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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

HOW ARE WE DOING? ANSWER A SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY, FEB. 27-MAR. 17

Posted February 23 at 1:07pm

To ensure that we continue to provide our students with an education that is up to the challenges of the real world and the pace of the century, we want to hear from all of you: parents, students and staff. 

 

Beginning February 27 and ending on March 17, we ask you to complete a confidential 15-20 minute school climate survey online and give us your honest input on matters of school safety, relationships, support, and resources for learning. Different versions of the survey will be given to students and school personnel.

 

If you have children in multiple schools, please take the survey for each school. Survey packets have been sent home with complete details including a statement of your parental rights.  

 

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory is created, and will be analyzed by, the National School Climate Center. All answers are anonymous and confidential. Participation is completely voluntary.

 

To begin the survey now, click here. If you do not want your child/children to participate in the survey, please click here to download the Refusal of Consent form. The form must be submitted to our administrative office by Friday, March 3, 2017.   


This is your chance to make your voice heard, and we will be listening. We appreciate everyone’s participation, so that together we can build a better future for our students and our community.  

MINISINK VALLEY HONORS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NYS POLICE WITH COMMEMORATIVE SIGN

Posted February 21 at 2:33pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, Minisink Valley technology teachers Rich Budd and Andrew Mink, and art teacher Kat Hoolan, presented a commemorative wooden sign to the Greenville barracks of NYS Police on February 15.

 

Several district and building administrators joined high-ranking members of Troop F to mark this important milestone in our local history.

 

The sign was created by technology and art faculty over the past few months. From concept to design, execution and revision, all steps in the process reflect some of the course work offered through Minisink's technology and art programs.

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR.”: March 9 & 10

Posted February 20 at 9:48am

Don’t bother with your weather app: it’s going to rain on March 9 and 10, sometime after 7 p.m., on the stage of Minisink Valley Middle School. Handy and techie volunteers will make sure of it!

 

The drama club and a company of volunteers are hard at work to bring you a dazzling and spunky production of “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.,” an adaptation of the world’s best known musical movie, released in 1952. Online tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.

 

Directed by Teresia Parker, the middle school production is fast-moving entertainment, spiced with comedic twists and turns, feisty dialogue, romantic Hollywood standards, tap and chorus-line dancing--and a little poetic justice, too.

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHINE AT COUNTY’S SPELLING BEE

Posted February 16 at 3:13pm

Two middle school students proudly represented Minisink Valley at the annual Orange County Spelling Bee held at Orange-Ulster BOCES on Feb. 15.

 

Seventh-grader Antonella and eighth-grader Taylor Poynton were among 22 contestants. They spelled their way successfully to the fourth of six rounds, before the final.

 

They were accompanied by their English teachers, Jessica Dickman and Jacqui Stamos, and Maggie Spicehandler, library media specialist who organized Minisink’s participation in the Spelling Bee.

 

“This was very positive, valuable opportunity for our students, and a lovely event to witness. The kids were held with high esteem, and they showed great professionalism,” said Mrs. Dickman, Antonella’s English teacher.

 

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IMPORTANT GERTRUDE HAWK FUNDRAISER INFORMATION!!!!!

Posted February 13 at 5:34pm




The Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser sponsored by the MVMS Student Government will run from February 14th until March 3rd.  Orders can not be submitted after that date, since candy orders are expected to be delivered before Spring Break.  Remember, all purchases help the Student Government fund student-oriented programs, including our annual Field Day event in June.  Order forms will be distributed in Social Studies classes.  Thank you!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION CONTEST SPONSORED BY STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Posted February 13 at 7:30am

It's Box Tops Contest Time!  Our Spring collection will run from February 14th until March 31st.  Please help the Student Government raise money for our students and valuable school programming by submitting clipped Box Tops.  


Blank entry forms are available in the front office and completed forms can be returned there as well.    All you have to do is fill it up with Box Tops and turn it in by March 31st.  Please be sure to use the school issued form that has entry and clipping information on it (see below).  

 

Each completed form that a student turns in he/she will be entered into a drawing for one of many gift cards in April's prize drawing.  Students can enter as many times as they like. 

Also, you may now use a BOX TOP APP to earn even more money for our school throughout the year.  Please view the following links to see how you can help earn money for the middle school through collecting Box Tops.

Box Tops App

Box Tops Contest Collection Sheet

8TH GRADE PARENT NIGHT

Posted February 7 at 8:45am

The annual Eighth Grade Parent Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd, from 6 - 8 PM in the High School Auditorium.  This meeting is designed to help parents of incoming 9th grade students to learn about the scheduling process, Minisink Valley High School requirements for graduation, and New York State diploma requirements.  It is also a time for you to have any questions answered regarding your child's 9th grade program.  We hope to see you there.  The snow date is Tuesday, February 28th, from 6-8 PM.

Click here to view the informational letter which was sent home with students on February 5th.   Also, please visit the Counseling Center tab located to the left of the page for more information regarding your child's transition to 9th grade and to view the Grade 9 Choices Booklet.   Please call the Counseling Center with any questions.

TAKING A STAND: EMPOWERING STUDENTS THROUGH LITERATURE

Posted February 2 at 8:15am

“Taking a stand”: Two popular dictionaries define it as adopting a firm position about an issue, or expressing one’s opinion.

 

To encourage eighth grade students to form and express their own thinking on important social issues, English teachers at the middle school implement a learning unit under the theme, “Taking a stand.”

 

Students read nonfiction writings by or about historic figures who took a stand against injustice and inequality, and ushered in societal changes.

 

Jessie, a student in Mrs. Stamos class, was inspired by Sojourner Truth’s "Ain't I a Woman?" speech and her lifelong fight for civil and women’s rights. “It helps me realize that I can do anything in life I set my mind to,” Jessie said.

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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!

2017 JOSH ALLEN MEMORIAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT: SAT., JAN. 28

Posted January 24 at 10:59am

The Josh Allen Memorial Wrestling Tournament will be held Saturday, January, 28, at Minisink Valley Middle School. Go to the following links for information on girls and boys divisions, weigh-in sessions, uniforms, and awards. All day concessions and food vendors. Tickets: $5 p. adult; students and children enter free. 

TOURNAMENT FACEBOOK PAGE

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY: Ends Thu., Jan. 26

RAW, SCRAMBLED, OR S.T.E.A.M.-ed?

Posted January 18 at 12:29pm

Middle school students in Mr. Hoffman’s science class were given a S.T.E.A.M challenge: to engineer and fabricate a protective container for a fragile product--a raw egg--utilizing a minimum amount of materials.

 

Inside its protective nest, the egg was to land intact from a series of free falls, beginning at 5 meters, and progress to higher heights each time it survived another fall--until one design remained.

 

In researching and engineering their egg-shielding invention, students applied their knowledge of potential energy (stored energy) and kinetic energy (energy of motion), and they kept a diary outlining their progress and findings.

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