Jon Peterson

Superintendent

27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117

518.661.8222

 

Jr/Sr High School

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Elementary School

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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.

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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 jennifer.leise@twc.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

American Red Cross bloodmobile a success; 61 donations!

Student photoApril 1, 2016

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

State testing changesMarch 3, 2016

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.

 

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

Student photoKaylee Bumpus and Devante Marshall recognized for leadership by APHERD

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.

 

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SPTF imageSuicide Prevention Task Force's
Hope and Gratitude Project

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.

 

Suicide Prevention Task Force donates $250 to Team Hope after the
Out of Darkness Walk-Around at MCS

Student photoOctober 19, 2015

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

 

Student photoStudent photoWelcome back to school!

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.

 

Check out a few photos from the Elementary School today.

 

Check out a few photos from the Jr.-Sr. High School today.