One Mount Vernon Digital Newsletter
February 2, 2024
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Greetings MVCSD Community,
At the most recent Board of Education meeting, we presented promising numbers for testing in ELA and math from last school year. Our focus on improving student proficiency was reflected in the positive trends at many of our schools. Thank you to all Mount Vernon educators who have done great work to fulfill the District's mission of empowering our scholars. We are on the right track and will continue to strive for more.
Rebecca Turner Academy has shown great progress in its inaugural year. Scholars are engaged in their classes, going on field trips and having a wonderful school year. With the accelerated program at Rebecca Turner Academy, students are invigorated to complete the program and graduate. The motivation of these students to succeed is impressive and another reason why we believe that all scholars can learn and become lifelong learners.
Positive role models are important in the development of a child, so Mount Vernon Leadership Academy’s mentorship program, which kicked off on Wednesday, is a great way to provide students with those role models. Students talked with their mentors, learned about the program and began important mentor-mentee relationships.
I also want to send out my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ayman Yahaya Luwaa. Ayman was a bright young boy who was deeply loved by those who knew him. He will be missed.
Dr. K. Veronica Smith
Acting Superintendent of Schools
MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESENTS NYSED GRADE 3-8 TESTING DATA FROM 2022-23
Dr. Jamal Doggett, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction and Administration, presented the New York State Education Department (NYSED) testing results from the 2022-23 school year for grades three through eight at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
REBECCA TURNER ACADEMY STUDENTS ON ACCELERATED PATH TO GRADUATION
In August 2023, the Mount Vernon City School District decided to relocate its alternative high school program, the Sundown Academy, to the former Rebecca Turner Elementary School location.
In the wake of this decision, the school was renamed Rebecca Turner Academy (RTA) and became a location that housed the alternative high school and pre-kindergarten classes.
MOUNT VERNON LEADERSHIP ACADEMY KICKS OFF MENTOR PROGRAM WITH A SCAVENGER HUNT
Mount Vernon Leadership Academy kicked off their second annual mentorship program with a scavenger hunt and pizza party in the media center on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. The afternoon celebrated the beginning of the program, teaching students what it means to be a mentee.
MOURNING THE LOSS OF AYMAN YAHAYA LUWAA
The Mount Vernon City School District is offering its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Ayman Yahaya Luwaa, a fourth-grade student who was taken far too soon on the morning of Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Ayman was receiving services at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. He is in the thoughts and hearts of everyone throughout the District as we grieve his passing.
CECIL H. PARKER SCHOOL KINDERGARTENERS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT MONTHLY ASSEMBLY
Kindergarten students at Cecil H. Parker School danced and sang as their peers and parents learned about Black History Month during their monthly assembly on Friday, February 2, 2024.
STATEMENT FROM THE ACTING SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD TRUSTEES ON FISCAL STRESS OF THE MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Mount Vernon City School District acknowledges significant challenges on both the expenditure and revenue sides of the budget that contribute to our current fiscal stress. We have a high need student population that requires an array of instructional programs and supports, especially concentrated in special education and family services.
PUBLIC STATEMENT REGARDING MOUNT VERNON FEDERATION OF TEACHERS CONTRACT
As the community may be aware, the Board of Education and the Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers (MVFT) have been engaged in collective bargaining for a new agreement. Although the current agreement between the parties expired on June 30, 2022, it is important to note that the District has a legal obligation to continue to honor the terms and provisions of the contract until a new agreement is reached.