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Cooke water outlets test positive for elevated levels of lead

In September 2016, a New York state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. This week, the district received the 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

Morning music calendar available online

The elementary morning music program has begun! Click here for the November calendar and program updates.   Please note that on Nov. 10 and 18 the elementary schools will be operating on a half day but there will STILL be Morning Music.

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.

Cooke goes pink for breast cancer

On Oct. 14, students and staff at Cooke donned pink clothing and accessories to support breast cancer survivors and promote breast cancer awareness and raised more than $265 to go toward the cause. Read more

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.

Cooke implements cafeteria incentive program

Classes that follow cafeteria expectations will earn a tally on their class chart posted in the cafeteria. When a class earns five tallies they will earn popcorn to eat during “Movie Friday” at the cafeteria. Read more

Important information about drop-off and pick-up

Please review George L. Cooke Elementary School's drop-off and pick-up proceedures here.

Volunteers needed during book fair

The Cooke-Rutherford PTO is searching for volunteers during the book fair. Please contact Erinn at 665-9423 or Sue at 701-0125 or e-mail cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net.

New immunization requirements for school entry

With summer vacation fast approaching, now is a good time to make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. Download a list of immunization requirements here: English | Español

Students, staff honor lunch lady heroes

To celebrate School Lunch Hero Day, Cooke welcomed Jarrett Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels, for a special assembly. Since the publication of hisseries, Krosoczka has visited schools to inspire students. The women and men who work tirelessly in school cafeteria are a fun and selfless bunch who do more than we realize, he told the students. Read more

Flipped learning: homework in class and class lessons at home

In a typical classroom, students learn a lesson in class and then take an assignment home to practice that lesson. But what would happen if that scenario were flipped around? According to one teacher in the Monticello Central School District, great things. Read more

Cooke fifth-graders graduate from D.A.R.E program

On Monday, April 4, Cooke Elementary School fifth-graders were recently recognized at a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduation ceremony held at the school’s multi-purpose room. Read more

Helping families, schools and communities: 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.

Parent resources available for Eureka Math

The district’s elementary schools have been using Eureka Math, a Common Core-aligned curriculum, for grades K-5. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to visit the Eureka parent support page to watch a brief video resource to help you to help your child become proficient in math.

Cooke students, staff featured in Times Herald Record

Times Herald Record sat down with students and staff at Cooke to talk about how they are stepping up as "green leaders" and taking responsibility for creating the future they want to live in. view article

SEW program knits wellness with 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

Health screenings to take place in all schools

New York State requires health screenings for students each year. read more

Cooke pilots recycling and garbage reduction program

Students from George L. Cooke Elementary School are overseeing lunchroom recycling and waste disposal as part of a pilot program that's helped slash the amount of garbage the school would send to landfills. read more

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 will be offered to Cooke students

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

MCSD implements new visitor sign-in procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, all visitors are required to adhere to the outlined procedures listed here. Click here to read the Monticello Board of Education policies regarding visitors.

Reminder: Photo ID required at student pick up

We are working hard to make student safety a top priority! You may have noticed that a PHOTO ID is required EVERY time you  pick up your child. This policy was put into place to ensure that our students are picked up by the correct people every single day. We appreciate your understanding the importance of this policy!

Parent Today offers parents tips to help children succeed

Have you signed up for the free, opt-in resource Parent Today? Be sure to check out the Parent Today e-newsletter and website, which offer tips and resources to aid parents in their partnership with educators to support students throughout the educational process, from pre-k through high school. MORE

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