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School will be closed on Monday, Oct. 3

A reminder that all Monticello schools will be closed on Monday, Oct. 3, in observance of Rosh Hashanah. The regular school schedule will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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.

The next EPIC workshop will be Oct. 4

EPIC will present “Listening and Responding to Children” on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Rutherford. Dinner will be served to all attendees at approximately 5:40 p.m. Please join us for an informative workshop as your child(ren) enjoys cookies and milk and crafts. Please RSVP to Jane Sorensen at 807-6332 or email address at jsorensen@k12mcsd.net.

Elementary morning music program to begin Oct. 4

Students will receive more information about the program in their backpacks in the upcoming weeks. For more information, or to download the resgistration forms online, click here.

KLR supply lists available

Please click here to view KLR's supply lists for the 2016-17 school year.

The first PTO meeting of the year will be Sept. 14

The first Cooke-Rutherford PTO meeting will be Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Rutherford. There will be snacks and raffle prizes. As always, children are welcome to attend. For more information, contact cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net or “like” them on Facebook.

Save the date for the Scholastic Book Fair

The Cooke-Rutherford PTO will present its fall Scholastic Book Fair at Rutherford on Sept. 27, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

KLR student athletes score invitation to O-D All-American Football Bowl

Ajani Hooks and Ivan Pagan were among 45 students throughout the nation selected to participate. Read more

Kiwanis help children get access to books

Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis members of the Monticello branch believe this, and have implemented a reading program for second grade students at Rutherford. Read more

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

“Fun Friday” turns bittersweet as KLR bids “see-you-later” to two faculty members

As the name suggests, “Fun Friday” is a time for the students at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School to cut loose and cheer each other on in their accomplishments. On Friday, Feb. 26, for just one moment, “Fun Friday” turned bittersweet as the KLR community officially bid “see-you-later” to two treasured faculty members. Read more

Rutherford Elementary School principal to retire

When the doors to Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School open on the first day of school in September, it will be the first time in three decades that Principal Kimberly Patterson won’t be there to greet the incoming crowd. After serving the Monticello School District for 33 years, Mrs. Patterson has announced her retirement, effective May 2, 2016. read more

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.

What is perseverance?

Two fourth-grade students visited Mrs. Kozachuk’s first grade class to answer that very question. Read more

SEW program knits wellness with academics

“I like when Mr. Prestianni comes into our class,” said C.J. Poitras, a 4th 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

Class Dojo encourages good behavior

If you see a friend wearing their pajamas it may not be because they forgot to get dressed. They may have earned it. read more

The Breakfast Packing Team: serving up career skills

Rutherford’s student-based Breakfast Packing Team is serving up job skills while building confidence, manners and teamwork. read more

Spouses team up to implement mentoring program

KLR fifth grade teacher Mrs. Billias and her husband, MHS teacher Mr. Billias, joined efforts to implement a senior/fifth grade mentoring program. read more

Rutherford welcomes Social Emotional Wellness Facilitator

Rutherford now has a full time Social Emotional Wellness Facilitator named Lynn Selkirk who will be working in all classes, assisting students and helping staff maintain a positive balance with their workload, stress and feelings. 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 Rutherford students

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

Monticello 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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