MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL PBIS - KEEPING IT POSITIVE

Posted February 5 at 6:55am

Need a little POSITIVE in your life?  If so, watch this video directed and produced by PBIS team member Maggie Spicehandler with the help of our middle school students and staff.  The PBIS program strives to maintain and increase positive behavior throughout the student body, create a school wide climate of cooperation and help students reach their full potential.  These goals are accomplished through efforts such as systematic rewards, modeled behavior, school décor and organized programs.  We hope the video puts a smile on your face and helps brighten your day.  Click here to view the video and visit our PBIS tab to learn more about the Middle School PBIS program.

IMPORTANT GERTRUDE HAWK FUNDRAISER INFORMATION!!!!!

Posted February 4 at 5:34pm




The Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser sponsored by the MVMS Student Government will run from February 8th, 2015 until February 22nd.  Orders can not be submitted after that date, since candy orders are expected to be delivered before Spring Break.  Remember, all purchases help the Student Government fund student-oriented programs.  Order forms will be distributed in Social Studies classes.  Thank you!

PTO FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Posted February 3 at 6:53am

Please click here to view the February Newsletter for the most up to date PTO information.  Thank you for your continued support of the Minisink Valley PTO.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATES NO NAME CALLING WEEK

Posted January 26 at 8:53am

The Middle School celebrated No Name-Calling Week from January 19th through the 22nd.   The theme for the week was the power of kindness and how one person can make a difference.  Each student in the school received a lanyard with the slogan - One Person Can Make a Difference.  Also, announcements were made each morning regarding the power of kindness, presentations were given during recess, and students were given the opportunity to sign a banner pledging to not call others names.  

During ELA classes, students were given the opportunity to write a brief description of how another student, teacher or staff member has made a difference in their lives.  The middle school took the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the following individuals who stood out: Kyle Melville, Charles Mason, Emma Sawyer, Rebecca Sawyer, Amanda Murphy, Aleyha Mapes, Kaitlyn Rojas, and Isabella Figueroa.

As a token of appreciation for their efforts in making Minisink Valley a kinder, safer place these students received a certificate and a water bottle with the following saying:


A man on the beach where thousands of starfish lay dying in the sun saw a girl tossing them into the sea, one by one.

“Why bother?” he asked.

“You won’t make much of a difference.”

Tossing yet another starfish into the sea,

the girl said

“I made a difference to that one.”

Thank you to each and every student and staff member who continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  Also, a special "Thank You" to Mrs. Semco for her efforts in coordinating the No-Name Calling Week activities at the Minisink Valley Middle School and delivering this beautiful message to our students.

MR. HOFFMAN'S CLASS EXAMINES SPEED AND MOMENTUM

Posted January 15 at 1:20pm

In Mr. Hoffman's class, students were examining at how mass and velocity affect momentum.  In this investigation, students calculated speed, momentum, acceleration, and force using data they collected in a mock car collision. Students made connections between speed, mass, acceleration and learned how they were used to calculate momentum and force. As the students conducted the investigation, they observed that as the mass of the car increases, the distance the tissue box moves increases.

Students were engaged in conversations about traveling on a freeway or a busy road and discussed the rules concerning following distance at different speeds. Special attention was paid to the interactions between large vehicles such as semis/tractor trailers and small cars.

PTO JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Posted January 11 at 4:50pm

Please click here to view the January Newsletter for the most up to date PTO information.  Thank you for your continued support of the Minisink Valley PTO.

SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK JANUARY 11-15

Posted January 8 at 1:42pm

During the week of January 11th-15th, the Minisink Valley Middle School will be hosting Spirit Week as a way for students to showcase their school spirit.  Students are encouraged to participate in the five day event, but are reminded that all school rules and dress code apply.  Below is the schedule for Spirit Week:

Mismatch Monday- wear your funkiest, clashing outfit.

Twin Tuesday- Find a friend and dress alike.

Warrior Wednesday- Wear green, white, a combination of the two, or any of your Minisink garb.

Tropical Thursday- Break out your Hawaiian shorts and your board shorts, as we are going tropical.

Fanatic Friday- Wear the clothing that showcases your favorite band, place or sports team.

MRS. LEE 6TH GRADE SCIENCE CLASS MAKES THEIR OWN SNOW

Posted January 7 at 6:56am

Did you know that you can turn boiling water into snow? With the help of Mrs. Ferrier and Mother Nature, Mrs. Lee's 6th grade science classes conducted a fun experiment where they created their own snow! Below you can read about the scientific explanation behind it:

Boiling water has relatively low viscosity. When it is thrown in into the air it breaks into tiny droplets that vaporize almost instantly due to the high ratio of surface area to volume.  However, cold air can’t hold much water vapor, so it quickly clings to tiny sodium or calcium particles and crystallizes, thus creating snow.

Click here to see how the frigid temperatures make the magic happen!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER

Posted December 21 at 12:00pm

On Friday, December 18, forty-five middle school chorus students brought smiles, song and dance to the Promenade Senior Center in Middletown, NY and inspired the seniors who reside there.   The students sang holiday favorites such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, “The Dreidel Song” and “Silent Night”.  Chorus Director Mr. Bradley took requests from the audience for their favorite songs and subsequently asked the choir to sing them. Thank you to everyone involved, including parents and family members, for your assistance in helping to provide joy to those at the Promenade Center this Holiday Season.

MINISINK VALLEY DISTRICT LIBRARIES ARE ACTIVE LEARNING CENTERS

Posted December 18 at 1:16pm

This school year our libraries have seen exciting new additions like a comfortable reading area in the Intermediate School, a Lego Wall in the Middle School and new displays at the High School.  Engaging learning activities are taking place at all of our libraries; for example, Kindergarten students in the Elementary School have been studying sheep and sheep's wool during their library time and third graders at Otisville Elementary are using a new resource called CultureGrams to study countries around the world. To read more about our fantastic library programs click here to access the Library Department Newsletter!


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