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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

EARLY DISMISSAL DUE TO WEATHER ADVISORY

Posted January 23 at 9:53am

Due to the impending storm, Minisink Valley schools are on an early dismissal schedule, as follows:

  • All K-5 (Elementary Schools & Intermediate School): 2:25 p.m.
  • Middle School: 1:00 p.m. 
  • High School: 1:15 p.m.

All after-school and evening activities have been canceled. 

RAW, SCRAMBLED, OR S.T.E.A.M.-ed?

Posted January 18 at 12:29pm

Middle school students in Mr. Hoffman’s science class were given a S.T.E.A.M challenge: to engineer and fabricate a protective container for a fragile product--a raw egg--utilizing a minimum amount of materials.

 

Inside its protective nest, the egg was to land intact from a series of free falls, beginning at 5 meters, and progress to higher heights each time it survived another fall--until one design remained.

 

In researching and engineering their egg-shielding invention, students applied their knowledge of potential energy (stored energy) and kinetic energy (energy of motion), and they kept a diary outlining their progress and findings.

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WINNERS AND SHIPWRECKS SHARE THE FUN AT THE CARDBOARD REGATTA

Posted January 12 at 3:43pm

The bleachers at the high school pool were packed with fans--and friends of Chris Corwin--who came to root for the 12 regatta teams representing schools, departments and clubs from around the district. Together they raised $400 for the Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Fund!
 

Demonstrating everyone's ingenuity--and sense of humor--cardboard boats came in all shapes and themes, and shipwrecks received as much applause as the the big winners. Event organizers Andy Mink and Rich Budd created the race trophies in house. 


Members of the Corwin family were in attendance. "Today Brady learned why his Dad loved Minisink so much. Thank you to everyone who came out for the Cardboard Boat Regatta!" Colleen Corwin said. 

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WE ARE REDESIGNING OUR WEBSITE AND NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!

Posted January 10 at 1:33pm

Our district website serves as the center of information about Minisink Valley Central School District, and is the fastest way to update you on what is going on in our schools. 


One of our goals is to make sure this information center evolves with technology and the changes and in how the general public consumes information. As we begin the lengthy process of redesigning the Minisink website, we want to hear from you and give you a role in the process.  


Now is the time to express your opinions and give us feedback about our current website, what information you seek when visiting the site, and what you see as areas for growth.

You can help us by completing this short six-question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V9WPHCT


Thank you for your time and feedback!

2ND ANNUAL MINISINK VALLEY BOAT REGATTA, CHRIS CORWIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Posted January 9 at 1:09pm

The perilously funny cardboard boat race is back by popular demand, with twice as many teams braving their flimsy odds for a meaningful cause.

WHEN: Wed., Jan. 11 (Snow Date: Thu., Jan. 12), between 2:40 – 3:30 p.m., immediately after school
WHERE: Minisink Valley High School Pool
TIMELINE:
2:40   Introductions/Parade of Boats 
2:50   Race Heats Begin  
3:15   Final Heat
3:20   Awards & Feats of Strength
TEAMS: Local Girl Scouts ∙ District Security ∙ MS/HS Technology ∙ Volleyball Team ∙ IT Team ∙ MS/HS Greeters ∙ Robotics Club ∙ IS Staff ∙ HS Phys. Ed. ∙ MS Technology Club ∙ MS Maintenance
WHO: Open to everyone
DONATION: $1 per spectator at the door
SPONSORS: MV club: HS Technology Club
EVENT CONTACT: Andy Mink, amink@minisink.com

The Second Annual Boat Regatta benefits The Chris Corwin Scholarship Fund. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the fund, please make checks playable to the High School Technology Club and address them to the club, attn: Andy Mink. THANK YOU!

SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK JANUARY 11-15

Posted January 6 at 4:42am

During the week of January 9th-13th, 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:

Monday - Wacky Hair Day - tease it up, slick it back, make your hair as crazy as you can

Tuesday - Sports Day - wear your favorite team jersey

Wednesday - Color Wars - 6th grade should dress in purple, 7th grade in yellow, and 8th grade in blue

Thursday - Twin Day - dress the same as one or more of your friends #twinning

Friday - Minisink Pride - wear green and white or your favorite Minisink apparel

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER TO LOCAL SENIOR CENTER

Posted December 29 at 10:53am

For the fourth consecutive year, the Middle School Sunshine Chorus gathered at the Promenade Assisted Living Center in Middletown on December 22 to bring song and cheer to the center’s residents and staff.

Over 50 singers in grades 6-8 delighted their hosts performing holiday favorites by request. “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” was accompanied by a Rockette-style kick-line performance. 

Chorus director and accompanist Dan Bradley is grateful to students, teachers, and district and building administrators for their support of the project.  

CREATIVITY AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR GO THE DISTANCE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Posted December 23 at 10:49am

With holiday excitement and anticipation in the air, December can be a challenging time for students to stay focused and consistently display positive behavior. But Mrs. Beairsto and class aide Mrs. Orrio know that, with a little creativity, holiday themes can be used to inspire and reinforce kindness and responsibility. And so the holiday behavior chain was born.

 

Students had several, daily opportunities to earn chain links by displaying positive behavior, such as coming to class prepared, completing homework assignments, working hard in class--and practicing acts of kindness. Each class period, they checked off their social and academic efforts, and added their points at the end of the day. Every Friday, they turned their points into chain links and connected them to see the evidence of their progress.

 

At the end of the series, students joined their individual chains into a collective one and stretched it around the sixth grade hallway—showing that positive behavior goes a long, long way! (Additional photos)

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS ADVANCE TO COUNTY COMPETITION

Posted December 22 at 10:04pm

Sporting a penchant for words, 25 middle school students participated in a Spelling Bee grade-level competition on December 20, organized by school librarian Maggie Spicehandler.

 

Contenders qualified through spelling bees held in all English classes. Each period selected a champion, and the class champion moved on to the grade-level competition. 

 

Seventh-grade winner Antonella, and eighth-grade winner Taylor Poyton will now advance to the county-wide Spelling Bee competition on February 15, hosted by the OU BOCES Library Department. The county winner will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. 

 

"A good speller is not a person who has successfully memorized the most words, but rather someone who knows ways to figure out the logic of words and can construct them as needed. Spelling is problem-solving with letters, sounds, patterns and meanings." (Jo Phenix, Scott Dunne)

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUNSHINE CHORUS BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAYS OF LOCAL SENIORS

Posted December 22 at 12:50pm

The Middle School Sunshine Chorus--counting 60 students, approximately--will be bringing songs of peace and joy to residents and staff at Promenade Assisted Living in Middletown, today, December 22. 

 

"This will be the largest group of Minisink students ever to visit the Promenade center, and our students are eager to share the holiday spirit with the residents. We are very grateful to our administrators and transportation department for making this possible," said Daniel Bradly, general music and chorus teacher. 


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