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New teacher orientation provides clear goals for upcoming school year

Approximately 50 new teachers met with administrators to collectively review this year’s curriculum and goals at the Mount Vernon City School District’s new teacher orientation on Aug. 30 and 31. 
Dr. Jamal Doggett, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, discussed his expectations with the new staff, prioritizing teacher best practices, social and emotional learning, and family and community engagement.  
“If we follow this plan and work together, all we can do is go up,” said Dr. Doggett.  
This presentation was followed by Dr. Satish Jagnandan, the district’s director of STEAM. He presented what teacher “best practices” truly means – Educators behaviors that lead towards a more than expected student performance/achievement growth over a year. Through a group activity, the new teachers worked together on how to achieve best practices.  
“We make a difference with every child that comes into the classroom,” said Dr. Jagnandan.  
With an emphasis on collective goals that will be met through districtwide consistency, the Mount Vernon City School District is excited to welcome these new additions. 


Security guard helping students cross

Mount Vernon City School District takes the safety and security of all its scholars very seriously, and as a result, the district has provided temporary security coverage at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy to keep students safe as they arrive and depart from school grounds. The district is currently investigating the situation and looking for a permanent solution. 

George Latimer cutting the Memorial Field Ribbon with others.

Westchester County, City of Mount Vernon and Mount Vernon City School District officials were accompanied by local elected officials and other dignitaries in a ceremony on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, to officially open the new Memorial Field.  On Saturday, September 24, the Mount Vernon Knights football team will play their first game at Memorial Field since 2007. The team will face the Yonkers Force.   

Superintendent Dr. Bennett-Conroy and Parent Resource Center Coordinator cut ribbon to officially open Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center officially opened on Monday, September 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a presentation where district administrators explained why the center is important to Mount Vernon’s parents. Located at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, the Parent Resource Center is now open to parents and families seeking assistance. Parents, administrators, parent liaisons, and more gathered in the STEAM Academy auditorium, excited for the opening of this monumental new asset for the community of Mount Vernon.


Mount Vernon City School District has introduced Online Registration to families for the 2022 - 2023 school year, for efficiency, effectiveness and 24-hour access for all new registration.

Student looking at his curriculum in the auditorium. Surrounded by other students.

While the pre-Kindergarten to eighth-grade Mount Vernon City School District students started school on September 7, high schoolers are on a little different schedule with orientations Wednesday, September 7, and Thursday, September 8.