The District Desk

  • The District Desk is a weekly electronic newsletter designed to keep families and the community aware of the happenings of the Mount Vernon City School District. It will be published each Tuesday and distirbuted via email and social media. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family to help spread the news about all the great things happening in our schools.


     

Weekly News (The District Desk)

  • Mount Vernon Schools to Launch Saturday Arts Academy for City’s Children

    In April 2019, the Mount Vernon City School District will launch the Saturday Arts Academy, a weekly workshop for children in grades K-6 living in Mount Vernon. Open to students enrolled in the District as well as those in private or charter schools, participants will be able to engage in two 45-90-minute classes each week ranging from piano and string instruments to ballet or tap dance. The academy is available to students free of charge.

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  • Equipping School Building Leaders: MVCSD Models P-20 Partnerships for Principal Preparation

    The Mount Vernon City School District recently received a Principal Preparation grant from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), which will be used to support additional professional development training and graduate education courses for aspiring building leaders at The College of Saint Rose.

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  • Mount Vernon City School District Announces Two-Phase Rezoning Efforts

    The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education voted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to rezone the District. This effort will be taken on in two phases. The first phase will occur in the 2019-2020 academic year while the second phase is planned for 2021-2022 contingent upon building construction completion. This effort is one of the final steps toward the realization of Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton’s 20/20 Vision of a Pre-K-8 model for all Mount Vernon neighborhood schools.

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  • Hamilton Family and Community Engagement

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  • District Fights for Fair Funding From Albany

    Six million dollars – that’s how much New York State currently owes the Mt. Vernon City School District. It’s funding the District could use to add teachers, improve infrastructure, and increase course offerings and extracurricular activities. It’s money that could also ease the burden on local taxpayers. A complex and, many believe, inequitable state aid formula puts a yearly financial strain on the District.

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  • Nourishing the Community: MVCSD Hosts Monthly Food Pantry at Parker, Benjamin Turner Schools

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  • 20/20 Vision Drives Structural Improvements To Support Academic Excellence

    Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton’s 20/20 Vision continues to drive structural improvements that support academic excellence. Schools across the District have received necessary upgrades with funding from the $108 million bond referendum approved by residents.

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  • District Provides Culturally Responsive Program for Parents

    The Mount Vernon City School District (MVCSD) remains committed to implementing culturally responsive-sustaining practices to support its multilingual families. One example of the district’s efforts to foster inclusivity is the English as a Second Language (ESOL) program at Lincoln School.

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  • Students from the Mount Vernon High School Visit Concordia College

    36 students from The Mount Vernon High School in grades 10 through 12 visited Concordia College on Tuesday, February 5. It was a unique opportunity for students to learn more about a subject they’re passionate about, health sciences; and experience an environment they soon will enter, college.

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  • District Goes Back to Basics

    In an era dominated by fast-paced lifestyles, and drive-by human interactions, the district’s goal is to go back to the basics of toddler learning and development to help families to raise confident, caring, sociable and well-adjusted global citizens. Significantly, Mount Vernon School District recognizes that the formative years of a child from birth to age 3 are the most important as eighty percent of the brain’s overall development takes place during that time. Noted researcher, Ronald Ferguson first developed the five principles coined as the Boston Basics.

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  • College and Career Readiness at the forefront of the Mount Vernon City School District

    The district introduced AVID during the 2015-2016 academic year at the elementary and secondary levels. Currently, 5 of our elementary and 4 of our secondary schools are implementing AVID. At the elementary level, the strategies revolve around organization, binders, collaboration, note taking and a positive culture for learning. The secondary level focuses on an elective class, that utilizes college students as part of the learning process and school-wide structures such as the use of Philosophical Chairs, World Café, One-Pagers, Socratic Seminars and Cornell Note-Taking

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  • All Audit Recommendations Have Been Implemented

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  • Efficiency and Cost Savings Drive Budget Development

    The district has an active budget committee which meets every two weeks and is headed by Trustee Arlene Torres. This committee works diligently to identify cost saving measures that will have little or no impact on the education program. Our goal is to have as small a tax increase as possible or no tax increase.

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  • CTE Program Reinvigorated at MVHS

    The Mount Vernon Career and Technical Education is in the midst of an incredible rebirth as part of the district’s 20/20 Vision.

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  • Community Supports District's Literacy Efforts

    There is no better gift to give during the holiday season than a good book. Celebrating the holidays and supporting our Superintendent’s Reading Challenge the district held their first Holiday Book Fair on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Barnes and Noble Scarsdale.

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