About Our District
District Mission Statement
The mission of the Mount Vernon R-V School District is educating and equipping each student for a meaningful future.
District Vision Statement
The Mount Vernon R-V School District will produce graduates with an enduring passion for the pursuit of knowledge by promoting diverse, challenging, relevant, and innovative learning experiences while embracing community values.
In pursuit of an excellent educational experience for all students, the Mount Vernon R-V School District believes we can only be at our best when we value:
- Character -
- Imparting to students the importance of personal attributes distinguished by high moral standards and a decision-making process driven by integrity which fosters trust between the District and its stakeholders.
- Compassion -
- Acknowledging that all individuals come from diverse backgrounds with unique circumstances and connecting with all stakeholders in caring and respectful relationships.
- Community -
- A relationship of support between the school district and the community driven by mutual pride in the successes of students and alumni.
- Determination -
- Fostering a spirit of resolve to continue the pursuit of success in the face of adversity.
- Preparedness -
- Providing the skills vital for students to achieve both present and future success by assuring that staff have the proficiency and resources necessary to impart challenging learning experiences.
- Wellness -
- Nurturing an environment that prioritizes physical safety along with the mental and emotional health of all stakeholders.
About Our District
The Mount Vernon R-V District includes five school campuses - an early learning center, elementary school, intermediate school, middle school and high school. Two state colleges, as well as several private colleges are within 40 miles. The public library, located at 206 West Water Street, is part of a two-county library system that provides extensive services and houses the Lawrence County Historical Society's genealogy collection.
The Mount Vernon R-V School District serves over 1400 students. The Mount Vernon Early Learning Center serves students aged 3-4 years old; Mount Vernon Elementary School includes grades K-2; Mount Vernon Intermediate School includes grades 3-5; Mount Vernon Middle School includes grades 6-8; Mount Vernon High School includes grades 9-12.
The District has an active Parents as Teachers program for parents with children from infant to age three and a brand new Early Learning Center serving preschool aged students north of the Elementary campus. Call 466-7545 for more information.
Mount Vernon R-V Schools were Accredited with Distinction by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education each year that category was available. The only school in the state to achieve such an honor.
The District continues to thrive under new DESE guidelines. Each year DESE measures District success through the number of points earned out of 140 possible in the 5 categories of: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance, and Graduation Rate
- In 2014 the District earned 96.1% (134.5 points)
- In 2015 the District earned 99.6% (139.5 points)
- In 2016 the District earned 97.1% (136.0 points)
- In 2017 the District earned 90.4% (126.5 points)
- In 2018 the District earned 96.7% (116 points out of 120 possible)
Vocational education is an essential part of the District's program of studies. The District has thriving Vocational Agriculture (with a newly renovated, state of the art campus), Business, and FACS programs at the High School which have experienced success at the state and national levels in recent years. Mount Vernon High School also offers an Apprenticeship Program in partnership with area businesses.
Junior and Senior students at MVHS may choose to enroll in vocational classes at the Scott Regional Technical Center in Monett, Missouri. These students learn skills needed on the job and for post-secondary education. The district provides tuition and transportation for students interested in learning a trade while in High School.
Mount Vernon R-V Teachers
All Mount Vernon R-V teachers are certified in their instructional area and are considered highly-qualified by the state of Missouri. Teachers practice differentiated instruction to meet the learning styles of each child. The District uses the Network for Educator Effectiveness as a teacher evaluation tool which sparks an ongoing conversation between teachers and administrators geared toward continuous instructional improvement.
Mr. Scott Cook
Dr. Garrett Prevo
High School Principal
Mr. Kevin Kultgen
Middle School Principal
Mrs. Sarah Garner
Intermediate School Principal
Mrs. Christina West
Elementary School Principal
Mrs. Natalie Woodbury
Director of Early Learning
Mrs. Liz Elsey
Director of Academic Services
Mr. Jeremy Smith
Director of Student Services
Mount Vernon Schools enjoy a wonderful partnership with the community! Area businesses continuously support the District and our students.
The Mount Vernon Area Emergency Services for Children (902 McVey Street, Mount Vernon MO 65712) organization provides clothing, local health care, school supplies and many other benefits for students in need. To support this group or to request assistance contact Judy Baldwin (417-466-3683).
Many organizations benefit from the work of Booster Clubs. Band, FFA, and our Athletic Teams each have Booster Organizations. Contact Chris Johnston Activities Director (417-466-7526) if you have interest in these organizations.
Parent Involvement Opportunities
The District has a very active Parent-Teacher Association which benefits our Elementary and Intermediate students. Many parents and grandparents serve as volunteers in our buildings. Background checks are required for employees and volunteers to help keep the schools safe.
The District's goal is to keep parents informed about their students. We encourage parents to contact teachers with questions or concerns. Teachers may be reached by phone or e-mail.
The District has several Social Media accounts to communicate activities and successes: