MINISINK VALLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5250 / fax (845)355-5252

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

Posted February 23 at 1:02pm

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.  

MVIS PTO HOSTS 'FAMILY BINGO NIGHT'

Posted February 22 at 2:55pm

Come join us at MVIS PTO's 'Family Bingo Night!'

When: Friday, Feb 24th

Where: MVIS Large Cafeteria

Time: 7:00-8:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

*Parents/Guardians must be present*

1 Can of Soup = 1 Bingo Card (max 5 cans)

All soup donations benefit the local food pantry.

Prize gift baskets and gift certificates will be given!

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. 

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL STUDENT PUBLISHED IN DEBATE SECTION OF SCHOLASTIC NEWS

Posted February 13 at 11:22am

“Should schools allow cell phones?” The question was asked in the debate section of a February edition of Scholastic News for fourth graders.

 

Kayla Nam Wasserman, a student in Mrs. Kemmerer’s fourth grade class, submitted her answer and was selected to make the case for cell phones:

 

"Kids should be able to bring phones to school for safety reasons. Having a cell phone would give me a sense of security that I can call someone in case of an emergency. If used properly, cell phones can also help students in school. Kids can use phones to look up words and do research on the internet. There are also many useful educational apps."

 

A student from Kansas made the opposing argument.

 

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MVIS PTO FUNDRAISER

Posted February 6 at 2:01pm

We are pleased to offer Gertrude Hawk Chocolates as part of our Spring Fundraiser program.  Sales proceeds will benefit our MVIS students and we need your participation to reach our goal.

Go to www.GertrudeHawkFundraising.com    Group # 713035 

Orders are due:  Friday, March 3,2017.   Checks should be made payable to:  MVIS PTO

Estimated order pickup date is the week of March 20th.

Thank you for your continued support!

2016-2017 YEARBOOK ORDERS

Posted February 6 at 1:14pm

The Lifetouch Yearbook order forms went home with the students.  Please note ordering of a yearbook is ONLINE ONLY.  


Order deadline is March 27, 2017. 

Go to www.ybpay.lifetouch.com


Yearbook ID Code:  6789917

Soft Cover: $16.00   Hard Cover:  $22.00    Add Portrait & Name: $7.00

If you have any further questions, please contact the office.

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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5TH GRADE SOCCER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: EARLY RISERS ONLY

Posted February 2 at 10:29am

Fifty 5th graders, boys and girls, signed up for an early morning soccer enrichment program at the intermediate school. Divided in groups of 25, they arrive Tuesday or Thursday, at 7:30 a.m.

 

“It’s great exercise for them. They go to class wide awake, but settled,” said coach Theresa Uhelsky, physical education teacher, who runs the program with coach Mike Sirico, a 5th grade teacher.

 

Student Dakota signed up for the program because she likes to exercise and loves soccer. Dylan loves sports, and, though soccer isn’t a favorite, he’s happy to start his day exercising and having fun with his peers. He pointed to his classmate, Lukas. Out of breath and glistening, Lukas agreed: “This is soooo fun!”

 

Participants come with different skill levels, and some are more passionate about the game and more competitive than others.

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INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL STUDENTS JAZZ UP DISNEY’S JUNGLE BOOK, FEB. 7 & 8

Posted January 31 at 12:11pm

For fifty years, Walt Disney’s Jungle Book has bridged generations of fans with endearing characters, swinging songs that echo for a lifetime, and the celebration of friendship.

 

On February 7 & 8, you can hum along and tap your feet to its happy tunes as intermediate school students in all grades open our musical theater season with the kids version of this family favorite.

 

Minsink’s Jungle Book is produced by The Different Stages Drama Club—a merger of the intermediate and high school drama clubs. Club adviser Gary Passamonte, director of the drama program, and third grade teacher, co-directs the show with High School Drama Club students. A cast of 65 is supported by a stage crew of 18--and many volunteers!

 

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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!

MINISINK VALLEY KIWANIS

Posted January 25 at 3:00pm

A special thank you to the Minisink Valley Kiwanis organization for visiting our school and distributing dictionaries to all of our third grade students. This is just one more example of how our local Kiwanis members go above and beyond to support our children and our community.  You can learn more about the Minisink Valley Kiwanis organization by CLICKING HERE.


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