District News

  • Coronavirus Information - Update March 11, 2020

    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.

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  • School District Begins Thorough Disinfecting of Buildings

    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.

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  • District Requests Payment from City of Collected Taxes

    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.

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  • Students in District Take a Day to Enjoy Digital Learning

    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.

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  • Board of Trustees Endorses Achievements of Administrative Team with Contract Adjustments

    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.

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Message From the Principal

  •  Elevate "Whole school, whole community, whole child""

    Dear Rebecca Turner Elementary School Families and Community,

     Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  This school year will bring new challenges, learning experiences, and accomplishments for our school community.

     I am pleased to inform you that the New York State Education Department has named Rebecca Turner School a Recognition School (a high achieving school)! This reassures that our school initiatives are moving our students and school community in the right direction.

    The theme for this school year is Elevate: Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child”  The instructional program for the 2019-2020 school year will focus on the following areas to support our efforts in closing the achievement gap:

    • Implementing research-based strategies and targeted instruction to improve student achievement
    • Expanding the use of technology for students, staff, and families
    • Sustaining a safe and positive learning environment
    • Strengthening family engagement

     Team leadership, collaborative planning, data-driven decision making, and research-based strategies for increasing student achievement are at the forefront of our goals and objectives for the 2019-2020 school year.  The progress towards achieving these goals will be communicated quarterly in the Eagle Newsletter for parents and community members.

     I look forward to another positive and productive school year with the staff, students, families, and community of Rebecca Turner Elementary School……home of the soaring eagles!


    Jamal Doggett,


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