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Fifth graders star in year-end talent show

Fifth graders from Chase, Cooke and Rutherford schools collaborated on a year-end talent show at the Nesin Theater. Students sang, danced, played instruments and more. The grand finale included all fifth graders performing a song together! Best of luck to our up-and-coming middle schoolers. We know you will do GREAT! View video of the finale below.


Farewell to our students! See you in the Fall!

Staff at Cooke Elementary waved goodbye to the students as the 2014-15 school year came to an end. read more

Celebrating Cooke's fifth graders

Cooke students, families and staff honored our fifth graders with a DARE Graduation and Moving Up Ceremony on June 19. read more

Things get sticky at Cooke!

Cooke-Rutherford PTO sponsored a unique fundraiser that raised $263 to support next year's programs. Thanks to Principal Sandra Johnson-Fields and Assistant Principal Rosemarie Romano for being such good sports!


Students with perfect attendance recognized

It is quite a feat to have perfect attendance throughout the school year, but several students at Cooke Elementary did it! read more

Cooke's youngest students are moving on up!

Kindergartners participated in a "graduation" ceremony on Friday, June 12, to celebrate the completion of their first year of school. read more

Fifth grade students thank Mrs. Sorensen for her support

Fifth grader students surprised Mrs. Jane Sorensen, the district's (Every Person Influence Children) EPIC Coordinator, with a floral basket. read more

Peer mediators provide great support

Cooke School recently celebrated the work of the students in the Peer Mediation Program. Since the program began, students have had a total of 23 meditations. read more

Fifth graders visit Sullivan County Courthouse

Cooke's fifth graders met with Commissioner of Jurors George Cooke and County Judge LaBuda to learn more about the judicial system, history of the Magna Carta and future career opportunities in the legal field. See video highlights below!


What "cycle day" is it?

Happy Summer! See you in September!

Statement from Superintendent Tammy Mangus regarding ClubRec program

Footings, Inc. recently notified Monticello Central School District officials that its subsidiary, ClubRec, would no longer be providing before and after school care services for Sullivan County, effective September 1, 2015.  read more

Third graders think outside the box

Mrs. Hartman's third graders use their imaginations to produce cardboard creations.  read more

Spotlight shines on Ms. Garrett

Our next spotlight feature is about Amy Garrett, art teacher at George L. Cooke Elementary School. Congratulations to Ms. Garrett! She is a true example of Monticello excellence.  read more

Cooke third graders attend theater performance at Bethel Woods

More than 100 third grade students attended an interactive theater performance at Bethel Woods as a culmination of their theater writing unit. see photo gallery

PTO donates new sign for school entrance

Students at the George L Cooke Elementary School were excited to show off the school’s new sign! The school would like to thank the Cooke/KLR PTO for donating the new signage for our school entrance.

Pictured are students J’Vaughn Dawson, Madison Ames-Shaw, Emily Brito, Riley Doss, Adriana Anderson, Dylan Hardy, Sophia Antizzo, and Brooklyn Johnson

MCSD implements new visitor sign-in procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, employees and visitors to our buildings, the district has implemented new safety procedures. All visitors to any building 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!

Student council meets with district directors, asks questions

The Directors of Transportation and Food Services recently visited  Cooke to meet with student council members and addess their questions and concerns.  read more

Cooke students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

Students throughout the school participated in special reading activities in honor of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday.  view photo gallery

Students benefit from relaxing yoga sessions

A new series of yoga sessions have left students feeling more relaxed and focused for school. These yoga sessions, says EPIC Coordinator Jane Sorensen, are a great way to help students identify new ways to strengthen their minds and bodies. See video below for a sneak peek; click here to see more.

Backpack Program receives donation

The Cooke Elementary School Spirit Committee is pleased to use proceeds from the school store to supplement the Backpack Food Program. Under the direction of ALC teacher Mr. Eric Mabee, the backpacks help many children with snacks and lunches while school is closed for the holidays and weekends. Thank you Mr. Mabee; the staff and children appreciate YOU!

Pictured: Principal Sandra Johnson-Fields, teachers Megan Hobby, Nicky Wells and Amy Garrett, 5th grader Dylan Hardy, ALC Coordinator Eric Mabee, teacher Patty Whipple, 1st grader J’Vaughn Dawson, 4th grader Andrew Figueroa, 1st grader Tyiese Mack, 3rd grader Aaron Minton and 2nd grader Emily Brito

Cooke promotes a college culture amongst its fifth-grade students

The district is piloting a program to engage its students in discussions about college in earlier grade levels with the hope that fifth graders leave elementary school motivated for their future in middle school and beyond. read more

June menus now posted

The food service program provides students with tasty, healthy meals every school day. Click here to see what students can purchase for breakfast and lunch this month, to find out how to pay for school meals online or to see if your child qualifies for free or reduced meal prices.

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

View the student calendar for 2014-15 school year

View important dates for the 2014-15 school year. view the student calendar [PDF]

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