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Big News for our Monticello Community
At last night’s meeting, the Monticello School Board approved a change to start and end times for all schools in Monticello School District, beginning with the 2024-25 school year. The new times are as follows:
Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Elementaries: 7:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Nature Based Education: 8:00 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Middle School: 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
High School: 8:15 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.
As a district, we believe this change has the power to positively impact our students of all ages and to create a better school community experience for all. Please check out this video for more highlights and thoughts on the process from a variety of community voices! Additional resources from the process are available at the conclusion of this email as well.
As noted in the video above, we fully understand that this change will also bring new challenges to a number of our families. As we move through this school year and toward the 2024-25 year, we are committed to working with the community to solve those challenges together and to make this change as seamless as possible for every family in Monticello School District.
GYO Scholarships Available
Grow Your Own (GYO) programs are partnerships between approved educator preparation programs in Minnesota, school districts or charter schools, and community organizations that recruit and prepare local community members (e.g., parents, para educators, non-certified school staff, high school students) to enter the teaching profession and possibly teach in their communities. Monticello Public Schools has received a GYO grant and will use the funding to provide scholarships to qualified applicants over the next 5 years. Scholarships will range from $10,000 - $20,000 per year per applicant, depending upon the level of interest and MDE guidelines for funding.
Back-to-School Bash on August 23
Monticello School District, in partnership with Polaris Chiropractic, is thrilled to once again host a Back-to-School Bash this summer! This family friendly event, featuring food trucks, school supplies, community resources, artists, bounce houses, and more, will take place at the Monticello Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m. on August 23. View the flyer to learn more about this FREE event!
School Start Times Town Hall Meetings
As we continue to consider a potential change to school start and end times for the 2024-25 school year and beyond, we have heard from numerous community members that would like more information and additional opportunities to share feedback.
In order to accommodate these opportunities, we will be pushing back the scheduled Monticello School Board vote from the July 17th meeting to the August 21st meeting. This will allow us to continue discussion at both the July 17th and August 7th board meetings; we will also hold two Town Hall Meetings to provide information and respond to questions regarding the potential change. The Town Hall meetings will take place:
Thursday, July 13 at 5 p.m. at Monticello Middle School Auditorium
Wednesday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at Monticello Middle School Auditorium
2023 Graduation Photos
Graduation photos are now available! Please click here to access all photos from the 2023 Commencement at Monticello High School. All photos are free for families to download. Congratulations once more to the Class of 2023!
Summer Office Hours
District Office - M-Th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; F, by appointment only
EEC - M-Th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; F, by appointment only
PWE - M-Th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; F, by appointment only
LME - M-Th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; F, by appointment only
MMS - M-Th, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; F, by appointment only
MHS - M-Th, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; F, by appointment only
The Wall That Heals comes to Monticello July 20-23
Monticello School District is proud to host The Wall That Heals - a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center this summer at Pinewood Elementary! The interactive exhibit will be on display from July 20-23. Find more information here, including on how to volunteer!
Homeschool and Virtual Students Eligible for P-EBT
Students that are enrolled in homeschool or online school may qualify for benefits put forth by the State of Minnesota this year. If they meet certain qualifications, children may be eligible to receive a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used to purchase groceries.P-EBT applications are due by June 30th. Families can learn more and apply here!
Sheldon Johnson, Michael Benedetto, Richard Frie, Brad and Kim Sawatzke, and the late Tom Keating to be honored in Monticello Wall of Fame
Mitch Torrel, a Special Tactics Officer in the US Air Force, makes a global impact
School-linked mental health partnership with Central Minnesota Mental Health Center is one of many services offered inside of and outside of school buildings