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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

The spotlight is on Tim and Allison Billias

Throughout history, great things have always come in pairs – peanut butter and jelly, Bert and Ernie, and Batman and Robin. MCSD has its own dynamic duo: Tim and Allison Billias.The two are alumni of Monticello High School, which is where they met as students and continue to be active members of the community. Mr. Billias has taught English at Monticello High School for six years, and Mrs. Billias has been a fourth-grade teacher at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School for the past two years.  read more

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

Morning Music Updates

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

KLR K-2 Early Spring Concert rescheduled

The Kenneth L. Rutherford K-2 Early Spring Concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 9:30 a.m. (Snow date: Thursday, Mar. 3)

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

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

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.

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

Rutherford welcomes Holly Budd

Rutherford happily welcomes Administrative Specialist Holly Budd to her new position in the main office. Mrs. Budd comes to KLR with years of experience as a secretary for Sullivan County. She is also co-administrator of the Shadowland Academy and costume designer for the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville.

What is perseverance?

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

KLR faculty compete in cookie-decorating contest

Armed only with $20 worth of cookie decorating supplies and a batch of fresh cookies, Kenneth L. Rutherford faculty competed in the school’s “Great Cookie Decorating Contest.” Read more

Staff, community members work together to make the season bright for all

Every child hopes to open a new toy during the holiday season and Rutherford Elementary has done its part to help that dream come true for hundreds of children. 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

Kiwanis Club of Monticello donates books to KLR

The students at KLR were thrilled when the Kiwanis Club of Monticello visited their school bearing gifts. 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

Close reading is sweet!

The lesson began when Mrs. Rojas passed out Oreo cookies to her students and asked them what they were eating. The answer was simple and unanimous: “Oreos!” But when Mrs. Rojas handed out a second round of Oreos... read more

Student places in National Football League competition

Ivan Pagan, a fourth grade student at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, won third place in the NFL. Pass and Kick (PPK) Competition. The PPK is the oldest NFL Youth Football program, having been established in 1961. read more

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 for parents regarding 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.

Monticello athletic apparel for sale

The Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School and the Panthers’ football team are participating in a clothing fundraiser. Click here to review the catalog and make purchases.

Health screenings to take place in all schools

New York State requires health screenings for students each year. 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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