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No Place
For HAte

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

No Place for Hate an ADL Education Program

 

Denzel Washington School of the Arts to host global celebration of human connectedness

Denzel Washington School of the Arts will host an art gallery walk followed by live performances on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., titled Peace Through the Arts, with One World Future Ready, a global educational enrichment program connecting students around the world. Click here to reserve a spot!

 

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MVCSD Final Week of School Schedule

Monday, June 24, Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, 2024, will be half days for students following lunch. Pre-K students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Students in the elementary grades will be dismissed at 12 p.m., and secondary students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Staff members can be dismissed on June 26 based on their union contracts.

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Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremonies

Denzel Washington School of the Arts Graduation: Friday, June 21, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Denzel Washington School of the Arts

Mount Vernon STEAM Academy Graduation: Monday, June 24, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School

Mount Vernon High School and Rebecca Turner Academy Graduation: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Field

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Mount Vernon High School Tennis Court Update

The Mount Vernon High School tennis courts will be closed on the following dates for the Ace-Chester tennis tournaments:

  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, June 1
  • Sunday, June 2
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, June 9 
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Sunday, June 16 
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Sunday, June 23
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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

Lowes Moore Q+A

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications.  

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore here!

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Applications for the 15th annual Scales of Justice Academy (SJA) at Fordham University School of Law and The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University have been extended and are open until Saturday, June 15, 2024. The program will begin on Monday, July 22, at both locations. Legal courses will be taught by over 40 volunteer judges, lawyers, law professors, law students and elected officials. scalesofjusticeacademy.org

Click here for the Fordham University SJA Application (July 22-31)

Click here for the Pace University SJA Application (July 22-26)

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On Wednesday, June 6, 2024, members of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council came to the Education Center from across the Mount Vernon City School District to convene their last meeting of the 2023-24 school year. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council is comprised of a group of student leaders selected from every school in the district.

President Kirwan, Dr. White and Dr. Smith.

Two Mount Vernon City School District administrators, Pennington Principal Dr. Melissa White and Director of Humanities Marybeth Rhodes, were honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith and Board of Education President Lorna Kirwan presented the awards. 

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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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