Mt. Comfort Elementary School News

#GivingTuesday is 11/29- MtVernonFoundation.org 11/29 is Giving Tuesday: Donate to MVEF

#GivingTuesday is November 29 and the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF) offers a tax-exempt reason to make a gift that will impact the education at Mt. Vernon Schools.  Providing over $200,000 in teacher-requested grants since 2008, MVEF enriches the educational experience of students in our community.

MVCSC All Staff Breakfast - 7/29 at 8:30 a.m.

All MVCSC staff is asked to attend the Opening Day Breakfast on Friday, July 29 at 8:30 a.m.  It will be held in the Mt. Vernon High School Cafeteria, followed by mandatory annual training in the auditorium.  After the training, staff will be released to their respective buildings.

School Registration Information!

School Registration Information!  All schools have special registration days in July for students to get acclimated to their schools and for parents to get questions answered.  With the first day of school right around the corner on August 1, registration will be on the following days:

Kids enjoying MVEF grant MVEF Thank-an-Educator through Dec 16

The Thank-an-Educator Program is an important part of Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF) and the work that we all do as a community.  Each holiday season, MVEF gives families an opportunity to thank their teachers, coaches and all school employees with a personalized certificate and a tax-deductible gift to the MVEF.  The MVEF has supported all Mt. Vernon staff and students by awarding over $200,000 in staff-requested grants since 2008. 

Digital Learning Grant Team Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation Receives IDOE Digital Learning Grant

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) received a $75,000 Digital Learning Grant from the Indiana Department of Education to support two digital learning instructional coaches, eLearning professional development and computer device replacement.

Calling all kindergarteners Kindergarten Registration Dates for 2017-2018

It's time for Kindergarten registration!  Visit any of the three elementary schools on the specific days listed below.  It is imperative to have all Kindergarten students register so the schools may prepare enough teachers to keep the class size low.  Registration can be done at ANY of the three sites for any of the three schools; just list what school you will be attending at registration.  MVCSC will have FULL day kindergarten only. 

 

 

Realtor Bkft Realtor Breakfast on Wed 10/5 Hosted by MVCSC

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is inviting all realtors and home builders to attend a (free) breakfast on Wednesday, October 5 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the MVCSC Administrative Service Center board room.  Realtors will learn about Mt. Vernon Schools, meet Superintendent Dr. Robbins and conclude with a facility tour.  

Vaccine Clinic 4/20 for In-Coming Seniors & 6th Graders

On April 20, Mt. Vernon and the Hancock County Health Department (HCHD) will be offering a vaccine clinic for incoming seniors and 6th graders who are accompanied by a parent/guardian.  The vaccine clinic will be located at the Mt. Vernon High School from 3:45 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.  HCHD will run the immunization charge through your insurance to make sure the shots are covered.  If your insurance doesn't cover immunizations or you don't have insurance, the shots will be FREE!

Taste of Mt. Vernon logo Enjoy MVEF's Taste of Mt. Vernon - April 20

Come experience the flavors of local restaurants, breweries, and sweet shops, all while supporting the students and teachers of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation! The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation proudly presents the 2017 Taste of Mt. Vernon, sponsored by Hancock Regional Hospital!

Optimist Oratorical Participants MVCSC Students Advance in Optimist Oratorical Competition

The local Mt. Vernon Optimist Club held an oratorical contest with several Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) students participating.  The theme for this year's speech was "What the World Gains from Optimism."  The first place winners, Jennifer McGowen and Josh Ratliff, will advance to the district contest in Anderson.  District winners will then advance to a regional contest and national contest with an award of $15,000.

MVCSC Spiritwear MV Spirit Wear Offer - Ends Nov. 16

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) will now offer spirit wear to the community through November 16.  Consumers can order shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, car decals and stadium chairs before November 16 and the items will be delivered to the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Athletic Office in early December prior to winter break.  A percentage of each sale will benefit Mt. Vernon.  Order now as the first 25 orders will receive a thank you gift from MVCSC!

MCE Students with their Cardboard Arcade game FES is Hosting CAMP INVENTION this Summer!

Have an inventive, think outside-of-the-box child? Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is hosting our first Camp Invention for elementary students this summer at Fortville Elementary School (FES).  It will be held June 12-16, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  The cost of the camp is $225; parents can sign up at www.campinvention.org.  Now through March 20, use promo code DISCOVER25 and save $25!

Come Enjoy Soup w/the Supe!

Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins is inviting the community to join him for lunch during the "Soup with the Supe" days.  Community members can grab your own lunch on the second Thursday of specific months and enjoy an open-forum discussion.  Dr. Robbins will share an update of the status of Mt. Vernon Schools, and then the discussion is based on the attendees' topics.  Come meet Dr. Robbins and hear his thoughts on a variety of subjects.

Kindergarten Students Dressed as what they want to be grown up MVCSC Launches 529 College Accounts for Kindergarteners 2017-2018

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is implementing a culture that inspires young students in Hancock County to pursue a post-secondary education.  This fall, MVCSC and all Hancock County schools will be offering kindergarteners an opportunity to open their own 529 account, initially funded by community partners.  MVCSC’s Director of Special Programs, Scott Shipley, is coordinating the “Hancock County Promise” and seeking a grant through Promise Indiana to help fund the inspiring program.

MS Students in Class MVMS Renovation Recommended by Feasibility Study & Board of School Trustees

Over the years, the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) has experienced increased student enrollment.  With the construction of the elementary schools and renovation of the high school, the district is in pretty good shape, with one sticking point.  Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS), which currently houses grades 6-7, has not seen a great deal of renovation over the years.  The original construction was designed to hold three grade levels, however, as enrollment increased over the years, trying to do that posed quite a challenge and the district moved the composition to two grade levels.

Maggie makes stress balls MCE Students "Pass It Forward" in Generous Measures

The Mt. Comfort Elementary School "Pass It Forward" campaign was deemed successful.  Prior to Mt. Luther King Day Mt. Comfort Elementary School passed out cards with the words “Pass it Forward” to each student.  The student’s mission was to do something kind for someone and leave the card behind, hopefully inspiring the person to do something kind for someone else.  Students learn that by doing something for others, the reward has a substantial personal impact through their benevolence.

Retro Bill Visits Elementary Schools, Courtesy of D.A.R.E

All Mt. Vernon elementary students had an exciting visit by one of the most in demand speakers, Retro Bill, and his team of high school D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) representatives.  Retro Bill is the official international D.A.R.E. Safety Buddy and puts fun into safety, self-esteem and character counts education.  

Spirit wear image MV Spirit Wear - Now Open!

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is offering spirit wear to the community.  Consumers can order shirts, hats, golf shirts, car decals, "Marauder Water - Healthy 365" bottles, stadium chairs and more! The items will be delivered to the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Athletic Office.   A percentage of each sale will benefit Mt. Vernon.  

Staff revealing the book MCE Staff & Students Unite with "One School, One Book"

As one of twenty schools in Indiana participating in the “One School, One Book” program, every person at Mt. Comfort Elementary (MCE), including cafeteria workers, bus drivers, as well as all staff and students, received the same book "School Days According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney.  The books were purchased from funds raised through the Box Tops program.  Each book included a bookmark with the reading schedule at the kick-off. The “One School, One Book” convocation included a staff skit,complete with line dancing and the class pet, Humphrey, dancing in the spotlight.

Students wearing Taiwanese costumes MVCSC Brings International Exposure to Students

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is on a mission to expand students' world views and provide cross-culture experiences.  The Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Mandarin Chinese Teacher, Yi-Fan Lin from Taiwan, recently offered a Chinese New Year celebration for students to engage in various Chinese activities.  Another recent international experience was having Yan Long, a visitor from China, share her Chinese culture with McCordsville Elementary School students.  

Support MVEF 5K/1M Race on Sat, Sept 24

The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF) has awarded over 100 teacher-requested grants totaling over $150,000 to Mt. Vernon schools.  Come support MVEF by walking/running a mile with your family, or sign up for the 5K at the 5K/1M Family Fun Run sponsored by the Hancock Regional Hospital on Saturday, September 24.  The MVEF Race begins at the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) track, with the 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the 1 Mile soon after.  

MVHS Basketball Team MVHS Basketball Team Challenges Elem Students to Read

The Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Boys Basketball Team is inspiring Mt. Vernon elementary students to read by offering a reading contest now through February 6.  Students that meet each weekly reading goal will earn free admission to a home basketball game, be introduced at the varsity game halftime and be encouraged to stay after the game for an ice cream party with the players and cheerleaders.  The following are the weekly reading goals: Kindergarteners - 75 minutes, Grades 1-2 - 100 minutes, and Grades 3-5 - 125 minutes. 

JonMichael Weaver picture MVCSC Tech Dept Hires a MVHS Graduate, JonMichael Weaver

The Mt. Vernon Technology Department would like to introduce our newest tech, JonMichael Weaver.  He will be working as the Mt. Comfort Elementary tech starting Jan 30, 2017.  He will oversee the technology needs of the staff and students at Mt. Comfort Elementary.  He is a recent graduate of University Missouri at St. Louis, and also a former Mt. Vernon graduate.

MCE Hosts "Active Shooter" Drill with IN State Police

Mt. Comfort Elementary (MCE) recently hosted an "Active Shooter" drill for staff with the Indiana State Police (ISP) after school; (no students were present).  Several ISP officers presented information on many topics including: prior shooter incidents, profiling the perpetrator, early warning indicators, and how the police will react when there is an "Active Shooter" call.

Dr. Shane Robbins & Students by bus MVCSC Launches External Bus Cameras, Here Comes the Bus App, as well as Wi-Fi on Buses

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is launching several new features to the bus fleet, enhancing safety and cost savings.  New external bus cameras and a bus app that allows parents to see in real-time where the bus is will enhance the safety and security for Mt. Vernon students.  In addition, all buses will have wi-fi available for students to use during their ride by the end of this school year.

IDOE Promising Practices Award MVCSC Recognized by the IDOE as a School of Promising Practice

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a school of Promising Practice in the area of International Exposure to Students.  MVCSC’s Promising Practice is one of 200 education or wrap-around service programs to be recognized by the Department in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration.

Mt. Vernon Schools Rescue Food to Help Those in Need

The last two weeks of the school year, Fortville Elementary School’s student council piloted a food rescue program that will be launched district-wide in the fall of 2016.   Students place any packaged, unopened/untampered food in marked bins, which is then collected daily and donated to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen in Greenfield.  Some of the foods collected were: milk, cheese sticks, yogurts, crackers, packaged fruits and vegetables.

MVHS Students Bringing Ben Matt the dog MVHS Students Support Classmate Fighting Cancer

Mt. Vernon students are taught lessons on kindness, respect, compassion, and other character-building traits beginning in elementary school.  Several Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students demonstrated all of these as they supported their classmate, Ben Thompson, while he battled Lymphoma cancer his senior year at MVHS.  

MVHS Center Stage Performs at Carnegie Hall

Mt. Vernon High School's Center Stage Choir recently returned from performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  The Center Stage choir performed beautifully with nearly 275 other singers and were awarded the opportunity to work with Dr. Daniel Bara, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Deanna Joseph, Director of Choral Activities at Georgia State University. The students rehearsed for a total of 10 hours over the weekend.

Fortville Arcade Game Expanding Education Through STEAM Activities

The high ability math groups at all Mt. Vernon elementary schools particpated in the "Cardboard Challenge" and participated in the Imagination Foundation's Global Day of Play.  The event was centered around a cardboard challenge that promotes instruction and practice in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).  

Welcome Taiwan Miaoli Delegates MVCSC Launches International Exchange Program

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is launching a comprehensive International Exchange Program as part of the district’s effort to boost students’ global and intercultural awareness, curriculum engagement and potential future career opportunities.  Collaborations have begun with Anshan, China and Maioli County, Taiwan, with the goal to bring international students to Mt. Vernon Schools next year.  The initiative also includes a goal of sending MVCSC students and staff abroad.

MVHS Class of 2016 Graduation

The Class of 2016's graduation went off without a hitch on May 27th.  There were 303 seniors, four juniors and three foreign exchange students who walked the stage to receive their diploma.  The graduates seemed ready to move on to their bright futures, prepared with one of the finest academic settings in the state.

Health Care Ribbon-Cutting Mt. Vernon Opens Onsite Healthcare Clinic for Staff

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) officially opened the new onsite health clinic for staff on Wednesday, November 30.  Kellie Freeman (MVCSC School Board of Trustees), Andrea Mayfield (Activate Nurse Practitioner), Nancy Strickland (Fortville-McCordsville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director), Shane Robbins (MVCSC Superintendent), Jason Vore (Activate Vice President of Practice Operations), and Brian Tomamichel (MVCSC Chief Financial Officer) officially cut the ribbon to open the staff health clinic.    

Got your shots? MVCSC Sets Immunization Deadline: Nov 28

Indiana State Law requires all students attending school to have complete and satisfactory immunization records on file at school.  All sixth grade students are required to have a Tdap and meningitis vaccine, and twelfth grade students are required to have a second meningitis vaccine.  Letters were mailed the week of November 7 to parents whose children have incomplete immunization records.  The letter explained that as of November 28, 2016, the student will be excluded from school and the absence will remain unexcused until proper immunization documentation is received. 

MV Seniors Make a Difference on Work Day

Many Mt. Vernon High School Seniors made a difference throughout the community on Senior Work Day.  Each senior signed up to work from 9 a.m. - noon, and were divided into six locations performing various duties.  Their day of service was followed by a cookout with Superintendent Dr. Robbins and the administration team grilling at the track.  After lunch they picked up their cap/gown in preparation for graduation next week.

MVCSC Staff Honored at End-of-Year Breakfast

Several Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (VMCSC) staff were recognized at the innaugural end-of-year staff breakfast.  Staff were recognized by Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins and received a gift for the following years at MVCSC: 5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

FES & MES Celebrated "Kindy 500"

Fortville Elementary School and McCordsville Elementary School recently celebrated the month of racing by hosting "Kindy 500."  All kindergartners decorate a box as a race car, and race or take a lap in front of an audience of parents.  The festivities end with medals, milk, and lots of smiles.

Fortville Elementary School Veteran's Day Mt. Vernon Honors Veterans

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation celebrated Veteran's Day at each of the five schools, honoring all those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.  All three Mt. Vernon elementary schools and the middle school honored veterans with a convocation emphasizing the sacrifice veterans have made.  The convocations included patriotic songs and videos, moving speeches and videos.  Veterans in attendance greatly appreciated the recognition.   

 

MVCSC Honors Retirees -Collectively 231 Years

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) celebrated the ten retirees with a reception at the administrative service center on Sunday, May 22.  Current and former staff, their families and members of the community came together to honor the retirees for their dedication and contributions made to MVCSC.  Together, the retirees have 231 years of service to MVCSC.  

MVCSC Students Prepare for eLearning Days Mock e-Learning Day was a Success!

In preparation for the unpredictable Indiana winter ahead, Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) students in grades K-8 participated in a mock eLearning day. An eLearning session is designed to provide instruction via technology that would have otherwise taken place in the classroom. MVCSC students and teachers are familiar with the use of technology in the classroom having implemented a 1:1 technology initiative last year.  In the event that MVCSC administration determined that winter weather had made the roads unsafe for travel, an eLearning day would be initiated. Through this mock session teachers and students were able to add a little fun to the process by wearing their pajamas while completing the day’s instruction.

MVCSC Launches K-12 Summer School for Enrichment & Remediation

 

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) will host summer school for current grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Both remediation and enrichment will be provided in the content areas of reading, language arts and mathematics, as well as endless class options for high school credit.  

Statement from MVCSC Re: Matthew Clegg

 

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is deeply saddened by the death of Mt. Comfort Elementary School 2nd Grader, Matthew Clegg, and expresses its deepest condolences to the family and school community. Matthew was greatly loved by everyone that knew him, was an excellent student and will be greatly missed by the community.

Connecting HS & Preschool Students Through Technology

How can high school students connect their academics with preschoolers? Through an app of course! The Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Web Design students are creating a website hosting individual apps for preschoolers to use on iPads.  The individual preschooler's apps will feature their favorite color, letter and other items of interest, right after they click on their picture to open it.  

MVCSC Launches an App!

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) has launched a convenient mobile app for the community to access school information. The free app, identified by the MVCSC district seal, can be found in the app store by searching “Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation.” 

Dr. Robbins & Team Serve Staff for Teacher Appreciation Week

During Teacher Appreciation Week, Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) Superintendent Dr. Robbins served the entire staff, one school at a time.  Dr. Robbins and the administration team grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwurst at each of the five schools.  Each day of the week featured the administration team serving many thankful staff from two grills and tables filled plenty of sides and fixings.

Welcome New MVEF Director, Renee Oldham

The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF) has employed a new part-time executive director to bring a new vision and revival to the foundation.  Mrs. Renee Oldham comes to MVEF from the city of Richmond and brings much experience and energy to grow the foundation.

MVHS is in Top 30 High Schools in Indiana for 3rd Yr in Row

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) as #28 in the state (out of 420 Indiana high schools) and #1,987 in the nation (out of 28,561 U.S. public high schools).  This is the third year in a row for MVHS to rank within the top 30 in Indiana.  The Marauders were one of 46 schools in Indiana that received a silver award.  See the full report linked here.  MVHS was the highest ranked high school in the county.

MVHS Adds a Mandarin Chinese Course Bringing Additional International Exposure to Students

 

Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) is offering Mandarin Chinese to students this fall, bringing with it a Taiwanese teacher and direct exposure to the Chinese culture.  This program begins a new international partnership with the Ministry of Education in Taiwan and the Indiana Department of Education to MVHS.

MVCSC Launches Mini-Marauder Preschool on 8/1 - Only $125/Week

MVCSC will open a new general education Mini-Marauder preschool on August 1 for all children ages 3-5.  The cost is appealing at only $125/week, which is anticipated to be the most cost-effective price-point in the area.  MVCSC is now accepting enrollment applications which can be found at www.preschool.mvcsc.k12.in.us.

Helicopter, Ambulances, Firetrucks at MVHS = "Operation Safe Prom"

How could ambulances, fire trucks, and a lifeline helicopter at Mt. Vernon High School be a positive thing?  The extraordinary experience of "Operation Safe Prom" taught all juniors and seniors at MVHS about the consequences of impaired driving, whether that be from drinking, phone distractions, radio or other distractions.  Students saw the aftermath of their peers who had been -in a mock setting- driving impaired and were in a fatal car crash.  One was life-lined, a couple walked away, one went in an ambulance, and one passed away at the scene in this mock setting.

Superintendent of the Year - Dr. Shane Robbins

MVCSC is pleased to share that the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents just announced that Dr. Shane Robbins is the district 5's SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR!

MV Schools Donate Over $1,000 to Imagination Library

All Mt. Vernon elementary schools and Mt. Vernon Middle School participated in "Penny Wars" during March to benefit the Imagination Library Fund.  Together they raised $1,075.62 to help with early childhood literacy through the Imagination Library Fund at the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF).  The HCCF matched $ .50 for each $1 to bring the grand contribution to $1,613.42.  Heather Noesges (middle), Principal of Fortville Elementary School, presented the check with a few students to Mary Gibble (left), President of the Hancock County Community Foundation.

MVCSC Not to Collect 3rd Year Referendum Tax

Through aggressive financial tactics, increased state funding, and a continued growth in student enrollment the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation can boast a positive General Fund cash balance.  It is for these reasons, the Board of School Trustees voted at their May 16, 2016 monthly board meeting to not collect the third and final year of the General Fund Referendum.

MVHS Youth Board Received Elementary School Grant Through HCCF

The Mt. Vernon High School Youth Board recently received a $1,000 grant to benefit the elementary school playgrounds. Both Fortville Elementary and Mt. Comfort Elementary will receive four-square courts, hopscotch, clocks and math games to enhance their educational and recreational tools.  McCordsville Elementary will receive a special needs swing.

Multisensory Teaching is Proving Effective in Mt. Vernon Classrooms

When you enter fifth grade teacher Lauren Bailey’s classroom, it is not uncommon to see students sitting on large exercise balls, practicing math on their iPads, all while Mrs. Bailey reads them a novel.  This is education in the 21st Century; this holistic approach to education provides a physical outlet for students while activating core muscle groups and stimulating their cognitive skills. The physical stimulation enhances their motor skills, while the use of touch to complete math functions engages the left side of the brain, all while listening to a novel (impacting the right side of the brain).  This integration stimulates three of the five senses providing a comprehensive learning environment.

MV Superintendent Graduates from Nat'l Supt Academy

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation’s Superintendent, Dr. Shane Robbins, recently graduated from the National Superintendent's Academy.  He was one of 32 school leaders from across the country invited to participate in the program.  The National Superintendent’s Academy was established to prepare school leaders with the tools to address the looming leadership deficit, and to provide a focused alternative or supplement to traditional superintendent training and certification programs.