MINISINK VALLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5250 / fax (845)355-5252

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL BAND ON TOUR IN MARCH: AUDIENCES ARE...ELEMENTARY!

Posted April 1 at 3:46pm

What’s a band without a tour? Minisink Valley Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Andrew Hulle, has been packing up instruments and music stands, and traveling many a hallway and stair-flight to bring music and cheer to spellbound audiences throughout the elementary school.


Part of the annual Music in Our Schools program in March, the MVIS Band Tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians. The program divides the band in small groups playing the same instrument and prepares them for a scheduled performance for an elementary school class. 


“Students are more exposed in small group performances and that pushes them to get their parts correct,” Mr. Hulle said.  “The kids really enjoy sharing their music with the younger students.” 

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NEW YORK STATE ASSESSMENTS GRADES 3-8

Posted March 31 at 2:38pm

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.

K-Kids - Humane Society Fundraiser

Posted March 18 at 8:23am

Recently, the Minisink Valley Kiwanis K-Kids organized a fundraiser to help support our local animal shelters. Thanks to their efforts, they donated 202 pet items and a check for $303.36 to the Deerpark Humane Society.  All of our Intermediate students were very generous! 

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM TAKES 2ND PLACE AND HIGHEST SCORE IN SPONTANEOUS PROBLEM SOLVING

Posted March 15 at 9:34am

The intermediate school’s Odyssey of the Mind team earned a proud second place finish at the regional tournament on Saturday, March 12, in Goshen. 

 

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 Art teacher Stefani Caporlingua, the 5th-grade students competed against nine other schools in Division I, Problem 5, which involved the creation of a theatrical production.  

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HOUR OF CODE: 5TH GRADE STUDENTS HAVE FUN LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF COMPUTERS

Posted March 14 at 10:38am

A new, exciting and game-changing enrichment program is capturing the undivided attention of 5th grade students at the intermediate school computer lab. It’s the Hour of Code, a once-a-week computer science course that focuses on critical thinking and incorporates core curriculum subjects and skills, such as math and science.

 

Possibly the quietest hour on the schedules of 5th grade teachers Michael Conklin and Justin Swart, this enrichment program exposes students to code.org, an online coding tool developed by the creator of Internet Explorer.  Students are currently being introduced to the binary language of computers and learning how algorithms relate to coding.  Sound boring? Overwhelming? Not with code.org, which bills itself as an organization and global movement committed to making computer science education fun, free and accessible to every child in schools around the world. And so it is that intermediate school students who speak more than one language are interchanging lessons in English with Spanish and Mandarin versions of code.org.  

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5th GRADE ODYSSEY OF THE MIND STUDENTS PLAN TO HAVE FUN AT REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

Posted March 11 at 12:31pm

Six 5th-grade students with a knack for story-telling and comedy will represent Minisink Valley intermediate school at the regional tournament of Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 12, in nearby Goshen.

 

The group took on problem five of the program--Furs, Fins Feathers and Friends--which calls for a humorous performance depicting problem-solving from the perspective of three animals. The animals will help a stranger, help each other, and solve a problem that threatens their survival. The three animals are expected to sing, dance, and show emotions.  The students researched their chosen animal characters, the culture and time-period for the story, wrote the script, built sets and props—all without the help of adults. 

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READING ACROSS AMERICA AND MINISINK VALLEY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS!

Posted March 2 at 3:25pm

Students and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 exactly as you might expect—turning pages, making hats, and playing silly games. After all, it’s Read Across America Day and Minisink intermediate and elementary schools didn’t want to miss the party.

 

Right there at the front desk of the intermediate school library, students found blue-wigged Thing 2 (known as Mrs. Schiele on any other day) and Thing 1 (more often called Mrs. Buying) holding up a glass-bowl with multi-color Goldfish crackers. (Can you name that book?) Mrs. Buying was giving students in grades 3-5 strict directions to enter a contest of gold-fish estimation. “Swirl it around, Mrs. Buying,” one student shouted.

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“PARENT TODAY”: HELPING PARENTS AND EDUCATORS STAY CURRENT AND ENGAGED

Posted February 25 at 9:30am

Sometimes, parents and educators don’t have all the answers. That’s why Minisink Valley Central School District is excited to be launching Parent Today, a new, free tool to help parents play a more engaged and supportive role in their children’s education.

 

Parent Today is a free, monthly email newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Packed with research-based information and curated by school communication experts, Parent Today coaches and encourages parents through four chapters of their children’s education–early learners, elementary, middle years and high school. In addition to age and development-appropriate topics with accessible, easy-to-implement tools and strategies, Parent Today also addresses current issues and provides information through changes in the education landscape. The companion blog is a reliable repository of resources to subscribing families.

To learn more and start your free subscription today visit http://www.parenttoday.org/create-profile.cfm Minisink Valley’s district ID is Slate Hill’s zip code: 10973. A direct link to Parent Today is also available on the Parent Resources page. 

MVIS ALL-STARS EVENT TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF LEARNING ON APRIL 1

Posted February 22 at 11:25am

On Friday, April 1, the intermediate school’s gymnasium will host the annual, Olympics-inspired assembly under the name All-Stars (Silver Edition) as a celebration of the school’s 25th anniversary. The gym will be decked out for the occasion and anniversary-related displays will include an All-Stars Wall of Fame celebrating special people and events that shaped the school’s quarter-century history. Music will soar for hula-hooping, limbo paint-brush and donut-jumping games organized by the physical education department. Students, faculty and staff will also engage in laugh-out-loud activities around favorite books and characters, creatively conceived by our school librarians. Join the fun and cheer for the 25th anniversary of the great place that brought us all together. Snow date: Thursday, April 21.

MRS. VANDERDRIFT'S STUDENTS CREATE ANIMAL FAMILY ALBUMS

Posted January 27 at 11:39am

Students in Mrs. Vanderdrift's class created Animal Family Albums.  The album was a culmination of a home-school research project.  Students used their research skills to collect facts about their animal's habitat, adaptations, and related species.  Students shared their findings with an audience of enthusiastic listeners who learned many interesting facts about animals.  A special thank you also goes out to our central administration for stopping by to visit with our children!  


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