An Important Announcement for the Monarch Community

Dear Friends,

Over a 48 year career in education, I actually began reflecting years ago about how I would know when I’d done “enough." (The word is not frequently in my vocabulary.) What I learned is that one can’t know and that when the time comes, you do know. I believe that all the experiences were preparatory to the adventure of founding and leading The Monarch School, now grown up into The Monarch Institute with six elegant programs. Truthfully, never in my wildest dreams did I think that together we would accomplish so much so quickly. Aside from completing the capital campaign, all of my professional goals have been accomplished. “Well done, good and faithful servant” is resonating loudly and clearly in my mind and I know with certitude and great peace that the time has come for new leadership at Monarch. My resignation is effective June 30, 2012. I will continue to serve the Institute in an emeritus role, leading the capital campaign to a resounding completion and being available to my successors as the transition proceeds.

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Webb’s letter.


A Letter from the Chairman of the Monarch Executive Board of Directors

It is with deepest gratitude for remarkable service and some sadness that The Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences Board of Trustees announces that Dr. Marty Webb is retiring as our Executive Director and Head of School, effective June 30, 2012. Although the Board has been working with Dr. Webb and key faculty members for several years in careful succession planning for this day, we all have mixed emotions as we move into this period of transition.

Click here to read the rest of Mr. Matthiesen’s letter.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Our Grandparents and Special Friends were invited to join our students at our annual celebration. On Monday, February 13, the Novice and Apprentice Level students welcomed their guests, and shared class time with activities that included gardening, sharing baked goods the students had prepared, playing games on the Promethean Boards and other fun classroom happenings. Click here to read more, and to watch a slide show of this exciting annual tradition!


Monarch Parents and Supporters Run Houston 1/2 Marathon

By Karen Barnhart, Monarch Parent

On January 15, eight parents and supporters of Monarch set off to finish the Houston 1/2 Marathon. The group was very diverse, with some experienced runners and several first-time racers. The goal for most was to just finish and have fun running for Monarch. The weather was perfect and the fans were amazing all along the route. Click here for more on this story.


An Impressive Benchmark

Great pieces of furniture take time, love and dedication to make and an open heart to appreciate. Four Challenger Level students, Oleg, Ian, Nathaniel and Chris, pictured here with their professional educator, Mr. Patrick Waters (center), have spent an entire quarter each making one great bench. They are members of an intermediate woodworking course folded into their Integrated Learning Practice class and provided by the Get Out environmental education Program. These young men learned to cut mortise and tenon joints, cleaning dadoes with a chisel and chamfering edges with a block plane. Makers of fine, handbuilt furniture use the same care and techniques on their own work. Click here for more on this story.


Monarch Student Featured as Student of the Week in Houston Chronicle

In honor of his many accomplishments and exceptional growth, Monarch Student Thomas Casey was recently recognized as the Houston Chronicle’s Student of the Week! We are so proud of Thomas and all of the Monarch students, who share in this honor!

Click here to read the feature!


Monarch Student Recognized as Good Neighbor in Local Newsletter

We are also proud of Jodie Coorsh, Monarch Challenger student, about whom the following article was written in the Braeswood Place Sentinel:

Good Neighbor Story
By JoAnn Coorsh

Our 95 year old neighbor, Mary Nell Brown, was rescued by a level headed young lady in December when she fell inside her home. Jodie Coorsh of Ayrshire went to the neighbor’s home to collect the mail Brown was keeping while Coorsh was away with her family. Brown fell in route to her front door. Click here for more on this story.


Mercury Baroque and Monarch Celebrate Music!

On Friday, March 30, 2012, 8:00 pm at Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, Mercury Baroque will present superstar Baroque violinist Monica Huggett. This will be her first time in Houston with Mercury Baroque. She will showcase a diverse repertoire of works by Leclair, Locatelli, Van Wassenaer and Vivaldi. As part of Mercury Baroque’s Music that Matters outreach program, they are partnering with The Monarch School for this special event. Click here for more!


Enjoy These Articles written by Monarch Students

Grandparents/Special Friends Day
By Ryan, Monarch Apprentice Level Student

On Monday Febuary 13, we had our relatives and friends come to Room 128. We had a special dyad with them. We played Sorry, Checkers, etc. Then we watched a slideshow of our school year so far. Finally, we went to either iKids or home. I had a good time. The whole school did this too. We did this to show our grandparents and special friends our school year and how we love them.

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A Letter from the Head of School of Colegio Monarch

By Olga Renata Rivera de Alejos
Head of School for Colegio Monarch Guatemala

After two years of working as Head of School at Colegio Monarch Guatemala, having had all the possible support to be familiarized with the Monarch Model from a great professional team, my need to visit The Monarch School in Houston grew every day. This need was fortunately satisfied since I was able to visit, observe, learn and participate in all possible activities during my recent nine weeks of training at Monarch Houston. Click here to continue.


A Letter from the Founder of Colegio Monarch Guatemala

By Alessandra Arimany
Founder of Colegio Monarch Guatemala

It has been almost six years since we first came to The Monarch School asking for help with a dream: help us to replicate The Monarch School in Guatemala City. This proved to be a highly demanding challenge of not only finding a way to provide quality services to our community but also to turn around the ways that the issue of neurological differences is perceived and addressed in Guatemalan society. The courage and continuous support given to us through these years by our Monarch Houston mentors has with no doubt made this possible for us. Click here for more.


Mardi Gras Mambo

The Voyagers, Transition Services staff and several of our faculty enjoyed King Cake and Zydeco music on Fat Tuesday as the annual tradition continued. Festivities included dancing led by Dr. Neal, finding the "baby" in each of the four King Cakes, and welcoming new and old friends. The beads were a big hit, coming straight from New Orleans. Decorations included a Zulu coconut and Muses shoe!

Click here for more on this story and to watch a slide show of the celebration!