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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

JOIN JADEN AND MVMS'S "PINKED OUT" DAY, FRI., 10/20

Posted October 19 at 6:30pm

Jaden Smernaos, a Minisink Valley seventh grader, is the youngest member of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign, and is leading the way in awareness and fundraising efforts in Orange County. Now he is calling on the entire school community to WEAR PINK on Friday, Oct. 20, to raise awareness for breast cancer, honor victims, and celebrate survivors.

 

Real-man Jaden has been wearing pink since Oct. 1, and will continue through Oct. 31. He has created his own campaign page and between networking, a bake sale, a pizza eating contest and family night at Slate Hill’s Cugino’s, he’s already raised over $4,000—with 12 more days to go.

 

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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION CONTEST SPONSORED BY STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Posted October 13 at 7:30am

It's Box Tops Contest Time!  Our Spring collection will run from October 16th until November 3rd.  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 November 3rd.  Please be sure to use the school issued form that has entry and clipping information on it.  

 

For each completed form that a student turns in, he/she will be entered into a drawing for one of many gift cards in November'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

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE ONLINE SIGN-UP!

Posted October 5 at 10:36am

Parent Teacher Conference days are just around the corner at Minisink Valley Middle School. Sign up will occur on our School Appointments webpage from October 10th through November 3rd. This year, we are offering four dates to accommodate your schedule. As dates and times are limited, please understand you will not be able to see all of your child’s teachers. The following dates will be used for conferences:

 

Friday

Nov. 17, 2017

12:00pm-2:00pm

Wednesday

Nov. 22, 2017

8:00am-11:00am

Wednesday

Nov. 29, 2017

6:00pm-8:00pm

Friday

Dec. 1, 2017

12:00pm-2:00pm

 

This year, appointments for parent teacher conferences will be done online by clicking here! A brief overview and tutorial for the website can be accessed by clicking here! Please note you can add your email address to receive reminder email regarding your appointments.

 

Any additional conferences for 7th and 8th grade Foreign Language, AIS English and/or Math, Speech, and/or Reading must be booked through the Guidance Office at 355-5210.

Article: "Getting the most out of Parent/Teacher conferences" 

MORE CHOICES FOR STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY CLASS

Posted October 3 at 1:22pm

Giving students more choices in his technology class was on Mr. Clemmons’s mind as a new school year approached.

 

Expanding on previously taught projects, he was able to enhance the program with multi-media music videos (one student created a lyric music video); stop-motion animation; a greater variety of electronics-based projects, such as the construction of a reaction game; as well as a complex electronics/robotics project involving extensive soldering. The latter is expected to take three weeks to complete, plus two-three weeks to troubleshoot.

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SIXTH GRADERS CATAPULT INTO TECHNOLOGY CLASS

Posted October 2 at 3:43pm

Have you asked your sixth grader how she/he is liking technology class? It’s one of the exciting changes that come with graduating to the middle school.

This year’s sixth graders were introduced to this new, hands-on subject with a catapult project. This scaled model built in wood, was to have the capability to launch a table-tennis ball at a target, and score as many points as possible. 

Students started by drawing a set of full-scale plans for their catapult, before measuring and cutting all the components. In the process, they applied math and science skills, and learned to use a variety of tools. 

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EIGHTH GRADE CERAMICS: CREATIVITY AND CONNECTIONS

Posted October 2 at 12:05pm

In their first quarter of art class, eighth graders are experimenting with the most primitive of all media: clay.

 

Developing their ideas from sketches, and using checklists as they work, students are sculpting ceramic sea turtles, wizards, and coil pots--which will give everyone a turn at the potter’s wheel. Just as important, students are challenged to place their artistic creations in societal, cultural and historical contexts.

 

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REMINDER: MVHS PTO “MY SCHOOL COLOR RUN” THIS SUN., OCT. 1

Posted September 29 at 11:51am

The 2nd annual, community-wide My School Color Run, "Powder to the People" will take place on Sun., Oct. 1, at 9:30 am. Your participation will help raise funds for the High School PTO.

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

The event begins and ends on the campus of Minisink Valley Middle School, located at 2320 Route 6, Middletown, NY 10940. Check-in begins at 8. Race starts at 9:30.

For more information contact Simone Demberg at 845-597-6836 / skdemberg1122@gmail.com; Laura Kroll at 845-283-1122; or go to the event’s Facebook page.

6TH GRADERS MOVE, AND EAT, THROUGH THE ROCK CYCLE

Posted September 28 at 2:30pm

Sixth graders in Mrs. Lee’s gold science classes had some edible help with their understanding of a unit on rocks.

 

Lessons involved an exploration of the complexities of the rock cycle, discovering and comparing how rocks are formed, and learning to identify a rock’s place in the cycle. As part of the new Next Generation Science Standards, the unit incorporated some innovative ways of learning, including integrated Chrome Book activities, as well as interactive rock centers that allowed students to “become rocks” and move through the cycle as one.

 

But the unit’s sweet spot was the creation of edible candy rocks, with the help of Mr. Caldwell, Mrs. Lockett, and Mrs. McElroy. If it’s starting to sound like a really good time, well, there were songs about rocks, too.

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SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

Posted September 27 at 7:12am

Middle School pictures will be on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Please note that middle school students should have already received their order forms. Forms should be filled out and brought in on the day of pictures. All checks should be made out to BNL Enterprises, INC.

Pictures may also be ordered online at www.BNLSchoolPictures.com .  Click "order portraits" and enter code 2G9W4P6.  Please follow the instructions on the order form.

Extra order forms are available in the main office.

MINISINK VALLEY “GOES GOLD” FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER ON SEP. 29

Posted September 25 at 8:05am

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. On Fri., Sep. 29, our school community is wearing gold/yellow in solidarity with children and families affected by childhood cancer--including our own survivor, Valerie Moore, a high school junior.  

Childhood cancer is now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in developed and developing countries. Gold is the national color for childhood cancer. “Go Gold for Childhood Cancer” is an awareness campaign that encourages people to take action and press for the development of new treatments and therapies.

So show your support for children who are fighting the disease, honor those we have lost, and celebrate survivors. GO GOLD on Sep. 29!  


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