District adds four Distance Learning Days
At the Sept. 14 meeting, the Monticello School Board approved the addition of four District-Wide Distance Learning Days this school year. These days will be held on:
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Friday, Nov. 6
Thursday, April 1
Thursday, June 3 (Last Day of School)
These days were formerly early release days across the district. Under our hybrid schedule, early release days are inequitable and a logistical challenge. Changing these days to distance learning days will better serve our entire student body and our staff. To view the most updated district calendar, please visit here.
Back to school. Back together.
Building Start Dates and Times
The introduction of Welcome Back Days has led to some staggered starting dates at our different buildings. To help provide concise information, here’s a document that contains the first day of in-person instruction and daily times for each school building. Students enrolled in full-time distance learning will follow their building’s schedule for daily instruction.
As a reminder, attendance for Welcome Back Days will be taken based upon family attendance of teacher meetings and accomplishing all Welcome Back to-do’s assigned by their building or teacher.
Monticello School Board votes to place $6 million operating referendum on November ballot
The Monticello School Board officially approved moving forward with a $6 million operating refendum that will be on the ballot on November 3, 2020. Read more here, and find the initial fact sheet here.
Monticello Safe Schools Plan
Following months of exhaustive research, listening, planning, and reviewing, ISD 882 is ready to present the Monticello Safe Schools Plan. Please know that these plans will be constantly evaluated at all levels throughout this school year and are subject to change as needed to best meet the needs of all students and staff in our district. We also continue to work through some intricate details regarding topics such as: absences, transitions between phases, and middle school activities. We will continue to update the document and all stakeholders as these details are finalized.
State releases 2020-21 school guidelines
The State of Minnesota has released the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan, providing guidance for districts for the 2020-21 school year.
Superintendent Eric Olson sent this letter home to families on July 30th.
The district plans to release the Monticello Education Plan to families on Monday, August 10.
ISD 882 releases Distance Learning Amendment
Following Governor Walz's announcement that distance learning will continue for the remainder of the school year, ISD 882 put together a Distance Learning Amendment that aims to provide clarity and guidance as we continue through the rest of the school year. Calendars, technology information, and more can be found in the amendment. The document, which remains a work in progress, will soon feature information about grading, graduation, and more.
Frequently asked questions with Superintendent Eric Olson
Superintendent Eric Olson answers a few frequently asked questions from our families in this April 15th video! Topics include celebrating seniors, grading, clearing out lockers, and more.
Supt. Olson answers additional frequently asked questions, including a look ahead to how this could alter education moving forward. Watch the April 22nd video here!
MHS artists take home awards from Paramount show!
Two Monticello High School artists took home second-place awards from the Paramount Center for the Arts High School Juried Art Exhibition. Senior John Humphreys won 2nd place in the 3-D art category for his ceramic bowl (title: Spirit Bear Paw) and sophomore Erin Yager won 2nd place in the 2-D art category for her oil painting (titled: FRaNK). Read more about the artists that were nominated and see their pieces here. Congratulations to all!
ISD 882 to join #BeTheLightMN Movement
Monticello School District is excited to join districts around the state as part of #BeTheLightMN beginning Monday, April 13th when the district will light Memorial Stadium from 8:20 to 8:40 p.m.
We do ask that community members not use this as a time to gather.
"One day soon, these lights will again stand as a warm invitation to our community’s greatest gathering place. Let them stand now as a beacon of hope, a symbol of unity, and a call for recognition to the people enduring together across this great community."
Teacher Contract Negotiations Update
Monticello School Board is currently negotiating the 2019-2021 teacher contracts. In an effort to keep the public informed and operate transparently, the district wanted to provide the following information from the Monticello School Board and Education Minnesota Monticello.
FAQs (Monticello School Board)
Opening Statement Monticello School Board (as read by Jill Bartlett at the Jan. 20, 2020 school board meeting)
Opening Statement Education Minnesota Monticello (as read by Joe Rosh at the Jan. 20, 2020 school board meeting)
Early College Options Abound at MHS
DID YOU KNOW: 97 percent of Monticello High School seniors participated in rigorous courses during the 2016-17 school year?! MHS is proud to offer dozens of early college opportunities for students, including AP Courses, Senior to Sophomore programs, College in Schools, and more!! Check out this graphic to learn more!
MHS debuts art website!
Monticello High School art teachers have created a new website to showcase student work, as well as explain the various courses and offerings available to MHS students! Bookmark the website and visit it throughout the year to check out the immense creativity and talent of Monticello students!
Tax dollars would be used to lower class sizes, build educational programs, increase capacity for social emotional learning, outdoor education, and career pathways, and to support staff members and students
High school principal recognized for the relationships he builds, culture he's helped create at MHS