MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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FIFTH GRADE BAND TOURS THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Posted March 22 at 11:08am

It’s Music in Our Schools Month and the Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Hulle, is on tour performing for elementary school classes.

 

One small group at a time, they gather in the band room for a quick warm-up, and walk their instruments, books and stands to their appointed classroom audience, visibly excited.

 

The tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians.

 

“The students know they stand out more in small group performances, and they feel the responsibility of their role. That pushes them to get their parts right,” Mr. Hulle said. “And they really enjoy sharing their music with the younger kids and answering their questions.”

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MVES STUDENT ARTWORK TO BE FEATURED IN SLIDE FORM AT COUNTYWIDE ART EXHIBIT, FEB. 25

Posted February 21 at 3:16pm

For the first time this year, the artwork of elementary school students from across Orange County, including Minisink Valley, will be featured in the form of a slide show during a one-day art exhibit designed for high school students.

 

Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, “The Arts Build Confidence Showcase” will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the center court of Middletown’s Galleria at Crystal Run.

 

Minisink Valley Elementary School will be represented in the slide show with works by 15 students in Mrs. Begle’s art classes. The students are Hannah Weiboldt, Christopher Thorpe, Levi Vreeland,  Kendall Nixon, Colin Homan, Jeffrey Jackson, Madelin Stafford, Sorcha Schultz, Madison Tvedt, Landon Ordway, Katie Kaelin, Owen Okby, Harlee Payne, Jacob Quackenbush.  

 

Otisville’s students in Mrs. Welsh’s art classes are also participating. Ten Minisink Valley High School art students will exhibit actual artwork.

 

Congratulations to all our students and their art teachers! (ARTWORK PHOTO GALLERY)

HOORAY FOR WINTER: NOT JUST ANOTHER GYM DAY

Posted February 17 at 2:15pm

Of all the seasons, winter gets the worst rap. At school, plunging temperatures and snow-covered playgrounds often mean another long indoor recess.

 

This week, however, if your child is a student in one Ms. Uhelsky’s physical education classes, he/she had to be saying, “Hooray for winter!”

 

Monday through Thursday, all of Ms. Uhelsky’s students in grades 2-5 experienced a thrilling gym period outdoors, snow tubing downhill—and trudging their way back up for another joy ride. Mr. Murphy kept everyone safe, and performed a handful of uphill rescues.  

 

For a seasoned PE teacher, winter is as good a time as any. 

MINISINK’S YOUNGER STUDENTS CELEBRATE 100 DAYS OF LEARNING

Posted February 17 at 10:27am

Like scores of classrooms across the country, many of our younger classes keep track of the number of school days from day-one to the 100th day, for 100 reasons. Using a calendar and meaningful visualizations, this daily routine helps students assimilate basic math concepts like sequence, quantity and place value. A little motivation lies ahead, too. 

  

The 100th day of school arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and our younger students could hardly wait to celebrate with engaging, colorful and edible activities that put their math skills to the test.

 

In Mrs. Hoffman’s first grade class, for instance, students created necklaces using 100 beads, played Pin Benjamin Franklin on a $100 bill, and they made their own trail mix by counting and placing 10 groups of 10 snacks each on their worksheets. Using Smarties to answer questions on a graph worksheet, they grew 100 Days Smarter and had fun coloring the graph with the appropriate colors. A real treat in every way.    

 

(Photos from 100-Days of School celebrations in Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Kelly’s first grade classes.)

AUTHOR’S VISIT CELEBRATES READING AND GROUNDHOG DAY

Posted February 6 at 1:42pm

While Punxsutawney Phil was busy reading the weather on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phyllis traveled to Slate Hill to visit with first graders at Minisink Elementary.

 

Children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill, the creator of Punxsutawney Phyllis, read from her popular book and showed students original illustrations and early drafts. A New York native, the author also shared with the students how she grew up to become a writer.

 

Thanks to the Minisink Elementary PTO, our first graders had a fun and imaginative time learning about the writing process, and celebrating Groundhog Day. 

PTO BOOK FAIR, A FIRST FOR MANY STUDENTS

Posted February 2 at 12:48pm

The turnout for the PTO Book Fair Family Night on Wednesday was so large and so early, organizers opened the doors to the Intermediate School C-gym 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

 

“It was incredible! We were packed!” said Judi Heilferty, PTO president.

 

PTO volunteers set up the many displays on Tuesday night, after the storm, with the help of custodial staff. Office staff was also very helpful with book vouchers and other support.

 

Elementary school students had their shopping day on Wednesday during school hours, and intermediate grades got their turn on Thursday. It had been three years since the last book fair, and for many students this was their first.

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MINISINK VALLEY PTO HOSTS K-8 BOOK FAIR FAMILY NIGHT, WED., FEB. 1

Posted January 30 at 2:11pm

You can never read too many books! Or as one writer put it best, “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” (Diane Duane in “So you want to be a Wizard.”) That’s why they made libraries, bookstores—and BOOK FAIRS!

Minisink Valley’s PTO will host the Annual Book Fair Family Night for grades K-8, on Wednesday, February 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Family Night is a great opportunity to come out with your children and talk about books and reading. All are welcome!

WHAT DID THE OWL EAT FOR DINNER?

Posted January 26 at 3:35pm

You never saw a more focused group of second graders. The secret? Bones! And they went digging for them too--inside owl pellets.

 

“The best part about this activity is that I get to see bones!” Julia said, cheerfully. “It’s the coolest thing ever!” Ava agreed. Sawyer was inspired to go even further: “This is a lifetime experience because you don’t get to do this every day.”

 

After an owl eats its prey, it forms a pellet with the bones and fur it can’t digest and regurgitates it. Since the owl swallows its prey whole, many of the bones remain intact. By looking at the shape of the bones in the pellet, it’s possible to determine what the owl ate for dinner.

 

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WE ARE REDESIGNING OUR WEBSITE AND NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!

Posted January 10 at 1:33pm

Our district website serves as the center of information about Minisink Valley Central School District, and is the fastest way to update you on what is going on in our schools. 


One of our goals is to make sure this information center evolves with technology and the changes and in how the general public consumes information. As we begin the lengthy process of redesigning the Minisink website, we want to hear from you and give you a role in the process.  


Now is the time to express your opinions and give us feedback about our current website, what information you seek when visiting the site, and what you see as areas for growth.

You can help us by completing this short six-question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V9WPHCT


Thank you for your time and feedback!

MR. SHORT'S STUDENTS ADD SPIRIT AND SPARKLE TO OUR SCHOOL'S HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted December 13 at 11:18am

Mr. Short’s second grade students are always up to something and reaching beyond their classroom walls to engage and celebrate their school family.

If you’ve stopped and smiled at the blow-up snowman and polar bear, keeping cool behind igloo bricks and standing guard to a Christmas tree and Menorah, you can thank Mr. Short’s students for that holiday cheer. Together they created the display—and carved the ice-blocks with their own bare hands!

Thank you, Mr. Short and students! 


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