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MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

SCHOOL STARTS SEPT. 5: IS YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS PLAN UP TO DATE?

Posted August 8 at 11:07am

Parent-school communications impact students' social and emotional development, their engagement in learning and academic achievement. The school year is fast approaching. Are you connected? 

• Is your current contact information—including phone/email—on file with the school district? To be sure, login to your SchoolTool/Parent Portal account and review your contact information. 
Parents of NEW STUDENTS: Have you enrolled in the SchoolTool Parent Portal to view your student’s information throughout the school year? To learn more and sign up, go to the Parent Portal page.
• Do you have the SchoolTool mobile app to receive push-notifications? For complete information and to download, go to the Parent Portal page, or download directly from the Apple's iTunes store or the Google play store.

Let's stay connected throughout the school year using every tool available. And remember to stay on top of school and district news by checking in at minisink.com, or opening the news feed of our mobile app, and following us on Facebook

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION: AUGUST 14, 16, 20, 22, 27

Posted August 7 at 8:09am

The Registrar's office will open for new student registration on August 14, 16, 20, 22, 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. 

Come prepared: Go to the "New Students" page for complete registration information, including the list of required documents, and the six required registration forms found at the bottom of the page. 


Bring all required registration documents and forms filled out—and your questions—to the Registrar, located in the district's administrative offices. We are ready to assist you, and to welcome you and your family to our school district. 

CAPITAL PROJECT: PHASE I CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Posted August 1 at 9:57am

The first phase of the $36.9 million capital project approved by voters in February 2017 has been underway since June 25 and is scheduled to conclude on August 31.

 

This summer’s construction has focused on the elementary and intermediate school buildings at the Minisink campus. Earlier in the summer, construction crews removed original vinyl asbestos tile from 25 classrooms at Minisink Valley Elementary School and have been replacing them with bright, new vinyl (non-asbestos) tile.

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SWIMMING/DIVING CAMPERS SHOW THEIR PROMISE

Posted July 31 at 3:02pm

All 54 participants in the Swimming & Diving Camp underway this week are off to an impressive start. "We had some of the fastest times on day one!” said Brian Golden, head coach for the camp and the boys varsity swimming program. “These kids are serious swimmers, ready to go! The outlook is very promising."

 

Among campers, first grader Gavin loves swimming and hopes to get a lot better at it by week’s end. His sister Bernadette, a fifth grader, looks forward to swimming with her friends every day. Eight grader Brandon appreciates the coaching staff and their instruction, and third grader Page loves diving and making new friends.

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CHEERLEADING CAMPERS READY FOR SHOWTIME

Posted July 30 at 3:29pm

The Warriors Cheerleading Summer Camp came to a spectacular closing on July 26, with the youngest of Minisink’s cheerleaders putting on a performance for their families in the high school gym.

 

During a camp session, first-time participant Taylor, a third grader, shared some insights while stopping at the water cooler. "I had a great day and I love to learn new cheers," Taylor said. When she goes home, she likes to demonstrate learned skills to her mom and dog Coco. Olivia, another third grader, prefers the camp’s stunt and dance components.

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MVHS SWIMMING-DIVING SUMMER CAMP, AGES 7-17: JULY 30-AUG. 3, 2018

Posted July 12 at 10:35am

The Minisink Valley Swimming and Diving Summer Camp is a comprehensive program covering the four major swimming strokes, and the basic skills of competitive diving. Emphasizing the mastering of techniques for all aspects of the sport, the camp will be guided by Brian Golden, head coach for MV’s varsity boys swimming, with the assistance of varsity standouts.

Hours: Swimming – 12 - 2 p.m. • Diving: 1:15 – 3 p.m.
Location: Minisink Valley High School pool
Cost: $125 per swimmer • $100 per diver • $200 swimming & diving sessions
PROGRAM BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION FORM
Additional Information: bgolden@minisink.com

If your child is interested in participating, fill out the registration form on the program brochure, and submit it with payment to Coach Golden, ASAP.  It's bound to be another super week of camp!

2018 WARRIORS CHEERLEADING SUMMER CAMP, AGES 6-15: JULY 23-26

Posted July 12 at 10:00am

Hosted by MVHS varsity cheerleaders, under the direction of Coach Patti Archiere, the cheerleading summer camp will cover cheerleading fundamentals (motions, technique), cheer, jumps, dance, training and conditioning, stunting (age appropriate), limited tumbling, games and prizes. The camp is open to ages 6-15, in all skill levels, and participants need not be Minisink residents.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Location: Minisink Valley High School
Cost: $90 per child • $150 for two family members; $220 for three or more family members
REGISTRATION FORM (Also available at www.minisinkhscheer.com)
Additional Information: Contact Coach Archiere at mvyouthcheercamp@yahoo.com

2018 SCHOOL LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS

Posted June 23 at 1:05pm

Summer reading encourages lifelong learning, helps students keep their skills up, and boosts student achievement. SAVE-THE-DATES and take advantage of our school library resources during the summer.

 

• Elementary School (at the IS library): Wednesdays — July 11, 18, 25 ▪ August 1, 8, 15 ▪ Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Intermediate School: Tuesdays — July 10, 17, 24, 31 ▪ August 7, 14 ▪ Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Otisville Elementary: Tuesdays — July 10, 17, 24, 31 ▪ August 7, 14 ▪ Hours: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

• Middle School: Thursdays — July 12, 19, 26 ▪ August 2, 9, 16 ▪ Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• High School: Mondays — July 9, 16, 23, 30 ▪ August 6, 13 ▪ Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

All elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the library. Continue to full-article for additional information and links to other reading materials.

 

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SCIENTISTS GROW IN MRS. MCDERMOTT'S CLASS

Posted June 21 at 1:27pm

It's never too early to explore microscopes, or dream about being a scientist! With the help high school science teacher, Mrs. Jordan, first graders in Mrs. McDermott's class had their first glimpse of the nervous system, and living cellular structures, through a series of microscope slides.  

But that was only half of the excitement. For a full, hands-on experience, students created their own microscope slides—of their cheek cells! As any proper scientist would, they drew and wrote all about their personal observations.

Mrs. Jordan is patiently awaiting our first graders at the high school for new, and bolder scientific adventures.  

(Additional photos, provided by Mrs. McDermott)

MVES SECOND GRADERS WRITE AND PUBLISH THEIR FIRST BOOK

Posted June 19 at 2:37pm

Some people spend a lifetime planning to write a book, someday. But a group of second graders at MV Elementary couldn’t wait to get started.

 

Their teachers, Mrs. Mankoo and Mrs. Padavano, collaborated to develop an informational text writing unit. The students began by researching and becoming experts on a topic of their choice, consulting the Britannica site through Orange-Ulster BOCES.

 

Armed with their new, specialized knowledge, the students developed a rough draft, created T-charts to examine pros and cons, identified logical relations with Venn diagrams, used flow charts, parallel illustrations and other graphic organizers, edited their text, and published their first book—complete with a table of contents and vocabulary.

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