MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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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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FIRST GRADERS MEET PROFESSIONAL MOTOCROSS RACER

Posted May 18 at 12:40pm

It was a day made for a ride when first grade classes stepped out to meet professional motocross racer Tyler Enticknap on the elementary school grounds.  Two husky and sparkling motocross bikes were on display, courtesy of Ted Parks. The interaction with the visitors lasted over one hour and invited many questions. “What kind of equipment do you need?” “How fast do you ride?” “Have you ever been hurt?” The children had a great time learning about professional motocross riding, and getting autographs and photographs.  To see additional photos, click on the post’s title.

SCHOOL CLOSED: THURSDAY, MAY 26 - MONDAY, MAY 30

Posted May 16 at 12:03pm

Minisink Valley schools will be closed Thursday, May 26, through Monday, May 30. Thursday, May 26, was declared a "give back" day due to unused snow days.  Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, marks the observance of Memorial Day. This important holiday commemorates men and women who have given their lives in military service to our country. Please join us in remembering our brave soldiers by joining the community at the annual Memorial Day parade in Unionville on Monday, May 30, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Our middle school band, high school band, AJROTC (Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), and several other youth groups will be marching, as they do each year. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 31.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2ND GRADE CHORUS SPRING CONCERT AND ART SHOW, TONIGHT, MAY 12, AT 7PM

Posted May 12 at 12:10pm

Tonight’s MVES Second Grade Chorus Concert is a fast moving, colorful and rousing musical production around five popular Aesop fables.  Directed by Cliff Loretto, music teacher – producer and choreographer – tonight’s choral performance is sure to make an impression, for these young voices are prepared to entertain, uplift, and challenge!

 

In addition to animated and choreographed singing, the audience can expect engaging storytelling of timeless fables, with their tried and true morals, accompanied by slide illustrations and theatrical skits.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT VERMICOMPOSTING IS? OUR FIRST GRADERS DO!

Posted April 27 at 3:02pm

Mrs. McDermott’s first-grade class was eager and well prepared to explain the intricacies of a particular composting process and its benefits, as they entertained some of their first-grade peers on April 21.

 

Mrs. McDermott’s class engages in a year-round vermicomposting project that makes for ongoing Earth-mindful conversations and dispositions. Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn organic waste into a black, earthy-smelling and nutrient-rich compost.

 

As part of their Earth Day celebration, Mrs. McDermott's first graders invited same-grade peers to their classroom to share their fascinating red-wiggler worm composting enterprise. 


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LOCAL CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TELLS FARM STORIES TO KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

Posted April 27 at 10:54am

Sporting faded overalls and a fraying farmer’s hat, author Alan K. Lewis visited with kindergarten classes on April 19 to read from his popular non-fiction book, “I grew up on a farm.” A former educator himself, Mr. Lewis has a natural voice for storytelling to children that invites conversation and learning.  

 

His beautifully illustrated book and vivid memories of growing up in a small Orange County farm, spurred many curious questions from his young audience. "How do you make pig slop?" asked Sammy, a student in Mrs. McBean's class.

 

Sponsored by the elementary school’s PTO, Mr. Lewis’s visit helped students realize and appreciate the ingenuity and hard work of farmers and their way of living.

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IT TAKES A HEART TO BE A HERO: MVES STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN JUMP ROPE FOR HEART WEEK

Posted April 21 at 1:14pm

For the 17th consecutive year, Minisink Valley Elementary School is participating in National Jump Rope for Heart Week, April 11-15.  Offered by schools across America, this heart-pumping program helps raise awareness around heart health while raising funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) to advance the treatment and prevention of heart disease. 


Students take part in the event during their regularly scheduled physical education classes. Activities teach students how to care for their hearts while they experience the joy of giving back to the larger community and being a part of a nation-wide effort. 


In one of Dr. Kimiecik’s first grade physical education classes, students settled down after a series of fast-moving exercises. “Feel how fast my heart is pumping,” one student asked, and others followed.  

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MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH ROUND UP

Posted April 19 at 9:20am

Minisink Valley Elementary School was abuzz during the month of March celebrating Music in Our Schools Month.  Activities everyone’s enjoyment included…


Morning Musical Fun Facts

Each day, during morning announcements, students were treated to interesting facts about unique musical instruments from around the world.  Music teacher Mr. Loretto emailed video links of these instruments in action to faculty so students could learn more about them.


Second Grade Lunch Bunch

All month long, 28 second graders spent two lunch periods a week in the music room with Mr. Loretto.  They worked diligently to prepare two pieces to be performed during the culminating Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) assembly. The first piece, “Enter with Singing,” was part of the official concert for MIOSM, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and it was sung by children across the country. The second piece, an African song called “Take Time in Life,” would be accompanied by some very special drummers.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRESENTS...THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL BAND ON TOUR

Posted April 1 at 4:02pm

What’s a band without a tour? Minisink Valley Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Andrew Hulle, has been packing up instruments and music stands, and traveling many a hallway and stair-flight to bring music and cheer to spellbound audiences throughout the elementary school.


Part of the annual Music in Our Schools program in March, the MVIS Band Tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians. The program divides the band in small groups playing the same instrument and prepares them for a scheduled performance for an elementary school class. 


“Students are more exposed in small group performances and that pushes them to get their parts correct,” Mr. Hulle said.  “The kids really enjoy sharing their music with the younger students.” 

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