After a summer filled with planning and collaboration, Monticello Central School District’s School Violence Prevention Program (SVP) will launch enrichment, mentorship and academic programming beginning Monday, Oct. 3.
A recruitment drive will take place for RJK students on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students can learn more about the programs available and enroll. Students who do not have a chance to enroll during the recruitment event can just show up to any of the district’s program to enroll.
Programming is available for students in grades six through 10, and takes place at the child’s school. RJK students will attend the program at RJK, and MHS students will attend the program at MHS. The MHS Basketball for Life program will take place at the St. John Street Community School.
Transportation home is provided via the late bus.
RJK (all times are from 2:30 to 5 p.m.):
MHS (all times are from 2:30 to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted):
Catalog of Programs
Students will develop their musicianship while exploring music’s unique stature in communities across cultures and time. As they work on both individual and group projects they will reflect and shape the musical culture of our district and the local community.
Students will meet twice per week to provide our students an outlet to encourage their creative side. Life scenarios will be discussed, and participants will express themselves through the creation of multimedia art projects. Through the process they will develop communication and coping skills, learning to use their talents and creativity to handle situations and discuss how they feel.
Local nonprofit organizations have partnered with MCSD to deliver the Peace Education Program. Originally developed overseas, Peace Education strengthens communities and schools by training our students to build and sustain positive relationships. This is accomplished by providing learning experiences to reduce violence, enhance personal integrity and foster mutual respect. MCSD will be the pilot school for Peace Education in the State of New York.
Follow Us to Success presents weekly afterschool workshops providing emphasis on Social & Emotional Learning Skills. Teaching topics will include, Motivation and Goal Setting, Stress Management & Self Care, Teamwork, and Turning Concept into Practice.
The Dispute Resolution Center’s Basketball for Life runs twice per week. Both middle and high school students will benefit from introduction of new communication styles and conflict resolution, while polishing their skills on the basketball court.
This offering will be available to Monticello High School students after hours, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the St. John Street Community School Gymnasium. IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE? We have extended our hours to ensure that clubs and sports do not preclude students from participating.
Boys and Girls Club of Orange and Sullivan will deliver two separate middle school programs under the umbrella of SVP.
Torch Club provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the positive impact they can have on their communities through small-group, peer driven leadership and service clubs. This will also provide participants an outlet to flex their leadership muscles while they develop critical skillsets.
Youth for Unity
Youth for Unity embraces the important tenets of equity and inclusion. This course will teach young adults to respect a wide range of differences in community through cultivation of their own identity. By learning the value of individuality through a deep dive into the traditions and cultures that shape us, we learn to respect the richness and depth that diversity brings to community.
Peer Mediation, Train the Trainer will be offered in the high school and middle school. This weeklong intensive training will provide students with demonstrated leadership qualities an education in what it takes to effectively mediate conflict using proven, real-world methodology. The expectation is for those who are trained as Peer Mediators to intervene in student discourse when opportunities arise and enlighten their peers in ways to de-escalate of conflicts among the student body, as it occurs.
Managing Anger & Aggression Program (MAAP) will run every quarter for both middle and high school students. This weeklong program will be responsive to the needs of the district and address the students who need the most help. Participants in MAAP will learn about “the anger cycle,” triggers and cues, effective communication and replacement behaviors that allow them to retake control of their emotions.
SVPP is also ramping up our Mentorship Program, staffing positive influences that will pair with our students in the middle and high school. These mentors will work with our kids and their families to improve their MCSD experience and be a trusted family partner when scenarios and situations get tough. SVP Mentors will be vetted through the SVP Program and the district and will be assigned to students based upon factors that include school attendance, academic performance, and patterns of behavior. The Mentor program is in its infant stages, and we are working diligently to create a robust initiative that resonates with students, meets the needs of families, and shines a light on avenues for meaningful success.