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Early College High School Program students presented with pin and certificate of excellence

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy celebrated each of the 75 students in the Smart Scholars program. Early College High School Program students were also presented with a pin and certificate of excellence at the board of education meeting.

Dr. Bennett-Conroy stresses the importance of putting students and families first. She discussed how proud she was that these scholars were going above and beyond to stick with these classes.

Dr. BC at SMART Scholars ceremony

“When Mercy College came down to register these students, I was at STEAM (Academy) and I stood there like a proud mother,” said Dr. Bennett-Conroy.

During the meeting, students from each school also had the opportunity to speak about what the program means to them.

“When I started this program in the ninth grade, I had no idea what to expect,” said Charlize Polanco, an eleventh-grader at Denzel Washington School of the Arts. “This program has provided a great educational experience and I am one of the great scholars to soon achieve an associate degree.”

“I think that to be a Smart Scholar student you have to be endeavoring and always trying to achieve more,” said Iniesta Williams, an eleventh-grade student at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy.

The Smart Scholar grant is a federal grant that funds the Early College High School Program and provides students with an opportunity to take college courses while still attending high school. The program propels students ahead not only academically but also financially. While earning their high school degree, students will have completed 60 college credits that can be transferred to any college.

“When you are a high school student taking college classes your mindset changes,” said Tah'Nyla Greenaway, an eleventh-grade student at Mount Vernon High School. “You think about what is important and your responsibilities.”

“Join me in saluting our committed and diligent scholars,” said Dr. Bennett-Conroy. “They have made us very proud.

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Mom and 2 sons at small and tall ball in the fall

Pre-kindergarten students were dressed to impress at Friendship for Tots, and their parents came out in suits and gowns as well. The Small and Tall Ball in the Fall took place on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The D.J. had his mix playing from the start of the ball to the end, and the dance floor was always packed with little children and their parents. 

Mr. Ramirez helping a student

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy and cabinet members Dr. Beverley Jones and Ms. Marci Tiggs to review academic progress and share their learning and reading experiences this past month. The group of scholars from multiple schools and grade levels also attended an Infinite Campus workshop at the Education Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 

Knights Boutique staff poses for picture.

The Knights Boutique has officially opened for its first full year after opening last May. Students and staff have been working hard to make adjustments to make this boutique even more successful.  
An empty classroom and a vision are all it took a couple of students and staff to create the Knights Boutique. The Knights Boutique is a 100 percent volunteer run store that allows students at Mount Vernon High School to “shop” for free clothes, school supplies, toiletries and more.


This evening, the Board of Education appointed Cerini & Associates, LLP to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of the School District’s grant program. Cerini & Associates is a regional accounting firm based on Long Island. It counts internal and external auditing as well as forensic accounting among its many capabilities.

Halloween trick or treating

Spooky outfits and masks couldn’t hide the smiles of children as they celebrated the Fall spirit in Mount Vernon schools. Students across the Mount Vernon City School District came to school in costume for various celebrations across the district and were rewarded with buckets full of candy.