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MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5270 / fax (845)355-5147

MVES SECOND GRADERS DIG DEEPER INTO NATURE

Posted April 26 at 11:08am

“It was the best day ever!” was the consensus among the first group of MVES second graders who traveled to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall on April 24.

How can you go wrong with fresh air, water, animal life, fossils and dinosaurs?  

During a pond life study, students observed and discussed animals that live in and around ponds, and the adaptations they undertake to survive in their environments. Searching through containers with pond water, students extracted what animal life they could find and placed their most unusual specimen in a bug box to share with the group.

In the next activity, they got their hands on real fossils and replicas of dinosaur teeth, bones and eggs. Deep in the “Dino Pit," like real paleontologists, they got down on their knees digging and bushing to unearth bones and charter their exciting discovery: a stegosaurus! 

All seven second grade classes at the elementary school will enjoy the same field trip and experience during this marking period. 

 

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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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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMMUNITY EMBRACES FOLK DANCING

Posted April 11 at 10:15am

Step by step and row by row, over 400 students in grades K-2 celebrated music in our schools with folk dances, during a school assembly on April 5. In the evening, many students returned to the school with their parents to dance together.

 

WHY FOLK DANCING?

Folk dancing has always been about human connections, community, and the sense of belonging. In the school context, it's also an opportunity to bridge school and home. "By inviting parents to join us in the evening, we hoped to create a time free of interruptions and distractions, and get parents involved in the joy of music and dancing with their children,” said Cliff Loretto, music teacher and event organizer.

 

HOW IT ALL CAME TOGETHER...

All through March – Music in Our Schools Month – during music class, Mr. Loretto coached every grade, and a group of faculty and staff, in two folk dances to perform on “the big day.”

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EXCEL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO AFFECT SCHOOL ENTRANCES APRIL 1-7

Posted March 28 at 12:28pm

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 elementary 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. 

VISITING AUTHOR DEMONSTRATES THE SCIENCE OF NON-FICTION WRITING TO 2ND GRADERS

Posted March 28 at 10:45am

Second graders at the elementary school took a Jump into Science with Steve Tomecek, author of the popular series by the same name. Best known as The Dirtmeister®, during his visit to Minisink on March 24, the author presented the program Lift Off With Reading.  

 

From hot air balloons to rockets, people have always had a desire to fly. Using hands-on demos, Mr. Tomecek took the students on a journey through the history of human-powered flight--with its successes and failures-- while introducing them to the idea of researching a non-fiction book. 

 

Drawing from some of his books and his own experience, Mr. Tomecek encouraged our second graders to follow their dreams and discover a universe of their own through reading and writing. 

 

The program was sponsored by Minisink Valley Elementary School PTO.

FIFTH GRADE BAND TOURS THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Posted March 22 at 11:08am

It’s Music in Our Schools Month and the Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Hulle, is on tour performing for elementary school classes.

 

One small group at a time, they gather in the band room for a quick warm-up, and walk their instruments, books and stands to their appointed classroom audience, visibly excited.

 

The tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians.

 

“The students know they stand out more in small group performances, and they feel the responsibility of their role. That pushes them to get their parts right,” Mr. Hulle said. “And they really enjoy sharing their music with the younger kids and answering their questions.”

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MVES STUDENT ARTWORK TO BE FEATURED IN SLIDE FORM AT COUNTYWIDE ART EXHIBIT, FEB. 25

Posted February 21 at 3:16pm

For the first time this year, the artwork of elementary school students from across Orange County, including Minisink Valley, will be featured in the form of a slide show during a one-day art exhibit designed for high school students.

 

Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, “The Arts Build Confidence Showcase” will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the center court of Middletown’s Galleria at Crystal Run.

 

Minisink Valley Elementary School will be represented in the slide show with works by 15 students in Mrs. Begle’s art classes. The students are Hannah Weiboldt, Christopher Thorpe, Levi Vreeland,  Kendall Nixon, Colin Homan, Jeffrey Jackson, Madelin Stafford, Sorcha Schultz, Madison Tvedt, Landon Ordway, Katie Kaelin, Owen Okby, Harlee Payne, Jacob Quackenbush.  

 

Otisville’s students in Mrs. Welsh’s art classes are also participating. Ten Minisink Valley High School art students will exhibit actual artwork.

 

Congratulations to all our students and their art teachers! (ARTWORK PHOTO GALLERY)

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. 

MINISINK’S YOUNGER STUDENTS CELEBRATE 100 DAYS OF LEARNING

Posted February 17 at 10:27am

Like scores of classrooms across the country, many of our younger classes keep track of the number of school days from day-one to the 100th day, for 100 reasons. Using a calendar and meaningful visualizations, this daily routine helps students assimilate basic math concepts like sequence, quantity and place value. A little motivation lies ahead, too. 

  

The 100th day of school arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and our younger students could hardly wait to celebrate with engaging, colorful and edible activities that put their math skills to the test.

 

In Mrs. Hoffman’s first grade class, for instance, students created necklaces using 100 beads, played Pin Benjamin Franklin on a $100 bill, and they made their own trail mix by counting and placing 10 groups of 10 snacks each on their worksheets. Using Smarties to answer questions on a graph worksheet, they grew 100 Days Smarter and had fun coloring the graph with the appropriate colors. A real treat in every way.    

 

(Photos from 100-Days of School celebrations in Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Kelly’s first grade classes.)


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