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The Mount Vernon City School District will host “Bridges to Success: Welcome Back Curriculum Night” on Sept. 26 and 27. Parents are invited to come learn how to successfully navigate their child through their curriculum.
Graham Elementary School Alumni Association presents 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to Graham Elementary School
Representatives of the Graham Elementary School Alumni Association presented 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to school officials to hand out to first-graders on Sept. 12, marking the second year the group has done so. The association is looking to do this every year as a way of giving back to the community and acknowledging the school’s efforts to ensure a high quality education for children in kindergarten through the sixth-grade. Proceeds from the Graham Heights Community Barbecue --- where many members lived as children --- were used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for first-graders.
The Shamoya McKenzie Foundation will host its Inaugural Fundraising Gala to raise money to fulfill its mission of engaging the youth of different communities in physical and educational activities and workshops that aid in the awareness and prevention of gun violence. The gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Road, Bronx, and will include a cocktail hour, dinner, DJ music, dancing and open bar. The cost is $100.
Director of Student Services is nominated for New York State Special Education Administrator of the Year
Mount Vernon City School District’s Director of Student Services, Felicia Gaon, was nominated for Special Education Administrator of the year by the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE). She was honored in Saratoga recently at the organization’s Summer Institute. Gaon was nominated by Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton She was among a select pool of highly qualified and highly regarded Special Education administrators from across New York State who were nominated for this prestigious career achievement award.
Teachers demonstrating equity in the classroom ensures opportunity to improve lives of their students
Children are back in classrooms with educators who are well equipped and ready to teach and motivate all students. Part of their preparation came from an extra special keynote speaker at this year’s Convocation Day last week who spoke about equity in schools. Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, a professor with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, has toured school districts in poverty areas across the country, learning from the successes of many of them to create his broad foundation for school improvement. His topic at Tuesday’s convocation at Mount Vernon High School was “Excellence Through Equity: Creating Conditions for Great Teaching and Learning.”