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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 MAD SCIENCE ASSEMBLY: ENTERTAINING, INTERACTIVE, INSPIRING

Posted January 16 at 3:20pm

MVES K-2 students rode sound waves and caught good vibrations at a recent “Sonic Sounds” Mad Science assembly. Mad scientist Eco Erik used music and funny sounds to engage students in sound experiments and live demonstrations show­ing the properties and transmission of sound waves.

 

Sounds made by solid materials and everyday objects were transformed into a story sound-effect symphony. Students also learned about frequencies, as those of electronic devices, and pitch. A pitch-changing machine altered the children’s voices to sound like gruff monsters or chatty chipmunks.

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MVCSD JANUARY NEWSLETTER IN THE MAIL

Posted January 5 at 10:44am

This weekend, look for the district's January 2018 newsletter in your mailbox! Please find some time to read about exciting changes in our schools' learning environment, and new opportunities for our students and faculty—made possible by a supportive school community and committed staff. 

Inside this edition:

• A word from Superintendent Brian C. Monahan
• MVHS: Students and teachers welcome new courses
• MVMS: Scheduling shifts boost instructional opportunities
• Grades K-5: Innovative scheduling expands personalized learning
• “Sounds Fun!” New language development program for K-students

MVES K-1 LOOP CLASS CELEBRATED HANUKKAH

Posted January 2 at 10:41am

Equipped with a traveling kitchen, class parent Mr. Greenberg visited with Mrs. DiSimone’s kindergartners and Mrs. Bobish’s first graders to show them how to make delicious latkes.

In honor of Hanukkah, the children also made edible dreidels and menorah headbands. Many thanks to the Greenberg Family!

(Additional Photos, provided by Mrs. DeSimone)

A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT

Posted December 22 at 10:02am

As you ready to gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, we want to wish you, our faculty, staff, administrators, parents, students, and Minisink Valley residents, a happy and safe holiday season.

Four months into another exciting and challenging school year, we are mindful that every one of you is in some way invested in the advancement of our educational mission, and the future of Minisink’s youth. We thank you for your individual contributions and support to make this a great place to grown, learn, and work.

In the days ahead, we hope you will find time to create lasting memories with your family, and to recharge your energy to embrace the gift of another year. We will meet again on Tuesday, January 2. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WINTER RECESS

Posted December 21 at 11:34am

Faculty, staff and administrators at Minisink Valley Elementary School wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season, and winter recess. Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 2. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Enjoy some holiday cheer brought to you by our music teacher, Mr. Loretto, and Mr. Walker & Mrs. Naples' 2nd graders. 

 

KINDERGARTNERS AND FIFTH GRADERS CELEBRATE GOOD DEEDS

Posted December 21 at 10:24am

Kindergartners in Mrs. DeSimone’s class are already giving lessons in leadership. Together with their families they collected the largest number of non-perishable items for the holiday food drive organized by Mrs. D’Angelo’s fifth graders.

The older students recognized and celebrated the generous efforts of their youngest peers with a party and fun activities. They made marshmallow snowmen, shared popcorn and juice, and sang songs together.

A job well done by all! (Additional photos.)

SCHOOL LIBRARY IS TECHNOLOGY LAB

Posted December 19 at 2:11pm

With the help of School Librarian Mia McLean, MVES students went beyond the week-long Hour of Code global challenge (Dec. 4-10), and have been exploring the language of computers all through December, during library period.

Logged in at code.org, on a device or on the Smart Board, K-2 students are learning to program Star Wars characters, such as BB8 and R2D2, to create basic games. In the process, they are assimilating programming terminology like code, debug, and data. And since they are at their school library, they can also check out children's books on coding. 

Early exposure to coding helps develop an understanding of the logical thinking behind programming language. Firsthand experience challenges students to use many important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, organization, collaboration, and directional skills. (Additional photos)

2ND GRADERS LEARN A TIMELESS SKILL, STITCH BY STICH

Posted December 19 at 10:39am

With the help of a few moms and grandmas, Mrs. O’Connor’s second graders took their careful time to learn a few basics of hand sewing, on Friday, Dec. 15.

Gently weaving needle and thread, stitch by stitch, each student created a beautiful holiday stocking to present to his/her family as a gift.

Some found it a difficult skill and couldn't imagine the days when clothes were hand-sewn, and families made their own. But everyone was able to complete their sewing project and felt proud of learning a new skill that might yet come in handy.

This activity aligns with the concept of maker education that is behind the growing makerspace movement. Broadly speaking, the goal is to encourage learners to create by interacting with physical objects, and to balance our culture of technology consumption with one of hands-on innovation, experimentation, and construction.  

 

(Additional photos, provided by Trinka O'Connor)

SECOND GRADERS SEARCH THE WORLD OVER FOR HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Posted December 18 at 2:51pm

What in the world is a Christmas Cracker? Mrs. Mankoo’s 2nd graders learned all about them after yet another class trip abroad, this time to England.

 

Equipped with maps, suitcases, airline tickets and passports, Mrs. Mankoo’s class is on a 14-country tour to learn about holiday traditions around the world. At the end of each school day, they watch a video tour of a new country, guided by two young sleuths. They learn to find each country on the map, get their passports stamped, collect special items in a paper suitcase as souvenirs, and practice language skills on a related worksheet.

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K-1 LOOP CLASS LEADS #GIVINGTUESDAY CELEBRATION AT MVES

Posted November 30 at 3:30pm

Without a penny in their pockets, Mrs. Bobish and Mrs. DiSimone’s K-1 students gave from the heart on #GivingTuesday.

 

Mrs. Bobish introduced the students to this global giving event with a slide and video presentation, and Mrs. DiSimone thanked the students and their families for giving to Minisink Cares Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program. Faculty and families of the K-1 loop class adopted the holiday wishes of two children.

 

Inspired by the spirit of giving, students made holiday cards to pair with gifts collected district-wide for Minisink Cares.

 

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