MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

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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IMPORTANT FALL 2016 MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS INFORMATION

Posted June 14 at 2:53pm

Information regarding Modified Fall Sports has been disseminated during Physical Education classes.  If your son or daughter are interested in participating in the fall sports season, please click here to review information which will assist their readiness to participate on the first day of practice.  Please pay special attention to the dates and timelines. Should you have any additional questions regarding health forms and physicals, please contact the Middle School Nurse's Office at (845)355-5220.  You can also find the Sports Permission slip and Physical Form on the District Athletic webpage.  

7TH GRADE BAND ANNUAL PLAY-A-THON BRINGS OUT THE RHYTHM IN EVERYONE

Posted June 13 at 11:53am

The 7th Grade Band couldn’t have asked for a better day to host its Third Annual Play-a-Thon concert and fundraiser on June 2.  On a bright and breezy afternoon, the young musicians flashed their brass and their talent outside the middle school cafeteria, overlooking lush green fields.

 

Families, friends and members of the school community lazed across the lawn and enjoyed three half-hour segments of music featuring favorites from past concerts and small ensemble selections (see photos for set list).  The 7th Grade Band is directed by directed by Laura Martellaro.

 

The afternoon did not end without a community play-along, featuring Intermediate School band teacher Andrew Hulle with members of the 5th Grade Band, parents, alumni and high school students whose own performance credits include earlier years of the play-a-thon.

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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL END OF YEAR CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Posted June 7 at 2:58pm

Please click here to view the end of the year calendar of events for the Middle School.  The last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 21st and will be a full day.  We hope you have a wonderful summer!

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT ORIENTATION WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 AT 7 PM!

Posted June 7 at 2:55pm

Please join us on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7 PM for our Middle School Parent Orientation.  We will begin our evening in the auditorium and conclude with a tour of the building.  We will be sharing information about the Middle School schedule, courses, and activities.  Following our presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.  We look forward to meeting each of you and welcoming you to our school.

7TH GRADE OUTDOOR PLAY-A-THON: TODAY, 3-5PM, MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD

Posted June 2 at 8:13am

Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and instruments and make your way to the field behind the middle school for the Annual 7th Grade Play-A-Thon fundraiser and concert at 3 p.m. 

 

The 7th Grade Band will perform three half-hour segments of music featuring lively favorites from past concerts, small ensemble selections, and a community play along. 

 

Snacks will be provided by the 6th Grade Band. This year’s event will raise funds to offset the cost of the 2016- 2017 8th Grade Band trip to participate in the Trills and Thrills Music Festival. 

 

The weather outside is delightful! Come out, enjoy and support this great family and community event. 

SUPPORT FOR FIRST CHRIS CORWIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP CAR SHOW SURPASSED ALL EXPECTATIONS

Posted June 1 at 3:11pm

Expectations for the First Annual Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Car Show on May 23 were positively outran when close to 250 vehicles cruised onto the middle school campus. Organizers had hoped for 100 vehicles.

 

Crowds sporting the event’s purple t-shirt lined up for barbecue and popcorn, friends and families ate together under a big top, DJ music trailed the warm afternoon breeze, groups of students played games in the fields, and car aficionados gathered in circles on lawn chairs. Three hours later, the event had raised over $10,000 – far beyond the organizers’ best estimates – to go directly to the Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Funds were raised through business sponsorships; concessions; raffle items donated by local businesses, contributions from community members, students, and faculty/staff; a 50/50 raffle; T-shirt sales; and donations accepted at the door from exhibitors and spectators. There were no admission fees. 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING CHORUS CONCERT: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 7PM

Posted May 31 at 12:05pm

The middle school will present its annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m., featuring the Sixth Grade Treble Choir, Seventh Grade Mixed Choir and Eighth Grade Show Choir under the theme, "Treble in Paradise.” Also featured will be the Eighth Grade Girls' Doo-Wop and Boys' Doo-Wop Groups and the Seventh Grade A Cappella Group. The evening's choral concert will be dedicated to Ms. MacDonald who recently celebrated 30 years of teaching choral music at Minisink Valley. Come out to enjoy an evening of exciting music and join us in supporting these talented young singers.


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