Thank You MVCSD!

  • Greetings All,

    Denzel Washington School of the Arts serves students in grade 6-12.   This is a major milestone for the MVCSD.  We are grateful for the support we have received at our performances throughout the years.  We also appreciate and acknowledge Nellie A. Thornton High School staff and students for welcoming us for 2018 -2020, Principal Alan Gonzalez for supporting our initial program at Grimes Elementary via our Summer Bridge Program 2015; Principal Brown for housing and supervising our program at BTMS in 2015-2016; and Principal Ron Gonzalez for allowing our program to nest at MVHS 2016 - 2018.  Our school would not exist if not for the support of those administrators. 

    We are also thrilled that we were able to create and nurture our school with the full support of our superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, his cabinet and the Board of Trustees.  Thank you.

    The objective of the Denzel Washington School of the Arts is to provide an educational experience for children passionate about an art discipline.  We utilize this passion as a gateway for preparation in college or conservatory training.  We recognize that some of our students will pursue the arts and enter professional careers in the arts - continuing Mount Vernon's legacy of creating stars.  We also recognize that others will elect traditional majors and contribute to our society as doctors, lawyers, teachers and in other professions.  Either way, our goal includes educating the whole child and nurturing their self-esteem, confidence, and passion for learning.  We also endeavor to nurture future patrons of the arts.

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 https://www.facebook.com/MountVernonCitySchoolDistrict and the district website www.mtvernoncsd.org 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 rmccormack@mtvernoncsd.org. 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. http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/mvcsd/Board.nsf/Public 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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News Headlines

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Under the direction of Dr. Evelyn Collins, students from the Mount Vernon Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program will take the stage to perform August Wilson’s play, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.’ Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at Nellie Thornton High School, located at 121 South 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon.

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  • Arts Magnet Application and Audition Information

    The Mount Vernon City School District offers a creative opportunity for students entering grades 6 – 10 to excel academically and artistically. The Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program is designed for creative students interested in the arts. Students can apply from any Mount Vernon school and are admitted based on an audition in theatre, vocal music, dance, a visual arts portfolio, or playing a musical instrument in addition to a comprehensive application and an interview with the student and parent. The school will assist each student with discovering and nurturing their unique talent while also utilizing an arts framework to support success in academic classes. Students will transfer their creative skills to the classroom and build their cognitive framework and affective mindset to become strong readers, mathematicians, thinkers and learners.

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  • Mount Vernon student cast in 'Central Park Five' miniseries on Netflix

    Eighth-grader Judah Taylor, 14, talks about his role in a Netflix original miniseries called "Central Park 5" at Thornton High School which houses the Performing & Visual Arts Magnet School Nov. 5, 1018 in Mount Vernon.

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National Core Arts Standards

  • "Arts Education benefits the student because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. This process requires not merely an active mind but a trained one. An education in the arts benefits society because students of the arts gain powerful tools for understanding human experiences, both past and present. They learn to respect the often very different ways others have of thinking, working, and expressing themselves. They learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers. By studying the arts, students stimulate their natural creativity and learn to develop it to meet the needs of a complex and competitive society. And, as study and competence in the arts reinforce one other, the joy of learning becomes real, tangible, and powerful."

     

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