The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education adopted on Wednesday, September 1, a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy. According to the policy, the school board “is committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive learning environment where all students, including and especially those currently and historically marginalized, feel safe, included, welcomed, and accepted, and experience a sense of belonging and the potential for academic success.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually, with ALL trustees participating via Zoom to Meeting. Under recently enacted legislation we will be hosting the meeting without permitting in-person public access to these meetings. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MountVernonCitySchoolDistrict and the district website www.mtvernoncsd.org at the prescribed start time. The meeting will also be recorded and available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. The Board of Education welcomes public comments at all public meetings. Due to this meeting's format, questions/comments must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. Questions/comments for the Board of Education meeting may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions and comments may also be provided by calling (914) 665-5235 (Please leave a message with your comments and questions). Your questions/comments MUST include your full name and contact information. Questions/Comments will be read into the record by the district clerk during the public comment portion of the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. You will be able to find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting. http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/mvcsd/Board.nsf/Public Meeting Agenda
Hometown hero Rai Benjamin, with gold and silver Olympic medals around his neck, returned to Mount Vernon Friday, September 10, 2021 where he was cheered by school children throughout the city, gratefully accepted a handful of proclamations, and received the Key to the City. Beginning shortly after noon, he was carried on a parade platform through the city in a motorcade, a fire engine and a police escort. With family members, supporters and city and school district leaders, the motorcade included members of the entourage in classic cars – a blue Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, a red Chevrolet Bel Air, a pale yellow Thunderbird among them.
Across the Mount Vernon City School District, students reported for the first day of the 2021-22 school year today, with adjusted COVID regulations – requiring 3 feet of distance rather than 6, for instance – making it possible to hold in-person school for the entire enrollment of 7,500. Students were excited to fully engage in lessons as well as eat lunch with schoolmates and friends.
The Mount Vernon City School District kicked off the school year at its annual convocation on Wednesday, September 1, with inspirational messages for faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. The theme of this year’s event focused on Rebuilding, Refocusing and Reimagining Education.
August 31, 2020
Dear Rebecca Turner Elementary School Families,
As the opening of school rapidly approaches, I hope you and your family are safe and are enjoying what remains of this summer. The arrival of COVID-19 in early 2020 quickly changed the way we do things, and in most instances, changed what was once normal.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened political/racial tensions in our country, we still have to ensure that nothing prevents us from preparing our students academically and socially, regardless of the type of educational platform being used. Despite these challenges, I truly believe this school year will still bring great new opportunities, learning experiences, and accomplishments for our school community.
The theme for this school year is “Nothing Can Stop Us!” The instructional program for the 2020-21 school year will focus on the following areas (in-person and/or distance learning) to support our efforts in closing the achievement gap:
As the 2020-21 school year approaches, please take note of the following:
School Uniforms-Optional for 2020-21
School uniform implementation at Rebecca Turner Elementary School has been a huge success! The uniform policy for the 2020-21 school year is optional. Our school uniform colors are maroon/burgundy tops with a gold logo and khaki bottoms (pants/skirts). The vendor we are using is Cookie’s - The Kids Department Store. Information on how to order the official uniform with our school logo is enclosed. Additionally, you can also choose to purchase merchandise without the school logo from other retailers such as Target, J.C. Penny, French Toast, Wal-Mart, etc.
Opt-In/Out Scheduling Requirement Form
If you have not already done so, you must notify the school district of the choice in your child’s learning model. To do this, you must fill out and submit the district’s Opt In/Out Scheduling Requirement Form. It is the same form as the Back to School Opt In/Out Survey. Parents need to submit one form per student. Please check our district’s website homepage for further information. This form must be completed! A copy of this form is also enclosed in this letter.
A parent meeting conducted via Zoom will be scheduled soon. During this meeting, you will learn more about our reopening plans and calendar of events. You can also check our district’s website at www.mtvernoncsd.org for more information.
I look forward to a positive and productive school year with our new normal. We will get through this school year together as a school community because “Nothing Can Stop Us!”