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Special meeting of the Board of Education

There sill be a special, executive session-only, meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School library.

Capital Improvement Project

Monticello Central School District is moving full speed ahead in its planning of a capital improvement project, which will be put forth for voter approval on Dec. 19, 2017. Read the public notice here.

Monticello will host Dick (Coach) O'Neil Jingle Ball Tournament on Dec. 15 and 16

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Capital Improvement Project would reopen Duggan, establish a pre-kindergarten program in elementary schools

The Cornelius Duggan Elementary School would be reopened, grade structure would shift across the district and a pre-kindergarten program would be established in the elementary schools so that each child could receive foundational education in close proximity to their home if the capital improvement project is approved by voters on Dec. 19. Board President Stacey Sharoff explains more about this part of the project.

School board meeting set for Dec. 20, 2017

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the RJK Middle School Library. A proposed executive session will begin at 6:01 p.m. and the open meeting will follow.

An impressive debut

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

Monticello High School Thanksgiving Food Drive a huge success

Students and staff raise $4,500 and feed 100 families this Thanksgiving. 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.

Hot Topics

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.

Questions & Concerns

If you have questions or concerns you would like to share, please click on the ? button and fill out the online feedback form. A district representative will respond to you within 72 hours. We welcome your input!