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CTE scholars participate in presentations and workshops

CTE scholars participate in presentations and workshops

Mount Vernon High School’s Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) held three career and civic engagement events on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Nikki Purville, the owner of Beloved Designs in Bronxville, visited to discuss career opportunities and share advice to cosmetology students. Bethel Day Camp held a job fair to promote their summer camp counselor jobs. There was also a civic engagement presentation with two workshops. 

During her visit, Purville provided cosmetology students with inside knowledge of the cosmetology business and gave them tips for running a successful business. She highlighted the benefits and the drawbacks of a career doing hair.  

“This is very important, for anything you want to do whether you want to go into medicine, law, or business, especially in business: you should not go into your work life with the mindset that you are going to work most of your life,” said Purville. “Your job should pay you enough money that you can go home. The goal is not to be working forever. The goal is for your job to sustain your life so you can go home, have fun, and enjoy your family.” 

Scholars told Purville their goals and ambitions, and she gave them advice on how they can achieve them.  

“Listening to the speaker today, I learned that stuff that you plan to do in your life might not always go the way you want it to go, but you should stay dedicated and go for what you want in life,” said Makeda Coleman, 12th grade cosmetology student at MVHS.  

Bethel Day Camp job fair

Bethel Day Camp visited the high school to recruit new counselors for the summer. As a camp counselor, students will supervise children, only working during the summer months. This opportunity gives students a chance to work without worrying about balancing work and school. Students leaving for college also applied so they can save before they go. 

 “This is a good opportunity because it's a local camp that is willing to provide transportation and lunch,” said Jaime Larmon, work-based learning coordinator at MVHS. “It’s giving them the ability to be outside and interact with their peers. It also gives them the experience if they are interested in pursuing childcare or becoming a teacher. They can also build on their resume, because high school students don’t have a variety of jobs that they can put on their resume. In some cases, a child may become attached and the parents may offer them jobs babysitting or help them network for future jobs.” 

The civic engagement presentation consisted of two workshops: Civic Engagement Through Volunteerism and Service presented by Volunteer New York and Civic Engagement Through Advocacy and Voting presented by the Westchester Children’s Association.The presenters informed students about the many ways that they can help their community. 

Scholars were encouraged to volunteer in numerous different ways not only to help people, but also as a way to test different careers. Through volunteering, someone may find something they like to do, and they can even use their volunteering work for their resume.  

Ms. Izzo Introducing the senior class student government

Mount Vernon High School freshmen entered an auditorium full of seniors ready to teach them the proper ways to conduct themselves around school. First, the senior class was greeted by Tiffany Izzo, assistant principal, to start the assembly on Monday, September 18, 2023. 

Zoe Nyarko and Lesley Iyamu with IB Diploma. Also Principal and Assistant principal

Three out of four candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB)  Programme recently passed their tests and completed the requirements for their IB diplomas. Daren Lu, Lesley Iyamu and  Prescilazoe Nyarko, Mount Vernon High School Class of ‘23 graduates, were awarded with the diplomas in early July. 

Nursing students with staff.

The Career and Technical Education department at Mount Vernon High School hosted a Nursing Assistant Completion Ceremony on Friday, June 16, 2023, to recognize four students who have completed the program. 

Mount Vernon High School prints inaugural No Place for Hate poetry collection

Mount Vernon High School, along with all other schools in the Mount Vernon City School District, was certified as a No Place for Hate (NPFH) school in May. Throughout the year, they have participated in several NPFH activities. Their most recent activity, identity poetry, resulted in a 47-page poetry book featuring poems from students throughout the school.

Students in front of Jacob Burns Film Center

On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, a group of Mount Vernon High School students visited Jacob Burns Film Center to visit the Classroom to Screening Center and watch "Landfill Harmonic." They were accompanied by Department Administrator of Humanities Eric Brand; Lisa Dellaporte, English teacher; Alexandra Sherlock, English teacher; and Janelle Manson, English as a New Language (ENL) teacher.

Students at tea station

Mount Vernon High School held a full week of events from Monday, May 22, 2023 to Friday, May 26, 2023, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health activities were available throughout the week for all students and staff within the building. Mental Health Awareness Week was held a week after International Baccalaureate Programme testing and prior to New York State Regents tests, so students were in a position to relax.