MINISINK VALLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

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MICHAEL GIARDINA APPOINTED ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES

Posted July 28 at 3:29pm

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.

FIFTH GRADERS CELEBRATE AT MOVING-UP CEREMONY

Posted June 21 at 2:40pm

With fond memories in tow and their sights set on the future, all eight 5th grade classes gathered in the intermediate school’s auditorium for their moving-up ceremony on Monday, June 20. 

 

Introduced by principal Paul Dombal and their respective teachers, student-representatives from each class shared stories of their intermediate school years with families and friends in the audience. They acknowledged the positive impact of teachers, administrators and school staff, exciting extra-curricular opportunities they were given, memories they will treasure, and looked ahead to new privileges and responsibilities awaiting them at the middle school, next year.

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AUGMENTED REALITY PROJECT BRINGS STUDENT MUSICAL PERFORMANCES TO LIFE

Posted June 1 at 2:05pm

A new multi-media experience brought the work of band students to life and provided a new learning experience in augmented reality.


Just prior to the last spring concert, band teacher Mr. Andrew Hulle posted colorful images of band instruments around the entrance to the intermediate school auditorium.  They were intended as a technology-based activity for families as they waited for the concert to start.  

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4TH GRADE SCIENCE TESTING

Posted May 31 at 4:33pm

The 4th grade science exam is scheduled to take place on 6/1/16, 6/2/16, and 6/6/16.  The test consists of a written test and a performance test.  The written test consists of multiple choice and open-ended questions.  The performance test contains hands-on tasks that are set up at stations.  Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. 

MAKING COMPLEX SCIENCE FUN TO LEARN AND EASY TO REMEMBER

Posted May 26 at 12:23pm

High school students in Mrs. Russell’s college biology class understand that the complexity of the human body – with its many parts, systems, organs, and functions – can be a lot to take in. That’s why they combined a variety of skills and talents to present intermediate school students with a fun, interactive and memorable way to uncover the mysteries of the human body.

 

On the intermediate school stage, May 17-18, Mrs. Russell’s students used humorous skits, costumes, music, visual displays, slides and games to get 3rd and 5th graders excited about the science of the human body, with excellent results. Younger students were consistently engaged, posing and answering questions, and stepping on stage to be a part of this creative and effective science production.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 5TH GRADERS HOST AND HONOR AMERICAN VETERANS

Posted May 25 at 2:12pm

Mrs. Marcolina’s 5th grade class hosted eleven U.S. veterans to honor and celebrate their service to the country with a ceremony and brunch on Tuesday, May 24. 

 

Mrs. Marcolina has been organizing this annual event and inviting veterans from across Orange County to it for twenty two years. This year’s fifth grade class began preparing for the veterans visit eight weeks ago.  Students were divided into fifteen committees, each with its own chair person, and assigned different responsibilities for the ceremony.

 

“I love spending time with people who have served our country. They are special people and truly deserve to be celebrated,” said fifth grader Gregory Furman who was allowed to wear his Boy Scouts uniform to class that day.

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INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL: 5TH AND 6TH GRADE BANDS PRESENT SPRING CONCERT, TONIGHT, MAY 17, AT 7 PM

Posted May 17 at 10:45am

The Intermediate School’s 5th Grade Select Band, 5th Grade Concert Band and 6th Grade Band will perform their Spring Concert tonight, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the school’s auditorium.

 

Directed by Mr. Andrew Hulle, musical highlights for all tastes include Paul Curnow’s “The Wild Old West,” arrangements of Hayden’s “St. Antony Chorale” and the “Star Wars” theme, Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance,” and Mr. Hulle’s original, “MVIS Rock.”

 

Come out to enjoy a great evening of music, support band students and the intermediate school’s music program. 

SCHOOL CLOSED: THURSDAY, MAY 26 - MONDAY, MAY 30

Posted May 16 at 12:02pm

Minisink Valley schools will be closed Thursday, May 26, through Monday, May 30. Thursday, May 26, was declared a "give back" day due to unused snow days.  Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, marks the observance of Memorial Day. This important holiday commemorates men and women who have given their lives in military service to our country. Please join us in remembering our brave soldiers by joining the community at the annual Memorial Day parade in Unionville on Monday, May 30, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Our middle school band, high school band, AJROTC (Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), and several other youth groups will be marching, as they do each year. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 31. 

CINCO DE MAYO: CELEBRATING A SCHOOL’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Posted May 11 at 1:30pm

First-time guests at Mrs. Green’s Cinco de Mayo celebration quickly learn of the legendary status of this annual classroom event.  From all ends of the building – and as far as the district office – faculty, administrators and staff follow the sound of the mariachi music to find the bountiful Mexican feast prepared by parents and teachers in room 209.

 

For the celebration, Mrs. Green’s 3rd graders sported handmade paper hats, ponchos and moustaches, as parents met and mingled, and took pictures of their children and their peers.

 

“I’m really happy to meet my friends’ parents. My mom is here with my little brother too,” Jake said. “I had a moustache but it was really itchy.” 

 

“I feel like I’m in Mexico, actually, and I’m really thankful for all the good food,” Yariel said. “My favorite was the enchilada casserole,” Harrison added.
 

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FOURTH GRADE CLASS OBSERVES EARTH-WEEK WITH HANDS-ON KNOWLEDGE AND ACTIVITIES

Posted May 10 at 4:23pm

Why celebrate just Earth Day when you can celebrate Earth Week? That’s the approach Mrs. Kemmerer’s 4th grade class took as it embraced a week of programs and activities involving parents and lots of expert advice on green practices.

Monday – Students planted a variety of seeds in the classroom and placed them in a portable greenhouse by the window to watch them grow through spring and into the summer. All supplies were donated by student Ben’s dad, Tom Salamone.  Mr. Salamone is also a member of Minisink Valley’s Board of Education.

 

Tuesday – Fourth grader Shannon showed her peers how to recycle used t-shirts into tote bags. Shannon’s Dad, and Board member, Shawn Cahill, talked to the class about raising chickens. Judging by the response of the class, the area’s poultry population is projected to explode this season.

 

 

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