2016/2017 school year, we honored students who had perfect attendance each month by a “Perfect Attendance Movie.” Why are we focusing on attendance? Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost for a child. Each of these absences have a significant impact on students’ academic success, affecting them in school and life. Students who misses 10% or more of their school days, which amounts to 18 or more days in a school year—or just two days a month—for any reason are considered chronically absent.
When students attend school on a regular basis, they feel better about school and themselves. Building this habit with your child when they start preschool will teach your child going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children to do well in high school, college, and the workplace.
Ways parents can help their child be successful when battling attendance;
We here at Monument will continue working to improve attendance by rewarding students with perfect attendance each month. Let’s partner together as a school, parent and community and Promote Perfect Attendance for all Monument Students!
Sue Sartain, Assistant Principal
Quincy School District is funding a huge new play structure and swingset for our students. Along with the beautiful Autumn Ginkgo trees we dedicated to Adam and Alec Guerrero, and a new Buddy Bench slated for installation this summer, our playground will reach a new level of fun and friendliness.
I've very much enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to lead Monument the past few years. You're lucky to be welcoming Lisa Uvila, or Mrs. U V, as she is usually called by students. She has been a principal for many years, has lots of good ideas, and will love meeting all of you.
We have several new teachers as well. Fourth grade welcomes Miss Jordyn Etue, Mrs. Susan Erdmann, Ms. Shirley McLaughlin, and Miss Merry McCauley. Fifth grade welcomes Mrs. Debra Winkler. New to sixth grade are Mrs. Heather Lutz, Miss Maria Darling, and Ms. Dauphnie Marotto. Sheryl Benedict will be returning to sixth grade half time, and spend the rest of her day working with our language learners. A new chorale teacher has been hired, and sixth graders will be lucky to have both general music and chorale instruction. We are hiring a new building secretary and two custodians, so be prepared to see lots of new friendly faces! Welcome all!
Monument Elementary hosted a Family Engineering Activity Room during Spring Conferences. This activity room was our school’s Title 1 parent night(s) + 3 afternoons. Parents and students visited the room and worked on Engineering Activities. We had 87 students and over 90 parents stop in participate in our activities. Some of the activities included putting together pens and taking them apart using an assembly line approach, building and testing an arch for strength, predicting sound with a variety of tubes, building a tower, comparing measurements of feet and volume, and building a diving board from dominoes. After completing the activities students and parents were rewarded with granola bars and apple slices for a job well done!
Shea Heikes placed 8th, Brooke Melburn placed 6th, and Emmanuel Birrueta placed 2nd in the individual competition at the fifth grade Math is Cool competition in Wenatchee.
All Monument Elementary students celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by sharing a favorite book. 5th graders traveled to Mt. View and Pioneer Elementary schools to read to a younger student. Sixth graders read with fourth graders. Mrs. Tevez's Life Skills students made healthy edible Dr. Seuss hats and read.
Congratulations to our Monument school Spelling Bee champions. They are Crystal Espinoza for 1st place and Shea Heikes in 2nd place. They will represent Monument in March at the regional Spelling Bee in Wenatchee. All of the contestants did a great job last night. Congratulations to everyone for competing!!!
The Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program is an national and international gang and violence prevention program that has been building trust between law enforcement and communities for almost 30 years. G.R.E.A.T. is intended as an education against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. It is designed for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. It provides different components for
children and their families. These components include a 13-lesson middle school curriculum, a 6-lesson elementary school curriculum, a summer component, and a families component. More than 13,000 sworn officers from around the United States and various Central American countries have been trained and certified to teach G.R.E.A.T. G.R.E.A.T. has been delivered to more than 6 million children, allowing law enforcement to foster strong relationships with these students, as well as their schools and communities. These partnerships encourage positive collaboration among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement.
Monument Elementary is a PBIS school
PBIS is short for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and it is a way to create a safer school using evidence-based practices and data. The main parts of our PBIS program are:
Thanks to our PBIS program, Monument Elementary continues to become safer, more inclusive, and more supportive for all students. If you have any questions about our PBIS program, please visit with our Assistant Principal, Sue Sartain.
Each pair of teachers has a newsletter, many in English as well as Spanish, posted on our website now! Click on the "newsletters" link to the left, and you will easily find the correct newsletter for your child's class! Check out special classes as well, like Music, PE, Health, Band, Language Arts Enrichment, and Math Enrichment.