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  • The Mission and Vision of MVES

    As we seek to develop the leaders of tomorrow by making “real world” connections for our students, our classrooms are set up as project-based learning classrooms with authentic assessments. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects with a STEM focus are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products and presentations. Our students will develop digital portfolios as part of their projects.

    Most of the students in our attendance zone will go to college or technical school beyond high school. After communicating with middle- and high-school staff, college professors, and our business partners through the Chamber of Commerce, we have determined that students are lacking the three “C’s” of successful careers: collaboration (working with others), communication (presenting to an audience), and critical thinking (problem solving). Our PBL approach to learning addresses and emphasizes these crucial skills in order to build a foundation to prepare our students for the world beyond high school.



  • Mount Vernon Exploratory School recognized as a


    Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

    Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a
    world of digital media and technology, has recognized Mount Vernon Exploratory School as a Common
    Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

    Mount Vernon Exploratory School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community
    approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create,
    connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of
    privacy, and cyberbullying.

    “We applaud the faculty and staff of Mount Vernon Exploratory School for embracing digital citizenship
    as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education
    programs for Common Sense Education. “Mount Vernon Exploratory School deserves high praise for
    giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century
    workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

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    Mount Vernon Exploratory School, facilitated by Jill Pless, Kristi Crumpton, and Bethany Nix, has

    been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources,
    which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard
    Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills
    related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online
    relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than
    90,000 classrooms nationwide.

    “We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said
    Connie Daniels, Principal. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly,
    we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

    For more information about Mount Vernon Exploratory School, go to http://mves.hallco.org/web/.
    To learn more about the criteria Mount Vernon Exploratory School met to become certified as a
    Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.

  • Mount Vernon Exploratory School moves from Charter School to Magnet School

    Mount Vernon Exploratory School wished to join the other public schools in Hall County School district
    with SWSS and requested a magnet school status. The faculty and staff at MVES and the Charter
    Governing Board reviewed and discussed the advantages and disadvantages. There was also discussion
    of which schools in our system became charters first, then non-renewed and the benefits they have
    received from becoming magnet schools in the HCSD.

    Whereas the majority of the faculty and instructional staff employed at Mount Vernon Exploratory
    School requested the termination of the charter (unanimous vote 48-0) on November 4, 2015
    pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-2068; and

    Whereas this governing board has noted the reasons for this termination request to be

    1. Hall County School System declared “Strategic Waivers School System” SWSS (formerly IE2)
    to the state of Georgia. All school systems in Georgia had to declare one of 3 choices (as we
    discussed last year): Charter System, IE2/SWSS, or Status Quo. This will allow us the
    flexibility to apply for the same waivers that we used as a charter school.

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    2.MVES wishes to be considered a magnet school immediately upon terminating the charter

    contract. This will allow us the ability to still accept students outside our attendance zone
    and protect the integrity of our PBL (project-based learning) program.

    Whereas this governing board has recorded an unanimous vote of 8 members favoring charter
    termination and 0 members opposed to charter termination on October 27, 2015; and

    Whereas this governing board has sought to fulfill the requirements of SBOE rule 160-4-9-.06
    and O.C.G.A. 20-2-2068,

    Let it be resolved that the governing board of Mount Vernon Exploratory School has approved
    and does hereby submit this charter termination petition to both the Hall County Board of
    Education and the State Board of Education.

    Summary:

    Mount Vernon Exploratory School (MVES) governing board and the Hall County Board of Education
    petition the State Board of Education to terminate the charter for Mount Vernon Exploratory School.
    MVES is a grades K‐5 conversion charter school approved by the Hall County Board of Education in
    October 2011.
    At its November 9, 2015 meeting, the Hall County Board of Education approved MVES’s petition to
    terminate its charter and become a magnet school as part of the Hall County School District’s Strategic
    Waivers School System (SWSS/IE2) status. State Board approval of this petition for termination is
    recommended for the following reasons:
    1. The Hall County School District declared its intent to become a Strategic Waivers School System
    (SWSS/IE2), which would allow MVES the flexibility to utilize the same waivers it used as a
    charter school.
    2. By becoming a magnet school, MVES will maintain its ability to accept students outside of its
    attendance zone and protect the integrity of its project‐based learning program.
    3. The governing body of MVES unanimously voted to move forward with its plans to terminate
    the charter and join the Hall County School District as a magnet school. At a November 4, 2015
    meeting, a majority of the faculty and instructional staff employed at MVES also voted to
    terminate the charter and join the Hall County School District as a magnet school.
    The Hall County Board of Education’s petition for termination comports with termination procedures as
    outlined in O.C.G.A. § 20‐2‐2068(a) and State Board of Education Rule 160‐4‐9‐.06(3)(e).

    If you have any questions about the conversion from a charter school to a magnet school, please
    contact Mrs. Daniels or any of our Governing Board members: Joe Covert- Chairman – North Georgia
    College & State University- College/University Representative; Rebecca Fisher- Co-Chair – Assistant
    Principal at MVES; Kristi Crumpton- Secretary – Media Specialist at MVES; Connie Daniels- Principal
    at MVES; Shane Lazenby- Attorney, Legal advisor/Parent at MVES; Dr. Stephen Morgan – Parent at
    MVES; Dr. Suzie Carey- Parent at MVES; Dana Miller – Vice-President, Hall Co. Chamber of
    Commerce /Community at Large Member; Pat Owens- Chief Financial Officer- “Teacher of the Year”
    Gifted Teacher at MVES.

    If anyone is interested in applying to become a magnet school student, please complete this application
    and follow the timeline listed below:

    2016 Timeline for all magnet/charter school applications
    for Hall County School District:

    March: Individual Charter/Magnet Parent Information Meetings
    MVES Parent Information Meeting- March 24th 6:00PM

    April 22: Charter/Magnet Deadline for Applications and records

    May 6: Charter Lotteries/Magnet Decisions/Acceptance Letters mailed


    –Current MVES charter students do not have to re-apply. Charter students are “grandfathered”
    and stay through 5th grade.

    –Out-of-Hall County School-District students have to apply through Hall County School District
    central office (for example: Gainesville City, White County, Lumpkin County).

Get in touch


Address: 4844 Jim Hood Road
Gainesville GA, 30506
Principal: Jennifer Westbrook
Telephone: 770.983.1759
Fax: 770.983.1663
Email: Jennifer.Westbrook@hallco.org
Assistant Principal: Rebecca Fisher
Counselor: Bethany Nix
Media Specialist: Kristi Crumpton
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