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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, 2016 -- 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

District confirms case of scabies at Rutherford

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, district officials were informed that a student at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School has a confirmed case of scabies. Read more

The next board of education meeting will be Dec. 15

The next board of education meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Kaiser Middle School Library. There will be a proposed extended excutive session at 6:01 p.m.; the open meeting is expective to begin at 7:30 p.m. The agenda will be available Dec. 13 via BoardDocs.

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

MHS Interact Pasta Party set for Dec. 9

The Monticello High School Interact Club will be hosting a dine-in or take-out pasta party on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The dinner is open to all community members. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. Children five and under eat free. Proceeds will go toward a shelter box donation to Haiti.

Winter concert series dates announced

The Monticello Central School Music Department is pleased to announce its upcoming winter concert series. Read more

Morning Music calendar is available online

Please click here to view the Morning Music calendar for December 2016 and January 2017.

Nesin Cultural Arts announces winter events

Students and staff from Monticello Central School District will be performing in several upcoming concerts and performances at Nesin Cultural Arts. View schedule

Library offers free chess club for players of all levels, ages

The Crawford Public Library (479 Broadway) has a chess club for teens and adults. The next session will be on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A limited supply of chess boards will be available, but it is recommended that players bring their own. For more information, please call Joanna at 845-794-4660 ext. 8 or visit

The next Teen Advisory Group meeting will be Dec. 8

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library Anime Club and Teen Advisory Group (TAG) are meeting on Thursday, December 8 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. respectively. Read more

Leadership Summit seeks to improve Sullivan County community

Academy of Finance senior student, Bengy Francisco, discusses his experience at the Sullivan County Leadership Summit. Read more

Academy of Finance hosts networking breakfast

On Oct. 24, the Academy of Finance hosted their annual Networking Breakfast. Students from grades 9-12 along with teachers and advisory board members gathered together in the cafeteria for a breakfast and networking opportunity. Read more

Monticello Teachers Association to host Tinsel Trot 5K

The Monticello Teachers Association will host the second annual Tinsel Trot 5K on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Rock Hill. Read more

Important information about the fourth and fifth-grade winter concert

Please click here to read a message from Miss Phillips and Miss Wells.

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

The Spotlight is on Tavi Bockman

Tavi Bockman’s second-grade class at Emma C. Chase Elementary School has excellent classroom manners – most of the time. If you ask them if they think their teacher is extraordinary, they quickly forget hand-raising and indoor voices in their excitement to exuberantly shout a resounding “yes!” in unison. Read more

Winter sport registration open now

Winter sport registration is now open to middle and high student-athletes. Register here.

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

Upcoming EPIC workshops announced

Monticello Central School District families are invited to attend three upcoming workshops presented by Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) on Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 10 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

Save the date for the Grade 4-5 Winter Concert Dec. 14

Students are working hard to prepare for their winter concert on Dec. 14 and are looking forward to perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents of student-musicians will receive more information about the concert as the date draws near. The snow date for the concert is Dec. 15.

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

Monticello Residents asked to participate in online survey

Monticello Central School District’s Board of Education and administrative team are working to create a vision for the future of the district. A significant piece of creating such a vision is the input of the Monticello community. At the Sept. 8 open forum, attendees participated in a survey to gather that input. In an effort to reach a larger audience, the district has made the survey available online. Click here to 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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