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Watch Sunday's commencement live online

Congratulations to the Monticello High School Class of 2017! This year’s commencement exercises will take place Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m. in the SUNY Sullivan Fieldhouse in Loch Sheldrake. Admission is by ticket only, but anyone can watch the ceremony at home by clicking here. The ceremony will be video streamed live on the day of graduation and will be available for viewing in the days following. Best of luck to our graduates in all their future endeavors!

Excelsior Scholarship deadline is July 21

New York’s tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, makes college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state by helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt.  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.

Ethelbert B. Crawford library to host Makerspace

A MakerSpace is a DIY space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a MakerSpace event on Tuesday, June 27th from 4-6 p.m. Read more

Students receive Presidential Awards

On June 7, Monticello Central School District honored the outstanding academic accomplishments of nearly 200 fifth, eighth and twelfth graders who have earned the distinction of being a part of the Presidential Education Awards Program. Read more

The final countdown has arrived

From Superintendent Mangus: "Each month, I've asked you to focus on proven techniques to foster growth and improvement...for yourselves as well as for our students. If we want our students to be excellent, they must be surrounded by excellence each and every day. The final Navigator of this year comes to you in video form and highlights some of lessons and great moments from this school year. Enjoy these snippets from the last nine months as we build many more as we close out June!" View video

MHS summer school registration will take place June 28

Registration for MHS summer school  for classes and re-rests will take place June 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the high school.  Please contact the main office of the high schoool for more information.

Boys’ track wins OCIAA championship

For the third consecutive year (and seventh time in eight years), the Monticello boys’ track and field team has won the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division III track and field championship. And the team has once again done so while going undefeated in the division. Read more

Crawford Public Library announces summer reading program

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library has an exciting summer reading program! Sign-ups for the summer reading program will begin June 26 and activities will start Monday, July 10 There will be a variety of activities for kids, tweens and teens this summer. Read more

Paws and Read at Crawford Library

Does your child need practice with reading? Do they simply love animals? The library is bringing reading practice and adorable animals together in a new program called Paws & Read. Read more

13 Reasons Why craze

An article written by Karen Warden and MCSD's counseling team regarding the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Read more

Monticello board member recognized by NYSSBA

At the May 16 Monticello Board of Education meeting, Board Member John Moul was presented with the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) Board Excellence Award. Read more

District seeks fall athletic coaches

The district seeks applicants for a number of fall athletic sports coaches. Please visit MCSD's employment page and scroll down to "Athletics" for more information.

Key Club members brighten the day for CRMC residents

Members of the Monti High Key Club recently visited the Catskill Regional Medical Center to spread some springtime cheer.  Read more

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers honored at ceremony

Three Monticello High School senior students, Autum Bivins, Raheem Brown and Na-eelah Shackelford, were honored at the inaugural Mid-Hudson Region Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teacher’s (TSTT) Recognition Ceremony. Read more

Robert J. Kaiser Middle School launches mentorship program

The school has begun a pilot of the New York State Mentoring program and is the only pilot site in Sullivan County. Read more

Chase students ponder peace

“What I enjoyed most about the peace project was spending time with my friends creating a video that is funny, yet more importantly spreading a powerful message, the message of Peace,” fifth-grade student Luke said. “If we want more peace in the world, it must start with each one of us.” Read more

TK + HN = I: Monticello's own version of E=MC²

"Last month, the Navigator discussed how Truthful Kindness + Helpful Necessity = Inspiration. This month’s Navigator delves even further into this equation to show how just like Einstein’s theory of relativity can be used to assess the hidden energy within a human, TK+HN= Inspiration can help our kiddos and even ourselves understand the vast amount of potential that lurks within them. And when we realize our capability for greatness, it leads to explosive growth," Superintendent of Schools, Tammy Mangus. Read more

2017-18 school year immunization requirements

As of September 1, 2016, all students in grades 7, 8 and 12 must have proof of receiving the Meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school. 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

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

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

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.

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

"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

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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