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The Mount Vernon City School District, through a shared decision-making process, is committed to helping its scholars, parents, teachers, and administrators enhance their academic, social, economic, and technological skills to prepare individuals to function effectively in today's global society.

DWSA Poetry Slam - April 19

Denzel Washington School of the Arts will host a poetry slam in celebration of National Poetry Month on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. in the Phyllicia Rashad Auditorium. Students will be reciting original and published pieces. Join for an exciting afternoon of spoken word, music and poems! The poetry slam will be streamed on Facebook.

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Special Olympics Homecoming Game

The Special Olympics team at Mount Vernon High School will play their homecoming basketball game against Woodlands High School in the MVHS gym on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 4 p.m. Staff and students are invited to show their support and cheer on both teams!

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Mount Vernon City School District to host Community Career Fair

The Mount Vernon City School District is hosting a community career fair on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School. The District is looking for talented professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of our students. 

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Save the date - The House That Time Forgot Competition

Mount Vernon High School Career and Technical Education Department presents the House That Time Forgot Competition on April 25, 2024, at 12 p.m. CTE entrepreneurship students will pitch ideas to finish the house started by CTE students in 1996. 

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Save the date - Edith Kaplan Scholarship Dinner Dance Friday, April 12, 2024

The Mount Vernon PTA Council will be celebrating this year's honorees at the Edith Kaplan Scholarship Dinner Dance on Friday, April 12, 2024. Proceeds from this event will help support the graduating senior in the Class of 2024 from all three high schools. If you are interested in attending this event, you can purchase tickets via the link here.

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Mount Vernon City School District to host first No Place for Hate Day

The Mount Vernon City School District will hold its first No Place for Hate (NPFH) Day on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Families are encouraged to walk their children to school in a show of unity against hate, bullying, bias and acts of unkindness.  

Click here or scan the QR code to purchase a shirt to celebrate NPFH Day by Friday, April 26.  Please make sure to include the name of your school on the order form.

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Mount Vernon Police Department Citizen's Police Academy

Beginning Tuesday, February 13, 2024, the Mount Vernon Police Department is holding its Citizen's Police Academy every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The program ends on April 23. Anyone 18 and over can register for classes to learn about the police department. Participants meet with different departments, ride around the city, and learn CPR and first aid.  The program is free. 

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See The PRC

Click below for more information and updates about the Parent Resource Center at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, available to all parents and guardians in Mount Vernon.

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MVHS Graduate at Conference

Nichol Nunez, a Mount Vernon High School Class of 2020 graduate and Monroe College student, is making the most out of her post-secondary education following her high school graduation. She delivered her poster presentation on the impacts of rheumatoid arthritis on women under 30 at the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NHRC) Conference in Albany April 4 to 7. This was Nichol’s third consecutive NRHC conference.  

Student piping cake.

Culinary 3 students at Mount Vernon High School were mixing things up in the kitchen to create colorful and decorative cakes on Friday, April 12, 2024. Four students from the class created their own cakes to participate in the New York State Restaurant Association ProStart Cake Decorating competition, in hopes of their dessert placing for a cash prize.  

Danielle Browne

Danielle R. Browne, Esq., founding attorney of the Browne Firm PLLC and city councilperson for the City of Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2006. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women’s basketball team, and received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since then, she has started her own law firm and made her impact on her hometown as a city councilperson.

Mia Youngs

Mia Youngs, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, has worked through high school as well as being heavily involved and committed to school activities, academics and student government. She has been accepted into several schools, including some with scholarships.  

Student with poster.

Students marched down the hallways at Pennington School as their peers cheered them on with homemade signs and drumline performances on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. The pep rally was held in preparation for state testing on Thursday and Friday, when scholars from third through eighth grade will be taking the New York State ELA exam.  

Student with cookies.

Students from class KD at Edward Williams School immersed themselves in engaging worksheets to understand the solar eclipse that occurred on Monday, April 8, 2024. Alongside completing classroom activities, students explored their emotions surrounding the event —some students expressed nerves, others excitement, and some even admitted to feeling a little scared. 

Students outside looking at eclipse.

Students in Rebecca Turner Academy’s Pre-K were excited and engaged in their learning about the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. They made models to learn about how the sun, moon and earth move, and how certain conditions would create a solar eclipse over Mount Vernon. Students furthered their learning by using solar eclipse glasses to look at the sun and make observations.

Students with glasses.

Students and staff at Cecil H. Parker School spent the day preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle on Monday, April 8, 2024. They were given solar eclipse glasses courtesy of Principal Jacqueline Green in preparation for the day’s celestial event. Teachers throughout the school created lesson plans, such as creating solar eclipse books, to teach students about the spectacular event and how to safely partake.  

Dad and son at math night.

Students, families and staff worked through math problems and games at Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School's Family Math Night on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Students smiled and laughed as they enjoyed the games, but they also learned about math concepts as they played.

Solar eclipse drawings.

Middle school chemistry scholars at Denzel Washington School of the Arts completed their solar eclipse projects on Friday, April 5, 2024. Students created solar eclipse viewers out of cardboard boxes and aluminum foil to view today’s natural phenomenon. Students will pick up their viewers before they leave school. 

Dr. Smith receiving proclamation.

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith received a proclamation from New York State Senator Jamal Bailey, recognizing her for her exemplary service to the community and the State of New York for Women’s History Month on Friday, April 5, 2024. Nakia Hiland, director of Safe Place for Our Girls, from the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Unique Groom, community liaison for Jamal Bailey presented the proclamation to Dr. Smith.  

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4-5-2024
Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

Greetings MVCSD Community,

At approximately 10:23 a.m., there was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in New Jersey. The aftershocks were felt throughout the Tri-State area. Several of our school buildings felt the tremors, which lasted for less than 30 seconds.

There have been no reports of staff or student injuries due to this incident. As a precaution, we will have indoor activities for our students for the remainder of the day. We will keep you updated on any developments on this matter if necessary.

Student playing the trombune.

Fourth-grade band students at Graham School unwrapped their new instruments during music class to play trombones and trumpets on Thursday, April 4, 2024. These new and newly repaired instruments came after the school received a grant from the Guitar Center Music Foundation for musical instruments and mouthpieces.  

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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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