District News

  • 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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Principal's Message

  • Good day Mt. Vernon STEAM Academy Families! 

    I am truly honored to join the Mt. Vernon STEAM Academy as Principal.  I began my career over 20 years ago as a science teacher in a small, all girls' Catholic High school.  My journey has led me to serve as Science Department Chair, Assistant Principal, Director of School Operations, mentor and Founding Principal of a Math and Science Charter High School in Queens.  I have had the pleasure of working with diverse cultures throughout my career and have a strong emphasis on supporting the whole child on their own personal journey. 

    My personal journey began as an only child of immigrants from Antigua. The values that I was taught and hold dear, center around respect and character.  Character is who you are and what you do when you think no one is watching.  I am a mother of six children ranging from 7 to 19. I hold a BS in Biology from Manhattan College, a MA in Science Education from Hunter College, a MSED in Education Administration from Baruch College, and am currently working on my Ed.D from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, I am a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of the City South Steel Orchestra where I play the single tenor steelpan. I enjoy learning about my students and their families, world cultures and sampling cultural dishes. 

    I believe in, and am committed to, providing all students, regardless of their previous academic history, with the highest quality education, while supporting them in a caring environment.  The Mt. Vernon STEAM Academy is focused on the academic, social, and emotional needs of our scholars. I ask each Mt. Vernon STEAM Academy parent, student, and staff member to strive for nothing less than excellence in everything we do. Our scholars’ success is the most important aspect in our learning community. 

    While fulfilling the New York State Graduation requirements, Mt. Vernon STEAM Academy scholars will incorporate project-based learning to develop critical thinkers and doers. The STEAM community will support our scholars in standing out in the community by demonstrating Success, Talent, Excellence, Achievement and Motivation. 

    I ask my families to be involved in our scholar’s lives. High school is a time of change, challenge, and exploration. Our scholars, although they may think otherwise, need our support and guidance to develop the foundation to successfully compete with and be successful in the global community. Please remember that we are a uniform school, and students are expected to be in full uniform every day. 

    This is of course the first of many opportunities for me to communicate with you. I will be inviting you to participate in virtual focus groups soon to hear how we can better support our scholars on their journey. It takes a village!  

    Please do not hesitate to contact me at sspencer@mtvernoncsd.org 

    Full STEAM ahead! 


    Ms. Sharon Spencer, MA MSED 


     “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”   – Nelson Mandela 

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