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Monarch Receives Mayor's Proud Partner Award

The Monarch Institute recently received 2014 Mayor's Proud Partner Award, sponsored by Keep Houston Beautiful, for its amazing campus and fantastic environmental programs.

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The Monarch School
Chrysalis Program

News Reporting: Gymnastics Article
by Kevin S.

Chrysalis Program student Kevin S. is a news reporter for this article about Gymnastics. Click here for more on this story.

A Butterfly Home
by Colby, Ethan, Sawyer, Wesley and Scott

Chrysalis Program students build a butterfly habitat and enjoy watching the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. Click here for more on this story.

Butterfly Program

Maker Faire: Students and Faculty from The Monarch School Participate in the Houston Mini-Maker Faire

Students and faculty from The Monarch School participated in the Houston Mini-Maker Faire at the Stafford Centre on Saturday November 1. Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. The Monarch School hosted the Air Rocket Launch and Building booth. Click here for more on this story.


Monarch Institute Hosts the Official Opening Celebration of the
First Solo Exhibition by Artist Khalid

Khalid is a comic and surrealist artist from Abu–Dhabi, UAE. He has been drawing and experimenting with his ballpoint pen art for more than five years in hopes of evolving and improving his skill significantly.
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Life Academy
life academy

Student-made Products Are Popular Gifts at Area Festivals and
the Upcoming Holiday Sale December 4th and 5th

Student-run businesses are in full swing creating popular creative products that are available at area festivals and the Life Academy Holiday Sale at the Monarch campus, December 4th and 5th. Click here for more on this story.

life academy

Treasured Trinkets

Our students in the jewelry class love using their creative side designing and making bracelets, necklaces and earrings! They are made with love to sell in our school store, as well as at the many festivals we attend over the school year.
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Alumni News

Alumni Jacob W. Featured Speaker at Miracle Makers Morning Breakfast

Monarch graduate and Alumni Jacob W. was one of the featured speakers at the 14th Annual Miracle Makers Breakfast. Jacob's speech was heartfelt, poignant and even funny, as he shared his story of his life with Asperger's.
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Share your Alumni stories. Send them to RHubbard@monarchschool.org and
we will include them in our next newsletter.
Click here for the “Where Are They Now” Alumni Update.

Monarch Diagnostic Clinic

Monarch Provides More Support for the Arts:
Hosts Reel Abilities Film Festival Houston 2015

The Monarch Institute is proud to continue supporting the Reel Abilities Film Festival in Houston for 2015, and will co-host screening of a mental health-focused film at Monarch Center on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

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Monarch Training Center

Monarch Speaker Series Offers Parents and Teachers Valuable Insight

The Monarch Speaker Series runs October 1 through May 7, 2015, and includes ten speaking engagements and an array of neurotypical topics related to autism spectrum disorders. Topics include evaluation and treatment, special needs services, special needs planning, estate planning and guardianship and even computers and your child's security. Click here for more on this story.

Monarch Therapy Services

Music Therapy: Students Create Original Improvisations and Compositions  

Students create outstanding original improvisations and compositions in music therapy that support work in the four core goals and celebrate the unique musical strengths and ideas of each student. Click here for more on this story.

Monarch Transition Services

Transition Services Intern Spotlight-- Caytlin

We have proudly chosen Caytlin as our Transition Services Intern Spotlight.
Caytlin has been with Monarch since 2009. Last year Caytlin began working two different internships, Primrose and All Pets Animal Hospital and has continued through the summer and into this year. Click here for more on this story.

Thank You Donors

A Miracle Makers Morning!

Thanks to our wonderful parents, grandparents, guardians, faculty and friends, our 14th Annual Miracle Makers Morning was a great success! Each year we marvel at this incredible group of dedicated Monarch supporters. We are blessed by donations and their attendance.

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Thank You Central Bank

We are delighted to include Central Bank as one of our many community partners. For the past several years they have donated time, talent and treasure to The Monarch School for which we are extremely grateful.
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Thank You ExxonMobil

We received a tremendous donation of nearly three hundred pieces of furniture from ExxonMobil. The furnishings will be used throughout the Monarch Institute
for Neurological Differences John M. O’Quinn Campus.
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Monarch Community News


‘Autism Friendly’ Show Features Rockettes 

The Hobby Center has announced it will offer a special performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes on December 6 at 10 a.m., in an autism spectrum-friendly environment.

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Board of Trustees Spotlight

This issue we introduce Ross M. Stevenson, Rice University Jones School Board Fellow and new member of the Monarch Institute Board of Trustees. In previous issue our Board of Trustees profiles included David Matthiesen, Grier Patton, Richard Bartell, Glenda Dole, Vita Como, Kearney Morgan, Mark Wertheimer and Elizabeth D. More. Click here for more about our Board of Trustees.

Monarch Green Initiatives


Plans for the Future
The Monarch School is partnering Nature Explore (A Collaborative Program of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation) on a grant to design and build a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom for The Monarch School’s Chrysalis Program. Click here for more on this story.


Students Tagging Butterflies on Campus Part of Larger Research to Track Monarchs on North American Migration

Ph.D. Candidate Dara Satterfield shows science class students in the Butterfly program at The Monarch School, how to safely capture, measure, sample for parasites, tag and release Monarch butterflies.
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Monarch Students Prep Marsh Grass for Winter for the Galveston Bay Foundation Restoration Program

With the cooler weather Monarch Butterfly Program students planted Galveston Bay cord grass in plant pots for the start of a year-long marsh grass restoration program and interactive environmental education program with Galveston Bay Foundation.
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