Important info for 2017-18 School Year

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Offices at the high school and junior high open July 26, and the elementary school offices will be open starting August 1, 2017. Office hours until school resumes are from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Specific questions should be directed to the appropriate school principal’s office.

Administration Office
Dr. Tom Kopatich, Superintendent
1000 W. Fourth St.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/838-4471 (phone)
812/833-2078 (fax)

Farmersville Elementary School
Dr. Elizabeth Johns, Principal
4065 Highway 69 S
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/838-6593 (phone)
812/838-4826 (fax)

Marrs Elementary School
Mr. Greg DeWeese, Principal
9201 Highway 62
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/985-2082 (phone)
812/985-9453 (fax)

West Elementary School
Mrs. Amanda Wilson, Principal
1105 W. Fourth St.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/833-2072 (phone)
812/833-2095 (fax)

Mt. Vernon Junior High School
Mr. Chad Rodgers, Principal
701 Tile Factory Rd.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/833-2077 (phone)
812/833-2083 (fax)

Mt. Vernon Senior High School
Mr. Matt Thompson, Principal
700 Harriett St.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/838-4356 (phone)
812/833-2099 (fax)

Opportunity Center
Mrs. Jean Harshbarger, Coordinator
700 Harriett St.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/833-3350 (phone)
812/833-3351 (fax)

Special Education Office
Mrs. Jackie Maier, Director
1000 W. Fourth St.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
812/838-5516 (phone)
812/833-3356 (fax)


The first day for students will be Thursday, August 10, 2017. The first day will be a full day. Classes will begin at 8:10 a.m. for elementary schools and at 8:05 a.m. for junior and senior high schools. Dismissal times will be: elementary schools at 2:45 p.m., junior high school at 2:55 p.m., and senior high school at 3:05 p.m. Parents may contact their student’s school or the Administration Office to determine which bus their student will ride and obtain the bus driver’s phone number.

Each elementary school will conduct an orientation session for Kindergarten students and a Back to School Night for Grades 1-5. Specific details of these sessions are:

Farmersville Elementary Kindergarten Orientation - August 3, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Back to School Night Grades K-5 - August 9, at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Marrs Elementary Grades K-2 Open House - August 8, 6:00 p.m. in the Classroom
Grades 3-5 Open House - August 17, 6:00 p.m. in the Classroom

West Elementary Kindergarten Orientation & Back to School Night – August 9
Grades K-2 from 6:00-6:40 p.m., beginning in the Gym
Grades 3-5 from 7:00-7:40 p.m., beginning in the Gym

Incoming Mt. Vernon Junior High School sixth grade students will have an orientation on August 3 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the main gymnasium. Locker assignment, home base assignments, and student schedules may be picked up during this evening. Seventh and eighth grade students may pick up their schedules and locker and home base assignments on Thursday or Friday, August 3-4 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. Open House for 7-8th grade students will be Aug 14 at 6:00. Any sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student new to the school district should enroll prior to August 4 if possible.

Incoming Mt. Vernon High School students who still need to enroll or register for classes may do so when counselors return on August 8, 2017. Orientation for freshmen (and other new high school students) will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Mt. Vernon Senior High School. MacBooks will be distributed to sophomores, juniors, and seniors on the first day of school, August 10, 2017. MacBook distribution to freshmen will be on August 1, 2017 and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC. Students need to bring a parent or guardian.

Breakfast and lunch prices for the 2017-18 school year are:

Breakfast Program

Student breakfast $ 1.25
Reduced student breakfast 0.30
Adult breakfast 2.10

Lunch Program (Type A Meals):

Elementary student lunches $ 1.95
Junior High student lunches 2.10
High School student lunches 2.10
Reduced student lunches (all buildings) 0.40
Adult lunches 3.40

Textbook Rental Information
This year, all textbook rental fees can be paid online using Skyward Family Access, with no service charges applied for either textbook payments or lunch money paid on account. We expect that textbook fee charges will be available to pay online by Wednesday, July 26.

Textbook rental fees can also be paid in person at the High School Bookstore located at 700 Harriett Street. Please enter through the Circle Drive Gymnasium Entrance, Door #2. Hours for the Bookstore will be:

Tuesday August 1, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday August 2, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday August 3, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday August 4, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday August 5, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monday August 7, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Although payment can be made through Skyward Family Access at any time, the last day to pay textbook rental fees at the Bookstore will be Monday, August 7. No payments will be accepted at any school location on Tuesday, August 8 to allow us time to transfer payment records to each individual school. Beginning on Wednesday, August 9, textbook rental fees must be paid at individual school buildings or paid online. Skyward Family Access and the Bookstore allow credit or debit card payments. Cash, checks, or money orders can be accepted at the Bookstore or school buildings. Textbook rental fees for the 2017-18 school year are:

Kindergarten $ 100.74 Grade 5 $126.00
Grade 1 $ 133.54 Grade 6 $129.41
Grade 2 $ 118.43 Grade 7 $143.79
Grade 3 $ 125.77 Grade 8 $149.48
Grade 4 $ 123.88 Grade 9-12 Depends on Courses
Grades K-8 – Additional Art Fee of $10.00
Grades 6-12 – Athletic Fee $25.00
Grades 9-12 – Parking Fee – first sticker $10.00, additional sticker $1.00

Please contact Mrs. Angel Tucker in the Bookstore at 833-5933 with questions.

The MSD of Mt. Vernon is reminding parents of state law requiring students to be up-to-date on all immunizations. If you have any questions, please contact The Posey County Health Department at 838-1328 or your child’s physician.

Programs and special services are offered for all eligible students, 3-21 years of age. Posey County Special Services provide a comprehensive program in accordance with Article 7 of the Indiana Department of Education. Services include psychological and educational evaluations, preschool developmental screening, and speech/language/hearing screenings. The services range from consultation or resource to self-contained placements, depending on the individual needs of the student identified as having a disability. Services for all students with language/speech impairments, physical disabilities, or cognitive disabilities are available in every building. The Special Services Office serves not only the students in the Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon but all of Posey County. Parents desiring additional information regarding available services, program design, and program location are asked to contact Jacquelyn Maier, Director of Special Services, at 838-5516.

New Offerings at the MSD of Mt. Vernon
MSD of Mt. Vernon excels in education through providing a challenging standards-based core curriculum supported by ancillary programming. MSDMV students benefit from college and career building experiences. Honors classes serve students at Mt. Vernon Senior High School and Mt. Vernon Junior High School. Our STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) curriculum at the elementary/junior high level focuses on development of critical, higher order thinking skill development. At the MSDMV, academic achievement is a focus at all levels and in all content areas. All students at all levels receive the education necessary to meet individual needs. Graduation rates and attendance figures are consistently well above state averages.

The MSD of Mt. Vernon is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology-based education. Our schools serve as a “site-to-visit” by other schools and colleges when considering technology programming. Interactive Promethean/white boards are used in all classrooms PreK-12th grade. MVHS will continue the 1:1 initiative using laptop computers, and MVJHS continues using tablets in a 1:1 environment. Multiple computer labs and portable tablet carts provide unlimited options for instruction and learning in all schools. All schools have Facebook pages and websites to keep the community informed and provide forums for communication. Technology Integration Specialists provide ongoing support for staff implementation of technology throughout the curriculum, unleashing the power of online learning. MSDMV students aren’t limited to content in a textbook, but now have the ability to access content across the globe.

New at the Elementary Schools in Mt. Vernon
Elementary students at Farmersville, Marrs, and West have access to cutting-edge technology. Each school has electronic whiteboards in all classrooms, multiple computer labs, portable iPad cart labs, and staff trained in the use of these devices and programs.

The ActivTables are one of the newest technology tools currently available in education. Students and teachers are discovering the wonders of this cutting edge technology which can be used as a center accommodating up to 6 students at a time for learning and discovery. These devices work in conjunction with the teachers' Promethean Boards and provide unequaled opportunities for students.

The elementary schools continue as STEM Academies offering new opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The schools will utilize the SWISTEM Resource Center at the University of Southern Indiana to borrow equipment such as dissecting or compound microscopes, spectrometers, or incubators. Last year our students participated in Chess, SeaPerch Robotics competition, foreign language classes, exercise, and many other opportunities to enhance learning.

Marrs students in grades 3-5 will each have an iPad this year and iPads will also be used in primary K-2 classrooms as well.

At Farmersville, each student will have an iPad.

New at Mt. Vernon Junior High School.
Again this school year, all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will be assigned an iPad which houses virtual textbooks for all subjects taught at those grade levels and an endless “tool kit” of learning applications. Students utilize these “virtual learning tools” not only daily in the classroom, but at home, as well.

Don’t forget to tune into Studio 92, a student oriented broadcast studio, which is integrated into several curricular areas for all grades at Mt. Vernon Junior High. Tune in to watch student productions on YouTube and Facebook. Please don’t forget to “LIKE” all of our schools on Facebook.

Mt. Vernon Junior High School serves students with Honors classes in English and Mathematics in Grades 6-8, as well as in Science and Social Studies in Grades 7 & 8. Honor courses at MVJHS are designed for students who demonstrate the potential to be successful in rigorous academic coursework. An honors class parallels the curriculum offered in the corresponding regular class, but it provides more rigor and challenge to a range of students who are high achieving and/or academically talented to maximize student achievement. Teaching and learning are focused on big ideas, themes, principles, and issues. Multiple criteria are utilized to identify students participating in the honors programming. Eighth grade students may take high school Algebra I and take the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment. This allows students to pass a high school graduation examination while still in junior high.

New at Mt. Vernon Senior High School
Pre-college credit Advanced Placement (AP) classes in Statistics, Calculus, Studio Art: 2-D Design, and Studio Art: Drawing are offered at the high school. Additionally, high school students can earn college credit in 14 Dual-Credit courses. MVSHS offers many varied opportunities through academics, 19 sports, the arts, and a variety of more than 20 clubs. MVSHS graduates average over $1,000,000 in scholarship awards each spring. For students in pursuit of a technical career, daily bus transportation is provided to the area’s Vocational/Technical School in Evansville.

Mt. Vernon Senior High School’s Fine Arts Academy is available for not only Mt. Vernon’s students, but anyone in the surrounding area interested in an award winning, cutting-edge arts curriculum. Musical theatre class, instrumental and vocal music, acting, technical theatre, and traditional and digital visual arts classes prepare students for post-secondary endeavors and arts-related careers. Class scheduling for the Arts Academy is staggered to accommodate half-day student requests for students outside the Mt. Vernon area. Students’ skills and artistic talents developed in this program connect them to the musical, theatrical, and visual art worlds outside the Mt. Vernon area, and our Fine Arts students receive numerous awards on a yearly basis.

Compliance Notification
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses available through the Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon include Adult Roles & Responsibilities; Animal Science; Business Math; Child Development; Computer Programming I; Computers in Design & Production; Horticultural Science; Human Development and Wellness; Interactive Media; Interpersonal Relationships; Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics; Introduction to Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources; Introduction to Communication; Introduction to Construction; Introduction to Design Processes; Introduction to Manufacturing; Leadership Development in Action; Marketing in Hospitality; Nutrition & Wellness; Preparing for College & Careers; Principles of Marketing; Professional Career Internship; Sports & Entertainment Marketing; Strategic Marketing. Other CTE courses are provided through the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center. Pre-requisites for each course vary and are available by contacting Mt. Vernon Senior High School at 812-838-4356.

It is the policy of the Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, in its programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 22-9.1). Title VI and Title VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), Title IX (Educational Amendments 1972), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, and Section 504 (Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon, 1000 W. Fourth St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620. Telephone (812)838-4471. Inquiries regarding compliance with Section 504 may be directed to the Director of Special Services, Posey County Special Services, 1000 W. Fourth St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620. Telephone (812)838-5516.