More than 300 people joined a virtual event on Thursday, Jan. 21, hosted by the Mount Vernon City School District to educate families of incoming ninth-graders about its three theme-based high schools: the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, the Denzel Washington School of the Arts at the Nellie Thornton Campus, and The Mount Vernon High School (MVHS). The creation of theme-based high schools was a priority for Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton when he took the helm of the District in 2014.
The sixth installment of the District’s Virtual Parent Learning Modules series topic for the January 14th event was Social-Emotional Support for Children & Families: Building Resiliency Now and Post-COVID-19. During the 90-minute workshop, families heard from District administrators and American psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere who discussed resilience as the ability to bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy, trauma, or adversity and provided powerful practices to nurture an attitude of resilience in children. Click through for a video of the presentation!
Students interested in attending the Denzel Washington School of the Arts at the Nellie Thornton Campus next year will have the opportunity to learn more about the extraordinary programs the school offers during an open house scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 27th. Students and families can connect to the Zoom meeting with the Zoom ID 947 1252 3364 and Passcode 849601. The school – led by Principal Dr. Evelyn Collins – is reaching out to families with children who are currently in grades 5-8 in all schools in Mount Vernon and beyond who have a passion and talent in theatre, voice, dance, orchestra, band, technical theatre or visual arts. Enrollment for the school next year will include grades 6-12.
The Mount Vernon City School District has scheduled its annual High Schools of Choice Night for eighth-grade students and their families to learn about the District’s three theme-based high schools: the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, the Denzel Washington School of the Arts at the Nellie Thornton Campus, and The Mount Vernon High School. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at 6 p.m. The event will take place via Zoom video conferencing this year (Zoom meeting details below). The event is open to students currently enrolled in the District as well as those currently attending private or charter schools.
The ‘Mount Vernon Basics’ program, launched in 2018, is an initiative that seeks to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to support their child’s education. The program’s leaders have announced upcoming events for the spring 2021 semester. For the health and safety of the District’s staff and families, the events will be held virtually through Zoom. The first event – Bringing Back the Basics: Providing Resources for Infants and Toddlers – is planned for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26th. The kick-off event was developed with the district’s newest partner, the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center. Zoom Meeting ID: 998 4024 8935. Password: basics