MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

CLASS OF 2020 SHIRTS FOR SALE

Posted May 4 at 7:08am

Attention 8th Grade Parents:

Any parents interested in purchasing a Class of 2020 t-shirt, please contact Lynda McKeon at lmckeon@minisnk.com.  Shirts are available for $10 each and have each of the 8th graders names on the back. 

MV STUDENTS PERFORM AT JUNIOR HIGH ALL-COUNTY FESTIVAL

Posted April 27 at 9:30am

Thirteen Minisink Valley students in grades 7-9 participated in the Junior High All County Festival on April 15-16, at the Pine Bush High School. Students throughout Orange County auditioned in February for the chance to be selected to this prestigious event.  

“The purpose of this festival is to give students who are at the top of their school’s music department an opportunity to perform with others who are at the same performance level,” said Laura Martellaro, music/band teacher. 

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS FIRST DESSERT SOLO CONCERT: APRIL 28, 7:00PM

Posted April 25 at 3:35pm

All are invited to a special free concert on Thursday, April 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Middle school cafeteria. Band director, Laura Martellaro, and chorus director, Dan Bradley, invited all interested 8th grade musicians and vocalists to participate, and more than 20 students volunteered their time and talent. 

The performance will follow the style of a chamber concert and is designed for a smaller setting and audience. Tea, coffee, desserts and soft drinks will be on sale with all proceeds benefiting the music department.

FIRST ANNUAL CHRIS CORWIN SCHOLARSHIP CAR SHOW: MAY 23

Posted April 25 at 3:14pm

On Monday, May 23, from 4-7p.m. Minisink Valley Middle School will host a car show sponsored by the MVMS Technology Club to help raise funds for the Chris Corwin Scholarship Fund. 

 

Attractions and Activities:

• Concession with BBQ items
• Popcorn, cotton candy & ice cream
• DJ
• Face painting & yard games
• Raffle items and 50/50
• State and local police
• Local Fire Department and EMS

For more information contact Andy Mink, amink@minisink.com or Rich Budd, rbudd@minisink.com or go to https://googl/G9iT7d  All are welcome! 

FOR THE LOVE OF READING AND LIBRARIES

Posted April 18 at 2:44pm

On April 13, the Middle School Library’s Book Club participated in the Orange-Ulster BOCES Great New York Read Aloud at the Emanuel Axelrod Education Center in Goshen. 

 

Libraries and schools throughout New York State sponsor Read Aloud events during National Library Week to give students and families an opportunity to celebrate their love of reading. 

 

Among this year’s highlights of the regional Read Aloud were local author and storyteller Pamela Schembri--who had everyone stomping their feet with an interactive story--famous book characters in costume, and, most importantly, lots of students ready to showcase their proficient reading and their theatrical skills. 

 

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSES SERVE AS FOCUS GROUPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL MARKETING STUDENTS

Posted April 5 at 9:08am

On Wednesday, March 29, three middle school classes, grades 6-8, served as focus groups for a high school marketing class. Seven high school students implemented a market survey study to poll their younger peers’ interest in a picture frame built by technology students. The product is meant as a Mother’s Day gift, and proceeds will benefit Chris Corwin’s Scholarship Fund.  

 

“It was great to go into the middle school classes and see how younger kids feel about this product, and their ideas about the best way to sell it.  We could see that each class had different market segments,” said Morgan Ratynski, one of students in Mrs. Cricchio’s Principles of Marketing class at the high school.

 

In Mrs. Lee’s  6th grade science class, the survey was followed by a discussion about the meaning of marketing and the role of market research in launching a new product. 

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NEW YORK STATE ASSESSMENTS GRADES 3-8

Posted March 31 at 2:31pm

The spring 2016 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is as follows:
 

  • English Language Arts (ELA) / Grades 3-8
    This test will be administered on April 5, 6 and 7

  • Mathematics / Grades 3-8
    This test will be administered on April 13, 14 and 15


Tests will be administered immediately following 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.

SOLD-OUT MUSIC MAN JR. WAS COMMUNITY EFFORT

Posted March 18 at 6:20pm

On or off stage, every one of the 89 middle school students in the drama club played a role in the twice sold-out production of Music Man Jr. on March 10 and 11.  In the words of director Teresia Parker, the endeavor was truly a community effort. “No part of this was more important than another,” she said. “Actors, stage crew, construction and tech teams, concession helpers, students, teachers, parents—it took everyone to make it happen.”

 

The school’s spring production was dedicated to the memory and legacy of Chris Corwin, a beloved middle school technology teacher who devoted countless hours to help build the sets for every stage production for the past three years. A portion of the proceeds from the two performances of Music Man, Jr. were donated to the MVMS technology club in memory of Mr. Corwin.  

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MIDDLE SCHOOL ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM EARNS 2ND PLACE

Posted March 18 at 8:50am

The middle school’s Odyssey of the Mind team earned a proud second place finish at the regional tournament on Saturday, March 12, in Goshen. Among all the new teams in this year’s competition, Minisink’s middle schoolers secured the highest score in the long-term problem category.

 

The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing creative opportunities to solve open-ended problems in a team setting. The annual regional tournament presents these quirky, fun and challenging problems – and their innovative solutions – in a dynamic competition that fuses engineering arts, performance, teamwork and learning.

 

Coached by Megan Shafer, music/band teacher, the seven Minisink students in grades 6-8 competed in Division II, Problem 3, which involved the creation of a theatrical production.

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READING AND TECHNOLOGY CONNECT SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS

Posted March 15 at 8:09am

Middle school students were among the guests invited to read to Otisville elementary students during the Great Otisville Read Aloud, March 7-11.  Coordinated by OES librarian, Candice Sheerer, the annual week-long program encourages reading and the love of books.  From school to school, and library to library, older students shared favorite poems and stories with younger students in Otisville via Google Hangout, a video-chat platform.

 

“It was fun to experience giving knowledge to little children,” said Taren Richards, an 8th-grade student.

 

"I look forward to the Otisville Read Aloud every year!  The participating middle school students light up when they see how well the younger students respond to their reading," said Maggie Spicehandler, library media specialist at the middle school.


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