Monticello Matters (Family News)

October 1, 2023

From the Administration

On Wednesday, we gave out our MHS 25 year celebration student T shirts. If your child didn't get one, please have them visit the athletic office this week. The T shirt comes just in time for our 2023 Spirit Week. Friday is Black and Gold Day! A complete list of themed days is below.

We had two successful and entertaining club sessions (9/18 and 9/25). We have two more planned for October (9/9, 9/16). Encourage your child to sign up for a club that interests them or reach out to Cullen Wade, our club sponsor, to suggest an idea for a new club. All it takes is student interest and a staff sponsor.

We are in the early stages of establishing a Monticello Student Senate, made up of representatives from our Student Council Association (SCA), Muslim Student Association, Black Student Union (BSU), LatinX, and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). Our goal is to bring our student groups together to collaborate on ways to improve Monticello for all students. Groups will meet individually during our October club periods to plan for our joint meeting. From there, we will team with the AHS and WAHS student senate groups for division level discussions with the Office of Community Engagement, Dr. Haas, and members of his cabinet.

Finally, click here to access our State of the School presentation. Ongoing school information will be provided with our monthly (at minimum) newsletters.

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Basketball Club in the main gym. Over 55 students participated in games.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

On Thursday, our LatinX club hosted a Hispanic Heritage celebration during all three lunches. They shared food, culture, and dance. What a fantastic event! We look forward to many more cultural celebrations over the school year.
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Senior Pictures

Staff: Senior Picture Days are approaching on October 9th and 10th. They will take place in the Auditorium and the Atrium, and seniors will go there through their English classes. I’m afraid they cannot take staff pictures on this day; it’s a separate system, and the two don’t merge. Some common questions from senior students and your answers:

My English class is not at Monticello, or I take my English class remotely, or I know I’ll miss my English class those days. When should I get my photo? Stop by the photography stations on your own time from 8:45am - 3:30pm either day, without your class.

I am worried that the school will print the wrong name on my School ID. How do I fix that? Talk to your counselor ASAP to address this issue. You cannot change it after the Picture Days. However, changing it in the yearbook is relatively easy and can be done all semester.

How do I order photos? Here is some money. . . can you take my money? Do not give me your money. You’ll get a proof with an online code in 4-6 weeks from your English teacher.

What about the PSAT on October 10th? Senior Pictures happen in the Auditorium, far from the PSAT. We will still have 3B and 4B English class. If you have 2B English, you will get a separate email from Ms. Deegan, but basically, you can come get your photo anytime before 1pm on October 10th.

I’m a junior graduating early. What do I do? Get your picture taken with the seniors.

Spirit Week

Our Leadership classes have been working hard to plan our homecoming Spirit Week (Oct 2-6).

Monday: Wear your Team Colors/Jersey

Tuesday: Neon/Bright colors

Wednesday: Pink Out in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday: Tropical

Friday: Mustang Black and Gold

Homecoming Dance Information

Homecoming dance tickets will be on sale during all three lunches until Thursday ($10.).

Guest permission forms are due on October 3rd.

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Pink Out!! Pre-Order Today

Mustang Delegation is back at it with their second annual pink out fundraiser!

We have new shirts this year that are offered in sizes S-3X for only $15 while supplies last! All profits will be donated to benefit cancer research.

Scan the QR code below or follow this link to pre-order today!

Attendance Talking Points

  • If your student will be absent or tardy, please notify the Attendance Office (

  • If a student misses more than 15 minutes of a class, they are considered absent

  • 3 or more tardies in a class will result in disciplinary actions (e.g. lunch or after school detention, depending on number)

  • After 10 missed absences in a class (excused and unexcused), students will be required to “buy back” time to make up for missed classes. Credit for a course may be denied if a student has missed 10 or more absences in a class. Medically excused absences will not require “buy back” time.

  • All students must attend the Mustang Morning that is reflected in their adaptive schedule. If they are not in the referenced classroom indicated on their adaptive scheduler, they will be marked absent.

  • Teachers have the option to request a student attend their Mustang Morning session. If not requested by a teacher, students may go into their adaptive schedule and choose where they would like to go for their Mustang Morning block. Students who are not requested by a teacher, and/or did not submit a selection of their own, will report to their Seminar teacher

  • 3 or more missed Mustang Morning classes will result in disciplinary actions

  • A temporary UNV will be coded in students Seminar class. Once the upload from adaptive scheduler is completed, the code will be corrected. If the code is incorrect at the end of the day, please contact the Attendance Office.

Attendance News

We will be giving students the opportunity to make up seat time (credit recovery) during Mustang Mornings. Ms. Grooms in our attendance office use Adaptive Scheduler to request students who need to make up class time.

Credit recovery days will be Wednesday and Thursday in room B201 (Ms Garland’s classroom).

Fall Surveys

In October and November, we will administer surveys to help gauge student engagement and a safe and healthy school climate. Please read the letter linked below for more information;

The Panorama survey will be administered during seminar on October 23. Our goal is an 80% participation rate county wide.

Mustangs in the News

Our amazingly talented students have created two, one act plays for the fall VHSL competition at Fluvanna on 11/2.. Here is a short media story on one of the plays.

Join us between November 3-5 at MHS for our local performance.

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Parking Passes

All drivers must have a parking pass to park in our lots. Sophomores and Juniors park in the lots at the athletic fields. Seniors park in the upper lot by the purple doors. Passes are $35 and can be purchased with the application in the main office.

Here is the link to the application:

We will begin checking all cars for parking passes on Monday, October 2, 2023. Students will receive one warning before they receive a ticket. Repeated tickets may result in suspended or revoked parking privileges. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

AP Testing Information

Ms. Gentry, our AP testing coordinator, has prepared the following information for students enrolled in an AP course.

Going on and Ongoing

October 2-6: Spirit Week

October 6: Homecoming game against CHS (7:00 pm). Homecoming court introduced at half time.

October 7: Homecoming Dance

October 9: Club Day

October 10: PSAT day

October 16: Club Day

October 18/24: Conferences

November 3: MHS 25 year celebration. All alumni invited to home football against Fluvanna!

November 3-5: Save the Date for Monticello's One Act Plays