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Monticello schools are dismissing early on Wednesday, March 21.  The high school and RJK Middle School are dismissing at 10 a.m. All elementary schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

Monticello School Board meeting April 5

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education and budget presentation on Thursday, April 5, 2018 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.

Snow date change for Rutherford spring concert

The snow date for the Rutherford spring concert has been changed to Friday, March 23. Should there be a closure or delay on Wednesday, March 21, the performance will take place on Friday, March 23. If there is no closure or delay, the concert will continue as planned for Wednesday, March 21.

Rock Your Socks on World Down Syndrome Day, Wednesday, March 21

Update on spring break schedule

School will be in session for the Monticello Central School District for part of the scheduled spring break to make up for weather-related closings earlier this winter. Read more

Monticello residents will vote on $110 million capital improvement project on April 5, 2018

The proposed project would be bonded out in two phases, and would correct all health and safety building items throughout the district, re-open the Duggan school and improve the district's athletics facilities. Legal notice

Security is a priority in the Monticello School District

The district's School Safety and Security Supervisor discusses how people, technology and awareness are key to providing for safe schools

RJK social studies teacher Tim Potts earns state award

Wanted: elementary parent representative

The district seeks an elementary parent, preferably a parent whose child attends George L. Cooke Elementary School, to serve as a representative on a committee that will interview candidates for the position of principal of the George L. Cooke Elementary School, beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Please send a statement of interest to Cindy Sapia via email to or call 845 794 7700 ex. 70501 by March 23.

Featured capital project FAQ: Why will the vote be held on April 5?

Holding the vote on April 5 could help save taxpayers money on capital project. Read more

Monticello baseball fundraiser

Hit a home run with some Panther swag and support Monticello baseball. Order online by March 23.

Celebrate reading

March 2 is the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss and also the celebration of Read Across America.

Monticello School Board meeting set for Thursday, March 15

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the RJK Middle School cafeteria. Executive session is proposed for 6 p.m. with the open meeting immediately following.

Board of Education nominating petitions available March 5

Residents of the district interested in running for one of three available seats on the school board must file a petition.

MHS and RJK to present "The Sound of Music"

Students from Monticello High School and Robert J. Kaiser Middle School will perform the beloved classic, "The Sound of Music" on April 6, 7, 13 and 14. Read more

Registration for kindergarten starts Monday, March 5

Pre-register online for the 2018-2019 school year then set up in-person registration

Students receive academic excellence scholarships

Five Monticello High School students receive New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence awards

Way to ski

Monticello boys' and girls' ski teams take championships and head to states

E. B. Crawford Library holding dance party for infants, preschoolers March 16

It's all skill as Jerome Luckey takes Section 9 title

Monticello's Jerome Luckey soared to the Section 9 Class A title in the high jump.

Free reading tutoring at E.B. Crawford Library

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, in coordination with the Sullivan County Community College Teacher’s Education Program, will begin offering free reading tutoring twice weekly to children in grades K-6. Read more

Scholar athletes, teams recognized at board of education meeting

Four fall teams earn scholar/athlete team designation; 60 athletes earn awards

Monticello School Board honors staff members

Building principals, department heads nominated staff members who make a difference in their school community

The Academy of Finance pays it forward to the community

The spotlight is on the group that is completing tax returns free of charge for community members.

More winter fun at the E.B. Crawford Library

The library has added some additional events to its February schedule.

Monticello CSD's 2017 fiscal stress report results

Each year, the NYS Comptroller’s Office issues a report to determine the level of “fiscal stress" of each school district in the state. Read more

 Boys basketball team helps in the fight against cancer

10th annual BCANY vs. Cancer Classic raises funds to fight cancer

$7.1 million grant will create extensive expanded day programs for Monticello families

“This grant is going to enable us to create a safety net for our most vulnerable students and their families and provide enrichment opportunities for all,” Executive Director of After-School Programs Dana Taylor said. “We’ve designed a holistic plan that we believe will not only help our students grow academically, it will enable them to develop new interests and explore opportunities that they may not even have known existed.” Read more

District medical director will provide state mandated physicals for 10th graders

Dr. Amarjit S. Gill, the Monticello Central School District’s medical director, will conduct the state mandated 10th grade physicals on Feb. 20 and 21, 2018. If your student has had a physical for the 2017-2018 school year and it is not on file in the Health Office, please have it faxed to 845-796-5037. If parents and/or guardians do not want their child to have a physical done through the school, call the high school Health Office at 845-794-8840 ext. 5 or send a note or fax stating this. This is for the state mandated 10th grade physicals only.

Academy of Finance students providing free income tax service to community

The group has done it for a decade. If you meet income requirements, these talented students can do your income tax for free.

Considering running for a school board in Sullivan County?

The Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA) will host a free workshop for any resident of Sullivan County who is planning to run, or considering running for a Board of Education position. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan County BOCES, Conference Room #1, located at 6 Wierk Ave. in Liberty. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 16 to SCSBA Executive Director Tania DeFrank at or 845-866-6946.

Where would we be without the tech team?

They keep more than computers and laptops going in the district. The spotlight is on the Monticello tech team.

Flex day schedule could save instructional time this winter

Read more about the flex day schedule here.

RJK Middle School student to play in All-American Bowl

It will be an exciting winter break for Ivan Pagan, a football player who will be going to New Orleans next week.

High school drama club wows audiences at fall show

It was a totally different take on Greek mythology and audiences loved the high school drama club's fall show.

An impressive debut

Monticello High School's robotics team, Team Xtream, takes championship at tournament. Read more

District will pursue false threats made over new Anonymous Alerts system

Two days in and the district has received some false threats over its new app, all debunked quickly. Administrators aren't taking it lightly. Read more

Goal get 'em, Monti team

December is a pivotal month in the Monticello team's quest towards the district's goals. With the school year being neither too new nor too far gone, it's the perfect time to check in, so that we can confidently move forward or refine our action plans as necessary. In the December Navigator, Superintendent Mangus does just that, while Tavi Bockman shares some of the insight she learned at the Model Schools conference in this month's Model Schools Spotlight.

MCSD empowers students and their families to anonymously report bullying with new app

Beginning on Dec. 1, students and parents in the Monticello Central School District will have a new way to anonymously alert administrators and safety personnel of instances of bullying or other negative activity with Anonymous Alerts.

Monticello schools present winter concerts throughout the month

All are invited to the winter concerts, starting on Dec. 6. Read more

Don't miss the holiday laser light show

Save the date - Wednesday, Dec. 13 - for an amazing show, arts and crafts, cookies and more. And it's free for parents and students. Read more

Get in the spirit of the season

Area high school musicians are set to play holiday concerts at the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North Street in Monticello, throughout December. The concerts begin at noon. The Monticello High School Chamber Ensemble plays on Wednesday, Dec. 13. For the full schedule of performances, click here.

December programs at the EB Crawford Library

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Library will host several programs for children and teens in early December.  Read more

Gov. Cuomo visits district to award $7.1 million in after-school grants

The governor made a stop at Monticello's Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School Thursday afternoon touting the district's big grant. Read more

It's time for the Tinsel Trot and Reindeer Dash

Dress as your favorite holiday character if you wish but wear your sneakers! This fun event will raise money for scholarships and to aid the homeless. Read more

Teachers, guidance counselor receive excellence awards

Karen Collura, Laurie Kilgore and Mary Truesdell receive Mid-Hudson School Study Council Awards for Excellence. Read more

Interested in the future of Monticello CSD?

Join district administrators at one of the public presentations on MCSD's proposed capital improvement project.

Spotlight on Brenda Sywalski

Teaching art is what Brenda Sywalski loves. Her latest project is a work of love for the entire Monticello community. Read more.

Nine MHS students chosen for NYSSMA concert

Nine choral and music students from Monticello High School will be performing at the NYSSMA concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Tri-Valley. Read More

Dress for success

You've got to dress the part when you go on an interview. Juliette McKerrell from Wayne Bank in Monticello stopped by to talk to the Academy of Finance students with some useful information. Read more

MHS students selected for NYSSMA All-State Music Festival

Four Monticello High School students have been recognized for musical excellence and named to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State music ensemble performance at the annual Winter Festival held in Rochester, NY, Sunday, Dec. 3.Read more

LPP helps students prepare for life after graduation

Middle and high school students are encouraged to take advantage of the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP,) an after-school and summer program implemented by SUNY Sullivan. The program is designed to promote college readiness and career development among eligible students who need some additional assistance to help them meet their goals and has a great lineup of community partners, including the Hurleyville Makers’ Lab, Catholic Charities, and Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (SALT). Read more

MCSD kicks off the school year with a day of Panther Pride

The staff of Monticello Central School District (MCSD) were too excited to wait for the students to arrive for the first day of school on Sept. 8. So, rather than wait for the students to come to them, a group of MCSD administrators, staff, students and of course, the district’s mascot, Monti the Panther went to the students. Read more

MCSD to serve free meals to all students

Beginning on Sept. 7, 2017, the Monticello Central School District will serve free meals – both lunch and breakfast – to all students, regardless of their family’s income status through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Parents do not have to take any action to participate, however, the district asks all parents, regardless of income, to return the confidential income proxy form that will be sent home with students on the first day of school. Read more

Interim Athletic Director Cioffi steps up to the plate

Life is a lot like baseball. A great hitter is only successful three out of every ten times. It’s not about HOW you miss or WHY you miss but how you are able to bounce back and be a great player.  And so, after a few strikeouts, the Monticello Central School District has finally hit a home run with its new interim Athletic Director, Mr. Louis Cioffi III. Read more

New “flex day” schedule may decrease loss of instructional time during winter

At its July 7 meeting, the Monticello Central School District Board of Education voted to approve a new “flex day” schedule option which may help to keep students and staff safe during winter weather without sacrificing instructional time. Read more

Registration packets for the Healthy Kids Day Program now available

The district will continue to supplement the cost of the program while it works toward creating its own before and after school childcare program with a much lower cost for the 2018-19 school year. Read more

Robert J. Kaiser Middle School launches mentorship program

The school has begun a pilot of the New York State Mentoring program and is the only pilot site in Sullivan County. Read more

Chase students ponder peace

“What I enjoyed most about the peace project was spending time with my friends creating a video that is funny, yet more importantly spreading a powerful message, the message of Peace,” fifth-grade student Luke said. “If we want more peace in the world, it must start with each one of us.” Read more

TK + HN = I: Monticello's own version of E=MC²

"Last month, the Navigator discussed how Truthful Kindness + Helpful Necessity = Inspiration. This month’s Navigator delves even further into this equation to show how just like Einstein’s theory of relativity can be used to assess the hidden energy within a human, TK+HN= Inspiration can help our kiddos and even ourselves understand the vast amount of potential that lurks within them. And when we realize our capability for greatness, it leads to explosive growth," Superintendent of Schools, Tammy Mangus. Read more

2017-18 school year immunization requirements

As of September 1, 2016, all students in grades 7, 8 and 12 must have proof of receiving the Meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school. Read more

Melanie Hector appointed assistant principal of George L. Cooke Elementary School

At the April 6, 2017 Monticello Board of Education meeting, the board appointed George L. Cooke Elementary School’s Instructional Coach, Melanie Hector, as the school’s assistant principal, effective Sept. 1. Read more

Monticello recognized as "Best Community for Music Education"

For the eighth year, Monticello NY has been awarded the designation of "Best Community for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAAM). Read more

Monticello is InspirED

On Friday, Feb. 17 more than 700 people gathered at Monticello High School for the district’s second annual “InspirED” conference. 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.

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.

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

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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Report bullying online via Anonymous Alerts

The system enables parents and students to report instances of bullying or violence and allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report. To send reports via the website, click the icon to the left. Learn more about Anonymous Alerts.

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