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Catskill Spelling Bee Winners Headed to Regional Competition

Colleen Nabozny, spelling bee coordinator, Karsen Chiminelli, spelling be winner, and Kerry Overbaugh, Middle School pricipalMr. Matthew Luvera, Spelling Bee Organizer, Mr. John Rivers, Catskill Elementary School Principal, Dominic Lanuto, winner from CES, Ms. Alexandra Standish, Spelling Bee Organizer, and Mrs. Heather Schindler, Spelling Bee Organizer.This January, Catskill Elementary School and Catskill Middle School held their school-wide spelling bees with students participating from grade 4 to grade 8. We are pleased to announce that 5th grader Dominic Lanuto (left) is our Elementary School winner and 6th grader Karsen Chiminelli (right) is our winner from the Middle School. Both students will represent Catskill at the 2017 Capital Regional Spelling Bee on February 7 at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. Congratulations to our Catskill champions!


Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-18 School Year

This March, Catskill Central School District will be conducting registration for students entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in September, 2017.
In order to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this coming fall, a student must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2017 and be a resident of the Catskill Central School District. Please note that our Kindergarten program is a ful-day program.
In order to be eligible to enter Pre-Kindergarten this coming fall, a student must be four years of age on or before December 1, 2017 and be a resident of the Catskill Central School District.  Please note there is no transportation provided for our half-day Pre-Kindergarten program.

Parents who will be registering a child for Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten will need to provide certain documents at their scheduled registration appointment. Learn more...

Hearts for Clara Ray

Student Council members Emily and Chase Allen present the Morton family with a check for $2550The CES Student Council raised $2562 this to help an area family pay the medical bills for their baby daughter, Clara Ray Morton, who has a congenital heart defect. This was the largest fundraiser the CES Student Council has ever sponsored. They would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raise awareness to make this fundraiser such a success. As Clara Ray’s parents, Johanna and Craig Morton, both said, "The awareness of the congenital heart defects and the heterotaxy are so important."  Pictured here, fifth graders Emily and Chase Allen present the Mortons with the money that was raised.  Learn more...

Catskill Caroling

CHS carolers pose on staircase during caroling tourAn annual tradition of the Catskill High School Music Department is to spread some holiday cheer around Catskill with a caroling trip. Over thirty chorus and band students participated this year. They visited Greene Meadows nursing and rehabilitation center, The Elliot senior living center, The Pines nursing and rehabilitation center, Catskill Elementary School, the Washington Irving Senior Center, Catskill Library, and caroled the streets and stores of Main Street as well, before finishing up their tour at Catskill Middle School and their High School. It was a great day of caroling that brought holiday fun and a lot of smiles to folks faces all over our community.


Santa's Helpers Carry On Tradition of Giving

students pack up food in gymIn a season filled with hope and joy it is comforting to know that the holiday spirit lives on in the community of Catskill. About one-hundred Catskill High School students participated in their school’s annual Santa’s Helpers fundraising campaign during early December and ended up collecting $8,480 to help feed families in need within the Catskill Central School District. With the money the students raised, they were able to provide sixty local families with over a week’s worth of groceries each. The CHS Student Government, who organizes this event, would like to thank everyone in our community who helped make this year's campaign a meaningful success. Learn more...


Catskill Schools See Dramatic Drop in Course Failures

One of our District’s overarching goals for 2016-17 is to decrease course failures by 10% each quarter from the previous year. Our first quarter grades are in and the progress our students have shown is more than encouraging. Catskill High School saw overall course failures drop 35% and the number of students failing two or more courses drop 56%! At Catskill Middle School, overall course failures dropped by over 54% and the number of students failing two or more courses dropped by 58%! We are proud of the progress our students are making and the focus our staff has placed on improving student achievement district-wide. Together, Cats Can!


Rochelle SarikeyCatskill Welcomes New Director of Special Education

Please welcome Rochelle Sarikey to Catskill Central Schools as our new Director of Special Education. Ms. Sarikey comes to us from the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District where she served as their Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for ten years. She also has experience as an assistant principal, a special education teacher, and a first grade teacher.


Ms. Sarikey was appointed by the Catskill Board of Education on November 16th and began here on December 1st. She is excited to become a Catskill Cat! 



Board of Education Adopted Goals for 2016 - 2017



1. Reduce referrals, in school and out of school suspensions by 10%

2. Decrease course failures by 10% each quarter from the previous year.

3. Increase the graduation rate of grade 9 cohorts from the previous year.

4. Increase by 5% proficiency and mastery on state assessments.

5. Read on grade level by the end of grade 2.


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