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.
September 1, 2021
Dear Students, Parents, and Families,
Welcome to the academic year of 2021 – 2022! It is an honor to share that I will serve as the new principal of the esteemed, prominent Pennington School! I hope that you took time to rest, relax, rejuvenate, and have some fun this summer. This academic year of 2021 – 2022 will bring new learning experiences, increased student achievement, times of joy, challenges, and accomplishments for our school community. My journey has led me to you and I am excited and grateful to experience this journey with you. Please be assured I share your dedication of demonstrating love, care, support, and high expectations while being their greatest advocate.
Our theme for this academic year is “Rise Up: For the Whole Child, Student Achievement, Our Wellness, and Our Community.” Despite the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, together we will focus on the holistic needs of our children while working to close the achievement gap, increasing student learning and success. Let us act with the belief that all students are special, can learn and succeed. Our efforts to close the achievement gap will include but are not limited to:
We must remember to nurture our wellness so we are able to give our best daily. If our tank is low or empty it will be difficult to fully give to our students as well as our loved ones. In our work, let us rise up in service and commitment to the Pennington School community-at-large.
With respect to health and safety due to the continuous impact of COVID-19 we must implement mitigation measures. All staff and students are required to wear masks while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Each class and/or office should have a designated area for PPE kits. We will adhere to mitigation measures as per our district’s guidelines and make adjustments should they be necessary. The safety and well-being of you and our students are of paramount importance.
I am filled with joy in anticipating all that is to come for the betterment of our students and school community. Please know my door is always open for you. I truly welcome your ideas, perspectives, and positive input throughout the year. I look forward to working collaboratively to provide a world-class educational experience for our students to enable them to become independent and critical thinkers, who act with integrity, solve problems, become life-long learners, productive and responsible citizens prepared for their future endeavors and the ever-changing demands of our society.
Ms. Thrusha A. Henderson, Principal