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Free meals for kids and teens begins July 5

To ensure no child is left hungry over the summer, the Monticello Central School District will serve nutritious summer meals to area kids and teens at no cost from July 5 of this year through August 19. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under. Read more

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

Fifth-graders experience jury system

Students were recently invited to the Sullivan County Courthouse. They were greeted by Mr. George Cooke, who explained how our jury system works. Read more

Fourth-graders get the buzz on beekeeping

What’s all the buzz about? Fourth-grade students from Cooke found out earlier this month when beekeepers Michael and Melissa Barrett visited and gave a sweet lesson on honey production and how honey bees are a critical part of our world. Read more

The spotlight is on Tara Komatz

Ask a student in Tara Komatz’s fourth-grade classroom how they feel about their teacher, and he or she will have many great things to say. Read more

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

Donate online for Pennies for Patients

The student council at George L. Cooke has organized a fundraiser called Pennies for Patients sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Students were sent home with a box and paper with more information about the LLS and the fundraiser. You can also make donations online, and don’t forget to enter your student’s or classroom’s name. The highest fundraisers will have the chance to win a popcorn party for their class. Donate here.

Morning music calendar has been updated for spring 2016

Please click here to view the updated morning music calendar.

Cooke students build like Superkids’ Doc

With spring around the corner, the teachers decided that a bird feeder would be a great project for students to relate to Superkids' character Doc. Read more

“Chat and Chew” book club gets students reading

Forty students at George L. Cooke Elementary School have chosen to spend their lunchtime indoors in a classroom with a book. It’s not study hall, or a case of inclement weather – it’s a new book club for fourth-grade students called “Chat and Chew.” Read more

Students go back to the 1700’s

Fourth grade students from George L. Cooke Elementary School recently welcomed Robert J. Kaiser Middle School teacher and Revolutionary War aficionado Mr. Tim Potts to their school.  Read more

April-June Morning Music schedule available online

The Morning Music program schedule for April, May and June has some important dates to be aware of. For ease of reference, parents and guardians can download a PDF copy of the calendar here.

George L. Cooke socks poverty

Third, fourth and fifth grade students were invited to a dance, where admission was a pair of socks. Together, the students collected over 330 pairs of socks for the less fortunate. Read more

Students show compassion, empathy

Students in grades K-5 are learning about compassion and empathy in their social, emotional and wellness classes. As a project, each student made items to donate and personally deliver to people in need. Read more

Students receive early eye screening

The Sullivan County Lions Club  recently offered free vision screening for children ages six months through six years old at the George L. Cooke Elementary School. Read more

Helping families, schools and communities raise children to become adults: 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

Students donate over 900 food items to the SC Federation for the Homeless

The Student Council recently sponsored a school-wide “Naked Turkey” Community Food Drive. Each student who brought in a food item recieved a paper feather which was placed on their grade level featherless (naked) turkey. The grade who collected the most items (feathers) was rewarded with a popcorn party. read more

"Chef in the Classroom" program gets students excited to eat their veggies

Students at Cooke Elementary School are participating in a new program designed to foster healthy eating habits. read more

Cooke's kindergarteners meet some very special dogs

Two therapy dogs paid a visit to George L. Cooke Elementary School on Nov. 3. Students took turns petting the dogs and learned all about therapy and guide dogs. read more

Students get reading!

A special visitor from the local library encouraged Cooke's second and third graders to visit the library, take out books and get a library card! read more

Information or parents dropping students for music program

Thank you for your patience as we continue to fine-tune our pick up and drop off procedures. CLICK HERE for the most recent information about procedures for morning drop off and afternoon pick up at the middle and high school.

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

Students interview community members

On  Oct. 2, several  second grade students were able to interview a few important people in their very own community as part of a culminating activity from their lesson on People in the Community. read more

Important information about pick up procedures at Cooke Elementary School

Effective immediately, the Cooke School will be reverting to it's previous pick up procedure. Assistant Superintendent Parsons welcomes your questions, comments and suggestions on further improvement. read more

Breakfast and lunch menus available online

Breakfast and lunch menus are available online. Click here to download menus, or learn more about online meal payments and free or reduced meals.

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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