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Mount Vernon City School District Student Advisory crafts questions for student survey

Mount Vernon City School District Student Advisory crafts questions for student survey

Scholars from various schools gathered at the District office for their monthly Student Advisory Council on Tuesday, April 3, 2024. The main focus of the meeting was to discuss survey questions and topics for a questionnaire that will be taken by students in third through sixth grade. 

Topics for the survey included bus experience, cleanliness, school lunch, field trips, school safety, school improvement, recess, entertainment, after school activities and learning experience. 

“It is essential for administrators to hear the students’ perspective about their education and time at school,” said Dr. Jamal Doggett, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum Instruction and Administration. “Taking the time to speak with these students is necessary to create an environment where their voices are heard and valued to make the most out of their time in the Mount Vernon City School District.”

Before discussing what students would like to include in their survey, they heard from Dr. Crystal Waterman, who is the principal of Edward Williams. Dr. Waterman swapped places with Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith to kick off the “Superintendent for a Day” series, created by Dr. Smith.  

Dr. Waterman shared her excitement with the students about participating in the council and ensured that she would report everything from the meeting back to Dr. Smith.  

Afterwards, council member Sydney Blake from Nelson Mandela /Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School gave a presentation to her peers about the history of ancient Egypt and King Tutankhamun. Students were treated to lunch before diving into creating the survey.  

Dr. Waterman addressing the students.
Students during meeting.
Student smiling at camera.


Danielle Browne

Danielle R. Browne, Esq., founding attorney of the Browne Firm PLLC and city councilperson for the City of Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2006. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women’s basketball team, and received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since then, she has started her own law firm and made her impact on her hometown as a city councilperson.

Dr. Smith receiving proclamation.

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith received a proclamation from New York State Senator Jamal Bailey, recognizing her for her exemplary service to the community and the State of New York for Women’s History Month on Friday, April 5, 2024. Nakia Hiland, director of Safe Place for Our Girls, from the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Unique Groom, community liaison for Jamal Bailey presented the proclamation to Dr. Smith.  

Logo for news post

Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

Greetings MVCSD Community,

At approximately 10:23 a.m., there was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in New Jersey. The aftershocks were felt throughout the Tri-State area. Several of our school buildings felt the tremors, which lasted for less than 30 seconds.

There have been no reports of staff or student injuries due to this incident. As a precaution, we will have indoor activities for our students for the remainder of the day. We will keep you updated on any developments on this matter if necessary.

Students strapping instructor onto board

Mount Vernon City School District students, equipped with medical supplies, administered care to mannequins during their emergency medical technician (EMT) training course at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department added a new EMT program earlier in the school year, and classes began in December. 

Dr. Waterman Superintendent for a Day

A new, but familiar, face occupied the Mount Vernon City School District superintendent’s desk on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Dr. Crystal Waterman, Edward Williams School principal, served as the superintendent for the day to begin Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith’s “Superintendent for a Day,” series. Dr. Smith served as the principal at Edward Williams.