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BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING SCHEDULED

Posted September 28 at 3:22pm

The next meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM in middle school room 108.  The agenda is posted on the Board of Education page of the website.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE

Posted September 28 at 11:32am

The Board of Education of the Minisink Valley Central School District hereby offers via public bid the following vehicles and equipment that have been declared surplus and/or obsolete:

8 - Large 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 School Buses
1 - 7 Passenger 2009 Caravan
Coats 40-40A Tire Changer

Bid items will be available for inspection Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (Monday-Friday only) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Pole Barn Facility at 2313 Route 6, Slate Hill, New York 10973.

Vehicles and Equipment for bid are in “as is” condition.  A complete list of items offered for bid and purchase details are available by clicking here and in the Business Office. 

Bids for Non-Profit Organizations will be opened first and awarded on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  All other bids will be opened on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Items will be awarded to the highest bidder.  Bid winners will be notified after the bid openings and will have until Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm to pick up and pay for their items.  MONEY ORDER or CERTIFIED CHECK only.

REMINDER OF UPCOMING SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Posted September 28 at 8:40am

October is quickly approaching and there are a few school closings that we'd like to remind you of:

Monday, October 3, 2016 in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

Monday, October 10, 2016 in observance of Columbus Day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in observance of Yom Kippur.

CALL TO ACTION: ON 9/30 “GO GOLD” FOR VAL AND CHILDHOOD CANCER

Posted September 27 at 5:20pm

Once again, Minisink Valley is coming together as a school community to support and lift up one of its own through a very challenging time.

 

Valerie Moore, a sophomore at Minisink Valley High School, battled Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma three years ago and was in remission. Following a relapse in August, she is now battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

 

“Val is the bravest person I know. She is a fighter, and I know her strength will get her through this. She is strong, smart, gorgeous, courageous, kind and talented. She will be victorious,” said Sarah Cerutti, one of Val’s childhood friends. 
 

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MY SCHOOL COLOR RUN IS THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 2

Posted September 27 at 4:07pm

On Sunday, October 2, at 9 a.m., Minisink Valley High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will host a fundraising 5K run/walk event, My School Color Run “Powder to the People,” starting and finishing on the campus of Minisink Valley Middle School.

 

The untimed 5K run/walk is open to everyone and is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Throughout the route, participants run through color-zones where they are cheered and splashed with vibrant colors.

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STUDENTS HELP HARLEM WIZARD’S “BIG MIKE” WARM UP FOR 09/29 GAME

Posted September 27 at 8:35am

MVES K-2 students were dazzled but not daunted by Harlem Wizard’s towering player Michael Matthews during morning assemblies on Monday, Sept. 27. Standing in a circle, groups of boys and girls took on Big Mike and his tricks, through the cheers and boos of their peers. The last-standing student player—all girls!—took home free tickets to the much-anticipated game.   

 

On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., the Harlem Wizards will face off teachers and staff at the high school gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are still available for online purchase. No tickets will be sold the night of the game; it's presale only. Last year’s game sold out!

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: SEPT. 30 IS LAST DAY TO “OPT OUT” OF LIMITED STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION PUBLICATION

Posted September 26 at 3:03pm

Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and our new Facebook page.

 

This news may include photos of classroom activities and programs, sports events, drama and musical performances, award ceremonies, honor roll lists and other academic recognitions, the annual yearbook, etc.  As previously announced, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.”

 

The district has designated some limited categories of directory information that it may share provided that parents have not opted their child out. These categories are: a student’s name, school email address, Parents’/Guardians’ name, enrollment status, grade level and school of attendance, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height if a member of an athletics team, degrees and awards received, and photos/videos depicting the student – the kinds of information necessary to effectively recognize student achievements and highlight school activities.

 

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, parents wishing to “opt-out” of releasing their child’s photo and/or limited directory information without prior written consent must notify the student’s school principal in writing by September 30. This opt-out method is in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and represents an update to the District’s annual “Student Records” notification. The full policy (#7241) can be accessed on the policy section of the Board of Education web page.  

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: EARLY DISMISSAL DRILL, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Posted September 21 at 12:35pm

A district-wide early dismissal drill is scheduled for Thursday, September 22. Each of the district’s school buildings will dismiss students fifteen minutes earlier on Thursday. There will be no immediate after-school activities; this includes afternoon Club Kid. Parents should make appropriate arrangements for the early arrival of children as a result of the drill.

Athletes must leave campus at dismissal time, but can return 30 minutes later. Coaches will provide additional information to team members. 

The early dismissal drill is part of the county-wide Emergency Management Plan to test that phase of the plan. Your help and cooperation is appreciated. Families are reminded to review emergency procedures with their children in the event of an early dismissal, regardless of the reason.

NEW STATE LEGISLATION MANDATES TESTING SCHOOLS DRINKING WATER FOR LEAD CONTAMINATION

Posted September 19 at 10:17am

On September 6, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.8158/A.10740) mandating that schools across the state test drinking water for lead contamination.

 

Under this legislation, school buildings serving pre-K through grades 5 must test all potable water for lead contamination by September 30. Schools serving grades 6 through 12 must conduct testing by October 31. This new law changes test sampling requirements to include all fixtures that are, or could be, used for cooking or consumption (potable water).  The legislation requires school districts to develop a remediation plan for fixtures that test beyond the acceptable level.

 

The district has contracted with Orange Ulster BOCES to collect the test samples for the K-5 and 6-12 buildings within the required timelines at each level.

 

As required by the Department of Health, Minisink Valley Central School District has been testing source water for lead on its main campus every three years.  The Otisville Elementary campus is supplied with municipal water and tests for lead are conducted by the Town of Otisville, as required by law.

 

The district will report all lead test results to state and local officials, as required by the legislation. Test results will also be provided in writing to all staff and parents and posted on the district’s website. 

 

MVCSD and the Board of Education are committed to keeping our community informed as we continue to maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

EXERCISES IN SAFE BUS RIDING

Posted September 15 at 1:50pm

GRADES K-1:
The MVCSD transportation department is conducting its annual bus safety training program for kindergarten and first grade students. Beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 14, School Bus Driver Instructor (SBDI) and Safety Trainer Pam Reyer lead a team of bus drivers through three kindergarten training sessions at Otisville Elementary.

 

“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our students, and we are always seeking ways of enhancing their safe transport to and from school. This training covers all areas of safe ridership with an emphasis on crossing safety, which is particularly critical for younger students who have little or no experience in bus riding,” Mrs. Reyer said.

 

The K-1 bus safety program includes illustrated presentations and a video on safe bus riding, followed by guided safe crossing exercises in the school’s parking lot, where school buses await. 

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