District News

  • New Principals Hired for Three Mount Vernon Schools

    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.

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  • Policy addresses need for equal access to education regardless of student background

    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.

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  • Olympic Medalist Rai Benjamin Comes Home for Celebration

    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.

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  • All Students Return to Schools for First Day

    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.

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  • Mount Vernon City School District Hosts Superintendent’s Convocation

    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.

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Message from the Principal

  • Greetings BTMS Families,

    The faculty and staff of Benjamin Turner Middle School welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to partner more closely with you this school year, as we embark on this year’s journey to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our scholars. Welcome to the class of 2025, we look forward to meeting all of you and your families.

    We are excited to return to five days of in-person instruction in the building. I want to assure you that we are taking precautionary measures in all aspects to create a safe learning environment. We will continue to implement mitigation measures as established by the CDC. This will include the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors and on the buses, social distancing where practicable, and regular handwashing and access to hand sanitizers.

    This year we will renew our commitment to excellence in all that we do. We will provide opportunities for students to address academic deficiencies, build numeracy and literacy skills, and build on the technology skills that they developed last year. A major initiative for this year is to address the concern of student literacy through the Balanced Literacy approach.

    I look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure that our scholars are provided with the best learning experience possible as we prepare them to be responsible citizens who recognize their value as members of the global community. Students will have opportunities to work on community projects and in so doing, build their relational capacity among themselves and with the adults around them.

    I am excited about building relationships with all of you throughout this year. Please join the PTA and become active members of the BTMS family. It is going to be an amazing year!

    We are the Lions PRIDE. We ROAR!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Pauline Pearce

    Principal

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