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SCREENAGERS at MCSD

Feel like you've seen more of the top of your teen's head lately than you have seen their eyes? Monticello Central School District will present two screenings of the documentary film SCREENAGERS which explores the impact of "screen time" on teenagers and offers pragmatic solutions on how you can teach your children to use technology responsibly. Read more

Board of Education revises 2016-17 calendar

During its Feb. 17 meeting, the Monticello Board of Education revised the 2016-17 school year calendar. See calendar here.

Elementary students and families invited to The Little Farm Show March 9

 The Little Farm Show is a musical extravaganza about farming, food, and the environment. This family performance is presented by the NACL Theatre, an award-winning theatre ensemble based in the Catskills. The show will take place on Mar. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Rutherford multipurpose room. Read more

Seventh grader's bar mitzvah project connects him to community

Jacob Kaplan has raised over $530 dollars for his school's backpack program as part of his bar mitzvah preparations. Through the program, children who are at risk of hunger during the weekends are given backpacks filled with nutritious foods. Read more

Chase art teacher featured in Parent Today article

Chase Elementary School art teacher Ms. Laurie Kilgore’s legendary art excursions to the Bashakill Wetlands was recognized in this Parent Today story about how field trips can boost lifelong learning.

Buy dinner at McDonald’s on March 7 to support the PTO

Print out this flyer and take it to McDonald’s on route 42 on Tuesday, March 7 from 5-7 p.m. Part of the proceeds from your order will go toward the Cooke-Rutherford PTO. The flyer must be presented to qualify!

The Prospective School Board Member Workshop will be March 27

The Sullivan County School Boards Association will offer a free Prospective School Board Member Workshop on Monday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Sullivan County BOCES, 6 Wierk Avenue, Liberty. RSVP by March 23. A PDF flyer is available here.

Color Run registration is open now

Join the Academy of Finance on Sunday, May 21 for its second-annual "My School Color Run." Registration is open now. Read more

Academy of Finance students will offer free tax services until April 6

The Monticello High School Academy of Finance is offering free tax preparation for anyone who earned $54,000 or less in 2016. Tax return preparation is by appointment only and ends April 6. Read more

The next board of education meeting will be March 2

The next Board of Education and Budget Presentation will be Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in the RJK Middle School Library. There will be a proposed executive session at 6:01 p.m. The open meeting will occur after the completion of executive session.

Friday, March 17, 2017 is now a “student day”

In order to accommodate the need for a sufficient amount of snow days in preparation for the remainder of winter, the Monticello Board of Education voted to change Friday, March 17, 2017 to a “student day” during its Feb. 16, 2017 meeting.

Monday, April 17, 2017 is now a “student day”

In order to accommodate the need for a sufficient amount of snow days in preparation for the remainder of winter, the Monticello Board of Education voted to change Monday, April 17, 2017 to a “student day” during its Feb. 16, 2017 meeting.

MCSD students to perform in All-County Music Festival

The festival, which features remarkable student performers throughout Sullivan County, will be held at Tri-Valley High School in Grahamsville NY at the Tri-Valley Bernstein Theater on March 4. Read more

Update on 2016-17 school closings

With the closure on Friday, Feb. 10, the district has now used all of its allocated snow days. Because of the district’s foresight in making February 20 a “student day,” there will be no additional adjustments to the school calendar, as of press time. The temperature is anticipated to increase this week, and the district is hopeful that there will be no further impact to the school calendar. Read more

State assessment opt-outs

Please click here to read a letter from Superintendent Mangus regarding the subject of opt outs in the Monticello Central School District.

The Spotlight is on Yenny Diaz

 Monticello Central School District isn’t the only place that benefits from Yenny’s kind spirit and industriousness. She is also a beacon for many families who are new to Sullivan County. Read more

Ethelbert B. Crawford Library to offer free Maker Space activities

On Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. children and teens ages 10-18 will have the opportunity to play with gadgets and get creative. Read more

MHS holds second Student of Distinction Ceremony, Feb. 1

MHS held its second quarter Student of Distinction Ceremony on Feb. 1 in the high school’s library. The event recognized 13 students from each department who have demonstrated exceptional behavior or achievement during the year. Read more

Kindergarten registration will begin Feb. 27

Kindergarten registration will be taking place Feb. 27-Mar. 3 and Mar. 13-16 by appointment only. Please make sure to call the registrar's office early at 845-794-0128, ext. 78905 to make an appointment.  Learn more | Download Parent's Guide to Kindergarten [PDF]

Indoor track athletes stand out as the Panthers work toward post season 

The hallways of the middle and high school (as well as the frigid outdoors) are used as practice facilities for the boys and girls runners, sprinters and jumpers under the guidance of head coach Tim Billias and assistant coach Matt Buddenhagen. Leading the charge are seniors Sam Bisland, My-Kell Farrar and Jillian McEneaney. Read more

Board of Education honors eight staff members, four teams and 15 athletes during "Board Awards"

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Monticello Board of Education presented Monticello Central School District staff members and student athletes who are examples of excellence with "Board Awards" during its regular meeting. Read more

Water quality updates available online

The following memo was released on Feb. 1 to provide staff, parents and community members with updates of water quality testing currently being performed in all of our schools. View the memo here.

Water quality test results available online

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department and to post the results on the district website. Read more

Rosemarie Romano appointed principal of George L. Cooke Elementary School

At its Jan. 19 meeting, the Monticello Central School District’s Board of Education approved the appointment of Rosemarie (Roe) Romano as principal of George L. Cooke Elementary School, effective Sept. 1, 2017. Read more

George L. Cooke students learning critical life skills through tinkering

Click here to watch Cooke Librarian and Monticello's Decemeber Spotlight, Julia Serrano's, class learning through play with "Maker Space" stations.

New Year, Bold Goals

Click here to read the January 2017 edition of the Monti Navigator by Superintendent Mangus.

The Spotlight is on Julia Serrano!

Out of the roughly 4,320 days that Julia Serrano has worked in the Monticello Central School District, she says she’s never had one where she didn’t feel like coming in. And if the enthusiasm of her students is any indication, there has probably never been a day where her students didn’t feel like coming into her classroom, either. Read more

Monticello Builders and Key Clubs spend holiday season serving others

The holiday season is a particularly busy time for the Builders and Key Clubs, student-led community service organizations sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Monticello. Read more

Information for families about school and extreme cold

Many of you might be wondering how extremely cold temperature affect the district's decision to hold school. Under certain conditions, outlined here, school may be delayed or closed due to wind chill alone.

Reminder about drop-off and pick-up procedures

Without order and routine, the potential for safety hazards during drop-off and pick-up times increases. Please click here to review some reminders on the district's drop-off and pick-up procedures.

Seniors brighten Rutherford Elementary School

A fresh coat of sunny yellow paint, bold hallway murals and silhouettes of children jumping, learning and playing are among the colorful changes that greet students as they enter Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School. Read more

Monticello High School students feed 100 families

In spite of an early snow day and cold weather, Monticello High School carried out a long-standing tradition on Tuesday morning, Nov. 23 -- the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Assembly. Read more

RJK announces after-school culinary workshop

Students from Robert J. Kaiser Middle School are invited to take part in an after-school a six-week culinary workshop series focused on growing a healthy community. Workshops will take place every other Wednesday from 2:20 – 4:20 p.m. beginning Dec. 7. Read more

"Monticello Blue" knows how to solve a problem

The “Monticello Blue” Junior Math League team is invited to compete in the Mid-Hudson Junior math League playoffs at Minisink Middle School after winning the sections. Read more

Portraits created by Monticello students to travel to Bolivia

A group of children in Bolivia will soon receive portraits of themselves painted by young artists from Monticello High School. Read more

Waste reduction program to be expanded district-wide

The district is proud to announce the launch of  Earth Day, Every Day, a district-wide program designed to encourage ecological waste reduction practices among students and staff. Read more

Five inducted into Monticello's Hall of Distinction

On Friday, Nov. 4, hundreds of Monticello community members packed Monticello High School’s Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium to honor five remarkable Monticello High School alumni and former faculty who have achieved significant accomplishment during the district’s annual Hall of Distinction induction ceremony. Read more

Monticello will welcome Pre-K program to 3-year-old students

Monticello Central School District is happy to announce that it will be expanding its pre-kindergarten program to offer opportunities for 3-year-old students thanks to a new state grant. Read more

Monticello High School's Academy of Finance to host second-annual "My School Color Run"

On Saturday, May 21, 2017 join the Academy of Finance for the second-annual "My School Color Run" Registration is open now -- register early to receive your bib, t-shirt and color pack. Read more

Stay informed about snow closings and delays

With the cold weather coming in, now seems like a good time to review how the district handles weather-related closings and delays. Read more

District to launch extensive facility planning process

In light of coverage stemming from the Oct. 22 community forum, we feel it is important for community members to have a clear understanding of how priority project costs –such as re-opening a school – are estimated, assessed and put into action. Read more

MHS Career Pathways Fair will now take place March 10

Please note that the MHS Career Pathways Fair has been moved from Nov. 7 to March 10. This is an update to what was printed in the district calendar.

First day of the 2016-17 school year video

Monty the Panther spent the entire first day of school prowling the halls of all of the district's schools to welcome back all of our students. Click here to watch the video and see Monty in action, hear welcome back messages from each of our principals and to check in with our students on how their first day went.

Panther Pride Ride video

Each year, Monty the Panther and the staff at Monticello Central School District get really excited about the start of the school year. So excited, in fact, that on the last day of summer vacation, Monty and his pals board a yellow school bus and travel throughout the district, making stops throughout the community to welcome back our students, pass out school supplies and spread the excitement. Watch the video here.

Tax rates set for 2016-17 school year

At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Monticello Board of Education adopted the district’s tax rate calculation for the 2016-17 school year that predicts an average tax rate decrease of 0.2 percent. Read more

District seeks family input on proposed school schedule changes

In order to accommodate additonal academic services and extracurricular after-school activities, the district is considering shifting school schedules in the future. The board of education and district administrators are seeking feedback from district families to assess how these changes may impact them and address their needs.  Read more

Tennis court bids come in over budget, board to discuss options

Because the bids for construction work came in significantly higher than the money earmarked for it in the $650,000 tennis court proposition approved by voters on May 20, 2015, the Monticello Central School District and Board of Education will now review their options and the start of the project will be delayed. Read more

Students clean up Somerville Field

Armed with paintbrushes, hand gloves and trash bags, 11 volunteers collected rubbish strewn on the Somerville Field across from the George L. Cooke Elementary School.  Read more

2016-17 district calendar available online

The 2016-17 Monticello Central School District calendar – which includes events scheduled throughout the school year as well as important information about the district, its schools and policies – is off to the printer and should be landing in resident’s mailboxes soon. Read more

Class of 2016 graduates with the highest graduation rate in a decade

Aside from being filled with record-setting scholars, athletes, dancers, musicians, and writers, the class also boasts an unofficial 79.4 percent graduation rate — the highest in a decade, and an increase of 14 percentage points over the last two years.  Read more

MHS' internship program creates "life-ready" students

While many people may envision internship duties as fetching coffee and filing papers, students in the high school’s internship program are developing meaningful job skills that align with their career goals. Read more

Monticello graduates take one last trip through their former schools

On Monday, June 13 the Class of 2016 took a bittersweet trip down memory lane during the inaugural “Panther Parade of Pride." Read more

Board of Regents extends special education safety net

During its June 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved an emergency action that will allow certain students with disabilities to graduate with a Local Diploma after their school superintendents review their coursework and certify the students have met minimum requirements. Read more

BOE adopts 2016-17 calendar

During its April 19 meeting, the Monticello Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 school year calendar. See calendar here. (PDF)

MCSD’s security team: handling crisis situations with care

Monticello Central School District’s security team will be learning new techniques designed to prevent disruptive situations within the school community from escalating into a crisis. read more

Online pre-registration now offered for new students

Parents and guardians may now complete pre-registration online. This first step allows parents and guardians to complete preliminary information online; enrollment will not be completed until a registration appointment is held with the district registrar. CLICK HERE to begin the pre-registration process.

Volunteer policy now in effect

District volunteers will be asked to complete an application, in compliance with a board adopted volunteer policy. read more

BoardDocs allows easy Board of Education file access, storage

In an effort to streamline board of education documents and information, Monticello Central School District has implemented an easy-to-use content management system called BoardDocs. read more

MCSD implements new visitor sign-in procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, visitors are required to adhere to the outlined procedures listed here. Click here to read the Monticello Board of Education policies regarding visitors.

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