Health and Wellness
Welcome to the Mount Vernon City School District Health and Wellness page!
Empowering our students, nurturing healthy futures
A healthy mind and body are fundamental to promoting academic success and a productive life at Mount Vernon City School District. We are delighted to welcome you to our Health and Wellness webpage, where we celebrate the vital role of health education and physical activity in the lives of our students and our school community.
Why Health Education Matters
Health education equips our students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Our scholars are instructed by both the NYS and National Standards for Health Education on topics such as mental health, substance abuse prevention, nutrition, sexual health, and hands-only CPR.
Through our engaging and comprehensive health education curriculum, we strive to:
- Educate students holistically, addressing their physical, social, and emotional/mental health.
Foster a culture of well-being that extends beyond the classroom.
Promote a sense of responsibility for their own health.
Encourage accessing available resources and information.
The Power of Physical Activity
“Exercise not only changes the body, but it also can change the mind, attitude, and mood”-author unknown. This is why physical education is a valued part of our scholar's educational growth. All our courses meet NYS and National standards for K-12 grade physical education. Our elementary physical education program focuses on helping our scholars develop their motor skills, spatial awareness, and social-emotional skills. Topics include locomotor skill development, non-locomotor skills, using manipulatives and gameplay.
Secondary physical education focuses on developing our scholars' relationship with fitness as they look to their future as active adults.
Director of Physical Education and Health
Police officers at the Mount Vernon Police Department put Mount Vernon High School students to the test during their physical education classes with the police academy physical ability examination on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The test is designed to see if participants have what it takes to be an officer.
United States Marine Sergeant Carl Turner visited Mount Vernon High School and met with physical education classes on Thursday, November 2, 2023. He spoke of careers with the Marines and briefly explained the other armed forces.
Under the direction of Board of Education President Lorna Kirwan and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and Administration Dr. Jamal Doggett, the Health, Fitness and Wellness committee sponsored a "Have Fun with Zumba" night on Tuesday, October 11, 2023, in the Mount Vernon High School gymnasium.
To begin the Mount Vernon City School District’s yearlong health and fitness challenge, students were asked to walk to school on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, International Walk to School Day.