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Monticello schools closed on Monday, Jan. 16

The district will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MCSD will host African Music and Dance Celebration on Jan. 18

This free and fun event will feature renowned Ghanaian xylophone master, Bernard Woma, and will take place at 7 p.m. at Monticello High School. Click here to reserve your free tickets.

The next board of education meeting will be Jan. 19

There will be a regular board of education meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Robert J. Kaiser cafeteria. There will be a proposed executive session at 6:01 p.m. The open meeting will occur after the completion of executive session. The agenda will be available online via BoardDocs.

Morning music cancelled, Jan. 19

Please note that there will be no Morning Music on Thursday, Jan. 19.

RJK presents: Aladdin Jr.

Students in RJK'sdrama club are working hard in practicing for the school's upcoming musical, Aladdin Jr., which will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School auditorium. The snow date for this show is Sunday, Jan. 29.

Spots still available for after school yoga at RJK

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) is pleased to offer a free after school yoga sessions for students. Yoga sessions will take place on Thursdays beginning Jan. 12 for sixth grade students and Feb. 2 for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Read more

"Elementary Family Movie Night" on Jan. 12 cancelled

Please be advised that the Jan. 12 "Elementary Family Movie Night" that was printed on the Monticello district calendar will not take place as scheduled. Keep an eye out for more information for our next "Movie Night" in March.

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.

New Year, Bold Goals

Click here to read the January 2017 edition of the Monti Navigator by Superintendent Mangus.

Crawford Library to offer free elementary tutoring beginning Jan. 18

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will begin a free tutoring program for students in grades K-5. The first session will be on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 4-5 p.m. 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.

Monticello Builders and Key Clubs spend holiday season serving others

The holiday season is a particularly busy time for the Builders and Key Clubs, student-led community service organizations sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Monticello. Read more

Information for families about school and extreme cold

Many of you might be wondering how extremely cold temperature affect the district's decision to hold school. Under certain conditions, outlined here, school may be delayed or closed due to wind chill alone.

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.

MTA, Tinsel Trot organizational committee thank Monticello community

The MTA is thrilled to report on the successful Second Annual Tinsel Trot and Inaugural Reindeer Dashand that its proceeds will go toward significant donations to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless and MTA Scholarship Fund.  Read more

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

RJK announces after-school culinary workshop

Students from Robert J. Kaiser Middle School are invited to take part in an after-school a six-week culinary workshop series focused on growing a healthy community. Workshops will take place every other Wednesday from 2:20 – 4:20 p.m. beginning Dec. 7. 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

Leaders as coaches, leaders as players

In Superintendent Mangus' November Navigator, she discussed the importance of leaders acting not only as coaches, but as players as well -- how we all must be relentlessly confident in our team's ability to thrive and flexible and adaptable in routing our map to success. Please click here to enjoy this collection of snapshots of our staff and students putting those philosophies into action throughout November.

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

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

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

Monticello High School's Academy of Finance to host second-annual "My School Color Run"

On Saturday, May 21, 2017 join the Academy of Finance for the second-annual "My School Color Run" Registration is open now -- register early to receive your bib, t-shirt and color pack. Read more

Stay informed about snow closings and delays

With the cold weather coming in, now seems like a good time to review how the district handles weather-related closings and delays. 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

Monticello tests drinking water for lead following new state standard

In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking. Results as of Oct. 20 to date are available online. Please note that additional results are pending. Read more

Cooke water outlets test positive for elevated levels of lead

The district has  received some water testing results from George L. Cooke Elementary School.  The results determined that two classroom sink outlets and nine bathroom sink outlets tested above the state-required 15 ppb action level, and out of an abundance of caution, the school took all effected fixtures out of service. Read more

Second graders receive story books from Kiwanis Club of Monticello

Second grade students were thrilled to gather in the auditorium to receive story books about friendship and anti-bullying from the Kiwanis Club of Monticello. Read more

Unplugged selected as finalist for Leadership Innovation award

Unplugged is being recognized for their creative programs in Monticello High School and SUNY Sullivan by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan at the organization's Annual Leadership Summit.. Read more

Monticello announces 2016 Hall of Distinction inductees

The Monticello Central School District is proud to announce the 2016 inductees to the Hall of Distinction. Five outstanding individuals will be honored at a special ceremony in the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium in Monticello High School on Friday, Nov. 4 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.  Read more

Monticello community gathers to celebrate Panther Pride

On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Monticello community gathered at Monticello High School to celebrate Panther Pride during the annual "Panther Pride BBQ." Read more

MHS Career Pathways Fair will now take place March 10

Please note that the MHS Career Pathways Fair has been moved from Nov. 7 to March 10. This is an update to what was printed in the district calendar.

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.

Panther Pride Ride video

Each year, Monty the Panther and the staff at Monticello Central School District get really excited about the start of the school year. So excited, in fact, that on the last day of summer vacation, Monty and his pals board a yellow school bus and travel throughout the district, making stops throughout the community to welcome back our students, pass out school supplies and spread the excitement. Watch the video here.

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

Students clean up Somerville Field

Armed with paintbrushes, hand gloves and trash bags, 11 volunteers collected rubbish strewn on the Somerville Field across from the George L. Cooke Elementary School.  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

Class of 2016 graduates with the highest graduation rate in a decade

Aside from being filled with record-setting scholars, athletes, dancers, musicians, and writers, the class also boasts an unofficial 79.4 percent graduation rate — the highest in a decade, and an increase of 14 percentage points over the last two years.  Read more

MHS' internship program creates "life-ready" students

While many people may envision internship duties as fetching coffee and filing papers, students in the high school’s internship program are developing meaningful job skills that align with their career goals. Read more

Monticello graduates take one last trip through their former schools

On Monday, June 13 the Class of 2016 took a bittersweet trip down memory lane during the inaugural “Panther Parade of Pride." 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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