In a live, 90-minute talk show entitled “Moving Beyond The Pandemic,” the Mount Vernon City School District on Thursday, June 17, discussed the plan to achieve a full transition to traditional in-person learning by having up to 3,000 students attend summer school – even if their grades do not reflect the need to attend.
Fourth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School taught each other on Thursday, June 17th, about Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day in 1865 when word of freedom reached slaves in Texas.
Mount Vernon High School senior John Alex will attend the University of Rochester in the fall to make the most of the school’s strong science program, which suits his plans to major in microbiology. Alex was named his high school’s salutatorian, with a cumulative GPA of 97.65 after seven semesters. With that academic performance, bolstered by classes taken in the school’s new International Baccalaureate program and coupled with his range of extracurricular activities, he was accepted at a host of other schools as well.
The Mount Vernon High School swimming pool will open to families and residents of the city again this summer as COVID-era restrictions continue to loosen. Public swimming will begin Wednesday, June 16. Mount Vernon residents will be able to swim in the pool on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The pool will be closed Saturday, July 3; Monday, July 5; and Saturday, July 31.
Mount Vernon STEAM Academy students on Wednesday, June 2, earned honors during the school’s first Senior Convocation ceremony highlighting academic achievement, athletics, community service, and character.
Dr. Natasha Hunter - McGregor , Principal
Dr. Hunter-McGregor is one of three siblings born into a loving military family. She received her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and her undergraduate degree from Howard University where she graduated from the School of Business with a major in Management. She continued her educational journey to later receive two masters and the degree of Doctor of Education from St. John Fisher College.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor’s educational career began in Harlem, New York at the age of 21 where she lived, worshipped and taught young people in the community. She worked as a teacher in many capacities, a social studies school based coordinator, teacher of students with disabilities, gifted and talented teacher, literacy coach, AIS provider, curriculum writer integrating the arts, as well as a staff developer for a collective 10 years.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor later became an assistant principal in the New York City school system where she served for 8 years prior to becoming principal in Mt. Vernon, New York. During her service in the Harlem community, Dr. Hunter-McGregor trained staff from partnering agencies such as City Year of New York, Harlem Children’s Zone, coordinated service activities, instituted new teacher orientation programs in her school and helped to improve academic performance and teacher effectiveness.
She was an active member of the NAACP, Urban League and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor currently worships in the Mt. Vernon community and continues to put all of her energy into providing a high quality education for the students in her care by working collaboratively with families, staff, district staff, clergy and all key stake holders. She understands the superintendent’s 20/20 Vision and her immediate focus is to ensure that Graham School is taken off of the focus list and re-establishes itself as an institution of learning, whereby all families would like to send their precious little ones.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor loves sports and arts, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She adores her three children and strives to live her life with purpose, which she credits to the support of her loving parents.