Pennington News & Events

District News

  • Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 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, December 1, 2020. 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 this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting. Meeting Agenda

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  • NYSPHSAA Section 1 adds track and boys swimming to delayed winter sports

    The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section 1 announced that boys and girls indoor track and boys swimming, considered low risk sports, were officially moved to the start of next year. The Section 1 decision effectively pushes back all winter sports to a January 4th, 2021 start. Early last week the NYSPHSAA delayed the start of high risk winter sports – wrestling, cheerleading and boys and girls basketball – to January 4th.

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  • District Announces Dr. Jeanette Baubles as Director of Education (K-12)

    The Mount Vernon City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeanette Baubles as the district’s Director of Education (K-12). Dr. Baubles was the Regional Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Shore Regional High School District in West Long Branch, New Jersey, from 2014 to 2020.

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  • Y’s Men Club of Westchester County donates coats to 138 homeless

    The Y’s Men Club of Westchester County, led by Mount Vernon City School District’s Director of Business & Treasurer, Shaji Zacharia, officially delivered to Vernon Plaza Family Shelter and WestHelp Shelter 138 new coats for homeless students in a small gathering of Y’s Men Club members, officials from the shelters, school district Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and Board President Darcy Miller. The event at the Vernon Plaza shelter was held on Wednesday, November 18th.

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  • A few pre-K 4 program seats are still available

    The Mount Vernon City School District Universal Pre-K program has only a few spots remaining in its pre-kindergarten 4 program this school year. The program offers either virtual or in-person learning. The program is led by the district, which also provides devices and supplies. It is also free, meaning there is no financial burden on parents and guardians. The full-day program provides students with more instruction time, which gives them a greater opportunity for success in school. Students must be 4 years old by December 1, 2020 (no exceptions) and be residents of Mount Vernon.

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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