Dear Monarch,

Can you tell me what we know about the possible causes of autism?

That is an important question, and unfortunately there is still much to learn regarding the possible causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Visit our website to read an overview of the latest findings of the roles of different potential factors, including genetics, prenatal exposures, and vaccines. You can also ask an “Ask Monarch” question of your own!


It’s 1933. Do You Know Where the Zygons Are?

That peculiar question was answered in a live performance of “Intergalactic Nemesis” at the Society for the Performing Arts. A group of Literacy students attended the show on Thursday, May 12th with Ms. Gaber and Mr. Singer. They were treated to an amazing blend of radio drama, live music, sound effects and movie-size drawings displayed behind the performers. Visit our website for more on this story!


Voyagers Program News

St. Vincent’s is a Galveston non-profit social service agency providing comprehensive social services and community outreach programs. Monarch School connected in 2009 with St. Vincent’s immediately after Hurricane Ike, in coordination with an ACAM philanthropy challenge project our students were working on. Visit our website to read the rest of this story and other Voyagers Program news.


The Cullen Foundation

We are privileged this month to feature one of Monarch School’s generous supporters, The Cullen Foundation. Established in 1947, The Cullen Foundation has given generously to the educational needs, health care and arts in Texas, primarily in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area. Cullen Family members take active roles as Directors of the Foundation, continuing the legacy of giving initiated by Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen during their lifetime. Visit our website for more on this story!


Monarch Artist Featured in Exhibitions

Kate Matthiesen, Monarch Voyager student, has three paintings in the Texas Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake Open Door Series, Summer 2011 Juried Exhibition from June 2-23 at 2000 NASA Parkway Nassau Bay, Texas. Also she has one painting in Evolutionaries: Art & Healing at HCC 3517 Austin Street 77004. It will be on display from June 13-August 5th.


Art Night 2011

Monarch students and faculty held an inaugural “Art Night” on May 4th. The students’ art work was highlighted throughout the classrooms and a reception was held in the common area. Invitations were sent to our families, individual and corporate supporters and foundations. We had over 70 in attendance, which was a terrific turnout for a first time event. Click here for more on this story and here to enjoy a slide show of this wonderful evening!


Monarch Apprentice Student Helps Keep Monarch Safe

Congratulations to Ethan for his hard work in identifying all the Monarch faculty vehicles! Ethan sought out the information and recorded on a spreadsheet the names, make/model and license plate numbers of all Monarch vehicles!


News from “Get Out”, Monarch’s Outdoor Education Program

Heard the buzz-worthy news? Monarch has the bee’s knees! 30,000 bees’ knees to be exact. That’s 5,000 honey-bees spread out over three hives. Students built the deck from reclaimed lumber, and painted signs urging careful bee-havior. In the fall, look to the Get Out Program for a sweet harvest. Visit our website to read the rest of this story and other "Get Out" news!


Monarch Featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine

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Making Our Dreams Come True

Thank you for helping us “shape lives from the inside out” by contributing an item or two from our wishlist! Click here to browse the list of items that would enhance our school!