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  • NMHZ sports new logo and mascot

    The Nelson Mandela Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School has a new school mascot – a falcon – as well as a logo and school colors, maroon and gold.

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  • Two Grimes students will have artwork published nationally

    Two eighth graders at the Grimes School will have their artworks published nationally by Celebrating Art, a contest “devoted to the promotion and appreciation of student-created art.”

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  • DWSA Presents its Winter Showcase

    Make some time Thursday evening to be dazzled. The Denzel Washington School of the Arts has a treat for all with the premier of its Winter Showcase 2021, beginning 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6.

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  • Former Mount Vernon resident brings art talents to Parker

    For Chelsea Phaire, art was a way to ease sorrow at a difficult time. When her grandfather passed away, she was encouraged to create a drawing of him, which was inserted in the elder relative’s pocket when he was buried. Since then, she has drawn enormous benefits from practicing art, and they are gifts she shares with everyone she can. A former Mount Vernon resident who is now in the seventh grade, she visited Cecil H. Parker School bringing bags of art supplies for second and third graders, and then led 20 students in an art class.

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  • Mount Vernon Teachers Training for Administrative Roles

    Eight teachers from the Mount Vernon City School District are receiving training to take on larger roles as principals and other leadership roles in a two-year program. They are enrolled in the Partnership for Principal Preparation program, a collaboration among the District, the College of Saint Rose and the consultants REACH Educational Solutions and Just Inspire.

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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!


    Dr. Pauline Pearce


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