District News

  • Coronavirus Information - Update March 11, 2020

    As of this moment, Mount Vernon has no confirmed cases. Various district staff have reported indirect contact and consequently have elected to self-quarantine. Indirect contact means that they have been in some proximity to an infected person or associated with someone who may have had contact with a confirmed case. In those instances, guidance from the Department of Health does not recommend that the District take any action. However, as we have worked to reduce possible exposure, we are looking at each situation on a case by case basis and making decisions accordingly. Our primary goal is to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.

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  • School District Begins Thorough Disinfecting of Buildings

    The Mount Vernon City School District’s custodians have begun a thorough disinfecting and sanitizing of its school buildings today, Thursday, March 5th. The cleaning – which will kill all flu-like viruses, including Novel Coronavirus – will be done over the next four days and schools are expected to reopen on Monday morning on a normal schedule.

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  • District Requests Payment from City of Collected Taxes

    From Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools: Today is Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and I regret to announce that the Mount Vernon City School District believes that it has not received ALL collected school and library taxes from the City of Mount Vernon. The City of Mount Vernon collects taxes on behalf of the school district and the library and remits payments on or before February 28 of each year. This is the second year in a row that the City has failed to meet its obligations to remit ALL tax dollars collected to the school district.

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  • Students in District Take a Day to Enjoy Digital Learning

    Students in the Mount Vernon City School District took some time out of their days to observe Digital Learning Day on Thursday, February 27th. The day has been celebrated by the district for the past four years as a way to ask students and staff to step out of their comfort zone and try something new and innovative.

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  • Board of Trustees Endorses Achievements of Administrative Team with Contract Adjustments

    Families and students in the Mount Vernon City School District have seen unprecedented building improvements and academic success over the past five years. To honor these achievements and to keep the district and its students on the path of improvement and growth, the Board of Education is keeping its “Dream Team” of school district administrators together.

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Message from Principal

  • Cecil H. Parker is Home of the Blue Tigers. It houses students in grades preK-8th.

    Parker’s motto is “Parker Pride-Nothing Less Than Excellence”. Teachers enhance their pedagogy through engagement in a continuum of academic learning of the most current methodologies and learning trends in education. Common Core standards-based instruction, consistent training in technology, and professional development in student data management are just some of the opportunities provided to teachers. 

     Through our on-site Parent Resource Center workshops and School-based Leadership Team efforts, our parents, grandparents, caregivers, and retirees collaborate to create classrooms of scholars who engage in rigorous challenging academic curriculum. We persistently seek community members and leaders to inspire and motivate our children to excel in all areas.

    Programs include-

    • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) program creates a safe learning environment and positive school climate in order to develop well-rounded students. We strive to ensure that every student learns in a safe and nurturing environment, reflected in a continuum of improved student achievement.
    • "Readers are Leaders" initiative was implemented at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to foster a love for reading through adult models from the school community. Our children hope that many will visit and share a favorite story or poem with their class.
    • Math & Science Lab provides a forum for our young learners to conduct research, and engage in rigorous, lively conversations, in response to  common core standards-based instruction.
    • Step Up and Princesses of Peace mentoring programs prepare our young men and women to be grounded in hard work, collegiality, and honest communication, and become active participants in their community.

    Cecil H. Parker is committed to providing the highest level of education for ALL students through academic rigor and strong character education.


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