Welcome Back, Panthers! I hope that your break was filled with "enough" and that you are ready to jump into 2019 rejuvenated and refreshed.
A big "thank you" to all of our staff members who helped make holiday memories with our kiddos all throughout December.
Now that you have a better understanding on WHY we are so adamant on improving our absentee rate, how can you use these statistics to COMMUNICATE with families why attendance matters?
Our January Spotlight features Monticello team members who are COMMUNICATORS! These fine folks, as described by their leadership team, know that COMMUNICATION is the fuel that propels us from where we are to where we want to be.
"Jennifer Unverzagt is a fifth-grade teacher at Emma C. Chase Elementary School, and is a hub of communication in the Chase building.
As a Monticello Teacher’s Association building representative, Mrs. Unverzagt regularly facilitates listening sessions with teachers and communicates concerns to administration and district-level MTA officers. Mrs. Unverzagt demonstrates strong listening, speaking, and writing skills within the function of union representative. Mrs. Unverzagt is diplomatic when communicating concerns and Mrs. Unverzagt maintains a focus on developing solutions.
Mrs. Unverzagt was also the co-director of our school play. This year, the fifth-grade presented “The Gingerbread Girl” with support from the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) organization. As a director, Mrs. Unverzagt instructed and advised students. One can always count on Mrs. Unverzagt to deftly provide feedback in order to motivate students to increase the quality of the performance. In this capacity, Mrs. Unverzagt applied coaching communication skills to mentor students in acting and other functions that supported the show.
Lastly, Mrs. Unverzagt is the president of the Chase Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). As the PTO President Mrs. Unverzagt demonstrates strong collaboration and efficiency in making sure all voices are heard and that progress stays on track.
In the role of mother, teacher, union building representative, grade-5 drama director, and PTO President Mrs. Unverzagt demonstrates excellence in communication by listening and speaking with tact and kindness," - Emma C. Chase Elementary School Leadership Team
"Karen is our master Special Education Teacher at Chase Elementary. Karen is an excellent teacher who serves our youngest and most challenged learners in Monticello Central School District. Karen sets the bar high for her students and challenges each to strive to be his or her personal best. Every student in Karen’s class has a different learning style and she is able to adapt her lessons in creative ways to highlight the learning strengths of each individual child.
Karen works closely with parents, therapists, and other professionals to meet the needs of students and create a calm yet cheerful environment. Some children in Karen’s class have difficulty properly expressing what they are feeling due to their communication skill level. Karen has solid intuitive skills that sense underlying issues behind a child’s behavior and helps each as situations occur. She creates a nurturing and academically challenging environment. It is very apparent when you walk into her classroom that she communicates with her students effectively and has a genuine love and joy for our children," - Pupil Personnel Services Leadership Team
"Communication is something we all know about and do but is difficult to do really well. Amy Ross does not have that problem. Amy communicates with multiple stakeholders who are able to have a positive influence on the students she serves and the program she is continually developing. It is not only the words she uses but the intention behind those words that help to move people to work with her and her students. Her intentions are honest, sincere, informed, purposeful, and from the heart.
Amy’s communication network extends between professionals within the building, departments, administrators, buildings, community partnerships, employers, and families. She is a hub of connections that result in her students having incredible opportunities to learn and have meaningful contributions to others in our school, district, and community. We are grateful for Amy’s dedicated effort to communicate effectively for the benefit of so many," - Monticello High School Leadership Team
"Ms. Patricia Murphy exceeds expectations beyond her role as Secretary for the Assistant Principals Office at RJK Middle School. She is a vital member of the RJK Family and is considered to be a respected supportive staff member by faculty, staff, parents, administration, and students. “Ms. Patti” as students refer to her, is empathetic, humble, patient, and loving.
Ms. Murphy prioritizes middle school students’ emotional, physical and social needs as they enter the Assistant Principals Office. The needs of our middle school students are always put first. Every student is respectfully heard, welcomed with open arms, and met with a gracious smile.
Ms. Murphy also has the skill set to quickly determine what district resources are available to immediately support all student needs. Without a doubt, Ms. Murphy fosters student independence and provides wisdom and insights that any teenager can benefit from. Ms. Murphy aims to become a problem solver, works diligently, and supplements healthy relationships among her colleagues," - Robert J. Kaiser Middle School Leadership Team
"Ray is an effective communicator and leader. He is authentic, visible and a good listener. Three qualities that are so important in not only in keeping us safe, but in building-up and raising our future leaders here at MCSD.
Ray understands the need to always be honest and sincere, present and encouraging by first listening before offering ideas and solutions. Leaders are skilled communicators in countless relationships at the student level, in the community, with staff and members of your own department. Ramon Ciprian is one of those leaders," - Safety and Security Leadership Team
SUNY Sullivan’s Liberty Partnership Program
"Communication is a vital skill that we all need to be successful in school and in life. Effective communication helps us to not only be heard, but also understood. When students are in need of academic support or simply need expectations clarified, no program exemplifies this better than MCSD’s partnership with SUNY Sullivan’s Liberty Partnership Program (LPP). LPP is a New York State Education Department-funded program that provides an after-school, day school and summer program designed to promote college readiness and career development among middle and high school-age students. Communicating and partnering with LPP Director, Ms. Ruta Cole, and her team of professions has made a world of difference in the lives of our students. The Special Programs Administrative Team would like to recognize LPP’s contribution towards a brighter future for the students of the Monticello High School and RJK Middle School. Thank you, LPP!," - MCSD Special Programs Leadership Team
Jill Yannetta and Tim Mangiaracina
Instructional Coach Jill Yannetta and KLR-newbie Staff Developer Tim Mangiaracina teamed up to illustrate again how great things happen when we collaborate and communicate. The pair organized the 21 Day Read Aloud Challenge, creating a series of videos of teachers, support staff and administrators reading their favorite books to encourage students and their families to develop a love of reading for pleasure anywhere, anytime. Through this “challenge”, KLR also had the pleasure of welcoming district leaders and our Board of Education President leader to our classroom to share their favorite story with our kids," - KLR Leadership Team