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IMPORTANT REMINDER: SEPT. 30 IS LAST DAY TO “OPT OUT” OF LIMITED STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION PUBLICATION

Posted September 26 at 3:03pm

Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and our new Facebook page.

 

This news may include photos of classroom activities and programs, sports events, drama and musical performances, award ceremonies, honor roll lists and other academic recognitions, the annual yearbook, etc.  As previously announced, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.”

 

The district has designated some limited categories of directory information that it may share provided that parents have not opted their child out. These categories are: a student’s name, school email address, Parents’/Guardians’ name, enrollment status, grade level and school of attendance, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height if a member of an athletics team, degrees and awards received, and photos/videos depicting the student – the kinds of information necessary to effectively recognize student achievements and highlight school activities.

 

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, parents wishing to “opt-out” of releasing their child’s photo and/or limited directory information without prior written consent must notify the student’s school principal in writing by September 30. This opt-out method is in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and represents an update to the District’s annual “Student Records” notification. The full policy (#7241) can be accessed on the policy section of the Board of Education web page.  

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: EARLY DISMISSAL DRILL, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Posted September 21 at 12:35pm

A district-wide early dismissal drill is scheduled for Thursday, September 22. Each of the district’s school buildings will dismiss students fifteen minutes earlier on Thursday. There will be no immediate after-school activities; this includes afternoon Club Kid. Parents should make appropriate arrangements for the early arrival of children as a result of the drill.

Athletes must leave campus at dismissal time, but can return 30 minutes later. Coaches will provide additional information to team members. 

The early dismissal drill is part of the county-wide Emergency Management Plan to test that phase of the plan. Your help and cooperation is appreciated. Families are reminded to review emergency procedures with their children in the event of an early dismissal, regardless of the reason.

CALL TO ACTION: ON 9/30 “GO GOLD” FOR VAL AND CHILDHOOD CANCER

Posted September 20 at 5:20pm

Once again, Minisink Valley is coming together as a school community to support and lift up one of its own through a very challenging time.

 

Valerie Moore, a sophomore at Minisink Valley High School, battled Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma three years ago and was in remission. Following a relapse in August, she is now battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

 

“Val is the bravest person I know. She is a fighter, and I know her strength will get her through this. She is strong, smart, gorgeous, courageous, kind and talented. She will be victorious,” said Sarah Cerutti, one of Val’s childhood friends. 
 

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NEW STATE LEGISLATION MANDATES TESTING SCHOOLS DRINKING WATER FOR LEAD CONTAMINATION

Posted September 19 at 10:17am

On September 6, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.8158/A.10740) mandating that schools across the state test drinking water for lead contamination.

 

Under this legislation, school buildings serving pre-K through grades 5 must test all potable water for lead contamination by September 30. Schools serving grades 6 through 12 must conduct testing by October 31. This new law changes test sampling requirements to include all fixtures that are, or could be, used for cooking or consumption (potable water).  The legislation requires school districts to develop a remediation plan for fixtures that test beyond the acceptable level.

 

The district has contracted with Orange Ulster BOCES to collect the test samples for the K-5 and 6-12 buildings within the required timelines at each level.

 

As required by the Department of Health, Minisink Valley Central School District has been testing source water for lead on its main campus every three years.  The Otisville Elementary campus is supplied with municipal water and tests for lead are conducted by the Town of Otisville, as required by law.

 

The district will report all lead test results to state and local officials, as required by the legislation. Test results will also be provided in writing to all staff and parents and posted on the district’s website. 

 

MVCSD and the Board of Education are committed to keeping our community informed as we continue to maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

EXERCISES IN SAFE BUS RIDING

Posted September 15 at 1:50pm

GRADES K-1:
The MVCSD transportation department is conducting its annual bus safety training program for kindergarten and first grade students. Beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 14, School Bus Driver Instructor (SBDI) and Safety Trainer Pam Reyer lead a team of bus drivers through three kindergarten training sessions at Otisville Elementary.

 

“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our students, and we are always seeking ways of enhancing their safe transport to and from school. This training covers all areas of safe ridership with an emphasis on crossing safety, which is particularly critical for younger students who have little or no experience in bus riding,” Mrs. Reyer said.

 

The K-1 bus safety program includes illustrated presentations and a video on safe bus riding, followed by guided safe crossing exercises in the school’s parking lot, where school buses await. 

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MV TEACHERS ASSOCIATION ZUMBATHON FUNDRAISER, OCT. 14: FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Posted September 14 at 11:49am

The Minisink Valley Teachers' Association, with the help of Studio Ayo, will host its Fifth Annual Family Zumbathon, Tricky Tray and Vendor Event on Friday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., at the high school gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

 

This year’s event is Halloween-themed and students may wear costumes appropriate for a school setting. The evening will feature a variety of local vendors and products including food items, and benefit raffles. All proceeds benefit the MVTA Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to graduating seniors each year. 


Advance tickets are $8 per person and $15 for a family of 4.  Each additional ticket is $2. To purchase advance tickets, contact Lisa Alliegro at lalliegro@minisink.com. At the door, tickets are $10 per person, and $20 for a family of 4.  Each additional person is $2. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Space is limited to 1,500 participants. Come out and support this worthy event! 

TECHNOLOGY BEGINS WITH SAWDUST

Posted September 13 at 2:11pm

Students in Mr. Budd’s 7th grade technology class are making their own rulers! They start by sanding a ruler blank which is then placed into an 80-watt laser engraver to imprint the measurement markings. In the last phase of the project, students personalize their rulers using a 25-watt laser engraver to imprint their names. At the end of the first quarter, they will take their rulers and experience the satisfaction of utilizing something they produced. This annual project was first developed by Mr. Corwin, and Mr. Budd is happy to keep it going. For additional photos, go to our Facebook page

BACKPACK FOOD PROGRAM: WE ALL CARE

Posted September 13 at 12:20pm

The Minisink Valley Central School District has partnered with Minisink Cares and other community-based efforts to help address food insecurity and shortages affecting our students and their families through the Backpack Food Program. The program helps supplement food resources for affected students when school is not in session, namely weekends and the holidays. Learn more. Click here for a list of suggested donations.

WARRIOR ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

Posted September 13 at 9:14am

Andrew Covais – Senior – Football: Our senior quarterback, Andrew threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for a TD in the 21-20 victory over Newburgh. He had 65 yards rushing and was 8-of-10 passing for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. Congratulations, Andrew!


Lilly Guardino – Senior – Volleyball: A senior captain and outside hitter, Lilly led the team to the championship at the 18th annual Minisink Valley Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament on Sept. 3. She helped the team defeat Cornwall with 14 kills, 11 digs and 8 service points in the final match of the 12-team tournament. Congratulations, Lilly! 

CLUB KID: BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR K-5

Posted September 12 at 3:35pm

Minisink Valley Elementary and Intermediate Schools offer a before and after school program for grades K-5. Known as Club Kid and sponsored by the YMCA, the program is operated by school employees and meets in the large cafeteria every school day 6:45 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. Childcare is also available on half-days. Activities include homework, arts & crafts, games, playground and gym time. Breakfast is served in the morning and snacks in the afternoon. Registration is open all year. If interested, please contact Suzanne Pegg, program director at spegg@minisink.com For additional photos, go to our Facebook page


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