The excitement around next year’s opening of the district’s new STEAM Academy continued to build last week, as 15 students traveled to Manhattan and engaged in a STEAM-based Makerspace day courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker. The world renowned tool maker became aware of Mount Vernon’s STEAM initiative through a shared partnership with Discovery Education, a company that has been the district’s premier provider of curriculum development and professional development in creating the STEAM Academy.
Dr. Gayle White-Wallace, Director of Pre-Kindergarten and Standards Administrator-ELA/Literacy, Reading and Social Studies at the Mount Vernon City School District, will be a guest on Education Talk Radio at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. Listeners in Mount Vernon should visit www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk. At the top of the page are the upcoming broadcasts where visitors can click on the segment at the time of the show.
Mount Vernon performing arts students are among the nominees for the 20th annual Metro Awards, the high school equivalent of the Tony Awards for schools from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Bergen counties. Ajanee Thomas was nominated in the category of Female Acting Performance for her portrayal of Celie. In the category of Child Actor, Mariam Saidykhan who played Young Celie, was also nominated. For her role as Sofia, Dionysia Placide was nominated in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role. Aaron Davis was nominated in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Harpo. Finally, the ensemble was nominated for outside performance of “The Color Purple.”
Voters in the Mount Vernon City School District approved a $251,979,860 budget for the 2018-2019 school year by a 1,051-657 vote on Tuesday. The results remain unofficial pending the counting of absentee ballots.
D’Mario-Lee Budhi and Juan Franco, juniors at Nellie A. Thornton High School, were inducted into the inaugural class of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Fellows last week. The students, selected by the Mount Vernon City School District, were among 36 young men representing 18 school districts across New York State.
The Office of the New York State Comptroller recently completed an audit of the fiscal affairs of the Mount Vernon City School District for the period of July 1, 2015 through April 3, 2017. The Comptroller's audit along with the district's repsonse can be found below.