Jon Peterson


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Mayfield, NY 12117



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leaf bullet Students return to cleass, ready for a productive year

September 5, 2018

Student on first day of schoolIn many cases, the finishing touches of the capital project work over the summer had just been completed, hours before students walked through the doors for a new school year.
Construction work at both buildings was complete except for the Jr./Sr. High School library and "punch list" items that will be completed in the coming days and weeks.
Whether it was a new office, home and careers and art rooms at the Jr./Sr. High School or a new secure entrance and flooring at the elementary school, the summer-long work was essentially done.
And while adults were noticing things not yet completed, students were happy to be back into the swing of school with their teachers and friends.

Check out photos from opening day.

Katria Hitrick takes the reins at Mayfield Elementary School

July 23, 2018

Katria HitrickKatria Hitrick expected she’d be working in the banking field and selling insurance and annuities for the rest of her career.

Hitrick was the bank manager/vice president at HSBC Bank in Clifton Park for 14 years until 2005. Her branch was the second largest HSBC branch in the Capital Region.
She was climbing the corporate ladder at HSBC, making a handsome salary and had big dreams.

Then Junior Achievement changed the life of Mayfield Elementary’s new principal. Read more here.


Class of 2018 says farewell to Mayfield Jr./Sr. High School

June 23, 2018

Photo of graduate waiting in lineRain forced today's graduation into the gym, but the 68 members of the Class of 2018 and their parents, friends and families didn't seem to mind the change of venue for Mayfield's 78th commencement ceremony.

Principal Christopher Wojeski welcomed everyone to the ceremony and offered a few pieces of advice to the graduates. "Embrace your change to make a difference in the world," he told the graduates. "When you do, work diligently to attain your loftiest goals."

In the process, he encouraged them to "improve our society."

Joan Scannell, who is leaving the Board of Education after five years, told graduates to pursue happiness in life and be ready to work for what they want. "Look beyond yourself and be dedicated to a cause bigger than you are," added Scannell, who handed diplomas to the graduates. Read more here.



Construction work has begun on the many projects set to be done during the summer

Both buildings to get improvements during summer construction work

June 21, 2018

Construction workWork has begun on the $5 million work of projects that remain as part of the January 2016 capital project.

As part of Mayfield’s $15.5 million 2016 capital improvement project, the remaining items are to be completed this summer. About $10.5 million worth of work from the project has already been accomplished.

In the photo above, the Jr./Sr. High School library has been removed to make way for the main office.

Learn more and check out more photos of the summer work that has already begun.

Congratulations to these seniors recognized by the HFM BOCES, FMCC

June 4, 2018

Honorees of the third annual Student Recognition Dinner at HFM and FMCCCongratulations to Mayfield seniors Rebecca Battisti, Katelyn Frisch, Katelyn Harrington, Anna King and Camryn Meca for being recognized at the third annual Fulton Montgomery Community College and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Student Recognition Dinner. The dinner honored nearly 60 outstanding seniors from high schools in the region.

Honorees were selected to attend the awards dinner to recognize their academic and personal achievements during high school.

They were joined at the dinner by Superintendent Jon Peterson and Jr./Sr. High School Principal Christopher Wojeski.

Read more about each student here -

Thank you, Mayfield!

May 15, 2018

The community today approved the:

  • 2018-19 budget by a vote of 209 to 67, a margin of 75.7 to 24.3 percent

  • $248,000 to purchase two buses by a vote of 218 to 59, a margin of 78.7 to 21.3 percent

  • Vanessa DiNitto was elected to replace Joan Scannell, who is not seeking re-election.

Read more about the budget here -

Mayfield Drama Club students to perform at High School Music Theatre Awards at Proctor's Theater on Saturday, May 19

May 11, 2018

Drama Club hearing to the High School Music Theatre Awards at Proctors TheatreThis year, the drama program enrolled in the High School Music Theatre Awards at Proctors Theatre, co-sponsored by The Broadway League. Twenty-three Capital Region schools participated this year. Judges were sent to evaluate the shows and nominate schools in various categories for awards.

Mayfield Drama Club was nominated for Best Musical in Tier B along with Hudson Falls High School and Voorheesville High School. Because of this, Mayfield's Drama Club has the opportunity to perform a number on the mainstage at Proctors during the awards show on Saturday, May 19 at 7 pm and find out if we won. Read more here.

Former Mayfield Board of Education member David Edwards honored for years of service to the Mayfield and HFM BOCES boards of education

May 11, 2018

At Tuesday's night's Mayfield Board of Education meeting, the HFM BOCES and Mayfield board held a ceremony to recognize the late David Edwardsand his longtime service to school districts in the local area.

Legacy award presented to family of David EdwardsEdwards served 37 years on the BOCES Board of Education, and was president of the board for several years before his death at age 87 in June. He also served for 12 years on the Mayfield Central School District Board of Education, volunteered for various community organizations and held many other public offices throughout much of his life.
At the start of the Mayfield board meeting, HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel and HFM Board of Education President Joanne Freeman presented Edwards’ wife and two daughters with an HFM Legacy Award in honor of his dedicated service to the school districts and students in the HFM area. Read more here.

Mayfield seniors awarded the 2017-18 NYS AHPERD Capital Zone Physical Education Leadership Award

May 1, 2018

Two seniors chosen for APHERD awardsTwo Mayfield seniors have been awarded the 2017-18 NYS AHPERD (Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Capital Zone Physical Education Leadership Award.

Sydney Sheldon and Thomas Gates received the AHPERD Leadership Award on Sunday, April 29 at the NYSAPHERD  banquet along with dozens of other students from many of the school districts in the capital area.

Sydney and Thomas were selected by the physical education staff at Mayfield High School because they possessed the qualities of high scholastic achievement, high level of physical performance, outstanding service to the school or community, and display exceptional leadership qualities. Read more here.


IP supports Mayfield Elementary School's reading initiative

April 21, 2018

The International Paper Foundation has awarded a $2,164 grant to Mayfield Elementary School
for its "Reading Our Way into Outer Space" initiative.
An estimated 80 students in grades K-3 who are not reading at grade level and need extra
support will benefit from this program. Participants will read about outer space from the 178 newly purchased leveled readers. These readers include: “The Earth, Asteroids and Comets,” “The
Solar System,” “National Geographic Kids Meteors,” “Life on Mars” and “The Amazing Planet Earth.”
Students will visit the Museum of Science and Innovation (miSci) in Schenectady, NY to visit
a planetarium.
Upon return to the classroom, students will continue read and write about the real-world
science experience to advance their literacy skills.
The readers will cost an estimated $1,284 and the visit to the museum will cost an
estimated $880.

PLEASE VOTE! Mayfield Jr./Sr. High School is part of an online contest that begins on Monday, April 23, that could provide thousands of dollars for the school's art program

April 19, 2018

Vans Custom LogoBeginning Monday, April 23, please help our students with this online contest in which the Mayfield Jr/Sr HS art department could win thousands of dollars.

Mayfield has been chosen as one of the Top 50 schools (out of 500) for the Vans Custom Culture Contest!

The Grand Prize is $75,000 for our art program. Four runner-up schools receive $10,000 for the art program.

We're competing against much larger schools, so every vote and share counts.  We need your help to win!

How can you help?

First...between Monday, April 23 and Friday, May 4, please go to and vote for our art students' designs.  Please vote every day!!

Second...please share the link via text, email, and on social media with friends and family.  Ask them to vote (every day) for Mayfield too!

Vans will announce the five finalist schools on Monday, May 7.


Board of Education President Ernie Clapper receives the first David C. Edwards service
award from HFM BOCES

April 12, 2018

Ernie Clapper photoThe HFM BOCES Board of Education presented Ernie Clapper, of Mayfield, with the inaugural David C. Edwards Distinguished School Board Member Service Award during a special presentation at the HFM BOCES Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 11.

The HFM Board of Education established the new School Board Member Service Award this year in honor of former longtime BOCES board member David C. Edwards, who passed away in June. The award, which will be given annually, seeks to recognize local board of education members who exhibit innovative and ethical leadership. Read more here.


Upcoming Key Club fundraisers

March 26, 2018

We hope you will come out to support these upcoming Jr./Sr. High School Key Club fundraisers:

April 4 - Applebee's Night from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Applebee's in Johnstown.

April 29 - Coin drive at the Walmart in Gloversville

May 20 - Coin drive at the Walmart in Gloversville

Classes to be dismissed half day on Wednesday, March 7

March 6, 2017

Because of the anticipated snow storm, Mayfield WILL DISMISS EARLY on Wednesday March 7 at the following times:

  • Jr/Sr High School will dismiss at 10:55 am

  • Elementary School will dismiss at 11:55 am

Breakfast will be served at both schools, but lunch will only be served in the Elementary School

P Tech and AM BOCES pickup will be at 10:30 am, and PM BOCES is cancelled,

All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled including the Safety discussion with Sheriff Giardino and Pre K registration night.

Pre-K, kindergarten registration dates changed because of the forecast

March 6, 2018

Because of possible poor weather, Pre-Kindergarten registration has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 pm in the Elementary Library.

Kindergarten registration has also been rescheduled to Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 pm in the Elementary Library.

These registration dates and times are for in-district residents only. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license and a National Grid bill for proof of residence.

School WILL be held on Wednesday, March 14

March 5, 2018

Because of the Friday, March 2nd snow day, school will NOW BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 for all students.
The day had previously been scheduled as a Superintendent's Conference Day for faculty only.

"Screenagers" - a movie about teen overuse of social media - to be shown on March 27 at BP High School; to be shown at no cost

February 2, 2018

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS - GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

This movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in the auditorium of Broadalbin-Perth High School. It is part of the district's Parent University series. 
Read more and watch movie trailer

Governor’s executive budget increases school state aid by 3 percent

January 18, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in presenting his 2018-19 budget proposal on Jan. 16, called for a $769 million or 3 percent increase in school state aid funding to $26.4 billion, less than half of the amount requested by the state Board of Regents and the Educational Conference Board.

Cuomo's proposal is the first step in the annual budget development process. The governor and the state Legislature have until April 1 to agree on a spending package for the 2018-19 year. The governor pointed to a projected $4 billion deficit and possible federal cutbacks in health

The proposal would spend an additional $338 million for additional Foundation Aid, the primary source of funding for school districts; $317 million to reimburse school districts for certain expenses, such as transportation, construction and BOCES costs that have already been spent by the school district; and a $64 million Fiscal Stabilization Fund.

Mayfield would receive an additional $102,591 (1.5 percent) in Foundation Aid as part of the proposal as well as state funding to reimburse items such as transportation and BOCES costs that have already been spent. Read more

Contractors working on the heating issues, particularly at the Jr.-Sr. High School

January 3, 2017

This cold snap is tough on all of us; the same holds true for the school district.

Superintendent Jon Peterson said that a number of our rooms and corridors, particularly in the junior/senior high school experienced cold temperatures yesterday. Part of the reason is that unlike in the elementary school where both new boilers are operational, to date only one of the two new planned boilers has been installed in the junior/senior high school.

Contractors have been on site since early this morning to correct the situation and temperatures have increased to most rooms, with the exception of a high school art room, the elementary library and the weight room. The contractors are working to bring temporary heaters for those areas.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Peterson at 518-661-8207.

Congratulations to the grades 5 and 6 honors students

December 14, 2017

The elementary school has begun recognizing outstanding students in grades 5 and 6 who are achieving at high levels. Check out the honor roll, high honor roll and President's List recipients here. The list will also be posted on the right side of this pagethe Elementary School page under "More Information."

Construction bids came in lower that budgeted; some items on hold may be done

December 7, 2017

On November 30, the Board of Education awarded three construction bids in the third and final phase of the capital project that were under budget, allowing board members to now consider proceeding with some of the on-hold fields work at the junior-senior high school as well as consider alternates included with the general construction (GC) bid.

The three bids that, as a total, came in under budget were for GC, plumbing and theatrical work.

"This was great news!" said Superintendent Jon Peterson. "The (Board of Education's) Facilities Committee will now determine how best to proceed with the on-hold projects, including the field work at the high school."

He also said the theatrical contractor will begin making auditorium improvements so that they are completed in time for the spring musical in March 22-24. Read more

Hundreds of elementary students "stuff the sleigh" for children in Fulton County

December 7, 2017

Elves and student at assemblySome students dropped stuffed animals or pogo sticks in the clear plastic bags. Some dropped boxes and bags. One young man dropped a single plastic soldier, obviously a donation from his own toy shelf.

All were laughing or smiling as they made their way out the school's front door in organized lines in frigid 30 degree temperatures and a brisk wind to drop their donations into awaiting large plastic bags.

No matter the gift, nearly every child and adult at Mayfield Elementary School today came with something in hand for somebody they will never meet - a needy child in Fulton County. Called "Stuff the Sleigh," Mayfield students answered the call from the Salvation Army of Fulton County. Read more here


Paul G. Williamsen named interim Mayfield elementary principal

December 6, 2017

Former Mayfield Superintendent of Schools Paul G. Williamsen has been named as the interim Mayfield Elementary principal beginning on Monday, Dec. 11.

He is replacing Nick Criscone, who was principal at Mayfield for 12 years. Criscone has accepted a position at the Scotia-Glenville School District.

Superintendent Jon Peterson said Williamsen would remain in the interim position until June 30. The Board of Education, which appointed Williamsen unanimously to the interim post on Nov. 21, will conduct a search for a new principal in the spring.

"We are very pleased to have someone of Mr. Williamsen's experience and character able to serve in this important position for us," said Peterson. "As a former superintendent at Mayfield, he is certainly familiar with the school district. We are confident that he will be a positive force at the school and will be welcomed by students and staff alike." Read more here

Freshman Maddi Relyea competes this Saturday in cross country state championship

November 9, 2017

Maddi RelyeaFreshman Madison Relyea will represent Mayfield in Saturday's cross country championship at the Wayne Central School District near Rochester after having finished second in the Section II Class D championshuip at the Saratoga Spa State Park last Friday.
She was the lone runner on Mayfield's varsity team this year. Her coach, Rebecca Newkirk,  said she mostly had Maddi train with the school’s boys’ team this year.
She was featured in a story in today's Daily Gazette here -

The photo above is also courtesty of the Gazette.

Capital project enters Phase 3; athletic upgrades on indefinite hold

October 23, 2017

As the “Building the Future, Restoring the Past” capital project enters its third and final phase, school officials want to be sure the all of the educational and building improvements are completed in the $15.5 million plan.

Because some construction bids came in higher than estimated, there is a need to cut back on part of the project.
To that end, the district has suspended all future work on the junior-senior high school athletic fields. That will mean not adding three feet of topsoil to the baseball and soccer fields, not relocating the softball field and not building the concession stand, estimated at $300,000. These changes are in addition to the earlier eliminations of the artificial infields and addition of field lights.

“Instruction comes first and anything related to instruction and the daily use by our students and staff should be the first priority of our district,” said Board of Education President Ernie Clapper. Read more here


Be sure to check out the Panther Closet at the Elementary School

October 19, 2017

COME VISIT THE PANTHER CLOSET at the Elementary School! Jackets, shirts, pants, boots, shoes, lunch boxes, Halloween costumes ALL FREE!
Check out this video showing some of the items available at the Closet.

Jr.-Sr. High School art students send hope and love through their portraits to children in an orphanage in Tanzania - 7,905 miles away

September 14, 2017
Students in Jeremy Lebediker's art class spent the past several months creating portraits of 14 children living in an orphanage in Tanzania - 7,905 miles away.

The portraits, part of the Memory Project, were recently delivered to the children. Check out this video to show the reactions of the children in Tanazania(the video is large - 8 minutes, 17 seconds and 248 megabytes).

"I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that your school’s art department has provided them with personal gifts to last a lifetime," said the letter from the Memory Project. Since 2004, the Memory Project has created more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries.

Jr.-Sr. High School and elementary students are ready for the challenges of the 2017-18 school year

Student photoSeptember 7, 2017

Even as construction on the capital project continues at both buildings, day-to-day classes began this week in earnest after a restful, hot and rainy summer.

Students seemed eager as they prepared for the challenges of the 2017-18 school year.

Click below to check out photos from each building:

Elementary School

Jr.-Sr. High School

Mayfield Chorus plays backup with rock group Foreigner

September 5, 2017

Mayfield's Chorus had the chance of a lifetime: they sang backup with the rock group Foreigner in front of thousands! Click on the image to watch the video.






















NYS releases state testing results from grades 3-8 testing in the spring

August 22, 2017

Today, the state Education Department released the results of the state tests in English Language Arts and mathematics that Mayfield students in grades 3-8 took in April and May.

By and large, the results showed little movement in Mayfield's rates compared with the results from 2016. Mayfield's scores were below the statewide average in all categories.

Because the 2016 and 2017 tests were very similar, except for the introduction of computer-based testing for moe than 28,000 students this year, the state said the two years could be compared.

For example, on the state's ELA test in the spring, 10 percent of students scored in Level 4 and 21 percent scored in Level 3. Students scoring in Levels 3 and 4 (a combined 31 percent) are considered proficient in the subject. However, 39 percent of students scored in Level 2 and 30 percent scored in Level 1 (a combined 69 percent). Scoring in those two levels indicates a child is struggling in their studies. Read more here

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Facebook logoJuly 5, 2017

The Mayfield Central School District is now on Facebook -

Become a fan of the school district and keep up on the latest!

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.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

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


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.
Click on the image at left to enlarge it.

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,

Cassie Miller-Kristel,

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.
Click on the images below to enlarge them.

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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).


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

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 -

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.

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.





Mayfield A to Z
Upcoming Events

Wed, Sept 19

Chrome Book Use Night for Grades 4 and 6; 6:30 p.m., Elementary Cafeteria

Thur-Fri, Sept 20-21

Fall Sports Pictures; 2:15-5 p.m., HS Gymnasium

Mon, Oct 1

HS Pictures; Auditorium

Fri, Oct 5

Superintendent Conference Day; No students

Mon, Oct 8

Schools Closed for Columbus Day

Wed, Oct 10

Elementary School Open House; 6 - 8 p.m.

Fri, Oct 12

HS Physicals, Girls Only; School Nurse's Office

Tue, Oct 16

HS Physicals, Boys Only; School Nurse's Office

Tue, Oct 23

Senior Photo Make-Up Day; Auditorium

Wed, Oct 24

Half-day dismissal; AM classes only; Professional Development in PM for all faculty and staff

Thur, Nov 1

HS Picture Make-up Day; Auditorium

Mon, Nov 12

Schools Closed for Veterans Day

Wed-Fri, Nov 21-23

Thanksgiving Recess; No classes

Thur-Fri, Nov 22-23

Schools Closed for Thanksgiving

Mon-Mon, Dec 24-31

Holiday Recess; No Classes

Tues, Dec 25

Schools Closed for Christmas

Tues, Jan 1

Schools Closed New Year's Day