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Chip In Fore Kids Golf Outing MVEF Golf Outing - July 20th

Join us for the 2017​ ​​​​​​Joel Young Memorial Chip in Fore Kids GOLF OUTING!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

11:00 a.m. Registration/Lunch

12 p.m. Shotgun Start

Arrowhead Golf Course

Centralized Registration 7/19 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Centralized Registration 7/19 -for ALL MVCSC Students

New! Centralized Registration Day at MVHS for ALL MVCSC Students on Wednesday, July 19 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon High School CAFETERIA.  Parents/guardians who are listed as the primary guardian in Skyward and students (grades kindergarten through grade 12) should plan on attending the MVCSC Centralized Registration on Wednesday, July 19.  The Centralized Registration will be held from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon High School CAFETERIA (door #7).  

#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.

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. 

Welcome Video for Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation Welcome to the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation!

Welcome to the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation! Click "Read More" to watch the welcome video.

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.  

Wi-fi on all MVCSC buses New! Wi-fi on All MVCSC Buses

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation now has wi-fi on all buses!  Please see the attached statement below from Superintendent Dr. Robbins that explains how students gain access to the wi-fi. 

Dr. Shane Robbins Presenting to All Staff All Staff Back-to-School Meeting Kicked off the School Year!

The all staff meeting on Friday, July 28 kicked off the start of a great year!  After breakfast, all staff went into the Mt. Vernon High School auditorium for a presentation.  New staff were introduced and welcomed to the MVCSC team.

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!

Mentors Guide Freshmen Into a New Year Marauder Mentors Guide Freshmen Into a New Year

What is the best way to welcome the new freshmen into the high school? At Mt. Vernon High School, the best way to become orientated is by having a dance off, touring the high school, playing fun games, and eating pizza. Students in the mentoring program taught the incoming freshmen all of the ropes and rules of high school while still having fun!

B105.7 Christmas Choir Competition Vote for MES Choir to Receive $2,000 through B105.7's Choir Competition

Radio station B105.7 is hosting a choir competition and McCordsville Elementary School's choir was selected as a Division 1 Finalist!  McCordsville Elementary School (MES) is asking for your daily vote so the choir can win the $2,000 award.  People can vote HERE once a day per email address, through December 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Save the Date: Back to School Booster Blast SAVE THE DATE: Back to School Booster Blast

The Mt. Vernon Adult Athletic Booster Club (aka Marauders Athletic Club) will be hosting a back-to-school event that is sure to bring fun and entertainment for people of all ages!  The Back To School Booster Blast is a community event that will offer everything from bounce houses and inflatables, to dunk tanks, BBQ and a cornhole tournament.

MVEF Thank-An-Educator Thank-An-Educator & Support MVEF

Thank-an-Educator is an important program for the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF) and the educational opportunities they provide for Mt. Vernon students and staff.  Give thanks to teachers, bus drivers or favorite staff member for only $10; deadline is Friday, May 19.  

Staff Members Recognized at School Board Meeting Staff Members Recognized at School Board Meeting

Superintendent Dr. Robbins, on behalf of the School Board of Trustees of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation, recognized three outstanding staff members at recent school board meetings. Mrs. Nikki Privett, Mrs. Amy Hoeppner, and Mrs. Maria Bond were all awarded for their phenomenal efforts to make the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation a safe and welcoming place for students to learn and grow.

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!

Mt. Vernon Staff and Republic of Korea Staff South Korean Education Delegates Visit Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) was selected to host Education Delegates from the Republic of Korea to discuss the use of STEM education and visit the modern integration of technology in MVCSC classrooms.  

Nicki Privett accepting award Staff Recognized at School Board Meetings

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Five of seven FES students to receive scholarship FES Students Receive Camp Invention Scholarships

Seven fortunate Fortville Elementary Students received partial scholarships to attend Camp Invention this summer.  Students had to provide an application and an essay why they would like to attend the Camp Invention this summer at Fortville Elementary School.  Information on Camp Invention can be found in the article linked HERE.

FES Fortville Elementary Before School Care Information

Fortville Elementary School will now be offering Before School Child Care!  Please see the attached article for details.  

 

Two boys with inventions Camp Invention was an Inspiring Success!

Fortville Elementary School (FES) hosted the first Mt. Vernon Camp Invention this summer.  Many elementary students (kindergarten through grade 6) and camp counselors inspired students to create, engage and invent their desires.  During this high-energy week, students are involved in fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and innovation.  New curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

Brian Tomamichel with MS Students MVCSC Finance Staff Receive Int'l & State Awards -Tomamichel & Sitton

Brian Tomamichel, Chief Financial Officer for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation was recently honored by the Association of School Business Officials International with its 2017 Pinnacle of Achievement Award for an innovative program that leveraged use of credit card rebates to fund a 1:1 program in the district.

President McCarty Speaking at Dinner Reception School Board Honors Scholars & Wall of Fame

At the June School Board of Trustees meeting, the School Board recognized students who have excelled in their academic careers during the year 2016-2017.  Before the meeting, the School Board Scholars and their families were treated to a dinner reception, prior to receiving their award.  The students who were recognized for their outstanding achievement in the "Academic Hall of Fame" were recognized during annual board meeting.  Congratulations to all these outstanding students for your work ethic, intelligence and determination to excel in academics!

Becky Johnson & Marcia Marshall Celebrate 40 years End-of-Year Breakfast Honors MVCSC Staff

Several Mt. Vernon staff were honored and recognized at the inaugural end-of-year staff breakfast for the following years of service:  5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40.  Becky Johnson and Marcia Marshall celebrated 40 years at MVCSC!

 

Class of 2017 Congratulations Class of 2017!

The Class of 2017's commencement went off without a hitch on May 26th.  There were approximately 260 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.

Mrs. Noesges and Mrs. Muffler New & Former Principals!

Many exciting changes are coming for Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) with new staff roles!  Please see highlights of a few of the staff changes at Fortville Elementary, Mt. Comfort Elementary and Mt. Vernon Middle School.

Watch Graduation Live Watch MVHS Graduation Ceremony LIVE!!!

Watch Mt. Vernon High School Graduation Ceremony LIVE!  Please click the title or "Read More" to view the page with the live stream.  Ticket, seating and rain date details are also below.  MVHS graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marauder Stadium.  

Mrs. Privett & Micah FES Staff Saves Another Student's Life via Heimlich Maneuver

Believe it or not, Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation staff have saved yet another student's life from choking!  Another staff at Fortville Elementary School, Mrs. Nikki Privett, a  fifth grade  teacher, saved Micah Tsamwa's  life after choking on a piece of pizza.  

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.

MES Kindy 500 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.

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.

MV Retirees MVCSC Honors Retirees

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) celebrated the six retirees with a reception at the administrative service center on Sunday, May 21.  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 six retirees have accumulated 130 years!

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.

Senior Night Award Winners Class of 2017 Senior Honor Night

Many students from the senior class of 2017 attended the Senior Honor Night to be recognized for their outstanding achievements.  Students’ names were announced with the college/university they plan to attend next year as they entered the stage.  The ceremony began with opening remarks from Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Principal, Mr. Greg Roach, and the event sponsor, Mrs. Renee Oldham, who is with the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation. 

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.  

FES Staff Cookout MVCSC Admin Team Serves 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 with plenty of sides and fixings.

Teacher & Student holding Hair MES Teacher & Student Donate Hair for Cancer Patients

McCordsville Elementary School (MES) Teacher, Karen Feder, and her former student, Kalin Wallpe , recently cut 12 inches of their hair off during school for a good cause.  They donated their 12" ponytails to an organization called Wigs for Kids.  Feder raffled off the hair-cutting opportunity in the school fundraiser and Kalin joined forces.  

MVHS & MVMS Student Government Receive Honors!

Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) and Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) have both received distinguished honors from the Indiana Association of Student Councils for their top-rated student governments.  Student leadership standards that councils must demonstrate include: communication, organization, managerial skills, citizenship, service learning, character, goal setting, group process, decision-making, self awareness, diversity, conflict resolution and business skills, 

Evie Skene picture FES Student Accepted into BSU's Gifted Math Summer Program

Evie Skene, a fifth grade student at Fortville Elementary School, has been accepted into the Ball State Institute for the Gifted in Mathematics (nicknamed "BIG M") one-week program in June.  Skene and 27 others will work in teams exploring connections between mathematics and science, number patterns and algebraic reasoning, and brainteasers of all kinds, as well as recreational activities.

MVHS Mandarin Chinese Students & Teacher Student Application of the MVHS International Academy

The Mt. Vernon High School International Academy is making its impact in students' lives, potentially changing their futures with a global influence. At the April Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees meeting, several Mandarin Chinese students spoke about the practical application of their learning.  

IN Dept of Education Visits Mandarin Chinese Class at MVHS

Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) was pleased to recently host Ms. Kathy McCarty, who is with the Outreach Division of School Improvement at the Indiana Department of Education. McCarty visited the Mandarin Chinese class to witness the unique Mandarin Chinese immersion students are receiving at MVHS.

MVCSC Team with Anshan Bureau of Education MVCSC Expands International Exchange Program

An administrative team from the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) expanded the International Exchange program to Anshan, China.  The MVCSC team signed agreements with two schools and the Anshan City Bureau of Education (which allows for exchanges with any school in Anshan, China), as well as developed relationships with the Anshan team.

MVMS Cheer Photo at Nationals MVMS Cheer Places 8th in National Cheer Competition

The Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) Cheerleaders competed and placed eighth at the Orlando National High School Cheer Championships on February 11-12th. They competed in the “Time Out” division, which consists of a three minute game day routine. The “Time Out” division takes cheerleading back to what being a game day cheerleader is all about: cheering on the teams of our school and leading the crowd. They performed a cheer, an offense chant, and a band dance to Taylor Swift’s "Shake it off." The MVMS Cheerleaders advanced to finals after beating eight teams in semifinals and placed eighth overall in the National Finals.

Science, English & Social Studies Academic Teams Congrats MVMS Academic Teams -Placed in Top 10 at State Super Bowl

Congratulations to the Mt. Vernon Middle School Science, English and Social Studies Academic Teams for placing in the state Academic Super Bowl (Junior Division)!  

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.  

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!

Hancock County Promise MV Leads "Hancock County Promise" - 1,000 Kindergarteners Given Hope for Post-Secondary Education

The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation led the county initiative to secure all Hancock County schools to collaborate and provide CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings accounts for all Hancock County kindergarteners.  We are proud to announce that Hancock County received a grant from the Promise Indiana organization to support the county in this initiative, beginning in the fall for the 2017-2018 school year.  This "Hancock County Promise" will impact approximately 1,000 kindergarteners each year, building hope for bright futures of a post-secondary education.  

Mrs. Hoeppner & Abram FES Teacher Saves Student's Life with Heimlich

At the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation, character and attentiveness are sought after when hiring, but seldom does the district know when they have employed a HERO!  At Fortville Elementary School, a third grade teacher is being applauded for her quick actions to save her student's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

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.

Preschool new playground Mini-Marauder Preschool has a New Playground

The Mini-Marauder Preschool received a new playground.  All preschool classes watched each stage of the construction, including tractors moving dirt and tearing down the old equipment.  Every day students monitored progress of the build, anticipating their new adventures ahead.  

FCCLA Students FCCLA Chapter at MVHS Wins Big at State

The Mt. Vernon High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter received the Gold Honor Chapter Award, 30/30 Membership Award, and Expand Your Horizons Award in state FCCLA events this year.  Receiving silver place medals in FCCLA Action Student Body was Olivia Spicer; Olivia’s program focused on healthy exercise programs for high school students. 

Mrs. Miller & Mrs. Noesges Miller & Noesges Graduate from IPLI

McCordsville Elementary Principal, Mrs. Stephanie Miller, and Fortville Elementary Principal, Heather Noesges, have graduated from the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute (IPLI).  Housed at Indiana State University’s Bayh College of Education, IPLI is a two-year experience that addresses the professional needs of Indiana public school principals with an emphasis on student success. It was created with bipartisan support by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013.  

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.    

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.  

Riley Magic Castle Cart -Dance Marathon Riley Dance Marathon is Fri, 4/28 at MVHS - NHS Students Raise Funds for Riley Hospital

Mt. Vernon High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) is sponsoring Riley Dance Marathon on Friday, April 28 with a goal of raising $10,000 for Riley Hospital.  With a $5 admission charge, Mt. Vernon High School students can attend the Riley Dance Marathon from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., and the public can attend from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  If the community cannot attend and wants to support the fundraiser, visit THIS LINK.  Currently, the NHS organization has 53 members supporting this initiative.   

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. 

Picture of Text Options for Visually Impaired MVCSC Website Is Becoming ADA Accessible

In an effort to make the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) website accessible for those with disabilities, many features are now available to help the disabled access content on the MVCSC website.  MVCSC is committed to an accessible website initiative.

Middle school students at Walk on Water event MVCSC is a Unified Champion School District

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is now a Unified Champion School District!  Join in the fun on the following field days: Preschool 5/10, Elementary 5/16, Middle School 5/17.  Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program that engages schools in creating climates of inclusion, acceptance, respect and human dignity for ALL students.  It brings together athletes with and without disabilities to train and compete on the same team.

6th Grade Team Central Stars MVMS Reading Challenge - Gr. 6-8 Read 5,103 Books 1st Quarter

Mt. Vernon Middle School challenged each student, team and grade level to read more books than they have before.  The result was astounding!  A combined 5,103 books were read by grades 6-8! 

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.

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.” 

MVMS White Squad-State Runner-UP MVMS Cheer Placed 2nd at State

Congratulations to the Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) White Squad who placed second at the Indiana Cheer Championship with the title of State Runner-Up.

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. 

Float Walking on water MVMS's Walk-on-Water Science Project was a Success!

The 8 Grade Academy's Walk-on-Water science experiment was a splashing success!  Over 70 teams competed in the project that challenged students to use their critical thinking skills.  The team had to build a float that would allow one member of their team to "walk" across the length of the pool.  The floats were not tested until the day of the challenge. 

Green Machine Club with MV School Board MVHS Student Project Brings Water Bottle Dispensers to MVHS

A dedicated group of Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students are inspiring their peers to drink more water, thanks to the new water bottle refilling stations they encouraged the district to purchase.  Their contagious passion for inspiring their peers to take healthy initiatives has resulted in a corporate partnership with Hancock Regional Hospital, who is providing water bottles for their new "Green Machine" club to sell.

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.

Nathan Grandstaff Receives National Merit Scholar Semifinalist Award Six MVHS Students are Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Six members of the Mt. Vernon High School senior class of 2017 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  Nathan Grandstaff was recognized as a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist.  Madeline Bovard, Bryce Gray, Elizabeth May, Kallan Ratekin, and Gavin Stamper have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  

Andrew Roembke playing MVHS Roembke Named to All-State Honor Band

Andrew Roembke, a member of the Mt. Vernon High School Band directed by Derek Ellinger, has been awarded participation in the Fifty-Seventh Annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival sponsored by the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA).  This is Roembke's second year to participate in the All-State Band, and the first year to be selected for the All-State Honor Band.

MVHS Senior Selected to Perform in Rose Bowl Parade

Mt. Vernon High School Senior, Dana Sutherlin has received the prestigious honor of being selected to perform as a dancer in the Rose Bowl Parade as part of the 2017 America Honor Band.  The Music for All organization had hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in the America Honor Band.  The Bands of America Honor Band is a 300 piece national ensemble with winds, percussion, as well as a flag and dance team.  

2017 Rising Star Juniors -MVHS MVHS "Rising Star" Juniors Recognized by the IASP

This year The Indiana Association of School Principals recognized the 2017 Rising Stars of Indiana. These are current juniors nominated by their high schools for their academic achievement. Mt. Vernon High School nominated the following top four juniors: Matthew Rollo, Zoe Jenkins, Annie Hermann and Olivia Spicer. 

Shark Tank Entries with Sharks MES "Shark Tank" Demonstrates Project Based Learning

The five "Shark Tank" finalists fearlessly presented their innovative projects in front of their peers, "Sharks", staff and Superintendent Dr. Robbins.  This year's McCordsville Elementary School (MES) "Shark Tank" finalists included: Glowin' Tee's, My Bear (handmade bear/doll), ENT Turbine (wind charger), Spinner Dinner (game enticing children to eat their dinner) and Doodle Caboodle (a fanny pack designed to help with dog walks).  Thanks to BMO Bank and "Shark" Jeff Hartley, all project designers received a $25 gift card, along with the school receiving a $500 gift card to further next year's "Shark Tank" program.

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.  

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Three students hold hand-made robots MES 2nd Grade Class Practices STEM Learning, Thanks to MVEF

Trina Conover's second grade McCordsville Elementary School class enjoyed having Indy Art Lab teach students basic circuitry and an introduction to robotics. Thanks to a teacher-requested grant provided by the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF), students learned about basic circuitry by investigating the parts that make up an electric toothbrush.

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.

Make-A-Wish Donation MES Raises $4,100+ for Make-A-Wish Foundation

McCordsville Elementary School has once again raised thousands of dollars to benefit WZPL's Request-A-Thon for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This special foundation grants wishes for children in Indiana who have life threatening illnesses. Since 2008, McCordsville Elementary School has donated over $18,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! 

Band performing MVMS 8GA is Rockin' Black History Month

Mt. Vernon Middle School 8th Graders celebrated Black History Month on Friday, February 3rd with an annual live concert featuring Principal Benjamin Williams on the drums and an all-star line up of local pro musicians. This event, for the 6th year in a row, is a part of the celebration of February's Black History Month.

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).  

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.  

Lilly Scholarship Finalists MVHS Lilly Scholarship Finalists: Frost & Schleter

The 2016-2017 Mt. Vernon High School Lilly Endowment finalists were honored at the Mt. Vernon School Board Meeting on November 21.  Emily Frost and Meg Schleter were selected anonymously by a panel of Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) judges.  Frost and Schleter are exceptional representatives from Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) due to their multitude of accomplishments and plethora of community contributions.

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.

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.

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 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.