Jon Peterson


27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117



Jr/Sr High School



Elementary School



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New Elementary Playground Update…

August 15, 2016

Scheduling delays and conflicts have resulted in the district postponing the installation of the elementary playground surface until August 26 and 27. Additionally, high school students with supervision (for example, Jon Caraco with his varsity soccer team) may volunteer. Remember to bring shovels, wheelbarrows and/or rakes.

NYS releases testing information on ELA and math tests taken in April

July 29, 2016

The state Education Department today released the results of the 2016 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and math tests that students took in April.

From a proficiency standpoint, Mayfield's proficiency rates - 33 percent on grades 3-8 ELA and 44 percent on grades 3-8 mathematics received scores in levels 3 or 4 on the exams - placed the district third in mathematics and fifth in ELA among the 15 school districts in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES. Statewide, the figures were 38 percent on ELA and 39 percent on mathematics.

At Mayfield, the proficient figures for both the ELA and mathematics exams remained close to the 2015 results. The number of students scoring in the proficient levels - 3 and 4 - climbed to 33 percent, compared with 30 percent in 2015. In mathematics, 44 percent of Mayfield students scored in levels 3 and 4, compared with 42 percent in 2015. Read more here

Student photoWork begins on construction of the new elementary playground

August 8, 2016

With  temperatures and humidity levels rising throughout the morning, one thing was clear for the 16-17 volunteers who showed up for the first day of elementary playground construction today: they were hot.


In fact, every man had a sweat-soaked tee-shirt by 9 a.m.


Superintendent Jon Peterson, joining in with the group that included other parents, community members, district administrators and Board of Education members, said work was progressing as they had hoped. "We are doing pretty well here - it's all starting to come together but there's still plenty to be done," he said, stopping to talk while holding a handful of bolts.  Read more here



Old playground removedTime to build the new elementary playground - volunteers are needed!

July 27, 2016

Now that the old playground has been removed (see picture at right), the moment of truth has arrived - the new playground is about to rise! To make that happen, the school district needs everybody's help! We are looking for a Few Good Men (and Women of course!) to donate two hours or more of their time to assemble the playground behind the elementary school on one of these five days. There will be a supervisor from the playground company on site to guide the work.
Please consider volunteering your time and talents on one of the following dates/times. You could give as much time as your schedule allows:

August 5 - 8-10 am, 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm - Tools provided by contractor
August 6 -  8-10 am, 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm - Tools provided by contractor
August 8 - 8-10 am, 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm, - Tools provided by contractor
August 12 - 8-10 am, 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm - Please bring a wheelbarrow, shovel and/or rake with you.
August 13 - 8-10 am, 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm - Please bring a wheelbarrow, shovel and/or rake with you.

f you are willing, abl
e and available, please send Superintendent Jon Peterson an email at by July 29 indicating the date and “shift(s)” that you are able to help. Additionally, if you have any influence over Mother Nature please order cool and dry conditions!

Thanks in advance!

Check out more pictures of the playground and field work at the elementary school here.


Update on the elementary playground and field work; access road closed during the day

July 20, 2016

Principal Nicholas Criscone provides this update on the contruction at the elementary school:

Families and Staff,
We’re making great progress. At this point we are closing the access road to the playground and back field area between 6am and 4pm due to heavy equipment needing frequent use of that driveway.
The good news is that we are opening our track and its inner field starting at 4pm each day!

For your safety, please do not enter the back driveway, track, fields or playground area between 6am and 4pm

You’ll be getting an email in the near future regarding the playground build and the need for volunteers. I’d love to see a show of force to help with the installation! Keep an eye out for a sign up sheet.


Playground closed for the summer beginning July 18; help needed to build new one

July 13, 2016

Due to the anticipated new playground and work on athletic fields located behind the elementary school, the elementary playground area and fields will be closed as of Monday, July 18. The new school community playground build will take place on August 5, 6, 8, 12 and 13. We’ll need as many volunteers as possible to help with this exciting project. More details to follow.

District announces new phone number: 518-661-8222

June 28, 2016 

The District is announcing a new phone system effective Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The main number of 518-661-8222 will direct you to the appropriate office.  Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.

 Student Photo

Class of 2016 ready to face the future

June 25, 2016

Principal Christopher Wojeski told the 64 Class of 2016 graduates from Mayfield Junior-Senior High School that they have pushed the limit to success.

"There's not been one time when I haven't been proud to be your principal," he said during the 76th Mayfield commencement on the athletic field. She thanked parents and family members "for allowing us to help form them into young adults."

Turning to the graduates, he said "whatever you do, don't play it safe" as you embark into the world of college, work or the military. He said they are ready and able to change the world - that it is all in their hands.  Read more here

Check out the YouTube video of the march from the junior-senior high school to the athletic field.


Italian students travel to Augie's restaurant to solidify food studies

Student photoJune 20, 2016
Dominic Di Grazia’s Italian classes from Schuylerville, Corinth and Mayfield recently gathered at Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant in Ballston Spa to celebrate the end of the school year and to practice their unit on food that they had recently studied.
Certificates and prizes were awarded to each student.
This was an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the Italian skills learned this year in class.
The Italian program at Mayfield is expanding this next school year as Italian will be offered at the 8th grade level beginning in September of 2016. Italian will also be offered for college credit through FMCC in the distance learning lab to three other school districts - Schuylerville and Corinth being two of them.
  Read more here

Phase 1 of Capital Project set to kick off this summer

Elementary school work - playground, athletic fields, parking - first to get upgrades

June 3, 2016

Superintendent Jon Peterson announced today that the first phase of the Building the Future, Restoring the Past" capital project - which includes work at the elementary school - has received approval from the state Education Department.

The district's architects for all three phases of project is BCK-IBI. MCS employees whose instructional or office spaces were impacted have been directly involved in the designs.

Phase 1 was submitted last month to the New York State Education Department and the school district received approval on June 2, said Peterson. Read more here


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.
Mrs. Swart taught her students about avocados - how to open and pit them, where they come from, how to grow the pit, and the health benefits.  Read more here

Suicide Prevention Task Force sponsors Wellness Day

May 4, 2016 

Student photoMCSD's Suicide Prevention Task Force recently sponsored a Wellness Day for all students in grades 7 through 12.
Throughout the morning, Mayfield teachers, alumni and community members facilitated a wide range of interactive student workshops designed to promote wellness in body, mind and soul.
Workshop topics included yoga, mindfulness, guided imagery, crafting, cake decorating, zumba, physical fitness, line dancing, self-defense, therapy dogs, massage therapy, aromatherapy, mental health awareness, healthy relationships, sleep hygiene, energy wellness, healthy cooking and magic. Read more here

Budget newsletter is in the mail

May 2, 2016

Click here to read or download the newsletter about the 2016-17 budget and May 17 community vote that has been mailed to the Mayfield school community. (PDF)


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


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





Mayfield A to Z
Upcoming Events

Tues, Aug 16

Board of Education meeting; 7 pm, Upper Library

Mon, Aug 22

Meet The Coaches Night for fall sports; 6 - 8 p.m., Auditorium

Tues, Aug 23

PreK Orientation and Open House; 4 pm, PreK Classrooms

Thurs, Sept 1

Supt Conf Day; 8 am, All staff

7th Grade Orientation; 5:30 pm, Auditorium

Mon, Sept 5

Labor Days, Schools Closed

Tues, Sept 6

Supt Conf Day; 8 am, All staff

Wed, Sept 7

First Day of Classes for all students

Tues, Sept 20

Board of Education meeting; 7 pm, Upper Library

Fri, Oct 7

Supt Conf Day; 8 am, All staff, No Students

Mon, Oct 10

Columbus Day, Schools Closed

Tues, Oct 18

Board of Education meeting; 7 pm, Upper Library