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MVCSD prepares for next school year at administrators' professional development retreat

MVCSD prepares for next school year at administrators' professional development retreat

Mount Vernon City School District administrators participated in an informative professional development retreat on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at SUNY Purchase. They organized and prepared for the upcoming school year and heard from several guest speakers.

Errol Bedford speaking at retreat.

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith began the day by recognizing the new principals who have just completed their first year. She also expressed how proud she was of the success the District had throughout the year academically. 

“It is very important for us as leaders to come together, do our training, collaborate and prepare, so this was a priority for me,” said Dr. Smith.

Dr. Jagnandan speaking at admin retreat.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Administration Dr. Jamal Doggett led the professional development session and introduced guest speakers throughout the day. 

Errol Bedford, president and founder of Higher Learning Network, was the first speaker and talked about creating team problem solving capabilities, goal setting and building learning and systems thinking. His discussion aligned with the theme of the retreat, which was based on the book “Focus” by Mike Schmoker, which administrators read in preparation.

Administrators reviewed and made suggestions to the District’s mission and vision statements. They also went through mindfulness and team building activities, and they reviewed chapters of the book they read about focused leadership. 

Dr. Coles Giving presentation.

Dr. Harold A. Coles, the district superintendent for Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services, also spoke. He connected his discussion of New York State graduation requirements into the District’s theme in the upcoming year of moving “forward to mastery.” He discussed what will be expected of students to graduate moving forward and how it would affect educators. He discussed the state’s portrait of a graduate, which entails preparing students for different aspects of life, including academics, essential skills and civic readiness.

“The portrait of a graduate is going to be the theme behind this in looking at how this is being done,” said Dr. Coles. “Students will be able to have different ways to show their proficiency – that’s critical.” 

Administrators playing beach ball question game.

Administrators learned more about each other through team building activities such as the beach ball toss where they answered questions about themselves. They also played an educational game where they danced, and it loosened them up while still reinforcing their learning about curriculum and instruction. 

At the end of the session, Dr. Doggett recognized the administrators who have been working towards their doctorates and congratulated them on their progress. Administrators are meeting again on Friday, June 28, to continue their development on the final day of the retreat.

Mr. Newbey speaking at retreat.
Dr. Gayle White Wallace speaking to administrators.
Dr. Corenelius holding beach ball.
Mr. Wilbekin speaking at retreat.
Mr. Simmons giving presentation.
Lisa Mayzun presenting.
Marybeth Rhodes presenting at retreat.



Picture of Dr. Thomas with maroon on sides.

Dr. Albert “George” Thomas, M.D., M.S., graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1975. He studied medicine at ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and became an obstetrician and gynecologist following his education.  

Mr. Jose Formoso

The Mount Vernon City School District named Jose Formoso as its new Assistant Superintendent for Business during the Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday July 9, 2024. Mr. Formoso brings over a decade of experience in finances to this role, having earned a Bachelor of Science in business economics from SUNY Oneonta in 2003. In 2009, Mr. Formoso received a Master of Business Administration in financial management from Pace University. 

Students holding stuffed animals

The pre-kindergarten students were buzzing with creativity and excitement, showing off their new stuffed friends to staff and classmates. These children were given the chance to assemble their own personalized stuffed animals by hand during yesterday’s summer camp session on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 

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Greetings MVCSD Community, 

As we conclude this school year, I am filled with immense gratitude and pride for all that we have accomplished together.

I want to commend our hard-working students, faculty, staff, families, and administrators on a wonderful and successful school year. Our teachers, who are the backbone of this District and essential to our children’s education, are role models for our children and exercise courage, passion, patience, and love daily. Our teachers played a pivotal role in the success of the 2023 -24 school year.