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.
Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy may be taking the reins officially as Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District on July 1, but she is already planning to begin assessing the district’s needs and starting to put the pieces of her comprehensive Renew, Recommit, Reimagine plan into action.
The Mount Vernon High School’s Class of 2022 celebrated its graduation on Friday, June 24. The ceremony took place at the high school’s football field and marked the end of students’ first full year back in the classroom since the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 214 students received their diplomas.
Seniors of the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy graduated on Thursday, June 23, at the school’s soccer field. The 113 members of the Class of 2022 were the second of which to become alumni of their school.
The second class of the Denzel Washington School of the Arts graduated Wednesday, June 22, in the school’s Phylicia Rashad Auditorium. The ceremony for the 54 students included speeches by the school principal, district superintendent, a board trustee, and the mayor, as well as the Class of 2022 president, valedictorian and salutatorian, among other dignitaries.
The Mt. Vernon Adult Education Program will hold its Summer In-Person Registration for NEW students June 27-30 from 6:00-8:00 PM at 170 E. Lincoln Avenue, Mt. Vernon, New York. Sign up to take classes toward earning your GED or ESL classes to learn English. Classes are free and you must be 21 years old to enroll. We look forward to seeing you.
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