August 1, 2009 by jbrettjacobsen
Welcome to my new Mount Vernon blog, Jot. Periodically, this 2.0 platform will allow me the opportunity to “jot” down my thoughts, ideas, and reflections as I travel throughout the MVPS community on a daily basis. This will allow you to travel with me and experience the School and even your child’s experience from a different vantage point.
At the beginning of the summer as I moved into my office, I was a bit distracted by the noise and the billowing smoke rising from below. I thought for sure that part of the building was on fire. Welcome to Atlanta! However, as I approached the window, I looked down and witnessed a young man and his dad measuring with precision, cutting with accuracy, and lifting with force each piece of stone as it was laid in its proper place. Over the next several weeks, I was able to observe the time, energy, and devotion to this project: a place for teaching and learning, to entertain and be entertained, to reflect and grow, and a place to just hang out with friends. A few weeks ago, the Executive Committee and I participated in dedicating this special place, the new MVPS amphitheater on the Glenn Campus, recently completed by Robert Barclift, Class of 2012, as a culminating Eagle Scout project. When you have a chance, come by to see his work. It exhibits the essence of MVPS — community.
Each day I am here, I become increasingly proud of the School while becoming intimately acquainted with Mount Vernon’s identity: a passionate devotion to achieving academic excellence, physical development and spiritual enrichment. Over the next several months and coming years, in and outside the MVPS community, the heightened commitment to these Christian values will be noticed and felt by all. Do you feel the momentum? Being on campus with various administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students throughout the summer has been a tremendous opportunity to witness and listen to the love for our school and the hunger to focus on the future. This reminds me that every day, each one of us is a living, breathing advertisement for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.
During the summer, I discovered a number of great things about our students, faculty and staff. Did you know…
- The Class of 2009 was accepted to 69 colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including New York University, Boston College, Wake Forest University, Rhodes College, Tulane University, Southern Methodist University, and an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. They will attend 22 colleges and universities found in 9 states.
- The Class of 2009 was offered approximately $2.7 million in academic and athletic scholarship awards, and this does not include Hope Scholarship assistance.
- 6 members of the Class of 2009 will participate in collegiate athletics.
- MVPS educators hold an average of 15 years teaching experience, and 87% of Glenn Campus faculty members have or are pursuing advanced degrees.
- 12% of the student population is comprised of students from Asian, African American, Hispanic, and multicultural races.
- The average class size is 16 throughout the School, and the student / teacher ratio is 10:1.
- In 2008-2009, students in Grades 1-5 read a total of approximately 72 million words through the Accelerated Reader program.
- MVPS Glenn Campus was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the leading rating system for the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings.
- MVPS has 33 Middle and Upper School athletic teams, and offers a variety of intramural sports for the younger grades. In 2009 MVPS earned its first state title team championship in Varsity Basketball, and many student athletes in a variety of sports were named to GISA All-Region and All-State games.
- In Arts, the MVPS Drama department produced five plays and musicals during 2008-2009, Upper School students in the GISA One Act Play Competition earned first place in the region and second in the state.
- MVPS placed 3rd overall in the GISA State Literary Meet.
- The band performed before a Georgia Tech ACC conference game and for the Georgia State Legislature.
- MVPS has a strong focus on service, whether on Helping Hands Day on which MVPS community members volunteer within 22 Atlanta-area non-profits, monthly Lower School service projects, Toys for Tots, or various collection drives throughout the year.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with you about MVPS in the coming year. I look forward to a year that will exceed expectations and provide great pleasure as I meet MVPS families.
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