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Summer programs for teens and tweens

The Ethelbert B. Crawford library will host two teen and tween programs at the library this summer. 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

Monticello Kiwanis Club donates books to Rutherford and Cooke students

The Otchipew people, a Native American tribe from what is now the Detroit area, had an expression “Nunc Kee-wanis” which loosely translated, means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It is that expression from which the Kiwanis Club derived its name. Read more

Monticello takes a step back

Before Monticello High School’s class of 2017 takes their next steps forward, they took a step back and revisited the hallways of their childhood during the district’s second-annual Panther Parade of Pride.

Important dates for the 2017-18 school year

A list of important dates for the upcoming school year is available online here. The full school calendar will be available online over the summer and one printed copy will be mailed out to each district family prior to the beginning of the school year.

Mobile clinic provides dental services for Cooke students

Since 1998, PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program (CDHP) has helped students in Sullivan County maintain proper dental care.  Read more

Thank you, Cooke nurses!

National Nurse's Day gave Cooke students a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to their awesome nurses. Read more

Students celebrate Earth Day by pledging to be environmentally aware

In honor of Earth Day, almost 500 Cooke students pledged to help preserve the Earth by placing their handprints on original artwork to be hung in the Cooke cafeteria. Read more

Students use yoga to prepare for tests

During the week leading up to the New York state ELA testing, students in the third, fourth and fifth grades at George L. Cooke Elementary School participated in yoga classes. Read more

New murals brighten up Cooke's lobby

George L. Cooke Elementary School students lobby looks much brighter these days thanks to the school’s students, the Cooke-Rutherford PTO and local artist Joseph Pimentel. Read more

Monti alumnus shares experiences with Cooke students

Steven Schwartz, a graduate of MCSD and owner of Steve's Music Center, recently visited with kindergarten and first grade students to share his memories of Cooke School and his experiences in the business world.  Read more

Student Council donates books to SC Family Services

With the help of Cooke's D.A.R.E. Officer Ionta, members of Student Council collected books for Sullivan County Family Services.  Read more

Students celebrate Cinco De Mayo

Colorful sombreros, a video and some salsa dancing made this celebration a special one at Cooke!  Read more

Upcoming EPIC workshops

The Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program will present three free upcoming workshops at RJK Middle School on May 15, May 22 and June 5. Read more

Food drive benefits Cooke's backpack program

A recent food drive provided supplies to help Cooke families. 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

Band with anti-bullying message performs at George L. Cooke

Students at George L. Cooke Elementary School were treated to a performance by local band Breach the Barrier. Breach the Barrier is comprised of teenagers from Sullivan County whose goal is to inspire students to "Be you, be original, be accepting." Read more

Changes to June Morning Music schedule

Click here to view the Morning Music calendar for April, May and June 2017.

SEW March newsletter

Find out what Cooke students have learned over the past two months in the school's Social and Emotional Wellness (SEW) program. Read the March newsletter. For more information on the program and to read past newsletters, visit Cooke's SEW webpage. 

George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrates black history

George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with an essay contest, where the students submitted a piece of artwork or essay that examined a notable event or person who has shaped black history and how he or she inspires them. Read more

Morning Music late arrival policy

Morning Music students are scheduled to arrive at 7:05 a.m., and are allowed to come in through the high school auditorium's entrance until 7:15 a.m. After 7:15 a.m., students must enter through the RJK Middle School main entrance.

Cooke students ring in the year of the rooster

As part of the school’s diversity initiative, the EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) team, in collaboration with Cooke’s waste reduction team, treated students to a presentation and crafts celebrating the Chinese New Year during each lunch period. 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.

SEW newsletter available online

To further support student success, the school has a Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) Facilitator to assist in identifying and meeting students' social, emotional and physical needs. Click here to learn more about Ms. Elisa Mendels and read her bi-monthly newsletter.

It’s beginning to look a lot like recycling

Where some see used plastic and Popsicle sticks, Cooke Elementary students see poinsettia plants and a baby deer. In an effort to remind others to "reduce, reuse and recycle" during the holidays, students have made holiday ornaments out of recyclable ornaments that their teachers have saved throughout the season. Read more

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

Prospective chorus members can join in January

Fourth- and fifth- grade students who would like to join chorus can do so when the morning music program continues after winter break.  Interested students should contact their school music teacher in January. The deadline for joining will be January 27, 2017.

Mad Science comes to Cooke Elementary

On Friday, Dec. 2, all George L. Cooke Elementary School students were introduced to the wonder of science with a special show from Mad Science. Read more

Morning Music calendar is available online

Please click here to view the Morning Music calendar for December 2016 and January 2017.

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

Students learn about symbolism

Fifth-grade students are reading the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz, as an extension of their human rights module. Read more

Cooke water outlets test positive for elevated levels of lead

In September 2016, a New York state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The district has recieved prelimary results from water quality testing at Cooke. Read more

Cooke goes pink for breast cancer

On Oct. 14, students and staff at Cooke donned pink clothing and accessories to support breast cancer survivors and promote breast cancer awareness and raised more than $265 to go toward the cause. Read more

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.

Cooke implements cafeteria incentive program

Classes that follow cafeteria expectations will earn a tally on their class chart posted in the cafeteria. When a class earns five tallies they will earn popcorn to eat during “Movie Friday” at the cafeteria. Read more

Important information about drop-off and pick-up

Please review George L. Cooke Elementary School's drop-off and pick-up proceedures here.

Volunteers needed during book fair

The Cooke-Rutherford PTO is searching for volunteers during the book fair. Please contact Erinn at 665-9423 or Sue at 701-0125 or e-mail cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net.

New immunization requirements for school entry

With summer vacation fast approaching, now is a good time to make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. Download a list of immunization requirements here: English | Español

Students, staff honor lunch lady heroes

To celebrate School Lunch Hero Day, Cooke welcomed Jarrett Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels, for a special assembly. Since the publication of hisseries, Krosoczka has visited schools to inspire students. The women and men who work tirelessly in school cafeteria are a fun and selfless bunch who do more than we realize, he told the students. Read more

Flipped learning: homework in class and class lessons at home

In a typical classroom, students learn a lesson in class and then take an assignment home to practice that lesson. But what would happen if that scenario were flipped around? According to one teacher in the Monticello Central School District, great things. Read more

Cooke fifth-graders graduate from D.A.R.E program

On Monday, April 4, Cooke Elementary School fifth-graders were recently recognized at a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduation ceremony held at the school’s multi-purpose room. Read more

Helping families, schools and communities: an inside look at EPIC

Most days at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) Manager Jane Sorensen will at some point rise from her desk, pull on her blazer, and make her way from her office to the main entrance of the school. Although Mrs. Sorensen is no stranger to the elementary schools in the Monticello Central School District, she has just begun making her mark in the middle school. Click here to learn more about what's in store for the district through EPIC.

Parent resources available for Eureka Math

The district’s elementary schools have been using Eureka Math, a Common Core-aligned curriculum, for grades K-5. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to visit the Eureka parent support page to watch a brief video resource to help you to help your child become proficient in math.

Cooke students, staff featured in Times Herald Record

Times Herald Record sat down with students and staff at Cooke to talk about how they are stepping up as "green leaders" and taking responsibility for creating the future they want to live in. view article

SEW program knits wellness with academics

“I like when Mr. Prestianni comes into our class,” said C.J. Poitras, a fourth grade student at Chase. “Sometimes, people work hard in school and struggle and then they get stressed out. But, when Mr. Prestianni comes, he helps us learn how to relax.” read more

Health screenings to take place in all schools

New York State requires health screenings for students each year. read more

Cooke pilots recycling and garbage reduction program

Students from George L. Cooke Elementary School are overseeing lunchroom recycling and waste disposal as part of a pilot program that's helped slash the amount of garbage the school would send to landfills. read more

Events customized for you via Google Calendar

The 2015-16 district calendar was printed and mailed to residents over the summer. To check for new and rescheduled events throughout the year, be sure to view the district's Google Calendar on the each school's home page or "like" the district on Facebook.

Free meals will be offered to Cooke students

The Cooke, Rutherford and Kaiser schools continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to students.  read more

MCSD implements new visitor sign-in procedures

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

Reminder: Photo ID required at student pick up

We are working hard to make student safety a top priority! You may have noticed that a PHOTO ID is required EVERY time you  pick up your child. This policy was put into place to ensure that our students are picked up by the correct people every single day. We appreciate your understanding the importance of this policy!

Parent Today offers parents tips to help children succeed

Have you signed up for the free, opt-in resource Parent Today? Be sure to check out the Parent Today e-newsletter and website, which offer tips and resources to aid parents in their partnership with educators to support students throughout the educational process, from pre-k through high school. MORE

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