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Mom and 2 sons at small and tall ball in the fall

Pre-kindergarten students were dressed to impress at Friendship for Tots, and their parents came out in suits and gowns as well. The Small and Tall Ball in the Fall took place on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The D.J. had his mix playing from the start of the ball to the end, and the dance floor was always packed with little children and their parents. 

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The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy and cabinet members Dr. Beverley Jones and Ms. Marci Tiggs to review academic progress and share their learning and reading experiences this past month. The group of scholars from multiple schools and grade levels also attended an Infinite Campus workshop at the Education Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 

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The Knights Boutique has officially opened for its first full year after opening last May. Students and staff have been working hard to make adjustments to make this boutique even more successful.  
 
An empty classroom and a vision are all it took a couple of students and staff to create the Knights Boutique. The Knights Boutique is a 100 percent volunteer run store that allows students at Mount Vernon High School to “shop” for free clothes, school supplies, toiletries and more.

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Old-time music filled the Phylicia Rashad Auditorium as the lights dimmed and actors took their places in front of a packed crowd. Denzel Washington School of the Arts opened “A Soldier’s Play” on Thursday, November 3, 2022. The play stars Nazir Garrett, Fabian Powell, Daniel Beckford, Nigel Diggs, Jonathan Morris, Darnelle McGill, Eric Buchanan, Liam Fitzwilliam, Damien Price, Rojae Denton, James Puma and Michael Ruzza.  

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This evening, the Board of Education appointed Cerini & Associates, LLP to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of the School District’s grant program. Cerini & Associates is a regional accounting firm based on Long Island. It counts internal and external auditing as well as forensic accounting among its many capabilities.
 

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I can confidently say that the STEAM school has prepared me for the level of rigor I may encounter in college courses while exposing me to a diverse group of peers and professionals.

Laila Issa, MV STEAM Academy Valedictorian 2022

I feel that there are a lot more teachers and grownups willing to support you here – not just in learning but also in your emotions and making sure you are feeling alright. 

Frank Fabian, Benjamin Turner Middle School 

My teacher Mrs. Creighton makes school fun. With all the teachers, principals and AP they do fun stuff.

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

I like how there are always a lot of activities to celebrate our excellence.

Yanelfry Fabian, Mount Vernon High School
 

My school is special because of my friends, and the principal is always here for me and us and we learn awesome things.

Natalia Hillmeddo, Parker School

I would say that STEAM is a very encouraging environment. The counselors are almost always there to help you with issues you may be dealing with inside as well as outside of school. The teachers also try to encourage us when we aren't keeping up to date. But they are still understanding and caring.

Deanna Cummings, MV STEAM Academy

There are many experiences, fun activities and clubs that can bring out the creativity within each of us. There are opportunities for college credit. There are so many diverse talented people here.

Montay Campbell, Mount Vernon High School
 

I like to do math the best at my school because it is amazing and fun. I like using the cubes and other math things to help me figure out problems.

Owen Bravo, Columbus

Hard work pays off. In the end, no matter how you look at it the more effort you put in the more you get out of it. The teachers really help me put my best foot forward, which allows me to try harder.

Deshawn Wallen ’22, MV STEAM Academy

School is a melting pot of cultures, so you learn and have different perspectives.

Britaney Sinclair, Mount Vernon High School

Everyone knows everyone, It’s like a family here at Traphagen.

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School

What I like best about this school is we have fun bake sales and have very fun events like Spirit Week.

Maria Garcia, Mandela/Zollicoffer School

Something that makes my school special is the school’s principal. She works very hard to put together the best school possible. She is a true Holmes School Hero. And, our whole school appreciates her very much.

Jemerlyn Ste. Marthe, Holmes School

School allows me to get involved in activities that I wouldn't normally do.

Mahnyia Marks, Benjamin Turner Middle School

My school is special because the teachers slow down and help you if you need help.

Dylan Taylor, Graham School

I do band lesson and I'm getting better at it. 

Skylar Savariau, Parker School

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

Columbus is special because we have the Columbus CARES Bear as our mascot. I love when he shows up to assemblies and we can sing our Columbus CARES song and he dances to it.

Clayon Smith, Columbus
 

As an IB scholar, we have a great community of future leaders and a lot of amazing support from our peers and teachers.

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High 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

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

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

My school is special because we get to take high school classes early to get credit.

Skyler Mack, Holmes 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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