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Fall festivities underway in the Mount Vernon City School District

Fall festivities underway in the Mount Vernon City School District

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.  

On Thursday, October 28, 2022, fifth graders at Edward Williams School conducted pumpkin investigations and science experiments with their kindergarten peers. Pre-K through fourth-grade students were met in the parking lot by a caravan of cars set up for a trunk-or-treat. The parking lot was lined with decorative cemeteries, and festive parents decked out the trunks of their cars with spooky Halloween decorations.  

Sink or swim pumpkin experiment

Part of the celebration at Traphagen School included the pumpkin decorations that students made. Each student had a unique take on their pumpkin’s transformation. One pumpkin was turned into the Cookie Monster, another was an ice cream cone, and one student decorated their pumpkin as a rabbit. Rovaldo Beharry, a sixth grader at Traphagen, shared a scary story with his classmates to try and spook them and get them in the Halloween mood. The school also held a trunk-or-treat in the parking lot on Friday, October 29, where students filled buckets and pillowcases with candy. Parents decorated their cars and spent the whole afternoon passing out candy to excited children as they went from car to car.  

Graham School also celebrated Halloween a week early with Fall Fun Day. Students came to school in their Halloween costumes, including one in a full-body inflatable dinosaur suit, and received gift bags of candy. Some teachers were even dressed up for the occasion.  

Once Halloween came, the rest of the district joined in on the celebration. At Mount Vernon High School, students and teachers came to school in various creative costumes. Students wore scary and funny outfits from several themes, including “Game of Thrones,” and food-themed costumes. 

Spooktacular breakfast

At Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, there was a battle of the outfits. Most students came into school in costumes or pajamas, and the two groups competed for the best outfits. 

Fathers at Benjamin Turner Middle School got their kids ready for school early and took them in for the Spooktacular Breakfast, the school’s continuation of Bring Your Dad to School Day. Father figures ate breakfast with their children and painted pumpkins for Halloween decorations.  

Mount Vernon Honor Academy students went trick-or-treating and were joined by Superintendent Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy on their hunt for candy. Halloween-themed tables were set up inside and outside of the school, so students could take part in trick-or-treating while they were at school. Music was playing outside, and children played with their friends and got an early start to their Halloween fun. 

Dr. BC with trick or treaters

Trunk-or-treats were popular across the district. Hamilton School hosted their own on Halloween. Families came out to the school to set up their trick-or-treating stations, and the kids were beaming as they came out of the school in costume to see the set up. Kids went car to car with their classmates for candy, and parents who joined their kids trick-or-treating were also offered candy.  

Hamilton trunk or treaters

Many other Halloween and fall celebrations were under way in the school district. Pennington School held a trunk-or-treat and decorated pumpkins based on books that they have read. Cecil H. Parker School students participated in fall festival activities. A fourth-grade class at Grimes School created haunted houses, and students at Lincoln School harvested pumpkins for seeds. Principal Michael Vicario joined the Halloween celebrations with students at Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School, and many teachers were dressed up in their classrooms.  

Halloween and fall festivities occurred throughout the district, and students expressed themselves in unique ways at each of the schools. 

Hamilton trunk or treaters

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Dr. Pearce and Dr. BC

Students, teachers, and community members from countries around the world filled the cafeteria for Mount Vernon High School’s No Place for Hate - A Walk Around the Globe on Friday, January 20, 2023. The room was lined with flags from around the world, and tables were set up with displays detailing the cultures of each country. There was an assortment of food from several countries as well.  

Students in Pre-K playing games at House of Sports

Universal Prekindergarten students in the Mount Vernon City School District are currently learning about health and nutrition. To support the learning in this unit, pre-K students from across the district took a trip to House of Sports.

Kids petting rabbit

Traphagen scholars took an in-house field trip that featured a tortoise, ferret, and albino rabbit. Students were allowed to touch all the animals and see them up close. Nick Coon, a naturalist educator at Greenburgh Nature Center, brought his scaly and furry friends to Traphagen School on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the field trip.

Pre-K students arriving to school

A month after the beginning of the Mount Vernon City School District's universal pre-kindergarten program for 3-year-olds (UPK-3), parents are seeing development in their children's communication and reading skills. Scholars began their pre-K journey at WestCOP Bethel Early Childhood Center, Friendship for Tots, and Our Lady of Victory School.   

Firefighter gathers pre-k students for a picture.

Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.