One Mount Vernon Digital Newsletter
November 17, 2023
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Greetings MVCSD Community,
Last week, many of our schools celebrated Veterans Day. The veterans of this country have sacrificed so much to secure our freedom, and they deserve all our respect for that. Traphagen School, Mount Vernon Leadership Academy, Mount Vernon Honor Academy, Pennington School and our other schools had great ceremonies to honor veterans and recognize how much we owe them. At Graham School, one class wrote to a serving member of the military, and he recently responded with his gratitude.
Over the summer, Winston Johnson, a security monitor in the District, acted quickly to prevent an incident at Mount Vernon High School. He stopped a student from walking in with a weapon and potentially harming Mount Vernon students or staff. Thank you for your actions that day, Mr. Johnson. We honored Mr. Johnson at last week’s Board Meeting, but he deserves all the gratitude we can give him for protecting our school community.
Our community partnerships remain important, so I was happy to see the Mount Vernon Police Department and Fire Department at our schools this week. Mount Vernon police officers visited Mount Vernon High School and ran the fitness test for students. Both the Fire and Police Departments visited Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School to share the ways they help our community to our scholars. We are stronger together as a community, so I am very thankful for these visits.
Dr. K. Veronica Smith
Acting Superintendent of Schools
TRAPHAGEN SCHOOL CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY WITH VETERAN FAMILIES
Red, white and blue covered the Traphagen School gymnasium, as they celebrated Veterans Day on Thursday, November 9, 2023. Songs, poems and essays were recited to honor the veterans.
MOUNT VERNON SECURITY GUARD HONORED FOR HIS ACTIONS PREVENTING A POTENTIAL INCIDENT
Winston Johnson, a Mount Vernon City School District security monitor, was honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. He was recognized for protecting Mount Vernon students and staff during summer school by stopping a student from entering Mount Vernon High School with a weapon.
MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PUT THEIR STRENGTH TO THE TEST
Police officers at the Mount Vernon Police Department put Mount Vernon High School students to the test during their physical education classes with the police academy physical ability examination on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The test is designed to see if participants have what it takes to be an officer.