Mount Vernon's youngest students returned to school buildings today after eight months at home, but their stay could be short. The urban school district with about 8,000 students is the last in the Lower Hudson Valley to open its doors, and Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton acknowledged that, with COVID-19 numbers rising, it might not be for long.
Three new principals, each with more than 20 years’ experience in education, will lead schools in the Mount Vernon City School District this year. The principals were hired Wednesday, Sept. 1, by the school board. They are: Matthew Gonzales for Mount Vernon High School; Thrusha Henderson for the Pennington School; and Sharon Spencer for the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy.
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education adopted on Wednesday, September 1, a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy. According to the policy, the school board “is committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive learning environment where all students, including and especially those currently and historically marginalized, feel safe, included, welcomed, and accepted, and experience a sense of belonging and the potential for academic success.
Hometown hero Rai Benjamin, with gold and silver Olympic medals around his neck, returned to Mount Vernon Friday, September 10, 2021 where he was cheered by school children throughout the city, gratefully accepted a handful of proclamations, and received the Key to the City. Beginning shortly after noon, he was carried on a parade platform through the city in a motorcade, a fire engine and a police escort. With family members, supporters and city and school district leaders, the motorcade included members of the entourage in classic cars – a blue Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, a red Chevrolet Bel Air, a pale yellow Thunderbird among them.
Across the Mount Vernon City School District, students reported for the first day of the 2021-22 school year today, with adjusted COVID regulations – requiring 3 feet of distance rather than 6, for instance – making it possible to hold in-person school for the entire enrollment of 7,500. Students were excited to fully engage in lessons as well as eat lunch with schoolmates and friends.
The Mount Vernon City School District kicked off the school year at its annual convocation on Wednesday, September 1, with inspirational messages for faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. The theme of this year’s event focused on Rebuilding, Refocusing and Reimagining Education.
The Edwards Williams School is located in a culturally diverse section of Mount Vernon, New York. We offer an integrated curriculum that adheres to the high education standards of the New York State Department of Education. The classes encompass students from Pre-K through Grade Six. Our staff of over 60 is made of administrators, teachers, and specialists who are committed to meet the intellectual, academic, physical, cultural, social and emotional needs of our children.
Educating the whole child is the most important goal at Edward Williams Elementary School. Our staff includes a full-time nurse, social worker, psychologist, speech therapist, and school counselor. We also have two Reading Specialists who use the pull-out and push-in teaching system. Creative teaching strategies are used to incorporate the arts and the community into the lives of all our children. All of our 500 children are embraced daily regardless of their backgrounds or living conditions.
In addition to classroom instruction, intervention instruction is offered in all the academic areas. Many proven academic programs are offered including, resource, and special education classes. Academic intervention service programs are also available.
We boast of an after-school program that serves our students in Grades 3-6. Currently this year, we have Academic Power Hour which provides enrichment academic support Monday - Wednesday. Also, on Thursday and Friday, we have a program in collaboration with the Empire Program that exposes the students to the world of STEAM with wonderful hands-on activities.
Dr. C Waterman