panel. The Green Card Youth Voices exhibit will be open to the public on February 5th in the MMS Commons to kick off the performance of OVation at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. This is a free event!


Thinking Spring with Middle School Athletics and Activities . . .

After 3 days of surviving in the Polar Vortex, Spring is around the corner . . . somewhere! In the Middle School activities office, we are getting ready for the 2019 sports season. Through our fall and winter, we have had over 400+ students participate in our middle school athletic programs or school activities. There are numerous reasons why participating in school-sponsored programs is valuable, one of the most important being developing connections and relationships with students and staff. Extra-curricular activities and athletics are just another way to make an investment in kids, and extend our reach beyond the classrooms. Please consider and encourage your child to try something new in our building yet this year.

In the spring, we offer a number of opportunities for 7th & 8th-grade girls & boys. Girls can participate in golf, softball or track. Boys can join baseball, golf, tennis or track.

Lego League Team

The Middle School Lego League (a coding and robotics program) team moved on and competed at the Sectional Tournament in St. Paul. Although they didn’t move on, they did bring home the Team Spirit Award.
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Middle School Wrestling Room

Our MS wrestling room got a much-needed facelift this winter. Below are a few pictures of the updates.

Viewing the Middle School Sports Schedules

Have you accessed the Mississippi8 website yet? There is a lot of valuable information on this website. You will find up-to-date schedules for Middle School and High School sports and activities.

Up-to-date information on this website includes game times, which team plays first, and bus departure times. You can also sign-up to receive emails regarding any schedule changes, which become a common occurrence in the spring.

  1. Go to www.mississippi8.org

  2. Select Monticello High School on the right.

  3. Find the section titled, View Schedules under the calendar. Click on the sport of your choice and click on view.

To receive emails for any schedule changes or event reminders, follow these directions:

  1. Go to www.mississippi8.org

  2. Select Monticello High School on the right.

  3. Find the section titled, Notify Me under the calendar. Follow the instructions provided.

Make sure that your computer does not have a SPAM blocker or you will not be able to receive the email.

Parent Involvement

Ice Cream Sales

Parent Involvement will sell ice cream sandwiches for $1.00 during the lunch times of February 6th-8th. If you would like to help out and have a current background check, please email Kara Thornton at mmspivolunteer@gmail.com

Thanks for all your help and support to the middle school!

Box Tops Contest

There will be a Box Top contest the week of February 4-8. The winning M&M will receive donuts and juice.

Parent Involvement Meeting

Monday, Feb. 11th, 6pm

800 Broadway Street East

Monticello, MN

Located in the front office conference room.