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MCSD will be closed Feb. 12 - Feb. 15

Monticello Central School District will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12 for a Conference Day and Monday, Feb. 15 for President's Day.

MHS Academy of Finance offers free tax preparation service

Is your 2015 income $54,000 or less? Are you undecided about where to have your taxes done? The Monticello High School Academy of Finance (AOF) can help! Read more

Registration has begun for reduced-rate extended day program

Parents of students who attend any of the three Monticello Central School District elementary schools may begin registering their children for the Healthy Kids Extended Day program. Newly enrolled students may start attending the program on February 16. Spots are limited. Read more

The spotlight is on Tim and Allison Billias

Throughout history, great things have always come in pairs – peanut butter and jelly, Bert and Ernie, and Batman and Robin. MCSD has its own dynamic duo: Tim and Allison Billias.The two are alumni of Monticello High School, which is where they met as students and continue to be active members of the community. Mr. Billias has taught English at Monticello High School for six years, and Mrs. Billias has been a fourth-grade teacher at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School for the past two years.  read more

February edition of Monti Navigator now available

In her most recent Navigator, Superintendent Mangus zooms in on a critical facet of inspiration: being unlikely.  read more

Orange-Ulster BOCES will be closed to students Feb. 11 – Feb. 15

The Orange-Ulster BOCES will be closed to students on Thursday, Feb. 11 for an IEP Development Day. OU BOCES will also be closed to students Friday, Feb. 12 through Monday Feb. 15 for Presidents’ Weekend break. Should OU BOCES close due to weather on Feb. 11, the IEP Development Day will be moved to Thursday, Feb. 16.

Student connect with successful alumni at New York Philharmonic concert program

The Music Department's recent trip to New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s concert program at Lincoln Center in New York City. was made extra special because Monticello School District alumnus Andrew Trombley was playing double bass in the orchestra. Not only did everyone get to see Trombley perform, they got to ask him what it’s like to play with one of the world’s great orchestras – and other renowned ensembles. read full article

Openings available for Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers

Students in grades 8-12 have an opportunity to participate in the Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) mentoring program at Monticello Central School District. read more

KLR K-2 Early Spring Concert rescheduled

The Kenneth L. Rutherford K-2 Early Spring Concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 9:30 a.m. (Snow date: Thursday, Mar. 3)

MCSD receives reduced-rate grant for Healthy Kids Program

The district is pleased to announce that the grant allowing reduced fees for the Healthy Kids Extended Day Program has been approved. Because of the long wait period, families that are currently enrolled and have been paying the full rate since September will receive the service free of charge for the remainder of the year. read more

Monticello Board of Education honors individuals from MCSD community

These awards are reserved for extraordinary performances that exemplify excellence in education and goes above and beyond the typical responsibility of the individual. Read more

RJK presents Peter Pan Jr.

Tickets to the middle school's production of Peter Pan Jr. are available for pre-sale. Tickets can be purchased at the school store, main office or through any cast or crew member. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Five ticket special = purchase five tickets for $20. Gold and Silver Cards will also be accepted.

“Why is school closed? I don’t see any snow!”
A guide to winter-weather-related school closings

When school is closed for a “snow day”, it doesn’t always mean that there are blizzard-like conditions outside. In fact, school may be closed or delayed when there isn’t even a trace of snow in the air. read more

Rutherford Elementary School principal to retire

When the doors to Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School open on the first day of school in September, it will be the first time in three decades that Principal Kimberly Patterson won’t be there to greet the incoming crowd. After serving the Monticello School District for 33 years, Mrs. Patterson has announced her retirement, effective May 2, 2016. read more

Helping families, schools and communities raise children to become adults: 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.

Stay informed about snow closings and delays

With winter weather in the forecast, now seems like a good time to review how Monticello Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays. Please see our updated television and radio station list. read more

Prop master needed for high school's Beauty and the Beast production

Have you ever harbored a desire to be part of an exciting show, but don’t want to step out into the footlights? Monticello High School’s performing arts program may have an experience for you! Read more

ASPIRE program promotes positive behavior

A new program at Monticello High School is transforming traditional in-school suspension (ISS) from an isolation pod to a platform that encourages students to make better choices and learn how to manage their emotions. read more

Nominations for Hall of Distinction due Apr. 15, 2016

Do you know someone who deserves to be honored on the Monticello Hall of Distinction? Let us know! The district is accepting nominations for its Hall of Distinction which honors highly successful alumni, former board members and former employees who have achieved distinction, outstanding accomplishments or made significant contributions within their school, family, career, community and/or personal lives. Click here to learn more and download a nomination form.

MCSD adopts tracking technology for bus-riders

A miscommunication between parents ends up with a student getting off at the wrong bus stop. When the bus arrives, the student does not disembark. Mom calls the school in a panic, wondering where her son is. Beginning in February, officials at Monticello Central School District will be able to tell a worried parent within seconds exactly what bus the student is on or where he or she disembarked. read more

District mourns passing of Chief Judge Judith Kaye

The Monticello Central School District community was deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Chief Judge Judith Kaye, Class of 1954, on Jan. 7. Hon. Kaye was a judge, author and pioneer and was inducted into the district’s Hall of Distinction on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. read more

Teachers’ Tinsel Trot inspires students’ goodwill

When the varsity athletes from Monticello High School witnessed the Monticello Teachers’ Association’s community outreach through the inaugural Tinsel Trot, it inspired the athletes to help the community in their own way. Read more

Students build confidence and life-skills in shop class

On a cold December morning, Monticello High School students in Donald Waddell’s wood and manufacturing class stand outside the school, tools in hand, within a wood frame. As the winter wind whips around, a structure slowly starts to take shape. Before long, it will become an eight-by-16 foot shed used to store wood at Monticello High School. read more

Registration is open for Project Excel

Parents and guardians may now enroll children who will turn four by Dec. 1 and children from ages three to five with disabilities for Project Excel, a Universal Pre-K (UPK) program. read more

The Spotlight is on Becky Perez!

Ask anyone at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School about Becky Perez, and chances are the first thing they’ll mention is her bright smile. Whether it is a broken heater in a classroom, a spill in the hallway, or a student being sent to the principal, she is often the first point of contact in situations where a smile can go a long way. 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

Students, staff, compete in ugliest holiday sweater contest

On Dec. 11, the MHS National Honor Society hosted its version of an ugly sweater party where students and staff vied for the title of ugliest holiday sweater. For a preview of the sweaters - and to see how MHS is decking the halls - and classrooms, click here.

MHS students feed 100 families

Under the leadership of the Monticello food drive committee, students were able to raise enough money to fill 100 baskets with all the ingredients of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. On Nov. 24, the entire student body gathered in the high school auditorium to see the fruits of their labor. read more

SEW program knits together wellness and 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

MCSD welcomes new Human Resources Specialist

On Nov. 17 the Monticello Central School District welcomed Anna Wasson to its administrative team as a Human Resources Specialist.  read more

MHS seniors sign letter of intent

Twin sisters and Monticello High School seniors Camryn and Sydney Johnson signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and run track and cross country for Siena College in Loudonville, NY. read more

Athletic Department implements updated handbook for student-athletes

This handbook supersedes all prior handbooks and should be read and acknowledged by all student athletes and their parent prior to the start of the winter sport season during online registration. Learn more about online registration here.

Updated pick up and drop off information for MHS and RJK

Thank you for your patience as we continue to fine-tune our drop off and pick up procedures. CLICK HERE for the most recent information about procedures for morning drop off and afternoon pick up at the middle and high school.

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.

Updated technology page features parent communication tools

The district's "new" instructional technology webpage highlights communication tools for parents and students, as well as technology in the classroom. read more

Breakfast and lunch menus available online

Breakfast and lunch menus for Sept. are now available online. Click here to download menus, or learn more about online meal payments and free or reduced meals.

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 offered at Cooke, Rutherford, Kaiser

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

Volunteer policy now in effect

District volunteers will be asked to complete an application, in compliance with a board adopted volunteer policy. read more

Applications for free and reduced price meals now available

Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Click on the links below to learn about eligibility guidelines and how to apply for the 2015-16 school year.   parent letter and application |
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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.

BOE adopts 2015-16 calendar

The Monticello Board of Education adopted the 2015-16 school year calendar during the March 26 BOE meeting.  see calendar [PDF]

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