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Scholars throughout the District participate in The Grow Bag Initiative

Scholars throughout the District participate in The Grow Bag Initiative

Scholars from Rebecca Turner Academy, Lincoln School and Graham School were digging up soil and getting their hands dirty at the Mount Vernon High School greenhouse to plant nutritious resources for the community on Thursday, May 23, 2024. 

In partnership with Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta - Nu Omega Chapter, The Mount Vernon City School District has been able to provide and promote sustainable living while emphasizing the importance of taking care of the environment. 

During the event, students and staff filled grow bags with soil to plant various crops including lettuce and bell peppers. The greenhouse at Mount Vernon High School currently contains about 1,200 plants that will be transplanted into grow bags, used for growing medium-sized plants, for distribution. 

Prior to planting, students learned about sustainability and the importance of growing their own food to tie in this experience with their curriculum. Students from Mount Vernon High School volunteered to assist with potting the plants. 

“This year, we really wanted to try to tie curriculum into the experience,” said Donna Jackson, Enhance our Environment co-chair for Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta - Nu Omega Chapter. “It’s one thing to talk about a seed and the nurturing that goes into taking care of produce. This year, we took a bus load of kids up to Westchester County Compost Facility to learn how grass clippings and food waste can turn into black gold, which is what nurtures the plant.” 

High school student helping elementary students plant seeds.
Student digging up dirt.
Students smiling for the camera.


Lowes Moore Q+A

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications. 

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore here!

Students in a court room on steps.

Applications for the 15th annual Scales of Justice Academy (SJA) at Fordham University School of Law and The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University have been extended and are open until Saturday, June 15, 2024. The program will begin on Monday, July 22, at both locations. Legal courses will be taught by over 40 volunteer judges, lawyers, law professors, law students and elected officials.

Click here for the Fordham University SJA Application (July 22-31)

Click here for the Pace University SJA Application (July 22-26)

Students playing games.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2024, members of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council came to the Education Center from across the Mount Vernon City School District to convene their last meeting of the 2023-24 school year. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council is comprised of a group of student leaders selected from every school in the district.

President Kirwan, Dr. White and Dr. Smith.

Two Mount Vernon City School District administrators, Pennington Principal Dr. Melissa White and Director of Humanities Marybeth Rhodes, were honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith and Board of Education President Lorna Kirwan presented the awards. 

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

The Mount Vernon City School District is pleased to have reached two settlements of its dispute with the City of Mount Vernon regarding school taxes from the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years to the District.