• Parent & Student Handbook                                                                                                    

    2201 McElwain Blvd.
    Phone: (303) 853-1360        Fax: (303) 853-1396

    Director: Brett Drobney, (303) 853-1361, drobneyb@mapleton.us

    Assistant Director: Connie Io, (303) 853-1362, ioconnie@mapleton.us



    Hours of Operation

    School Day- 8:00 A.M. – 3:10 P.M.

    Office Hours- 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


    Table of Contents

    Monterey Community School Calendar………….……………..……..3

    Staff Directory………………………………………………………....4


    Mission Statement …………………………………………………….6

    Academic Policies……………………………………………………..6-7              

    Academic Expectations

                       Academic-Make-up Work and Tests

                       Homework Expectations

                       Grading Policies

                       Middle School Credits Requirements


    Day-to-Day Operations………………………………………………..7-10

                       School Hours

              Arrival and Dismissal

                       School Uniform Policy


    Cell Phone Policy……………………………………………………..11

    Attendance Policies and Procedures…………………………………..11-12

    Outstanding Attendance Criteria……………………………………...12

    School Safety and Health Procedures ………………………………..13-14

              Visitors to the Schools

              Fire, Lockdown and Tornado Drills

              School Closing and Emergency Contact Information

              School Nurse Paraprofessional

              Dispensing Medication

              Lunch and Lunchtime Procedures

    Student Involvement…………………………………………………..14-15



              Bully Proofing

              Behavioral Expectations

              Library Media Services

    Parent Handbook Receipt and Agreement Form………………………16



    Dear Students and Parents,


    We would like to welcome you to the 2018 – 2019 school year at Monterey Community School.  Everything is ready for an exciting new school year. Please go out of your way to welcome our new students and staff to our community.  As a member of the Monterey community, it is our expectation that you and your family fully invest in our commitment to become a community of learners! 


    The contents of this handbook will provide guidance and support for a safe learning environment.  Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to read the contents of this agenda and discuss them for understanding and positive productive use throughout the year. We have the highest academic expectations for students.


    Monterey staff is a dedicated group of educational professionals focused on student success. Through the careful execution of our mission statement listed below, we are confident the 2018-19 school year will be the exemplary.


    Parents at Monterey are encouraged and expected to be a part of their children’s schooling.  We offer a couple of areas for parents to get involved. SAAC meetings are held monthly. We want you to feel comfortable at the school and help us help your child learn, grow, and be academically challenged in an environment that teaches them to interact and learn effectively throughout their lives. We need your full support and cooperation to maximize the student’s overall learning. This includes such things as having your child read every night, appropriate nutrition and sleeping patterns, assistance with homework and having you child to school on time each morning.  Educating each child is a very important job, and we all need to work together to ensure they reach their full potential.



    Monterey Mission Statement

    Thanks to the Monterey staff with input from school stakeholders, Monterey has a Board of Education approved mission statement starting in fall 2018. It encapsulates an entire year of meetings and discussion to arrive at a comprehensive statement that defines our work at Monterey.


    “We are a community of resilient learners dedicated to growing confident and capable learners, by developing students who articulate thoughts and effectively use language to communicate ideas … in order to positively impact our community in a school characterized by: relevant and challenging instruction that meets the needs of each child, an encouraging and inclusive environment, purposeful focus on learning habits, and multiple opportunities to communicate learning in a variety of formats.”



    The Mapleton Board of Education is responsible for establishing policies under which the school operates. This Parent and Student Handbook includes Monterey’s policies and procedures adopted to apprise students, parents, and school personnel of the conduct and behavior required of all students to ensure a safe learning environment.  The full Student Behavior Standards - Conduct and Discipline Code is located on the Mapleton School District website at www.mapleton.us.  These rules are intended to promote self-respect, respect for others and respect for property. It is therefore expected that all students enrolled herein abide by all school policies and procedures including the Conduct and Discipline Code and accept responsibility for their actions and behavior.


    Academic Policies

    Academic Expectations

    Be an active participant in your learning.
    At no time may you disrupt the learning environment.
    Learn all the content standards (specific to subject and grade level).
    Use the planner/agenda.
    Turn in all homework.

    Bring required materials to class.
    Ask relevant questions.
    Ask for help when you don’t understand a concept.
    Demonstrate your learning via Presentations of Learning.
    Mentor and help all members of the community


    Academic-Make-up Work and Tests

    It is the student’s responsibility to make-up all worked missed during an absence, the student will check with the teacher when they return from their absence.

    1. During an excused absence:

    ·         Students shall be allowed to make-up work missed during excused absences for full credit.

    ·         Students will be given the same number of days they were absent PLUS ONE ADDITIONAL DAY to make up those assignments which were assigned on the day of the absence. The make-up period begins on the next school day following an absence. When a student is absent less than three days s/he will receive make-up work when s/he returns to school.

    ·         Individual teachers may grant extra time for make-up in hardship cases.

    ·         Projects that are assigned prior to a student’s absence are to be turned-in on the due date or upon the student’s return date to school.

    2. During a truancy (unexcused absence):

    ·         Students with unexcused absences shall NOT receive credit for class work missed. However, they will be held responsible for the content and the completion of class work covered during their unexcused absence.

    3. During an out-of school suspension:

    ·         Students will be allowed to make-up work during an out—of-school suspension in order that they may reintegrate into the educational program.

    4. During regular attendance (Not Absent!):

    ·         Classwork and Homework is to be handed in by students in regular attendance, and it will receive credit based on completion and accuracy.


    The Main Office personnel will notify the Attendance Office to excuse the student from classes missed.





    Homework Expectations

    Homework policies vary by grade level.  The teacher will share that policy at the beginning of the year.


    Grading Policies

    K-5: Students are scored four times during the year using a standards-based rubric of 1-4, where a 4 indicates that the student is consistently performing ABOVE grade level and a 1 means that the student is below grade level.

    6-8: Grades are based on summative assessments (40%) and proficiency in the course’s standards (60%).  Monterey’s grading policy is that there are no D’s. Students in these grades received progress reports midway through each quarter in addition to quarterly report cards.

    Middle School Credit Requirements

    The core classes at Monterey are language arts, humanities, mathematics, science, electives (art, physical education, technology, student assistant), advisory, and interventions/enrichment.  MNT students who earn 70%, a C, or above in a class will earn a credit towards movement to the next grade level. We recommend that students who earn the sufficient amount of credits over the course of the school year go on to the next grade level.  Students who do not receive enough credits may be recommended to stay in their current grade or to create a plan to make up the missing credits before moving to the next grade.  The decision to reclassify a student or to create an instructional plan will be made by teachers and parents.  The credit requirements are as follows in the table below:

    7th Grade
    8th Grade
    Language Arts – 1.0 Credits

    Math – 1.0 Credits

    Humanities – 1.0 Credits

    Science – 1.0 Credits

    Electives – 1.0 Credits (.25 per quarter)

    Intervention/Enrichment – 1.0 Credits

    Advisory – .5 Credits (.125 per quarter)

    Total Possible: 6.5

    Total Needed to move to 8th grade: 5.0
    English – 1.0 Credits

    Math – 1.0 Credits

    Social Studies – 1.0 Credits

    Science – 1.0 Credits

    Electives – 1.0 Credits (.25 per quarter)

    Intervention/Enrichment – 1.0 Credits

    Advisory – .5 Credits (.125 per quarter)

    Total Possible: 6.5

    Total Needed to move to 9th grade: 5.0


    Day-to-Day Operations

    School Hours

    The official instructional school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:10 pm. HOWEVER, we are implementing a soft start schedule this school year, so students will enter the building at 7:40 a.m., grab a breakfast from the cafeteria and proceed to their assigned classrooms. This “Soft” start time will be used for homework tutoring, independent reading, mentoring and intervention . Please check with your student’s teacher for his/her activities. Once on the school grounds, students may not leave the building.


    Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

    Our Expectation

    Students are expected to attend school every day and to arrive on time. It is also expected that students will be picked up in a timely manner.

    Arrival Policy

    The school doors open at 7:40 am for “Soft” start. Students enter through the back cafeteria on the north side of the building and go directly to the lunchroom or classroom. Students arriving before 7:40 a.m. must remain under the direct supervision of their parent(s), outside of the building. Parents and escorts may not leave their child before 7:40 a.m. Buses arrive at the school at 7:40 a.m. The school bus drop-off area is at the north end of the building on Rainbow. Parents who are dropping students by car must use the main drop-off area and students will enter the building through the back cafeteria doors on the north side. The driver may not park and leave the car in the drop-off area. Parents who need to enter the school for any reason must park in the north parking lot and enter through the main front entrance of the school. No one may park in the parking lot outside of the main entrance.

    Arrival Procedures

    ·    Breakfast will be served from 7:40 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Students pick up their Grab-N-Go in the cafeteria and then proceed to their assigned classroom.

    ·    ALL students are expected to be inside their classroom between 7:40 – 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 am need to report to the main office to receive a tardy pass.

    Dismissal Policy

    Students will be dismissed at 3:10 p.m.  Contact information regarding the person or persons permitted to pick up your child daily must be provided to the school office in case of emergency. Photo identification of the person picking up your child is mandated and must be presented before the school may release the child to that person. Parents or Guardians are expected to inform the school office of any changes in status as to who may be permitted to pick up your child. If for any reason your child is to be detained after school, the Parent or Guardian will receive advance notification from the school. Tutoring participants must remain with the classroom teacher. No child may remain in the building after 3:10 p.m. unless they are involved in approved after school programs. Students involved in these programs are expected to be picked up on time.

    Dismissal Procedures

    School ends at 3:10 p.m. We request parents comply with school policies during dismissal time.

    ·    The bus lane at the north end of the building is strictly for school bus use only.  Student safety is our highest priority, so the back-parking lot will be closed from 3:00 – 3:20 p.m. daily. Cars parked in these areas will be asked to move.

    ·    We request parents do no park illegally and leave cars unattended in the Kiss & Go lane.  Do not block the entrances to the driveways or park in the crosswalks.


    ·    Students riding the school buses should proceed to their assigned bus immediately after classes are released. Buses will generally be departing by 3:15 pm. 


    Visitors to the Schools

    ·         It is the Board’s policy to encourage parents and all citizens of the community to visit the schools throughout the year.  Parents and citizens shall have reasonable access to observe classes, activities, and functions at the school upon advance notice to, and authorization by, the school administrator’s office.  Teachers shall avoid conferring with parents during class sessions; parents desiring an individual conference should make an appointment in advance.  Visitations by non-enrolled juveniles unaccompanied by adults are prohibited unless approved by the Director.  Visitors shall not distribute information to students or staff without prior approval from the superintendent’s office.

    School Uniform Policy

    Uniforms are mandatory for all students at Monterey to provide an environment conducive to optimal and safe learning absent of unnecessary distraction, and in an effort toward the implementation, facilitation, and perpetuation of school unity, the following dress will be observed and enforced.  No students will be allowed to enter class without the proper uniform. It is expected that all students will be dressed in full uniform at all times, starting on the first day of school, until the last day of classes. Full uniform must be worn for all school events unless otherwise indicated.  Students may wear associated uniforms or attire when participating in school or district-sponsored events (clubs or sports).


    Dress Code

    ·         Cleanliness and Neatness is recommended:
    o   Clothing must be maintained in a clean and neat appearance at all times.

    ·         Sunglasses:

    o   No sunglasses allowed in the building without a doctor’s written prescription.

    ·         Tattoos:

    o   No tattoos that distract from the learning environment will be allowed.   

    ·         Hats, Caps and Bandannas:
    o   Hats or caps may not be worn during the school day. Bandannas of any color are not allowed on school grounds.


    ·         Shirts must be collared and solid white or solid navy or solid black with no logos or brand names on them with the exception of the Monterey Community School name or logo or a small manufacturer’s logo not to exceed ½ by 1½ inches on the chest pocket, I.e.…alligator, Nike swoosh, polo etc.

    All shirts may be either long or short-sleeved. Shirts with holes or lace in them may not be worn to school. No more than two top buttons may be unbuttoned. Shirts must be long enough to tuck in and must remain so during school hours. Shirts may not be tied.  Button-down or Polo shirts with collars and 2-3 buttons down the front and turtlenecks are appropriate. Visible layers must be uniform color (navy blue, white or black).  Undergarments must not be visible. Mapleton team uniforms cannot be worn sleeveless.


    ·         Only solid black, solid navy blue or khaki dress slacks, corduroy pants, and Dickies are allowed.  

    ·         No sagging of pants. Pants 1” below the waistline are considered sagging.

    ·         No sweat pants, pajamas, spandex-type, leggings or breakaway pants.

    ·         No blue jeans are allowed. Black or tan jeans are acceptable so long as they are in good condition.  No baggy pants. No pants that are skin tight.  No athletic pants or sweatpants.


    Dresses, Skirts and Jumpers

    ·         Only solid navy blue, black or khaki cloth dresses, skirts and jumpers with no logos or brand names on them are allowed (a blouse of acceptable clothing color must be worn under a jumper). Dresses skirts and jumpers may not be more than 4” above the middle of the kneecap and cannot be ragged, tight fitting, see-through, or spandex.

    ·         If tights are worn they must be solid in color and be black, navy or white. 

    Shorts, Culottes and Skorts
    ·         Only solid navy blue, black, or khaki dress shorts, culottes, and shorts with no logos or brand names on them are allowed. Shorts, culottes and skorts may not be skin tight, shorter than 4” above the middle of the kneecap

    ·         No sagging of shorts, culottes and skorts (1” below the waistline).  No athletic shorts.


    Sweaters, Vests, Hoodies and Blazers

    ·         Only solid white, navy blue, or black sweaters, crewneck sweatshirts, vests and blazers with no logos or brand names on them are allowed. These must be worn with a dress code shirt underneath when appropriate.

    ·         Mapleton or Monterey Community School hoodies or solid navy, black, or white hoodies may be worn and hoods must be off the head when in the building.



    ·         Only solid dark colored cloth, leather or vinyl belts with no logos or brand names on them are allowed.  No excess hanging on belts from the waistline. No spikes or rings on belts.

    Overcoats and Outside Jackets
    ·         No jackets can be worn in classrooms.

    ·         Hoodies are acceptable so long as they meet the dress code policy.  Mapleton and Monterey hoodies are acceptable.  It is recommended that if you get cold easily, you may want to wear a uniform-colored long sleeve shirt or turtleneck shirt under your collared shirt. 

    ·         Jackets or coats may not contain patches that promote drug use or abuse, beer/alcohol logos or tobacco products.

    ·         Jackets or coats may not contain logos that are considered offensive.

    ·         No jackets or coats that contain any words associated with gangs, gang membership or gang turf.

    ·         Hats, hoods, and caps as appropriate for the weather, except as otherwise prohibited under this procedure, may be worn outside school buildings.



    ·         No chokers, dog collar necklaces, spiked necklaces, bullet necklaces, ball-bearing necklaces or necklaces/jewelry that are considered offensive or advocating violence, drug use, gang affiliation.

    ·         No suspenders that hang off the shoulders (they must be fastened properly).

    ·         Wearing excessive pins or buttons is not allowed.

    ·         Wearing gloves in the classroom is not allowed (they may be worn to school).



    No steel toed or combat boots or shoes. Only same solid colored laces may be worn on shoes.

    ·         No bedroom slippers or flip-flops.  No “Heelies” wheel type shoes are allowed.


    *Questionable attire will be at the discretion of the administration. Anything that causes a material and substantial disruption will not be allowed.  Appeals may be made to the Superintendent/Designee of Mapleton Public Schools.  


    Dress Code Violations (Consequences)

    ·         Student will be asked to comply and parents/guardians will be expected to bring a change of clothes.

    ·         Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.   

    Electronic Devices

    ·         Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices to school (including, but not mutually exclusive to: pagers, cell phones, iPods, Gameboys, PSPs, MP3s, cameras, and CD players). Headphones or ear buds should not be worn, in use, or visible while in the building.

    ·         In order to maximize learning time and minimize interruptions within the classroom environment, we require that students check their cell phone and/or any other electronic device in upon their arrival at school.  If a student is found to have a cell phone/electronic device on them during instructional time (7:45-2:55) the phone will be confiscated by a staff member and secured for the remainder of the day. 

    ·         Monterey Community School is not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices. 


    Cell Phones

    Students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day.  Students are required to turn in their cell phones to the homeroom teacher at the beginning of the school day.  The phone will be secured until the end of the day when it will be returned.  If a student is found to have a cell phone on him/her during instructional time:

    1.                             The staff member will confiscate the cell phone and secure it.

    2.                             The student’s parent will be required to come to school to pick up the phone from the office. The office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

    3.                             The front office will keep a log on confiscated cell phones.


    If you need to speak to your student urgently during the day, please call the main office at 303-853-1360.  Thank you for your support of our academic environment.

    Monterey Community School is not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices. 


    Monterey Attendance Policies and Procedures


    Attendance Procedures

    Attendance will be in accordance with School Board Policy. It is the students’ and parents’ responsibility to be at school and on time to all classes daily. 2018-2019 School hours: 8:00 – 3:10 p.m.


    Parents/Guardians must call the school on the same day of their student’s absence or on the first day of a multiple day absence.  If you must be out of town, you are responsible for notifying the school before leaving as to whom will have the authority to excuse your student’s absences.  You must report absences by telephone. Parents/Guardians may, because of extraordinary circumstances, request a modification of these reporting procedures by calling an administrator or the Attendance Office (303-853-1630).


    In Colorado, students are required by law to attend school from age 6 to 17. Unexcused absences involve a student's failure to attend school for all or any part of the day without a legal excuse. Legal excuses as defined by state law and board policy are: (1) illness, (2) death of an immediate family member, (3) danger to health from exposure, (4) time required for medical and dental appointments, or (5) an absence as approved by the administration of the school. Suspension and expulsion shall be considered an unexcused absence for the purpose of the district's attendance policy. Academic penalties may be imposed for classes missed by a student without excuse.


    Excused Absences

    Parents/Guardians and students should give careful consideration before deciding to participate in any activity which necessitates the student being absent from school. 


    Many classroom experiences such as videos, special presentations, lab experiments, etc., cannot be repeated, and the teacher is under no obligation to duplicate those experiences for the student who is absent. Prearranged school-sponsored field trips will not be considered absences.


    After 24 hours, the absence becomes an unexcused absence.
    The Attendance Office phone line is open 24 hours a day.  Advanced notice of an excused absence is greatly appreciated.
    3.      Doctor’s excuse for readmission may be required for an absence caused by a contagious or infectious disease.

    4.      Prearranged absences are those which are anticipated by the student and her/his family, and they should be discussed with the Attendance Clerk prior to the absences. The student should make provisions in advance with her/his teachers to complete the work to be missed.

    Consequences for excessive tardies and/or absences are as follows:

    1.      Parent/guardian contact (teacher)

    1.      Letter home

    2.      Attendance contract (parent and administrator meet with student).

    3.      Referral to District Interagency

    4.      Possible referral to Judicial System


    Outstanding Attendance Criteria
    In order to qualify for quarterly attendance awards, students must meet the following criteria:
    ·         Students have to be present for nearly all days in a quarter (only 1 absence is permitted) AND have no more than two tardies.
    ·         New students to the school will have to be enrolled for 90% or more of the quarter.  This means that in a 45 day quarter the student will have to attend 40 or more days that quarter AND have no more than two tardies.
    ·         If school is cancelled due to inclement weather or other district reasons, this will not count as an absence.  On delayed start days due to inclement weather, students will not be counted as tardy, but they need to be in attendance that day, or it will count as an absence.

    In order to qualify for the end of the year attendance award, students will have to meet the following criteria:

    Students have to be present for nearly all days in the year (only 1 absence is permitted) AND have no more than two tardies.


    School Safety and Health Procedures
    Visitors to the School

    ·         It is the Board’s policy to encourage parents and all citizens of the community to visit the schools throughout the year.  Parents and citizens shall have reasonable access to observe classes, activities, and functions at the school upon notice to, and authorization by, the school administrator’s office.  Teachers shall avoid conferring with parents during class sessions; parents desiring an individual conference should make an appointment in advance.  Visitations by non-enrolled juveniles unaccompanied by adults are prohibited unless approved by the Director.  Visitors shall not distribute information to students or staff without prior approval from the superintendent’s office.

    ·         Parents and guardians entering the building MUST check in to the main office (where you’ll sign in and receive a visitor’s pass) before entering the building.  All staff reserves the right to ask visitors to check in to the main office, if a visitor’s pass is not visible.  Please park your vehicle in north parking lot and enter the school through the main entrance to check in at the main office. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause but it is our number one priority to provide a safe and secure educational environment for your son or daughter.


    Fire, Lockdown and Tornado Drills

    These drills must be taken seriously, and all instruction carefully followed. If dangerous weather ever causes us to have to take cover, we would request the cooperation of the parent/guardian in such a situation.  Any parent/guardian stopping at the school during that time must come to the main office, and we will make every effort to locate her/his student. We may be forced, however, to keep students for a period of time in order to maintain order and verify the whereabouts of all students.


    1.      Each room is equipped with instructions for evacuation during a fire drill.  The students should acquaint themselves with these directions as soon as possible.  The teacher is responsible for giving complete directions to be followed during the drill.  Fire drills are held a minimum of three times a year.

    2.      Tornado drills will be held in the fall and spring of each year.  Each room is equipped with a map and instructions.

    3.      Lockdown/Lockout drills will be held at least two times a year. These drills must be taken seriously, and all instructions of their teachers followed carefully.  The safety of students and staff is foremost and can only be accomplished with everyone’s full cooperation.

    ·    Lockdown means that classroom doors are locked, all school community members are out of sight and silent.

    ·    Lockout means all exterior doors are locked and school continues as normal with the exception of outside activities. Note:  If the school is on a district-mandated lockout no one will be allowed in or out of the building (no exceptions).


    School Closing & Emergency Contact Information

    In rare instances, the Superintendent and/or Director will need to close Monterey Community School on an emergency basis for a variety of reasons, such as inclement weather and power failure.  If an emergency occurs while school is in session, students are to remain with the teacher in the classroom until official dismissal has been given by the school administrator.  No student will be allowed to go home without permission of both the parent/guardian and school administrator. In the event of an early dismissal due to inclement weather, the parent and/or designated emergency contact person will be notified and is expected to come and pick-up the student immediately upon notification.

    In the event of an emergency or inclement weather, when students may have to be dismissed early from school, it is imperative the school office have the most current Emergency Contact Information for every

    student. This information must be kept up to-date. Whenever there is a change of address or telephone number, the Parent or Guardian must notify the school office when the change occurs.


    Television & Radio Stations: Whenever normal schedules have to be adjusted due to weather or emergency conditions, this information will be given as early as possible to the television and radio stations listed below for announcement:

    Television Channels: 2-WB24, 4-KCNC, 7-KMGH, 9-KUSA, FOX 31

    FM Radio: KBCO-97.3, KBPI-106.7, KJMN-92.1, KOSI-101.1, KXKL-105.1, KYGO 98.5

    AM Radio: KDKO-1510, KHOW-630, KOA-850, KTLK-760


    School Health Paraprofessional

    All students are required to be fully immunized in accordance with the requirements of the State of Colorado Department of Education. A school nurse paraprofessional is on staff five days a week. She is responsible for checking the vision, height, weight, and hearing of children and making necessary referrals to parents when problems are found. She also teaches safety and good health skills. The nurse maintains health and medical records for every student. If your child has a specific medical problem, it should be made known to the teacher and nurse. Monterey Community School complies with all regulations concerning the dispensation of medicines and requires all parents to do the same. Students may not possess any prescription or non-prescription medication. All prescription and non-prescription medication must be turned over to the nurse paraprofessional with the appropriate paperwork for dissemination.


    Dispensing Medication

    Medications should be dispensed at home. We realize that sometimes this is not possible. For your child to receive a prescription or an over-the-counter medication at school, a Medical & Parental Consent Form must be completed. The form is available in the office and must be signed by the parent and by the student’s physician. Medication must be provided in the original container with accurate content and dosage information on the label. All medication must be checked into the office.


    Lunch and Lunchtime Procedures

    Monterey Community School serves hot lunches in the cafeteria daily.  Healthy choices of main entrees are served, as well as fruit, vegetables, bread or milk. Checks or cash to purchase lunch for K-8 students may be given to the homeroom teacher.  Please visit the Mapleton Nutrition Services website for additional information including menus and setting up an account at http://www.mapleton.us/departments/nutrition/nutrition.cfm.  All food must be eaten in the cafeteria.  Students may not take food outside or to the classroom, without a written pass.  Staff members will reinforce behavioral expectations with students.  There is to be absolutely no throwing food or objects in the lunchroom.  Students participating in riotous behavior (throwing food or objects, harassing other students, or using inappropriate language) will be subject to work detail, detention, suspension and or expulsion.


    Student Involvement


    Students are expected to behave respectfully and responsibly at assemblies.  Each student should do her/his best to ensure that positive comments about our students are made by all performers and visitors. 


    The 1st Wednesday in each month is our WOW K-6 assembly at which we honor Students of the Month as nominated by their peers and teacher.  K-6 student assemblies start at 8:10 am in the gym.  7th and 8th-grade assemblies will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:20 a.m. in the gym.  Teachers and classmates select students based on our school character traits:

    Positive Choices
    Respect and Responsibility



    Athletics are part of a sound educational experience.  Athletics should develop teamwork and discipline, and build physical fitness. For questions concerning athletics, contact Susan Gerhart (Athletic Director) at 303-853-1210.



    Monterey Community School prides itself on the fact that we do not tolerate acts of violence, harassment or bullying of any kind. Our school uses evidenced-based programs called Bully Proofing Your School, Incredible Years, and Life Skills. Bullying is not a normal part of childhood and cannot be taken lightly.

    Safe to Tell—Anonymous and Free: 1-877-542-7233


    Behavioral Expectations

    In order to ensure a positive and safe learning environment that helps facilitate self-discipline, encourage academic success and promote school wellness, Monterey Community School will enforce district policies and procedures and school rules related to expected student behavior as per the Student Behavior Standards book.  Consequences will be administered by staff and administration in those circumstances where a student exhibits behavior contrary to these polices/rules. 


    Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and PRIDE

    Monterey Community School is committed to the academic and social development of all students and community members.  PBIS is a management system that seeks to redirect students in a positive manner.  Students will be exposed to voice levels (0= complete silence; 1= whisper, 2= personal conversation, 3= group talk, 4= outside voice, 5= emergency), and verbal and visual reminders of hallway, classroom, bus, office, library, cafeteria, and playground expectations.  Visual instructions will be posted throughout the school to remind students of the norms and expectations of Monterey.  Staff will reinforce positive behavior not punish bad behavior.  Students will be expected to participate in a variety of teaching and re-teaching exercises to learn the behavioral expectations (this will occur throughout the school year).



    Positive Choices   

    Respect and Responsibility   





    Library Services (Integrated Media Services or IMC)

    The primary objective of the Library is to provide information, literacy instruction and to integrate the appropriate materials that align with the curriculum framework. The library collection provides a wide variety of materials that present different points of view appropriate for a broad range of ability and maturity levels.  Students are allowed to have a reasonable number of books checked out at any give time. Students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out materials. Students will be required to pay the replacement cost of any lost items.


    Printing of academic material is allowed with permission.  The Directors reserve the right to limit printing if the printing becomes too excessive.


    The library and computer lab does not allow food or beverages.  Students must be respectful of library staff and property.