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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

MARCH: MUSIC IN, AND ACROSS, OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Posted March 23 at 4:00pm

It was the students’ idea! It started with high school students looking for ways to help middle schoolers acclimate to the high school, ahead of freshmen orientation. When Music in Our Schools Month came along, the opportunity created itself: middle school and high school band students came together to play music, learn from each other, and celebrate.

 

This week, March 20-23, Laura Martellaro, middle school band teacher, took groups of students across campus to the high school for band workshops in jazz, woodwind, percussion and brass, with Mr. Horner, Mr. Stickney, and Mr. Christy’s students.

 

Together with their high school peers, band students in grades 7 and 8 engaged in sight-reading of chamber pieces, discussed playing techniques (posture, improvising, tone quality), listened to performances by the high school teachers and senior band members, and learned new breathing exercises with Mr. Sanso, a student-teacher.

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NEW YORK STATE ASSESSMENTS: GRADES 3-8

Posted March 21 at 12:17pm

The spring 2017 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is as follows:

 

  • English Language Arts (ELA) Grades 3-8
          This test will be administered on March 28, 29 and 30 

  • Mathematics Grades 3-8
          This test will be administered on May 2, 3 and 4

Tests will be administered immediately after morning announcements. It is extremely important that your child arrive at school on time. Children who arrive late will be held in the office and will complete the testing on the makeup day. Once testing begins, it cannot be restarted to accommodate late students.


If you know that your child will be absent on one or more of the testing days, please notify the school so alternate arrangements may be made for him/her to make up the test.

A healthy breakfast, a full night's sleep, and a word of encouragement will help your child perform his/her best.

PARENT FACT SHEET: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NYS EXAMS, GRADES 3-8

CONGRATULATIONS TO MINISINK RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARDS

Posted March 20 at 3:30pm

Sixteen Minisink Valley Middle and High School students were honored for their achievements at the 27th Annual Sojourner Truth Awards ceremony on March 10, a program of the Orange County Community College (OCCC). 

 

The Sojourner Truth Awards Program celebrates the cultural diversity of Orange County youth, recognizes the accomplishments of students, and empowers them to pursue their education goals. Student honorees are nominated by their teachers for achievements in one of ten categories.

 

--Minisink Valley High School Honorees and Category Nominations: Jocelyn Benigno Ramos, diversity; Ilahi (Asiya) Creary-Miller, English language arts; Victoria Duncan, creative arts; Naomi Hernandez, sciences; Lovina John, citizenship; Remi Land, perseverance/effort; Ebony Oenga, mathematics; Lianna Ramirez, foreign languages; Aniya Rodriguez, foreign languages; Taisha Santiago, creative arts; Isabella Schaetzle, sciences; Tyacia Thompson, foreign languages; Mia Vizcaino, English language arts.

 

--Minisink Valley Middle School Honorees and Category Nominations: Nasier Brown, English language arts; Hunter Rodriquez, English language arts; and Jordan Santiago, English language arts.

 

“We are so proud of our award recipients,” said JoAnn Westby, middle school guidance counselor who accompanied the students to the ceremony. “We also commend OCCC for offering a night such as this to take the time to recognize the positive achievements of our students. It was inspiring to be seated with so many young people who are striving to meet their potential.”

VISITING PARENT TEACHES AND INSPIRES MRS. JOHNSON'S SCIENCE STUDENTS

Posted March 20 at 2:58pm

“We had a great time learning,” student Rebecca Milby said of a parent visit and presentation by Esther Ruiz, a nursing supervisor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Mrs. Ruiz visited all five of Mrs. Johnson’s seventh grade science classes to share important medical advice—and some of her medical instruments as well.

 

Students gained new insights into some of the most critical systems of the human body and how to keep them healthy.

 

Mrs. Ruiz discussed the benefits of specific types of exercise to specific body systems. Running, basketball and swimming, for instance, can improve the flow and oxygenation of blood through the circulatory or cardiovascular system; stretching and yoga can strengthen the muscular system.

 

Addressing the nutritional needs of growing middle schoolers, Mrs. Ruiz discussed calcium-rich foods for stronger bones—cheese, yogurt, green, leafy vegetables, fish—and she recommended a daily calcium intake of 1,200 mg.

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DRAMA CLUB APPLAUDS MIDDLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

Posted March 20 at 12:26pm

A sold-out opening night was the ultimate reward for MVMS Drama Club students, faculty advisers, and the many production teams of volunteers who gave of their time and talent to bring us another outstanding musical production. Once again, the school community turned out in force to support and applaud the dedication, generosity and creativity of everyone involved--THANK YOU!  

“You would have to come around the auditorium--backstage, the cafeteria, the lobby, the tech room—every afternoon, for two months, to begin to understand how many people and how much dedication it takes to put on a musical production such as ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’” said Teresia Parker, director of the show, and adviser to the Drama Club. “The production is the crown jewel of the experience, but it’s much bigger than the production.”
    

A sincere round of applause to every individual and every family who gave of themselves to allow our students this unique and enduring experience. (Additional photos / Facebook photo album)

MV MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN ALL CATEGORIES OF MATH COMPETITION

Posted March 20 at 10:40am

Congratulations to our middle school's math wizards in grades 6-8: Elizabeth Skalski, Travis Lysyczyn, Jada Gomillia, Eliies Cossley, Bonnie Crowe-Bailey—and their math teachers!

 

Competing against four other schools, the team won first place at the Math Counts Competition on February 24, at the Montgomery Town Park Hall. In the individual competition, Travis Lysyczyn placed first, and Jada Gomillia placed second.

 

Minisink’s top performance in both categories is a testimony of our teachers’ commitment to a quality education and their ability to foster a love of learning in our students.   

 

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SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH CLASSES LEARN CHARACTERIZATION THROUGH ILLUSTRATION

Posted March 9 at 4:40pm

As part of a unit on Jerry Spinelli’s “Crash,” a novel about a school bully, Mrs. Dickman’s seventh-grade English class debated the issue of bullying and its impact on children and teens.  

 

To express their feelings about the story, its characters and themes, the class engaged in a creative Character Doll project involving the illustration of a character of choice.

 

The students enjoyed mixing creativity with learning and imagining what the characters might look like through their illustrations.  

 

"I thought that this project was a really creative way to express what I learned from the book,” Rebecca said. For Liam MacClugage the project helped him with the process of characterization itself, and will serve him well in future readings. 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM

Posted March 9 at 3:46pm

A warm round of applause to our Odyssey of the Mind team for a great performance at the regional tournaments on Saturday, March 4. 

 

Odyssey of the Mind is a very challenging program requiring an array of skills. In addition to a hefty time commitment, it takes good teamwork, the ability to listen to and accept other ideas, creativity, problem-solving, and the will to persevere.

 

Congratulations to Broden Alston, Brighton Blake, Audrey Cahill, Alexandra Kassel, Andrew Monahan, Becky Povill, Jenna-Marie Renna, and team adviser Megan Shafer! 

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SIXTH GRADERS ENTER STATEWIDE POSTER CONTEST AND DELIVER A WINNER

Posted March 9 at 3:16pm

Ninety sixth-grade students in Mrs. Lee’s science/social studies class participated in New York State’s Conserve and Protect Our Water Poster Contest, a first for Minisink Valley Middle School.

 

Over 800 students from 37 schools across the state submitted artwork. Mrs. Lee’s student, Tyler Boyce, was one of 14 winners, statewide.

 

"I am honored because I won this out of all of the students in New York State, and I was able to show that we have to save water worldwide," Tyler said.

 

Winners were voted at the 89th annual meeting of the New York Water Environment Association, one of the sponsoring organizations. Tyler’s poster will be featured in a 2018 calendar to be distributed to state agencies.

 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS INSPIRE SIXTH GRADE CLASS

Posted March 2 at 10:14am

In celebration of Black History Month, sixth-grade students in Mrs. Lockett’s ELA class chose inspiring figures to research and learn about throughout February. They shared their newfound knowledge with the class in the form of biography wheels and Google slide presentations, full of facts and images.

 

Some students took the project a step further and crafted a representation of their chosen figure using a soda bottle and art supplies. Kayla Corn choose Jackie Robinson: "I thought Jackie Robinson was an important person because he changed the game of baseball for people of color, and I also really like to play baseball.” Tianna Amendola who loves gymnastics and the Olympic games, chose Gabby Douglas. She was inspired by Gabby's passion for gymnastics, her goals and setbacks, and her determination to never give up. 

 

The students showed great interest in learning from individuals who have effected positive change in American society and culture, and they took pride in honoring them with their projects.   


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