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Staff at Pennington wearing blue shirts for Autism Awareness Month.

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Pennington School has been designated as a No Place for Hate School. 

No Place for Hate an ADL Education Program

 

Buddy White Project Backpack Giveaway

The Buddy White Project will be hosting a backpack giveaway with the Mount Vernon Recreation Department on Saturday, August 10, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Doles Center. Students will receive backpacks as they prepare to go back to school, and there will be food and activities at the event as well. For event information: (914) 665-2447. Visit https://www.buddywhiteproject.com/ for more information on the Buddy White Project. 

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Post-Graduate Survey - Reopened

The Mount Vernon City School District is re-opening its post-graduate education survey to the Class of 2010 through the Class of 2024 to gather more information about former students' post-graduate education and determine which colleges, trade schools, military branches and certificate programs students have attended or plan on attending. If you have already began the survey and were not able to complete it due to your graduation class, you may complete it now. If you have already completed the survey in full, your answers have been recorded. Please complete this survey and share your post-graduate journey by September 1, 2024. Click here to access the survey.

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City of Mount Vernon holding Mount Vernon Proud Day at Brush Park

The City of Mount Vernon Recreation Department will hold Mount Vernon Proud Day on Saturday, August 10, 2024, from 12 to 7 p.m. at Brush Park, 55 S. 3rd Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10550. If anyone is interested in sponsoring, checks can be made out to the Friends of Mount Vernon Arts & Recreation Youth Program. Email dthompson@cmvny.com for more information.
 

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Regular Board Meeting Tuesday, July 16, 2024

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Regular Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at The Board of Education, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553.  

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Fall Sports - Physical Exam Reminder

All students interested in playing a fall sport (Football, girls volleyball, boys volleyball, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls tennis, girls cross country track, boys cross country track, cheerleading, and girls swimming) should make sure they have an up to date physical. You may go to your own physician or physicals will be offered at MVHS, MV STEAM Academy and DWSA:

Click 'Read More' below to view physical exam dates at MVHS, MV STEAM Academy and DWSA. All Rebecca Turner Academy athletes may go to MVHS to take their physicals. 

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Comments disabled for Facebook live streams of Board of Education meetings

The Mount Vernon Board of Education has decided to disable comments on its Facebook live stream of future Board of Education meetings until further notice due to posts that have been negative, harmful and occasionally do not meet Board of Education policy. Comments will be turned off for meetings beginning with the special meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

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2024 Summer Learning Opportunities

Click here to view virtual summer learning opportunities for the 2024 summer in the Mount Vernon City School District. These assignments will allow students to discover new cultures, get creative, learn and play, and stay sharp to avoid the summer slump with engaging math and reading activities. In addition to the K-12 summer reading assignments, K-6 students will receive extended learning and exploration through specially designed choice boards. These choice boards offer a variety of engaging activities that allow students to explore different places and topics from around the world.

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The Parent Resource Center is a place for parents, students and families to receive support. Click the link below for more information! 

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The Mount Vernon City School District will begin streaming Board of Education Meetings using the Panopto service beginning with the meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 2024. Meetings will no longer be aired on Facebook Live. Panopto live streams of the meetings will be located on the District website, mtvernoncsd.org. This decision was made based on research and legal recommendations, as the District desired a secure, more reliable location to stream meetings. The District will incur no additional cost for the service and will have full control of the streams as opposed to limited control on Facebook.

Comments about meeting topics and agenda items will be accepted at the email address MVBOEMeetings@mtvernoncsd.org. Parents, students and community members can voice their concerns, opinions and questions during and after meetings using that email. 

Fireman watching kids enter fire truck.

The Extended School Year Program (ESY) for students with disabilities kicked off its weekly theme of community helpers with a visit from the Mount Vernon Fire Department on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Students in the ESY program heard a short presentation in the auditorium related to fire safety and went outside to visit fire trucks. Students learned about various parts of the truck and took photos with the firemen. 

Students playing Uno.

Students from Grimes School and Cecil H. Parker School have been continuing their learning at the Grimes and Parker Summer Program, which began on Monday, July 8, 2024. Students have been immersing themselves in project-based learning, such as the third-grade students’ lessons on the book Lemonade Wars. Their teacher, Ms. Cooper, incorporates English language arts and math standards in the project. 

Picture of Dr. Thomas with maroon on sides.

Dr. Albert “George” Thomas, M.D., M.S., graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1975. He studied medicine at ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and became an obstetrician and gynecologist following his education.  

Mr. Jose Formoso

The Mount Vernon City School District named Jose Formoso as its new Assistant Superintendent for Business during the Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday July 9, 2024. Mr. Formoso brings over a decade of experience in finances to this role, having earned a Bachelor of Science in business economics from SUNY Oneonta in 2003. In 2009, Mr. Formoso received a Master of Business Administration in financial management from Pace University. 

Students holding stuffed animals

The pre-kindergarten students were buzzing with creativity and excitement, showing off their new stuffed friends to staff and classmates. These children were given the chance to assemble their own personalized stuffed animals by hand during yesterday’s summer camp session on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 

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Pennington School main entrance exterior; street view
Daniella Costa Dos Santos, MV STEAM Academy valedictorian 2023

I'm forever grateful to everyone who stood by my side and the memories made throughout my time at STEAM Academy. Memories are the stories we will share and look back on to reminisce about the good times.

Daniella Costa Dos Santos, MV STEAM Academy Valedictorian 2023

Alexia Angel​​​​​​​, Benjamin Turner Academy

I love being at BTA because I love my Teacher Assistant, Ms. Johnson and my ELA teacher, Ms. Odindo. They are hard on me and push me to do my best.

Alexia Angel, Benjamin Turner Academy

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

My teacher Mrs. Creighton makes school fun. With all the teachers, principals and AP they do fun stuff.

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

Daren Lu, Mount Vernon High School valedictorian 2023

It was because this school has so many opportunities for all of us. I was inducted into the International Baccalaureate Programme as a Diploma Candidate and I’ve got to say, I was a little nervous to take those classes. But I’ve got no regrets. Thank you, Mount Vernon High School, for the opportunities you have provided me and the rest of the students.

Daren Lu, Mount Vernon High School valedictorian 2023
 

Raven "Madison" Arce-Harris, Cecil H. Parker School 

If you follow your dreams, they will come true.  When I first came to this school, it was hard.  Now I'm doing better with my work and making friends.

Raven "Madison" Arce-Harris, Cecil H. Parker School

Violet Cleary, Denzel Washington School of the Arts valedictorian 2023

To all of the faculty and staff at DWSA, I thank you for providing me with the education and discipline needed to survive in the adult world.

Violet Cleary, Denzel Washington School of the Arts valedictorian 2023

Tran Chau, MV STEAM Academy salutatorian 2023

To my lifelong friends I have made at STEAM, thank you for making high school memorable. I will never forget the memories we made, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without you guys.

Tran Chau, MV STEAM Academy salutatorian 2023

Hillary Vallecillo, Lincoln School

I like Lincoln because all the teachers care about their students, not just about their classes but also about how the students feel. It is important for students to feel confident and happy in their own skin.

Hillary Vallecillo, Lincoln School

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High School salutatorian 2023

As the Class of 2023, we have witnessed both the best and the worst of times but in those moments of uncertainty, it was the educators who pointed us in the direction of success that helped us discover our purpose and find our voices. Our teachers, beloved by many, played an instrumental role in our growth.

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High School salutatorian 2023

Abigail Swift, Denzel Washington School of the Arts salutatorian 2023

High school is a small world, especially ours. We’ve made memories and lifelong friends, but now it is time to encounter new people and experience new things. The word is much bigger than you can imagine. Class of 2023, you are capable of much more than you think. Always strive for more. Congratulations Class of 2023!

Abigail Swift, Denzel Washington School of the Arts salutatorian 2023

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School 

Everyone knows everyone. It’s like a family here at Traphagen.

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School

Amelia Toppin, Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School

l like NMHZ School because we do fun activities in my class. My teacher taught me cursive handwriting. I am learning multiplication and I like when we made an array of sunshine showing different arrays. I love my new teacher because she makes me understand what I am learning.

Amelia Toppin, Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School

Amanda Outen, Denzel Washington School of the Arts

DWSA has really helped me to reach my potential or at least helped me to see my true potential as an actor. I can use this experience to develop my public speaking skills so I can eventually use my voice to change the world.

Amanda Outen, Denzel Washington School of the Arts

Timari Jenkins, Benjamin Turner Academy

“We are learning to code the robot to play tug-of-war against another robot. My favorite part of this program so far is driving the robot.”  

Timari Jenkins, Benjamin Turner Middle School

Dylan Taylor, Graham School 

My school is special because the teachers slow down and help you if you need help.

Dylan Taylor, Graham School

Skylar Savariau, Parker School 

I do band lesson and I'm getting better at it. 

Skylar Savariau, Parker School

Emily Galindo, MV STEAM Academy

We are strongly encouraged by teachers and the staff to work hard and try our best with all the work we do.

Emily Galindo, MV STEAM Academy

Vera Wreh, Mount Vernon Honor Academy

My journey here at the Mount Vernon Honor Academy has been an amazing thrill for my education. Being able to be offered wonderful opportunities like participation in the National Junior Honor Society has really made me grateful. I am proud I have made it this far. Thank you MVHA!

Vera Wreh, Mount Vernon Honor Academy
 

Tristan Paul, Edward Williams School

I like that my school has a drumline. I have a chance to practice doing something that I LOVE!!

Tristan Paul, Edward Williams School

Eliana Dewar, Traphagen School 

I like the preps because I get to learn different things about art, music, PE, and media. In every activity, I learn more and more about music and art. I learn about abstract art, how to play the ukulele, how to play basketball, and poems.

Eliana Dewar, Traphagen School

Naomi Hooks, Mandela/Zollicoffer School 

What makes my school special is that some of the staff have great qualities to have the students look up to them.

Naomi Hooks, Mandela/Zollicoffer School

Kimberly Munguia, Lincoln School

Lincoln is a great school for learning and making friends. The teachers are amazing at their jobs and help give you so many opportunities to get ahead in life.

Kimberly Munguia, Lincoln School

Lily Cudjoe, Graham School 

My school provides us programs to help us, like African dance, the Boys Club, and My Sister’s place.

Lily Cudjoe, Graham School

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