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District seeks applicants for Board of Education vacancy

The Monticello Board of Education is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the vacancy on the Board of Education created by the resignation of John Moul. This is a ten-month term of office which will expire on May 20, 2019. For more information, click here.

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.

Monticello welcomes new athletic director

When the Panther’s fall season begins, there will be a new cat on the block – Kurt Buddenhagen has been appointed as Monticello Central School District’s Athletic Director.

Board of Education to meet July 26

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the RJK Middle School Library. There will be a proposed executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation.” The open meeting will occur after the completion of executive session.

Fall sports registration to open on Family ID

High school athletic registration begins July 13; Middle school students may register beginning Aug. 6

A timeless gift, a grateful community

Monticello High School students restore an antique podium for a local church and the results are amazing

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.

Three student athletes honored by the Board of Education

The MCSD Board of Education presented three student athletes with Board Awards during the June 21 board meeting.

The Spotlight is on our Transportation Department

Drivers, dispatchers, monitors, clerks - they all band together to keep our students safe in all types of weather

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

Transportation requests to and from childcare facilities must be made in writing

Complete Childcare Transportation Request Form located on the district website

Panther Parade of Pride 2018

For the third year in a row, Monticello High School graduates took a step back before they take their next steps forward. Read more

10 MHS students recognized as Students of Distinction

On Friday, June 6, 10 students from Monticello High School received the school’s “Student of Distinction” award, a recognition for students who have demonstrated behavior and/or achievement above and beyond expectations.

Sarah Grodin attending West Point Summer Leaders Experience

Monticello High School junior was accepted to this prestigious, competitive program and hopes it is a sign of things to come.

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

Free summer meals for children under 18

The MCSD will participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be served at no cost to children under the age of 18 at these sites

Summer school registration

Summer school registration will be held on Wednesday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School.

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

Three MHS athletes honored by OCIAA

Robert Buckley received the 2018 Tyler Muise MVP Award, a recognition that celebrates the contributions students with special needs make to sports programs, while Morgan Mitchell and Jonah Lilley both received the 2018 Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association's Scholar Athlete Award during the organization's annual breakfast. Read more

#MonticelloRocks Spring Concert 2018

There are a million reasons why #MonticelloRocks. MHS parent Gabriel Espinosa recently shared one.

Sullivan County legislators honor local valedictorians

Attendance matters at MCSD

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

Syrian children receive portraits created by MHS students

During Monticello’s annual district-wide art show on Friday, May 18, attendees will watch a video of Syrian children receiving portraits of themselves. To many watching the video, the children will be strangers, but for students in Lisa Baisley’s and Jay Brooks’ Drawing and Painting classes at Monticello High School, there will be familiar faces – faces these students know intricately, since they’ve spent several months painting them. Read more

Chase students save 93 hearts

For the past few weeks, students at Emma C. Chase Elementary School have been learning all about heart-healthy habits such as avoiding sugary drinks, getting rest and being active. It’s part of an initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA) called “Jump Rope for Heart.” Read more

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

Students in MHS' Culinary Club bake for good

Students in the Monticello High School Culinary Club participated in the “Bake for Good” program, sponsored by King Arthur Flour. Read more

Upcoming EPIC workshops

The EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) team presents: Structure and Limits: Preventing and Managing Problem Behavior on May 1 and Communication Skills for Fathers on June 12. Read more

Orientation for incoming sixth-grade students

The Robert J. Kaiser Middle School invites parents and guardians of incoming sixth-grade students to an orientation, which will be held in the middle/high school auditorium on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. Read more

Board of Education to meet May 3

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education and Budget Hearing on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the RJK Middle School Cafeteria. There will be a proposed executive session at 6:01 p.m. to discuss “the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation.”The open meeting will occur after the completion of executive session.

Save the date/Salva la fecha for the ENL spring community BBQ

The ENL spring community BBQ will be held on June 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the RJK Middle School cafeteria/Salva la fecha para nuestro “BBQ” de Primavera para la comunidad de ENL, el jueves 7 de junio de 2018 de 4 a 6 p.m. en la cafetería de la escuela secundaria RJK

Monticello Schools named a 'Best Community for Music Education'

This is the ninth time the district is recognized for the award

Summer Learning Academies combine academics and enrichment for students

Monticello offers Summer Learning Academies at all levels starting in July

The Spotlight is on.... the MTA Toy Story team

A team of Monticello teachers and staff got together to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs. And they had so much fun doing it.

Anime, Crazy 8s, Star Wars Day and more at the E.B. Crawford Library

Events for teens, younger kids and families round out the program for later in April and early May at the library

Voters reject $110 million capital improvement plan

Monticello voters rejected a $110 million capital project on April 5, 2018. The project, which would have been bonded out in two phases, would have corrected health and safety issues throughout the district, re-opened the Corneilius Duggan Elementary School, improved the district’s athletic facilities and created extensive upgrades at each district school. Read more

MHS students' artwork receives national awards

Artwork created by students in Monticello High School’s STREAM journey (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) has been recognized regionally – and nationally-- for its excellence. Monticello students received awards in all levels of the 2018 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Read more

MCSD welcomes new director of curriculum

When Linda Oehler-Marx enrolled in a teacher certification program at Pace University, it was just supposed to be a strategic move to further her career in the publishing industry. Instead, it became the first step of a life-long journey through the education field cumulating into a position as director of curriculum at Monticello Central School District. Read more

Prepare to be colorful

The Monti Color Run to benefit the Academy of Finance is planned for May 20.

High school students may apply for Liberty Partnerships Program summer program

Applications are now being accepted for the four-week program at SUNY Sullivan from July 9 to Aug. 7

Security is a priority in the Monticello School District

The district's School Safety and Security Supervisor discusses how people, technology and awareness are key to providing for safe schools

RJK social studies teacher Tim Potts earns state award

Featured capital project FAQ: Why will the vote be held on April 5?

Holding the vote on April 5 could help save taxpayers money on capital project. Read more

Monticello baseball fundraiser

Hit a home run with some Panther swag and support Monticello baseball. Order online by March 23.

Celebrate reading

March 2 is the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss and also the celebration of Read Across America.

Monticello School Board meeting set for Thursday, March 15

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the RJK Middle School cafeteria. Executive session is proposed for 6 p.m. with the open meeting immediately following.

Board of Education nominating petitions available March 5

Residents of the district interested in running for one of three available seats on the school board must file a petition.

Registration for kindergarten starts Monday, March 5

Pre-register online for the 2018-2019 school year then set up in-person registration

Students receive academic excellence scholarships

Five Monticello High School students receive New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence awards

Way to ski

Monticello boys' and girls' ski teams take championships and head to states

E. B. Crawford Library holding dance party for infants, preschoolers March 16

It's all skill as Jerome Luckey takes Section 9 title

Monticello's Jerome Luckey soared to the Section 9 Class A title in the high jump.

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

Scholar athletes, teams recognized at board of education meeting

Four fall teams earn scholar/athlete team designation; 60 athletes earn awards

Monticello School Board honors staff members

Building principals, department heads nominated staff members who make a difference in their school community

The Academy of Finance pays it forward to the community

The spotlight is on the group that is completing tax returns free of charge for community members.

More winter fun at the E.B. Crawford Library

The library has added some additional events to its February schedule.

Monticello CSD's 2017 fiscal stress report results

Each year, the NYS Comptroller’s Office issues a report to determine the level of “fiscal stress" of each school district in the state. Read more

 Boys basketball team helps in the fight against cancer

10th annual BCANY vs. Cancer Classic raises funds to fight cancer

$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

District medical director will provide state mandated physicals for 10th graders

Dr. Amarjit S. Gill, the Monticello Central School District’s medical director, will conduct the state mandated 10th grade physicals on Feb. 20 and 21, 2018. If your student has had a physical for the 2017-2018 school year and it is not on file in the Health Office, please have it faxed to 845-796-5037. If parents and/or guardians do not want their child to have a physical done through the school, call the high school Health Office at 845-794-8840 ext. 5 or send a note or fax stating this. This is for the state mandated 10th grade physicals only.

Academy of Finance students providing free income tax service to community

The group has done it for a decade. If you meet income requirements, these talented students can do your income tax for free.

Considering running for a school board in Sullivan County?

The Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA) will host a free workshop for any resident of Sullivan County who is planning to run, or considering running for a Board of Education position. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan County BOCES, Conference Room #1, located at 6 Wierk Ave. in Liberty. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 16 to SCSBA Executive Director Tania DeFrank at tdefrank@libertyk12.org or 845-866-6946.

Where would we be without the tech team?

They keep more than computers and laptops going in the district. The spotlight is on the Monticello tech team.

Flex day schedule could save instructional time this winter

Read more about the flex day schedule here.

RJK Middle School student to play in All-American Bowl

It will be an exciting winter break for Ivan Pagan, a football player who will be going to New Orleans next week.

High school drama club wows audiences at fall show

It was a totally different take on Greek mythology and audiences loved the high school drama club's fall show.

An impressive debut

Monticello High School's robotics team, Team Xtream, takes championship at tournament. Read more

District will pursue false threats made over new Anonymous Alerts system

Two days in and the district has received some false threats over its new app, all debunked quickly. Administrators aren't taking it lightly. Read more

Goal get 'em, Monti team

December is a pivotal month in the Monticello team's quest towards the district's goals. With the school year being neither too new nor too far gone, it's the perfect time to check in, so that we can confidently move forward or refine our action plans as necessary. In the December Navigator, Superintendent Mangus does just that, while Tavi Bockman shares some of the insight she learned at the Model Schools conference in this month's Model Schools Spotlight.

MCSD empowers students and their families to anonymously report bullying with new app

Beginning on Dec. 1, students and parents in the Monticello Central School District will have a new way to anonymously alert administrators and safety personnel of instances of bullying or other negative activity with Anonymous Alerts.

Monticello schools present winter concerts throughout the month

All are invited to the winter concerts, starting on Dec. 6. Read more

Don't miss the holiday laser light show

Save the date - Wednesday, Dec. 13 - for an amazing show, arts and crafts, cookies and more. And it's free for parents and students. Read more

Get in the spirit of the season

Area high school musicians are set to play holiday concerts at the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North Street in Monticello, throughout December. The concerts begin at noon. The Monticello High School Chamber Ensemble plays on Wednesday, Dec. 13. For the full schedule of performances, click here.

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

Gov. Cuomo visits district to award $7.1 million in after-school grants

The governor made a stop at Monticello's Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School Thursday afternoon touting the district's big grant. Read more

It's time for the Tinsel Trot and Reindeer Dash

Dress as your favorite holiday character if you wish but wear your sneakers! This fun event will raise money for scholarships and to aid the homeless. Read more

Teachers, guidance counselor receive excellence awards

Karen Collura, Laurie Kilgore and Mary Truesdell receive Mid-Hudson School Study Council Awards for Excellence. Read more

Interested in the future of Monticello CSD?

Join district administrators at one of the public presentations on MCSD's proposed capital improvement project.

Spotlight on Brenda Sywalski

Teaching art is what Brenda Sywalski loves. Her latest project is a work of love for the entire Monticello community. Read more.

Nine MHS students chosen for NYSSMA concert

Nine choral and music students from Monticello High School will be performing at the NYSSMA concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Tri-Valley. Read More

Dress for success

You've got to dress the part when you go on an interview. Juliette McKerrell from Wayne Bank in Monticello stopped by to talk to the Academy of Finance students with some useful information. Read more

MHS students selected for NYSSMA All-State Music Festival

Four Monticello High School students have been recognized for musical excellence and named to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State music ensemble performance at the annual Winter Festival held in Rochester, NY, Sunday, Dec. 3.Read more

LPP helps students prepare for life after graduation

Middle and high school students are encouraged to take advantage of the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP,) an after-school and summer program implemented by SUNY Sullivan. The program is designed to promote college readiness and career development among eligible students who need some additional assistance to help them meet their goals and has a great lineup of community partners, including the Hurleyville Makers’ Lab, Catholic Charities, and Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (SALT). Read more

MCSD kicks off the school year with a day of Panther Pride

The staff of Monticello Central School District (MCSD) were too excited to wait for the students to arrive for the first day of school on Sept. 8. So, rather than wait for the students to come to them, a group of MCSD administrators, staff, students and of course, the district’s mascot, Monti the Panther went to the students. Read more

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

Interim Athletic Director Cioffi steps up to the plate

Life is a lot like baseball. A great hitter is only successful three out of every ten times. It’s not about HOW you miss or WHY you miss but how you are able to bounce back and be a great player.  And so, after a few strikeouts, the Monticello Central School District has finally hit a home run with its new interim Athletic Director, Mr. Louis Cioffi III. Read more

New “flex day” schedule may decrease loss of instructional time during winter

At its July 7 meeting, the Monticello Central School District Board of Education voted to approve a new “flex day” schedule option which may help to keep students and staff safe during winter weather without sacrificing instructional time. 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

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

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

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.

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

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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Report bullying online via Anonymous Alerts

The system enables parents and students to report instances of bullying or violence and allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report. To send reports via the website, click the icon to the left. Learn more about Anonymous Alerts.

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