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Board of Education meeting to be held on May 4

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education and Budget Hearing on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the RJK Middle School Cafeteria. The open meeting will occur after the completion of executive session, at approximately 7 p.m. An agenda will be available on BoardDocs in advance of the meeting.

Last Night Chamber Concert to be held June 12

The MHS Last Night Chamber Concert will be held on Monday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's auditorium. The event's date and location were erroneously listed on the school calendar.

Jessica Fingers Invitational Track and Field meet to be held April 22

The Jessica Fingers Invitational Track & Field Meet will be held this Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the high school. Students throughout New York state will attend the meet in honor and remembrance of 2009 graduate, Jessica Fingers.

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

Do you think you can dance?

The annual Monticello High School dance competition, "Do you think you can dance?" will be held on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $3 and all proceeds benefit the dance department. Read more

MCSD parents of student-athletes invited to Athletic Council meeting

On Wednesday, April 19, the athletic department invites parents of current Monticello student athletes to attend the district's Athletic Council meeting at 5 p.m. in the high school's library to discuss feedback and suggestions related to the district's athletic program.

THINK-ing as a road map to growth

In the April 2017 Navigator, Superintendent Mangus describes how TRUTHFUL KINDESS and HELPFUL NECESSITY lead to INSPIRATION 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

Makerspace and "Tales with Tai" at the E.B. Crawford Library

This month, students will have the opportunity to practice reading with a therapy dog and visit Makerspace stations at these two library events. Read more

Board of Education honors remarkable indivduals

On Thursday, March 16, 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

SCREENAGERS discusses impact of technology on children

What is the primary predictor of student success? Many people would guess that it’s intelligence, but it’s not. According to the documentary film, SCREENAGERS, a strong sense of self-control is a better predictor of student success than intelligence is. Self-control is not an inherent trait, but rather a skill that is developed – so what happens to a generation of children whose self-control is constantly being tested with the allure of digital technology? Read more

Winter weather will impact spring athletics calendar

Due to the unusually strong winter weather over the past few months, Monticello Central School District’s outdoor facilities are not expected to open until after spring break. As such, the spring athletic schedules will be adjusted. Read more

"Messy Makers" at Ethelbert B. Crawford

Children will explore their artsy side with stories, music, and a different painting technique each week. 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

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.

The spotlight is on Omnia Elghaly!

Sure, lunchtime is typically filled with giggles, lunchbox swaps and card games, but kids can never have too much fun, we always say. This month’s Spotlight is on Omnia Elghaly, a cafeteria monitor who’s on a mission to empower students to take part in, take ownership of and reflect on their own personal contributions to their school. Read more

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

March Morning Music calendar available

Click here for an updated March calendar for elementary Morning Music. Please note that due to ELA testing, there will be no music March 28-30.

Runners Qualify for NYS Track Championships

On Friday, Feb. 24, Monticello runners Jillian McEneaney and My-Kell Farrar qualified for their second consecutive trip to the New York State Public High School Indoor Track & Field championships. 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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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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