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  • Moving Forward Together Meeting Focuses on Mental Health

    The Mount Vernon City School District held its third follow-up meeting to the Moving Forward Together Breakfast on Friday, Aug. 12.  Led by Districtwide Psychologist and Mental Health Coordinator Fernanda Carvalho, the meeting was focused on mental health issues, including stress and trauma, with students and families. Her presentation was titled “Establishing a Community Directory and Communication Plan to Address Issues of Stress and Trauma in Students and Family Members.”

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  • District Begins Hosting Moving Forward Together Follow-up Meetings

    The Mount Vernon City School District has begun hosting follow-up meetings to its Moving Forward Together Breakfast, which was held in May. The first two meetings – on Friday, Aug. 5 and Monday, Aug 8 – focused on cyber bullying and creating a comprehensive program to address different stages of childhood behavior.

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  • Districtwide Safety Plan 2022-23 - We Want Your Comments/Feedback

    The Mount Vernon City School District has produced a draft of its Districtwide Safety Plan for 2022-23. You may enter your comments/feedback by clicking on the link or scanning the QR code in the story.

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  • Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: August 3

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Wednesday August 3, 2022, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Education Center, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook and the district website The meeting will also be available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. There will be no public comment at this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Silver at (914) 665-5199. You will find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting.

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  • District Thrives Using Imagine Learning

    Hamilton Elementary School has earned the Imagine Nation Beacon School Award for its progress in language literacy and other programs. Mount Vernon has partnered with the Arizona-based company for the programs that were provided to the 567 English as a New Language learners in the Mount Vernon City School District, said Dr. Marguerita G. Circello, Standards Administrator for English Language Learners and World Languages.

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Message from the Principal

  • Greetings BTMS Families,

    The faculty and staff of Benjamin Turner Middle School welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to partner more closely with you this school year, as we embark on this year’s journey to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our scholars. Welcome to the class of 2025, we look forward to meeting all of you and your families.

    We are excited to return to five days of in-person instruction in the building. I want to assure you that we are taking precautionary measures in all aspects to create a safe learning environment. We will continue to implement mitigation measures as established by the CDC. This will include the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors and on the buses, social distancing where practicable, and regular handwashing and access to hand sanitizers.

    This year we will renew our commitment to excellence in all that we do. We will provide opportunities for students to address academic deficiencies, build numeracy and literacy skills, and build on the technology skills that they developed last year. A major initiative for this year is to address the concern of student literacy through the Balanced Literacy approach.

    I look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure that our scholars are provided with the best learning experience possible as we prepare them to be responsible citizens who recognize their value as members of the global community. Students will have opportunities to work on community projects and in so doing, build their relational capacity among themselves and with the adults around them.

    I am excited about building relationships with all of you throughout this year. Please join the PTA and become active members of the BTMS family. It is going to be an amazing year!

    We are the Lions PRIDE. We ROAR!


    Dr. Pauline Pearce


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