Day School Summer Program Learning Center Diagnostic Clinic Life Academy
Alumni Update: Robin Daldry

We are fiercely proud of Robin Daldry and are delighted to report that this fine young alumnus of the Monarch School has achieved great things since voyaging from Monarch to his native home of Scotland.

Robin completed high school there in his first 2 years after transitioning from Monarch in 2005. During his final year, he attended college every Friday, which provided a beneficial transition to attending full time, starting in the academic year 2007-08. Click here to read the full story!

Miracle Makers Morning
October 16, 2008
We hope you can join us for our 7th annual Miracle Makers Morning FREE fundraising breakfast to be held on October 16th at the Westin Galleria. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and the breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from this breakfast will benefit The Monarch School’s operating budget. If you are interested in attending, please contact Shannon Woodruff at swoodruff@monarchschool.org or 713-479-0800.

November 13, 2008
Please save the date for our 2nd annual Ft. Bend Miracle Makers Morning FREE fundraising breakfast to be held on November 13th at Sweetwater Country Club. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds from this breakfast will benefit The Monarch School’s scholarship fund. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please contact Shannon Woodruff, Director of Development at swoodruff@monarchschool.org or 713-479-0800.

What’s In a Name?  
DIR©

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
– Shakespeare’s Juliet, from her balcony

When our Juliet posed this question, she was expressing her frustration over the fact that she could not connect with Romeo because his last name was that of a rival family. Parents of children with neurological differences often face similar challenges when they cannot access needed services because of issues related to incomplete or inaccurate diagnostic labeling. Click here to read the full story!

Visit our website to watch a video of Monarch students engaged in DIR©!

Facing the Storm Together

Special thanks to all the Challenger students and teachers who helped prepare the Apprentice campus for the approaching storm. Great job helping us batten down the hatches, putting away and securing objects that might have gotten damaged or been damaging!

After the storm teachers from both programs, Monarch parents and Movers & Shapers volunteers came together to help with the clean up which was no small task. Putting the clean up of their own homes on hold, teachers came together to care for the school and prepare it for the return of the students. The air vibrated with a great sense of community as everyone focused on the task of restoration. We’re sad to see five huge trees die, including two which were likely 100 years old. There were multiple trees which could have fallen on our building but didn’t, so thankfully, our buildings were spared any serious damage.

Here’s an interesting irony: the ground space here at the Houston Mennonite Church upon which our three modular buildings are located had been cleared by Hurricane Alicia. Were it not for that hurricane, we would not have located here nor rented the office suites down Wirt Road for our Challenge Campus!

Hot off the Presses  
Peer Mediation
This just in – the 2008 Monarch School Yearbook has been delivered to Monarch students.

And, at the same time, we have also received notice that we were awarded an Honorable Mention from Taylor Publishing for the production of our 2007 edition. Congratulations to Carl Miekka, William Marshall, and the whole Yearbook Committee!

Visit our website to watch a video of Monarch students engaged in Peer Mediation!
Capital Campaign Update


Things are booming at the site of our new campus at 2815 Rosefield! Mission Constructors, Inc. and the entire building committee are working hard to complete the Chrysalis Building by Spring 2009.

This has been an exciting learning project for all of us. We learned that a variety of dirt-work activities have to occur before the building goes up: underground piping must be placed and concrete foundations formed and poured. Despite the long hours of many workers, progress is a bit hard to discern at first. Now—halleluiah! —after several months there is something that casts big shadows at the new campus: the structural steel frame.

Steel erection began in early August and will soon be complete. In the vast majority of our homes, thousands of wooden 2 x 4’s are used to create load-bearing partitions. The Chrysalis Building, however, utilizes structural steel columns, beams and joists to create long spans. This design will provide flexibility for internal revisions over time as our programs continue to evolve and new student and faculty needs emerge. Today the structural steel looms over forty-seven feet above the ground, casting some very big shadows and providing visual evidence of Monarch’s dream coming true! Click here to see more pictures!

Community: Room 3 StylePeer Mediation
Students in Mr. Scott and Ms. Lauren’s classroom create their own community as they problem solve the aspects that are important to any community. (picture 1)

Students focus on their own family unit as they build and search “Google Earth” for their home. (pictures 2-4)

Address postal inquiries to:
The Monarch School
2815 Rosefield Dr.
Houston, TX 77080