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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Posted February 20 at 8:05am

Attention parents of high school and middle school students interested in Spring Sports: The online registration system (FamilyID.com) is now open for the submission of parental permission and health interval forms. Registration deadline is Friday, March 23.

• How register through FamilyID 
• MVHS students can also pick up the online registration information in the hallways, near the nurse's office.
• MVMS students can pick up the form from their Phy. Ed. teacher

Get ready! Tryouts and practices for lacrosse, softball, baseball, boys' & girls' golf, boys' tennis and spring track begin Monday, March 5, at MVHS, and March 12, at the MVMS. GO WARRIORS! 

GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC, GRADES 4-6: FEB. 24

Posted February 20 at 8:00am

Coach Ali Colon and the varsity girls basketball team will be hosting a basketball clinic for girls in grades 4-6, Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, in the Middle School gym. The cost of the clinic is $20 per athlete.

For an application and additional information email assistant coach Bruce Guyette at bguyette@minisink.com, or see your physical education teacher.

"A LOVE POEM FOR DIVERSITY": BLACK HISTORY MONTH POETRY CONTEST

Posted February 19 at 9:00am

Calling all poets — and creative minds! In honor of Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day, the Literary Magazine Club invites you to participate in the poetry contest, “A Love Poem for Diversity.”  

In your own words, write a poem that expresses what you love about diversity, inclusiveness, respect, or acceptance. There will be a prize for the winner, and the top three poets will get published in the school’s Literary Magazine.

Learn about the contest guidelines, and remember to submit your entry no-later-than February 23. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Spicehandler, our school librarian and advisor for the Literary Magazine Club.

IMPORTANT GERTRUDE HAWK FUNDRAISER INFORMATION!

Posted February 19 at 8:34am

The MVMS Student Government spring fundraiser, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, starts today, Thursday Feb. 8. Packets will be distributed during social studies classes.  

The fundraiser will run through Wednesday, Feb. 21. All orders and money must be returned no later than Wednesday, Feb. 21.  Please note that you can order online from Gertrude Hawk at www.gertrudehawkfundraising.com and enter our Group Number 713873.  Orders can be shipped to the school through Feb. 21st.  Orders can be submitted and shipped directly to your house through March 25.  Standard fees apply.

The money raised will help fund our annual Field Day event in June.  

Please help support the MVMS Student Government and our student programming by placing an order through this fundraiser.

HELP FOR “SCREENAGERS” AND THEIR FAMILIES: FILM VIEWING MARCH 19

Posted February 19 at 8:01am

We are watching our kids grow up in front of a screen, scrolling through life with ever faster thumbs. As parents, we find ourselves doing the same, and we begin to ask if the rewards outweigh what is being lost.

 

Like it or not, we are living in a new technological land. Our children’s attention spans are ever-shorter, contact with the natural world briefer, and social interactions one level removed from face-to-face. How do we begin to talk about this as families?

 

If you are experiencing friction and frustration about your child’s use of technology, you are not alone, and there is help.

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CELEBRATE "WORLD READ ALOUD DAY" WITH YOUR FAMILY

Posted February 1 at 3:51pm

A timeless scene unfolded in the middle school library today in observance of  World Read Aloud Day

A group of eighth graders read aloud to their sixth-grade peers to celebrate reading and storytelling.

Centered around the seven strengths of reading — belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope — this annual global event also advocates for literacy as a human right.

Celebrate at home today. Read a story as a family. The benefits are many. 

(Additional photos, provided by Maggie Spicehandler, MVMS librarian) 

FIGHTING THE FLU WITH FACTS

Posted February 1 at 3:11pm

To help you and your family in this record-breaking flu season, we are sharing a Facts Sheet with tips to help prevent its spread.

The flu — also known as influenza — is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body and can spread quickly from one person to another, according to the New York State Department of Health (DOH). It can cause mild to severe illness and be fatal, especially for those age 65 and older. Across the United States, the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths. About 90 percent of these deaths occur in people 65 years or older.

This season, there has been one influenza-associated pediatric death reported to the New York State DOH.

The district has also shared a Fact Sheet specifically designed for teachers and staff. 

SCIENCE AT PLAY AND AT WORK

Posted January 29 at 3:50pm

Eighth graders have been playing with toy cars in Mr. Hoffman’s science lab. Science 8 involves the physical science of motion, and toy cars are being used to investigate and understand speed.

 

Working in groups, students use wood ramps to propel their cards. They observe and make predictions about the cars’ performance according to different variables, e.g., type and size. They collect data on speed, constant speed, average speed, and acceleration, and use it to create data graphs.

 

Applying critical thinking, class groups discuss and compare their investigations, and test the reliability of their experiments.

 

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MVMS ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM LOVES A CHALLENGE

Posted January 25 at 3:55pm

It’s their first mokumentary--on a classic, no less--but no one is sweating it. (More on the mokumentary later.)

 

“This is a creative and motivated group of students who have fun with challenges and problem-solving,” said Corinne Yanis, eighth grade teacher and new Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) coach. “They want to be here, and it’s a joy working with them.”

 

Though the majority of this year's team is experienced in the demands and rewards of the competition, each odyssey is an adventure all its own. “It’s always challenging,” said eighth grader Andrew Monahan who’s on his third odyssey. “You have to push yourself to think outside the box.”

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NO NAME-CALLING WEEK: FIGHTING BACK WITH KINDNESS AND COURAGE

Posted January 23 at 3:27pm

"How many of you have been called names?" "How many of you have called someone a name?" Students and adults rose their hands when Assistant Principal Stephen Caldwell posed these questions as an introduction to “No Name-Calling” school assemblies.

 

“Kindness in action” was the theme for this year’s No Name-Calling Week. MVMS celebrated with assemblies for each grade level, and special morning announcements.

 

Before the screening of a video that vividly depicts one child’s experience with name-calling, Mr. Caldwell challenged students to picture that child as one of the five most important people in their lives. “How would you like her to be treated” he asked.

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