The Mount Vernon City School District is accepting enrollment for 3-year-old children for its free full-day universal Pre-K program. Children must be 3 years old on or by Dec. 1, 2016, and will be placed at Friendship for Tots, 261 E. Lincoln Ave. The program begins Feb. 27. Registration will be held Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Rebecca Turner Elementary School, 625 S. Fourth Ave. Evening registration will be held 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 19 at the Board of Education, 165 N. Columbus Ave.
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education will ask voters to approve a plan to repurpose existing bond funds to accommodate anticipated student population growth. The board voted unanimously at its January 3 meeting to put the bond reallocation proposal to a public vote on March 7, 2017. The date of the vote was originally set for January 31, but the board postponed it to allow more time for communication with the public.
The Mount Vernon Arts Magnet School is proud to present SEUSSICAL the Musical from December 16-18, 2016. The production will feature 6th - 8th-grade students onstage, and behind the scene working in design and technical positions. Our band and orchestra students will perform at intermission. This musical is an imaginative and colorful production based on 15 stories by Dr. Seuss. It was produced on Broadway in 2002. The students in our Arts Magnet Program are from all of our elementary and middle schools, as well as charter and private schools.
Studies show that children must recognize that letters represent sounds and can blend to form words in order to learn how to read. Teaching this foundation for literacy, called the sound or phonetic code, is the goal of the “Amazing Readers” tutoring project. The project started by volunteers in 2012 is reaching struggling readers in grades one and two at Edward Williams Elementary School.
Families interested in enrolling their children for the Mount Vernon School District’s Universal Pre-K Program still have time to register their children.
Today is the day we have been planning for the last 6 months. Countless hours have been spent researching best practices, visiting facilities, educating community members and putting together a vision that works for Mt. Vernon. The moral obligation to fix the ills of our community is much bigger than passing a bond. The foundation upon which this bond is built rests on the commitment to get it right for our students and staff.
The bond won't fix everything. However, it is a huge step in the right direction. In addition to the bond we need a renewed commitment to raise standards and expectations and collectively embrace a We Can Do It mentality.
How exciting it is to be a part of this journey! We are making great strides in rebuilding a place where hope was lost. It now abounds like a river of promise. We have pledged to rebrand our district and outsiders are now looking in to see the rebirth of a once forgotten district. Whether you made a phone call, posted a sign on your lawn, or just sent me an encouraging email, I say, "Thank You" for believing in the vision.
As the leader of this great district, I humbly admit I don't have all the answers but I do have the fortitude and foresight to see that we are moving with jetlike speed to change the very conditions that have fueled mountains of despair.
It is a new day and hope abounds! I anxiously await today's results.
I'll keep you posted.
Yours for the Sake of All Children,