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
Please be aware that the elementary schools’ evening parent/teacher conference night previously scheduled for March 30 has been changed to Thursday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more
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 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
Essays will be judged on creativity, subject analysis, structure and clarity, as well as spelling and grammar. Winners will be announced and prizes will be handed out on Monday, Feb. 27 during Family Reading Night. Read more
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]
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
Click here to watch Cooke Librarian and Monticello's Decemeber Spotlight, Julia Serrano's, class learning through play with "Maker Space" stations.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Please click here to view the Morning Music calendar for December 2016 and January 2017.
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
Fifth-grade students are reading the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz, as
an extension of their human rights module.
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
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
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.
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
Please review George L. Cooke Elementary School's drop-off and pick-up proceedures here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
“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
New York State requires health screenings for students each year. read more
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
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.
The Cooke, Rutherford and Kaiser schools continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to students. read more
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.
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!
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
To anonymously report a bullying incident or threat of violence, click on the icon and fill out the electronic form. This form allows individuals to confidentially report urgent and sensitive information to school officials.
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