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No Place
For HAte

Traphagen School has been designated as a No Place for Hate School. 

No Place for Hate an ADL Education Program

 

Mount Vernon and Cities United Youth Public Safety Forum

The City of Mount Vernon and Cities United, a nationwide organization that works to strengthen cities and keep citizens safe, are hosting a Youth Public Safety Forum at Grace Baptist Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is open to ages 10 to 24. 

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Building Configuration Follow-up Survey

In an effort to reach the most stakeholders possible, the Mount Vernon City School District is introducing a focused follow-up building configuration survey. Please let us know how you feel about changing the configuration of our buildings. The District has recorded the thoughts of the community, and we hope that you will continue to share your opinions as we approach a decision.

Click here to share your thoughts by Thursday, March 7, 2024.

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Benjamin Turner Academy Black History Celebration

Benjamin Turner Academy will host "A Black History Celebration: Rhythm and Rhyme" in recognition of Black History Month on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 6 p.m. The performance will feature singing, dancing, step and more.

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Financial Literacy Night - Thursday, March 14, 2024

The Family and Community Engagement Committee is holding their Family Fun Financial Literacy Night on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 6 p.m. Attend to learn more about family budgeting, insurance, setting goals, buying a house, starting a business and more. The theme of the event, which is on Pi Day, is "Managing Your Piece of the Pi."

Click here to sign up or scan the QR code.

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Writing contest at Grimes sponsored by Buddy White

Third-grade students at Grimes are participating in an essay writing contest sponsored by Buddy White. The essay contest will provide positive reinforcement for young students, in hopes of inspiring them to dream big. In addition, the Buddy White project will host a trip to the aquarium for third-grade classes. The contest's sponsors will announce the winner at an assembly on February 29th at 9:30 a.m. Please take a look at the attached flyer for more details. 

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see The PRC

The Parent Resource Center is a place for parents, students and families to receive support. Click the link below for more information! 

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School News

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. 

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The Mount Vernon City School District has been notified that the New York State Department of Education is in receipt of an application for a charter school revision to decrease its enrollment. Intellectus Preparatory Charter School is chartered to serve 320 students in grades 6-9 for the 2024-25 school year, growing to serve 528 students in grades 6-11 by the 2026-27 school year, the final year of the current charter term. The school requests an enrollment decrease to serve 175 students in grades 6-9 for the 2024-25 school year growing to serve 275 students in grades 6-11 by the 2026-27 school year.

As part of the approval process, the Mount Vernon City School District is required to host a public hearing and collect comments related to the application. The hearing will take place Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Education Center, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, 10553.

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The Mount Vernon City School District has been notified that the New York State Department of Education is in receipt of an application for a charter school revision to increase its grade span, to add kindergarten through Grade 4 to its current Grade 5 through Grade 8 configuration; and to make a corresponding increase to its authorized enrollment from 355 students to 570 students, within the Mount Vernon City School District. The proposed revision is for “Amani Public Charter School”.

As part of the approval process, the Mount Vernon City School District is required to host a public hearing and collect comments related to the application. The hearing will take place from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024in the Board Room at the Education Center, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, 10553.

Parent with their child in the classroom.

In 1996, several women in the Mount Vernon community came together to create the Mount Vernon Parent and Community Forum on Education, a group whose goal is to encourage families to be more involved in their child’s academic life. Monday, February 12, 2024, marked the 27th annual Mount Vernon City School District Parent Involvement Day. Parents visited schools throughout the District, helping create an environment that encourages the youth of Mount Vernon. 

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Daniella Costa Dos Santos, MV STEAM Academy valedictorian 2023

I'm forever grateful to everyone who stood by my side and the memories made throughout my time at STEAM Academy. Memories are the stories we will share and look back on to reminisce about the good times.

Daniella Costa Dos Santos, MV STEAM Academy Valedictorian 2023

Alexia Angel​​​​​​​, Benjamin Turner Academy

I love being at BTA because I love my Teacher Assistant, Ms. Johnson and my ELA teacher, Ms. Odindo. They are hard on me and push me to do my best.

Alexia Angel, Benjamin Turner Academy

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

My teacher Mrs. Creighton makes school fun. With all the teachers, principals and AP they do fun stuff.

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

Daren Lu, Mount Vernon High School valedictorian 2023

It was because this school has so many opportunities for all of us. I was inducted into the International Baccalaureate Programme as a Diploma Candidate and I’ve got to say, I was a little nervous to take those classes. But I’ve got no regrets. Thank you, Mount Vernon High School, for the opportunities you have provided me and the rest of the students.

Daren Lu, Mount Vernon High School valedictorian 2023
 

Raven "Madison" Arce-Harris, Cecil H. Parker School 

If you follow your dreams, they will come true.  When I first came to this school, it was hard.  Now I'm doing better with my work and making friends.

Raven "Madison" Arce-Harris, Cecil H. Parker School

Violet Cleary, Denzel Washington School of the Arts valedictorian 2023

To all of the faculty and staff at DWSA, I thank you for providing me with the education and discipline needed to survive in the adult world.

Violet Cleary, Denzel Washington School of the Arts valedictorian 2023

Tran Chau, MV STEAM Academy salutatorian 2023

To my lifelong friends I have made at STEAM, thank you for making high school memorable. I will never forget the memories we made, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without you guys.

Tran Chau, MV STEAM Academy salutatorian 2023

Hillary Vallecillo, Lincoln School

I like Lincoln because all the teachers care about their students, not just about their classes but also about how the students feel. It is important for students to feel confident and happy in their own skin.

Hillary Vallecillo, Lincoln School

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High School salutatorian 2023

As the Class of 2023, we have witnessed both the best and the worst of times but in those moments of uncertainty, it was the educators who pointed us in the direction of success that helped us discover our purpose and find our voices. Our teachers, beloved by many, played an instrumental role in our growth.

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High School salutatorian 2023

Abigail Swift, Denzel Washington School of the Arts salutatorian 2023

High school is a small world, especially ours. We’ve made memories and lifelong friends, but now it is time to encounter new people and experience new things. The word is much bigger than you can imagine. Class of 2023, you are capable of much more than you think. Always strive for more. Congratulations Class of 2023!

Abigail Swift, Denzel Washington School of the Arts salutatorian 2023

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School 

Everyone knows everyone. It’s like a family here at Traphagen.

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School

Amelia Toppin, Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School

l like NMHZ School because we do fun activities in my class. My teacher taught me cursive handwriting. I am learning multiplication and I like when we made an array of sunshine showing different arrays. I love my new teacher because she makes me understand what I am learning.

Amelia Toppin, Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School

Amanda Outen, Denzel Washington School of the Arts

DWSA has really helped me to reach my potential or at least helped me to see my true potential as an actor. I can use this experience to develop my public speaking skills so I can eventually use my voice to change the world.

Amanda Outen, Denzel Washington School of the Arts

Timari Jenkins, Benjamin Turner Academy

“We are learning to code the robot to play tug-of-war against another robot. My favorite part of this program so far is driving the robot.”  

Timari Jenkins, Benjamin Turner Middle School

Dylan Taylor, Graham School 

My school is special because the teachers slow down and help you if you need help.

Dylan Taylor, Graham School

Skylar Savariau, Parker School 

I do band lesson and I'm getting better at it. 

Skylar Savariau, Parker School

Emily Galindo, MV STEAM Academy

We are strongly encouraged by teachers and the staff to work hard and try our best with all the work we do.

Emily Galindo, MV STEAM Academy

Vera Wreh, Mount Vernon Honor Academy

My journey here at the Mount Vernon Honor Academy has been an amazing thrill for my education. Being able to be offered wonderful opportunities like participation in the National Junior Honor Society has really made me grateful. I am proud I have made it this far. Thank you MVHA!

Vera Wreh, Mount Vernon Honor Academy
 

Tristan Paul, Edward Williams School

I like that my school has a drumline. I have a chance to practice doing something that I LOVE!!

Tristan Paul, Edward Williams School

Eliana Dewar, Traphagen School 

I like the preps because I get to learn different things about art, music, PE, and media. In every activity, I learn more and more about music and art. I learn about abstract art, how to play the ukulele, how to play basketball, and poems.

Eliana Dewar, Traphagen School

Naomi Hooks, Mandela/Zollicoffer School 

What makes my school special is that some of the staff have great qualities to have the students look up to them.

Naomi Hooks, Mandela/Zollicoffer School

Kimberly Munguia, Lincoln School

Lincoln is a great school for learning and making friends. The teachers are amazing at their jobs and help give you so many opportunities to get ahead in life.

Kimberly Munguia, Lincoln School

Lily Cudjoe, Graham School 

My school provides us programs to help us, like African dance, the Boys Club, and My Sister’s place.

Lily Cudjoe, Graham School

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