MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

UPDATE TO STUDENT RECORDS POLICY: NEW “OPT-OUT” POLICY FOR LIMITED DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Posted August 30 at 11:19am

Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and our new Facebook page.

 

This news may include photos of classroom activities and programs, sports events, drama and musical performances, award ceremonies, honor roll lists and other academic recognitions, the annual yearbook, etc.  As previously announced in the district’s August Newsletter, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.” 

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MICHAEL LARSEN IS APPOINTED MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Posted August 29 at 4:01pm

Minisink Valley’s Board of Education has appointed Michael Larsen as the new principal of the Minisink Valley Middle School. Mr. Larsen has served as assistant principal of the middle school for the past five years, and most recently as acting principal.  

 

Since joining the district in 2002, Mr. Larsen served as physical education teacher at Otisville Elementary School, the high school and middle school, before taking on an administrative role.

 

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education and administrators point to Mr. Larsen’s proven leadership in continuing to advance the quality of education for Minisink’s middle school students as one of the main reasons for his appointment. 

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UPDATE: MIDDLE SCHOOL PARKING LOT CONSTRUCTION

Posted August 22 at 7:38am

The Minisink Valley Middle School entrance and parking lot continues to be under construction.  However, at this time, the Route 6 entrance is OPEN.  Please utilize the upper parking lot when coming to the middle school.  Also, be aware that construction vehicles will be using the driveway down from the intermediate building to continue paving the lower lot.  


Sports permission slip forms and current physicals are now being accepted by the middle school nurse.  Whether you drop off or mail these forms, please have them submitted no later than September 1st.

You may mail any sports forms or correspondence to:

Minisink Valley Middle School
Attention:  Melissa Singer
PO Box 217
Slate Hill, NY 10973

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PTO BACK TO SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF LUNCHEON

Posted August 16 at 9:10am

Parents of Minisink Valley Middle Schoolers: The MVMS PTO would LOVE to have your help. We are accepting donations of your time, beverages, desserts, and other items for the "back to school" staff luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 1.  If you are willing and able, please bring any of these items to the MS office between 7am-10am on Thursday, September 1.  We ask that you click here to sign up to avoid duplication and to allow us to organize this lovely event.

The Middle School PTO thanks you in advance for your continued support and generosity.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARKING LOT CONSTRUCTION

Posted August 10 at 10:03am

Please be aware that the Minisink Valley Middle School parking lot is under construction.  Should you need to drop something off we ask that you please park in the available spots just below the Intermediate School.  You may walk through the "coned-off" area to get to the main office.


Sports permission slip forms and current physicals are being accepted by the Middle School nurse at this time.  Whether you drop off or mail these forms, please have them submitted no later than September 1st.

 

You may mail any sports forms or correspondence to:

 


Minisink Valley Middle School
Attention:  Melissa Singer
PO Box 217
Slate Hill, NY 10973



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6th GRADE LOCKER DAY - MONDAY, AUGUST 22

Posted August 8 at 10:36am


On Monday, August 22nd all 6th grade students are invited to come to the Minisink Valley Middle School anytime between 9 am - 12 pm to get their new school lock and locker.  This is a great opportunity to come in early, learn your combination, and to set up your locker with school supplies.  We hope to see you there!

MIDDLE SCHOOL’S “PROJECT COOPERATION” SUMMER CAMP WELCOMES ALL 6TH GRADERS

Posted August 3 at 1:58pm

The sun came out just in time for Water and Sports Day of Project Cooperation, a school-funded three-day summer camp offered to all 6th graders entering the middle school in September. Nearly 250 campers enjoyed outdoor fun, including tie-dyeing, giant inflatables, water-balloon games, and the mandatory dunk-tank.

 

All program activities are designed to provide a memorable summer while teaching 6th graders to work cooperatively, build leadership skills, and strengthen their sense of self-esteem.

 

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for Otisville and Intermediate school students to get to know one another.  All activities do a great job of acclimating students to the middle school, which helps reduce the anxiety of entering a new building, with new students and personnel,” said Acting Middle School Principal Michael Larsen.  

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MICHAEL GIARDINA APPOINTED ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES

Posted July 28 at 3:27pm

Michael Giardina, who has served for over 9 years as principal of Minisink Valley Middle School, has been named the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. He will begin in the new position on August 1.

 

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education and administrators are pleased and excited to have Mr. Giardina as part of the administrative team at the central office. He will bring to the position the same outstanding qualities that made him an effective and successful building administrator to the Minisink Valley Middle School. 

 

A search is underway to appoint another strong leader for the middle school. In the interim, the Board of Education has appointed Assistant Principal Michael Larsen to serve as the Acting Middle School Principal, also effective August 1.  

 

Mr. Larsen, along with Assistant Principal Mr. Stephen Caldwell and the middle school’s Main Office staff, will work throughout August to ensure a smooth opening to the school year for students and faculty.

MIDDLE SCHOOL’S FIELD DAY IS LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Posted June 23 at 10:46am

June 21 was a trifecta of sorts for Minisink’s middle schoolers: the first day of summer, the last day of school and – perhaps most important of all – field day! Summer premiered with warm and splendid weather, and students had much to celebrate and enjoy as they took to the fields with their classmates with a soundtrack of DJ music in the air.


Starting at 10:15 in the morning, and on a rotating schedule, each grade level competed with their period 2 teacher in a round of kickball and soccer. They also had an hour to try out interactive inflatables, including a giant twister board, an obstacle course, a wrecking ball, a joust and a sports game. But in the end, the classical dunk tank won the popularity contest, judging by the long lines!   

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MIDDLE SCHOOLER LAUNCHES OWN CHARITY ON SHOE STRINGS

Posted June 22 at 4:12pm

“My friends call me sneakerhead,” reads the GoFundMe page “KidsGetKicks” created by 14-year-old Michael Keenan, who just finished 8th grade at Minisink Valley. So it was no surprise that shoes were not far from Michael’s mind while brainstorming a community service project for his confirmation class at Holy Cross Church. He ultimately decided to combine his desire to do good with his passion for shoes. 

 

Recognizing that not all kids are privileged enough to look at shoes as a collectible item – as Michael is known to do – he launched his own online charity – KidsGetKicks – on GoFundMe.com, the world’s largest fundraising site for personal causes and life-events. Turning to friends, family and social media to promote his cause, Michael began raising money to buy sneakers, shoes and boots for underprivileged kids.  After shopping around for a retailer that would enhance his fundraising with a favorable deal, he decided on Modell’s in Middletown. The store validated Michael’s efforts with a 15 percent discount and a $200 store credit. 

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