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You gotta hit the Grit before you hit the Griddy...

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In our contemporary society, the emphasis on talent and IQ in hiring decisions, discussions about athletes, and praise for successful business people is undeniable. It’s easy to write off other people's success because they were born with talent or a high IQ in their field. But does possessing talent and a high IQ truly guarantee success? I contend that there's a crucial factor—Grit—that plays a significantly more vital role in determining success.

Grit is the quality that enables individuals to overcome obstacles, persevere through failures, and ultimately dictates the level of success one achieves. The challenge we face, especially concerning our youth, is understanding how to cultivate grit. I am not the first to assert that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work. Recently, Angela Duckworth explored this concept in her book, "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance." Her research on some of the most successful people in America revealed that effort is twice as important as anything else when it comes to reaching goals or achieving success.

Duckworth proposes that when you combine your talents with effort, you develop skills. Taking those skills and multiplying them with more effort leads to achievement. While your talent can influence how quickly you see results, it's the combination of talent and effort that determines the level of your skill set.  That skill set combined with passion and perseverance to achieve a long term goal is Grit.

Now, the question becomes: how do we instill grit in our youth? My solution, because it's important to offer solutions alongside identifying problems, is to encourage involvement. Find something your child is interested in and support that interest.  The options in our area are endless. Whether one loves the outdoors, arts, academics or athletics, there are numerous opportunities to explore and develop passion. The MSD of MV offers various opportunities for our youth to discover what they are passionate about. By finding something a student is interested in, practicing with purpose, and embracing a Growth Mindset, they can develop Grit—a necessary block that lies in the middle of our Pyramid of Excellence. While Grit does not guarantee success; without Grit, it is almost guaranteed you will not sustain any long term success.

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Igniting Success: The Power of Enthusiasm

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"Nothing great is ever accomplished without enthusiasm," claimed Ralph Waldo Emerson, and he couldn't have been more right. In previous Principal Perspectives, we delved into industriousness and the growth mindset, two crucial elements for success. Yet, there's a vital catalyst that propels our efforts into the realm of the extraordinary: enthusiasm.

Let's face it, we don't wake up each day in a fairy tale world, singing praises about work or school. Challenges, stress, and deadlines are part of our daily landscape. But amidst this reality, cultivating enthusiasm becomes our secret weapon.

Enthusiasm infuses hard work with an inspired power, essential for individual success. Imagine this: your attitude can be as contagious as the common cold. Greeting peers or colleagues with positivity becomes a daily habit that sets the tone for you and everyone around you. Instead of viewing challenges as insurmountable problems, approach them as opportunities waiting to be conquered. Even a simple adjustment in posture can transform a defeated mindset into one that's inspired—try striking a Superman pose and not feel a surge of empowerment!

Now, success isn't a one-size-fits-all concept. For me, it aligns with John Wooden's perspective: it's about finding peace of mind, knowing you've given your best to become the best you're capable of being.

But here's the kicker: success shies away from apathy and negativity like the plague. If you want success knocking on your door, exude excitement, radiate enthusiasm, and emit positivity. Enthusiasm, passion, and positivity—they're contagious. People gravitate toward these qualities, and success follows suit.

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BWXT's $25,000 Donation Ignites Future Welding Talent at MVHS in memory of John Haynes

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In a tribute to the memory of John Haynes, BWXT has generously donated $25,000 to Mount Vernon High School's welding program. John Haynes and General Manager, Nate Foote, have played pivotal roles in establishing this program at the high school, which is staffed by BWXT employees and offers students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on welding experience. With the help of BWXT employees, the program offers students an exceptional opportunity to develop valuable welding skills and gain real-world experience. The curriculum covers a wide range of welding techniques, safety protocols, and industry standards, ensuring that students receive comprehensive training.

The program stands out with its direct link to BWXT, offering a clear pathway for students to transition from the classroom to a career. This unique collaboration between the high school and a prominent industry player like BWXT not only prepares students for the workforce but also addresses the growing demand for skilled welders in the manufacturing sector.

BWXT's donation of $25,000 to Mount Vernon High School's welding program is a powerful testament to their commitment to education and the improvement of the community. This generous contribution will have a profound impact on the program, allowing it to invest in state-of-the-art welding equipment, safety gear, and additional educational resources.

BWXT's involvement with the MSD of Mount Vernon is more than just philanthropy; it's a partnership that fosters growth, learning, and real-world opportunities. We extend our deepest gratitude to BWXT for their visionary support and commitment to nurturing the next generation of skilled welders.

Dr. Matt Thompson
Superintendent 
MSD Mount Vernon

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Industriousness... What?

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All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.

Are you a bit of a nerd?  I know I am.  I find myself drawn to straight lines, spreadsheets, and non-fiction books.  Do you share my fascination with what it takes to be successful?  Do you wonder how we can develop habits in our youth that lead them to success?  If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone.  Developing daily habits often leads to a lifelong quest for self-improvement and achievement.  

If you’re familiar with Indiana native and legendary basketball coach John Wooden, you might know about his Pyramid of Success.  Because I can’t help myself, I’ve crafted my own version, known as the Pyramid of Excellence.  Three foundational blocks in this pyramid are Enthusiasm, Growth Mindset and Industriousness.  In a previous Principal Perspective, I delved into Growth Mindset, and in the future, I’ll explore the realm of Enthusiasm.  Today, let’s focus on the cornerstone of Industriousness.  

According to Dictionary.com, industriousness is defined as the constant, energetic, or devoted effort. It signifies hard work—very hard work. It's essential to understand that there's no substitute for extreme dedication and effort when it comes to achieving real success. From the grandest of achievements to the smallest of victories, it all starts with a strong work ethic.  I have not known any individual anywhere who achieved real success without working extremely hard.

As parents, we often wish for our children to lead better lives than we did. Sometimes, we mistakenly equate "easier" with "better." It's important to remind ourselves that allowing our kids to face and overcome challenges is a vital part of their growth. Productive struggle necessitates effort, and to surmount obstacles, industriousness is the key. It's an idea we can all agree upon: industriousness is a precursor to success. After all, why do all roads to success lead through Hard Work Boulevard?

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We Are MV!!!

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"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across waters to create many ripples."
Mother Teresa


As fall graces our town, we witness the changing leaves and shorter daylight on our daily commutes.  In Mt. Vernon, we’ve enjoyed community events like the Homecoming football game, River Days, United Way Day of Caring and honoring our fall sports programs.  At the Junior High, we’re busy with our annual Reality Store for 8th graders, inviting professionals to speak to 7th graders and gearing up for Family Fun Night in October.

All of this reminds me why I joined the field of public education - for our community, families, students and staff.  Public schools focus on people, nurturing our students’ growth and preparing them for life, careers, college and service.  I’m proud to be part of MSD of MV and the Junior High family, where our shared values include education, community involvement and supporting each other.

Having spent nearly 13 years in this community, I don’t get caught up in national news or social media; I know you, I know this town and I believe in its potential.  Our focus should be on what truly matters to us - our children, our community and our future.  Mt. Vernon Junior High is here to serve your needs, and while we may face challenges, we face them together and I hope they always lead to positive growth.  

This fall, let’s celebrate our community and our shared values.  Let’s all remember that while we may not have the power to impact the world single-handedly, we can still cast a stone into the water to create countless ripples of positive change.  

Marc Hostetter
Principal, MVJHS

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Can't ain't never done Nothin...

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The first few weeks of school every year are filled with excitement, anxiety and challenges.  So as we embark on another year at Mt. Vernon Junior High I want to encourage us all to commit to being better.  I want us to commit to a Growth Mindset.  

A growth mindset is not just a theory; it's a philosophy that transforms the way we approach challenges, setbacks, and opportunities. It's about understanding that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort, learning, and perseverance. Instead of shying away from difficulties, those with a growth mindset embrace them, knowing that the path to success is paved with trials, errors and failure.

The saying “Can’t ain’t never done nothin” encapsulates a profound truth: a lack of action or effort yields no results.  When we look at a challenge and say “I can’t do that” we rob ourselves of an opportunity to grow, learn and achieve.  Growth does not come from idle hands, but from stepping out of our comfort zone and getting comfortable being uncomfortable.  Our abilities are not fixed, our abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work.  The first step is always trying and never saying I can’t.  

As the MVJHS family, let’s commit ourselves to a growth mindset, let’s strive to be a community that faces challenges with enthusiasm, views setbacks as opportunities for growth and transforms our lives through relentless effort.  The next time you’re confronted with doubt or challenges, remember that a growth mindset coupled with action can lead to extraordinary accomplishments.  We know this because Can’t ain’t never done Nothin.   

Marc Hostetter
Principal, MVJHS

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Welcome Back!

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Welcome back to an exciting new school year! I hope you and your families had a restful and enjoyable summer. As we prepare to embark on this academic journey, I am thrilled to share some fantastic news with you – our school district has been officially STEM Certified by the Indiana Department of Education!

This remarkable achievement reflects our unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality education to our students. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education plays a pivotal role in preparing our young learners for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Through a dynamic and innovative curriculum, we are dedicated to nurturing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity, and a love for exploration within each child.

This prestigious certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional teachers, staff, and students. It would not have been possible without the strong support and collaboration from our parents and local community partners. Your involvement and engagement in your child's education make all the difference, and we are deeply grateful for your continued partnership.

As we enter this new school year, we remain committed to fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment where each student can thrive and grow. We will continue to implement the best practices in education, incorporating innovative teaching methods and technologies to make learning engaging and relevant.

I am excited about the possibilities that this school year holds, and I look forward to witnessing the growth and achievements of each and every student in our district. I encourage our students to take advantage of our many extracurricular offerings to help enhance their educational experience.

Dr. Matt Thompson
Superintendent of Schools

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Press Release Opening of Schools MSDMV 2023

Please click the link below to view the 2023-2024 MSDMV Back to School Press Release
Press Release Opening of Schools MSDMV 2023.docx.pdf

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MVJHS Office Hours

The MVJHS office is open from 8am-3pm through 6/2/2023. The office will re-open on July 24. If you need to pick up your student's medication, award(s), etc. please be sure to stop by during office hours. We do have a few yearbooks available for purchase in the office as well!

Parents of new students should enroll as
soon as possible by stopping by the school and getting the appropriate enrollment package to complete.


#WEAREMV


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Friday, May 19, White Day

Friday, May 19, White Day 

Lunch today:   Hamburger or Hot Dog, Carrot Sticks, Dragon Juice, Chips, Fruit Cup, Low Fat Milk, Ice Cream

Breakfast Monday: Egg or Chicken Biscuit, Juice & Low Fat Milk

Lunch Monday: Chicken Smackers or Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Fruit, Low Fat Milk

Birthday’s Today: Jaycee Campbell, Austin McKay Gardner

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Thursday, May 18, Maroon Day

Thursday, May 18, Maroon Day

Lunch today: Chicken or Beef Taco w/ Cheese & Lettuce, Refried Beans, Seasoned Corn, WG Shell. Oranges, Low Fat Milk
Breakfast Tomorrow:
Lunch tomorrow: Hamburger or Hot Dog, Carrot Sticks, Dragon Juice, Chips, Fruit Cup, Low Fat Milk, Ice Cream

Birthday’s Today: Caleb Aldrich, Asher Goodman, Jayleigh Higgins and Ms. Collins!

Announcements:

If students have any medication in the nurse's office it will need to be picked up by the end of Tuesday, as we do not keep any medications over the summer.

MV Cub Baseball will play at home tonight. Game starts at 6pm!

There will be a meeting for all current 8th graders interested in running Cross Country in the fall on Friday, 5/19 in the MVHS Main Gym at 7:40 am!

8th graders will turn in their Chromebooks and be issued their device for high school today! Be sure you have your Chromebook and charger to be issued a new device.

The Posey County Royalty Pageants are seeking contestants for their 2023 Pageant Program. The registration deadline is May 31st. Additional information can be picked up outside the main office. 4H participation is not required.

Snow cones will be sold during Friday's Spring Fling for $1! Bring some money to enjoy a refreshing treat. The snow cone cart will be set up outside next to the tennis courts. There will also be concessions available at the softball field!

The lost and found table is full. Please check for items that belong to you. Items will be removed and donated at the end of the day Friday!

We also have several pairs of glasses in the office. Please come to the office if you are missing yours!

Students who could not attend Honors Night, please come to the office during homeroom today to pick up your award. Please be sure to check in with your homeroom teacher first.

Remember, here at MVJHS, we want to be better today than we were yesterday, but not as good as we will be tomorrow! Have a great day, Bobcats! We are . . . MV!

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Wednesday, May 17, White Day

Wednesday, May 17, White Day

Lunch today: Chicken Nuggets or Tenders, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Seasoned Peas & Carrots, Applesauce, WG Roll, Milk
Breakfast Tomorrow: cinnamon rolls and super doughnuts
Lunch tomorrow: Chicken or Beef Taco w/ Cheese & Lettuce, Refried Beans, Seasoned Corn, WG Shell. Oranges, Low Fat Milk
Birthday’s Today: Klayton Hamilton, Shane Higgins, Autumn Robb

Announcements:

There will be a football meeting for all 6-8th grade football players today. Please meet Coach Fischer in the Main Gym at 2:00.

There will be a meeting for all current 8th graders interested in running Cross Country in the fall on Friday, 5/19 in the MVHS Main Gym at 7:40 am!

8th graders will turn in their Chromebooks and be issued their device for high school this Thursday. Be sure to bring your Chromebook and charger or else you won't be issued a new device.

Snow cones will be sold during Friday's Spring Fling for $1! Bring some money to enjoy a refreshing treat. The snow cone cart will be set up outside next to the tennis courts. There will also be concessions available at the softball field!

The lost and found table is full. Please check for items that belong to you. Items will be removed and donated after next Froday, May 19th.

We also have several pairs of glasses in the office. Please come to the office if you are missing yours!

Student who could not attend Honors Night, please come to the office during homeroom today to pick up your award. Please be sure to check in with your homeroom teacher first.

Remember, here at MVJHS, we want to be better today than we were yesterday, but not as good as we will be tomorrow! Have a great day, Bobcats! We are . . . MV!

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Tuesday, May 16, Maroon Day

Tuesday, May 16, Maroon Day
Lunch today: Macaroni & Cheese, Bread Stick, Romaine Salad w/ Tomatoes, Seasoned Broccoli, Diced Pears, Low Fat Milk

Breakfast Tomorrow: Managers Choice

Lunch tomorrow: Chicken Nuggets or Tenders, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Seasoned Peas & Carrots, Applesauce, WG Roll, Low Fat Milk

Birthdays: Mr. Snodgrass

Announcements:

Snowcones will be sold during Friday's Spring Fling for $1! Bring some money to enjoy a refreshing treat. The snowcone cart will be set up outside next to the tennis courts.

8th graders will turn in their Chromebooks and be issued their device for high school this Thursday. Be sure to bring your Chromebook and charger or else you won't be issued a new device.

All library books must be returned by the end of the day today


There will be a meeting for all students interested in running Cross Country in the fall on Friday, 5/19. We will meet in the MVHS Main Gym at 7:40 am!

Bus 10 riders, your bus will be in bus 2211 until further notice.

The 8th Grade Dance is May 19th from 6-7:30pm.
Tickets will be sold throughout the week during lunch for $5!

8th Graders attending the Holiday World trip please remember that Holiday World is now cashless. Information has been sent on Skyward. Please come to the office if you have any questions.


Remember, here at MVJHS, we want to be better today than we were yesterday, but not as good as we will be tomorrow! Have a great day, Bobcats! We are . . . MV!


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Monday, May 15, White Day

Monday, May 15, White Day

Lunch today: Scrambled Eggs, French Toast Sticks, Potato Smiles, Salsa, Spiced Apples and Low Fat Milk

Breakfast Tomorrow: Muffin w/ String Cheese, Mandarin Oranges, Fruit Juice, Low Fat Milk

Lunch tomorrow: Macaroni & Cheese, Bread Stick, Romaine Salad w/ Tomatoes, Seasoned Broccoli, Diced Pears, Low Fat Milk

Birthdays:

Announcements:

Tonight is Honors Night at 6pm. Invitations have been sent to all eligible students. Please come to the office if you have any questions.

Special Olympics athletes participated in the Area 10 track meet on Saturday. Results are….

Jayden Wiggins
Standing long jump 1st
Softball throw 2nd
50m dash 1st

John Baize
Running long jump 1st
100m dash 1st
mini Javelin 1st

Jersey Buchanan
50m dash 1st
Standing long jump 1st
Softball throw 1st

John and Jayden will be attending the State summer games in June to compete again. Congratulations athletes!!

Today is the musical cast party 3-4:30 in Mrs. McLimore’s room.

Bus 10 riders, your bus will be in bus 2211 until further notice.

The 8th Grade Dance is May 19th from 6-7:30pm.
Tickets will be sold throughout the week during lunch for $5!

8th Graders attending the Holiday World trip please remember that Holiday World is now cashless. Information has been sent on Skyward. Please come to the office if you have any questions.

Remember, here at MVJHS, we want to be better today than we were yesterday, but not as good as we will be tomorrow! Have a great day, Bobcats! We are . . . MV!

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Friday, May 12, Maroon Day

Friday, May 12, Maroon Day

Lunch today: Pizza, Potato Smiles, Fresh Carrots & Dip, Diced Peaches, Low Fat Milk
Breakfast Monday: Sausage Biscuit, Diced Pears, Fruit Juice, Low Fat Milk
Lunch Monday: Scrambled Eggs, French Toast Sticks, Potato Smiles, Salsa, Spiced Apples and Low Fat Milk

Weekend Birthdays: Daniel Bazan, Jalynn Hopkins

Announcements:

8th grade band and choir students need to remember to wear their T-shirts for the holiday world trip tomorrow. Be at door 4 at 7:45 am

Honors Night is Monday May 15th at 6pm. Invitations have been sent to all eligible students. Please come to the office if you have any questions.

Today is the last day for the BOGO Book Fair! The Book Fair will close today at noon.

Attention All 8th Graders!

The 8th Grade Dance will be on May 19th from 6-7:30pm.
Tickets will be sold throughout next week during lunch for $5!

8th Graders attending the Holiday World trip please remember that Holiday World is now cashless. Please come to the office if you have any questions.

The lost and found table is full. Please check for items that belong to you. Items will be removed and donated after next Friday, May 19th. We also have several pairs of glasses in the office. Please come to the office if you are missing yours!


Remember, here at MVJHS, we want to be better today than we were yesterday, but not as good as we will be tomorrow! Have a great day, Bobcats! We are . . . MV!


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Wednesday, May 10, Maroon Day

 

Wednesday, May 10, Maroon Day

Lunch today:   Chicken Smackers, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Seasoned Edamame, WG Roll, Applesauce, Low Fat Milk

Breakfast Tomorrow: French Toast Sticks w/ Syrup, Grapes, Fruit Juice, Low Fat Milk

Lunch tomorrow: Pulled Pork BBQ on WG Bun, Baked Beans, Baby Bakers, Apple Wedges, Low Fat Milk

Birthday’s Today: Destini Crawford, Braxtyn Crow, Jessalynne Gentry, Emma Grabert, Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Hargett!

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Tuesday, May 9, White Day

Tuesday, May 9, White Day 

Lunch today:   Stromboli, Romaine Salad w/ tomatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Rosy Red Pears, Low Fat Milk
Breakfast Tomorrow: WG Donut, Red Applesauce, Fruit Juice, Low Fat Milk
Lunch tomorrow: Chicken Smackers, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Seasoned Edamame, WG Roll, Applesauce, Low Fat Milk


Happy Birthday to Mr. Hostetter! 


Announcements: 

There will be a Student Council meeting today in Mr. Weaver’s room during Homebase. This is for current 7th and 6th grade members. Stop by to pick up an application. Student Council for 23-24 school year is limited to 25 members. Application packets are due by May 24. 

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Monday, May 8, Maroon Day

Monday, May 8, Maroon Day 

Lunch today:   Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Mandarin Oranges, Low Fat Milk

Breakfast Tomorrow: PB & J Uncrustable, Pineapple Tidbits, Fruit Juice, Low Fat Milk

Lunch tomorrow: Stromboli, Romaine Salad w/ tomatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Rosy Red Pears, Low Fat Milk

Birthdays: Jake Lueder

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Friday, May 5, White Day

Friday, May 5, White Day 

Lunch today:   Chicken on the Beach, Chips & Salsa, Corn, Mixed Fruit, Low Fat MilkBreakfast Monday: Scrambled Eggs, Toast & Jelly, Rosy Red Pears, Fruit Juice, Low Fat MilkLunch Monday: Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Mandarin Oranges, Low Fat Milk

Weekend Birthdays: Zane Johnson, Fletcher Wheeler

Announcements: 

Good Luck to the track team at the PAC Conference tomorrow in Tell City!

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Thursday, May 4, Maroon Day

Thursday, May 4, Maroon Day 

Lunch today:   Pizza, Fresh Carrots & Dip, Potato Smiles, Banana, Low Fat Milk

Breakfast Tomorrow: Bacon Scramble, Diced Peaches, Fruit Juice, Low Fat Milk

Lunch tomorrow: Chicken on the Beach, Chips & Salsa, Corn, Mixed Fruit, Low Fat Milk

Birthdays: Piper Schneider

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