MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

SUNSHINE CHORUS SPREADS CHEER AT SENIOR LIVING CENTER

Posted December 19 at 7:46am

More than 40 Minisink Valley Middle School Chorus students performed at the Promenade Senior Center in Middletown on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Under the direction of chorus director, Mr. Dan Bradley, the students sang Hanukkah and Christmas songs for almost an hour. Thank you to these chorus students for spreading holiday cheer and brightening the day for the residents with the joy of music.

HOLIDAY CARDS FOR SOLDIERS

Posted December 17 at 3:45pm

For the third year, MVCSD schools have participated in the Cards and Letters for Soldiers campaign.  Students from Otisville Elementary and Minisink Elementary created more than 300 unique handwritten cards and letters for our soldiers.  These efforts were led by Art teacher Mrs. Welsh and Music teacher Mr. Loretto.  The Intermediate School, Middle School, and High School have plans to continue this initial effort.  

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this worthy project.  Mrs. Becky Olah and the American Legion Kids’ Club labeled and packaged the cards.  The American Legion Auxiliary of George Smith Post 1607 from Unionville, NY provided the postage. Thank you.

The Minisink Valley school community offers sincere gratitude and warm holiday wishes to the men and women who are serving in the Armed Forces.

MRS. JOHNSON'S 8TH GRADE SCIENCE CLASSES MAKE THEIR OWN FRAGRANCES

Posted December 15 at 5:20pm

On Friday, December 12, the Vice President of Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Mr. Norman Appel, visited Mrs. Johnson’s 8th Grade Science Classes.  His presentation taught the students the difference between solutions and mixtures and allowed students to experience what it is like to work in a lab as a chemist.  The students had an opportunity to ask questions about being a chemist, why he chose this career, and various other questions related to the topic. Students were provided with an explanation of how a fragrance is composed and also had the opportunity to make their own fragrance.  A wonderful learning experience was had by everyone that participated.  Click here to view more pictures.

MINISINK VALLEY MATH TEAM IS VICTORIOUS

Posted December 12 at 3:13pm

On Thursday, December 11, the Minisink Valley Jr. Math Team (A Team) remained victorious by defeating the seven best teams from all four sections at The Finals. Congratulations to the following team members on their outstanding season:  Victoria Burger and Kevin Feng from the Middle School and James Drake, Lanny Ferdinandsen, Corinne Grainger, Dylan Moyse, and Zoey Paduch from the High School.  Also, congratulations to Coach Dave Hamilton on a wonderful season.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR DEBUT

Posted December 10 at 1:52pm

Variety was the key word for the Middle School Chorus Concert on Monday, December 8th.  Three Choirs (grades 6, 7, and 8) and 2 Doo-Wop groups performed in front of a filled auditorium.  For the first time in Minisink Valley Middle School history, the Eighth Grade Chorus is now a "Show Choir".  A great time was had by all at the concert.  While all three combined choruses were singing the finale, Santa arrived and delighted the audience, thanking them for their support of our local food drives which provide for those in need.

Click here for a more detailed summary of the Chorus Event.

WINTER BAND CONCERT

Posted December 10 at 6:32am

The Middle School Band Concert will be held on Monday, December 15th

The 6th Grade Band will perform at 6:30 pm and the 7/8 Grade Bands will perform at 7:45 pm

We respectfully ask that those who attend the 6th grade concert and are taking their children home do so immediately following the 6th grade concert to help make room for those attending the 7/8 Grade concert.  This will help to alleviate with overcrowding in the auditorium. 

The Snow Date is Tuesday, December 16th.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.

SCIENCE CLASS ANALYZES SPEED USING HOT WHEELS

Posted December 2 at 11:26am

Mr. Hoffman’s 8th Grade Science students used “Hot Wheels” to investigate the motion of toy cars.  Students created a “race track” and positioned themselves with stop watches at various points along the track.  As the car passed each point, students recorded the time in their data charts.  After three trials students headed back to the classroom and used the data to analyze the speed of the vehicle as well as to complete graphs and analyze the reliability of this experiment.

IMPORTANT CONFERENCE DAY INFORMATION

Posted December 2 at 11:00am

Please be reminded that on Friday, December 5th our district is scheduled to have a half-day of school to accommodate afternoon conferences.  This conference day is part of our original student calendar and there have been no changes to this conference day.  Middle School students will be dismissed at 11:00am and parent/teacher conferences will be held from 12:00pm to 2:10pm for those parents who have previously scheduled appointments.

 

The November 26, 2014 parent/teacher conferences that were cancelled, because of the poor weather conditions, have been rescheduled to the afternoon of Thursday, December 11, 2014.  Middle School students will be dismissed at 11:00am and parent/teacher conferences will be held from 12:00pm to 2:10pm. 

 

Only parents that had previously scheduled conferences will be rescheduled.  Rescheduling can be done by contacting our Guidance Office at 355-5210.

ORANGE COUNTY YOUTH SURVEY

Posted December 1 at 4:10pm

Minisink Valley CSD will be working with Orange County Health and Mental Health Departments, the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and The Center for Research, Regional Education, and Orange County Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz to conduct a county-wide survey of middle and high school students in grades 8, 10, and 12.  The purpose of the Orange County Youth Survey (OCYS) is to improve our community’s understanding of students’ strengths and the risks they may face for developing health problems like smoking, underage drinking and other drug use.  The information provided can help us all, schools and parents, take steps to reduce and prevent these problems.  

 

If your child participates, he/she will be asked to complete a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered by a classroom teacher or other school staff member.  The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.  Students will be given the survey in a computer lab utilizing a web-based (on-line) questionnaire that should last between 20-25 minutes. If there are any questions your child does not wish to answer, he/she is free to skip questions and may stop taking the survey at any time he/she chooses.  Students who do not wish to participate in the survey, stop participating, or whose parents choose to deny permission for their participation will be provided with an appropriate alternative activity while the surveys are being administered.

                                       Please click here to preview the Parent Notification Letter and Refusal Form.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL HELP THOSE IN NEED!

Posted November 29 at 10:11am

The Minisink Valley Middle School participated in a food drive to help local families during the holidays.  The Middle School Student Government, led by Mr. Matt Moyles and Mrs. Jen Pagnanella, helped organize the efforts and they were a huge success.  Together the the middle school collected a van full of canned goods and nonperishable foods.  Thank you to all of the students who brought in items and the staff members who helped our children to experience the joy and value of giving back to their community.


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