Special Programs

A division of the Monticello Central School District, the Special Programs Department is dedicated to ensuring that ALL Monticello students succeed. 

Why: 

With nearly 70% of our students living in poverty, the challenges in our classrooms and schools are vast. The absence of economic security has led many families to experience transgenerational trauma that manifests itself in our buildings as poor academic outcomes, chronic absenteeism and disruptive behaviors. The Special Programs Department knows that education equals opportunities and we strive to eliminate those barriers that accompany generational poverty. By doing so, our students can focus on their education and increase their possibilities in life, thereby strengthening our community and ultimately, the world. 

How:

We partner with a myriad of local agencies and resources to provide our students with unique experiences and opportunities to meet their diverse needs and spark new interests. These partnerships allow us to bridge the gap between the school and community, proving that it really does take a village. 

Our partners and programs 

Community Programs 

Catholic Charities 

Center for Workforce Development 

Fidelis Care 

PRASAD Dental 

Refuah Health Center 

Safe Homes of Orange and Sullivan Counties 

Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (S.A.L.T.)

Sullivan County Department of Community Services, Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services 

Sullivan County Department of Family Services 

Sullivan County Department of Public Health 

Sullivan County Dispute Resolution Services 

District-Wide Programs 

Academic Tutorials 

Attendance Matters 

Behavior Specialist 

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts  

Community Engagement Events

Cornell Cooperative Extension Creating Healthy Schools and Communities  

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County 4H

Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library & Mamakating Library 

McKinney-Vento Liaison 

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports 

Relationship-Focused School Safety and Security Team 

RTI (Response to Intervention)  

Social Work Services  

Summer Learning Academy 

Elementary Programs  

Chase After-School Clubs 

Club Fridays at KLR  

Creative Drama Club 

Early Childhood Council 

Empire Programs 

Literacy Center at Monticello Housing Authority 

Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) Teachers on Special Assignment (T.O.S.A.) 

Elementary-Middle School Programs 

Back Pack Program 

Catskill Edible Community Gardens 

Every Person Influences Children 

Secondary Programs 

A.S.P.I.R.E. – Achieving Success (through) Preparation Inspiration Readiness and Enthusiasm

Academy of Finance 

Be Proud, Be Responsible 

Berkshire School and Community Prevention Programs  

Boys and Girls Club 

Career Exploration Internship Program 

Center for Workforce Development: Youth Employment Program  

Community School  

Credit Recovery 

Dream Tank 

Guidance Services 

MHS Student Internship 

Mindful Mondays 

My Brother’s Keeper 

No Place for Hate 

Olweus  

Pre-Career Technical Education  

Rachel’s Challenge 

Special Interest Clubs and Activities 

Student Leadership Movement 

SUNY Sullivan Liberty Partnership Program (LPP) 

SUNY STEP (New Paltz) 

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) 

 
Community Programs 

Catholic Charities 

Audience: Families and children of all ages  
Goal: To provide help and create hope. 

Program Description: Catholic Charities has many programs that address poverty, homelessness, marginalization, and the diseases of addiction and mental illness. Catholic Charities does not work in isolation — it has forged strong alliances with many community partners who help to serve those in need. A variety of programs are offered inclusive of prevention, family support, inpatient and outpatient services.  

Contact:  
Luisa Emordi-Parker, MA. Catholic Charities Prevention Coordinator  
17 Hamilton Ave. Monticello, NY 12701 
845-794-8080 , ext. 170 Luisa.Parker@archny.org 

Center for Workforce Development 

Audience:  Sullivan County residents requiring assistance with career planning and searching for employment  

Goal: To support the growth of the local economy by meeting the employment needs of job seekers, current workers and employers.  

Program Description:  A high-quality local workforce is a critical part of a stable economy.  By building and strengthening the workforce of Sullivan County we can accomplish several things.  New businesses would prefer to locate in areas that have the necessary number of qualified workers to support their ventures.  Attracting new businesses will strengthen and diversify our economy by supplying more jobs and creating a more competitive environment that will lead to an increase in wages.  By maintaining a local workforce, we could expect to see a large portion of the dollars earned to be spent locally, which would further strengthen the economy of the County. Services provided include job placement, career counseling and interview preparation.  

Contact:  
Laura Quigley, Director 
100 North Street – PO Box 5012 Monticello, New York 12701 
845- 807-0385  

Fidelis Care 

Audience: Adults and children meeting eligibility requirements  

Goal: Fidelis Care strives to:  

  • Promote health through quality, accessible care and services for all.  
  • Join in partnership with health professionals to assist them in their healing work.  
  • Act as a facilitator to build linkages and systems for the coordination of care and services among healthcare, behavioral and social services, as well as educators and religious leaders to address the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of those we serve.  
  • Advocate for a health policy that promotes true dignity and respect for all human persons, especially the poor and underserved.   
  • Program Description:  Fidelis Care offers a variety of New York State-sponsored health insurance programs for children and adults of all ages and all stages of life.  Fidelis Care provides health insurance coverage through Qualified Health Plans, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Medicaid – available through the NY State of Health Marketplace – as well as through the Medicare Advantage, Dual Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care programs.  

Contact:  
Ruth Stratton, Community Relations Specialist, Fidelis Care 25 Market St. Suite 109 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 
845-372-3031  
fax: 845-483-1296 Rstratton@fideliscare.org  

PRASAD Dental 

Audience:  Children in need of dental care  

Goal: To improve the dental health of children by providing comprehensive, high quality dental services through education, prevention, detection and treatment.  

Goals include:  

  • Expanding the knowledge of children and parents about dental health.  
  • Encouraging habits which maintain optimal dental health through adolescence and into adulthood, impacting future generations. 
  • Becoming a model program that responds to the needs of the community, respects each individual, and fosters self-reliance.  

Program description: PRASAD addresses the dental needs of children who come from low-income families in Sullivan County.  Dental services include cleanings, fillings, X-rays, extractions, sealants, cavity prevention, fluoride treatment, and restorative dental care treatment.  The PRASAD dental van provides services in our elementary buildings on a rotating basis.  

Contact:  
Dr. M. Cecilia Escarra,  
Program Administrator  
465 Brickman Road  
Hurleyville, NY,12747   
845-434-0376  

Refuah Health Center 

Audience: ANYONE in need of health care regardless of the ability to pay  

Goal: To eliminate social, economic and cultural barriers to the provision of high-quality health care.  

Program Description: Refuah opened its doors in 1993 in response to a need in the community for top quality healthcare. Since that time, they have grown exponentially into a full service, integrated, multi-specialty healthcare organization. At Refuah they go beyond treating their patients; they strive to keep communities healthy by providing gold standard diagnostics, as well as patient education and support. They offer a facility inclusive of a pharmacy in addition to mobile units.  

Contact:  
South Fallsburg location  
845-482-9394 

Safe Homes of Orange and Sullivan Counties 

Audience: Families and children of all ages 

Goal: To work towards the elimination of domestic violence, teen dating violence and trafficking. 

Program Description: Safe Homes provides free comprehensive support services to victims and their families, as well as education and outreach. There is a 24 hour hotline (845-292-5700) staffed by trained advocates and a shelter in a confidential location. Safe Homes has a partnership with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley which allows them to collaborate with attorneys to provide court advocacy. Ongoing therapeutic counseling and support groups for survivors ensure a continuum of care after traumatic events. 

Contact: 
Kodi Haney, Community Educator khaney@safehomesorangecounty.org 

Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (S.A.L.T.)

Audience: Agencies, subject matter experts and residents of Sullivan County  

Goal: S.A.L.T. has four simple goals in discrete categories related to its mission. The goals are:  

  • Outreach: Mobilize outreach efforts in all 15 townships and 6 villages of Sullivan County to make all residents aware of all services available to them.  
  • Navigation: Improve accessibility to a more compassionate and integrated system of care.  
  • Prevention: Improve wellness in Sullivan County by implementing a series of community centered prevention efforts grounded in best practices.  
  • Communication:  Increase communication between member agencies, community members, and among the community residents themselves.  

Program Description: S.A.L.T. is a diverse partnership of agencies and community resources committed to working together to improve the quality of life for the residents of Sullivan County. Through information sharing, increased prevention efforts and inter-agency collaboration, we improve access to services that empower members of our community to make lasting positive change.  

Contact:  
Melissa Stickle, LCSW-R, CASAC Director, Department of Community Services  
BHC  
PO Box 716 Liberty, NY 12754 Melissa.Stickle@co.sullivan.ny.us  866-832-5575  

Sullivan County Department of Community Services, Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services 

Audience: Sullivan County residents  

Goal: To improve mental health and assist with support services for alcoholism and drug abuse. 

Program Description: The Sullivan County Department of Community Services provides direct services in mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse to all residents of Sullivan County.  Services provided include, but are not limited to, the following:  

Treatment Reaching Youth (TRY) – Provides individual and family counseling in the schools, working directly with school personnel to support students’ ability to complete their education. Also assists the school in dealing with children who are seriously emotionally disturbed through the Open Access Clinic.  

Sullivan County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Service (SCADAS) – Provides outpatient services to all residents of Sullivan County. SCADAS Clinic also provides evaluations counseling and referral services for persons with substance abuse problems. SCADAS specializes in group counseling, which is the treatment of choice for clients who are directly or indirectly affected by alcoholism and drug addiction.  

Contact: 845-292-8770 

Sullivan County Department of Family Services 

Audience: Children and families of Sullivan County  

Goal: To provide support services to children and families in need.  

Program Description: Sullivan County Department of Family Services provides services including, but not limited to, the following:  

  • Child Protective Services (CPS) 
  • Preventative Services  
  • Transitional and Low-Income Childcare Programs  
  • Foster Care/Adoption  
  • Family Violence Response Team (FVRT)  
  • Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS)  
  • Disabled Client Assistance Program (DCAP) SSI/SSD  
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)  
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)  

Contact: 845-292-0100 

Sullivan County Department of Public Health 

Audience: Sullivan County residents 

Goal: to improve the health of Sullivan County residents. 

Program Description: The Sullivan County Department of Public Health supports the prevention of illness and disease and works to protect and promote public health within the framework of the New York State Public Law. It is licensed with the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and  provides services including, but not limited to:  

  • Healthy Families of Sullivan 
  • Mental Health Clinic  
  • Rural Health Network  
  • Early Care Program  
  • Physically Handicapped Children’s Program  
  • Women, Infants & Children’s Program (WIC)  

Contact: 845-292-5910  

Sullivan County Dispute Resolution Services 

Audience: Children and families of Sullivan County  

Goal: To provide children and adults of all ages in Sullivan County with the skill and strategies necessary to mediate conflict.  

  • Program Description: DRC is a private non-profit agency that provides services to children of all ages. These services include: 
  • Orange & Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Assistants (CASA)  
  • Managing Anger and Aggression Program (MAAP Jr)  
  • Peer Mediation  

Contact:  
Sullivan County DRC  
845-372-8771 ext.  5001 joynnd@drcservices.org 

District-Wide Programs 

 

Academic Tutorials 

Audience: Students in grades K-12 requiring additional academic support  

Goal: To provide academic support and homework assistance for students.  

Program Description: Content area specialists are available at RJK and MHS on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to provide academic assistance to students in need. At the elementary level, these services are provided within the Empire Program 

Contact: Teachers or Guidance 

Attendance Matters 

Audience: Families of the Monticello Central School District  

Goals:  

  • To reduce the high absentee rate among students in grades K-12.   
  • To provide community outreach regarding the importance of student attendance.  
  • To provide struggling families with the help and resources necessary to get the students back into school.  

Program Description: The MCSD attendance clerks track student attendance and follow up with the families, either in-person or over the phone, to discuss student absenteeism and the importance of coming to school every day.  When appropriate, the attendance clerks also provide resources to families in need of support.  

Contact:  
Debra HeinsAttendance Officer845-796-3058, ext. 20965 dheins@k12mcsd.net  
Eric Walker, Attendance Officer MCSD (845) 794-8840 Ext. 10524 ewalker@k12mcsd.net  

Behavior Specialist 

Audience: Students struggling to acquire expected behaviors  

Goal: To reduce the occurrence of disruptive behaviors and gain the appropriate skills necessary to be successful in the school environment. 

Program Description: The behavior specialist provides professional development and consultation in addition to small group intervention through the RTI system.  

Contact:  
PPS: Tanya Duryea, tduryea@k12mcsd.net 
MHS: Stephen Wilder, swilder@k12mcsd.net 
RJK: Nick Millasnmillas@k12mcsd.net 
Chase: William Frandinowfrandino@k12mcsd.net 
Cooke: Christopher Palmer, cpalmer@k12mcsd.net 
KLR: Michelle Knowlton, mknowlton@k12mcsd.net 

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts  

Audience: All students in grades K-12  

Goal: To inspire, educate and empower individuals through the arts and humanities.  

Program Description: Bethel Woods provides several innovative programs that provide students opportunities to experience the arts. Programs include:  

  • E3-Engage. Experience. Explore provides participants with the opportunity to engage, experience and explore the arts through exposure to high quality performance groups. E3 seeks to inspire future artists, introduces students to art, and encourages self-expression.  
  • P.L.A.Y. Music & Theatre partners with professional artistic staff in residence from The College of Performing Arts at the New School in NYC. P.L.A.Y. programs offer music and theatre workshops for kids ages 9-15 each summer.  
  • Project Identity is a free program for high school teens ages 14-18 to engage in the arts while cultivating skills for college, career and civic life in a social and creative environment.  
  • Saturday at the Woods is a creativity-fueled way for the entire family to start the weekend. Using themes of the ’60s, teaching artists work with children from toddlers to teens to develop artistic skills and self-expressions. These workshops nurture curiosity and creativity for the entire family.  

Contact:  
Suzanne Morris, Senior Director of Arts and Humanities 
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts One Cablevision Center PO Box 222  
Liberty, NY, 12754  
845-583-2097 BethelWoodsCenter.org 

Community Engagement Events 

Audience: The MCSD Community 

Goal: To increase family engagement and create a  bridge that connects school and community. 

Program Description: Events throughout the year encourage families and the community to join together and have a collective impact on creating Life Ready students. Events include: Panther Pride Ride, Welcome Back BBQ, Life Ready Fair and the Spring Wellness Picnic. 

Contact:  
Jackie Beamer, Supervisor of Special Programs 
39 Breakey Avenue  
Monticello, NY 12701  
845-794-7700, ext. 10964 jbeamer@k12mcsd.net 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Creating Healthy Schools and Communities 

Audience: All students in grades K-12  

Goal: To create a healthier Sullivan County.  

Program Description: Assists with planning efforts and policy revision to improve the health and wellness of students and staff. The program seeks to combat obesity and other chronic diseases in high needs school districts.  

Contact 
Malinda Ware, Health and Community Development Issue Leader   
Mgw77@cornell.edu 845-292-6180, ext 103 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County 4H 

Audience: Students ages 5-19  

GoalTo provide fun, experiential learning opportunities that help young people grow to be healthy, happy, contributing global citizens. 

Program Description: 4H Youth Development Curriculum is delivered to students in grades 2-5 in the Empire Programs. Local clubs are available outside of school as well. Topics include: environmental issues, veterinary medicine, STEM, shooting sports, sewing skills and healthy lifestyles. 

Contact 
Marilyn Jones, 4-H Program Coordinator 
mlr@cornell.edu 845-292-0100 ext.111  

Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library & Mamakating Library  

Audience: Sullivan County residents and members of the Ramapo Catskill Library System  

Goal: The libraries offer an educational resource center for adults and children of all ages  

Program Description: The libraries provide program opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Examples include:  

  • Story Time  
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
  • Baby Brain Time  
  • Home School Programs  
  • Family Movies  

Contact: 
E.B. Crawford:  
Mary Paige Lang-Clouse  
845-794-4660 langclouse@rcls.org  
Cheryl Jones  
cshelton@rcls.org  

Mamakating: 
Peggy Johansen 
845-888-8004 
mamacirc@rcls.org  

McKinney-Vento Liaison 

Audience: Families in transitional housing  

Goal: The primary goal of the McKinney-Vento program is to ensure that any homeless student has the same access to a freeappropriate public education as any other student and to remove any barriers toward student success.  

Program Description: McKinney-Vento homeless liaison ensures the educational rights and protection for youth and children experiencing homelessness.   

Contact:  
Linda Morgan-Kenny, District Liaison  
845-794-7700, ext 10102, lmorgankenny@k12mcsd.net 

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) 

Audience: All students in grades K-12  

Goal: To improve school learning and the social and emotional environment for all children by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.  

Program Description: PBIS is a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.  This program is currently being implemented at the Cooke and KLR Elementary Schools.  

Contact:  
Cooke: Chris Palmer, cpalmer@k12mcsd.net 
KLR: Michelle Knowlton, mknowlton@k12mcsd.net 

Relationship-Focused School Safety and Security Team 

Audience: All students in grades K-12  

Goal: To provide crisis intervention, de-escalation and behavioral management to students in need.  

Program Description: To create and maintain safer, more caring environments by teaching preventative actions that result in a decreased need for physical restraint. Our security team is trained in Handle with Care and is committed to the emotional and physical safety of behaviorally challenged individuals whose behavior is harmful to themselves or others. 

Contact:  
Nelson Quiñones, School Safety & Security Supervisor nquinones@k12mcsd.net 

RTI (Response to Intervention)  

Audience: All students in grades K-12 at risk for not making adequate yearly progress 

Goal: To support the district-wide goals of 65% of students on level in Math and ELA and an 87% graduation rate. 

Program Description: The RTI System is designed to ensure all students have access to curriculum and interventions that result in being Life Ready. It is designed using three tiers based on universal screeners in addition to other multiple measures: 

  • Tier 1: Is Universal and ensures all students are provided with high quality education which includes differentiated instruction, inquiry-based learning and culturally responsive curriculum. 
  • Tier 2: Includes close progress monitoring to refine strategies as needed with appropriate documentation. 
  • Tier 3: Frequent, small group evidence-based interventions with appropriate progress monitoring and documentation. 

Contact:  
Classroom Teacher or Guidance Counselor 

Social Work Services  

Audience: All students in grades K-12  

Goal: To offer support to students during times of behavioral, emotional or social difficulty.  

Program Description: Social workers are available at each building to intervene in situations where behavioral, emotional or social factors interfere with a student’s ability to reach their full academic potential. They also provide mandated IEP counseling and other Special Education services such as social histories and Functional Behavioral Assessments.  

Contact:  
Chase: Kaitlen Rubin krublin@k12mcsd.net 888-2471 
KLR: Jessica Hasbrouck jhasbrouck@k12mcsd.net 794-4240 
Cooke: Regine Fontaine rfontaine@k12mcsd.net 794-8830 
Kenneth Montemurro kmontemurro@k12mcsd.net 794-8830 
RJK: Sharon Zimmerman szimmerman@k12mcsd.net 796-3058 
Harrison Larkin hlarkin@k12mcsd.net 796-3058 
MHS: Annette Rassmusen arassmusen@k12mcsd.net 794-8840 
Mike Regan mregan@k12mcsd.net 794-8840 

Summer Learning Academy 

Audience: Students in grades pre-K-12  

Goal: K-8 – To improve academic enablers, maintain academic growth, experience enrichment opportunities and gain credit recovery.    

9-12-Credit recovery towards graduation requirements.    

Program Description: Summer Learning Academies in grades K-8 provide an opportunity for students to maintain newly-acquired skills through the summer months. Through a blended, project-based approach to learning, students are offered opportunities to practice skills and improve academic enablers through engaging, innovative ways. Students in grades 9-12 are offered an opportunity to recover credits towards graduation requirements in a blended and supportive environment.  

Contact:  
Dana Taylor, Executive Director of Special, Summer and After School Programs 845-794-7700 Ext 30847 dtaylor@k12mcsd.net 
MHS: Robyn Boardman and Rachel Blount794-8840rboardman@k12mcsd.netrblout@k12mcsd.net 
RJK: Sara Kozachuk and Jason Doyle(845) 796-3058skozachuk@k12mcsd.netjdoyle@k12mcsd.net  
KLR: Doug Murphy(845) 794-4240dmurphy@k12mcsd.net 
Cooke: Melanie Hector(845) 794-8830, mhector@k12mcsd.net 
Chase: Kim Gordon, (845) 888-247, kgordon@k12mcsd.net   

Elementary Programs  

Chase After-School Clubs 

Mad Science 

Audience: Chase School students in grades 1-5  

Goal: To invoke imagination, exploration and a desire to learn.  

Program Description: Mad Science delivers a series of hands-on experiments to children of all ages that allow them to channel their inner scientists and think outside the box. In addition to being thought-provoking, their programs offer thrill and excitement. Please note that there is a fee for this program. 

Book Club  

Audience: Chase School students in grades 4-5  

Goal: To foster a love of reading through sharing memorable books in a social atmosphere after school.  

Program Description: The Mamakating Library sponsors a Book Club for fourth and fifth-grade students.  Lively book discussions and activities related to each book allow the students to be actively engaged in their own learning.  

Contact:  
William Frandino, Principal  
845-888-2471 wfrandino@k12mcsd.net  

Club Fridays at KLR  

Audience: All students in grades 3-5  

Goal: To gain exposure to different hobbies & interests outside of the traditional classroom setting, while building relationships with staff, faculty and peers.   

Program Description: Club Fridays occur every other Friday for one hour. During this time, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of clubs, including but not limited to: cooking, Legos, STEAM, arts and crafts and photography. All clubs are led by teachers and other staff members.   

Contact:  
Michelle Knowlton, Principal Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School  
845-794-4240 mknowlton@k12mcsd.net 

Creative Drama Club 

Audience: 3-5  

Goal: To provide students an opportunity to rehearse and perform a scripted play.  

Program Description: Students will learn the basics of stagecraft, self-discipline and the importance of hard work, creativity and imaginative play, listening and observation skills, and self-confidence.  This program meets after school for approximately two hours a day for 7 sessions with one performance. The club is offered in partnership with EPIC and the Sullivan County Youth Bureau.  

Contact:  
Jane Sorensen, EPIC Coordinator  
845-794-8830 jsorensen@k12mcsd.net  

Early Childhood Council 

Audience: Members of the Monticello Central School District including, but not limited to, formal and informal preschools and daycare centers, OECD (Office of Early Childhood Development), OFCS (Office of Family and Child Services), Sullivan County BOCES, Independent Living, and private schools  

Goal: To increase school readiness for young children enrolled in Pre-K programs as well as students enrolled in home day care settings.  

Program Description: Early childhood leaders throughout Sullivan County meet to analyze and discuss data, seek creative and innovative pathways to improve school readiness and to track kindergarten enrollment.  

Contact:  
Linda Oehler-Marx, Director of Curriculum, MCSD  
845-794-7700, ext 10912 loehlermarx@k12mcsd.net 

Empire Programs 

Audience: All students in grades Pre-K-5  

Goal: To provide holistic before and after school programming that balances family need and student interest while striving towards improving academic achievement, developing social and emotional wellness skills and developing a sense of connectedness within the Monticello community with partnerships inclusive of the Boys and Girls Club and Cornell Cooperative Extension.  

Program Description: This grant-funded program allows Monticello Central School District staff to offer before school programming beginning at 6:30 a.m. to accommodate the work schedules of our families. This program offers exercise, breakfast, homework help and mentorship. After-school programming includes opportunities for students to grow academically through support provided by certified teachers in addition to exploration of enrichment topics such as robotics, drama and service to the community. The program provides a safe place for students to remain until 6 p.m.  

Contact:  
Dana Taylor, Executive Director of Special, Summer and After School Programs. Monticello Central School District 237 Forestburgh Rd. Monticello, NY 12701  
845-794-7700 ext. 30847 dtaylor@k12mcsd.net 
KLR: Michelle Knowlton, 845-794-4240, MKnowlton@k12mcsd.net,  
Cooke: Melanie Hector, 845-794-8830, MHector@K12mcsd.net 
Chase: Joy Janusas, 845-888-2471,  JJanusas@k12mcsd.net 

Literacy Center at Monticello Housing Authority 

Audience: K-5 students residing in Evergreen  

Goal: To provide homework assistance to elementary students residing at the Monticello Housing Authority Evergreen Complex.  

Program Description: Certified teachers are available to assist students with direct support to complete their homework in addition to providing tutoring and enrichment opportunities in the Community Room. Computers are available for the students to access district-wide programs such as Lexia Edmentum and Moby Max.  

Contact:  
Michelle Knowlton, Principal, Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School 
845-794-4240 mknowlton@k12mcsd.net 

Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) Teachers on Special Assignment (T.O.S.A.) 

Audience: All students in grades K-5  

Goal: To address the social emotional wellness needs of students in grades K-5 through utilizing an integrated curriculum.  

Program Description: T.O.S.A.’s provide social emotional wellness support to students in an inclusive classroom setting during the school day.  The Yale Emotional Intelligence Program, RULER, is used with students to help them identify and manage their emotions.  

Contact: Dana Taylor, Executive Director of Special, Summer and After School Programs 
845-794-7700, ext. 30847 dtaylor@k12mcsd.net 
KLR: Sarah Mootz845-794-4240smootz@k12mcsd.net 
Cooke: Elisa Mendels, 845-794-8830emendels@k12mcsd.net 
Chase: Maryann Swenson, 845-888-2471mswenson@k12mcsd.net 

Elementary-Middle School Programs 

Back Pack Program 

Audience: Economically-disadvantaged students in grades K-8  

Goal: To provide families with supplemental food for the weekends.  

Program Description: The elementary and middle schools fundraise to purchase and collect food for families who are in need. Bags go home on Fridays when available.  

Contact: 
Chase: (845) 888-2471 
Cooke: (845) 794-8830 
KLR: (845) 794-4240 
RJK: (845) 796-3058  

Catskill Edible Community Gardens 

Audience: Students in grades K-8 

Goals:  

  • To raise awareness of the components of a strong local food system. 
  • To identify the connection between food, nutrition, health and environmental issues. 
  • To introduce students to possible career paths in agriculture and food production. 
  • To produce fresh, healthy food for local schools and food pantries. 

Program Description: The Catskill Edible Garden Project works with area schools to build vegetable gardens, integrate garden-based education programs into school curriculum, and offers summer employment to select area students. It affords all students and their communities the opportunity to grow and get healthy local food and learn about the importance of agriculture to the vibrancy of our region. Program partners include Sullivan Renaissance, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Green Village Initiative. The gardens are located at Chase, Cooke, KLR and RJK.  

Contact:  
RJK: Nick Millas, nmillas@k12mcsd.net 796-3058 spacing is off 

Chase: Laurie Kilgore,  lkilgore@k12mcsd.net  888-2471 

Cooke: Dennis Lankau, dlankau@k12mcsd.net  794-8830 

KLR: Michelle Knowlton, mknowlton@k12mcsd.net 794-4240 

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) 

Audience: Families of students in grades K-8  

Goal: To involve the entire community in helping children make responsible decisions, understand and respect authority, develop positive self-esteem, plan for the future, and succeed in life.  

Program Description: EPIC is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults.  EPIC programming includes 

  • Ready, Set, Read  
  • Family Engagement Events  
  • Education Workshops  
  • Outreach  

Contact:  
Jane Sorensen, EPIC Program Manager MCSD  
845-794-7700 jsorensen@k12mcsd.net 

Secondary Programs 

A.S.P.I.R.E. – Achieving Success (through) Preparation Inspiration Readiness and Enthusiasm  

Audience: Students in grades 6-12 who have violated the Code of Conduct  

Goal: To offer a supportive and restorative environment for students to learn from their mistakes, develop coping and problem solving skills, and connect with the necessary resources needed to be successful.  

Program Description: Full-day ASPIRE students are offered academic instruction from teachers and counseling sessions from a social worker. Students are provided with their school work and offered academic support from the teacher to assist them with their assignments as needed. Students are encouraged to use their time productively to reflect on the choices that led to their discipline infraction, and develop the necessary skills required to prevent future infractions. Students in need of continued support are connected with a school social worker or guidance counselor to help develop the skills and resources they need to be successful and Life Ready. After-school ASPIRE students are provided with an opportunity to reflect on their behaviors and acquire the necessary skills to decrease the likelihood of reoccurrence.  

Contact:  
Michael Regan, LMSW, CASAC School Social Worker  
845-794-8840, ext. 10954 
mregan@k12mcsd.net  

Academy of Finance (AOF) 

Audience: Students in grades 9-12 

Goal: The Academy of Finance provides students with a foundation of academic, social and professional skills necessary to be successful and self-reliant. 

Program Description: The Academy of Finance transforms the high school experience by bringing education, businesses and community leaders together. Students learn how to think and act professionally not only in the classroom but alongside mentors and AOF Board Members. Students in the program complete a sequence of workbased learning activities which prepare them to make informed college and career choices,and acquire Life Ready skills. The AOF operates as a school within a school, offering industryspecific education. The AOF curriculum is vetted by industry professionals and designed to keep pace with industry standards. Aligning our high school curriculum with current workforce and future workforce needs, AOF assists businesses by creating a talent pipeline and a pool of future workers. Whether the student chooses to compete for a position or further their education, through the AOF, the student is equipped to meet the challenge. Specific program benefits include but are not limited to: networking, paid internships, IRS tax certification, job shadowing, college courses, guest speakers, field trips, resume preparation, mock interviews, career exploration, college tours and authentic learning opportunities. 

Contact: 
Susan Bahrenburg sbahrenburg@k12mcsd.net 

Be Proud, Be Responsible 

Audience:  Secondary students  

Goal: The goal of Be Proud, Be Responsible is to help young people change behaviors that place them at risk for becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The curriculum goals are intended to:  

  • Delay initiation of sex among sexually inexperienced youth.  
  • Reduce unprotected sex among sexually active youth.  
  • Help young people make proud and responsible decisions about their sexual behaviors.  

Program Description: Be Proud! Be Responsible! Is a seven-part curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to change their behaviors in ways that will reduce their risk of pregnancy or contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. To change behavior, adolescents not only need information and a perception of personal vulnerability, but also the skills and the confidence in their ability to act safely. The curriculum consists of multiple sessions and has been evaluated and recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as a “Program That Works.” BPBR may be offered during lunch, after school, and may be embedded into the existing health curriculum.  

Contact:  
Ashley Raynor, Health Educator Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley  
14 Prince Street Monticello, NY 12701  
845-707-3140 ashley.raynor@ppmhv.org  

Berkshire School and Community Prevention Programs 

Audience: At-risk youth in grades 6-12  

Goal: To facilitate permanency by providing an alternative to detention or placement, delinquency prevention, and decreasing youth arrests.  The program also facilitates improved parental involvement in their child’s schooling and other community supports.  

Program Description: The School and Community-Based Programs are voluntary (based on recommendation), strength-based, client-centered, and family-focused through school, community, and home-based prevention programs for at-risk youth.  The program provides assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, and linkages to supports, services and recreational activities in the community.  There are a few programs that the Berkshire School and Community Based Programs offer, including:  

  • Homerun Program  
  • Turnabout Program  
  • Vision Program  

Contact:  
Luca Jacobs, VP of Detention and Prevention Services  
518-242-0578 
You may also contact your child’s guidance counselor for more information. 

Boys and Girls Club 

Audience: All students in grades 6-12  

Goal:  To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  

Program Description: Boys and Girls Club provides the following:  

  • A safe place to learn and grow after school hours  
  • Ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals  
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences  
  • Hope and opportunity  
  • Partnership with the Empire Programs in the elementary after-school programs 

Contact:  
Barbi Neumann-Marty, Senior Unit Director   Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club, Inc. 
845-342-8833  
Fax: (845) 342-8836 bneumann@bgcorange.org 

Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) 

Audience: Students age 14 and over 

Goal: To explore potential careers and understand the necessary pathways needed to obtain positions in those chosen fields. 

Program Description: The Career Exploration Internship Program assists students in understanding the linkages among school, work and postsecondary education. CEIP allows students to learn about a variety of career options through a non-paid worksite experience in a career area of interest. This program can be extremely beneficial to students by helping them clarify career interests and decide upon a program major in postsecondary education. It provides an opportunity for students to observe and interact with individuals in the workplace to learn more about the demands of a career they are interested in. 

Contact: 

Susan Bahrenburg sbahrenburg@k12mcsd.net 

Center for Workforce Development: Youth Employment Program 

Audience: Economically disadvantaged students in grades 9-12  

Goal: To provide employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14-20 throughout Sullivan County.  

Program Description:  A variety of local employers offer job opportunities to youth for the purpose of gaining work experience, providing them with an income, and to help develop the Life Ready traits necessary to be successful after graduation. This summer Workforce has partnered with LPP  to enhance existing programming.  

Contact:  
Lyle Mincheff, Youth Programming CoordinatorSullivan County Center for Workforce Development  
50 North Street,Monticello, NY 12701 
845-807-0604  
cell: 845-796-8226 Lyle.Mincheff@co.sullivan.ny 

Community School  

Audience: Recommended MHS students  

Goal: To provide educational services to individuals under the age of 21 who are at risk of dropping out of school, or have dropped out of school and have not received a high school diploma or its equivalent.  

Program Description: The Community School is an Alternative High School Equivalency Preparation Program (AHSEP) for students under the age of 21. Students are able to work through graduation credit courses with teachers in a smaller setting with flexible scheduling.  

Contact:  
Guidance Department  

Credit Recovery 

Audience: Recommended students in grades 9-12  

Goal: To provide students who failed to demonstrate mastery with an opportunity to complete a unit of study in a given high school subject. 

Program Description: Credit Recovery allows students an opportunity to make up credits for courses they failed to meet mastery of the learning outcomes by either repeating the course, taking the course again as part of a summer school program, receiving intensive instruction in the deficiency areas of the course, or through an on-line learning environment. 

Contact:  
Guidance Department 

Dream Tank  

Audience: At-risk youth in grades 9-12  

Goal: To support our youth in exploring their life purpose while building character and decision-making skills through mentorship, enrichment, and creative arts.  

Program Description: Dream Tank offers students a safe environment to build trusting relationships with adults and role models who support them on their journey to success. Students are provided with a meal after school and then break out into groups which are staffed by community role models, musicians, and mentors.  

Contact:  
Mike Regan, MBK Coordinator 
845-794-8840, ext. 10954 mregan@k12mcsd.net  

Guidance Services 

Audience: All students in grades 6-12  

Goal: To offer guidance counseling support to students regarding their personal and academic goals, and career planning. 

Program Description: Students in grades 6-12 are assigned to a guidance counselor.  Middle and high school students and their parents are encouraged to take advantage of the personal, academic and career planning assistance available through each school’s guidance department. Naviance is a tool used to assist the students in becoming Life Ready and to develop post-secondary plans. 

Contact: MHS: 
Sheryl Manz 
845-794-8840 ext. 10950 smanz@k12mcsd.net  
RJK:  
Jen Ducey,  
845-794-7700, ext. 20950 jducey@k12mcsd.net 

MHS Student Internship 

Audience: All academically eligible students in grades 9-12  

Goal: To provide students with an opportunity to learn new skills as they work either during or after the school day to make school-to-work connections.  The program teaches students responsibility, collaboration and the importance of developing a strong work ethic.  

Program Description: The program descriptions vary depending on the department.  MHS employs students in the following departments:  

  • Athletics  
  • Main Office  
  • Communications  
  • Principal’s Office  
  • Safety  
  • Plant Operations  
  • Science Lab  
  • Library  
  • Special Programs  
  • Dance  

Contact:  
Guidance or Susan Bahrenburg 
794-8840, ext. 10849 sbahrenbug@k12mcsd.net 

Mindful Mondays 

Audience: All students in grades 6-8  

Goal: To increase the social and emotional wellness of all students and improve climate and culture in the RJK Middle School building.  

Program Description: Mindful Mondays are incorporated into the master schedule and are  designed to improve the climate and culture in the RJK Middle School.  This is achieved through short weekly lessons where students learn how to have empathy for others, practice anti-bullying behavior and Life Ready skills.   

Contact:  
Nick Millas, RJK Principal  
845-796-3058, ext. 10910 nmillas@k12mcsd.net  

My Brother’s Keeper 

Audience: At-risk students of color in grades 9-12  

 Goal: To provide opportunities that will increase the academic achievement and college/career readiness of young men of color through the NYSED Family and Community Engagement Program (FCEP). Specific goals to be addressed through MBK are:  

  • Develop the knowledge and skills of school, family and community to build the trust and relationships needed for student learning.  
  • Provide access to programs that create respect and build trust in relationships between family, school and community.  
  • Create an environment where partnerships thrive in a comfortable, culturally diverse, and engaging atmosphere that fosters respect and trust.  
  • Build and maintain child-centered roles for the school, family, and community to be equal educational partners that value learning and social emotional development.  

Program Description: Students enrolled in the My Brother’s Keeper Program will be offered a variety of after-school activities and field trips, all focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth.  MBK has many community partners, who all work together to support our youth, particularly young men of color.  Through mentorship, academic tutoring, and enrichment opportunities, students are provided with the necessary resources to build decision-making skills, develop leadership capacity, and make a positive change within themselves and their community.  Families are always encouraged to participate in our activities and join us in our efforts to empower the students and their families.  In addition to direct student programming, other MBK opportunities are available such as professional development, guest speakers and community wide events (i.e. I Have a Dream Talent Show, Selma, Summer Kick Off BBQ, Dinner and Variety Show).  

Contact:  
Michael Regan, My Brother’s Keeper Coordinator 
845-794-8840, ext. 10954 mregan@k12mcsd.net  

New York State Mentorship Program 

Audience: All students in grades 6-8  

Goal: To create positive and supportive mentor relationships with a statewide, school-based, unique one-to-one mentoring program.   

Program Description: This program matches students with screened and trained community mentors in a supervised setting. These dedicated mentors guide mentees in developing self-esteem and healthy lifestyles, appreciating diversity, increasing financial literacy and making positive life choices. Students are recommended for the program through their guidance counselor, teachers or family requests.  

Contact:  
Laurie Oshinsky, Guidance Counselor RJK  
845-794-7700, ext. 20958 loshinsky@k12mcsd.net  

No Place for Hate 

Audience: MHS students and faculty 

Goal: To embrace diversity and ensure fair treatment to all. 

Program Description:  The program originated through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which was founded in 1913. It aims to extinguish all forms of bigotry, embrace diversity and create a culture of empathy. The No Place for Hate committee implements schoolwide activities and partners with stakeholders in the community to bridge the gap of communication, understanding, respect and tolerance amongst our diverse population. Full program expected to launch September 2019.  

Contact: 
Stephen Wilder, MHS Principal swilder@k12mcsd.net  

Olweus  

Audience: All students in grades 6-8 

Goal: To improve the culture and climate of RJK 

Program Description: Olweus implementation helps to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.  Aspects of this program are currently being used in the RJK Middle School during Mindful Mondays.  

Contact:  
Nick Millas, nmillas@k12mcsd.net 
Jason Doyle jdoyle@k12mcsd.net  
Sara Kozachuk, skozachuk@k12mcsd.net  

Pre-Career Technical Education  

Audience: Recommended students in grades 9-12  

Goal: To combine a developed Pre-Tech program with a STEM-based project approach.  

Program Description: BOCES Career & Tech programs prepare students to be college and career ready. Studies include: Animal Science, Auto Body, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Innovative Design, Health Occupations, Natural Resources, Precision Machining Technology, Public Safety, and Welding.  Students leave the program with the skills necessary for success in post-secondary education, the workforce, apprenticeships, or the military in their field of interest.  

Contact:  
Guidance Department  

Rachel’s Challenge 

Audience: RJK students and faculty 

Goal: To create a culture of respect and kindness. 

Program Description: Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit dedicated to making schools safe, more connected places where bullying and isolation are replaced with kindness and respect; where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest. Rachel’s Challenge is designed to achieve gains in community engagement, improve faculty/student relationships and foster overall leadership potential. In addition, through school wide activities and the Friends of Rachel Club, the program seeks to reduce incidents of bullying, alcohol/tobacco and other drug use. 

Contact:  

Nick Millas, RJK Principal nmillas@k12mcsd.net 

Special Interest Clubs and Activities 

Audience: Academically eligible students in grades 6-12  

Goal: To provide special interest enrichment and service opportunities for students in an after-school setting.  

Program Description: Extra-curricular activities are offered on a regular basis at both RJK and MHS. Clubs include, but are not limited to:  

  • Interact 
  • Key Club 
  • Art 
  • LGBTQ 
  • Sports 
  • Drama 
  • Music 
  • Dance 
  • Yearbook 
  • Writing 
  • Honor Society 
  • Student Council 
  • Gardening/Environment 
  • Debate 

Contact:  
Guidance Department 

Student Leadership Movement (SLM)  

Audience: Economically disadvantaged and/or students of color in grade 8 who may be interested in future careers in education  

Goal: To recruit, mentor, and train culturally diverse and economically challenged students from middle school into high school and through college, ultimately placing them as effective teachers and committed leaders who strengthen schools and communities.  

Program Description: SLM is a program that seeks to develop a foundation in leadership skills for eighth-grade students through a series of after-school workshops. Enrolled students are encouraged to participate in Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers.  

Contact:  
Guidance or 
SLM Teacher-Mentor Brenda Rivera 
brivera@k12mcsd.net 

SUNY STEP (New Paltz) 

Audience: Economically-disadvantaged students and/or students of color in grades 6-12  

Goal: To enhance the math, science and technology skills of students of color and economically-disadvantaged students from local schools. The goal of SUNY STEP is to encourage the participating students to continue their education after high school graduation in the fields of mathematics, science, technology and/or the licensed professions where these students are traditionally underrepresented.    

Program Description: The STEP program challenges students’ existing skills, develops new ones and provides motivation, mentorship and practical assistance to participants in setting and meeting their educational goals. Transportation is provided to the program that meets monthly on Saturdays on the main campus of SUNY New Paltz.  

Contact: Dr. Devon Duhaney, Project Director  
Office: Old Main 319 
845-257-2850. duhaneyd@newpaltz.edu 
R. Laporte, STEP Advisor 
RLaporte@k12mcsd.net 

SUNY Sullivan Liberty Partnership Program (LPP) 

Audience: Struggling learners in grades 6-12  

Goal:  The goal of LPP is to promote college readiness and career development among eligible students who need some additional assistance to help them meet their goals.  LPP is a New York State Education Department funded program. It serves students who need assistance in completing homework, preparing for tests, getting organized and thinking about planning ahead for life after graduation.  

Program Description: LPP keeps students engaged in school and helps to prepare them for graduation.  LPP provides tutoring and mentoring, help with goal setting, informational presentations on college and career preparation, job shadowing, and college and career site visits. Parents of LPP students also have the chance to attend workshops on topics such as college admissions, financial aid, preparing for college, and motivating youth toward academic achievement. The program meets two days per week after school.  

Contact:  
Ruta Cole, PMP, Director, Liberty Partnerships Program   
SUNY Sullivan 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759-5151  
845-434-5750, ext. 4432, rcole@sunysullivan.edu 
You may also contact the guidance department of the school your child attends for more information.   

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) 

Audience: Economically disadvantaged and/or students of color in grades 9-12 who may be interested in future careers in education  

Goal: To recruit, mentor, and train culturally diverse and economically challenged students from high school through college and place them as effective teachers and committed leaders who strengthen schools and communities.  

Program Description: TSTT is a national career development model that is recognized for addressing teacher shortages and increasing the number of culturallydiverse educators and other professionals. The program meets throughout the year during and after the school day and includes workshops, tutoring, shadowing and mentorship.  

Contact: 
TSTT Teacher-Mentor MaryEllen Hurley 
mhurley@k12mcsd.net 
You may also contact your child’s guidance counselor for more information.