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Upcoming Events

Families as Leaders

8-week Workshop Series at Monroe beginning January 27th.

The Family Engagement Institute (FEI) is looking forward to offering an 8-week workshop series, Families as Leaders, at Monroe Middle School this Winter 2020!

Classes are held on Mondays beginning January 27th and run from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Meetings will take place in the Monroe Staff Lounge.

Child Care is provided.

Dates of all meetings are: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, & 3/23.

Design Thinking Approach Spreads to More CUSD Schools

The approach to teaching core academics is energizing students and teachers!

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“Design thinking is an approach to teaching core academics that will develop our students’ skills as collaborative, innovative, self-directed, empathetic critical thinkers who can be successful in their yet-to-be-defined future,” says Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District (CUSD).

design thinking process stepsDesign thinking, a process for empathy-based creative problem-solving, is spreading to classrooms across the district. While it is a primary focus of the district’s new Campbell School of Innovation, more teachers in other schools also are using it. Over the past year, nearly 25% of the district’s more than 380 teachers have experienced the design thinking process and how to incorporate it into their lessons.  (See related story about first-grade teacher Megan Delaye.)

“Students are becoming more energized about owning their learning, and their teachers are seeing student achievement rise as they incorporate more of these relevant problem-solving projects into their instruction,” says Kami Thordardson, CUSD’s Director of Innovation & Digital Learning. She says CUSD Equity Coaches have been working this year with teachers from several schools, both groups and individuals, and all teachers had the option to participate in a design project through the district wide library design project last year.

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t even been imagined yet,” says Viramontez. “Design thinking is one of the ways we can educate students to their highest potential.”

Uniform Discussion

Student and Staff data to be shared

Student voice is important to us.  Please join us at one of our upcoming parent meetings as we share ThoughtExchange data on what students say about the Monroe Uniform Policy.  We will also be sharing data from our teacher survey on uniforms.

PTA Meeting:  Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 PM

Coffee with the Principal:  Friday, February 7 at 8:15 AM

ELAC Meeting: Friday, February 7 at 9:00 AM

Middle School Registration Begins January 21st

Preview our middle schools and programs for your soon-to-be 6th grader!

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Parents of current 5th graders are invited to preview our middle school campuses and speak with administrators about campus life.

Our highly qualified teachers prepare students for success in their yet-to-be-defined futures teaching them to be innovative, self-directed, collaborative, empathetic critical thinkers. We offer engaging and well-rounded instruction and enriching programs students in 6th thorugh 8th grade in safe and nurturing school communities.

Convenient online registration available from your home or in school and district administration offices opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2020.


January 17: Tour Rolling Hills Middle

January 21: 8 a.m. - School registration and Open Enrollment begins for 2020-21 school year.

January 30: Tour Monroe Middle .

February 14: 4 p.m. - Deadline to complete Open Enrollment (school placement) requests for 2020-21 school year. 

AVID High School Family Night 2020

Find out how to help your 8th grader get into AVID at high school and be on track for college success!

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January 29th, 2020  

6:00PM - 7:00PM       

In the PLC Building

Click on this link to find out more information.