High School Spanish students celebrate Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2016
Students in Spanish I, III and V celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Senora Veronica Swart while learning about Spanish culture and traditions. Students made guacamole with avocados, onions and limes. students and also enjoyed salsa and watched a film about Cinco deMayo.
Suicide Prevention Task Force sponsors Wellness Day
May 4, 2016MCSD's Suicide Prevention Task Force recently sponsored a Wellness Day for all students in grades 7 through 12.
May 2, 2016
Two candidates file petitions to seek seat being vacated by Board of Education Vice President Robert Suits
April 18, 2016
Voters will elect one Board of Education member to a five-year term during community voting on May 17.
Board of Education Vice President Robert Suits is not seeking re-election. His term expires on June 30.
Two candidates filed the necessary petitions by today's deadline to seek the seat. They are:
• Frederick Castiglione He may be contacted at 518-332-2980
• Jennifer Andrews-Leise She may be contacted at email@example.com
2016-17 budget development gets a shot in the arm from end of GEA penalty from the state; Board of Education expected to adopt plan on April 19
April 7, 2016
The 2016-17 budget being developed by the administration and Board of Education got a surprise last week: since the state budget restored $184,798 in withheld state aid, the budget proposal now has a slight surplus of $62,000.
"The budget is as promising as it has been in a long time," said Superintendent Jon Peterson. "We have been able to not only preserve existing programs but expand and enhance others."
The $17,441,753 million proposal as it now stands would increase spending by $456,605 or 2.69 percent while decreasing the tax levy by 0.66 percent. That is the state's "tax levy limit cap," under an eight-step formula. The low rate of inflation has let to low tax levy limits in most area school districts. Read more here
Board of Education approves Smart Schools Investment Plan
April 4, 2016
The Board of Education tonight began a process that will ultimately provide computers, laptops or tablets to most students and promises to transform the way education is delivered at Mayfield over the next three years.
Board members unanimously approved the Investment Plan for allocating the remaining funds - $257,630 - from the state's $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act allocation. The Smart Schools Committee approved the Investment Plan on March 29. Read the committee's minutes here (PDF).
The board will hold a public hearing on the Investment Plan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in the upper library at the High School. The hearing will be held at the same time as the 2016-17 budget hearing. Read more here
The American Red Cross
bloodmobile at the high school was a resounding success,
with 61 donors.
The success puts Key Club in a position to earn at least a $750 scholarship for Key Club members.
The high turnouit may have been helped by what students learned in class. Key Club advisor Veronica Swart noted that fellow teachers Sandy Sturchio and Jill Sheldon introduced their students to the blood donation process by integrating the properties of blood into their class lessons. Read more here
MCSD calendar revised
March 21, 2016
School will be closed on Monday, May 2 and Friday, May 27 due to not using our allotted emergency school closing days, such as snow days. If the district must use an emergency school closing day between now and then, the calendar will be revisited.
New York State has made changes to the testing program students will face in April
Mayfield students in grades 3-8 will take state English Language Arts exams April 5-7 and state mathematics exams April 13-15. The state, in response to a large number of students who didn't opt to take the tests last year, has made several changes to the exams.
Click on the image at right to read more about them.
March 1, 2016
The Mayfield Elementary School Kids Care Club has been very busy doing what they do best: giving back to the community.
• On Tuesday, February 9, Kids Care Club sponsored a pop-up, mini-project during lunch periods. Using Valentine cards donated to the PTA by Wal-Mart, and shared with Kids Care Club by Tonya Moore (Thank you, Mrs. Moore!), we offered every MES and BOCES student a chance to share some love with local nursing home residents.
Students signed 385 Valentine cards!
• Kids Care Club collected more than $200 in cash and food items/snacks, which were donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Read more here
2016-17 budget presented to the Board of Education; spending plan includes a shortfall of $478,000
February 23, 2016
Superintendent Jon Peterson told the Board of Education that his team is working on ways to plug a more than $478,000 gap in the $17.7 million budget for the 2016-17 school year that he presented tonight.
The biggest emphasis has been on convincing the governor and local legislators to help restore the $184,798 in Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) funding that will still be withheld by the state during the coming school year. GEA is funding that, under the state formula, Mayfield should receive. In 2010, the state began the GEA program as a way of filling its budget deficit each year by reducing every school district’s funding. Read more here
February 2, 2016
Kaylee Bumpus and Devante Marshall (pictured at right) have received the Capital Zone AHPHERD (Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) Leadership Award.
The award recognizes students in their senior year who meet the following criteria: Scholastic Achievement, Exceptional Leadership and Outstanding Service to school and/or community.
Kaylee and Devante were honored along with the other top student-athletes in the Capital area at a banquet in Schenectady on Sunday, January 31. Read more here
$20,000 Target grant won for purchase of playground equipment
January 11, 2016
Mayfield was informed on Friday, January 8,
that Target has awarded the school district
a $20,000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service grant
for new playground equipment!
This is a grant that the district applied for this past fall.
The district was selected from the many other submissions that were made by stores and distribution centers throughout our region.
Criteria for the grant included hands-on projects, youth centered activities, and/or community volunteer project(s).
Mayfield's application was for the purchase of playground equipment and features a community install where school/community members and Target employees volunteer to assemble and raise the playground.
We will hold a kickoff event during the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and are forming a steering committee. Target not only funds the grant, but Target employees will volunteer their time and talents to assist our school as we plan, purchase, and install the equipment…hence the title the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
December 22, 2015
As part of our perseverance topic in character education, as well as the spirit of gratitude and the emphasis on thinking positively, the district level Suicide Prevention Task Force organized a” Hope and Gratitude Project.” After asking all the staff and students to share what they are thankful for, or what they look forward to, the banners were hung for everyone to see across the main hallway. Nyla Page drew the poster and Savannah Pierce, Zach Hamm and Amron Buseck helped with the pennants.
Click on the image above to enlarge it.
Prevention Task Force donates $250 to Team Hope after the
Out of Darkness Walk-Around at MCS
Mayfield’s Suicide Prevention Task Force recently sponsored an Out of the Darkness Walk-Around-School event, designed to promote awareness and prevention of depression and suicide.
Free-will donations to Team HOPE Mayfield that totaled $250 were accepted from staff and students. Read more here
Congratulations to Mayfield Elementary School for winning a $4,000 Dollar General grant for the Leveled Literacy Project
September 11, 2015
Mayfield Elementary School has received a $4,000 Youth Literacy Grant from Dollar General. The school will create "The Leveled Literacy Project" to establish a leveled literacy library for the school's youngest learners - kindergarten to grade 2. The literacy library will serve as an instructional resource that will move students toward reading success.
A leveled literacy library is a collection of books categorized by levels so that every child has data determined books that are at their independent "just right" reading level to practice fluency and to develop a love for reading. This project will also ensure that every teacher has books to use with children at their data determined instructional reading level to ensure maximum growth in literacy skills, as taught through guided reading.Read more here
September 9, 2015
Despite the heat outside (and inside), everybody got down to work on this, the second day of school at Mayfield Jr.-Sr. High School and Mayfield Elementary School.
Click on the photos above to visit the photo pages at each building.
August 25, 2015 The school board has determined that the district will maintain four sections of Grade 1 and three sections of Grade 3 for the 2015-2016 school year.
June 29, 2015New Superintendent begins July 1, 2015. Details here
Highlights of School Board Action June 16, 2015
June 29, 2015 The school board met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 16. Highlights of the meeting can be viewed here.
Board items for regular meeting on June 16
June 11, 2015 The Mayfield Central School District Board of Education
will hold it's regular meeting on Tuesday, June 16.
Items up for discussion include the following documents
1. State of the District Year-End Report
2. Info-graphic Report on K-6 Average Class Sizes
3. A four-page summary of the winter-spring 2015 examination of Mayfield CSD's Student Transportation Services
4. Final Report from Transportation Advisory Services
5. Mayfield CSD policies regarding rules, roles and relationships associated with our instructional programs and support operations
Mayfield voters approve 2015-16 School Budget
May 19, 2015 Voters in the Mayfield Central School District Tuesday, May 19, voted in favor of the 2015-16 budget 296 to 101. The $16,985,148 budget represents a $439,112 decrease in expenditures compared to the current budget and increases the local tax levy by $191,456 or 2.7 percent.
Residents also approved district
to use its bus reserve fund to purchase two 65-passenger
buses at a cost of $228,000, and one 41-passenger bus at a cost of $103,000. The district is eligible for roughly 75 percent reimbursement for these vehicle purchases through state School Transportation Aid. Between the reimbursement from state aid, the sale of older buses, and the projected savings on maintenance and repair, there is little year-to-year increase in local costs related to the purchases.
Residents also voted in favor of
re-establishing the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund. This
the district to re-establish a bus purchase reserve fund for future acquisition of school buses and vehicles. Utilizing School Transportation Aid and unappropriated fund balance and budgetary appropriations, the reserve will be funded at a maximum amount of $2 million. The term of the reserve is 10 years.
One candidate, Aaron Flynn, was also elected to the board of education garnering 231 votes. Board terms are five years.
May 5, 2016
Wed-Fri, May 25-June 3
Grades 4, 8 Science Performance Test
Thur, May 26
Post Prom meeting; 6 - 9 p.m., HS cafeteria
Fri, May 27
Unused Snow Day, No School
Mon, May 30
Memorial Day, Schools Closed
Thur, June 2
Senior pictures; 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m., HS Gymnasium
Choral Concert; 6:30 p.m., auditorium
Sat, June 4
Prom Walk; 5:30 p.m., High School Front Lawn
Senior Prom; 7 - 11 p.m., Hales Mills Country Club
Post Prom; 11:30 p.m. - 4 a.m., High School
Mon, June 6
Grades 4-8 Science Written Test
Mon, June 13
Mandatory Graduation practice for all seniors; 11 a.m., Auditorium
Senior Picnic to follow graduation practice
Tues-Thur, June 14-23
Regents Testing; No regular classes for Jr/Sr High School students
Fri, June 17
Grade 8 Class Trip, Six Flags Great Escape
Senior Banquet; 6 p.m., St Patrick's Masonic Lodge
Tues, June 21
Board of Ed meeting; 7 p.m., upper library
Thur, June 23
Last Day of School
Sixth Grade Graduation; 10 a.m., Auditorium
Fri, June 24
Senior Awards Ceremony; 6 p.m., Auditorium
Baccalaureate; 7 p.m. Mayfield Methodist Church
Sat, June 25
HS Graduation; 11 a.m., athletic fields