Dr. Jaeger’s Video recap – 7/9/20 – Here is a recap of Dr. Jaeger’s video that was sent on 7/7/20. An update on Return to Learn Plan, Prom, Graduation Parade, and Graduation Part 2.
Return to Learn Plan – We’ve been spending a lot of time on this and trying to hammer out the details. In the Fall, we will have brick and mortar education going on in our schools (learning at school), we will have online learning education (learning online at home), and we also will have hybrid learning (which is both, learning at school and learning at home). Hoping to provide the best education in the most safe manner we can. We are continuing to work on this plan, and will be meeting with our staff this week to get their feedback and will also be sending out a survey to our parents in the next week to receive their feedback. From there we will finalize the plan and present it to the Board on July 27 for their approval. It will be released to the public around August 1. A lot could change from now until August 24, so please bear with us as we are doing the best we can.
Prom – we will not be having a Prom this year. We discussed it with the Jones County Department of Public Health and after a long conversation and much discussion we have decided to cancel Prom. We tried to delay it, but the situation in our community is not getting any better right now and we weren’t able to come up with a way to have Prom and maintain the safety we need for our students and staff. This also means we will not be doing Post Prom. More information to come on how they will get prizes and t-shirts to the kids.
Graduation Parade – this too has been canceled. The Department of Public Health felt that we could be putting people at risk and wouldn’t have much control over people gathering. We are at a time where we are trying to prevent the spread of the virus, so we decided that it’s best not to have it.
Graduation Part 2 – Graduation will be held on Sunday, July 19 at 7:00pm on the football field. We will be spreading out the chairs on the football field for our graduates. Each graduate will be allowed to have 8 guests attend. We are hoping these 8 guests will be those that they have been around or around their household so they’ve already had exposure to them. Guests & graduates will be both sitting on the field. The graduate then will walk across the stage and receive their diploma and parents can come forward to take pictures. This will not be open for other guests to attend, only the 8 that the graduates invite.
Mrs. Young will be sending out detailed information about graduation in the next few days. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you! Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Return to Learn Survey – 7/8/20 – Parents: a survey link was just sent to you this afternoon about returning to school in August. Please complete by July 12. Thank you! If you didn’t receive it, please email Judy Hayen at firstname.lastname@example.org
District Update – 7/7/20 – Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good summer so far. Just wanted to give you an update on our Return to Learn plan, Prom, and Graduation. Please watch my video below:
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you! Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
District Update – 6/9/20 – Pick Up & Drop Off Day – Pick up & drop off day was held yesterday. If you missed it please get the following items returned ASAP.
Elementary Students – iPads and library books.
MS & HS Students – Textbooks, uniforms, etc. and lockers cleaned out. You will be keeping your Chromebooks (Routers if you have one) over the summer.
Schools are open on limited hours, so please call ahead before dropping off items.
Return to Learn Plan – The administrators and I have been working a lot on our Return to Learn plan for the upcoming school year. This plan is due to the Iowa Department of Education on July 1st. We basically we have 3 options:
- Brick & Mortar – return to school like normal in the buildings
- Online Learning – teaching done online with students at home
- Combination of Brick & Mortar & Online Learning – a combination of in the building and online
We want to pick what is most beneficial to our students and staff. So we will continue to sort this out and with a little over 2 months before school starts, it could all change. Please be patient as we work through this. More info to come!
Panther Academy – Panther Academy opened yesterday and we had a great turnout! If you are interested in sending your child, please contact Tammy Helgens at email@example.com or 319-465-5425. Per DHS they are not allowed to take any field trips at this point. Children will have their temperature taken as they come in and we will do our best to practice social distancing and keep the toys clean. Hard to do with 30+ kids!
Summer Drivers Education – has been postponed until July. Will send out information on this as soon as we can.
Baseball & Softball – Per the Governor’s Proclamation, baseball & softball are able to resume. Practices started on June 1 and the first games will be held on June 15. A full schedule of games can be found here: https://www.rivervalleyconference.org/public/genie/628/school/6/. We will be allowing spectators at our games.
Here are some of the guidelines we ask spectators to follow:
- If you are not feeling well, do not come to the game
- practice social distancing
- use hand sanitizer
- wash your hands
- bring your own bag chair
Other important info:
- Players should bring their own water bottle and sanitizer to each practice and each game
- If players own some of their own equipment, we ask that they clean it each night
- Restrooms, dugouts, and equipment will be cleaned daily
- Parents are not allowed to stay at practices, only can drop off & pick up your child
- Only coaches, players, and umpires will be allowed in the dugouts
- We are going to keep our bleachers open, but encourage you to social distance, stand, or bring your own bag chair
- Restrooms will be open
- Concessions are not allowed at this time
- We will be transporting our teams on our buses
This is a hard summer to be a player, coach, parent, or fan. We are doing the best we can to make this the safest environment as possible and we need your support. Please do what you can. Thank you and GO PANTHERS!
Construction – The new middle school is looking great! Portzen Construction has done an amazing job this summer and are on track to have it completed by July 17. Staff at the old middle school have packed up their rooms for the move. We plan to have an open house after July 17.
Graduation – The first part of graduation was held virtually on May 24. The second part of graduation will be on Sunday, July 19 at 7pm at the football field. Mrs. Young and Dr. Jaeger will give a speech, we will honor our valedictorians and salutatorian. Then, diplomas will be handed out. If graduation is unable to be held on July 19, we will do a drive up style graduation where seniors can pick up their diplomas with your parents at the high school and have a picture taken.
Senior Graduation Parade – Friday, July 17 – seniors will parade through downtown on 1st Street at 7:30pm with caps & gown on. Visitors can line the streets to celebrate our seniors. If social distancing is still required then visitors will need to stay in their cars.
Grand March, Prom & Post Prom – THURSDAY, July 16 – The Grand March will start at 5pm in the HS Auditorium, the dance will be from 8-11pm at the Camp Courageous Durgin Pavilion, and Post Prom will follow at the High School from 11pm-2am. If we are unable to have Prom, the Post Prom Committee will decide on how to give out the tshirts & post prom gifts.
District Update – 5/29/20 – Hello! It’s almost the end of the school year and it sure is a lot different than other years. Hope you are all doing well! Below is a video to update you on a few things, including Return to Learn, Drivers Education, Panther Academy, and students turning in items and picking up items at schools. School District Update -5/29/20
As always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you! – Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Update on Softball & Baseball – 5/28/20 –
Graduation Part 1 – 5/24/20 – Good afternoon! First of all Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We are so proud of each of you! This is part 1 of Graduation this year and hopefully part 2 will be the ceremony on July 19 at the football field. Thanks for watching and have a great day! Class of 2020 Graduation Video – Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Virtual Honors/Awards Night Video – 5/19/20
District Office – 5/4/20 – The District Office Staff is back to working in the office today, but will only be open to the public by appointment. Please call or make an appointment before stopping by 319-465-3000, ext. 5200. We will be open from 8am-4pm daily. Thank you!
Important Announcements – 5/1/20 – Canceled Events – Spring sports, Spring play, and all other school activities between now and June 1st (concerts, sports, etc.) have been canceled. Exceptions: Prom, Honors Night, Graduation.
Events Suspended Until Next School Year – Student Council Elections, National Honor Society Induction for 10th & 11th graders, and election of NHS officers
Events To Be Determined –
- Baseball & Softball
- Panther Academy
- Drivers Education – Could may take place late Summer or early Fall
- Days to return items for grades 5-11 (chromebooks, textbooks, uniforms, etc.)
Honors Night – Will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 19 – a video link will be sent to seniors & their parents at 7:00pm on May 19 and will also be posted on our Facebook page.
Seniors Only – On Wednesday, May 20, Seniors will be able to pick up their cap & gown, turn in their chromebooks, textbooks, uniforms, etc. and pick up items left in their lockers.
- Sunday, May 24 – (the original date of graduation)- a video link will be sent to seniors & their parents at 2:00 pm which will include: student graduation speeches, senior slideshow, possibly a senior song, Dr. Jaeger’s speech, announcement of honor cords, and announcement of the valedictorian and salutatorian. At 8:20 pm (which is 2020 in military time) we will be turning on the lights at the football field for 80 minutes to honor our seniors (one minute for each of our seniors).
- Sunday, July 19 – Graduation will be held on Sunday July 19 at 7pm at the football field. Mrs. Young and Dr. Jaeger will give a speech, we will honor our high honor students and the valedictorian and salutatorian. Then, diplomas will be handed out.
- Friday, July 31 – If graduation is unable to be held on July 19, we will do a drive up style graduation where seniors can pick up their diplomas with your parents at the high school and have a picture taken. More details to come!
Senior Graduation Parade – Friday, July 17 – seniors will parade through downtown on 1st Street at 7:30pm with caps & gown on. Visitors can line the streets to celebrate our seniors. If social distancing is still required then visitors will need to stay in their cars. More details to come!
If any senior will be leaving us before July, please contact Mrs. Young to make arrangements for your diploma, pictures, etc.
Grand March, Prom & Post Prom – THURSDAY, July 16 – The Grand March will start at 5pm in the HS Auditorium, the dance will be from 8-11pm at the Camp Courageous Durgin Pavilion, and Post Prom will follow at the High School from 11pm-2am. If we are unable to have Prom, the Post Prom Committee will decide on how to give out the tshirts & post prom gifts. More details to come!
Coronavirus Update – Important Info – 5/1/20 – Hello everyone – I hope you are all doing well! Here is my latest video, we have a lot of information that we want to update you on so please watch it if you can. May 1, 2020 Corona Update. Thank you and have a great weekend! Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Import School Closure Info – 4/20/20 – With school closed for the remaining of the school year, we wanted to pass along some important dates & information. Dr. Jaeger covered most of this in is his video on Friday, but wanted to give you a recap.
- School is now closed for the remaining of the year
- We will continue with our Voluntary Learning – keep encouraging your kids to do what they can
- Spring Sports have been canceled
- Summer Driver’s Education will be decided at the end of May
- Summer Panther Academy will be decided at the end of May
- Prom is postponed – Will announce a date in the next couple of weeks. We will send out a survey this week to Junior & Senior parents & students for their opinions if we cannot hold it in July due to Social Distancing & the corona virus for other options.
- Graduation is postponed – Will announce a date in the next couple of weeks. We will send out a survey this week to Senior parents & students for their opinions if we cannot hold it in July due to social distancing & the corona virus for other options.
TECHNOLOGY: For those parents & families that requested technology from the (teacher surveys) for during the school closure, you will need to pick up those devices on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. We will have a turn in day for all devices after June 1st. Please pick up at the following locations & times. We encourage you to wear gloves & a mask.
Shannon & Carpenter – pick up curbside in front of the building
Middle School – pick up in parking lot
High School – pick up in the loop
So we can maintain social distancing please pick up at the following times (using the first letter of your last name):
8:00-9:00 am – A – E
9:00-10:00am – F – K
10-11:00 am – L – R
11am-Noon – S – Z
MEDICATIONS: If you have medications that were left at school, please pick those up on Tuesday, April 21 as well – you can pick up right away in the morning, you don’t need to wait until the designated time for your last name. Meds for Shannon & Carpenter can be picked up curbside at each of those buildings. Meds for the MS & HS can all be picked up at the MIDDLE SCHOOL.
OTHER ITEMS LEFT AT SCHOOL – books, supplies, backpacks, etc.
For elementary students, you will need to pick up what your students left in their desks & lockers on Tuesday, April 21 curbside at Shannon & Carpenter at the following times (using the first letter of your last name):
8:00-9:00 am – A – E
9:00-10:00am – F – K
10-11:00 am – L – R
11am-Noon – S – Z
For MS & HS students – we will pick a date when it is safe for you to come in and clean out your lockers and turn in your library books, chromebooks, uniforms, etc.
SENIORS – Your Jostens order (not your cap & gown, but the extra things you ordered such as invites, mugs, rings, etc.) will be available for pick up on Tuesday, April 21 in the loop at the high school at the following times (using the first letter of your last name):
8:00-9:00 am – A – E
9:00-10:00am – F – K
10-11:00 am – L – R
11am-Noon – S – Z
Also, please remember to turn in your senior questionnaires and local scholarship applications – deadline is Tuesday, April 21.
FREE BOXES OF FOOD – We have 100 boxes of food that was donated by HACAP that will be distributed on Tuesday, April 21 for those families in need. 1 box per family, first come, first serve. These boxes can be picked up at the MIDDLE SCHOOL parking lot at 8:00am.
GRAB-N-GO MEALS – The Grab-n-Go meals will still be distributed until the end of the school year on Mondays & Wednesdays. On Monday, meals will be provided for Monday & Tuesday. On Wednesdays you can pick up meals for Wednesday,Thursday, & Friday. Pick up from 11:00 to 11:30am at the Middle School parking lot & the Carpenter parking lot.
We miss you! Stay healthy & safe!
Schools Closed Until End of School Year – 4/17/20 – Hello everyone! As you may have heard today the Governor closed schools thru the end of the school year. Here is a video that explains what that means for our District. Please take a moment to watch it and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. School Closure Video. As always, thank you for your support! We will get through this. Stay safe! #PantherStrong. -Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Changes to Grab-n-Go Meals – 4/10/20 – Good morning! Starting Monday, April 13, 2020, the Grab-n-Go meals will only be available for pick up twice a week. On Monday 2 meals will be provided for Monday & Tuesday. On Wednesdays you can pick up 3 meals for Wednesday,Thursday, & Friday. Same times and locations as we have been distributing meals. Pick up from 11:00 to 11:30am at the following locations: Middle School parking lot, Carpenter parking lot. Thank you! Pat Kelly, Food Service Director
Panther Strong T-shirts – 4/6/20 – Panther Strong 2020! Click on the link to order your t-shirt today! Proceeds will go to the food pantry. Orders are due by April 20. https://pantherstrong.itemorder.com. Stay safe!
School Closure thru April 30 – 4/3/20 – Good evening! Per the Governor, we will now be closed thru April 30. I’ve done a video to explain our options and what our plan is moving forward. School Closure Video #2 I hope you are all hanging in there and doing the best you can. We are all in this together! Please stay healthy & safe! Thank you for your support and feel free to contact me with any questions. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
MCSD Student Resources Document -Continuous Learning K-12
Teacher Parade – 3/23/20 – Hello all, many teachers will be grabbing things from their classrooms today to help support continued learning. The teachers will form a chain of vehicles and will be criss-crossing town starting at 1 pm. If you would like to wave to your teachers stand on your porch or wave to us from your window. We will start on the north side of town and work our way south. Listen for the car horns! We miss you all!
Coronavirus Reminders & Updates– 3-19-2020– 1. No school from March 23 – April 10. We will not have to make these days up.
2. School Buildings will be open on Monday, March 23 from 9am-1pm for students and staff to grab what they need for the next 3 weeks. If you have any special circumstance, please contact your building principal.Their emails are as follows: Denny Folken, Elementary Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org, Brent Meier, Middle School Principal – email@example.com, Joan Young, High School Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
3. After 1:00pm on March 23 all buildings will be closed and we will resume classes on Monday, April 13, 2020. Staff will return on April 8.
4. Also please mark your calendars:
- No 2:00 Dismissals on March 25, April 8, April 22 or May 6
- April 13 & May 1 are now school days
- Last day of school is June 1 (as of today)
5. Grab & Go Meals – We will provide a FREE Grab & Go breakfast & lunch to ALL children ages 0 – 18 from March 23 until April 10 from 11-11:30am. (You will get a lunch for the day and then breakfast for the next day). These meals will be available at Carpenter Elementary School and at the Middle School. They will be “Grab & Go” which means we will be handing them out to people outside of the building. Thank you & stay healthy!–Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
School Closure Video – March 18, 2020 – Good evening everyone! In an effort to get information out on the next several weeks during our school closure time period (March 23-April 10) I made a video for all of you. Please click on the link: School Closure Video. Thank you for your support & together we will get through this!–Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Grab & Go Meals Clarification – March 18, 2020 – Hello all,
Here is some information that may help clear up any confusion surrounding our “Grab & Go” lunches scheduled for distribution from March 23 – April 10.
Due to the USDA regulations we are not permitted to have volunteers pick up lunches for families and deliver those lunches. Each person is only allowed to pick up meals for members of their own family, 18 years of age or younger. We do understand that during this difficult time everyone wants to help out, however in order to maintain this program we have to follow the guidelines from the USDA.
If you have any questions, or if you feel you have some extenuating circumstances, please email Pat Kelly at email@example.com.
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Monticello Community School District. —Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
FREE Grab & Go Meals! – March 17, 2020 –The USDA has approved our district to serve meals during the shutdown. Monticello CSD will provide a FREE Grab & Go breakfast & lunch to ALL children ages 0 – 18 who want it. (You will get a lunch for the day and then breakfast for the next day). These meals will be available at Carpenter Elementary School and at the Middle School starting Monday, March 23 and run until Friday, April 10 from 11-11:30am. They will be “Grab & Go” which means we will be handing them out to people outside of the building. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon on Friday, March 20 if you would like to receive the meals so we can get an approximate count to start with. Thank you! —Pat Kelly, Food Service Director
COVID-19 – More Information – March 16, 2020 – Hello all. I hope you all understand that this is a continuously evolving situation. There are a few details I can share now and will continue to do so as events continue to unfold.
- To recap, based on the Governor’s recommendation (supported by the Iowa Department of Public Health) we will be closing school through April 10. We will open the doors again on Monday, April 13 unless the Governor extends the timeline.
- This morning, both athletic associations (IHSAA & IGHSAU) the Iowa Speech Association and the Iowa Music Association released a joint memo stating that all practices and events by these organizations are suspended until April 13. The timeline will be reassessed before then and further guidance will be given about what will happen at that time. Currently, all middle school and high school sports, speech, and music activities are not allowed to practice or compete during this shutdown. Coaches are not allowed to meet with students individually or as a group until after this shutdown has expired on April 13. This also means that the weightroom and fitness center are closed to students and coaches during the shutdown.
- We will be closing all school facilities to any and all outside groups and organizations. If you are scheduled in the gym or a classroom, please notify your group that the facility is closed. During this time we will be doing deep cleaning of our school facilities to prepare for the students return on April 13.
- Panther Academy will be closed until April 13.
- The USDA has approved our district to serve meals during the shutdown. We will be offering brown bag meals free to anyone 18 years of age and under, Monday – Friday from 11am-11:30am. These lunches will be available at Carpenter Elementary School and at the Old Middle School starting Monday, March 23 and run until Friday, April 10. They will be “Grab & Go” which means we will be handing them out to people outside of the building.
That is all I can share at this time. More information will come after the state legislature meets today on the school days during the shutdown. Please remember to continue to use universal precautions and take it one day at a time. We are all in this one together.–Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
School Closing Information/Coronavirus–March 16, 2020– Hello all. As you have probably already heard, the Governor has recommended that we close schools for 4 weeks. As you know we do not have school due to spring break this week. At this time we have cancelled sports practices and Panther Academy immediately and will assess the situation in the morning and get out further information as soon as possible. Tomorrow the state legislature will meet to discuss how the days will be handled. Once the state legislature has provided additional guidance we will send out more information tomorrow evening. They should help us understand this situation better and answer questions we all have. Please stay tuned and look for more information coming out tomorrow evening. –Brian Jaeger, Superintendent
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update–March 12, 2020 –Monticello Community District Staff & Community-If you have been watching the news you have been seeing continuous escalation of the COVID-19 virus. We have been following the information coming out very closely. The message coming from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is to stay calm and continue to use universal precautions:
- Avoid close contact to people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based sanitizer
If your child is sick, keep them home. We will continue to receive guidance from the IDPH, CDC, and eventually the Governor and the Department of Education. We will remain open unless directed by the IDPH or the Governor to close. If we are asked to close, we will honor that request and then assess the situation at that time and determine the best course of action. So for now, we will finish the week and our students and staff will be on spring break until the doors open again on March 23. So much has changed in the last 48 hours so it is hard to predict what the circumstances will be in 11 days from now. We will continue to communicate as the situation changes and, as always, we will make the safety of our students and staff our highest priority. Thank you for your continued support! — Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent