Mount Vernon City Schools
Board of Education
300 Newark Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
William Seder Jr., Superintendent Gary Hankins, Treasurer
Phone: (740) 397-7422 Fax: (740) 393-5949 Website: www.mvcsd.us
Greetings Mount Vernon City School Families,
We are excited to welcome students back for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Our theme for the coming school year is “Bump It Up” in pursuit of Excellence. It is a simple concept that challenges our staff and students to increase and elevate our efforts in and out of the classroom. In many ways the past two years have forced us to stop, start, pause, modify, and restart, doing our best to provide a quality educational experience during unprecedented and uncertain times. We are hopeful that this year we can come together to Unite as an educational family and Ignite our passion for teaching and learning.
This letter is intended to provide you with some back-to-school information. We have developed a “Back to School” Infographic to serve as a quick visual presentation on a variety of topics. We will also address some specific topics in greater detail after the Infographic.
Specific Topics Addressed in Greater Detail:
School Start Dates: The first day for students will be Thursday, August 18th with the following exceptions:
Kindergarten: We will be utilizing a one-week staggered start for all Kindergarten students this year. Students will be divided into two groups and attend on alternating days. Specific information will be forthcoming from your school. We believe this one-week smaller group transition will be beneficial for all students.
6th Grade students will start on Thursday, August 18th. 6th Grade Orientation
7th & 8th Grade Students will start on Friday, August 19th.
9th Grade students will start on Thursday, August 18th. 9th Grade Orientation
10th - 12th Grade Students will start on Friday, August 19th.
Back To School Nights:
To eliminate any conflicts for families who have Elementary, Middle and/or High School students we have staggered dates and times.
All six (6) elementary schools will have their ‘Back to School‘ nights on Tuesday, August 16th from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon Middle School will have a ‘Meet & Greet’ for 7th & 8th-grade students on Tuesday, August 16th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Student schedules will be available and they will be encouraged to walk their schedule and visit classrooms.
Mount Vernon Middle School 6th grade students will start school on Thursday, August 18th without 7th & 8th-grade students present. This 6th-grade orientation will focus on all aspects relative to Middle School with the hopes of a smoother transition from 5th grade to 6th grade. 6th grade Parents/Students will be invited to a ‘Parents First Flight’ night on Thursday, August 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Mount Vernon High School will hold an ‘Open House’ for all students and parents on August 25th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All students will be able to pick up schedules at the High School from August 15th-17th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Online School Forms: Every year parents must update several district forms. We make this process easy and convenient through our online ‘Parent Portal. If this link doesn't take you immediately to the ‘OneView’ login screen you can find it on the district website under the ‘For Families’ drop-down menu. Please update the Student Emergency Medical Form and the District Authorization forms and select the ‘Save & Submit’ button at the bottom of the form.
Free & Reduced Application Form: While in your ‘OneView’ account you will also notice the Family Free/Reduced Lunch Form for 2022-23. We encourage all parents to fill out this confidential application as requirements have changed. If approved, your Breakfast/Lunches will be Free or Reduced as well as School Fees. By completing this application, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
School Breakfast & Lunches - For the last couple of years school breakfast and lunch have been free to all students. It appears that this benefit will be going away for this coming school year. That is a primary reason why we are encouraging families to complete the Free & Reduced application form.
Masking - Mount Vernon City Schools will not mandate or require masks at this time on school transportation, In school settings, or in extracurricular activities. The District welcomes students and staff who choose to wear a mask in school.
Mount Vernon Digital Academy - We will continue to offer an online option for students in grades 6-12 through the Mount Vernon Digital Academy. This is a Hybrid learning opportunity where students will periodically attend in-school sessions at the Board of Education Central Office classrooms while completing the majority of their work online. If parents feel it necessary to explore online options we can assist in providing online provider information. Please contact your MS or HS principal.
We are looking forward to an exciting year full of hope and promise as we “Bump It Up” in pursuit of Excellence.
William Seder Jr.