District News

  • Former Mount Vernon resident brings art talents to Parker

    For Chelsea Phaire, art was a way to ease sorrow at a difficult time. When her grandfather passed away, she was encouraged to create a drawing of him, which was inserted in the elder relative’s pocket when he was buried. Since then, she has drawn enormous benefits from practicing art, and they are gifts she shares with everyone she can. A former Mount Vernon resident who is now in the seventh grade, she visited Cecil H. Parker School bringing bags of art supplies for second and third graders, and then led 20 students in an art class.

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  • Mount Vernon Teachers Training for Administrative Roles

    Eight teachers from the Mount Vernon City School District are receiving training to take on larger roles as principals and other leadership roles in a two-year program. They are enrolled in the Partnership for Principal Preparation program, a collaboration among the District, the College of Saint Rose and the consultants REACH Educational Solutions and Just Inspire.

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  • Students ages 5-11 given opportunity for COVID vaccination

    Fourth grader Nathan Jackson was a little nervous about getting his first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, but he knew that it was important. The clinic, a collaboration between the district and the Mount Vernon Health Center, drew a steady flow of students, said Nakia Hiland, a Parent Liaison who helped run the event. About 40 people had signed up, and by about 11 a.m., more than half that number had come for the shots, she said. Walk-ins were welcome.

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  • Districtwide Community School at BTMS in Planning Stages

    By next September, the Mount Vernon City School District plans to create a districtwide community school at the Benjamin Turner Middle School, with extended hours and an array of services, from job training to healthcare, along with rigorous academics. A presentation at the Dec. 7 Board of Education meeting capped a first major phase of research and discussions with community partners to create the school for grades 6 through 8.

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  • Lion King production this weekend at DWSA

    The stage musical, The Lion King Jr. returns to the Denzel Washington School of the Arts this weekend, and the over 100 young thespians are honored to present the musical tale of Simba and his pride respecting the Circle of Life.

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  • Young Authors at Grimes Celebrate Their New Books with a Publishing Party

    They wrote about wildfires, blizzards, floods and more. But before the fourth graders in Caroline Prydal’s class at Grimes School authored their books on severe weather, they made sure they had their facts right. They made sure they conducted enough research to be able to write with authority. Poring over the internet and books on weather, they pulled together volumes that were good enough to put their names on.

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