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The My Brothers Keeper family gathering has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Nov. 20, 5 to 9 p.m. at 22 St. John Street

All after-school activities cancelled Monday, Nov. 19

All after-school activities have been cancelled for Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. This includes all Empire programs as well as the MBK family gathering and the EPIC drama club performance.

Todas las actividades de los programas después de las clases han sido suspendidas. La cena del programa MBK ha sido cancelada. Las actividades del Club de Drama de EPIC han sido canceladas. El programa de Empire Kids ha sido cancelado.

EPIC newsletter

Catch up with what's happening in the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program and see what's in store in the upcoming months.

Pick up for Cooke-Rutherford "Believe" fundrasier

Parents may pick up their orders from the Cooke-Rutherford PTO's "Believe" fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 16 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Kenneth L. Rutherford School. The pick up location will only be at the Rutherford school this year due to a lack of paent volunteers. If school is closed on Friday, Nov. 16, the alternate pick up date will be on Monday, Nov. 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. Please note that the PTO is unable to keep frozen items. Frozen items that are not picked up on the pick up day will be donated. Non-frozen items that are not picked up on the pick up day will be placed in your child's classoom at no liability to the PTO. Please contact cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net with any questions.

Closing, delay and flex day information

With the winter season fast approaching, we encourage our families to review our District's procedures for school closures, delays and flex days.


Cooke students take a trip to the government center to trick-or-treat safely.

Monticello Fire Department visits Geroge L. Cooke Elementary School

October is Fire Prevention Month nationwide. Public service departments join forces to spread the word about fire safety and to remind their communities to examine their fire preparedness, and check their smoke alarm batteries. Read more

Second-grade students welcome Mailman Chuck

On Oct. 12, the students welcomed a special visitor to help wrap up all of that practice. Mailman Chuck from the United States Postal Office helped mail their letters off.

Upcoming EPIC Workshops

Join the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program team at one of the upcoming family workshops for a free evening of dinner, refreshments, activities and workshops designed to provide parents with valuable resources and skills.

Math & Movement program makes math fun

Free event on Oct. 17 for all elementary school families will be held at RJK Middle School

Cool things are happening at the EB Crawford Library in October

Check out this list of upcoming events at the library.

"Believe Fundraiser" happening now

The Cooke-Rutherford Believe Fundraiser will run from Monday, Sept. 17 to Friday, Oct. 5. Get some great items for the upcoming season, win prizes and support your school. Please contact the PTO with any questions at cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net or "like" Cooke-Rutherford PTO on Facebook.

All students eat free at Monticello schools in 2018-19

A nutritious breakfast and lunch are available every school day for all students in all Monticello schools

MCSD email security updates may result in returned messages

With a world-wide increase in cyber attacks and other digital threats, the district’s tech department has implemented new updates to the district’s email system. With these new updates, some users may have their emails returned if their email system does not meet the MCSD’s extensive security checks. Read more

Empire Extended Day program enrollment forms mailed home Aug. 3

Enrollment forms for the Empire Extended Day program were mailed home on Friday, Aug. 3 to families who had students enrolled in the Healthy Kids program or who expressed interest in the Empire Program, whether through the survey that was sent home with all elementary students in June, or through the school registration process. If you receive an enrollment form that references a registration fee, please disregard. There is no registration fee to enroll.  Read more

2018-19 supply lists available

The 2018-19 supply lists for Cooke students are available online. Click here to view them

Take note of nominal change in school schedule for 2018-2019

Time schedule for all schools in district changes by 10 minutes

Summer Learning Academies

For more information about Montiello's Summer Learning Academies or Regents testing, please click here

Chris Palmer appointed Principal of Cooke Elementary School

Come September, Mr. Palmer will be bringing his humor and lightheartedness to a new audience – the students of Cooke Elementary School.

Cooke students dance...and learn how to take care of pets

Joanne Gerow from Catskill Animal Rescue, Inc. (C.A.R.e) stops by to talk to students about taking proper care of animals

2018-19 academic calendar adopted

At its June 21 meeting, the MCSD Board of Education adopted the 2018-19 academic calendar. The full calendar will be available over the summer, and a printed copy will be mailed to each family in August.

E.B. Crawford Public Library is offering free programs this summer

Maker Space, reading program, video game tournament and so much more at the library

Keep your math skills sharp this summer

Elementary and middle school students are encouraged to participate in the free Summer Math Challenge this summer. It's so rewarding.

MCSD employees honored by Sullivan County School Boards Association

The Monticello Central School District Environmental Stewardship team and George L. Cooke Elementary School Principal Rosemarie Romano received the 2018 Sullivan County School Boards Association’s Friends of Education Award and the Outstanding Educator Award, respectively. Read more

June library events

"Check out" what's going on in early June at the E.B. Crawford Library and at the Mamakating Library

Physical exam requirements updated for 2018-19 school year

New York State Education Department has changed screenings and health examination and immunization requirements for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Read more

Incoming sixth-grade students must receive booster Tdap vaccine

New York state requires all students who will be entering sixth-grade in September to receive a booster Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccine. Read more

Important immunization information for parents of new students

All students in the Monticello Central School District must have a record of immunization on file with their school nurse. Read more

Kindergarteners celebrate their moms

Moms were treated to a special tea party by their grateful children

Attendance matters at MCSD

The district is encouraging students and staff to be present in the classroom every day.

Spots available in district's pre-kindergarten program

MCSD’s Project Excel Universal Pre-Kindergarten program still has spots available, beginning in September 2018. The program, transportation and meals are all free. Eligible students must turn four years old by Dec. 1, 2018. For more information, or to register call 845 794 7700 x78905

Reading champions

Ms. Nicoletti's first graders love to read and they took home the top prize in the Cooke-KLR Read-A-Thon

Challenge on!

Cooke third graders are attempting to grow the largest cabbage - and win a $1,000 scholarship

Cooke School rocks their red

Teachers and staff at Cooke raise money for heart health

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

$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

Second graders get a visit from a special Coast Guard seaman

Teacher Makayla Jahn's brother, Seaman Apprentice Shane Wood, stops by for some holiday wishes and gives a lesson about the branches of the military.

SEW newsletter available online

The G.L. Cooke Elementary's Social Emotional Wellness Program's newsletter, which was sent home to all families, is also on the web. Please click here for the latest news on happenings with our Cooke SEW program.

Second graders feast

There was a feast in the halls of Cooke Elementary School just before Thanksgiving. Read more

Kindergarten class shares Thanksgiving feast with first responders

One kindergarten class at Cooke invited some local first responders to their Thanksgiving feast. Read more

The library opens up a whole new world for young readers

E.B. Crawford librarian visits Cooke and inspires students to learn all about what the library has to offer. Read more

A visit from a hero

Cooke second graders get a visit from Air Force veteran John Lacy and learn about Veterans Day. Read more

Cooke is sharing the warmth

Student council members at Cooke made October more of a "Socktober" and shared the warmth with local homeless folks. Read more

Dogs have jobs?

Kindergarten students at Cooke learned a lot when Guiding Eyes for the Blind dog in training, Kaylie, stopped by. Read more

Firefighters pay a visit and teach fire safety

Cooke students learn to have a plan should a fire emergency happen and to stop, drop and roll. Read more

In the pink

Cooke staff and students wear pink to show support for breast cancer research and one of their own. Read more

Invading Cooke

Cooke fifth graders got a close-up look at invasive species thanks to a Monticello alumnus. Read more

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

It's time for the Tinsel Trot and Reindeer Dash

Dress as your favorite holiday character if you wish but be sure to wear your sneakers. The annual races raise money for scholarships and the homeless. Read more

Cooke second graders learn all about mail

They wrote letters, mailed them and got a tour of a mail truck. Read more

Students accept donations from Starlight chapter

Members of a local Starlight chapter donated supplies that Cooke students use every day. Read more

On our way to meeting our goals

Local church donates supplies to Cooke Elementary students to help them start the school year right. Read more

Students learn values, expectations

At Cooke, we start their school year learning the ins and outs of what makes a good student. Our Positive, Behavior, Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team put together a refresher assembly so the student can be reminded what will help them be successful in school.  The team and principal Romano discussed the code of conduct, classroom, hallway and assembly expectations.  We are ready for a successful school year!

Cooke kids have a heart of gold

Students and staff put their best foot forward by building awareness and raise money for kids with Pediatric Cancer. Read more

Important Morning Music Reminder

There will be no fourth-grade chorus on Monday, Oct. 9, as school will be closed that day in observance of Columbus Day.

The next EPIC workshop will be Oct. 19

The Oct. 19 workshop, which will be held at the Cooke School from 5:30 - 7 p.m., will focus on helping your child succeed in school. workshop will be on helping your child succeed in school. Dinner, refreshments and crafts will be provided. Contact Jane Sorensen at (845) 794-8830 or jsorensen@k12mcsd.net to RSVP.

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

Fall programs at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Library

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Library will host programs for children and teens of all ages during the fall. 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 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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