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  • STEAM Academy Senior Valaine Clarke Receives Full Athletic Scholarship to Xavier University of Louisiana

    Valaine Clarke, a member of the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy Class of 2021, recently received a full athletic scholarship to Xavier University of Louisiana. On Friday, March 5, the Mount Vernon City School District held a ceremonial signing where Clarke committed to play as part of the university’s women’s tennis program.

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  • Public Hearing & Meeting Notice

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing on Intellectus Preparatory Charter School application will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing will take place virtually via Zoom. Comments to be read at the hearing regarding the charter school application should be submitted, in writing before 5:30 p.m. Additional comments will be accepted through March 14, 2021. All comments received will become part of the official record of the proceeding. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 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, March 9, 2021. 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

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  • Health Experts Join Mount Vernon City School District Administrators for Reopening Panel Discussion

    Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton led a panel discussion with leading health experts from across Westchester County and an expert on environmental air quality to answer community questions related to the District’s reopening plans. The panel was held virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton was joined by Michael Pellicio, Director of Facilities and Logistics for the District; Dr. Dial Hewlett, Medical Director at Westchester County Department of Health; Dr. Ada J. Huang, an internist and infectious disease specialist who serves as the Deputy Commissioner at Westchester County Department of Health; Dr. Richard Lynch, a certified industrial hygienist and consultant for the District, among others; Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, Medical Director for the Mount Vernon City School District and Southern Westchester BOCES; and Mr. Joseph Glazer, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Community Mental Health in Westchester County.

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  • District Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting of State-of-the-Art Culinary Kitchen at The Mount Vernon High School

    The Mount Vernon City School District celebrated with a ribbon cutting and cooking demonstration of its new, state-of-the-art culinary program kitchen at The Mount Vernon High School on Thursday, February 25th. Renovation and construction of the facility was funded with a $1 million capital improvement grant through New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. The project sought to revitalize the culinary lab and program at the high school. Following the ribbon cutting, Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, or “Chef Ham” as he was known for the evening, joined culinary students in preparing a delicious meal for those in attendance.

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  • MVCSD Staff Join Judge Lauren Lake and Bestselling Author Susan L. Taylor for Interactive Panel Discussion in Honor of Black History Month

    On Wednesday, Feb. 24th, more than 100 Mount Vernon City School District faculty and staff joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and his cabinet as they hosted an interactive panel discussion. The topic for the event was strategies teachers can use to help students shatter glass ceilings they may encounter and redefine how the world sees them.

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Message From the Principal

  • August 31, 2020

     Dear Rebecca Turner Elementary School Families,

     As the opening of school rapidly approaches, I hope you and your family are safe and are enjoying what remains of this summer. The arrival of COVID-19 in early 2020 quickly changed the way we do things, and in most instances, changed what was once normal.  

     Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened political/racial tensions in our country, we still have to ensure that nothing prevents us from preparing our students academically and socially, regardless of the type of educational platform being used.  Despite these challenges, I truly believe this school year will still bring great new opportunities, learning experiences, and accomplishments for our school community.

     The theme for this school year is Nothing Can Stop Us!” The instructional program for the 2020-21 school year will focus on the following areas (in-person and/or distance learning) to support our efforts in closing the achievement gap:


    • Implementing research-based strategies and targeted instruction to improve student achievement
    • Engaging students in culturally responsive lessons
    • Expanding the use of technology for students, staff, and families
    • Promoting the social and emotional well-being of all students
    • Sustaining a safe and positive learning environment

     As the 2020-21 school year approaches, please take note of the following:

    • Schoology will be the main platform for communication during distance learning.  More information on this will be presented in September.


    • Thursday, September 10, 2020 is the first day of school for grades Pre-K-4. School will take place on a distance learning platform until October 2, 2020. Students will log onto Schoology at 8:30am. 


    • Please ensure your email address and telephone numbers are updated.  This is an urgent safety request to ensure we can reach you in the event of an emergency and for you to receive important school and district updates.


    • If you have not received your child’s supply list, you can find the grade level supply list on our school’s website.  From the district’s website homepage, click on “Our Schools” then click on “Rebecca Turner Elementary School”. 


    • Students who have not met the immunization requirements will not be able to attend school.  Please ensure all immunizations have been updated before returning to school.


    School Uniforms-Optional for 2020-21

    School uniform implementation at Rebecca Turner Elementary School has been a huge success!  The uniform policy for the 2020-21 school year is optional. Our school uniform colors are maroon/burgundy tops with a gold logo and khaki bottoms (pants/skirts).  The vendor we are using is Cookie’s - The Kids Department Store.  Information on how to order the official uniform with our school logo is enclosed.  Additionally, you can also choose to purchase merchandise without the school logo from other retailers such as Target, J.C. Penny, French Toast, Wal-Mart, etc. 

     Opt In/Out Scheduling Requirement Form

    If you have not already done so, you must notify the school district of the choice in your child’s learning model.  To do this, you must fill out and submit the district’s Opt In/Out Scheduling Requirement Form. It is the same form as the Back to School Opt In/Out Survey. Parents need to submit one form per student. Please check our district’s website homepage for further information.  This form must be completed! A copy of this form is also enclosed in this letter.

     A parent meeting conducted via Zoom will be scheduled soon. During this meeting, you will learn more about our reopening plans and calendar of events. You can also check our district’s website at www.mtvernoncsd.org for more information.

     I look forward to a positive and productive school year with our new normal. We will get through this school year together as a school community because “Nothing Can Stop Us!”


    Jamal Doggett




Rebecca Turner

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