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Monarch Students Interview Michael Phelps  
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Olympic Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps is a hero to many of the students at The Monarch School. Having achieved such tremendous success in spite of having severe ADHD, Michael is an inspiration to our students, and they enjoyed asking Michael the following questions:

Zach: “How did you win the gold medals?”

Michael: “I won the gold medals with a lot of hard work and dedication. I also had a tremendous amount of support from my family, coach and friends. I couldn’t have done it by myself. There were times when I wanted to quit, but my goals got me back in the water. You have to Dream, Plan and Reach. That is the motto of my Foundation.”

Visit our website to enjoy the rest of the interview!

Monarch students learned more about how to live green and design green by visiting the American Institute of Architects’Green Works” exhibit on
Dec. 11.

The exhibit included green designs submitted by leading architects across the city, including Monarch student designs related to the building of their new school, for which Monarch has applied for Silver level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Visit our website to read more about this special day!

Ask Monarch

“When does registration start for 2009 summer camp? I want to make sure I get my son in before things fill up.”

Thanks for the question. We are looking forward to another great summer program and particularly excited because we will be in our new building!

Registration is online as follows:

January 12th
Current Monarch Families

February 9th
New Families

It is important to log in early on the 9th as the positions fill up quickly. Visit our web site at to read a great summary of our program components. We are expecting even better things this year!

Do you have a question about neurological differences that you’d like to ask Monarch? Your question may appear in our newsletter! Visit our website to Ask Monarch!

Passing on the Gift   Signs of Progress

Matt Lurton, last year’s National Merit Scholar, welcomes Robert Berno – this year’s National Merit qualifier to the growing list of Monarch students who have earned the prestigious academic achievement award. Each year, several million junior-year students take the qualifying test in school throughout the nation – and only the top 4% are nominated for National Merit status. We are proud of Robert, and Matt, and William, and David, all of whom have led the way for Monarch School. We are so grateful to the faculty and families who have supported achievement at this high level of accomplishment.

In keeping with Monarch’s efforts to achieve LEED certification in the new campus design and construction, the students of room 3 stepped out to help The Kempwood Civic Association become more aware of recycling efforts in their neighborhood.

Read how they did this and other Apprentice Program stories here!

Alumni Reflections

We at Monarch are fiercely proud of Alyssa Thompson, Monarch graduate, who is having great success in college, and continues to stay connected to us. Last year, she presented Monarch with a beautiful ceramic butterfly that she had created in her college pottery class.

Visit our website to enjoy her latest contribution of an inspirational essay!

A Gift That Lasts a Lifetime   The Monarch Hour

It’s not too late to purchase a brick or paver for the new Monarch School campus as a holiday gift in honor of someone you care about!

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Missed the Last Episode of the Monarch Hour?
Listen here to listen in its entirety to
“Monarch Goes Green!”

Reflection: the Engine That Powers Improvement

At Monarch, students to use the tools they learn in the Executive Functioning Skills Program to help them expand their growth.

This Thanksgiving, Monarch students recorded their reflections on how each aspect of the time away from school presented chances to practice important learning goals.

Enjoy this gallery of selections from their reflections!

Life Academy Serves Houston

The Life Academy has been busy! Here are some of our recent projects:

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  • We packaged and distributed presents for the Jingle Bells Express at Bellaire United Methodist.
  • We set up and assembled centerpieces at the Houston Rotary Lombardi Luncheon–we even moved the famous trophy into place!
  • When Alamo Title needed help assembling holiday gifts, we had the know-how!
  • We hosted a holiday gift fair, and the gingerbread cookies, jewelry, wreaths, and gifts have been flowing from the production area out into Houston.
  • Next week we will set aside some time to assemble bicycles for the “Elves and More” service group.

We are cooking–and assembling–and–serving!

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