Senior Class of 2020

This is a page for senior students to keep up with all of the news, changes and announcements pertaining to the class of 2020. Please check back frequently, as we will be updating this page with information as it becomes available. 

Class officers

Senior Class Presidents:          Briana Ibanez & Reem Nada              

Senior Class Vice President:   Andrew Lounsbury 

Senior Class Treasurer:            Sarah Shamah 

Senior Class Secretary:            Kayla Lindstadt 

Senior Class Advisor:               Stephanie Byrne 

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A virtual bulletin board message from Ms. Pisaniello

Graduation announcement

Watch the video below from Principal Wilder


Guide to Graduation 

The video below outlines what graduates and their guests can expect at their graduation ceremony. 

Once you have finished watching the video, please review the graduation details document for more information and expectations. 

Graduation Ceremony Summary 

Graduates and up to six guests will have the opportunity to participate in a modified graduation ceremony at Monticello High School. Each graduate can visit our graduation bookings page to book a time slot between 3 and 8 p.m. on one of the following dates: June 9, 10, 11 or 12. Please book your time slot as soon as possible – registration will close on June 4.  Note that when you open up the bookings page, you may need to click the arrow next to “May” to navigate to the “June” calendar and select your dates. You must use your full name as it appears on SchoolTool to book and each graduate may only book one time slot. 

The ceremony will incorporate many of the senior traditions that our students look forward to, including walking down the aisle to pomp and circumstance, a professional graduation photograph, cap toss and signing the senior mural – all while following safety measures to promote the safety, health and wellness of all participants. On June 28 at 1 p.m., the district will premiere a commemorative video of the ceremony on our YouTube channel. 

Save the dates 

Please mark your calendars now for these important dates. We will share more information on the senior webpage and on Schoology  as soon as it becomes available. 

May 28 – Release of informational video, and written plan  
June 1 and 2 – Distribution of cap & gown, cords, gift box and yard signs (4-7 p.m.) 
June 4 – Last day to book a graduation time slot 
June 9, 10, 11, 12 – Graduation ceremony by appointment (3-8 p.m.)  
June 28 – Graduation video premiere (1 p.m.) on the district’s YouTube channel

MHS Senior Trip to Virginia Beach: May 15-17, 2020        Cancelled 

      • BOE rescinded their approval of the trip at the April 2, 2020 meeting. 
      • April 3, 2020, students were notified via Remind and Schoology to check their school email for the official announcement to students about the cancellation. 
      • Student Adventure Travel, the tour company we booked with, was notified April 3, 2020 upon the board decision. Since they have had 100% class trip cancellations, they are working diligently to get refunds out to everyone. The refund needs to be processed with all the companies involved in our itinerary. We will receive our refund when the tour company received the money from everyone so it can be sent in one lump sum. 
      • Refund can take up to EIGHT weeks to process as a result of this. This works out to be the end of May roughly when we will receive the funds. 
      • For any specific questions about the refund and amount you can expect, please contact Class Advisor, Stephanie Byrne, at

MHS Class of 2020 Time Capsule  

    • Submissions DueJune 3, 2020 
        • Please submit all artifacts to: Stephanie Byrne at MHS 
        • They can be emailed for print to: 
        • They can be left in the high school Main Office Attn: Byrne 
    • Students, Faculty, Coaches, and our Community are all invited to take part as we commemorate history and to preserve the memories we made at Monticello High School.  
    • Students will vote on whether to open the capsule in 10 or 20 years.
    • Date of dedication and preserved location TBD and the opening day will be either 10 0r 20 years from then pending the outcome of the student vote. The opening date will serve as a class reunion date.   
        • The Contents

          • Each participant’s contribution must fit in a quart sized, open ended plastic bag that will be vacuum sealed for their contributions. One will be provided if needed. Their bags will be labeled. We may consider purchasing silica packets to put in the bags for additional preservation of the individual contents.  
          • Each participant should include a written piece of their choosing to be included. A poem, or a letter to those who will read it in the future about what life is like now and their hopes for the future.  This could even be a letter to their future self. Prompts can be provided and made available for guidance upon request.  
        • Additional items could include (and are not limited to):

          • Photos-black and white tend to be preserved better. Photos should be labeled and placed back to back so they do not stick to each other. 
          • Newspaper clippings quickly deteriorate. A copy of a clipping will last much longer. 
          • Any other items significant to the participant and our current time period including what the item is and why they chose it. 
          • List of Web Addresses for memorable videos
            • Photos-black and white tend to be preserved better. List of Web Addresses for memorable videos 
        • Things not to include: 

          • Food 
          • Newspapers     
          • Rubber or rubbery plastics because they release sulfur upon deterioration. 
          • Wool or hair because they also contain sulfur and may outgas and corrode any metal. 
          • Electronic media   

MHS Senior Prom:   June 13, 2020    Cancelled

        • Upon speaking with The Sullivan to try to figure out a way forward, it is with a heavy heart that we must cancel this event. The social distancing requirements currently in place for gatherings would be nearly impossible to implement. 
        • The idea of a virtual prom was put up for a vote and seniors overwhelmingly voted the option down, so that will not be explored as an alternative. 

MHS Blue & White Ceremony : June 16, 2020

    • Every year the Blue & White Ceremony features a senior slide show with pictures of our seniors through the years and today. This event is usually preceded by our Panther Parade of Pride through all the district buildings from the elementary schools and ending at the high school. As we try to re-imagine this experience, we would love pictures of our seniors when they were in elementary, middle, and high school. Please send pictures to before May 29, 2020

MHS Panther Parade of Pride: June 16, 2020

    • Whether Governor Cuomo continues with the closing of school through this date or not this event will not happen out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the safety, health, and wellness of our school community. 
    • We are exploring whether other options are available regarding this event. 

“Last Night” Chamber Music Concert: June 16, 2020 

    • We will recommend that this event be cancelled 

MHS Senior Honors Night: June 24, 2020

    • We are exploring options for this event. 

MHS Graduation Rehearsal: June 25, 2020 

    • Any rehearsal will be dependent upon what is decided on as the format for the commencement ceremony. 
    • Students normally sign the senior mural at the luncheon following this event. We are exploring other options for how students may be able to view and sign the class mural.

MHS Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony: June 28, 2020 

    • To ensure the safety, health, and wellness of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic it is most likely that a traditional graduation experience at the Sullivan County Community College Field House, where hundreds of people gather in close proximity, will not happen.   
    • Ongoing planning sessions are focusing on how to provide a memorable commemorative experience for our graduates.  Current discussions include the possibility of individualized presentations of diplomas, the creation of a graduation video using photographs and voice-overs, and how students can participate in some of the traditional graduation experiences like decorating their graduation cap.