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  • Mount Vernon City School District welcomes parents for curriculum nights on Sept. 26 and 27

    The Mount Vernon City School District will host “Bridges to Success: Welcome Back Curriculum Night” on Sept. 26 and 27. Parents are invited to come learn how to successfully navigate their child through their curriculum.

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  • Graham Elementary School Alumni Association presents 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to Graham Elementary School

    Representatives of the Graham Elementary School Alumni Association presented 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to school officials to hand out to first-graders on Sept. 12, marking the second year the group has done so. The association is looking to do this every year as a way of giving back to the community and acknowledging the school’s efforts to ensure a high quality education for children in kindergarten through the sixth-grade. Proceeds from the Graham Heights Community Barbecue --- where many members lived as children --- were used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for first-graders.

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  • Shamoya McKenzie Foundation Inaugural Fundraising Gala scheduled for Sept. 15 at Eastwood Manor

    The Shamoya McKenzie Foundation will host its Inaugural Fundraising Gala to raise money to fulfill its mission of engaging the youth of different communities in physical and educational activities and workshops that aid in the awareness and prevention of gun violence. The gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Road, Bronx, and will include a cocktail hour, dinner, DJ music, dancing and open bar. The cost is $100.

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  • Director of Student Services is nominated for New York State Special Education Administrator of the Year

    Mount Vernon City School District’s Director of Student Services, Felicia Gaon, was nominated for Special Education Administrator of the year by the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE). She was honored in Saratoga recently at the organization’s Summer Institute. Gaon was nominated by Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton She was among a select pool of highly qualified and highly regarded Special Education administrators from across New York State who were nominated for this prestigious career achievement award.

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  • Teachers demonstrating equity in the classroom ensures opportunity to improve lives of their students

    Children are back in classrooms with educators who are well equipped and ready to teach and motivate all students. Part of their preparation came from an extra special keynote speaker at this year’s Convocation Day last week who spoke about equity in schools. Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, a professor with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, has toured school districts in poverty areas across the country, learning from the successes of many of them to create his broad foundation for school improvement. His topic at Tuesday’s convocation at Mount Vernon High School was “Excellence Through Equity: Creating Conditions for Great Teaching and Learning.”

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  • Mount Vernon Stars Scholar Program fundraiser to be held Sept. 14 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville

    The Mount Vernon Star Scholars Program will host a fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Siwanoy Country Club on 351 Pondfield Rd. in Bronxville. The Mount Vernon Stars Scholar Program is a non-profit mentoring program designed to assist a group of academically-talented students who attend Mount Vernon high schools to gain admission to selective U.S. colleges and universities.

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  • Faculty Celebrate Return for New School Year with Convocation

    Faculty and staff came to Mount Vernon High School Tuesday morning, two days before the official first day of school, for the district’s annual Convocation Day. The event featured inspiring messages from Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and keynote speaker Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, a professor with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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  • Welcome to Pre-K

    Mount Vernon City School District continued the roll-out of its districtwide pre-kindergarten program with a Welcome to PreK meet and greet on September 6. The event at Rebecca Turner Elementary School gave registered students and parents the opportunity to meet the pre-K staff, learn about the curriculum and explore the many parental supports and resources available to them.

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  • District to hold Oct. 3 public hearing on the proposed Granville Academy Charter school application

    The Mount Vernon School District will host a public hearing on the charter application of the proposed Granville Academy Charter School on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the Education Center at 165 N. Columbus Ave. The public hearing is a requirement as part of the proposed school’s application.

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  • Excitement was in the air for Mount Vernon City Schools District’s First Day of School

    Today marked the first day of school in the Mount Vernon City School District. Students returned to improved facilities and a renewed commitment by administration and staff to prepare every child for a bright future. “There are amazing things happening in the Mount Vernon City School District, and the energy today was palpable,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton. “We look forward to continuing an upward trend of academic success this year as we continue to implement our 20/20 Vision.”

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  • Mount Vernon City School District’s new teachers learn about curriculum, culture and expectations in orientation training

    The Mount Vernon City School District this week hosted its new cohort of teachers for a four-day new teacher orientation that will acclimate them to not only the curriculum but the professional culture and high expectations of working in the district. The orientation was part of the district’s preparation for the first day of classes on Sept. 6.

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  • District ELA and math state test proficiency levels show marked improvement

    The Mount Vernon City School District is continuing to raise the bar of student academic achievement as evidenced by another year of remarkable improvements in English language arts and math state test scores for grades 3-8. The district’s improvements over the past two years far surpassed the statewide score improvements. The district’s ELA proficiency grew 14 percentage points, doubling in two years. In math, the district improved by 9 percentage points in two years. The state grew by 2 percentage points in ELA and 2 percentage points in math for the same time period.

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  • New Country. New School. New 6th Grade Valedictorian

    Grimes Elementary student Kevin Cuellar immigrated to America from the Dominican Republic just in time to begin sixth grade this past school year. Speaking little to no English, Kevin was determined not to let a language barrier hold him back. He faced down his challenge, and initial frustrations, with resolve. He studied hard to understand his school work and socialize with his new classmates, and by June had b

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  • Mount Vernon City School District’s S&P upgrade to “A+” ranking to save approximately $3.2 million in total debt service in the district’s 15-year construction bond and short-term debt sales

    Taxpayers in the Mount Vernon City School District will see the benefits of the district’s recent Standard & Poor’s historic rating upgrade from “A” to “A+,” which will save the district millions of dollars in interest payments over the next 15 years.. S&P Global Ratings’ upgraded rating has allowed the district to do the following: The district has sold $50 million in 15-year construction bonds to JP Morgan at a 2.3 percent interest rate, which is 1 percent lower than the district’s financial advisors initially expected.

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  • Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton to be a guest reader at Mount Vernon Public Library’s Summer Buddies Reading Program on Aug. 10

    Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton will be a guest reader at the Mount Vernon Public Library’s Summer Buddies Reading Program on Thursday, Aug. 10. Dr. Hamilton is one of many community and business leaders who will stop by to read to young library visitors during the summer to reinforce the importance of reading, especially during the months when school isn’t in session.

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  • “Chat and Chew” Forum to take place Aug. 15

    The Mount Vernon City School District will host a “Chat and Chew” Forum, for parents of students with disabilities, on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rebecca Turner Elementary School at 625 S. 4th Ave. The forum, hosted by Board of Education President Adriane Saunders and Vice President Wanda White, will offer parents of students with disabilities information about their children’s school, programs, services and the accommodations available to them.

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  • New Graham Elementary play park officially opens

    Under sunny, blue skies and a few wispy clouds Graham Elementary School was the star of the show with a ribbon-cutting to open its new, expansive park and play area. The ribbon cutting marked another successful project near completion as part of the Mount Vernon City School District’s $108 million bond, which was passed in March 2016 and is powering the school district’s 20/20 Vision

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  • Dr. Hamilton Delivers State of the District Address

    On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Dr. Hamilton reviewed the district’s accomplishments over the last 12 months including passage of the bond refinement, increased student achievement, and progress associated with implementation of the 20/20 academic vision. Take a look at the great things happening all over the Mount Vernon City School District!

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  • Student Scientists Put What They Know On Show

    Lincoln Elementary School’s annual Science Fair took place on May 18th and 19th, beginning with a grand opening event on Thursday that attracted hundreds of parents and supporters. Along with Math Night in the fall, the annual Science Fair is among the school’s most popular events, and is the culmination of months of hard work by the students. “The science fair is a feather in our cap,” said Lincoln Elementary principal Rebecca Jones. “The students love it, their families love it, and it engages the students in important hands-on, inquiry-based research.”

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  • Pennington Art Show

    On Tuesday May 16th Pennington School hosted its Spring Arts Show. Mrs. Torregrossa displayed art works from all of her students from Kindergarten through the sixth grade. Visitors were welcomed with music and refreshments as they toured the gallery. Art on display included painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and bead work. Pennington families as well as local residents were in attendance to vote and view the work of these talented students.

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  • District Seeks Comment on Smart Schools Investment Plan

    The Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) was presented and approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday May 16th, 2017. This posting will remain on the School Website for public comment for at least 30 days and then a Public Forum will be held as part of a BOE meeting to receive feedback from the community on June 20th. Please forward your comments to the following email prior to the Public Forum smartschools@mtvernoncsd.org

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  • Mount Vernon School District voters approve $246 million budget

    Voters in the Mount Vernon City School District approved a $246,169,123 budget for the 2017-2018 school year by a 2,123-651 vote on Tuesday. The results remain unofficial pending the counting of absentee ballots and the Grimes Elementary precinct.

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  • Last Call for Arts Magnet Program Auditions

    The Mount Vernon Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School will host auditions for students entering the sixth to ninth grade in September 2017. The auditions are at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Mount Vernon High School. The auditions will last approximately 2 hours.

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  • Mount Vernon Welcomes Wyclef Jean for My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

    The Mount Vernon High School cafeteria went from lunch hall to banquet hall on Tuesday night, when Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton hosted The Superintendent’s Summit on MBK – Mount Vernon City School District’s My Brother’s Keep Initiative. One hundred young men of color from the district’s three high schools gathered for a meal and conversation with more than a dozen adult mentors from the Mount Vernon community. Seated together, 10 to a table, the students and co-facilitators asked intriguing life questions to break the ice. “What one thing would you tell a younger you?” and “If you could have the answers to three questions, what would they be?” among others.

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  • Cast of “Raisin” Delivers Powerful Performance on Opening Night

    Friday night’s rain didn’t dampen the excitement of opening night for Raisin presented by the Arts at Mount Vernon City School District. The students delivered a powerful performance that brought the audience to tears and ultimately to their feet.

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  • Edward Williams' School Chorus performs in NYC

    On Monday, May 8, 2017, under the direction of Antonella Delli Carpini (Chorus Director), select members of Edward Williams Elementary School Chorus performed “Better When I'm Dancing” at the annual National Mothers’ Day Council Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, sponsored by Elizabeth Arden, Inc.

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  • Special Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Mount Vernon High School Community Room, 100 California Road, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Board will tour the Mount Vernon High School aquatic facility as well as the recent construction projects. It is not expected that the Board will take action on any items.

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  • Three performances of  “Raisin”  to take place at Mount Vernon High School on May 5, 6 and  7

    The Arts at Mount Vernon City School District and the Arts Magnet Program’s musical production of “Raisin” will take place Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in the Mount Vernon High School auditorium. The cast features students from Mount Vernon and Thornton high schools and the district’s Arts Magnet Program. In the lead roles are: Dionysia Placide, as Lena; Aaron Davis as Walter Lee; Danielle Franco as Ruth; Calilah Hines as Beneatha; and Armani Narcisse as Travis. The musical, based on the stage play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1975, including Best Musical.

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  • Mount Vernon Board of Education adopts $246 million budget

    The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education unanimously approved a proposed $246,169,123 budget for the 2017-2018 school year on April 18. The budget has a zero percent increase in the tax levy.

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  • Two Mount Vernon boys varsity basketball players sign full athletic scholarships on April 21

    Two Mount Vernon High School seniors, both starters on the Mount Vernon Boys Varsity Basketball team, the 2017 New York State Class AA Championship team, signed letters of intent for full athletic college scholarships on April 21. Gregory Calixte signed with George Mason University of Virginia and Noah Morgan signed with Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey.

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  • Students Visit African American Burial Grounds and Federal Hall

    Thirty exceptional students from the Mount Vernon City School District recently took part in a field trip to the African American Burial Grounds and Federal Hall in New York City. The students were selected based on their ability to exhibit civility and compassion while persevering towards academic success. The participants, who are in grades 6-8, represented elementary and middle schools in the district.

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  • 2017-2018 Community Budget Presentations Planned

    The Mount Vernon City School District has established a calendar of presentations to share details about the 2017-2018 school budget. Parents and community members are invited to attend. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation will take place during the Board of Education Meeting at the Education Center (165 N. Columbus Avenue) Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation will take place during the Board of Education Meeting at the Education Center Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation at Rebecca Turner Elementary School (625 S. Fourth Avenue) Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation at Thornton High School (121 S. Sixth Avenue) Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: District-wide Budget Hearing at the Education Center Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation at Pennington School (20 Fairway) Residents will vote on the 2017-2018 Mount Vernon City School District Budget on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Polls will open from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

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  • Performing and Visual Arts students shine in Spring Showcase

    Students with the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School presented Spring Showcase 2017 Thursday. The students took the stage at Mount Vernon High School for two performances before packed houses. The showcase featured band and orchestra performances, a visual arts presentation, musical theater, and dance.

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  • District Reports General Obligation Debt Rating Upgraded to A1 from A2

    The Mount Vernon City School District has announced that Moody’s Investors Service upgraded to A1 from A2 the underlying rating of the school district’s $87 million in general obligation debt. Also, Moody’s upgraded the district’s enhanced rating to Aa3 from A1.

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  • Community raises more than $10,000 from book fair and fundraiser for Superintendent’s Reading Challenge

    A book fair and fundraiser, both held at Barnes & Noble of Eastchester this month, have generated $10,202.14 for the Superintendent’s Reading Challenge. “The school district has an outstanding partner in Barnes & Noble of Eastchester for the Superintendent’s Reading Challenge Fundraiser,” Board of Education Trustee Darcy Miller said. “This tremendous level of support from both Barnes & Noble and the people living and working in the Mount Vernon community provides important incentives and resources to children to keep them reading and growing as students. We are very thankful for everyone’s support.”

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  • Performing & Visual Arts Magnet School Auditions

    The Mount Vernon Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School will host auditions for students entering the sixth to ninth Flyer grade in September 2017. The auditions are at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Mount Vernon High School. The auditions will last approximately 2 hours.

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  • Mount Vernon voters approve repurposing bond fund to accommodate anticipated student growth

    Mount Vernon City School District voters have approved a plan to repurpose the district’s existing 20/20 Vision bond funds to accommodate anticipated student population growth in a 767-134 vote tonight, March 7.

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  • Mount Vernon City School District Welcomes Risk Manager to Team

    The Mount Vernon City School District (MVCSD) has engaged with Brown & Brown of NY, Inc. to provide risk management consulting and help reduce work-related injuries within the district. Through the engagement, Brown & Brown’s Jarvis Grantham will officially become MVCSD’s new risk manager.

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  • Auditions for Mount Vernon Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School to be held March 3 and 4 at Mount Vernon High School

    The Mount Vernon Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School will host auditions for students entering the sixth to ninth grade in September 2017. The auditions are at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, and 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Mount Vernon High School. The auditions will last approximately 2 hours.

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  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair Scheduled for March 11

    The Mount Vernon City School District will host its Barnes & Noble Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 11. It will be located at the Barnes & Noble Eastchester, 680 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

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  • School District Graduation Rate Jumps 6 Percentage Points

    The student graduation rate within the Mount Vernon City School District has grown an exceptional 6 percentage points in 2016. The New York State Education Department today announced graduation rates for schools across the state.

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  • Mount Vernon City School District Hosts Parent Involvement Day

    The Mount Vernon City School District (MVCSD) hosted its annual Parent Involvement Day Monday. Schools opened their doors to parents to spend the day with their children and see how they learn in the classroom. Each year, the Mount Vernon Parent and Community Forum on Education works with the schools’ Parent Involvement Committees to develop the day’s activities for each school. The day presents parents with the opportunity to take their children to school and shadow them, and observe the learning environment in the school. Parent Involvement Day provides an opportunity to bridge the communication gap between teachers and parents within a relaxed and informative setting where parents can observe what happens during a regular school day.

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  • Interactive overview of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

    The Mount Vernon City School District will host an interactive overview of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) on February 15, 2017, from 5:00-6:30 pm, in the community room at Mount Vernon High School. AVID is a college and career rigorous academic program that can have a strong impact on a student’s academic career now and in the future. It is an elective class that can be taken by students as they enter high school. The Deputy Superintendent of Schools, along with the building Principal, several core teachers, our AVID counselor and existing AVID students will be in attendance to give you a strong understanding of the program. Snacks and water will be available for the evening as well. This meeting is intended for all 8th graders in the district.

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  • Mount Vernon High School to host memorial basketball game in memory of Shamoya McKenzie this Friday, Feb. 3

    Mount Vernon High School will host a memorial varsity basketball doubleheader against Scarsdale High School this Friday, Feb. 3 in memory of Shamoya McKenzie, a Graham School eighth-grader who was killed by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve. The boys’ varsity basketball game will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the high school, followed by the girls’ varsity game.

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  • Thornton High School hosting blood drive Feb. 10

    Thornton High School is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Feb. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for staff, students and the community. It is the school’s second blood drive this school year. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are encouraged. For more information and to make an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org, enter the sponsor keyword: “Thornton,” then click on the address. Thornton High School is located at 121 S. 6th Ave., Mount Vernon.

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  • Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Regular Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Education Center, 165 North Columbus Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Board of Education welcomes public comment at all regularly scheduled meetings. There will be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting. Members of the public wishing to address the Board must sign up with the District Clerk by 4 p.m. on February 7, 2017. You may sign up by phone at (914) 665-5235, email at rmccormack@mtvernoncsd.org or in person Monday through Friday 8AM-4PM. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. You will be able to find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs prior the the meeting. http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/mvcsd/Board.nsf/Public

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  • Registration Open for Free Mount Vernon Pre-K Program

    The Mount Vernon City School District is accepting enrollment for 3-year-old children for its free full-day universal Pre-K program. Children must be 3 years old on or by Dec. 1, 2016, and will be placed at Friendship for Tots, 261 E. Lincoln Ave. The program begins Feb. 27. Registration will be held Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Rebecca Turner Elementary School, 625 S. Fourth Ave. Evening registration will be held 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 19 at the Board of Education, 165 N. Columbus Ave.

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  • Board of Education Chooses New Date for Bond Refinement Vote

    The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education will ask voters to approve a plan to repurpose existing bond funds to accommodate anticipated student population growth. The board voted unanimously at its January 3 meeting to put the bond reallocation proposal to a public vote on March 7, 2017. The date of the vote was originally set for January 31, but the board postponed it to allow more time for communication with the public.

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  • Arts Magnet Program to Present SEUSSICAL the Musical

    The Mount Vernon Arts Magnet School is proud to present SEUSSICAL the Musical from December 16-18, 2016. The production will feature 6th - 8th-grade students onstage, and behind the scene working in design and technical positions. Our band and orchestra students will perform at intermission. This musical is an imaginative and colorful production based on 15 stories by Dr. Seuss. It was produced on Broadway in 2002. The students in our Arts Magnet Program are from all of our elementary and middle schools, as well as charter and private schools.

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  • “Amazing Readers” Literacy Tutoring Program Helps Struggling Readers

    Studies show that children must recognize that letters represent sounds and can blend to form words in order to learn how to read. Teaching this foundation for literacy, called the sound or phonetic code, is the goal of the “Amazing Readers” tutoring project. The project started by volunteers in 2012 is reaching struggling readers in grades one and two at Edward Williams Elementary School.

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  • Mount Vernon School District Universal Pre-K Program registration taking place

    Families interested in enrolling their children for the Mount Vernon School District’s Universal Pre-K Program still have time to register their children.

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  • Lincoln Elementary playground officially opens

    After three years of successful, communitywide fund-raising yielding more than $70,000, Lincoln Elementary School administrators, students and parents were happy to cut the ribbon, opening a new park for students on Sept. 30.

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  • District to Host Annual Title I Meeting

    As we are about to begin a new school year, we cordially invite you to join us at our District Title I Annual Meeting. We will be sharing information regarding our focus and priority schools. The meeting will take place at Holmes Elementary School, 195 North Columbus Avenue [Cafeteria] on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

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  • Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Regular Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Holmes Elementary School, 195 North Columbus Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that the Board will immediately entertain a motion to enter into an executive session at that time. Public session is expected to resume at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Mount Vernon City Schools Host a Family Fun Day to Promote Wellness

    In an effort to promote overall wellbeing, the Mount Vernon City School District will host a Mind, Body and Soul Family Fun Day. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at Mount Vernon High School.

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  • District Receives Results of Voluntary Drinking Water Testing

    “The voluntary testing, which was not required by law or regulation, was conducted as a preventative measure as the safety of our children, teachers and staff are the priority,” said Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools. “All possible drinking water outlets were tested. Our goal was to definitively identify any locations within the district where further investigation or lead reduction actions could be taken.”

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  • Zamor Elected President

    Longtime Mount Vernon resident, Mr. Lesly Zamor, has been elected President of the Mount Vernon Board of Education. Mr. Zamor, who has served on the board since 2015, replaces former president Adriane G. Saunders who will now serve as Vice President of the Board.

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  • District Hires new Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

    Mount Vernon City School District is proud to announce its hiring of Claytisha Walden as its new Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Walden formerly worked for the New York State Education Department as an associate in the school improvement office of accountability.

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  • Mount Vernon Board of Education Adopts School Uniform Policy

    Following requests from district families and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), The Mount Vernon Board of Education unanimously supported a school uniform policy at this month’s meeting. Board members cited a districtwide survey in which more than 80 percent of the over one thousand responders supported the measure.

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