District News

  • Special Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Holmes School, 195 N. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10553. It is anticipated that the Board of Education will immediately adjourn to executive session to discuss collective bargaining negotiations. The Board of Education does not anticipate returning to public session for further action. The Board of Education welcomes public comments at all Special meetings, provided they are related to an item on the agenda. Members of the public wishing to address the Board must sign up with the District Clerk by 4 p.m. on July 14, 2020. You may sign up by phone at (914) 665-5235, email at rmccormack@mtvernoncsd.org. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235.

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  • Magazine Identifies Mount Vernon’s 20/20 Vision as Winning ‘Formula for a School District Turnaround’

    Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton was recognized in a recent article published by District Administration, a publication delivering cutting-edge coverage of educational leadership, technology, news, curriculum, and policy finance to district-level K-12 school leaders across the country. In the article, Dr. Hamilton was applauded for his work in reviving a struggling school district since taking the helm in 2014 and executing his 20/20 Vision for improvement.

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  • The Mount Vernon High School Senior Receives Generous Academic Scholarship to SUNY Brockport

    Ahmad Davis-Warner, a recent graduate of The Mount Vernon High School, has been awarded a generous academic scholarship to play football at the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport that covers nearly all expenses related to tuition, room, and board. Davis-Warner will pursue degrees in business and sports management at the university.

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  • Nellie A. Thornton High School Valedictorian Never Missed a Day of School

    Ashanti Palmer, a graduating senior at Nellie A. Thornton High School and the Performing & Visual Arts Magnet Program, is the school’s valedictorian for the Class of 2020. She has also achieved perfect attendance for the entirety of her educational experience in the Mount Vernon City School District, beginning in Pre-K and culminating in this, her senior year of high school.

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  • Students Celebrate Graduations in Virtual Ceremonies and at The Mount Vernon High School, Nellie A. Thornton High School

    Visit our photo galleries of The Mount Vernon High School and Nellie A. Thornton High School graduations --- more than 500 photos!!

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Message from Principal

  • Cecil H. Parker is Home of the Blue Tigers. It houses students in grades preK-8th.

    Parker’s motto is “Parker Pride-Nothing Less Than Excellence”. Teachers enhance their pedagogy through engagement in a continuum of academic learning of the most current methodologies and learning trends in education. Common Core standards-based instruction, consistent training in technology, and professional development in student data management are just some of the opportunities provided to teachers. 

     Through our on-site Parent Resource Center workshops and School-based Leadership Team efforts, our parents, grandparents, caregivers, and retirees collaborate to create classrooms of scholars who engage in rigorous challenging academic curriculum. We persistently seek community members and leaders to inspire and motivate our children to excel in all areas.

    Programs include-

    • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) program creates a safe learning environment and positive school climate in order to develop well-rounded students. We strive to ensure that every student learns in a safe and nurturing environment, reflected in a continuum of improved student achievement.
    • "Readers are Leaders" initiative was implemented at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to foster a love for reading through adult models from the school community. Our children hope that many will visit and share a favorite story or poem with their class.
    • Math & Science Lab provides a forum for our young learners to conduct research, and engage in rigorous, lively conversations, in response to  common core standards-based instruction.
    • Step Up and Princesses of Peace mentoring programs prepare our young men and women to be grounded in hard work, collegiality, and honest communication, and become active participants in their community.

    Cecil H. Parker is committed to providing the highest level of education for ALL students through academic rigor and strong character education.


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