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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

UPDATES TO STUDENT CALENDAR: IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MONAHAN

Posted April 12 at 2:34pm

Parents/guardians, please click here to view a letter from Superintendent Brian C. Monahan regarding two changes to the student calendar. 

FOOTBALL PROGRAM: IMPORTANT PARENT MEETING, THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 7PM

Posted April 18 at 3:20pm

Parents of students in the football program, please join us for an important meeting on Thur., April 19, at 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. This includes parents of football players at all levels: grades 7-8, freshmen, varsity and junior varsity. 

Discussion topics will include the addition of the new freshman football team which will give 7th & 8th graders the ability to play only 7th & 8th grade teams, as well as all of events in the upcoming season, and off-season workouts.

GRADUATING FROM SWINGS TO PENDULUMS IN SCIENCE CLASS

Posted April 17 at 11:47am

To the parents of these seventh graders, pushing them on a playground swing might seem just like yesterday. But today swings are pendulums, and they're playing with the laws of physics instead.

 

During a swing time pendulum lab in Mr. Hoffman’s science class, seventh graders explored factors affecting the swing of a pendulum, created hypothesis and testing procedures, recorded and graphed their findings after each experiment, and analysed their data to communicate their conclusions.

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8TH GRADE BADMINTON: CONGRATULATIONS TO "GOLDEN RACKET" WINNERS

Posted April 17 at 10:10am

MVMS physical education department capped a badminton unit with a lunchtime tournament for the eighth grade class champions. Congratulations to all participants, and to Kai Colon and Molly Witkowski, winners of the "Golden Racket" awards in their respective brackets. 

8TH GRADE BAND & CHORUS RECITAL NIGHT: APRIL 18, 7PM

Posted April 16 at 10:23am

The Minisink Valley Middle School music program is proud to announce The Third Annual Eighth Grade Recital, coming to the school cafetorium on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

 

Also known at the Dessert Concert, this musical event is set up in cabaret style with students performing solos from musicals, pop culture, and classical standards – while the audience enjoys sweets and drinks provided by the band and chorus officers.

 

“This is a unique opportunity where the students have 100 percent creative control of their selections,” said Laura Hulle, music and band teacher. “It is so great to see the students creating music together!”

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LIBRARY PROJECT CONNECTS STUDENTS WITH HISTORY OF GREAT DEPRESSION

Posted April 9 at 3:07pm

The middle school library helped eighth graders connect with the experience of the Great Depression by challenging students to build a Hooverville, or shanty town, out of cardboard.

 

For most of our students, the idea of living in a shanty town or city slum is something foreign and unthinkable. But as eighth graders in Mrs. Keppler’s social studies class recently learned, shanty towns became a part of the American experience during the Great Depression. In the midst of intolerable economic and social conditions, unemployed and evicted from their homes, many Americans turned to what materials they could find to build shelters for themselves, mostly around major cities. These desperate communities were known as Hoovervilles, a reference to then-President Herbert Hoover.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CONDUCT SECURITY REVIEW OF ALL MINISINK VALLEY SCHOOLS: APRIL 10

Posted April 9 at 12:14pm

We would like to inform our school community of a police presence on our Minisink Valley and Otisville campuses on Tues., April 10.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will conduct security reviews of each one of our schools and facilities. They will be joined by New York State Police and Mount Hope Police.

We express our appreciation to our law enforcement agencies for their concern and efforts to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

MVCSD MAKING SWITCH TO COMPUTER-BASED TESTING FOR ELA, MATH EXAMS

Posted April 3 at 11:31am

When our students sit down to take the New York State Education Department (NYSED) 3-8 ELA and math exams this spring, they won’t be holding a No. 2 pencil.

 

Minisink Valley schools will be among 600 others switching to computer-based testing for this spring’s state exams.

 

All school districts in New York state were given this option for 2018. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) established the goal to implement statewide computer-based testing starting in 2020. (View full article for our school's exam schedule.)

 

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MINISINK VALLEY KOLETON BRIECKE IS SPELLING BEE CHAMPION

Posted March 26 at 10:01am

CONGRATULATIONS to Minisink Valley eighth-grader, Koleton Briecke, winner of the Orange County Spelling Bee competition!

 

Minisink’s representation included Koleton and Elizabeth Skalski, a seventh-grader. They qualified for the county’s competition by winning in their grade category at the Minisink Valley Middle School Spelling Bee Championships last December. School librarian Maggie Spicehandler organizes the event.

 

Hosted by the Orange-Ulster BOCES Library Department on March 22, the county’s competition put 17 contenders to the test. In the final round, Koleton faced Carly Weinberger, an eighth grader from Chester Academy. He sealed his win with the word “reconcilable.” Koleton’s secret? Lots of reading!

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SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARDS RECOGNIZE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MINISINK STUDENTS

Posted March 26 at 9:02am

Twenty-three Minisink Valley Middle and High School students were honored for their achievements at the 28th Annual Sojourner Truth Awards ceremony, at SUNY Orange, on March 9. Our honorees were cheered by accompanying school administrators, faculty, and family members.

 

"It was an honor to receive the Sojourner Truth Award,” said middle school student Ann Marie Solimando. “I always try to do my best and was so happy that my effort was acknowledged. Thank you."

 

The Sojourner Truth Awards celebrate the cultural diversity of Orange County youth, recognize the accomplishments of students, and empower them to pursue their education goals.

 

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INTRAMURAL SWIMMING AND DIVING PROGRAM: APRIL 9 - MAY 24

Posted March 26 at 8:32am

What: Intramural Swimming and Diving Program

Who: Students in grades 6-8 who are interested in competitive swimming or diving

When: Mon., April 9 - Thu., May 24 (in two assigned group schedules*)

IMPORTANT: Mandatory swim assessment on Wednesday April 4, immediately after school
(Students must successfully complete 2 lengths of the pool without stopping, and tread water for 1 minute)

Group Schedules: Groups will be assigned after the swim assessment based on registration and assessment results to ensure effective instruction, supervision and safety.

• Group 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
• Group 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Registration/Information: Students may pick up permission slips and additional information from their physical education teachers. All questions should be directed to MDonnelly@minisink.com or GSutera@minisink.com


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