James Monroe High School

Prom coordinating meeting. Senior class officers looking sharp.

JROTC All-City Drill Competition Champions 2018

And the acceptance letters keep rolling in... 

Oswaldo Cota, Carleton; Amy Quintanilla, Wellesley; Elizabeth Lopez, Smith; Kyle Wisely, Occidental

9th Grade Principal's Honor Roll for Fall 2017

Showing off our new band uniforms with Board Member Kelly Gonez, Principal Chris Rosas, and Director Cara Schneider

Monroe Cheer, 1st Competition, 1st Place

Principal's Honor Roll 10th-12th Grade

Fall 2017

Cristina Santoyo, 2018 Folkstyle Wrestling Champion

Magnet Reps

Monroe's first ever Los Angeles City Girls Champion

Academic Decathlon

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Parent Tools: (Part 1) Ten Actions All Parents Can Take To Help Eliminate Bullying

Bullying Special Edition, copyright 2012, www.education.com/bullying

The latest research shows that one in three children is directly involved in bullying as a perpetrator, victim, or both. And many of those who are not directly involved witness others being bullied on a regular basis. No child is immune— kids of every race, gender, grade and socio-economic sector are impacted. But it doesn’t have to be this way. As parents we have the power to help reduce bullying. Here are Education.com’s top ten actions you can take to help address bullying:

1. Talk with and listen to your kids—everyday. Research shows that adults are often the last to know when children are bullied or bully others. You can encourage your children to buck that trend by engaging in frequent conversations about their social lives. Spend a few minutes every day asking open ended questions about who they spend time with at school and in the neighborhood, what they do in between classes and at recess, who they have lunch with, or what happens on the way to and from school. If your children feel comfortable talking to you about their peers before they’re involved in a bullying event, they’ll be much more likely to get you involved after.

Recursos Para Padres: (Parte 1) Diez acciones que los padres deben tomar para enfrentar la intimidación

Fuente: Education.com Bullying Special Edition, copyright 2012 http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/
Guest Editors: Shelley Hymel, PhD, Amanda Nickerson, PhD, & Susan Swearer, PhD

Las últimas investigaciones muestran que más de la mitad de los niños son, al menos en ocasiones, directamente implicados en la intimidación ya sea como autor, como víctima, o ambas cosas; y muchos de los que no participan directamente son testigos de alguien que es intimidado regularmente. Ningún niño es inmune; niños de todas las razas, géneros, grados y sectores socio- económicos son afectados. Sin embargo, no tiene que ser de esta manera. Como padres tenemos el poder de reducir la intimidación. Aquí están las diez acciones que Education.com dice que puede tomar para reducir la intimidación:

1. Hable y escuche a sus hijos todos los días. Investigaciones muestran
que los padres suelen ser los últimos en saber cuando sus hijos han sido
autores o victimas de intimidación. Usted puede ayudar a sus hijos a reducir este riesgo con la participación frecuente en las conversaciones sobre su vida social. Dedique unos minutos cada día a preguntarles con quién pasan tiempo en la escuela y en su vecindario; lo que hacen en las clases y durante el recreo; con quién comen su almuerzo o lo que sucede en el camino hacia o de regreso de la escuela. Si su niño se siente cómodo hablando con usted acerca de sus compañeros antes de que esté implicado en un caso de intimidación, será mucho más probable que lo involucre en la situación después.

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News and Announcements

Lady Viking Wrestlers Keep on Making History

March 11, 2018 - Fresno California
Cristina Santoyo (Junior), becomes the 2018 California USA High School Folkstyle Wrestling Champion. She won her finals match with a Pin Fall in 58 seconds against Lillian McCoy of Casa Grande Wrestling Club. Cristina Santoyo finished her Junior year with a 22 - 4 record. She is currently ranked 2nd in the State of California.

James Monroe High School also had other Wrestlers finishing strong at the end of the California Folkstyle season.
Angela Buenrrostro 3rd place
Elvidia Rivera 6th place
Jasmine Espinoza 7th
Salma Gutierrez 8th place

Our Lady Viking Wrestlers Take it to State and Make History

This past Friday and Saturday, 216 teams from California met in Visalia for the 2017-2018 CIF Girls Wrestling Championships. Our 3 Lady Vikings, Yuridia Garcia, Angela Buenrrostro, and Cristina Santoyo, helped Monroe place 22nd as a team. 22 out of 216!!!!

Cristina Santoyo made it to the finals and is Monroe's FIRST ever State Placer. She finished 2nd in California!!

We are so proud of our Lady Vikings!! Congratulations!!

Monroe Alum, Yesenia Ayala, Awarded Global Student Leadership Award

Yesenia Ayala graduated from Monroe's Law and Government Magnet in 2014 and went to Grinnell College. She has been blazing trails for first generation students of color ever since then. She is an amazing young woman and we can't wait to see what is in store for her as she graduates from Grinnell this May.

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Restorative Justice

Introduction: Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles

This manual supports the teaching of restorative practices and skills in your classroom. Restorative Practices are a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to understanding, and making things right.
This manual describes how to hold restorative circles in classrooms. It contains step-by-step instructions for circles that build community, teach restorative concepts and skills, and harness the power of
restorative circles to set things right when there is conflict. Using these methods consistently will help to create calmer, more focused classrooms. Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall proportion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced. This means more instructional time becomes available. It also means that students (and teachers) have happier, more peaceful experiences of their school days.1

Restorative thinking is a significant shift from punishment-oriented thinking. People, including students, who are invited into restorative dialogue are sometimes confused by the concept of “making
things right.” Their default response to the question “What can we do to make things right?” often has to do with punishment. It is said that “children live what they learn.” When what they have learned is that troublesome behavior demands a punishment-oriented response that is how they will live. But restorative practices invite different ways of responding. These new ways must be learned through experience. The activities in this manual give students the necessary experiences to support a shift toward restorative ways of thinking and behaving.

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Word of the Week

exploit- v. to make use of or utilize productively
                to profit unfairly or take advantage
exploit- n. a daring act; a bold deed
exploitation- n. the unjust treatment of another for selfish purposes

Upcoming Events

Naviance Training
Date: 5/24/2018, 8 AM 3:30 PM
Location: 700 (Lab)
Parent Appreciation Luncheon
Date: 5/24/2018, 11:30 AM 1 PM
Senior Awards Night (Quemuel)
Date: 5/24/2018, 5 PM 8 PM
Location: Odin's Hall
LA Zoo Field Trip (Chartier)
Date: 5/25/2018, 8 AM 2 PM
Location: LA Zoo
Senior Picnic (Pope)
Date: 5/25/2018, 9 AM 3 PM
Location: Odin’s Hall/Football Field

Healthy Start/
Wellness Center

Wellness Center Open

The Wellness Center and the Teen Clinic is open for vaccines, sports physicals and confidential services. Please see the nurse or visit the Teen Clinic for more information. If you haven’t been to the Wellness Center it is located next to the football field, with an entrance from the parking lot. It is open to everyone.

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