Monroe Middle School

School News

Updated Mon, Sep 16th

Congratulations to all four sports teams for their wins last Thursday! Both boys volleyball teams and both girls soccer teams beat CT English.

JV boys volleyball and varsity girls soccer remain undefeated!

Also a big congratulations to the cross country team on a successful first meet last Wednesday! Leo Wright came in first place in the 6th grade boys division!

What a race!

Please come support Monroe athletics next week!

Boys Volleyball: September 19th at 3:45

Girls soccer: September 17th and 19th at 3:45

Cross Country: September 18th at JD Morgan park

Go Mavericks!

Updated Wed, Sep 11th

Just a reminder to please follow all traffic laws while picking up and dropping off students.  There have been complaints of drivers speeding, double parking and blocking neighbor's driveways.  We need to be good neghibors and abide by the rules for the safety of everyone.  Thank you

Updated Wed, Aug 28th

During Fall 2019, Monroe Middle School students will have the opportunity to take school-issued devices off campus as part of the Web to One Initiative. Students who took a device home during the 2018-19 school year will be reissued the same device. Just like any other instructional material, Chromebooks will be handed out alongside textbooks during the second and third week of school. For more information, see the following excerpts from the parent information letter:

Profile of a Graduate

Making take-home devices available for students in need will allow all of our students access to more personalized and engaging lesson content while supporting them as they become more adept at taking charge of their learning, managing their time, and practicing responsibility. This directly aligns with our Profile of a Graduate as we work to build the competency of self-direction and allows students equitable access to online materials and resources. ​A focus of this initiative is also digital citizenship, which is the responsible use of technology. Your child will learn and practice digital skills, ethics, etiquette, and online safety.

How might homework look different?

Students will have access to Google Classroom where teachers will post traditional homework along with interactive assignments. Homework may include a short video on different concepts meant to probe their thinking and spark interest. It might also include interactive lessons that let students practice examples, summarize, and question what they don’t understand. Allowing all students access to richer and more engaging content outside of school allows the teacher to maximize their face to face time with students in the classroom, personalizing learning and providing more time for students to apply their new knowledge through collaborative project work.

What does this mean for my student?

  • Students are expected to complete their homework as assigned.
  • Students have the ability to watch video content at their own pace, re-watching, rewinding, and pausing when needed.
  • Absent students will not miss out on instruction, they always have access to class content.
  • Students are not expected to have full mastery of homework assignments but are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate in discussions, group assignments, and other assigned tasks.
  • Students are encouraged to bring any questions or concerns to their teacher’s attention at any time.

What does this mean for me as a parent?

  • It enables you to be more involved in your child’s education.
  • You have access to video content and are able to see how lessons are taught.
  • You are able to have meaningful content related discussions with your child.
  • You can encourage your child to take their time while watching video lessons and remind them to re-watch, rewind, or pause when necessary to make sense of what is being taught.
  • You are encouraged to bring any questions or concerns to the teacher’s attention at any time.
  • As we build student responsibility for bringing the device safely both to and from school, should your student forget his device at home, a limited number of devices will be available for check out.

What if students don’t have access to technology/internet at home?

Since students will be required to access class content for homework via the internet, the following system is being created to meet the needs of all learners:

  • Students are welcome to come to campus before or after school to view content. Facilities and network connectivity will be made available 30 minutes before school starts and 60 minutes after school ends.
  • Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program are eligible for the Comcast Internet Essentials programing, providing home internet and wifi for $9.95 a month, plus applicable taxes. For more information, please consult the Comcast Internet Essentials website at ​https://www.internetessentials.com

Online Security​​ ​and Web Filters

Student chromebooks are equipped with web filter software from Securly. This software provides us a cloud based filter so we maintain an age appropriate internet space as well as a way to monitor for cyber bullying and self-harm alerts. You can learn more about Securly by visiting their website: ​www.securly.com

Liability

Just like textbooks, library books and other education materials, Chromebooks will be checked out to individual students and those individual students will be responsible for the care of the device. Students are responsible for any costs associated with repairing or replacing district property.

CampbellUSD Chromebooks will be self-insured during the 2019-20 school year. This optional insurance will be provided by CampbellUSD and costs $33.00 annually. It covers the cost of repair or replacement of a device due to accidental damage, or theft with no deductible. For more information or to sign up, complete the attached document and return it to the front office with $33.00 in cash or check made payable to Campbell Union School District.

Any repairs to uninsured Chromebooks will be performed District personnel, and charges will be based on the following:

  • Trackpad & Keyboard: These repairs are normally necessary when the trackpad or keyboard have been intentionally damaged by removing the keys or peeling up the trackpad. Full keyboard replacements are $40.00 and trackpad replacements are $15.00.
  • Screen: These repairs are normally necessary when a device has been dropped or the lid is closed on top of an object. The cost of replacing a screen is $40.00
  • Battery: Battery issues are relatively rare, and repairs will typically be covered by the District due to normal wear and tear on the device. Students will be responsible for any repair cost if it is determined that there is deliberate and intentional damage to the battery. Battery replacements are $30.00 under these circumstances.
  • Full Replacement: If a device is lost or damaged due to liquid spills, the cost of replacing the Chromebook is $320.00

Rollout

The Web to One Initiative began in the 2018-19 school year. Students who received a Chromebook last year will receive the same Chromebook back tot hem. The Chromebooks are viewed as instructional materials and will be handed out during the textbook checkout process. New devices will be handed out to sixth grade students and newly enrolled seventh and eighth graders. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the Web to One Initiative, please complete the opt-out form available on the last page of the attached parent packet, or in your middle school's front office.

Updated Wed, Sep 11th

Back to School Night is an evening to meet your student’s teachers and hear about the wonderful things they will be doing in class this year.  Parents/guardians will follow their student’s daily schedule and attend all six classes.  Classes will be 12 minutes long with a 6-minute passing period.  We are unable to provide child care for this evening.

Please click on this link to fill out the schedule of your students classes so you will know where to go.  Here is a map of Monroe Middle to help you navigate the large campus.  We will also have student and adult helpers around campus to assist you.  

Back to School Night is not a time to have individual conversation regarding your student (you can make an appointment for that).

We look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday evening.

Updated Fri, Sep 13th

Monroe Middle School has an elected School Site Council. The Council is composed of five parent and community members and five representatives from the school’s staff.

The Council reviews the school plan annually, establishes a budget, makes modifications as necessary, and assists in the evaluation of the school’s programs. Members are elected by the groups that they represent. Parent and community representatives and alternates are elected for a two-year term and may stand for re-election upon the completion of each term.  If you are interested in running for the Council, please submit your name, with a short biography, to the front office by Friday, September 13. The voting ballot will be sent home soon afterwards.

There are currently 3 parent/community member seats to be filled. The candidates receiving the most votes will serve on the Council as parent/community representatives. Write-in candidates receiving votes have an equal opportunity to be elected or serve as alternates on the Council. We meet 5 times throughout the year on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00pm.

Updated Wed, Aug 28th

  As we kicked off our year last Thursday, we welcomed over 1,000 students and were thrilled to see so many smiles and hear the excitement.   We are grateful to our “Students Helping Students”, along with Manny the Maverick, who greeted everyone and made sure their classmates were directed to the correct classrooms. Teachers have spent the week taking students on tours and teaching PBIS expectations (Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible) as well as administrators and counselors introducing themselves and sharing their expectations to the entire student body.   We are excited to continue our work with our students and families and making this a wonderful year for all.

Updated Thu, Aug 15th

Starting this school year, student uniforms will now include navy blue or khaki pants, shorts, skirts, or capris. Tops should be white, gray, or navy blue collared shirts.
Jeans/denims continue to be prohibited. 
We hope this addition helps with your back-to-school shopping and look forward to seeing all of you on August 22nd.
 

Updated Wed, Aug 14th

A Message from Principal Eric Brown
Welcome back one and all! 

I’m excited to be back at Monroe as Principal.  It has been 11 years since I was an administrator here, and I can’t wait to greet students and staff as they return to our campus.

I have worked in Campbell Union School District for 26 years (13 years as a Physical Education teacher at Campbell Middle School, 10 years as Assistant Principal at Monroe, Campbell, and Castlemont, and the last 3 years as Principal at Castlemont). 

I absolutely love working in this District. The families and community members that we work with are truly fantastic.

Joining me on Monroe's administrative team:

Assistant Principal Cathy McAvoy (pictured left) who marks her 31st year in education this year. Eight of those years were spent as a sixth-grade ELA/SS and ELD teacher at Monroe. In addition to teaching at Monroe, she has been the Assistant Principal at Castlemont, District Literacy Coach, and taught grades 4-5 at Blackford.

Veronica Flores (pictured center) begins her second year as Assistant Principal. Her 12 years at Monroe include teaching Spanish and ELD, and supporting her peers as an Equity Coach.

We look forward to meeting all of our Monroe students and families in the coming weeks and to seeing our students excel with skills as self-directed, innovative, collaborative, empathetic, critical thinkers!

Updated Wed, Aug 14th

Experts agree, children benefit greatly when they participate in sports and activities: self-confidence, reduced stress, and many healthy habits and relationships that can last a lifetime.

We offer a choice of team sports throughout the schoolyear for students in grades 6 through 8. To participate, their parents need to complete the application packet, which now includes a doctor exam.

The packet is available on our website as a fillable PDF file, or as a printed copy from our school office. It also includes a list of low and no cost health services locations, for families who do not have health insurance.

Updated Sat, Aug 31st
  • Aug 15: Orientation Day (New students) and Registration Day - schedule distribution & PTA sign-up 
  • 8:30 New Parent/Student Orientation
  • 9:00-10:00 6th grade schedule pickup
  • 10:30-11:30 7th grade schedule pickup
  • 12:00-1:00 8th grade schedule pickup
  • Aug 22: First Day of School

Upcoming Events:

  • Sep 10: Back To School Night
  • Oct. 18: Tailgate - MMS Family Night
  • Oct. 7-11: Conference Week