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Three students complete Mount Vernon High School’s Nursing Assistant Training Program

Three Mount Vernon High School students, Gale Flannory, Jayla Jones, and Christeen Watson, completed the school’s Nursing Assistant Training Program (NATP) and are now New York State Certified Nursing Assistants as of June 2022.  
“This program is important to Mount Vernon High School students, as it allows an entryway into the health career pathway,” said Ms. Bonnie Ball, nursing instructor. “Students gain the experience needed to work in the health profession immediately following high school and during college.”  
Many students use their experience to gain entry to a two two-year or four-year nursing program or other health-related programs. 
The NATP course follows the mandated training and competency for individuals performing nurse aide duties in accordance with state and federal regulations. The program, which is part of MVHS’s Career and Technical Education course offerings, is regulated by both the New York State Education Department and the Department of Health to ensure the program meets industry standards. Students sit for both written and clinical testing at the completion of the program.


Photo of Jayla Jones Nursing Assistant Training Program graduate.
Photo of Gale Flannory Nursing Assistant Training Program graduate.
Photo of Christeen Watson Nursing Assistant Training Program graduate.
Mom and 2 sons at small and tall ball in the fall

Pre-kindergarten students were dressed to impress at Friendship for Tots, and their parents came out in suits and gowns as well. The Small and Tall Ball in the Fall took place on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The D.J. had his mix playing from the start of the ball to the end, and the dance floor was always packed with little children and their parents. 

Mr. Ramirez helping a student

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy and cabinet members Dr. Beverley Jones and Ms. Marci Tiggs to review academic progress and share their learning and reading experiences this past month. The group of scholars from multiple schools and grade levels also attended an Infinite Campus workshop at the Education Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 

Knights Boutique staff poses for picture.

The Knights Boutique has officially opened for its first full year after opening last May. Students and staff have been working hard to make adjustments to make this boutique even more successful.  
An empty classroom and a vision are all it took a couple of students and staff to create the Knights Boutique. The Knights Boutique is a 100 percent volunteer run store that allows students at Mount Vernon High School to “shop” for free clothes, school supplies, toiletries and more.


This evening, the Board of Education appointed Cerini & Associates, LLP to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of the School District’s grant program. Cerini & Associates is a regional accounting firm based on Long Island. It counts internal and external auditing as well as forensic accounting among its many capabilities.

Halloween trick or treating

Spooky outfits and masks couldn’t hide the smiles of children as they celebrated the Fall spirit in Mount Vernon schools. Students across the Mount Vernon City School District came to school in costume for various celebrations across the district and were rewarded with buckets full of candy.