Jon Peterson

Superintendent

27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117

518.661.8222

 

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Elementary School

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Mayfield Board of Education to consider merging its transportation operation with the HFM BOCES shared transportation services

June 30, 2017

HFM BOCES and the Mayfield Central School District are working together on a proposal to increase efficiency by sharing student transportation services.

“Mayfield Central School is considering shared transportation services with HFM BOCES,” said Superintendent Jon Peterson. “ The advantage of the share would include addressing bus driver shortage, supervision, and administration of DOT regulations. Additionally, the district anticipates a financial savings. Essential to the shared service, current district transportation employees become HFM BOCES employees, the district retains the buses and bus maintenance operates from our facility.”  Read more here

 

Mayfield celebrates Class of 2017 graduation

June 24, 2017

Sixty-six Mayfield seniors were awarded their high school diplomas during the Mayfield Junior-Senior High School’s 78th Annual Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, June 24. Read more and see photos from the ceremony

 

 

Class of 2017 senior set to chart the rest of their lives after graduation

June 23, 2017

Emily BarkerTaylor MadeirosMembers of the Class of 2017 are headed in many different directions, perhaps a four-year college, a two-year college, straight into employment or traveling the world. The options are wide open for the Class of 2017.

Congratulations to Valedictorian Taylor Madeiros and Salutatorian Emily Barker as well as the top Honor Guard students: Molly Lambo, Tyler Capobianco, Harrison Harper, Carter Ivancic, Juleh Nikollaj, Aleshya Darling, Joshua Febbie, Drew Malatino, Morgan Lathrop, Mackenzie Andrews, Marissa DeCicco, Kylie Cotugno and Danny Ellis. Read more here

 

28 Mayfield students perform at Times Union Center with American Young Voices

May 31, 2017

imageStudent pictureIt was the opportunity of a lifetime: 28 Mayfield students performed yesterday at the Times Union Center as a part of the enormous 3,000 children American Young Voices Choir.

Student picStudents and teachers sang a variety of songs including gospel, folk, rock and roll and pop songs to an arena filled with family and friends. They had the opportunity to sing with a former 2015 Voice contestant, Manny Cabo, and with musicians who have performed on Broadway and played with the Tonight show band, and many others.

Grade 7 student Camie Hart is on stage in the bottom photo at right.
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This article was in today's Daily Gazette newspaper
May 31, 2017
Eleven-year-old in national spelling bee


Collin Shea
Local student among 17 New Yorkers to compete

BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS Gazette Reporter

An 11-year-old from Fulton County is among 17 New York State youths competing in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes place today and Thursday.

Collin Shea, a fifth-grader at Mayfield Elementary School, qualified for the national competition via a series of local and regional spelling bees.  Read more here

Parents: All students entering 7th, 8th and 12th grades must have the meningococcal vaccine. Without it, they can’t start school.


NotificationMay 23, 2017
Please be sure your child is vaccinated with the meningococcal vaccine - if he or she is entering grades 7, 8 and 12 - before school begins this September.
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Please be sure to vote on Tuesday, May 16 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Junior/Senior High School!

May 15, 2017

Mayfield’s proposed $18.5 million budget for 2017-18 will be considered by the community during voting from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the junior/senior high school.

The budget includes initiatives such as a new ELA reading series at the elementary school, increased instructional technology support and additional student counseling.

 The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 3.99 percent in 2017-18, below the state’s maximum of 4.42 percent for Mayfield. The tax levy increase is larger than usual because of the first payments for the January 2016 capital project.

That would mean a school tax bill increase of $91.41 in September for the typical Mayfield homeowner with a $100,000 assessment. That is a $7.62 increase per month.

The community will also consider purchase buses from the reserve account, which will have bi impact on the tax rate, as well as selecting a Board of Education member from the two candidates: Kevin Capobianco and Cassie Miller-Kristel. Capobianco is seeking re-election.

Area businessman Lou Stutzke receives Champion of Character Award for work in Mayfield community

Lou Stutzke recognizedMay 1, 2017
Last fall the Mayfield Character Education Committee, which is comprised of parents, students, faculty, and administration, nominated Lou Stutzke, owner of Fuel N Food on Route 30 for the Champion of Character Award.

This award is given to students, educators, business and community leaders who exhibit positive character by the Academy of Character Education at Russell Sage College in Troy.

On Wednesday evening, April 26, Lou was honored with receiving this award at the Champion of Character Banquet at the Franklin Plaza in Troy hosted by the Academy of Character Education. On hand to present his award was NYS Assemblyman John T. McDonald III and Dr. Bruce Crowder of Educational Vistas, Inc
. Read more here

Capital Improvements Project Update

April 25, 2017

Bids for Phase 2, of the 3-Phase Capital Improvements Project, have been awarded and some of the construction began over spring break.  All of Phase 2 should be completed over the upcoming summer break.  This includes new roofs over most of both buildings and athletic field improvements at the Jr/Sr High School.  Portions of Phase 3 will begin this summer, but, unfortunately, will not be complete until the summer of 2018.  The reason being, that the bids for Phase 3 for General Construction, Plumbing and Theatrical, were well over budget, which means that we will not award them at this time and won't see those improvements this summerBids will, however, be awarded for the mechanical and electrical contracts for this summer, so that both buildings will receive new boilers, with many classrooms receiving new uni-ventilators.  All rooms will receive new controls.  Converting all lights to LED will also begin this summer, mostly in the Jr/Sr High School.  We are problem-solving as we work along with our architects BCK and construction managers C&S to repackage those bid documents.  Our plan is to re-bid in September and begin these final Phase 3 items during school breaks of the 2017-2018 school year, with completion over the summer of 2018.  These remaining items in Phase 3 will include offices/library/classroom renovations, lighting in the Elementary School, flooring upgrades, etc.  We will continue to provide updates as they emerge.

 

Two candidates file for one open seat on the Board of Education at May 16 vote

April 21, 2017

Voters will elect one Board of Education member to a fiveyear term. The seat is currently held by Kevin Capobianco, who is seeking re-election. Cassie Miller-Kristel is also a candidate for the seat. She is seeking her first term on the board.

You may contact them at:

Kevin Capobianco, kcapobia@nycap.rr.com

Cassie Miller-Kristel, Kristel3@frontiernet.net

The candidates are invited to share their views and take questions at the public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, in the high school upper library.

Proposed 2017-18 budget comes in under state’s maximum tax levy increase; all current programs, services maintained

April 20, 2017

Mayfield’s proposed $18.5 million budget for 2017-18 includes initiatives such as a new ELA reading series at the elementary school, increased instructional technology support and additional student counseling.

Community voting on the budget will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the junior/senior high school.

The budget proposal, however, is also affected by the first payments for the January 2016 capital project. The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 3.99 percent in 2017-18, below the state’s maximum of 4.42 percent for Mayfield.

That would mean a school tax bill increase of $91.41 in September for the typical Mayfield homeowner with a $100,000 assessment. That is a $7.62 increase per month. Read more here

Mayfield Key Club to benefit Rise Against Hunger with Macaroni & Cheese dinner

April 10, 2017

Macaroni and Cheese dinner flyerThe Mayfield Jr.-Sr. High School chapter of Key Club, along with the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, will be hosting a meal packaging event sponsored by Rise Against Hunger on Tuesday, May 23rd in the junior-senior high school cafeteria. ​

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.
About 50 volunteers will package more than 10,000 meals in just two hours!

Please click on the image above to download the flyer.

Stewarts Holiday Match program awards Mayfield $1,000 for SPARRK initiative

April 7, 2017

Student photoStewarts has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Mayfield School District to be used toward expanding the principles of the SPARRK initiative to the athletic program by installing signs in the gymnasium and on the field, purchasing tee-shirts and hosting an inspirational speaker at the end of the year.

In the photo at right, Superintendent Jon Peterson and Principal Christopher Woejeski pose with students Hunter Jones and Taylor Proctor and local store manager Cecil Green along with a "big" check.

Thank you, Stewarts!! Click on the image to enlarge it.

School budget development "in a better position" than a year ago

May 27, 2017

Thanks to a lower-than-expected increase in health insurance costs, the second draft of the 2017-18 school district budget is about $40,000 short of currently projected revenues - a large improvement from the nearly $350,000 shortfall at the end of February.

“We are in a much better position than we were a year ago,” said Superintendent Jon Peterson, referring to the negative tax cap (less than 0 percent) the state allowed last year combined with the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA - legislation put in place in 2010 to fill the shortfall in the state budget by cutting aid to school districts - was eliminated this school year). “I’m very optimistic that the state will provide more funding for all schools, including Mayfield.”

The state Legislature has until April 1 – this Saturday – to approve a state budget. The state budget has been on time for the past several years. Governor Andrew Cuomo in January proposed a state aid increase to Mayfield totaling $103,209; the Legislature has historically increased that amount beyond the governor’s proposal. Read more here

 

SPARRK members attend Youth Leadership Summit; students develop areas of improvement for Mayfield

Students attend youth leadership conferenceDecember 8, 2016

Eight Mayfield students, as part of the District SPARRK team, developed three themes for improvements for the school when they attended the 15th Annual Character Education Youth Leadership Summit held on the campus of Russell Sage College in Troy, New York today.

They developed these three themes that they hope to incorporate into Mayfield's character education program:

  • Recognize the habits of our school culture.

  • Try to turn around the mindset of students and staff to be more positive.

  • Add an overall optimism to the atmosphere.

Students Hunter Jones, Britain Goodemote, Sarah Morehouse, Jacob Petoff, Emmit Frisch, Grace Harper, Taylor Proctor and Ethan Gallup, were accompanied by chaperones Rebecca Woodruff and Cindy Farrell. Ethan and Hunter presented the theme to the conference. Read more here

Students and chaperones tour Status of Liberty and Ellis Island

November 29, 2016

Student photoEighth-grade Mayfield students, 55 in all,  and 25 chaperones visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday, November 22. The group boarded a Brown Coach bus early in the morning to drive to Battery Park in New York City where they boarded a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. The group accessed the pedestal of the Statue for a great view of the Manhattan skyline. From there, the trip continued to Ellis Island. Students toured the museum at their own pace to see all of the great exhibits. It was dark when driving out of the city, so the students were able to see the Freedom Tower and Empire State Building lit up in all their glory. It was a truly memorable experience for all who attended. Click on the image above to enlarge it.

Bound for States!

November 7, 2016

Student photoStudent photoMadison Relyea in Cross Country (photo at left) and Kylie Cotugno in Swimming (photo at right) earned their place on the Section II Team that is headed to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships!
Madison will compete at Chenango Valley State Park on Nov. 12 and Kylie will compete Nov. 18-19 at Ithaca College.
Madison is in grade 8; Kylie is in grade 12.
Go Ladies! Make Mayfield Proud!!NYSHPSAA image

HS/JHS results lead in water testing results returned to the school district

October 31, 2016

On September 29, 2016 water samples were taken from all drinking fountains, room sink faucets and kitchen sink faucets at the Mayfield Junior/Senior High School. The samples were tested for lead by JH Consulting Group and the results were received by the district on October 28, 2016. Read the high school/junior high school report here (PDF)

No drinking fountains were reported above the state's maximum safe allowable level of 0.015 milligrams per liter/parts per billion (ppb).

Of the 64 total samples collected and tested, twelve (12) samples tested above the lead level threshold of 15 parts per billion allowed by New York State. All twelve that exceeded the threshold were from sink faucets and the valves to all twelve have consequently been turned off or a sign is in place directing all individuals not to consume the water. Assistant Principal Matt Lewis will coordinate with teachers whose sink faucets were turned off to discuss an action plan for returning them to service.

The district’s Facilities Committee (Board Members Kevin Capobianco and Aaron Flynn, along with Rick Hoose, Matt Lewis and yours truly) met with Fulton County Public Health Department director Dr. Gelman regarding lead toxicity. Dr. Gelman shared, "Most often, children get lead poisoning from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on floors and windowsills, hands and toys. Lead can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy. Adults can also get lead poisoning, especially through contact with lead in certain jobs or hobbies or when disturbing lead paint through renovation or remodeling activities.

If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact Superintendent Jon Peterson at 661-8222 or the Fulton County Public Health Department (736-5720).

Kids Care Club make "thank you" cards for veterans and active service members

October 28, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, Kids Care Club student-volunteers made “thank you” cards for veterans and active service members. Approximately 90 cards were presented to Airman First Class, Joshua D. Croft for further distribution.
Mr. Croft is currently stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and his mother, Beth, is a Mayfield Elementary School staff member.
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Halloween kicks off with a Haunted Hayride thanks to the Student Council

Student photoOctober 22, 2016

About 150 students, friends and parents - from elementary to high school - kicked off the Halloween season with a Haunted Hayride tonight on property owned by Kristin and Ron Schur.

Students enjoyed the festivities and refreshments throughout the course of the evening. The hayride was sponsored by the Mayfield Junior-Senior High School Student Council.

The district greatly appreciates the generosity and hospitality of the Schur family. Read more here

Mayfield parents and staff raise more than $600 during Walk to End Alzheimer's

Walk to End AlzheimersOctober 12, 2016

Mayfield students, their families and school staff recently donated more than $600 to the Alzheimer’s Association. Fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and participation in the event, held at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, was sponsored by the Kids Care Club at the elementary school and by SPARRK (Service, Perseverance, Attitude, Respect, Responsibility, Kindness), the school district’s character education initiative. Click on the photo above to enlarge it.

Lead tests show high levels in 9 out of 93 water locations; all valves shut off

October 12, 2016

On September 22, 2016 water samples were taken from all drinking fountains, room sink faucets and kitchen faucets at the Mayfield Elementary School. The samples were tested for lead by JH Consulting Group and the results were received by the district on October 11, 2016.

Of the 83 total samples collected and tested, 13 samples tested above the lead levels of 15 parts per billion allowed by New York State. Seven were from sink faucets and the six from fountains are either not functioning or are in rooms not accessed by students. All water valves in question were shot off. Two faucets on one sink in the kitchen tested at 16 parts per billion. The district has ordered a filter to be installed on those faucets prior to placing the sink back in operation.

Additionally, 10 samples were collected in the bus garage where four tested above the threshold. The district has either turned off the valves or posted a sign directing all individuals not to consume the water (the water is safe for hand washing).

If you have any questions regarding lead testing in Mayfield Central School, please don’t hesitate to contact Superintendent Jon Peterson at 661-8222.  Read the report here (PDF).

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MAYFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL STUDENTS

September 30, 2016

If you have NOT refiled for Free/Reduced meals and your child/children currently receive these benefits, please be advised that their eligibility expires on Oct. 21, 2016 (at the start of the day).

Please fill out one (1) application per household to see if your family qualifies for this program. Applications are available here. Please be sure it states that it is for the 2016-2017 school year to avoid delays in the application process.

Any questions of concerns, feel free to call my office at 661-8222 or email Lindsay VanAuken, Cook Manager, at vanauken.lindsay@mayfieldcsd.org.

93 water samples collected for lead testing, as required by new state law

September 22, 2016

School district staff today collected 93 water samples - from drinking fountains, sinks and other faucets - to be sent to a lab near Loudonville, north of Albany, for lead testing.
The samples were taken from the elementary school, both bus garages and the concession stand. Additional samples will be taken in the coming weeks from the junior high school/high school building.
The testing is being done by JAH Consulting in Newtonville.
As soon as the results are completed, they will be posted to the district website.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation requiring the testing - https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-landmark-legislation-test-drinking-water-new-york-schools-lead

Hope and Wellness Club sponsors activities to recognize Suicide Prevention Week

September 12, 2016

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Hope & Wellness Club (formerly Suicide Prevention Task Force) sponsored activities during Junior and Senior High lunch periods. Students and staff promoted awareness of suicide prevention by posting selfies with the hashtag #STOPSUICIDE to their favorite social media accounts. And a montage of sentence completions, “I kept living because…” was posted to a cafeteria wall. Hope & Wellness Club meets monthly throughout the school year. Meetings are open to all students, school staff & interested community members.

Here are a few photos from the events. Click on the image to enlarge it:

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Mayfield students get the new school off to a great start!

September 9, 2016

Feeling rested and ready to get going on a new school year, Mayfield's more than 900 students got right back into the swing of things in class, on the new playground, in the cafeteria and throughout both school buildings.

Check out this link - Read more here - for a few shots from activities today at Mayfield Elementary School and Mayfield Junior-Senior High School.

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School tax bills to drop in three out of four towns in Mayfield CSD

August 31, 2016

As was predicted when voters went to the polls in May, school tax rates and bills are dropping for a majority of taxpayers in the Mayfield Central School District.

The state's tax levy cap for Mayfield was -0.66 - a decline from the previous school year. Thanks to an influx in new state aid, and the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) penalty, the Board of Education was able to adopt a budget that met that cap without cutting programs. The Board of Education finalized the tax rates this month.

In the town of Mayfield, where nearly 85 percent of the school district in located, the school tax rate will decline from last year's $23.21 per $1,000 assessed value to $23.024 per $1,000 value. That 19 cent per $1,000 assessed value translates to a September 2016 school tax bill that will be $19 smaller than in September 2015 for a home assessed at $100,000. Read more here

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.

I
f you are willing, abl
e and available, please send Superintendent Jon Peterson an email at peterson.jon@mayfieldcsd.org 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.

 

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Board of Ed meeting, Executive Session; 6:30 p.m, District Office; Regular meeting; 7 pm Upper Library

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