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  • District Ramps Up Construction Projects

    Now that students and teachers have left for the summer, Mount Vernon’s schools are buzzing with activity. The third and largest phase of the Mount Vernon City School District’s construction work from the 2016 $108 million bond is well underway. Students coming back to classes in the fall will see more improvements in their schools, which are the result of the four-year project that is enabling the School District to accomplish its 20/20 academic vision. This summer, the School District is working on renovations at its three theme-based high schools – The Mount Vernon High School, The Mount Vernon STEAM Academy and the Performing Arts Magnet School – which will open in September.

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  • Nelson Mandela/Zollicoffer High School Grads Receive Their Diplomas

    38 graduating seniors accepted their diplomas from Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton at this year’s Nelson Mandela/ Zollicoffer High Schoolcommencement ceremony, which was held at AB Davis Middle School.

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  • Free full-day Pre-Kindergarten program has open seats available

    The Mount Vernon City School District has a few openings available for FREE full day Pre-Kindergarten classes, which begin September 12. Open seats are at Graham Elementary, Williams Elementary, Parker Elementary, Traphagen Elementary and Mount Vernon High School. Graham will have bus transportation available. Seats will be filled on a first come, first-served basis. Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, at Rebecca Turner Elementary School, 625 South 4th Avenue. Registrations will be taken from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 5 to 9 p.m. on select dates – July 9, 11, 12, 23-26; August 20-23, 27-30.

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  • Board of Education Honors Very Special Student Athletes

    For this team, winning was never the priority. Instead, the Pioneer League’s Mount Vernon Knights provided its members with an opportunity to represent their district in a positive way. But Tuesday night, at the Mount Vernon City School District’s Board of Education meeting, the team was recognized with medals just the same.

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  • Mount Vernon High School Pool will open to the public for family laps and swimming this summer

    The Mount Vernon City School District is opening the Mount Vernon High School pool this summer to host family laps and swimming starting Monday, July 9. MVHS Pool The pool will be available to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. School District residents interested in enjoying the pool will need to bring proof of residency and pay a fee of $5 per person per visit.

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Superintendent's Message

  • We are making great progress with the implementation of the 20/20 Vision.  Our District is undergoing significant improvements including increased rigor, improved student achievement and enhancing facilities to accommodate a world class education for our students.

    You will see the first significant roll out of Phase 1 of the 20/20 Vision in September 2018.

    To begin, the following schools will offer full-day prekindergarten at the following sites:

    • Columbus School
    • Williams School
    • Graham School
    • Holmes School
    • Mount Vernon High School
    • Parker School
    • Pennington School
    • Rebecca Turner School (Special Education only)
    • Traphagen School

    Please be sure to check the district website for student registration information (  These deadlines are very important in order to ensure your child’s full day, Pre-K slot.

    Additionally, we will roll out the introduction of three theme-based high schools:

    • A. B. Davis will be a STEAM High School, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
    • Mount Vernon High School(CTE Career and Technical Education High School). In addition to a comprehensive, general education course of study, students will be able to select a career pathway in one of the following areas:
    • Cosmetology
    • CISCO
    • Graphic Arts
    • Auto Mechanics
    • Certified Nursing Assistant
    • Barbering
    • Photography
    • TV Production
    • Information Technology

      The leadership team has begun the application process to include an IB (International Baccalaureate) course of study.
    • Thornton High Schoolwill open as the Performing Arts Magnet School with a concentration on fine and performing arts. Thornton High School will not be accepting new 9thgrade students unless they are already in the Magnet Program.  Current 10thgrade and 11thgraders at Thornton High School will complete their high school experience at Thornton High School. 

    We will begin the reconfiguration of all elementary schools.  This will occur in three phases:

    • Phase 1: September 1, 2018
    • Students who are currently in the 6thgrade at Columbus School, Grimes School, Holmes School, Lincoln School, and Parker School will remain in their home school for 7thgrade in 2018-2019.
    • Current 6thgraders at Traphagen School will go to Pennington School for 7thgrade in the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Current 6thgraders at Hamilton School and Williams School will go to Benjamin Turner Middle School for 7thgrade in the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Graham School and Pennington School will continue as PreK-8 schools.
    • Rebecca Turner School (PreK-5) and Benjamin Turner Middle School (Gr. 6-8) will continue as campus schools.
    • Phase 2: September 2019
    • Students who are currently 5thgraders in Hamilton School, Traphagen School, Williams School will remain in their home school zones for 7th
    • Students who are in the 7thgrade in September 2019 at Grimes School, Lincoln School, Columbus School, Holmes School, and Parker School will remain at their home school zone for 8th *This is contingent on the Pennington School addition being completed at which time some neighborhoods may be redistricted.  Redistricting means your current home school zone could be changed in order to accommodate for adequate space for students to complete PreK-8 in their neighborhood schools.

    Please note: Phase 2is subject to further review, as there are some unknown variables that may impact the timeline (e.g., building readiness, NY State approvals, etc.).  These variables may result in further modifications on an as-needed basis.

    • Phase 3: September 2020
    • The school building currently known as Mandela/Zollicoffer High School will be converted to a new elementary school.
    • At this time, a city-wide redistricting will occur to ensure that all schools are able to accommodate the district reconfiguration to PreK-8 schools.

    There are many moving parts to this massive, district transformation.  Construction will occur in and/or around essentially all of our schools and this may cause some inconvenience.

    I hope that you will be patient through these growing pains as we create a new Mount Vernon City School District.  You will find the district website and Facebook page to be a great source of information for pivotal updates on the implementation of the 20/20 Vision.

    Please anticipate communication from your respective school principal regarding specifics to your neighborhood school.

    In closing, your support on the 20/20 Vision and the school uniform policy is sincerely appreciated. 

    Yours for the sake of all children,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton
    Superintendent of Schools


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