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.
The Westchester / Putnam Central Labor Body will be gathering in solidarity to protest the potential loss of funding to the Mount Vernon City School District on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at Benjamin Turner Academy. No RSVP is required to come and show support.
The Denzel Washington School of Arts will host its Gospel Music Concert on Friday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. The concert will include performances from our own DWSA Gospel Choir, LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts Gospel Choir, LIVE Nation, and Visions of Worship.
There will be a mobile pantry at Cecil H. Parker School on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The City of Mount Vernon and Cities United, a nationwide organization that works to strengthen cities and keep citizens safe, are hosting a Youth Public Safety Forum at Grace Baptist Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is open to ages 10 to 24.
In an effort to reach the most stakeholders possible, the Mount Vernon City School District is introducing a focused follow-up building configuration survey. Please let us know how you feel about changing the configuration of our buildings. The District has recorded the thoughts of the community, and we hope that you will continue to share your opinions as we approach a decision.
Save the date: The Edith Kaplan Scholarship Dinner Dance will be held at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Information on how to purchase tickets will be available soon.
The Mount Vernon City School District has a vacancy for a seat on the Board of Trustees. Anyone interested in applying to serve on the Board can send an email including their bio to District Clerk Rita James at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 1, 2024.
The Family and Community Engagement Committee is holding their Family Fun Financial Literacy Night on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 6 p.m. Attend to learn more about family budgeting, insurance, setting goals, buying a house, starting a business and more. The theme of the event, which is on Pi Day, is "Managing Your Piece of the Pi."
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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Regular Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education is rescheduled to Thursday, February 15, 2024, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at The Board of Education, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553.
Third-grade students at Grimes are participating in an essay writing contest sponsored by Buddy White. The essay contest will provide positive reinforcement for young students, in hopes of inspiring them to dream big. In addition, the Buddy White project will host a trip to the aquarium for third-grade classes. The contest's sponsors will announce the winner at an assembly on February 29th at 9:30 a.m. Please take a look at the attached flyer for more details.
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.
Happy Black History Month! This month, we show gratitude for the monumental figures in Black History that fought for equality and justice for all.
Pre-K 3 lottery submissions - open from Thursday, February 1 to Friday, June 28, 2024. Click here to access the lottery form.
Pre-K 4 online registration begins March 4. Click here to book an in-person appointment.
The first offseason workout for the Lady Knights flag football team is at Mount Vernon High School was Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. Students can sign up in various ways, including on Family ID starting February 11th, by emailing Coach Mark Murray at email@example.com, or attending an offseason workout held every Tuesday and Thursday. The season begins March 11th.
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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.
Third grade students at Grimes School rushed to the auditorium to see who won the Buddy White Essay Contest on Thursday, February 29, 2024. The essay contest provided positive reinforcement for students in third grade, in hopes of inspiring young scholars to dream big.
Mount Vernon City School District representatives, including Lorna Kirwan, Board President; Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent; Sandra Myke, Assistant Superintendent of Business; and Mark Raimondi, Associate Superintendent of Operations and Accountability, went to Albany to lobby legislators for additional resources on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. They had a productive meeting with New York State Commissioner of Education Betty A. Rosa to request assistance in retaining Foundation Aid.
Seventh and eighth grade students at Lincoln School learned about one of the important figures of Black history on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. They also learned about careers in the legal system and heard from community members with legal experience.
Second grade students at Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School gathered with excitement in the gym to present their African American Museum of the Arts on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
The Mount Vernon City School District celebrated Black History Month with enthusiasm and reflected on its cultural significance. Throughout the month, students learned about important figures in history, the accomplishments throughout Black history and why it is so important today. Read more about what students, staff and administrators said about what Black History Month means to them here. To hear more about what Black History Month means to the Mount Vernon City School District, view the video below.
Pre-K students at Cecil H. Parker School lined up outside of their classroom dressed as historical figures for their Black History Living Wax Museum on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Each student was assigned an individual who made an incredible impact to Black history and culture.
Students listened to impactful and inspirational stories of Black Americans at Grimes schools for their Black History Read-A-Thon on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
Hamilton School students and staff wore white and gray wigs and walked into school using prop-canes, as they dressed up like 100-year-olds to celebrate their 100th day of school on Friday, February 16, 2024.
First grade scholars at Pennington School celebrated the 100th day of school by making displays containing 100 items each on Friday, February 16, 2024. They were able to design it however they wanted, so their projects showcased the many creative ways they could show 100 units of different items.
Performers at Denzel Washington School of the Arts danced, acted and sang, telling the story of Black History through music and theater on Thursday, February 15, 2024, in the Phylicia Rashad Auditorium.
At the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024, the Mount Vernon City School District said ‘Bon Voyage!’ to 18 Mount Vernon High School students who are going to Paris. Students departed on their plane to France on Friday, February 16.
Pennington School held its first Sweetheart’s Dance for seventh and eighth grade students on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Students dressed their best to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a candy bar, photo booth, pizza, chocolate fondue station, raffles and dancing.
Students and staff at Pennington School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing as 100-year-olds on Thursday, February 15, 2024. The day kicked off with a special announcement by Assistant Principal Kenyetta Hopkins, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by second grade students Bowie Huff and Khelys Stevenson.
Secondary students met with Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and School Improvement Dr. Beverley Jones for their monthly Superintendent’s Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.
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
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
My teacher Mrs. Creighton makes school fun. With all the teachers, principals and AP they do fun stuff.
Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Everyone knows everyone. It’s like a family here at Traphagen.
Alistair Bell, Traphagen 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
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
“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
My school is special because the teachers slow down and help you if you need help.
Dylan Taylor, Graham School
I do band lesson and I'm getting better at it.
Skylar Savariau, Parker School
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
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
I like that my school has a drumline. I have a chance to practice doing something that I LOVE!!
Tristan Paul, Edward Williams 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
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
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
My school provides us programs to help us, like African dance, the Boys Club, and My Sister’s place.
Lily Cudjoe, Graham School