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Superintendent's Summary Dr. jack parker ~ June 5, 2019

We are excited to launch our seven-month long community conversation about our future growth. We want YOU (parents, staff and community) to participate! Please consider this your official invitation to join us as we chart the course for the next ten years and beyond. One of the questions we will consider include how we will grow from three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Please SIGN UP HERE and mark your calendars to attend both of the one-hour (evening) meetings on August 27, 2019 and January 21, 2020. During our first meeting, we will frame the variables for our future growth from enrollment projections, to building capacities, to finances. After considering all of the issues that impact our future, we will ask for input of our MV Community Champions. Our second meeting in January will reveal a draft plan to manage our future growth and will again solicit input on whether we hit the mark, or if we still have some work to do, before taking the recommendation to the board in March 2020.

We look forward to engaging a large community group and we want the high school auditorium filled to capacity! This special group, the MV Community Champions, will be engaged well beyond the two live meetings that we will host. Throughout the process, our MV Community Champions will receive continual information about the development of MVCSC’s future growth plan. After our initial MV Community Champions meeting in August, we will convene a separate advisory committee who will pour through the thoughts and opinions of our MV Community Champions, as well as do some deeper dives into data. This will help us to develop a draft plan that will move us well beyond 2030!

End-of-Year Activities

May has been a busy and amazing month. The flourish of activities at the end of the year focuses on celebrations. Celebrations are important to the work of education. What we do is challenging and learning is an iterative process that is bookended by both a fresh start and celebration of accomplishment. We have so much to celebrate in Mt. Vernon. The dedication of our staff to develop programs and events to bring a successful year to a close is appreciated. Of course, graduation of our seniors is the primary celebration of accomplishment. Thirteen years of learning and growing culminates in a walk across a stage that is a launching point into adulthood for our students.

Graduation is a big celebration of accomplishment! Other celebrations of our seniors’ success was seen at Senior Honor Night. We have an impressive class in the graduates of 2019! But, that is not all that we celebrated. A major accomplishment in the high school was the music department earning the All-Music Award for quality band and choir programs. Only 14 high schools earned that award in Indiana this year.

The culmination of work like the Living History Museum at Mt. Comfort and McCordsville Elementary Schools or all the Science/STEM Fairs were great celebrations of work, as well as the Kindy 500 at Fortville and McCordsville Elementary Schools. Mt. Vernon Middle School celebrated the completion of renovations that brought all three grades under one roof! Please enjoy some pictures from a few of our spring events.

New! Any resident living in our district that is at least 65 years old will be able to receive a new “Mt. Vernon 65+ Club” card that will provide them with free admission to most Mt. Vernon Middle School and Mt. Vernon High School events. There are a few exclusions, such as IHSAA sectional games and designated events.

Join us for snacks, meet Superintendent Dr. Parker, and come be a part of the Mt. Vernon 65+ Club at one of our Kick-Off Events! In-district residents 65+ will need to bring a utility bill or proof of in-district residency and a state identification card (e.g. drivers license or identification card) to the MVCSC Administrative Service Center. Stop by anytime after June 27 or join us on any of these MV 65+ Club Kick-Off dates/times to meet Dr. Parker and pick up a "Mt. Vernon 65+ Card":

  • Thursday, June 27 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16 from 8 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24 from 8 - 11 a.m.

Summer News!

In an effort to be more cost efficient with our energy consumption, all MVCSC buildings will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 3 - July 12. Employees are moving to four 10-hour work days. We anticipate this will save the district $10,000-$20,000. This effort will continue to leverage our resources and maximize our operating and energy efficiency in preparation for the loss of our Increment Funds in 2022.

I also wanted to share with you that Mr. Casey Dodd has accepted the position of the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Principal. We have posted the Mt. Comfort Elementary (MCE) Principal position and anticipate a large number of applicants to ensure another top notch leader for MCE. Mr. Dodd will be replacing Mr. Greg Roach, who has accepted another position in a different district. In his Mt. Vernon tenure, Mr. Roach left a legacy of leadership as he has led the Mt. Vernon High School ISTEP Pass Rates to increase over 21% since 2015, as well as achieved an “A” School six of the last seven years.

CENTRALIZED REGISTRATION

Thursday, July 18 ---- 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Parents/Guardians: Mark your calendars to attend the next Centralized Registration on Thursday, July 18 anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. It will be held in the Mt. Vernon High School main gym. At Centralized Registration, parents/guardians and the student(s) will:

  1. Verify their existing Skyward student information through the student online registration. It is highly recommended that online registration be completed prior to the event to make the registration process quicker. Online registration will be available through Skyward Family Access and notification will be sent when online registration becomes available.
  2. Receive class schedules/homeroom assignments and fee statements
  3. Grades 6-12 can pick up their new computer devices
  4. Talk to MVCSC representatives from food service, transportation, health services/immunization and others
  5. Check out and pay textbook fees

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MVCSC Superintendent, Dr. Jack Parker

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