MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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STUDENTS HELP HARLEM WIZARD’S “BIG MIKE” WARM UP FOR 09/29 GAME

Posted September 27 at 8:35am

MVES K-2 students were dazzled but not daunted by Harlem Wizard’s towering player Michael Matthews during morning assemblies on Monday, Sept. 27. Standing in a circle, groups of boys and girls took on Big Mike and his tricks, through the cheers and boos of their peers. The last-standing student player—all girls!—took home free tickets to the much-anticipated game.   

 

On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., the Harlem Wizards will face off teachers and staff at the high school gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are still available for online purchase. No tickets will be sold the night of the game; it's presale only. Last year’s game sold out!

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MURAL WITH A MESSAGE

Posted September 20 at 2:47pm

One small hand at a time, elementary school students in Mrs. Begle’s art class have been contributing their creativity to a beautiful mural with a very important message:  “With heart and helping hands, a child can accomplish anything.”

 

Mrs. Begle uses a dye-cut machine to produce the hand-cutouts, and students personalize them with their coloring before gluing them to the large wall mural.  Each hand is an expression of a child’s imagination and a reminder of their individuality and potential.

 

This project is but an example of the many creative ideas and activities conceived by art teacher Gail Begle. On Nov. 4, Mrs. Begle will be recognized by the Orange County Council with The Arts in Education Award. 

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

Posted September 12 at 3:37pm

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

BACK-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Posted September 1 at 4:30pm

Welcome back! I hope each of you is feeling rested and recharged and is coming back with memorable summer stories to share.

We have a fresh and exciting school year ahead of us, with new and additional learning opportunities for our students and faculty. We look forward to seeing every one of you discovering, growing and thriving. 

Our bus drivers and our department of transportation are eager to be the first to welcome our  students back to school, and thanks to the dedicated and capable work of our buildings and grounds team, we are looking better than ever.

Returning and new faculty and staff are committed to creating a safe and challenging learning environment, and together we pledge to give all our students the highest quality education to prepare them for a fulfilling future.   

Enjoy the last long weekend of summer, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 6, the first day of school. A great school year to us all!

Brian C. Monahan
Superintendent of Schools
 

UPDATE TO STUDENT RECORDS POLICY: NEW “OPT-OUT” POLICY FOR LIMITED DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Posted August 30 at 11:53am

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.

his 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 the district’s August Newsletter, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.” 

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MVES PTO HARLEM WIZARD FUNDRAISING GAME, SEPT. 29: TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Posted August 16 at 11:05am

For the third consecutive year, Minisink Valley Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is bringing the Harlem Wizards to the school for a fundraising game against teachers and staff, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are now available for online purchase. No tickets will be sold the night of the game; it's pre-sale only. Last year’s game sold out!

 

For the first time, this year "Courtside Plus" tickets are also available. They entitle ticket bearers to a meet and greet with the players and other perks (full details are on the ticket screen of website). To purchase student, general and courtside plus tickets, go to harlemwizards.com Click on schedule/tickets; select Sept. 29 and Slate Hill.

 

Thank you for your support of MVES PTO!

2016-2017 SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS NOW AVAILABLE

Posted August 2 at 9:37am

Minisink Valley Elementary School supply lists for 2016-17 are now available on the Supply Lists tab.   

MICHAEL GIARDINA APPOINTED ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES

Posted July 28 at 3:30pm

Michael Giardina, who has served for over 9 years as principal of Minisink Valley Middle School, has been named the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. He will begin in the new position on August 1.

 

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education and administrators are pleased and excited to have Mr. Giardina as part of the administrative team at the central office. He will bring to the position the same outstanding qualities that made him an effective and successful building administrator to the Minisink Valley Middle School. 

 

A search is underway to appoint another strong leader for the middle school. In the interim, the Board of Education has appointed Assistant Principal Michael Larsen to serve as the Acting Middle School Principal, also effective August 1.  

 

Mr. Larsen, along with Assistant Principal Mr. Stephen Caldwell and the middle school’s Main Office staff, will work throughout August to ensure a smooth opening to the school year for students and faculty.

THE SOUNDS IN MOTION: EARLY LITERACY BEGINS WITH ACTIVE LISTENING

Posted June 22 at 11:42am

Before children are taught about the making of words and how to read and write, they spend their early years passively listening to speech sounds and patterns. What if children were taught to listen in an active way by associating different speech sounds with easy to recall body movements as an introduction to literacy? In the simplest terms, that is the concept behind the early intervening Sounds in Motion (SIM) program, offered to children in transitional kindergarten at the Minisink Elementary School this year.

 

Twice a week, a speech-language pathologist comes into the transitional kindergarten class and works collaboratively with teachers on SIM lessons. The program emphasizes the development of listening skills – the foundation for all aspects of language and cognitive development – through what’s known as “whole body listening.” This method pairs kinesthetic motor movements with phonemes to trigger auditory memory, aid in the processing of sounds and symbols, promote phonemic awareness, and improve articulation and vocabulary skills.

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“ONE WORLD TAIKO” ASSEMBLY: STUDENTS TRY THEIR HAND AT JAPANESE DRUMS

Posted May 19 at 3:18pm

MVES classes enjoyed a booming assembly in the intermediate school’s gymnasium learning about Japanese drums from the internationally acclaimed One World Taiko. The visiting professional Japanese drum ensemble incorporates dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves with heart pounding percussion to captivate audiences of all ages.

 

Using a wide range of drum sizes and types, One World Taiko performed traditional and original compositions, demonstrated different techniques, and shared about the ancient history of the Taiko – Japanese for “drum.”  During a lively and playful interaction, two groups of students were invited to play the Taiko, while the audience joined in with rhythmic movements and sounds.

 

Mrs. MacDonald’s music students at the intermediate school were also invited to participate in the event. 

One World Taiko was sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). (Click on post's title for additional photos.) 

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