MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

HALLOWEEN POETRY CONTEST: SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS OCT. 27

Posted September 26 at 7:12pm

Dark and scary, or sweet like candy corn, poetry and Halloween go together like trick and treat. Just ask a librarian! Every year the Middle School Library holds a Halloween Poetry Contest to give students an opportunity to have fun with creative writing and enter a friendly competition around Halloween themes. Students in all grades have until Thursday, October 27, to submit their original poems for a chance to win in one of three categories:

 

1) Scariest

2) Best artistic design

3) Grand Prize: Most Spooktacular!

 

Poems can be typed or handwritten. Art and decorations must be done by hand. Originality is a must and creativity is encouraged. All poems must be middle school appropriate.

 

The winner of the “Most Spooktacular” category will read his/her poem over the announcements on Halloween!

 

Click here for a printout of the contest’s rules, and on the post's title to see last year's winners. 

RATIOS MADE EDIBLE

Posted September 26 at 2:40pm

What feeling does the word ratio evoke for you?

 

a. An exciting math concept you aced in middle school.
b. A ghastly anxiety-trigger
c. Colorful, yummy M&M’s

 

Sixth-grade Gold Team students in Mrs. Browning’s math class pick “c”, for now, and are well on their way to “a”.

 

When they were first introduced to ratios, some students struggled to grasp the concept. That was when Mrs. Browning decided to use M&M’s as a relatable--and edible—picture of how much of one thing there is compared to another. Using their own individual M&M bags, students ate their way to working out real-life problems, with each student’s loot yielding different results. 

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SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Posted September 23 at 1:35pm

Middle School pictures will be on Friday, October 7, 2016. Please note that middle school students will receive their order forms shortly. Forms should be filled out and brought in on the day of pictures and checks should be made out to BNL Enterprises, INC.

Pictures may also be ordered online at www.BNLSchoolPictures.com .  Click order and enter code EW8797* (please note the * must be included in order for the code to work).  Please follow the instructions on the order form.

Extra order forms are available in the main office or you may download one by clicking here.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION CONTEST SPONSORED BY STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Posted September 23 at 7:29am

The middle school will be running a Box Tops Contest from now until November 18th.  Blank collection forms are available in the front office and completed forms can be returned there as well.  For each completed form that a student turns in he/she will be entered into a drawing for one of many gift cards.  Students can enter as many times as they like.  Box Tops earn our school money, so start clipping!

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 Contest Letter Home

Box Tops App

Box Tops Contest Collection Sheet

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS BRIDGE SPAGHETTI WITH THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Posted September 22 at 4:48pm

From the plums in Mrs. Lee’s science class, we turn now to spaghetti! Mr. Hoffman’s 7th and 8th grader students have been building bridges with dry spaghetti strands as a quick and easy way to learn and apply the scientific method.

 

To start the assignment, students suspended a strand of spaghetti across two points and manipulated the distance between them. Dangling a paper cup from their spaghetti bridge, they added pennies to it until it snapped. Using the scientific method to investigate problem-questions, they measured variables, identified constants and tested their hypothesis--before comparing their findings with their fellow scientists. 

 

To see additional photos click here.  

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Posted September 19 at 11:49am

Mrs. Lee's sixth grade science class has begun the exciting adventure of exploring the Earth's interior--after a quick stop by the produce aisle. With the help of the Smart Board, students have completed a plum lab where they dissected the fruit and compared it to the Earth's layers! Some also ventured to eat their first plum.

 

What can a plum have in common with our planet? Take a look for yourself! Which part of the plum may represent the crust? The mantle? The core? Careful, the temperature of the Earth's inner core is estimated to average 9,800 °F.  

 

For additional photos of the plum lab, click on the title of this post. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE - HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Posted September 14 at 2:53pm

Welcome back to Minisink Valley Middle School! We are eager to begin a new school year that is filled with new and exciting learning opportunities. We had a successful opening and look forward to seeing our parents and caregivers at Open House. Please note that students should have come home with a completed schedule sheet for Open House night.  If students did not come home with a sheet, we have a second copy for you with their homebase teachers.  Open House Nights are on the following dates and times:

 

  • 6th grade Open House - Thursday, September 15 at 6:00pm in the auditorium.
  • 7th and 8th grade Open House - Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00pm in the auditorium.

TECHNOLOGY BEGINS WITH SAWDUST

Posted September 13 at 2:11pm

Students in Mr. Budd’s 7th grade technology class are making their own rulers! They start by sanding a ruler blank which is then placed into an 80-watt laser engraver to imprint the measurement markings. In the last phase of the project, students personalize their rulers using a 25-watt laser engraver to imprint their names. At the end of the first quarter, they will take their rulers and experience the satisfaction of utilizing something they produced. This annual project was first developed by Mr. Corwin, and Mr. Budd is happy to keep it going. For additional photos, go to our Facebook page

WARRIORS VARSITY FOOTBALL HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH

Posted September 8 at 7:14pm

On this Friday, September 9th, at 7:00 PM the Minisink Valley varsity football team will be hosting FDR for this year's home opener at John Bell Field.   As a reminder, all Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult or they will not be permitted to attend the game.  It is essential that all Middle School students attending this game, and all subsequent home games, have appropriate adult supervision.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

 GO WARRIORS!!!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Posted September 1 at 4:28pm

Welcome back! I hope each of you is feeling rested and recharged and is coming back with memorable summer stories to share.

We have a fresh and exciting school year ahead of us, with new and additional learning opportunities for our students and faculty. We look forward to seeing every one of you discovering, growing and thriving. 

 

Our bus drivers and our department of transportation are eager to be the first to welcome our  students back to school, and thanks to the dedicated and capable work of our buildings and grounds team, we are looking better than ever.

 

Returning and new faculty and staff are committed to creating a safe and challenging learning environment, and together we pledge to give all our students the highest quality education to prepare them for a fulfilling future. 

  

Enjoy the last long weekend of summer, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 6, the first day of school. A great school year to us all!

Brian C. Monahan
Superintendent of Schools

 

 


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