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  • Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 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 and the district website 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, December 1, 2020. Questions/comments for the Board of Education meeting may be forwarded to 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 this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting. Meeting Agenda

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  • NYSPHSAA Section 1 adds track and boys swimming to delayed winter sports

    The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section 1 announced that boys and girls indoor track and boys swimming, considered low risk sports, were officially moved to the start of next year. The Section 1 decision effectively pushes back all winter sports to a January 4th, 2021 start. Early last week the NYSPHSAA delayed the start of high risk winter sports – wrestling, cheerleading and boys and girls basketball – to January 4th.

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  • District Announces Dr. Jeanette Baubles as Director of Education (K-12)

    The Mount Vernon City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeanette Baubles as the district’s Director of Education (K-12). Dr. Baubles was the Regional Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Shore Regional High School District in West Long Branch, New Jersey, from 2014 to 2020.

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  • Y’s Men Club of Westchester County donates coats to 138 homeless

    The Y’s Men Club of Westchester County, led by Mount Vernon City School District’s Director of Business & Treasurer, Shaji Zacharia, officially delivered to Vernon Plaza Family Shelter and WestHelp Shelter 138 new coats for homeless students in a small gathering of Y’s Men Club members, officials from the shelters, school district Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and Board President Darcy Miller. The event at the Vernon Plaza shelter was held on Wednesday, November 18th.

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  • A few pre-K 4 program seats are still available

    The Mount Vernon City School District Universal Pre-K program has only a few spots remaining in its pre-kindergarten 4 program this school year. The program offers either virtual or in-person learning. The program is led by the district, which also provides devices and supplies. It is also free, meaning there is no financial burden on parents and guardians. The full-day program provides students with more instruction time, which gives them a greater opportunity for success in school. Students must be 4 years old by December 1, 2020 (no exceptions) and be residents of Mount Vernon.

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Message from the Principal

  • Greetings BTMS Families!

    The faculty and staff of Benjamin Turner Middle School continue to strive to provide a high-quality instructional program, in spite of the many challenges that are distinctive of a global pandemic.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to nurture and guide our scholars to recognize that they have the power to define themselves and who they want to be.  

    During the first marking period, we established the norms of online learning, reflected on who we are as individuals through our Self-Awareness projects and identified our academic standing through I-Ready testing and class exams.  We must now focus on ensuring that every child receives the support that they need to grow socially and academically.

    November 16, 2020 marked the beginning of the second marking period. We invite you, as partners in your children’s education, to guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

    1. Attends school daily (in-person or via Zoom) ready for the day’s learning experiences.
    2. Completes all assignments and follow up with teachers regarding feedback on their work. Requests a progress report on a bi-weekly basis.
    3. Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
    4. Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life and any additional support that he/she may need.

    We look forward to an exciting and productive second marking period. We R.O.A.R!


    Yours in learning,

    Dr. P. Pearce

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