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Press Release: Four Local School Districts Receive School Violence Prevention Program Grant

Monticello, Becker, and Big Lake Public Schools,
along with Sherburne Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative,
Receive Federal Dollars to Improve Security at School and on School Grounds

MONTICELLO, Minn. (January 29, 2024) – Monticello School District, in partnership with Becker and Big Lake School Districts, as well as the Sherburne Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative (SNWSEC or COOP), has been awarded a $499,875 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).  

The goal of the School Violence Prevention Program is to improve security at schools and on school grounds through the implementation of school safety programs and technology. This will happen locally by enhancing camera technologies at each school district named above and creating a safety collaborative supported by the districts, as well as Wright and Sherburne County Sheriff’s Offices. 

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As a reminder, we will be implementing new start times for the 2024-25 school year:

  • Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • Elementary: 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.

We understand that changes in school schedules can impact families, and we want to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. To assist you, we have dedicated a page in the upcoming February Magic Happenings newsletter (to be released the second week of February) to provide detailed information and helpful resources to assist families with the new school start times for the 2024-25 school year. Additionally, we will be hosting school events this spring where our team will be available to answer any questions you may have. During these events, we will provide further resources and assistance to help make this adjustment as seamless as possible for you and your child/children.

District Letter to Families

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Check out our latest Magic Happenings Newsletter! 

This newsletter highlights a variety of positive and informational topics from throughout the Monticello School District this past month. It also features a letter from Superintendent Olson and some upcoming activities information. 

January Magic Happenings Newsletter (2024)

Students holding diplomas at their high school graduation

In anticipation of the upcoming class of 2024 local scholarships, the Monticello Educational and Scholarship Foundation is seeking dedicated individuals from our community to join us as scholarship application readers.

We invite you to contribute to the future success of our local students by becoming a scholarship application reader. Your role will involve reviewing scholarship applications and grading them based on a predefined rubric.

Click "Read More" for more information and for a link to the sign up form.

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Picture of the MS STEM teachers, 4 students, Eric Olson, and Kathy Ziebarth at the MSBA Leadership Conference

In a remarkable achievement for Monticello Middle School, our esteemed STEM lab teachers, Jill Kedrowski and Casie Monson, were selected to participate in the School Excellence Showcase during the 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference. The event took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 11th, where school board leaders and educators from across the state gathered to share innovative practices and celebrate excellence in education.

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Big News for our Monticello Community!

The Monticello School Board has approved a change to start and end times for all schools in the 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.

Click to read more!

PTO Meetings

Eastview Education Center: The EEC PTO meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00pm in the media center. For more information, click here

Pinewood Elementary: The PTO meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm. in the Teacher's Lounge. For more information, click here.

Little Mountain Elementary: For PTO dates and additional information, go to the Little Mountain PTO Facebook Page.

Middle School Parent Involvement Meetings: The meetings are on the second Monday of each month, except for December. All meetings can be found on the school calendar here.

MDE Visits Monticello School District

On November 16th, 2023, we welcomed a distinguished guest to our district – Patty Hand, the Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Department of Education! Click to read more!