MVCSD Seeks Community Stakeholders for Post-2020 Strategic Plan

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  • Young Authors at Grimes Celebrate Their New Books with a Publishing Party

    They wrote about wildfires, blizzards, floods and more. But before the fourth graders in Caroline Prydal’s class at Grimes School authored their books on severe weather, they made sure they had their facts right. They made sure they conducted enough research to be able to write with authority. Poring over the internet and books on weather, they pulled together volumes that were good enough to put their names on.

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  • Wanted: Teaching Assistants and Substitutes

    The Mount Vernon City School District is looking for teaching assistants and substitute teachers. The district seeks about 20 new teaching assistants to work with special education students and is adding to the list of substitute teachers available to take classes temporarily.

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  • Mount Vernon students receive encouragement for National Stop the Violence Day

    Mount Vernon students received advice, encouragement and support Monday, November 22, 2021, from some 20 community members, including the current and former superintendents, a judge, the mayor, their peers and parents who lost children to violence. In a webinar that lasted more than five hours for National Stop the Violence Day, the community leaders encouraged them to focus on schoolwork, not make poor choices in anger, and turn to adults for help when needed. Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton called on them to carry the message of the day forward.

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  • From Astronaut to Zoologist, Pennington Students Dress for the Professions they Dream of

    Students at Pennington School may have to wait a few years before they start the careers they dream about. But last week, they got to dress the parts. On National Career Development Day, Nov. 17, they came dressed as police officers, nurses, a zoologist, a chef, a veterinarian and an astronaut. And many others.

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  • Healing Our Schools

    Mount Vernon City School District is hosting a webinar on Monday, November 22nd, which is National Stop the Violence Day with positive messages by speakers including Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, former Superintendent Dr. Brenda Smith, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Mount Vernon City Court Judge Nichelle Johnson and others.

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Superintendent's Message - September 20, 2021

  • Dear Community Members,

    It is hard to believe it has been eight years since I took the helm of this incredible school district. It seems to have gone by in a blink of an eye!

    During these last eight years, we have accomplished so much by working together towards a common goal: Transforming Education in the Mount Vernon City School District.

    While the road has not always been easy, I am confident the progress we have made is measurable and, most importantly, it is sustainable. 

    Of course, the centerpiece of our transformation has been the successful passage, implementation, and completion of the $108 million bond that supported our 2020 Vision for Academic Excellence.

    Today, all projects of the bond are substantially complete; on time and on or under budget!!

    We have worked to restore confidence and trust in our schools and community. We have rebuilt our schools, expanded programs and academic offerings, and recommitted ourselves to providing top tier educational opportunities for ALL of our students.  We have set new heights with managing COVID and reimagining education in the midst of a pandemic.

    As we close the chapter on the 2020 Vision it is time to begin the next chapter of the Transformation of the Mount Vernon City School District.

    The Board of Trustees have already begun this phase, with their Beyond 2020 Goals – established to increase graduation rates, test scores and student achievement across the district.

    Community engagement has always played a key role in the success of our school system.

    While we have made some progress, we still have tremendous work to do.  That is why, today I am announcing the establishment of a strategic planning committee that will help guide the district through the next phase of our transformation.

    The strategic planning committee will consist of parents, teachers, administrators, students, community leaders, and all stakeholders committed to the success of the school district and ensuring its continued positive momentum.

    To that end, we are seeking volunteers to join our committee to help develop our plan for the next five years. The committee will look at all aspects of our district starting with Sub-Committee Think Tanks.  These think tanks (sub-committees) will focus on the following key areas:

    • Mission/Culture
    • Teaching/Learning
    • Financial Stability
    • Governance
    • Operations, and
    • Student Life

    If you would like to be a part of this next phase in our district and planning for the future of the MCVSD, please let us know via email to Strategicplan2021@mtvernoncsd.org. Please include an area that you would like to work on.

    We will be holding our first meeting this November, so we ask that you let us know by Friday, October 15, 2021, of your interest.

    I am looking forward to working with you as we map our next steps in this incredible journey.

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton

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