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  • STEAM Academy Senior Valaine Clarke Receives Full Athletic Scholarship to Xavier University of Louisiana

    Valaine Clarke, a member of the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy Class of 2021, recently received a full athletic scholarship to Xavier University of Louisiana. On Friday, March 5, the Mount Vernon City School District held a ceremonial signing where Clarke committed to play as part of the university’s women’s tennis program.

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  • Public Hearing & Meeting Notice

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing on Intellectus Preparatory Charter School application will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing will take place virtually via Zoom. Comments to be read at the hearing regarding the charter school application should be submitted, in writing before 5:30 p.m. Additional comments will be accepted through March 14, 2021. All comments received will become part of the official record of the proceeding. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually, with ALL trustees participating via Zoom to Meeting. Under Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #202.1 "CONTINUING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AND MODIFICATION OF LAWS RELATING TO THE DISASTER EMERGENCY" we will be hosting the meeting without permitting in-person public access to these meetings. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook and the district website at the prescribed start time. The meeting will also be recorded and available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. The Board of Education welcomes public comments at all public meetings. Due to this meeting's format, questions/comments must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Questions/comments for the Board of Education meeting may be forwarded to Questions and comments may also be provided by calling (914) 665-5235 (Please leave a message with your comments and questions). Your questions/comments MUST include your full name and contact information. Questions/Comments will be read into the record by the district clerk during the public comment portion of the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. You will be able to find the complete agenda for

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  • Health Experts Join Mount Vernon City School District Administrators for Reopening Panel Discussion

    Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton led a panel discussion with leading health experts from across Westchester County and an expert on environmental air quality to answer community questions related to the District’s reopening plans. The panel was held virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton was joined by Michael Pellicio, Director of Facilities and Logistics for the District; Dr. Dial Hewlett, Medical Director at Westchester County Department of Health; Dr. Ada J. Huang, an internist and infectious disease specialist who serves as the Deputy Commissioner at Westchester County Department of Health; Dr. Richard Lynch, a certified industrial hygienist and consultant for the District, among others; Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, Medical Director for the Mount Vernon City School District and Southern Westchester BOCES; and Mr. Joseph Glazer, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Community Mental Health in Westchester County.

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  • District Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting of State-of-the-Art Culinary Kitchen at The Mount Vernon High School

    The Mount Vernon City School District celebrated with a ribbon cutting and cooking demonstration of its new, state-of-the-art culinary program kitchen at The Mount Vernon High School on Thursday, February 25th. Renovation and construction of the facility was funded with a $1 million capital improvement grant through New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. The project sought to revitalize the culinary lab and program at the high school. Following the ribbon cutting, Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, or “Chef Ham” as he was known for the evening, joined culinary students in preparing a delicious meal for those in attendance.

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  • MVCSD Staff Join Judge Lauren Lake and Bestselling Author Susan L. Taylor for Interactive Panel Discussion in Honor of Black History Month

    On Wednesday, Feb. 24th, more than 100 Mount Vernon City School District faculty and staff joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and his cabinet as they hosted an interactive panel discussion. The topic for the event was strategies teachers can use to help students shatter glass ceilings they may encounter and redefine how the world sees them.

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Principal's Message

  • September, 2020


    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Welcome back!

    The 2020 – 2021 school academic school year will be met with a myriad of feelings, anticipation, joy, fear, caution, and hope are just a few of the feelings we are all experiencing.  With a looming pandemic, racial tensions, unstable economy, and uncertain future we need to find the passion for life and the gift each day brings. 

    As we begin a new school year, our method of instruction will be the virtual program.  After numerous weeks of planning instruction for September, with the possibility of the COVID -19 virus returning, this method was the best way to safeguard your children and our staff.  Under this program, we have improved the delivery which sets more teacher/student interaction, which in turn increases academic rigor.  Students in grades K – 6 will follow their grade level schedule beginning at 9:00am and ending at 3pm, with lunch between 12 noon and 1pm.  Students in grade 7 and 8 will follow their schedule which begins at 8:00am and ends at 3pm, with lunch between 12:06pm through 12:48pm.  For students in the Pre-K program their hours are from 9am – 3pm with lunch between 11:30am through 12 noon.  This format allows students to receive their special classes (Art, Music, P.E., Atlas, with the middle school students also receiving Health and Career Financial Management).  Please remember that the regular school hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday as a half day of instruction with classes ending at approximately 11:00am. Grade level schedules are posted on our Pennington website.  This format allows our reading specialist, social workers, school psychologist, guidance counselor, speech pathologist and resource room teachers address the needs of your child. Also, we have set up office hours from 8:30am-9:00am to promote a positive relationship between parent and teacher.  During this time the parent can discuss concerns and or questions pertaining to the academic/social growth of their child. This can be done through emails, phone, or a Zoom meeting.

                  All students will be required to log on everyday (10 minutes before school starts) to insure attendance is properly taken.  Also, attendance will be taken throughout the school day to insure students are actively participating.  If the teacher does not visually see their student, they will be marked absent, which will affect their class grades.  All students will be assessed through participation, classwork, homework, and projects.  Students will receive grades through the same process as before.  Unless approved by the principal and teacher, students are required to be at their classrooms during the assigned schedule.  There is no late afternoon, evenings or weekend classes. Also, there no afternoon activities due to the medical safeguards the district has taken.

                  As a school administrator for 21 years from grades Pre-K – 12, success requires hard work, dedication and commitment on the part of all the stakeholders within the school community.  Colleges, universities, and the work force are being more selective and competitive.  Your role as a parent or guardian is absolutely critical.  I urge you to become more involved in your child’s education and social activities.  Please make sure to discuss with your child the pros and cons of social media and not mimic negative behavior.  When you child enters Pennington there will be new safeguards to protect everyone in the school.  Please discuss social distancing, washing of hands, wearing face masks, no hugging and entering/exit through specific doors. Every student has been assigned a grade level teacher and all classes were developed homogeneously.

                  Thank you for your cooperation and support.


                       Alan Gonzalez, Principal                                       Francia Mendoza, Assistant Principal

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