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What cycle day is it?

Monday, Feb. 8 - Day 3
Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Day 4
Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Day 5
Thursday, Feb. 11 - Day 6
Friday, Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - CONFERENCE DAY
Monday, Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - PRESIDENTS DAY
Tues, Feb. 16 - Day 1

Registration has begun for reduced-rate extended day program

Parents of students who attend any of the three Monticello Central School District elementary schools may begin registering their children for the Healthy Kids Extended Day program. Newly enrolled students may start attending the program on February 16. Spots are limited. Read more

Students and staff will go red on Feb. 5

Cooke students and staff are encouraged to participate in the American Heart Association's "National Wear Red Day" on Friday, Feb. 5. Click here to read a letter that was sent home on Jan. 27.

Cooke Sock Hop to take place Feb. 11

The Cooke School Spirit Commitee is hosting a Sock Hop dance for Cooke students in grades 3-5. Click here for more information.

EPIC presents "Love is a Powerful Vitamin" on Feb. 9

The next EPIC workshop (free to all families in the district) is called "Love is Powerful Vitamin" and will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School.  This workshop is designed to promote the understanding of the power of love in a child's life. Children are welcome! EPIC will provide crafts, healthy snacks, story-time and homework assistance for any children who attend with their families. view flyer

MCSD receives reduced-rate grant for Healthy Kids Program

The district is pleased to announce that the grant allowing reduced fees for the Healthy Kids Extended Day Program has been approved. Because of the long wait period, families that are currently enrolled and have been paying the full rate since September will receive the service free of charge for the remainder of the year. read more

Morning Music Updates

There will be no Morning Music on Thursday, Feb. 11, Friday, Feb. 12 or Monday, Feb. 15

Stay informed about snow closings and delays

With winter weather in the forecast, now seems like a good time to review how Monticello Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays. Please see our updated television and radio station list. 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.

Starlight Chapter 74, Bethany Lodge, donates school supplies

On Dec. 22, some members from Starlight Chapter 74 and Bethany Lodge gave the George L. Cooke Elementary School a large bin of school supplies. They donated items like notebooks, pencils, folders, and plenty of supplies that the students greatly appreciate. read more

Cooke gets ugly for a good cause

The George L. Cooke Elementary School Spirit Committee held its first “Ugly Sweater Contest” and raised $200 which has been donated in full to The Ronald McDonald House of The Greater Hudson Valley. read more

Students sing their hearts out at winter concert

On Dec. 18, George L. Cooke Elementary School's family and friends gathered to watch and listen to the school's K-5 students as they performed their annual winter concert. view gallery

Student Council is collecting hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for students in need

Cooke Student Council is collecting winter weather attire for Warm Hearts and Hands Month. Every student who brings in an item of clothing will receive a paper basket to put inside their grade level basket.  The grade that has the most paper mittens by Dec. 21 will win a popcorn party to celebrate their warm hearts.

Cooke Elementary School "Warm Hearts and Hands"

 Student Council has been very active this winter and are  eager to reach out and help others. If anyone in the district knows of a student in need, please notifiy Student Council leader Ms. Kelly Mitchell at 794-8830 ext. 40205 to collect winter weather attire such as scarves, gloves and hats. 

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

Updated: Stay informed about snow closings and delays

With the winter season closely approaching, now seems like a good time to review how Monticello Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays.Please see our updated television and radio station list. 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

Second graders learn fire safety firsthand

During Fire Prevention Safety month, Cooke's second graders received an up close and personal fire safety lesson from some special guests. view photo gallery

Thank you, Monticello families!

The district appreciates parents' patience and cooperation as traffic patterns have been adjusted at the middle school and high school.  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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