Challenger and Voyager News April 2013

Thirteen Graduate in ’13

Seniors are: (from left), Christopher R., Scott A., Nathaniel L., Anthony G., Ali H., Walt P.,
Griffin T., Caytlin H., Benjamin M., Rachel S., Zachary A., Oleg L., and Kylie A.

The Monarch School high school class of 2013 graduated May 18, 2013. On that date thirteen Seniors became the 11th graduating class and moved through graduation ceremonies and onto their future paths.

The beautiful graduation ceremony was held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church Westheimer Campus. Excitement, laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride filled the Fellowship Hall as the thirteen Seniors walked down the aisle, shared their unique talent and accomplishments as they presented their Senior projects, and ultimately crossed the stage and received their diplomas. 

The link to Dr Sarahan's Faculty Tribute to the thirteen graduating Seniors can be found here.  

You may also click here to view and order pictures from graduation. Graduation photos by Dave Postma/Genesis Photographers.




The Monarch School’s 11th Annual Ring Presentation and Appreciation Ceremony

The Monarch School Juniors receiving their Senior rings are: From left, Danielle B., Navid M., Anand C., Carsen J., Kevin J., Conner M., Jodie C., Dylan T., Jack B. and Brett F.
Joining the students in celebration are Dr. Debrah Hall, Head of School and Institute,
Dr. Neal Sarahan, Program Director and Colleen Russo, Community Program Coordinator.

Ten Juniors in The Monarch School’s Challenger program received their Senior rings at a ceremony held, March 21, 2013 at The Pavillion on Gessner.

Stem Fair 2013

Monarch hosted STEM Fair on March 7, 2013. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through Project-Based Learning included several Outdoor Education & Demonstrations, Projects & Demonstrations and Oral  & 
Video Presentations.

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Outdoor Education & Demonstrations included: Water Rocket Launches, Blue Cow Project, The Moody Dome and Salinity Field Data Gathering for Galveston Bay Foundation.

Projects & Demonstrations included: Rockets: Model Rocketry, Vinegar/Baking Soda & PVC/Water as well as Robots: LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, Robot Challenge. Projects & Demonstrations also included: Cat Houses Designed in CAD, Breaking Glass & The Gauss Effect, Borax Crystals & Rock Candy, Water Biomes & Effect of Pollution on Fish, The Environmental Impact of Airsoft, Super-Cooling Water, Saving Water While Making Pasta and Effect of Air Pressure on Basketball Bounces.

Oral  &  Video Presentations included: Green Furniture Design, Guided Tour of The Moody Dome & Video Presentation, Salinity Fields 2013: Video Lesson & Hands-On Data Collection and a Solar Powered Grasshopper. Oral and Video Presentations also included: Video Game Design in GameMaker, Water Quality in Houston, Noise Pollution on the Monarch Campus, Dog Behavioral Studies, Wind Turbines and Get the Beat, and Sketch Up Exploration Center, and Making Sketches with a Pantograph.

Six Monarch School Students Receive Top Honors from Houston Bar Association’s Law Day Poster Contest

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In recognition of Law Day, the Houston Bar Association sponsored an Individual Poster Contest for Special Needs students. The contest allowed students to recognize the importance of law in our society. The theme for this year’s contest: “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.”

Six students from The Monarch School participated in the Houston Bar Association’s Law Day Poster contest and won the following categories.

In the 3rd-5th grade category Nathan K. received 2nd Place. In the 6th-8th grade category Brendan R. received 1st Place, Zachary L. received 2nd Place, and Evan C. received 3rd Place. In the 9th-12th grade category Walt P. received 1st Place and Jesse W. received 3rd Place. Congratulations to all the winners.

Voyaging into the Community

Voyagers represented the Monarch community on Saturday, April 6th at the Spring Shadows Spring Festival. Students brought some of the new Life Academy products, such as cork trivets and natural spa products to share with the neighbors of our Voyager homes. Monarch also provided the grand prize basket for the festival raffle consisting of a full set of kitchen start-up products to raise awareness of our new Life Academy kitchen scheduled to open at the end of the summer. The festival organizers provided two booths this year. One booth sold Monarch Life Academy products, while the other helped entertain young and old with a basketball toss.

The community leaders were delighted with the support of the Monarch community in the Spring Shadows subdivision, stating that it is was a blessing to have The Monarch School in the Spring Branch area. Neighbors were interested in coming to the school and donating items that may be useful in the production of materials for the student run businesses. Two food vendors, Chick-Fil-A and Papa Joe's BBQ were gracious to provide the Voyagers and Challengers with free food and drinks. The festival opened new doors and strengthened existing relationships with our Spring Shadows neighbors.