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Monticello OEC students compete at SkillsUSA

Monticello Occupational Education Center (OEC) students traveled to Hot Springs April 14 – 16 to participate in the Arkansas SkillsUSA competition.  SkillsUSA is a national organization for students preparing for technical, skilled and service occupations in high schools and colleges/technical schools.  The event is held annually and is hosted by Arkansas industries and the Arkansas SkillsUSA Organization. 

Students from Drew Central High School and Monticello High School that attend the Monticello OEC were chosen by their teacher as an outstanding student and competed in competition areas including Carpentry, Architectural Drafting, Technical Math, Medical Math, CNC Milling, Precision Machining, Welding, Technical Drafting, and Auto Mechanics.  A total of  91 schools from across Arkansas competed in 73 different categories.

Students competing included Jose Ambrocio, Brandon Ashcraft, Hannah Bates, Dewanna Bittle, Trey Busch, Cody Curtis, Dustin Davis, Chris Halley, Maggie Hand, Michael Harris, Sam Hickey, Kevin Kamza, Hunter Lackey, Lillian Olivares, Lane Roark, and Cole Wilkerson.

Maggie Hand, a senior from Monticello, won the gold medal placing first in Medical Math and will be attending SkillsUSA National Competitions in June.   Jose Ambrocia, a junior from Drew Central, placed 3rd with a bronze medal in Carpentry.  Michael Harris, a senior from Monticello,  placed second in CNC Milling, winning a silver medal.   Trey Busch, a junior from Monticello  placed second in Precision Machining with a silver medal and Chris Halley, a senior from Monticello placed third, receiving the bronze medal in Precision machining.  Brandon Ashcraft, a senior from Monticello won the Bronze medal with third place in Technical Math.

Students and teachers also enjoyed an evening at Magic Springs theme park, which had been rented for the SkillsUSA contestants.

Young and Hairston Receive Awards
Two teachers from the Monticello School District recently received awards for their work as Career and Technical Teachers.  Kristal Young, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Monticello Middle School was nominated for the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Carl Perkins Community Service Award. Amber Hairston, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Monticello High School was nominated for the Outstanding New Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year Award.

Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston completed the application process which involved a written application, two letters of recommendation, and an interview.  The first step of both awards was too compete against other Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher in the state of Arkansas in April 2013. Both teachers won the award for the FACS Division; this advanced both Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston to the state level where they competed against other CTE teachers in the state of Arkansas. In July 2013, at the Arkansas ACTE conference in Hot Springs, both Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston received the award for the state of Arkansas.

April 10-12, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston attended the Region IV ACTE (Association of Career and Technical Education) in New Orleans, Louisiana. ACTE Region IV is comprised of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas.  Besides interviewing for their award, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston presented a total of five presentations to attendees of the conference. During the awards luncheon on Saturday, April 12, Kristal Young was named winner of the Carl Perkins Community Service Award for Region IV. Amber Hairston received the Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year Award for Region IV.   Both, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Hairston advance to the National ACTE Conference which will be held in Nashville, TN in November 2014.

Senior Important Dates!
MHS Concert Choir
Monticello HS Concert Choir earned Superior 1st Division ratings at the Arkansas Choral Directors State Choral Performance Assessment -CPA Thursday, April 10 at UCA in Conway.  These ratings, combined with their 1st division ratings at region CPA in March, gives MHS Choir the Sweepstakes Award for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to such an amazing and talented group of musicians!  We are proud of you!

MIS Benchmark Video- Let It Go!
Congratulations to MHS Forensics Team
Congratulations to the MHS Forensics Team Members who attended the Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association's State Tournament of Champions.  Over 30 schools (700 entries) competed.  Monticello can be very proud of these students. 

State TOC Finals:
            Finalist - Readers Theatre
            Finalist - Prose - Jasmine Wilkerson
            3rd place - Duet Acting - Zach Cason & Mary Kate Jones
            2nd place - Mime - Zach Cason, Savannah Reynolds, & David deRueda
            2nd place - Improvised Duet Acting - Rian Meeks & Joseph James
           Becca Stephenson - prose interpretation
           Mary Kate Jones & Erin Ashcraft - mime
           Erin Ashcraft & David DeRueda - mime
           Elizabeth Wilson - poetry interpretation

Superior and Excellent ratings earned in preliminary rounds:
           Levi King - prose
           Krystle Conyers - prose
           David DeRueda - prose
           Becca Stephenson - poetry
           Savannah Reynolds - poetry
           Erin Ashcraft - storytelling
           Salonica Hunter - storytelling
           Mary Kate Jones - original oratory

In all forensics tournaments, students from all sizes of schools compete against each other.. Our students were standing on the stage with students from Bentonville, Fayetteville, Cabot, Little Rock, and so many other  schools (most are 6A and 7A).  We are grateful for the support displayed by Monticello's administration and teachers for this co-curricular competition; we couldn't have this success without you.  We appreciate everyone's encouragement. 

EAST Conference Highlight Video

Hannah Jones, a 10th grade student, attended the National EAST Initiative Conference where over 200 schools meet in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  She has served two years for EAST Initiative on the documentation team as the main video editor.  The team consists of several students selected from an application process out of all the EAST schools.  The video shares highlights of the EAST Conference which was held on March 19-21, 2014.

Sr. Gymnastics
Congratulations the Sr. Gymnastics team for a very close 2nd place by a 2.488 point difference!  They were 2nd to Blytheville with a 161.375 and Monticello 158.887!  Great job girls!  
Individual awards include: 
 Mason Davis: 3rd place vault, 6th place on floor
Emily Branch: 5th place vault
Madison Arrington: 10th place vault
Mykayla Rawls: 3rd place bars
Jessica Stratton: 5th place bars
SR. Ashley Smith: 7th place bars
Skyler Ashley: 8th place bars, 9th place beam, 9th place all around
Kirsten Harrison: 10th place bars
SR. Elizabeth Echols: 8th place beam
Alex Jones: 5th place floor

MHS Online Newspaper
The MHS Journalism Class, advised by Staci Reginelli, is now publishing an online school newspaper that will be updated every Tuesday and Thursday. If you have any news tips or articles you want published in this newspaper or want to read the newspaper, please go to To submit ideas or articles, click on the Contact Us tab. Feel free to respond to our poll that is currently live. 

MHS Robotics Team
Members of the Monticello Robotics Team: Scott Bellott, Hunter Hickam, Matthew Woodard and Brandon Ashcraft. The MHS Robotics team represented our district well on Saturday, March 1 at the State VEX Competition hosted by Arkansas Tech University. After 6 qualifying rounds, they were ranked high enough to be chosen as one of eight alliance captains; which guaranteed they would advance to the quarter final rounds. 

Connected Classrooms: Meet the Doodler
Kim Wilson proudly reports that, "Monticello High School was proud to participate in this hangout. Our own Adrien Richard made a most amazing "doodle," when prompted to draw an overly confident sun/son jumping. Check it out and discover the creative process behind the amazing google homepage illustrations and animations."

Direct link to youtube video

Members of the Monticello Middle School FCCLA Chapter competed on Thursday, February 20 at the State FCCLA STAR Events Competition in Conway.  Kenzie Friday competed in Sports Nutrition and received a Gold rating; Lindsey Pearson competed in Career Investigation and received a Gold rating; and Alora Taylor competed in Environmental Ambassador and received a Silver rating.  All members advanced to the National competition and will compete in July at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America(FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Congratulations to MHS Choir
Congratulations! to the MHS Concert Choir, Ladies Chorus, Male Ensemble and
Madrigals.  Each group earned Superior 1st Division ratings in both their performance
and sight-reading at the SEArk Choral Performance Assessment (CPAon Saturday.
These ratings qualify the choir for Sweepstakes and Best in 4A Class competition at
State CPA in April.  The judges were amazed at the musical abilities and vocal maturity
of such a young group of musicians.  Way to Go Choir!  We are proud of you.

Jr. High Gymnastic Team Results
The Jr. high team is  undefeated this season, and won Jr. Invitational last Friday at Dumas with a score of 153.650.  The 2nd place team, Camden, had a score of 138.450.  
We had many individual awards as well:
Grace West : 2nd on beam, 6th on floor, Dailyn Johnson: 4th on beam, 2nd on floor, Katherine Dickson: 7th on beam, 8th on Floor, Mason Davis: 3rd all around, 1 st on floor, 2nd on vault, 4th on bars,  Mikayla McGreggor: 3rd on floor, Emily Branch: 4th on vault, Garianna Booker 9th on vault, 5th on bars, Baleigh Jackson: 10th on vault, Nora Saffold: 8th on bars, Kirsten Harrison 3rd on bars, Mykayla Rawls 2nd on bars.

Members of the Monticello High School FCCLA chapter competed on Thursday, February 20 at the State FCCLA STAR Events competition.  Michele Moseley, Rebecca Chisom, and Lara Boone competed in Chapter Service Portfolio and received a Silver rating.  Hannah Kling compete in Focus on Children Display and received a Gold rating.  Both teams advanced to National competition and will compete in July at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Hannah Thaxton volunteered her time and served as a student judge for both JR and SR Chapter Showcase Portfolio. Congratulation to these FCCLA members! 
Back row:
Amber Hairston, FCCLA Advisor, Rebecca Chisom, Michele Moseley, and Hannah Kling
front row:
Hannah Thaxton and Lara Boone

Congratulations to the MHS Choir
CONGRATULATIONS!  to the MHS Choir students selected to the 2014 Arkansas 
All-State Choir. MHS had the largest representation in the southeast region to make the top choir. 
Kennedi Brown - Sop. I - 5th chair
Maryclaire Guanzon - Alto II - 14th chair
Ashley Cathey  - Alto I - 16th chair
David de Rueda - Bass II - 18th chair 
Luke Lane - Bass I - 27th chair and
Madison Gray - Alto II - 42nd chair

Track News
Sr. Track News:

Results from the Indoor State Track Meet at the U of A Fayetteville for  Friday 2/7/14.

Sr. Girls:

Sarah Claycomb-  Repeat State Champ in 1600m run and State Champ in the 3200m run

Amari Huitt- 8th 60m-hurdles

Ebonee Farmer- 9th-60m hurdles

4x800m Relay-6th place Team Members: Salonica Hurnter, Christina Bostian, Nina Romero,   and Sarah Claycomb

Sr. Boys Team Standing 4th Place overall

Julian Jackson - 5th Pole Vault

Justin Berry - 8th 400m Dash

D’Angelo Banks - 7th - Triple Jump

Terrell Handley - 2nd 60m Dash, 3rd 200m Dash

Jalen Handley - 3rd 60m dash, 4th Long Jump

Quartarius Brown - 4th 200m Dash

4x400m Relay 4th Place

Team Member: D’Angelo Banks, Quartarius Brown, Anthony Milhollen, & Justin Berry

MHS Forensics Team Wins Again!
 The MHS Forensics team earned a Sweepstakes Award at the North Little Rock Forensics tournament.  
The team's high point competitors were Mary Kate Jones and Zach Cason (1st place in duet acting); Jones, Cason, and Drake Hill (1st place in mime); Erin Ashcraft and Salonica Hunter (finalists in storytelling); Ashcraft and David deRueda (finalist in Improvised Duet Acting); and the readers theatre cast (Ashcraft, Janea Barnhill, Destiny Buckley, Cason, Jasmine Dallas, deReuda, Hill, Jones, and Levi King).  
Team members who advanced to semi-finals in other events were Ashcraft (poetry), Barnhill and Chloe Fenison (duet acting), Blythe Christensen (original oratory) and deRueda (humorous interpretation).  All who advanced to semi-finals and finals (ten events) are now qualified for the Tournament of Champions in April. 
As a result of National Forensic League points earned at this tournament two students raised their standings in NFL:  Mary Kate Jones (Degree of Distinction - 273 points) and Salonica Hunter (Degree of Honor - 77 points).  MHS has eleven (11) students who are currently in the top 150 forensics students in the state: Becca Stephenson (#25), Mary Kate Jones (#29), Elizabeth Wilson (#33), Savannah Reynolds (#38), Ashcraft (#41), Cason (#50), deRueda (#65), Kelly Murphy (#113), Alex Jones (#128), Hunter (#130), and Rian Meeks (148).  Students earn points each time they compete. Those who stay in the top 150 students at the end of the year are recognized with All-State Forensics status. 

MSD Mission Statement

To provide an educationally progressive, safe environment where all belong, all learn, and all succeed.

Monticello School District Core Beliefs
High Standards: We believe effective schools are characterized by clear, concise goals, a rigorous curriculum, a highly qualified staff, visionary leadership, and high expectations that prepare students to be career and college ready. Commitment: We believe the academic success of every student should be the top priority of the school board, administration, faculty, and staff. Resources: We believe in using district resources to provide a safe and orderly learning environment that maximizes student achievement. Learning Environment: We believe positive and mutually respectful relationships foster an engaging, student centered learning environment. Student, Family, and Community Support: We believe that education is a shared responsibility among home, school, and community.

We have gone GOOGLE!
Click here for the MSD Google tutorial site for tips and tricks on using google. This site is a great place to find answers to google questions. 

Teachers, you will now use your firstname.lastname (john.doe) to log in to your computer and the help desk. Your password is the same.  

Safe Routes to Schools Grant Awarded
The Monticello School District recently was awarded $70,000 in Federal grant funding through the Arkansas State Highway Department’s Safe Routes to School Program.  The money will be used to extend the existing sidewalk running parallel with Old Warren Road, Scogin Drive and Jordan drive to make our schools accessible to those who want to walk to school and those who need walking access to other facilities in this area of Monticello. This grant will be implemented with the  cooperation of the City of Monticello.

Healthier U.S. Schools- Monticello
MSD Receives the Arkansas Activities Association Sportsmanship Award
The Arkansas Activities Association has announced that Monticello High School has been selected to receive the Arkansas Activities Association Sportsmanship Award in Division AAAA.  This award recognizes superior sportsmanship and citizenship displayed by our students, players, coaches and community during the 2012 – 2013 school year.  The Arkansas Activities Association’s Assistant Executive Director, Annette Savage, states “Your high school is to be commended for its commitment to sportsmanship conduct at activities and for discouraging behavior not conducive to a sportsmanlike environment”. 

Monticello High School will be presented a state sportsmanship plaque and banner at the Arkansas Activities Association annual meeting of the governing body.  This meeting will be at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.     Go Billies!!!

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

The Arkansas Department of Education recently congratulated Monticello High School on being selected as a recipient of the 2013/2014 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $660,000 over the next five years. A review committee of representatives from a variety of agencies, backgrounds and expertise, carefully reviewed each grant application based on completion of the application and response to the grant components. They commended the school district for the excellent proposal submitted.  The funds will be used to continue the district’s after-school program in grades 9 – 12.


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