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August 23, 2021

Dear Monument Elementary Families,

I am delighted to welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 school year! I would also like to personally thank everyone for their support and patience throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. Author James Lane Allen stated that “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” What last year revealed to me was that our community, families, students, and teachers can be counted on to be selfless, supportive, and gracious regardless of how many times we changed the schedules, bus routes, times, and formats of school. The city of Quincy and its school district are filled with citizens and employees of the highest character and I am grateful to be associated with them.

Despite the pandemic and ever-changing school year, the staff at Monument Elementary School developed the following Student Learning Vision Statement as a means to unify and share their commitment to student learning: 

            “At Monument we believe that education is the foundation of success.
             All students are life-long learners who possess unique learning styles,
             and are capable of high levels of achievement.
             As a student, learning should feel empowering, rewarding, and safe."

As educators, we meet the individual needs of our students by fostering relationships that center around the whole child. Together, we create an environment where learning is interactive, engaging, inquisitive, and collaborative. In partnership with the community, family, and school, we believe that our students will develop into competent and contributing members of their community.”

This vision statement drives everything that we do here at Monument. All of our interactions with students and their families are centered around these shared principles and they express our educational values and beliefs. I would like to assure everyone, that despite what the upcoming school year presents we remain committed to meeting all of the needs of your children.

The Monument staff looks forward to the opportunity to partnering with the families of our students in order to provide the education that our students deserve. This partnership with families is important to the educational process and we encourage everyone to participate in our Parent Volunteer Committee so that we can develop open communication and parents can have their voices heard in the school through proper channels. These meetings are tentatively scheduled for the third Thursday each month; your attendance and participation are greatly appreciated. I want to extend an invitation to all of our parents to contact us at any time and, when the opportunity becomes available, join us in the building to be an active participant in the learning that takes place in our classrooms. Your presence and endorsement of your child’s learning is vital to their academic growth.

I know that this letter is likely arriving at a time when there are a lot of questions about what this upcoming school year will look like regarding health and safety guidelines. The district is continuing to work closely with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Grant County Health District to determine the healthiest and safest way for our students to return to a traditional school setting. The district will be releasing definitive information once it has been determined. Please check the district website and Facebook account for more information.

I am excited to start the school year and have students fill our building with laughter and learning. There will be great things happening in Monument Elementary School this year and I cannot wait for everyone to be a part of it. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have. Please follow Monument Elementary on Facebook and check our school website at  www.qsd.wednet.edu/monument-elementary for updates as they become available. Additionally, you are always welcome to contact the office at 509.787.9826 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I look forward to getting to know each and every student, as well as their families. I know that together our achievements will be monumental.

Best regards,


Phillip Averill
Principal, Monument Elementary

Monument Elementary Staff

Transitional Kindergarten:

Sara Hausken

Kindergarten:                             

Leticia Baughman, Kyla Schaapman

1st Grade:

Laurie Norton, Gabriella Sorto

2nd Grade:

Jasmine Lambert, Heather MacDonald

3rd Grade:

Deisi Alvarez, Berta Sorto

4th Grade:

Maria Vader, Alissa Compton

5th Grade:

Bradly Jones, Amber Plotke

PE:

Alan Rasmussen

Music:

Carol Cooke

TBIP:

Ixamar Aguilar

Counselor:

Dianne Stewart

Enrichment:

Pauline Baughman

Reading:

Carol Golay

Sp. Education

Christine Lee Amadio

Librarian:

Imelda Hernandez

 

 

 

Monument Classified Staff

Sp.Ed. Paras:

Guadalupe Castillo

 

Tara Addink

Sp.Ed. 1:1 Paras:

Vanessa Sorto

 

Ally Heston

 

Hannah Gonzalez

LAP/Title 1 Paras:

Mitzy Cervantes

 

Traicy De La Rosa

 

Kristina Rumer

 

Jennifer Rodriguez

 

Lannette Melburn

Parent Liaison:

Amayrany Zepeda

 

 

Monument Office Staff

Administrative Asst.:

Maxine Marshall

Attendance Secretary:

Alejandra Ramos

 

        

The Importance of Student Attendance

If you are a parent of a school aged student I am sure you have heard someone say “attendance matters” or “attendance is important.”  But what does that truly mean?  How important is it really to attend school regularly?

 So first let’s start with some basic facts.  The school calendar we work with accounts for 180 academic school days for our students.  Research shows that a student should be present 95% of the time to meet regular attendance standards.  In a 180 day school year, that means the student should be present at least 171 school days to be considered in regular attendance.   This means that if a student misses 10 or more school days in the school year they fall into the “at risk” category.  If your child misses an average of one school day per month then your child falls into the category of an “at risk” student. 

So what is the danger of being an “at risk” student?  Research clearly shows that students who miss 10 or more school days will be adversely affected in their learning.  In fact, 64% of students who have regular attendance will meet reading standard by the end of 3rd grade.  However, only 43% of students who are “at risk” in attendance during their Kindergarten or 1st grade year will meet reading standard by the end of their 3rd grade year.  Research also shows, that students who do not meet grade level in reading by their 3rd grade year or 4x less likely to graduate high school.

 

Monument Elementary

                 1400 13th Ave. SW
                 Quincy, WA 98848

                 Phone:  509-787-9826
                 Fax:      509-787-8974

     Hours:      Mon:           9:30-3:00
                      Tues-Fri:     8:15-3:00

Principal: Mr. Phillip Averill

Ms. Maxine Marshall
Administrative Assistant, Principal

Mrs. Alejandra Ramos
Attendance Secretary

Mrs. Amayrany Zepeda
Parent Liaison

Mrs. Dianne Stewart
Counselor

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