MVHS F.A.C.E Newsletter

December 2022

Message from The Principal's Desk: The Importance of Holiday Spirit

The months of November, December and January are historically viewed as the disillusionment phase of the school year not only for teachers but also for students. Although it is the holiday season, this time may be very stressful and depressing for some children. Exposing children to unforgettable experiences can be more meaningful than tangible things during this season.

When a child reflects on their fondest memories, they never forget how they felt- that’s what makes the feeling and warmth of this season so special. This is a great time to invest in family, school and community activities that will create fun, lasting memories.

Here are two examples that you can try this season.

Holiday Tunes

Holiday tunes are the best way to get you and your family into the holiday spirit! Students of all ages are learning how to interpret books, short stories, and poems they have read in school. Recalling information previously read is one of the best ways to strengthen your child’s reading comprehension skills at all levels. Try this engaging strategy. Have your child select their favorite holiday song and ask them questions to help with elaboration techniques in their writing and comprehension.

  • What is your favorite holiday song?
  • What do you like most about this song?
  • How does it make you feel?

Print out a copy of the lyrics or pull it up on their electronic device allowing them to make annotations. Have them interpret the lyrics and tell you in their own words what it means to them, guide them when necessary, use context clues, etc., point out poetic elements like imagery, syllables, and rhythm. This activity can be heartfelt, humorous, and a lot of fun. After the writing is done you can all have an impromptu dance party in the living room.

Food for the Soul

Teaching our children while they are still relatively young, the pure joy of giving back to their community and helping others. There are several shelters, community service organizations, and faith centers that host holiday dinners for those in need. Donating your time and service to others is also a precious gift. If together you and family assist with helping to serve hot meals to families less fortunate during this cold season is a good way to warm their hearts by teaching them humility and compassion for others.



Please contact the school if you have not yet reviewed your child's report card. Report cards are available for your review.


We have been working behind the scenes to develop a proactive schoolwide discipline plan. We will be launching our PBIS system in January. Please attend our January PTA meeting to hear more about our plan and how you can support us.

2022 New York State: Coach of The YEAR wins his 577th Game

Congratulations to our very own Coach Cimmino on his 577th game on Saturday December 3, 2022.

Coach Robert "Bob" Cimmino is in his 28th season with Mount Vernon Basketball. He won Eight New York State Championships and 19 Section 1 Titles.

We are PROUD of his great accomplishments and wins but, more PROUD of the great leader, educator and good hearted role model that he is to our community.


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