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Through a loving, caring, and supporting environment, we offer a quality and dynamic education that meets the needs of each individual student.  We support the individual and wholistic growth of the students by building relationships, listening and always being present.  

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Monticello School District Launches Community Partnership Initiative to Boost Early Literacy

The Monticello School District proudly announces its partnership with local community members in a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing early literacy development across the community. With a unified goal of fostering motivation, education, and engaging opportunities, the initiative seeks to harness the wealth of child development resources available in the Monticello Community.

Recent data revealing that a staggering 500,000 children in Minnesota, from kindergarten to 12th grade, struggle with proficient reading skills has prompted the district to take action. Leveraging local resources and connections unique to Monticello, the initiative aims to provide families with unparalleled access to services and resources essential for achieving literacy goals.

Our mission is clear: To unite Monticello and build the highest reading proficiency scores with the fewest inequities than any other school district and accomplish it in record breaking time. Outlined benchmarks include ensuring that young brains are primed for literacy development by age three, achieving proficiency in reading at each grade level, and implementing evidence-based literacy instruction across all grades.

The initiative kicked off with a successful inaugural meeting held in February, where participants engaged in brainstorming sessions, forged valuable connections within the community, and set the stage for future endeavors. We will keep you posted on unification of early literacy plans across the community!

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Monticello High School's Paul Fasen Recognized as 2024 Triple 'A' Award State Scholarship Recipient!

Four Minnesota high school students, including Paul Fasen from Monticello High School, have been named as the 2024 Triple 'A' Award state scholarship recipients! The Triple 'A' Award, established in 1988, honors seniors for excellence in academics, arts/activities, and athletics. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA and participate in League-sponsored programs. Selected through a rigorous process, this achievement is a testament to Paul’s hard work and dedication.

Paul was also featured on a Fox 9 news story this week- click here to watch! Congratulations, Paul!

Read more about it here!

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As a reminder, we will be implementing new start times for the 2024-25 school year. Here are the new start and end times for each school:

  • 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 created a Parent Toolkit 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. We will also be giving out free backpack lights at these events! Event dates/times listed in the Parent Toolkit (link above).

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work towards creating an environment that best supports the needs of our students. Thank you for being valued members of our school community!

District Letter to Families

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School Board and District Adminstartion Spent a Day at the Capitol this Past Week

Monticello School Board members and administration attended a day at the capitol for networking and learning, and to hear from some of Minnesota’s education policy and finance decision-makers.

Photo Reference: Superintendent Olson, Director of Human Resources Rob Danneker, Director of Business Services Tina Burkholder, and School Board Members Kathy Ziebarth and Casey Root with Representative Shane Mekeland 

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Special Education COOP Receives Funding to Train More Special Education Teachers

Sherburne Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative, along with Member Districts Monticello, Becker and Big Lake, Receives Minnesota Department of Education Grant

MONTICELLO, Minn. (March 19, 2024) – Sherburne Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative (SNWSEC or COOP), in partnership with its member districts Monticello, Becker and Big Lake, has been awarded a $750,000 Special Education Teacher Pipeline grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

The SNWSEC special education teacher pipeline program will focus on providing eight employees – each year for up to five years – with tuition assistance so that they can become a fully licensed special education teacher. Specifically, the program supports Tier 1 or 2 teachers and/or paraprofessionals who wish to become a Tier 3 or 4 special education teacher, and the COOP hopes to add 12 fully licensed special education teachers by the end of 2028.

“We are honored to receive this funding from MDE,” says John Weekley, SNWSEC Director of Special Education. “There is a shortage of special education teachers throughout the state, as well as an increase in special education students. This funding will ensure that students with Individualized Educational Plans are being fully served.”

The grant activities will occur over a five year period, from February 26, 2024 to January 31, 2029, ultimately helping the COOP to: 1) recruit and enroll existing employees in the program, 2) establish educational partnerships with a teacher preparation program and 3) provide tuition assistance and wrap-around support, including mentoring, for program participants.

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