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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.

Attendance Alert!

  • Too many absences starting in kindergarten can cause students to fall behind.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • If the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up, can affect the whole classroom.

Ways parents can help their child be successful when battling attendance;

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Have clothes laid out the night before.
  • Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Develop a back-up plan for getting your child to and from school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

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!
Marcia Hershaw,

Retiring Principal

Title Activity 1Monument Elementary hosted a Family Engineering Activity Room during Spring Conferences.  This activity room was our school’s Title 1 parentTitle Activity 4 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!

math is cool webShea 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.

imagejpeg 0All 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.

spelling bee winners

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!!!

ME Great pic 1The 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

ME Great picchildren 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:

  • We have three personal standards that we expect every student to follow throughout the school.  They are listed on posters in many areas of the school.  The students are taught these standards throughout the school year.  The three personal standards are:
                              1. Show Respect
                              2. Make Good Decisions
                              3. Solve Problems
  • We teach all students what is expected of them in every part of the school.  At least twide a year, we take all students to each part of the school (playground, cafeteria, classroom, etc.) and review the procedures and expectations for that area.
  • Staff members reinforce students when they demonstrate the three personal standards by praising students.  Staff members also give students  Monument Money  when they are doing what is expected, and it can be used to purchase fun monthly experiences.  Teachers also have different ways to reward student behavior in their classroom.
  • When students do not do what is expected of them, a staff member will politely ask the child to change his/her behavior.  If that does not work or if the child is being unsafe, the staff member will ask the student to reflect in writing on what a better choice would have been.  At that time, the student calls his/her parent to let them know about their choice.
  • For students who repeatedly do not follow the expectations of the school, we work with the child’s family to provide more support to help the child follow the expectations of the school.

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. 

 

Monument Elementary

1400 13th Ave. SW
Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: 509-787-9826
Fax: 509-787-8974

Hours: Mon 9:30-2:55, Tues-Fri: 8:10-2:55

Principal: Marcia Hershaw

Assistant Principal:
Sue Sartain

School Counselor:
Dianne Stewart

Administrative Assistant:
Jan Alexander

Administrative Assistant:
Donna Zepeda-Lopez

Parent Liaison:
Mary Castro

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