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Mental Health Support Groups at the Parent Resource Center

October 3, begins Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mount Vernon City School District is hosting mental health support groups all week at the Parent Resource Center at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy between 5 and 6 p.m.   
 
These support groups are open forums for students, faculty, and parents.  
 
“With the increasing number of people being impacted by mental health disorders, many people often feel lost and alone,” said Fernanda Carvalho, districtwide psychologist and mental health coordinator. “Support groups are meant to provide guidance, support, and resources. Having social support available is important as it gives people a place to go where they can openly share their experiences and connect with others in similar situations. Social support groups are also vital in battling the mental health stigma, which can negatively impact the mental and physical health of stigmatized groups and their community.” 
 
All individuals affected by mental illness, caring for a loved one with mental illness, or for those who simply want to learn more about the basic principles of mental health and wellness and where/how to get help are welcome to attend.  
 
The following are the topics of each support group: 
Oct 3: Erasing the Stigma in BIPOC Communities 
Oct 4: Know the Signs (National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding) 
Oct 6: Reach out and Disclosing (National Depression Screening Day)  
Oct 7: Therapy and Resources 
 
Please feel free to contact Ms. Fernanda Carvalho, fcarvalho@mtvernoncsd.org, with any questions or go to https://www.mtvernoncsd.org/family-community/mental-health-and-wellness.

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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.

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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.