Hello all,We are rapidly approaching Spring Break and with any luck we could have some warmer weather ahead. It will be really good for all of us to get outside and get some exercise again. I am sure our students are looking forward to closing the books for a week during spring break. I always share how proud of our teaching staff that I am, but I want to share that I am also very proud of our students. They are all learning in new ways and stretching themselves farther than they ever have. Not just in school but in many aspects of their life. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high for teens and young adults. If you are experiencing this with your child please do not hesitate to give your school counselor a call. Looking at our COVID numbers this week, we are continuing in the right direction. Jones County Public Health reports that the 14-day positivity rate for Jones County has dropped to 3.0% this week. In Monticello, the 14-day positivity rate has also dropped to 1.8%. We have had no positive COVID cases in the last 7 days in Monticello. These numbers are even lower than last week. Please remember that you should continue to use caution and that with people traveling to other states over spring break our rates could rise again in a few weeks if we are all not careful. Our updated school numbers for this week are as follows: 1. We currently have 11 students and one staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and approximately one student and no staff in quarantine (these people have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is approximately 1% of our student body and less than 1% of our staff that is out for COVID-19 related reasons. Those numbers are still very good!!! 2. We still have several students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 99 prek-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 10% of our student body taking one or more online courses. The number of online learners has dropped again this week. If you are considering coming back to in-person learning, please contact your principal. Given the context of very low community and school spread, it would be a good time for your child to return to in-person learning if you are considering that option.That is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please continue to be safe!!!Sincerely, Dr. Brian Jaeger Superintendent
Jones County Economic Development in partnership with Levi Architecture and other community partners, including Child Care Resource and Referral, is conducting a county-wide childcare solutions feasibility study. The purpose of the study is to collect information on the childcare needs for families, businesses, and childcare providers.If interested, please complete the Jones County Economic Development survey: https://forms.gle/ydE3UXjhekcHS79y6
Monticello Fine Arts Boosters So much excitement is happening in the fine arts department at MHS: •The jazz band earned one of four honorable mentions at the UNI Tallcorn Jazz Festival. •At individual event district speech contest, MHS students advanced to state 31 of 35 events! •Tuesday night is the high school concert band performance at 7pm. Tickets are limited. Reach out to your favorite band member to see if they have tickets to share! The concert will be livestreamed. •Thursday night at 7pm is the 7-12 vocal concert. Again, tickets are limited, but the event will be livestreamed. The link will be posted here. •This week the jazz band will be recording for NEIBA. •Next Tuesday (3/9) is the middle school spring concert in the high school auditorium.
Hello all,We continue to put one foot in front of the other and things seem to be a little better each day. We continue to take daily precautions in school and at extracurricular activities and our strategies seem to be working. In addition, with our COVID precautions in place the numbers of students reporting traditional sickness in school such as flu, strep, etc. has gone down to almost zero. I guess as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. The majority of the staff who elected to receive the vaccine will be getting their second shot on March 6. By the time we get to the end of March 78% of our staff will be fully vaccinated. Still no official word when vaccinations will be cleared for use by children, but by all reports it is looking like it will be in the fall.Looking at our COVID numbers this week we are continuing in the right direction. Jones County Public Health reports that the 14-day positivity rate for Jones County has dropped to 3.5% this week. In Monticello, the 14-day positivity rate has also dropped to 4.5%. We have had two positive COVID cases in the last 7 days in Monticello. These numbers are even lower than last week and one would think the more vaccinated people we have the better they will be. A big thank you to Jones County Public Health! Jones county has been so organized and systematic with their vaccinations. Many other counties are not having the same experience.Our updated school numbers for this week are as follows:1. We currently have two students and no staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and approximately two students and one staff in quarantine (these people have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is less than 1% of our student body and less than 1% of our staff that is out for COVID-19 related reasons. 2. We still have several students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 100 prek-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 10% of our student body taking one or more online courses. The number of online learners has dropped again this week. If you are considering coming back to in-person learning, please contact your principal. Given the context of very low community and school spread, it would be a good time for your child to return to in-person learning if you are considering that option.That is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please continue to be safe!!! Sincerely,Dr. Brian Jaeger Superintendent
Iowa Teacher of the Year Nomination process. Anyone, including school administrators, colleagues, students, parents, college faculty, and associations may nominate teachers for the award. Self nominations and nominations by family members are not accepted. Winners are chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the Iowa Department of Education (DE), the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI), the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), the past Iowa Teacher of the Year, and representatives from higher education institutions. 2022 Iowa TOY Nomination Form - Nominations for Iowa's TOY are due April 1, 2021. The IATOY is usually announced in the fall of each year
Monticello Community School District At the Board meeting on Monday night, the Board approved the appointment of Mr. Nick Schauf as High School Principal starting July 1, 2021. We are very excited to have him join our Panther family! Here is a little note from him:
I am really excited about joining Panther Nation. My family consists of my very talented wife Jenni who is also an educator and coach. We have three children: Conley who is currently in 7th grade, Landry in 4th grade, and Elise in 2nd grade. We are a very active family that encourages our kids to participate in many things. I grew up in Maquoketa and played against Monticello during high school back in the Big Bend days. My wife graduated from Tipton, so we are both familiar with the area. We look forward to raising our kids in a similar environment that we both grew up in. I enjoy cheering on the Bears, Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Duke Blue Devils.
At our Board of Education meeting last night, the Board approved a plan for the old Middle School building. After months of deliberation we think that the plan gives consideration to several elements that the community has showed an interest in. We really appreciate all of the input we have received from community members during and after our community meetings. Going forward we feel following this plan is our best option. The full plan is attached.Thank you for the continued support of the Monticello Community School District.Brian Jaeger, Superintendent Old Middle School Facilities Plan
Summer Driver’s Ed Monticello High School will offer one session of summer driver's education. The summer session is scheduled to start approximately Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and will conclude approximately Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Both the start and end dates may be adjusted if there is a change to the school calendar due to adverse winter weather. The cost is $320. An informational letter and registration form will be available in the middle school and high school offices on Monday, February 15, 2021. Space may be limited. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. Return the registration form to the High School Office by Friday, February 26, 2021.
Monticello Community School District In accordance with the new law that was passed on Jan. 29, the Board of Education approved an amended school calendar for the remaining of this school year at their meeting last night. The law that was passed requires school districts to provide parents with the option to send their children to school in-person full-time.
The revised calendar is below. We will continue to offer online learning for those currently using this model for all or part of the day. However, in-person learning will be increased from 80% in our current model to 100% in our new model. The change will be with the Wednesday schedule as we will be attending in-person on Wednesdays from 8am-Noon. In the afternoon on Wednesdays, the teaching staff will be participating in professional development and continuing to design and upload online lessons for our online learners. No online learning will take place for any students on Wednesday afternoons.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as we navigate through this school year!
Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
3 Panther girls pick up post season recognition from the Gazette. Click HERE to read the story.
Monticello Post Prom Page It's that time of year when things start gearing up for prom and post prom. We are excited about a super fun night with the juniors, seniors, and their dates. Attached is the flyer that has the details for the Post Prom event. We are trying to hand out as many as we can to save on postage to your child at school. Please check with them to see if they got the form later this week. You are also welcome to print this off at home, fill it out and return to the high school office ASAP. Please like and share this page to help spread the word. Thank you for supporting the youth of Monticello. We can't wait for this night of fun!
Monticello Schools have set up links on their web site for Little Panther Preschool. Click HERE to get to their page.
With winter weather, Monticello Elementary Schools are in need of some gently used or new snow pants (youth sizes 8 and 10/12) and heavy winter snow gloves. If you have any you are willing to donate, please contact Jen Speltz or drop them off at Carpenter Elementary School. Thank you for your help in keeping kiddos warm!
KCRG TV9 Athlete of the Week Luke Lambert. Click HERE for the story
Superintendent Brian Jaeger talking bout the current situation with Covid in the school system.
Teachers can get free supplies from Paper Mate. Click HERE to go to the link to sign up. According to the page. nothing to purchase.
Monticello Schools Please welcome our new Middle School Principal, Todd Werner! Todd started in his new role yesterday. See his note below. I am very excited to be joining the Monticello Team and look forward to getting started. I was the 7-12 Principal at Belle Plaine for 7 years and prior to that I was the 7-12 Principal at WACO for four years. Before going into Administration I was a Physical Education teacher in the Linn-Mar School District at Wilkins Elementary for nine years and also spent time as a physical education and social studies teacher at Northeast Hamilton for four years and as a teacher at Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock to start my career. Throughout my career I’ve also served as a Head Boys Basketball coach and Head Girls Basketball Coach at the high school level and also served as an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Coe College. I’ve also coached track, golf, and football. Outside school, I spend as much time as possible doing outdoor activities like golf, hunting, and fishing. Although I may lack true skill and knowledge, I also enjoy do it yourself projects around the home. In the little remaining time I have, I also have worked as a radio broadcaster for high school basketball and football. I even had the privilege of traveling with the Iowa Hawkeye Women’s Basketball team as the radio color analyst a few years ago. My wife Paula and I have three kids; Colin (16), Brent (14), and a daughter Kendall (11) who are each very active and we love supporting them in all their activities. I look forward to meeting everyone very soon! Todd
Monticello Schools The elementary students have been working hard at home during online learning but have also been very creative. Students were given the option to create a book character out of a toilet paper tube and craft supplies at home. Check out this slideshow with photos of some great creations that were submitted. Click HERE to view the slideshow photos.
Monticello schools are on spring break as of 16 March 2020
Justin Recker 2019-2020 selected to Gazette All-Area Boy's Basketball Team. Read the story by clicking this link HERE
2019 Iowa High School All-State Football awards. Class 2A 2nd Team Defense-Tyler Luensman. Click HERE for more.