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To provide quality educational experiences to enable all students to reach their full potential and become healthy, responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners.

Accreditations

The Mt. Vernon R-5 School District is fully accredited by the State of Missouri.

 

Received a 99.5% rating on DESE Annual Performance Report for 2015-16 school year.

 

Mt. Vernon High School is a designated A+ School.

 

Mt. Vernon Middle School received the honor of being a Gold Star School.

News

1/23/17

The Mount Vernon R-V School Board Meeting held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 19th.  Below are some items of interest:

  • During the Superintendent's Report we discussed District Attendance numbers for December.  The overall attendance rate for the district was 94.82% and our average daily attendance was 1,326 students.
  • January is School Board recognition month.  Board members were thanked for their tremendous dedication to the welfare of our district and its students.  There is no doubt the positive things we have achieved in Mount Vernon originate with the seven members of our Board and their thoughtful and consistent leadership.
  • I reported to the Board regarding our opportunity to assist the Missouri Veterans Home during a wildfire on Wednesday, January 11th.  The fire began on Interstate 44 and spread to the area surrounding the Home.  Mount Vernon Schools were able to support the evacuation of veteran residents by offering two school busses and drivers.  James Dennis, the Veterans Home Administrator, was on hand to deliver a personal thank you to the district for the busses as well as the services of Diane Vinson and Perry Arnold.  Diane and Perry helped load and transport veterans and equipment as part of the evacuation.  Thankfully there were no injuries or complications and fire crews were able to contain the blaze!
  • School Counselors from the High School, Middle School, and Intermediate School presented on varying aspects of their programs.  The Comprehensive School Counseling Program is organized around three strands:  Social and Emotional Development, Academic Development, and Career Development.
    • Carla Bellis spoke about balancing the challenging aspects of developing student graduation plans in addition to the other duties of responsive services connected to the social/emotional support of students at the High School.
    • Michelle Cox reported on the Middle School Counseling Program.  The primary focus for our Middle School Program is the much needed emotional support provided to students through varying levels of crisis brought on by the transition from elementary to secondary levels. 
    • Gwen Stevens represented the Intermediate School.  A big focus of the counseling program at MVIS has been responding the requirements of HB 1583 by helping to educate students about the harmful effects of bullying.
  • Kandie Eads, Laura Hazelton, and Kristina Estes updated the Board on the progress of Mount Vernon's Alternative Education Program.  Alternative Education serves students who struggle to be successful in a regular setting and helps nurture them to find a higher level of comfort with school.  The number of students served by Alternative Education has quadrupled in the past 5 years but through the efforts of dedicated educators many of those students make a successful transition back to their regular school.  Since 2012, Alternative Education has been part of helping 63 High School students achieve graduation!
    • The highlight of the report was a testimonial from High School Student Andrea Chimenti.  Andrea spoke from her heart about the many ways the Mount Vernon Alternative Education program has helped put her back on a path to graduation and she received an ovation from all in attendance.
  • Dan Harbaugh reported to the Board regarding one of the most successful seasons to date for the Mount Vernon Band Program.
    • The outstanding performances of Marching Mountaineers culminated in a 1st place finish in their class at the Carthage Maple Leaf Festival.
    • State recognition in Fine Arts is not divided based on school size.  Students from all schools, biggest to the smallest, compete against each other to receive recognition.  Successful All-District and All-State auditions truly represent the very best musicians in the region and state.
      • Twelve band members earned All-District Honors which was the second highest total among all schools in the southwest region.
      • For the first time in school history Mount Vernon had two representatives in the All-State Band!  Mary Spencer and Spencer Jones were present at the meeting to be recognized for this unprecedented achievement.
  • In Closed Session the Board reluctantly accepted the retirement of High School Counselor Carla Bellis.  Mrs. Bellis joined the District in 1989 and has spent the last 28 years influencing the lives of countless Mountaineers.  The District could not be more thankful for her tireless service to Mount Vernon High School.  She will be greatly missed!

The next regular meeting of the Mount Vernon R-V School Board will be on Thursday, February 23rd beginning at 7:30 PM.

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