tbennettWelcome to Mount Vernon Avenue School where “Scholars Learn to SOAR”!  The 2021-2022 school year at Mt. Vernon Avenue School will be an exciting year filled with research-based learning, positive social and emotional engagement, and a school environment dedicated to the health and safety of our scholars, staff and school community. At Mount Vernon Avenue School, we are invested in providing learning experiences to ensure that all scholars from Pre-Kindergarten to grade five have opportunities for Success, will take Ownership for their learning and actions, will maintain a positive mindset and Attitude in all academic and social interactions and will demonstrate Respect for each other as well as the learning process. Eagles SOAR! 

Our mission at Mount Vernon Avenue School is to provide a superior academic education in a caring environment. As we enter the 2021-2022 school year, our focus will still be to ensure that every child feels connected to the school community, every child is challenged by new learnings and experiences, and every child knows that they have a caring educator they can turn to. 

Our K – 5 curricula is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and evidenced in inclusive classroom environments where we employ current and research-based pedagogy. Our literacy program follows a balanced literacy framework infusing key components such as phonological awareness, fluency, rich vocabulary instruction, speaking and listening, comprehension and writing. enVisionMath, our Math program, supports our work in ensuring that students develop an understanding of math concepts through problem-based instruction, small-group interaction, and visual learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling. The goal of the K-12 Mathematics Programs is for every student to achieve proficiency by developing both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency through rigorous instruction and authentic assessments. The Social Studies curriculum is organized thematically around the central concepts of civics, geography, and economics for kindergarten through third grade. In the fourth and fifth grades, the historical understanding of the United States and New Jersey are studied. Interwoven throughout each grade level are learning objectives that involve social scientific problem solving, decision making, social political participation skills, critical thinking, cooperative skills, and personal skills. Students participate in an integrated science program aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, exposing them to topics within the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences each year. The science program is focused on moving students toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application by engaging students in authentic, relevant learning experiences.

Communication between home and school is an important component to the success of our school.  In our effort to continue improving communication with parents and guardians, please install the following apps on your electronic devices (phones or computers): PowerSchool to stay informed with your child’s academic and attendance performance; Google Classroom to review scheduled assignments, homework and assessments; and Class Dojo to keep abreast of school news, events, and alerts.  

Families, teachers, support staff, community members, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Together, we can make a positive difference. It is our intention for every student to leave Mount Vernon Avenue School prepared for their next steps of education, empowered with critical thinking skills and equipped with a drive for knowledge.  It is an honor and privilege to serve the Mount Vernon Avenue School community. As your Acting Principal, I am committed to leading us in the spirit of service, community, and excellence. I look forward to working with you and your child in these very important first years of school.

Here is to a successful year together!

Tyisha Bennett

Acting Principal