Mount Vernon is the region's final district to reopen schools, but will it last?

Mount Vernon's youngest students returned to school buildings today after eight months at home, but their stay could be short. The urban school district with about 8,000 students is the last in the Lower Hudson Valley to open its doors, and Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton acknowledged that, with COVID-19 numbers rising, it might not be for long.

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  • Districtwide Safety Plan 2022-23 - We Want Your Comments/Feedback

    The Mount Vernon City School District has produced a draft of its Districtwide Safety Plan for 2022-23. You may enter your comments/feedback by clicking on the link or scanning the QR code in the story.

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  • Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: August 3

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Wednesday August 3, 2022, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Education Center, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook and the district website The meeting will also be available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. There will be no public comment at this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Silver at (914) 665-5199. You will find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting.

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  • District Thrives Using Imagine Learning

    Hamilton Elementary School has earned the Imagine Nation Beacon School Award for its progress in language literacy and other programs. Mount Vernon has partnered with the Arizona-based company for the programs that were provided to the 567 English as a New Language learners in the Mount Vernon City School District, said Dr. Marguerita G. Circello, Standards Administrator for English Language Learners and World Languages.

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  • Successful Start to Superintendent’s Summer Reading Initiative with Story Time Read-aloud Hour

    The Superintendent’s Summer Reading initiative with story time read-aloud hour started this week with a stop to the Boys & Girls Club and the Mount Vernon Library.  The guest readers were Mount Vernon City councilman Derrick Thompson, and from the Neighborhood Health Center, Community Health Worker Enjoli Pennamom.  The kids were engaged and eager to answer questions about the books that were read. Everyone had a chance to share what they learned.  We want to continue to encourage our students to use their superpower of reading, which helps them to foster a lifetime of learning.   

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  • Mommy and Me Class July 21 and 25

    The Mount Vernon City School District is hosting a Mommy and Me Class at The Parent Resource Center on Thursday, July 21 at 10 a.m., and Monday, July 25 at 10 a.m. The Parent Resource Center is located in the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, 350 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon. The classes for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers will include story time, fun and games. To RSVP, please email Rita James, parent liaison, at

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About Williams Wildcats

  • The Edwards Williams School is located in a culturally diverse section of Mount Vernon, New York. We offer an integrated curriculum that adheres to the high education standards of the New York State Department of Education. The classes encompass students from Pre-K through Grade Six. Our staff of over 60 is made of administrators, teachers, and specialists who are committed to meet the intellectual, academic, physical, cultural, social and emotional needs of our children.

     Educating the whole child is the most important goal at Edward Williams Elementary School. Our staff includes a full-time nurse, social worker, psychologist, speech therapist, and school counselor. We also have two Reading Specialists who use the pull-out and push-in teaching system. Creative teaching strategies are used to incorporate the arts and the community into the lives of all our children. All of our 500 children are embraced daily regardless of their backgrounds or living conditions.

     In addition to classroom instruction, intervention instruction is offered in all the academic areas. Many proven academic programs are offered including, resource, and special education classes. Academic intervention service programs are also available.

     We boast of an after-school program that serves our students in Grades 3-6. Currently this year, we have Academic Power Hour which provides enrichment academic support Monday - Wednesday.  Also, on Thursday and Friday, we have a  program in collaboration with the Empire Program that exposes the students to the world of STEAM with wonderful hands-on activities.

    Dr. C Waterman

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