As of this moment, Mount Vernon has no confirmed cases. Various district staff have reported indirect contact and consequently have elected to self-quarantine. Indirect contact means that they have been in some proximity to an infected person or associated with someone who may have had contact with a confirmed case. In those instances, guidance from the Department of Health does not recommend that the District take any action. However, as we have worked to reduce possible exposure, we are looking at each situation on a case by case basis and making decisions accordingly. Our primary goal is to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.
The Mount Vernon City School District’s custodians have begun a thorough disinfecting and sanitizing of its school buildings today, Thursday, March 5th. The cleaning – which will kill all flu-like viruses, including Novel Coronavirus – will be done over the next four days and schools are expected to reopen on Monday morning on a normal schedule.
From Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools: Today is Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and I regret to announce that the Mount Vernon City School District believes that it has not received ALL collected school and library taxes from the City of Mount Vernon. The City of Mount Vernon collects taxes on behalf of the school district and the library and remits payments on or before February 28 of each year. This is the second year in a row that the City has failed to meet its obligations to remit ALL tax dollars collected to the school district.
Students in the Mount Vernon City School District took some time out of their days to observe Digital Learning Day on Thursday, February 27th. The day has been celebrated by the district for the past four years as a way to ask students and staff to step out of their comfort zone and try something new and innovative.
Families and students in the Mount Vernon City School District have seen unprecedented building improvements and academic success over the past five years. To honor these achievements and to keep the district and its students on the path of improvement and growth, the Board of Education is keeping its “Dream Team” of school district administrators together.
On Thursday February 27th, Pennington faculty and students joined the technology movement. Transforming students and lessons by incorporating technology. Preparing our students for the demands of the future requires faculty to provide opportunities for critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. Classrooms from Pre-K through grade 8, PE and Reading Support incorporated technology into their day. Amanda Clarke, Microsoft representative provided a Game Coding class for our sixth graders. It was an informative and exciting experience. Teachers incorporated Kahoot, Plickers, and Quizlet to assess instruction. Pre-K coded their class robot Cubetto. Fourth graders coached first graders as they discovered coding on www.code.org.
The fourth grade classes researched influential African Americans. Students displayed this information on original cereal box biographies. They rehearsed their facts as they prepared for showtime. On Thursday, February 27, Pennington students, families and friends were invited to a special museum. Mannequins came to life when you tapped them. Each mannequin shared who they were and their life's purpose. This exciting interactive experience introduced numerous inspiring heroes to visitors and participants. "Success always leaves footprints" Booker T. Washington
We hope you can join us for a "Budget Workshop". Dr. Hamilton will present the proposed 2020-2021 school budget during a series of meetings this Spring. The program will include time for questions and answers! All meetings are from 6:30- 7:30pm. Meetings are scheduled at The Graham School on March 5; Mount Vernon Armory on April 22; and at The Pennington School on April 30. Dr. Hamilton will broadcast LIVE from the TV Studio at MVHS and take questions and comments LIVE from 6:30-7:30pm on April 28 and May 12. Visit www.facebook.com/mountvernoncityschooldistrict
As the Interim Principal at Pennington School, my goal is to ensure that we provide a safe, supportive and high quality school environmnet for all students. I am looking forward to working with the parents, teachers and all stakeholders to ensure that the children at Pennington School get the best education available.
I bring twenty-nine (29) years of extensive experience as an administrator and instructions leader with proven success. I have worked with schools facing challenges, and with the commitment of the teachers, administrators, parents and stakeholders, able to transform the schools. The education and safety of your child and their well-being is and always will be at the top priority of the school.
I have an open door policy, and look forward to meeting or speaking with you to discuss any concerns about your child's educational program. You can reach me at email@example.com anytime. It is my goal to bring Pennington School pride to its highest.
I look forward to teaming up with the teachers, administrators, parents, and all stakeholders to support the educational growth of your child for the remainder of the school year.
Mr Alan. Gonzalez, Interim Principal
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Kindergarten Open House for incoming students in September 2020