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Superintendent’s Advisory Council meets to discuss i-Ready and brainstorm survey questions 

Superintendent’s Advisory Council meets to discuss i-Ready and brainstorm survey questions 

Third through eighth grade students discussed different ways to evaluate their school at the Superintendent’s Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. They meet with District administrators every month to represent their schools and participate in different activities to find areas that need improvement in their schools.   

They began their meeting by discussing i-Ready and how it is used to evaluate students. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction and Administration Dr. Jamal Doggett encouraged students to continue practicing at home, despite the increases in difficulty. 

i-Ready questions increase in difficulty as students answer them correctly to precisely evaluate their knowledge. Students explained their experiences with i-Ready this year, and Dr. Doggett explained how it is used to support their education. 

Students then discussed different topics for improvement in their schools. When the topics were chosen, they worked together to brainstorm survey questions about their schools. 

“I feel really proud that I can make changes in my school, and I can change things I think are wrong,” said Matias Vasquez, sixth grader at Hamilton School. “I do feel like my concerns are heard. Last year, the people who were here said we needed clubs for after school, and we got them really fast.”  

At the next meeting, they will narrow down their questions and create a survey for other students to take. Then, they will send the survey to their schools. These evaluations can help District officials know what needs to be done in the schools, from a student perspective. 

“This input from students is very valuable to us,” said Dr. Doggett. “Last year, we took their suggestions and worked to implement them when possible because the student perspective is important to consider when making decisions about our schools. So, we make time to listen to what they have to say. Their suggestions benefit the whole District and help us understand where we need to be better.” 

Students sharing suggestions to improve schools.
Students listening to Dr. Doggett
Student writing suggestions on the board
Basketball team, cheerleaders, administrators all smiling at the camera.

Mount Vernon High School boys' basketball team beat New Rochelle in the Section 1 Class AAA basketball championship on Sunday, March 3, 2024, during an intense and dynamic game at the Westchester County Center. Mount Vernon came back to win the championship with a 41-37 win. Junior Tavien Tyler scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, leading the comeback against New Rochelle.  

Mr. Raimondi speaking at Public safety summit

Students and young people up to 25 years old partook in discussions about public safety in Mount Vernon on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the City of Mount Vernon’s Youth Public Safety Summit. The event was hosted by the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Cities United, an organization committed to helping cities improve across America. 

Dr. Smith and Betty Rosa

Mount Vernon City School District representatives, including Lorna Kirwan, Board President; Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent; Sandra Myke, Assistant Superintendent of Business; and Mark Raimondi, Associate Superintendent of Operations and Accountability, went to Albany to lobby legislators for additional resources on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. They had a productive meeting with New York State Commissioner of Education Betty A. Rosa to request assistance in retaining Foundation Aid.

Black History Month

The Mount Vernon City School District celebrated Black History Month with enthusiasm and reflected on its cultural significance. Throughout the month, students learned about important figures in history, the accomplishments throughout Black history and why it is so important today. Read more about what students, staff and administrators said about what Black History Month means to them here. To hear more about what Black History Month means to the Mount Vernon City School District, view the video below.

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MVHS Paris students

At the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024, the Mount Vernon City School District said ‘Bon Voyage!’ to 18 Mount Vernon High School students who are going to Paris. Students departed on their plane to France on Friday, February 16.