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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5200 / fax (845)355-5205

REMINDER: GIRLS VARSITY SWIM TEAM FIRST “NIGHT OUT” TOMORROW, FRI., APR. 21, 7:30PM

Posted April 20 at 8:21am

WHAT: The first of three "Girls Night Out" fundraising events hosted by the girls varsity swim team

WHEN: Friday, April 21, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Girls ages 6-13 

WHY: To have fun and help raise funds for the girls’ varsity swim team

REGISTRATION: Online registration link. Registration/participation is limited to 65. 

QUESTIONS: Megan Donelly, head coach • mdonnelly@minisink.com • 845-355-5879

UPCOMING NIGHT OUT EVENTS: Friday, May 12 • Friday, June 2

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ROUTE 6 CAMPUS: ENTRANCES AND TRAFFIC PATTERNS RETURN TO NORMAL

Posted April 18 at 12:54pm

We are pleased to announce that the initial portion of the renovation work along the intermediate and elementary school entrances was performed as scheduled, and traffic circulation has returned to normal.

 

We thank all of you for your patience and good cooperation over the last two weeks. The final portion of this paving project will be completed over the summer.

 

Welcome back!

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UKULELE STUDENTS CONTRIBUTE MUSICAL STORIES TO GREAT NY READ ALOUD

Posted April 6 at 11:08am

Congratulations to the MVMS Ukulele Club on an outstanding performance at the Great New York Read Aloud—a celebration of the joy of reading and lifelong learning.

 

Thirteen of our ukulele students delighted the audience with two folk songs that blended ukulele with percussion. Folk music, a genre known for its story-telling lyrics, was a natural fit and complement to the event.

 

Schools from across the Orange County participated in the event hosted by the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System at the BOCES campus in Goshen, on April 5.

 

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OUTDOOR GEYSER LAB SETS A NEW RECORD AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Posted April 5 at 12:29pm

You know geysers and hot springs, but do you know fumaroles? If you have a sixth grader in science class, today is the day to ask him/her about all three.

 

As part of a unit on volcanoes, and other phenomena typical of volcanic regions, science teachers organized an outdoor geyser lab, inspired by the popular Diet Coke-Mentos experiment: A tube of Mentos is dropped into a bottle of Diet Coke; the rough, dimply surface of Mentos encourages bubble growth through a process called nucleation; and nucleation creates enough pressure to erupt the soda out of the bottle.

 

Eruptions varied from 2-feet high to a record 18-feet high. “That was incredible,” Mrs. Lee said. “That was the best I’ve ever seen in the four years I’ve been doing this lab. You guys are lucky!”

 

Student Alex Norwood agreed: “This really showed how high and powerful a geyser can be. I didn’t expect it to go that high!”

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2ND ANNUAL DQ FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT CHRIS CORWIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND: APRIL 23

Posted March 29 at 2:01pm

Support the Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Class of 2017! Participate in the second annual Dairy Queen Dine-In/Take-Out Fundraiser on Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 



The Middletown Dairy Queen behind QuickChek will donate 20% of food, cake, and treat sales (with the exception of the $5/$6 meals) to benefit the Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Fund. You MUST mention that you're there for the fundraiser!

 

“Last year we had a tremendous turn out, and we are hoping to do even better this year. Spread the word, and bring the family!” said technology teacher Rich Budd, one of the event organizers. 

EXCEL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO AFFECT SCHOOL ENTRANCES APRIL 1-7

Posted March 28 at 12:33pm

With spring upon us, the district will begin completing the last phase of renovation work approved by voters in 2008. Beginning April 1 and through the week of Spring Recess, construction work will require the closure of the Route 6 entrance to the elementary and intermediate schools.  

 

This closure will affect drop-off and pick-up routes for parents/guardians of students in grades K-8, from Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7. Please click here to read a letter from Superintendent Monahan detailing drop-off and pick-up instructions for the middle school. For a larger view of the map, click on the post’s title. 

 

This work is essential to the safety of our school community, and your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO "MARCH MADNESS" TOURNAMENT WINNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

Posted March 27 at 9:44am

Fifteen teams competed in the boys’ basketball “March Madness” 3-on-3 tournament earlier this month at the middle school. Coach Caputo organized the after-school event with the boys’ coaching staff, and the help of faculty volunteers.  

Winners by grade:

  • Grade 6: Chris Dul, Nick Russo and Liam O’Neill
  • Grade 7: Kai Colon, Konnor Wendland and Tyler Mackie
  • Grade 8: Jack Whitman, Alex Krupinski and Kyle Killenberger


Congratulations to our winners, and all tournament participants! (Additional Photos)

MARCH: MUSIC IN, AND ACROSS, OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Posted March 23 at 4:00pm

It was the students’ idea! It started with high school students looking for ways to help middle schoolers acclimate to the high school, ahead of freshmen orientation. When Music in Our Schools Month came along, the opportunity created itself: middle school and high school band students came together to play music, learn from each other, and celebrate.

 

This week, March 20-23, Laura Martellaro, middle school band teacher, took groups of students across campus to the high school for band workshops in jazz, woodwind, percussion and brass, with Mr. Horner, Mr. Stickney, and Mr. Christy’s students.

 

Together with their high school peers, band students in grades 7 and 8 engaged in sight-reading of chamber pieces, discussed playing techniques (posture, improvising, tone quality), listened to performances by the high school teachers and senior band members, and learned new breathing exercises with Mr. Sanso, a student-teacher.

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NEW YORK STATE ASSESSMENTS: GRADES 3-8

Posted March 21 at 12:17pm

The spring 2017 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is as follows:

 

  • English Language Arts (ELA) Grades 3-8
          This test will be administered on March 28, 29 and 30 

  • Mathematics Grades 3-8
          This test will be administered on May 2, 3 and 4

Tests will be administered immediately after morning announcements. It is extremely important that your child arrive at school on time. Children who arrive late will be held in the office and will complete the testing on the makeup day. Once testing begins, it cannot be restarted to accommodate late students.


If you know that your child will be absent on one or more of the testing days, please notify the school so alternate arrangements may be made for him/her to make up the test.

A healthy breakfast, a full night's sleep, and a word of encouragement will help your child perform his/her best.

PARENT FACT SHEET: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NYS EXAMS, GRADES 3-8

CONGRATULATIONS TO MINISINK RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARDS

Posted March 20 at 3:30pm

Sixteen Minisink Valley Middle and High School students were honored for their achievements at the 27th Annual Sojourner Truth Awards ceremony on March 10, a program of the Orange County Community College (OCCC). 

 

The Sojourner Truth Awards Program celebrates the cultural diversity of Orange County youth, recognizes the accomplishments of students, and empowers them to pursue their education goals. Student honorees are nominated by their teachers for achievements in one of ten categories.

 

--Minisink Valley High School Honorees and Category Nominations: Jocelyn Benigno Ramos, diversity; Ilahi (Asiya) Creary-Miller, English language arts; Victoria Duncan, creative arts; Naomi Hernandez, sciences; Lovina John, citizenship; Remi Land, perseverance/effort; Ebony Oenga, mathematics; Lianna Ramirez, foreign languages; Aniya Rodriguez, foreign languages; Taisha Santiago, creative arts; Isabella Schaetzle, sciences; Tyacia Thompson, foreign languages; Mia Vizcaino, English language arts.

 

--Minisink Valley Middle School Honorees and Category Nominations: Nasier Brown, English language arts; Hunter Rodriquez, English language arts; and Jordan Santiago, English language arts.

 

“We are so proud of our award recipients,” said JoAnn Westby, middle school guidance counselor who accompanied the students to the ceremony. “We also commend OCCC for offering a night such as this to take the time to recognize the positive achievements of our students. It was inspiring to be seated with so many young people who are striving to meet their potential.”


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