Three new principals, each with more than 20 years’ experience in education, will lead schools in the Mount Vernon City School District this year. The principals were hired Wednesday, Sept. 1, by the school board. They are: Matthew Gonzales for Mount Vernon High School; Thrusha Henderson for the Pennington School; and Sharon Spencer for the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy.
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education adopted on Wednesday, September 1, a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy. According to the policy, the school board “is committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive learning environment where all students, including and especially those currently and historically marginalized, feel safe, included, welcomed, and accepted, and experience a sense of belonging and the potential for academic success.
Hometown hero Rai Benjamin, with gold and silver Olympic medals around his neck, returned to Mount Vernon Friday, September 10, 2021 where he was cheered by school children throughout the city, gratefully accepted a handful of proclamations, and received the Key to the City. Beginning shortly after noon, he was carried on a parade platform through the city in a motorcade, a fire engine and a police escort. With family members, supporters and city and school district leaders, the motorcade included members of the entourage in classic cars – a blue Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, a red Chevrolet Bel Air, a pale yellow Thunderbird among them.
Across the Mount Vernon City School District, students reported for the first day of the 2021-22 school year today, with adjusted COVID regulations – requiring 3 feet of distance rather than 6, for instance – making it possible to hold in-person school for the entire enrollment of 7,500. Students were excited to fully engage in lessons as well as eat lunch with schoolmates and friends.
The Mount Vernon City School District kicked off the school year at its annual convocation on Wednesday, September 1, with inspirational messages for faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. The theme of this year’s event focused on Rebuilding, Refocusing and Reimagining Education.
September 9, 2020
Welcome to new and returning Holmes families to the 2020-2021 academic school year! I hope that you and your family are safe and doing well!
During these unprecedented times, please be reminded that all schools in Mt. Vernon are beginning the school year remotely. Further decisions will be made by the Superintendent of Schools no later than October 5, 2020.
The first day of virtual schooling begins Thursday, September 10, 2020. The student Username, student ID, classroom teacher’s email, and ZOOM login information are available in the main office. Additional login information for specials and support staff will be provided on the Holmes parent page in Schoology and Seesaw.
Students will be engaged in daily synchronous (LIVE ZOOM) instruction, as well as asynchronous (Student Independent) instruction with teacher support. Students and families must remember the following ZOOM norms: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Ready to Learn.
With this being said, students must log in on time. Students and family members must be appropriately dressed. Students should have a quiet place to work, and parents must be mindful of their language and interactions in the background. Students must be organized. Grab & Go breakfast/lunch will also be available from 7:15 am – 8:15 am as needed. A schedule will be posted on the district’s website. I know this is a lot of information and a lot to take in. Know that your child’s success is our #1 priority and of utmost importance, so we will work with you every step of the way. We ask that you do your part and work with us! Keep the lines of communication open!
As we proceed throughout the school year, various updates will be provided on the following platforms: Holmes Schoology page, email address, Robocalls, and access to the Holmes and district webpage.
Please reach out to your child’s teacher and the principal at email@example.com with any questions that you may have.
Once again, welcome, and I look forward to a very productive school year!
Mrs. Danielle Davis-Marrow, Holmes School Principal