Preschool

Each year at Mustang Rally, there is an Alpha and Omega walk with the youngest and oldest at MV at the end of the class parade. To keep that tradition alive, both #mvlittles and Lower School students are creating posters to celebrate seniors! In return, members from the Class of 2020 are sending each younger student who participates vintage MV gear. Follow along with all of the celebratory posts by searching #MVAlphaOmega

Lower School

My 3rd year coaching Girls on the Run had a different vibe due to COVID-19 Quarantine. I’m proud to say we only missed one practice/lesson due to our new normal. I couldn’t be more proud of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls on my team who joined our weekly practices via Zoom and continued to train for the season capstone 5K. This morning we had our own pre-race Zoom pep-rally and then went out to complete our individual 5K runs.” – Lower School Learning Coach Jennifer Brown

Middle School

Children’s Museum of Atlanta is in for a treat when its doors open up again to the public! Grade 8 students have been working on pieces inspired by Peter Max, a German-American artist who is best known for using bright colors in his work. These pieces will be sent to the Children’s Museum when it reopens and be on display for all to see! 

Middle School

PE isn’t cancelled! The Middle School PE Team led by Coach Jeremy Beckham, Coach JP Hogan, and Coach Tarrik Mabon, post a recorded weekly workout for the students as well as two live PE classes during the week where they can get active together as a group. This week, the coaches gave the students an optional activity to create their own game at home to stay fit and active. Although not together in person, the connection between these coaches and their students remains strong.

Upper School

When the recommendation to “stay-at-home” began, Mount Vernon student Emma Markland (Class of 2021) saw stories on the news and social media about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) becoming less available. Emma saw a need in her community for protective masks, so she began filling that need by making cloth masks to send to family members, friends, and those in the medical field. 

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Preschool

What better way to use your Easter candy than practicing your sorting?! Preschool students have been working on sorting their colors, learning about syllables, working on writing their names, and more during home learning!

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Preschool

Preschoolers learn whenever, wherever they are. Their teachers are creating innovative ways to capitalize on the many opportunities that home learning provides at different times of the day. Reading bedtime stories together on zoom gives the MVLittles community a forum to connect. Follow MV Littles

Middle School

Home Learning and the use of Zoom has created a unique experience for external experts across the country to connect with our students. Last week, Aaron Brown, an expert on the author George Orwell, joined Teacher Leflar’s humanities class to discuss the book 1984 with students. View the tweet here

Upper School

During this time of home learning, Mount Vernon parents Kim and Michael Champney challenged their son Brooks, Class of 2023, to find a way to support his community. Brooks rose to the occasion and organized a food drive in his neighborhood. Overall, he collected 34 bags of groceries and $575 in donations to be donated to the Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. He was recently spotlighted in their newsletter.

 

Lower School

To build moments of connection between Lower School Mustangs during distance learning, we launched Buddy Hour. For 30-minutes between 2:00 and 3:00 pm each school day, a group of fifth grade students make themselves available to read with students in grades K-4 by phone or Zoom. Our student leaders are helping to bridge the gap of distance through literacy.
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Middle School

Dr. Margaret Robbins: Loved seeing my students in our Zoom class this morning. They prototyped their own Marvel comic cover designs and had great discussions, both whole class and in breakout sessions. Proud of them! #mvunites #mvmiddle #mvschool @MVPSchool

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Vote for Arden Adams in The National Shakespeare Competition!

Arden (Class of 2021) and her fellow Shakespeare competitors were unable to go to New York, so they filmed their competition pieces at home and sent them in for a virtual screening.

There is an Audience Choice Award that you can vote for Arden by texting NSC10 to the number 212-818-1200! Good luck, Arden!

Lower School

It’s science time! Thanks to science teacher Eileen Fennelly, several students are discovering and recording their thoughts about bridges, while others are exploring and categorizing living vs. inanimate things in their backyards. See the Tweet

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Mount Vernon Varsity Boys Golf team takes on the #tmbouncechallenge @MV_Athletics.

In addition to this week’s Boys/Girls Golf highlights, watch for more Senior Athlete spotlights over the coming weeks:

  • Week of April 13: Boys/Girls Tennis
  • Week of April 20: Lacrosse
  • Week of April 27: Boys/Girls Track & Field
  • Week of May 4: Boys/Girls Soccer
  • Week of May 11: Baseball

Lower School

A Private School With a Public Purpose

Like something out of John Krasinski’s Some Good News video series, as a School, we have heard and seen countless reports of members of our community stepping up to the plate and giving back to the Atlanta community during this unprecedented time. Read all about the ways that Mustangs are supporting each other and their community here.

Preschool

Talk about a learning expedition! Last week, Preschool teacher Liz Aull arranged for a virtual farm tour and a Q&A session from the King Wolf Animal Sanctuary in Ramona, Ca. Following, Liz and her students’ tour was highlighted in an article spotlighting the farm in The San Diego Union-Tribune. “They really thought it was fun and they liked the horses a lot,” Liz is quoted saying. “I think they were engaged, they had a really good time and were fascinated with looking at the animals.”

Upper School

“During home learning, I’ve completed an ongoing writing project I started in Ms. Brooks’ class last year. This week, I officially published my book, “A Walk in Oakland Cemetery,” to Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. The book is a historical guide to Atlanta’s oldest cemetery and I’m donating all of the proceeds from it towards the cemetery’s restoration projects.” Meghan Stewart, Class of 2021

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Upper School

Congratulations to Class of 2020 Katieanne Peterson for winning a National Honor Society scholarship. These are national level scholarships, and can be applied to the school of her choice – for Katieanne, that is Davidson College! Character, scholarship, leadership, and service were the qualifying categories. Katieanne is the first member of the Mount Vernon community to ever receive a National Honor Society scholarship. We are MV proud!

Preschool

With guidance from PK5 Teacher Brandi Tuggle, Preschool students participate in a “spell my name” hunt at home. Post-it notes marked with each letter in the student’s first and last names are strategically hidden by a family member. As students seek and find each letter, they are perfecting the spelling of their names, and how to use upper and lowercase appropriately, while incorporating their number progression learned in math.

Lower School

Even outside of their daily schoolwork, Mount Vernon students find ways to be creative, design thinkers. Last week, Charles (Kindergarten) found a hawk feather outside, and turned it into his own quill pen! 

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Middle School

Head of Grade 8 Teacher Leflar says the highlight of his week is seeing his Humanities students on Mondays and Fridays during live class sessions, in addition to the occasional drop-in during online office hours. Moreso than just an opportunity to review learning together, he shares, “These live sessions always afford a number of laughs and camaraderie — often the best parts of being in a classroom with students. It is continually reassuring to be able to see the hope beyond these times of isolation, knowing that we can still laugh and that life will, ultimately, return to normal.” Follow #mvmiddle on Twitter

Upper School

“How are students adjusting to distance learning?” Freshmen in MV’s Innovation Diploma program planned, wrote, recorded, and edited this podcast episode about distance learning from their homes while sheltering in place. How Students are Adjusting to Distance Learning: Getting into Good Trouble