Monroe High School
Welcome to Monroe High School - Home of the Bearcats!
A Tradition of Excellence for 100 Years
Parents and Families,
With one month into the school year, Monroe High School is again blessed with professional,
experienced, caring staff; students who come to school ready to learn in a college and career readiness
environment; and parents who support their students and the mission of Monroe High School. This is
already showing to be an exceptional year and we will be continuing to provide our students with ways to succeed and grow.
Our end of the day study time is one of those programs. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week classes end 35 minutes early to allow students to get additional assistance from teachers and support staff. This has proven to be an invaluable time for struggling students and students that rely on school busing who can’t come early or stay after school. In the past there has been an early release incentive program at the end of the first grading period, for 10th– 12th graders who are earning all B’s or better and don’t have any unexcused absences. If your student
qualifies and you would like them to be released, please send a note to our main office for us to keep on file.
Another program is PSAT testing. On October 15th, MHS will be on a morning testing schedule so that all sophomores and any interested juniors can complete the PSAT. Juniors will still need to sign up and pay for the test in the Counseling Center starting Friday, October 3rd. Students and/or parents will be allowed to sign up throughout the day during our regular Counseling office hours (see schedule in this newsletter for more details). The main purpose of testing our sophomores is to gather the exceptionally rich data provided by the College Board that goes beyond the basic data provided to families. The College Board provides data regarding student’s reading, writing and math problemsolving skills. It also identifies areas of strength regarding Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and even identifies and recommends AP courses for each individual student. This data can be shared with
students and parents to guide course selection for their junior and senior years at MHS. This data and AP recommendations can help guide a sophomore’s High School and Beyond Plan for their final two years of high school. It also allows sophomores the opportunity to experience the PSAT format and get data back on the areas they need to strengthen prior to taking the PSAT test as a junior, which will count towards the National Merit Scholarship competition.
This process will also support some of our struggling students. The data provided by the PSAT in conjunction with the data gathered during their freshman year will help us identify gaps and allow us to better understand the student’s needs. It may also help struggling students meet state requirements. Currently, Washington State only has three ways for a student to meet the assessment requirements. A student must pass the HSPE and/or Smarter Balanced Testing in addition to passing the
EOC (End Of Course) exams in algebra or geometry and biology. If a student does not pass these exams they may create a Collection of Evidence portfolio to submit to the state. The only other option is a SAT or ACT cut score established by the state each year. Many of our non-college-bound students are now finding themselves in a position to take the SAT or ACT as an option to complete graduation requirements. Ensuring that all students have an opportunity to become acquainted with PSAT/SAT
standardized testing may become a vital link in their pursuit of a diploma.
I have provided some additional information from the College Board website.
Principal, Monroe High School
Monroe High School
17001 Tester Road.
Monroe, WA 98272-2819
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7818
Counseling Fax: 360-804-4698
School Hours: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
John Lombardi, Principal
Erick Aulabaugh, Assistant Principal
Mark Henderson, Assistant Principal
Judith Rosas, Assistant Principal
Melissa Davis, Principal’s Secretary
Will Kahn, Dean of Students
Katie Vanderveen, Discipline/Attendance Secretary
Kathy Wallace, Athletic Secretary
Becky Brekke, ASB Secretary
Tara Weyrick, Receptionist
Judi Berry, Registrar
Lisa Woodard, Counselor, serving students with last names A-G
Jane Stevens, Counselor, serving students with last names O-Z
Tammy Amador, Counselor, serving students with last names H-N and students with bilingual families
Jill Vandemoortele, Interventionist , serving students with special needs
Tricia Benitz, Counseling Secretary
Paula Alice, Nurse