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Early Dismissal Dec. 21

In order to enable our families to get a jump start on their winter recess plans, there will be an early dismissal for all Monticello students on Friday, Dec. 21. High school and middle school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. and elementary school students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. All after-school activities already scheduled for Dec. 21 will run as planned, including the Empire Program. However, athletic practices scheduled for Dec. 21 may be moved up as a result of the early dismissal. Athletes should speak with their coaches for clarification on any potential schedule changes.

Board of Education to meet Dec. 20

There will be a regular meeting of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the RJK Middle School Library. There will be a proposed executive session at 6:30 p.m. The open meeting will occur after the completion of executive session.

December events at the Mamakating Library

Bullet journaling, a winter solstice party, pilates and classic movies -- "check out" these upcoming Mamakating Library events.

December Navigator

Superintendent Mangus reflects on "collaboration" in December's Navigator. Plus, updates on the Classroom 2020 bond, a sneak peek at our new website and more!

The Keeper's Secret

Catch up with the Monticello My Brother's Keeper program in the third edition of The Keeper's Secret.

Thanksgiving Food Drive is a success

Monticello High School students and staff continued a long-standing tradition by collecting food for those in need this Thanksgiving season. In total, they collected enough to provide Thanksgiving dinner to 100 families. Way to give, Monti High.

Performing Arts Department has a busy schedule coming up

Click here for the December and January schedule of winter concerts for all Monticello schools

MCSD leaders presented with the Eugene T. Reville Award for Service to Education

Superintendent Tammy Mangus and Executive Director of Special, Summer and After-School Programs Dana Taylor were presented with the Eugene T. Reville Award for Service to Education for the Monticello Central School District during the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) annual Heroes Reception in Buffalo, New York on Nov. 8. Read more

MCSD welcomes new Director, Assistant Director of Transportation

The transportation department at Monticello Central School District welcomed a new leadership duo this fall. Robin Sklar and Tonya Newcomb have joined the Monticello team as Director of Transportation and Assistant Director of Transportation, respectively.

Monticello's Hall of Distinction Class of 2018 is impressive

The Monticello Central School District honored six alumni at the Hall of Distinction induction ceremony on Nov. 2.

Classroom 2020 passes

Voters in the Monticello Central School District approved the $54 million “Classroom 2020” capital improvement project on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with an unofficial tally of 894 “yes” to 350 “no” votes. Read more

Closing, delay and flex day information

With the winter season fast approaching, we encourage our families to review our District's procedures for school closures, delays and flex days.

In November, we go after our goals

Superintendent Tammy Mangus's Navigator this month looks at goal-getting. We set our goals in September and became aware of where we were in October. Now we maximize our time with students and keep things consistent so everyone can reach their goals.

Catch all the news from My Brother's Keeper

See what's happening with MBK in the monthly newsletter The Keeper's Secret

Wood family supports Chase -- one nickel at a time

Mr. and Mrs. Wood understand that many local residents are forced to choose between paying their electric bill or feeding their family, which is why they recognize that every little bit of help can go a long way in the community. Read more

Eleven MHS students chosen to play NYSSMA concert

These talented musicians will play at the NYSSMA Zone 9 Area All-State Festival Concert on Nov. 17

Photos of fall athletic events sought

The high school's yearnook team is seeking pictures of the fall 2018 sports season. Parents, students and/or athletes with photos to share should visit and enter school code Panthers19 to upload.

Touch A Truck Day at KLR

It takes a village – not only to raise a child, but also to keep a community safe and functioning. On Friday, Oct. 17, a huge fraction of that proverbial village came out to Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School so that students could have the opportunity to learn more about the people and organizations that surround them on “Touch A Truck Day.”

Wendy Galligan-Weiner joins Monticello Board of Education

At the Oct. 18 meeting, Wendy Galligan-Weiner was appointed to the Board of Education. Ms. Galligan-Weiner fills the vacancy on the Board created by the resignation of Scott Dorn.

MHS students' tribute to grandparents will last centuries

Although visitors might guess from the engravings that Hilda loved elephants and Santos worked in agriculture for most of his life, the plaque does not tell the story of a granddaughter/great granddaughter an ocean away in Monticello, New York who lovingly created and hand-engraved the plaque in tribute to her paptio y mami. Read more

Chase has a new assistant principal

Kim Gordon steps up to inspire the students at Emma C. Chase Elementary School

MCSD welcomes new director of facilities

Stephen Lewis brings his expertise to the Monticello Central School District

Coach Chris Russo receives prestigious service award

Monticello boys varsity basketball coach is recipient of Ben Nelson Service Award from the Basketball Coaches Association of New York 

Upcoming EPIC Workshops

Join the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program team at one of the upcoming family workshops for a free evening of dinner, refreshments, activities and workshops designed to provide parents with valuable resources and skills.

Monticello's Tri-M Music Honor Society Hosts the 2018 Monti Idol Competition

The show begins at 6 p.m. in the Monticello High School Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium on Oct. 19. Tickers are $3 and proceeds support the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Monticello Performing Arts Booster Club. Come out for a fun filled evening of your favorite songs from Beyonce to Billy Joel sung by your friends!

Shop for KLR spirit wear until Nov. 5

Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School's spirit wear fundraiser will run until Nov. 5. Show off you Panther Pride with T-shirts, hoodies, and more. Click here to visit the website. 

Late October events at the E.B. Crawford Library

Check out the library's late October offerings.

October's Navigator points to awareness

Last month, we SET the goal, but before we can talk about how to GET the goal next month, we need to take an honest look at where we are now so that we can establish a starting point in our journey towards our goals. Read more in Superintendent Mangus' Navigator

The Keeper's Secret tells story of My Brother's Keeper at Monticello

The inaugural edition of The Keeper's Secret newsletter highlights how this transformative program is having an impact on Monticello youth.

Spots available in free UPK 4 program

District residents who will be four years old before Dec. 1, 2018 aere eligible for the district's free UPK program in September. To register, or for more information, please contact the registrar's office at 845-794-0128, ext. 78905

MHS welcomes new assistant principal, Rachel Blount

If you’re a part of the Monticello High School community, Rachel Blount is excited to meet you. The new MHS assistant principal, who was appointed over the summer and just celebrated her first “back to school” day at Monticello, brings with her an extensive background in transforming culture and climate to foster student success.

Courtney Bonfante joins district to head communications team

All students eat free at Monticello schools in 2018-19

A nutritious breakfast and lunch are available every school day for all students in all Monticello schools

MCSD email security updates may result in returned messages

With a world-wide increase in cyber attacks and other digital threats, the district’s tech department has implemented new updates to the district’s email system. With these new updates, some users may have their emails returned if their email system does not meet the MCSD’s extensive security checks. Read more

Adirondacks become an outdoor classroom for MHS students

What happens when you use the outdoors as a classroom? Navigating a mountain climb becomes a study in developing topographical map skills. A nature walk is a chance to identify and compare species and soil types. Learning becomes infinitely more engaging.

Monticello MBK team spearheads state-wide retreat

NYS Commisioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia will be amongst the state leaders to speak to an audience of student leaders from My Brother's Keeper programs throughout the state at the inaugural "Friends and Fellows" retreat to be held at Honor's Haven resort. 

Take note of nominal changes in school schedule for 2018-2019

Time schedule for all schools in district changes by 10 minutes

Chris Palmer appointed Principal of Cooke Elementary School

Come September, Mr. Palmer will be bringing his humor and lightheartedness to a new audience – the students of Cooke Elementary School.

Monticello welcomes new athletic director

When the Panther’s fall season begins, there will be a new cat on the block – Kurt Buddenhagen has been appointed as Monticello Central School District’s Athletic Director.

A timeless gift, a grateful community

Monticello High School students restore an antique podium for a local church and the results are amazing

2018-19 academic calendar adopted

At its June 21 meeting, the MCSD Board of Education adopted the 2018-19 academic calendar. The full calendar will be available over the summer, and a printed copy will be mailed to each family in August.

Three student athletes honored by the Board of Education

The MCSD Board of Education presented three student athletes with Board Awards during the June 21 board meeting.

Transportation requests to and from childcare facilities must be made in writing

Complete Childcare Transportation Request Form located on the district website

Panther Parade of Pride 2018

For the third year in a row, Monticello High School graduates took a step back before they take their next steps forward. Read more

10 MHS students recognized as Students of Distinction

On Friday, June 6, 10 students from Monticello High School received the school’s “Student of Distinction” award, a recognition for students who have demonstrated behavior and/or achievement above and beyond expectations.

Physical exam requirements updated for 2018-19 school year

New York State Education Department has changed screenings and health examination and immunization requirements for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Read more

Incoming sixth-grade students must receive booster Tdap vaccine

New York state requires all students who will be entering sixth-grade in September to receive a booster Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccine. Read more

Important immunization information for parents of new students

All students in the Monticello Central School District must have a record of immunization on file with their school nurse. Read more

Three MHS athletes honored by OCIAA

Robert Buckley received the 2018 Tyler Muise MVP Award, a recognition that celebrates the contributions students with special needs make to sports programs, while Morgan Mitchell and Jonah Lilley both received the 2018 Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association's Scholar Athlete Award during the organization's annual breakfast. Read more

Sullivan County legislators honor local valedictorians

Attendance matters at MCSD

The district is encouraging students and staff to be present in the classroom every day.

Syrian children receive portraits created by MHS students

During Monticello’s annual district-wide art show on Friday, May 18, attendees will watch a video of Syrian children receiving portraits of themselves. To many watching the video, the children will be strangers, but for students in Lisa Baisley’s and Jay Brooks’ Drawing and Painting classes at Monticello High School, there will be familiar faces – faces these students know intricately, since they’ve spent several months painting them. Read more

Chase students save 93 hearts

For the past few weeks, students at Emma C. Chase Elementary School have been learning all about heart-healthy habits such as avoiding sugary drinks, getting rest and being active. It’s part of an initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA) called “Jump Rope for Heart.” Read more

Spots available in district's pre-kindergarten program

MCSD’s Project Excel Universal Pre-Kindergarten program still has spots available, beginning in September 2018. The program, transportation and meals are all free. Eligible students must turn four years old by Dec. 1, 2018. For more information, or to register call 845 794 7700 x78905

Students in MHS' Culinary Club bake for good

Students in the Monticello High School Culinary Club participated in the “Bake for Good” program, sponsored by King Arthur Flour. Read more

Upcoming EPIC workshops

The EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) team presents: Structure and Limits: Preventing and Managing Problem Behavior on May 1 and Communication Skills for Fathers on June 12. Read more

Monticello Schools named a 'Best Community for Music Education'

This is the ninth time the district is recognized for the award

Voters reject $110 million capital improvement plan

Monticello voters rejected a $110 million capital project on April 5, 2018. The project, which would have been bonded out in two phases, would have corrected health and safety issues throughout the district, re-opened the Corneilius Duggan Elementary School, improved the district’s athletic facilities and created extensive upgrades at each district school. Read more

MCSD welcomes new director of curriculum

When Linda Oehler-Marx enrolled in a teacher certification program at Pace University, it was just supposed to be a strategic move to further her career in the publishing industry. Instead, it became the first step of a life-long journey through the education field cumulating into a position as director of curriculum at Monticello Central School District. Read more

Security is a priority in the Monticello School District

The district's School Safety and Security Supervisor discusses how people, technology and awareness are key to providing for safe schools

RJK social studies teacher Tim Potts earns state award

Featured capital project FAQ: Why will the vote be held on April 5?

Holding the vote on April 5 could help save taxpayers money on capital project. Read more

Celebrate reading

March 2 is the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss and also the celebration of Read Across America.

Students receive academic excellence scholarships

Five Monticello High School students receive New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence awards

Way to ski

Monticello boys' and girls' ski teams take championships and head to states

It's all skill as Jerome Luckey takes Section 9 title

Monticello's Jerome Luckey soared to the Section 9 Class A title in the high jump.

Scholar athletes, teams recognized at board of education meeting

Four fall teams earn scholar/athlete team designation; 60 athletes earn awards

Monticello School Board honors staff members

Building principals, department heads nominated staff members who make a difference in their school community

Monticello CSD's 2017 fiscal stress report results

Each year, the NYS Comptroller’s Office issues a report to determine the level of “fiscal stress" of each school district in the state. Read more

 $7.1 million grant will create extensive expanded day programs for Monticello families

“This grant is going to enable us to create a safety net for our most vulnerable students and their families and provide enrichment opportunities for all,” Executive Director of After-School Programs Dana Taylor said. “We’ve designed a holistic plan that we believe will not only help our students grow academically, it will enable them to develop new interests and explore opportunities that they may not even have known existed.” Read more

District medical director will provide state mandated physicals for 10th graders

Dr. Amarjit S. Gill, the Monticello Central School District’s medical director, will conduct the state mandated 10th grade physicals on Feb. 20 and 21, 2018. If your student has had a physical for the 2017-2018 school year and it is not on file in the Health Office, please have it faxed to 845-796-5037. If parents and/or guardians do not want their child to have a physical done through the school, call the high school Health Office at 845-794-8840 ext. 5 or send a note or fax stating this. This is for the state mandated 10th grade physicals only.

Academy of Finance students providing free income tax service to community

The group has done it for a decade. If you meet income requirements, these talented students can do your income tax for free.

Flex day schedule could save instructional time this winter

Read more about the flex day schedule here.

District will pursue false threats made over new Anonymous Alerts system

Two days in and the district has received some false threats over its new app, all debunked quickly. Administrators aren't taking it lightly. Read more

Goal get 'em, Monti team

December is a pivotal month in the Monticello team's quest towards the district's goals. With the school year being neither too new nor too far gone, it's the perfect time to check in, so that we can confidently move forward or refine our action plans as necessary. In the December Navigator, Superintendent Mangus does just that, while Tavi Bockman shares some of the insight she learned at the Model Schools conference in this month's Model Schools Spotlight.

MCSD empowers students and their families to anonymously report bullying with new app

Beginning on Dec. 1, students and parents in the Monticello Central School District will have a new way to anonymously alert administrators and safety personnel of instances of bullying or other negative activity with Anonymous Alerts.

Gov. Cuomo visits district to award $7.1 million in after-school grants

The governor made a stop at Monticello's Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School Thursday afternoon touting the district's big grant. Read more

Teachers, guidance counselor receive excellence awards

Karen Collura, Laurie Kilgore and Mary Truesdell receive Mid-Hudson School Study Council Awards for Excellence. Read more

Interested in the future of Monticello CSD?

Join district administrators at one of the public presentations on MCSD's proposed capital improvement project.

MCSD to serve free meals to all students

Beginning on Sept. 7, 2017, the Monticello Central School District will serve free meals – both lunch and breakfast – to all students, regardless of their family’s income status through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Parents do not have to take any action to participate, however, the district asks all parents, regardless of income, to return the confidential income proxy form that will be sent home with students on the first day of school. Read more

Interim Athletic Director Cioffi steps up to the plate

Life is a lot like baseball. A great hitter is only successful three out of every ten times. It’s not about HOW you miss or WHY you miss but how you are able to bounce back and be a great player.  And so, after a few strikeouts, the Monticello Central School District has finally hit a home run with its new interim Athletic Director, Mr. Louis Cioffi III. Read more

New “flex day” schedule may decrease loss of instructional time during winter

At its July 7 meeting, the Monticello Central School District Board of Education voted to approve a new “flex day” schedule option which may help to keep students and staff safe during winter weather without sacrificing instructional time. Read more

Registration packets for the Healthy Kids Day Program now available

The district will continue to supplement the cost of the program while it works toward creating its own before and after school childcare program with a much lower cost for the 2018-19 school year. Read more

Robert J. Kaiser Middle School launches mentorship program

The school has begun a pilot of the New York State Mentoring program and is the only pilot site in Sullivan County. Read more

TK + HN = I: Monticello's own version of E=MC²

"Last month, the Navigator discussed how Truthful Kindness + Helpful Necessity = Inspiration. This month’s Navigator delves even further into this equation to show how just like Einstein’s theory of relativity can be used to assess the hidden energy within a human, TK+HN= Inspiration can help our kiddos and even ourselves understand the vast amount of potential that lurks within them. And when we realize our capability for greatness, it leads to explosive growth," Superintendent of Schools, Tammy Mangus. Read more

2017-18 school year immunization requirements

As of September 1, 2016, all students in grades 7, 8 and 12 must have proof of receiving the Meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school. Read more

Melanie Hector appointed assistant principal of George L. Cooke Elementary School

At the April 6, 2017 Monticello Board of Education meeting, the board appointed George L. Cooke Elementary School’s Instructional Coach, Melanie Hector, as the school’s assistant principal, effective Sept. 1. Read more

Monticello recognized as "Best Community for Music Education"

For the eighth year, Monticello NY has been awarded the designation of "Best Community for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAAM). Read more

Monticello is InspirED

On Friday, Feb. 17 more than 700 people gathered at Monticello High School for the district’s second annual “InspirED” conference. Read more

George L. Cooke students learning critical life skills through tinkering

Click here to watch Cooke Librarian and Monticello's Decemeber Spotlight, Julia Serrano's, class learning through play with "Maker Space" stations.

Reminder about drop-off and pick-up procedures

Without order and routine, the potential for safety hazards during drop-off and pick-up times increases. Please click here to review some reminders on the district's drop-off and pick-up procedures.

Monticello will welcome Pre-K program to 3-year-old students

Monticello Central School District is happy to announce that it will be expanding its pre-kindergarten program to offer opportunities for 3-year-old students thanks to a new state grant. Read more

MCSD’s security team: handling crisis situations with care

Monticello Central School District’s security team will be learning new techniques designed to prevent disruptive situations within the school community from escalating into a crisis. read more

Online pre-registration now offered for new students

Parents and guardians may now complete pre-registration online. This first step allows parents and guardians to complete preliminary information online; enrollment will not be completed until a registration appointment is held with the district registrar. CLICK HERE to begin the pre-registration process.

Volunteer policy now in effect

District volunteers will be asked to complete an application, in compliance with a board adopted volunteer policy. read more

BoardDocs allows easy Board of Education file access, storage

In an effort to streamline board of education documents and information, Monticello Central School District has implemented an easy-to-use content management system called BoardDocs. read more

MCSD implements new visitor sign-in procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, visitors are required to adhere to the outlined procedures listed here. Click here to read the Monticello Board of Education policies regarding visitors.

Hot Topics

Report bullying online via Anonymous Alerts

The system enables parents and students to report instances of bullying or violence and allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report. To send reports via the website, click the icon to the left. Learn more about Anonymous Alerts.

Questions & Concerns

If you have questions or concerns you would like to share, please click on the ? button and fill out the online feedback form. A district representative will respond to you within 72 hours. We welcome your input!