MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5270 / fax (845)355-5147

MVES PTO HARLEM WIZARD FUNDRAISING GAME, SEPT. 29: TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Posted August 16 at 11:05am

For the third consecutive year, Minisink Valley Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is bringing the Harlem Wizards to the school for a fundraising game against teachers and staff, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are now available for online purchase. No tickets will be sold the night of the game; it's pre-sale only. Last year’s game sold out!

 

For the first time, this year "Courtside Plus" tickets are also available. They entitle ticket bearers to a meet and greet with the players and other perks (full details are on the ticket screen of website). To purchase student, general and courtside plus tickets, go to harlemwizards.com Click on schedule/tickets; select Sept. 29 and Slate Hill.

 

Thank you for your support of MVES PTO!

2016-2017 SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS NOW AVAILABLE

Posted August 2 at 9:37am

Minisink Valley Elementary School supply lists for 2016-17 are now available on the Supply Lists tab.   

MICHAEL GIARDINA APPOINTED ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES

Posted July 28 at 3:30pm

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.

THE SOUNDS IN MOTION: EARLY LITERACY BEGINS WITH ACTIVE LISTENING

Posted June 22 at 11:42am

Before children are taught about the making of words and how to read and write, they spend their early years passively listening to speech sounds and patterns. What if children were taught to listen in an active way by associating different speech sounds with easy to recall body movements as an introduction to literacy? In the simplest terms, that is the concept behind the early intervening Sounds in Motion (SIM) program, offered to children in transitional kindergarten at the Minisink Elementary School this year.

 

Twice a week, a speech-language pathologist comes into the transitional kindergarten class and works collaboratively with teachers on SIM lessons. The program emphasizes the development of listening skills – the foundation for all aspects of language and cognitive development – through what’s known as “whole body listening.” This method pairs kinesthetic motor movements with phonemes to trigger auditory memory, aid in the processing of sounds and symbols, promote phonemic awareness, and improve articulation and vocabulary skills.

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“ONE WORLD TAIKO” ASSEMBLY: STUDENTS TRY THEIR HAND AT JAPANESE DRUMS

Posted May 19 at 3:18pm

MVES classes enjoyed a booming assembly in the intermediate school’s gymnasium learning about Japanese drums from the internationally acclaimed One World Taiko. The visiting professional Japanese drum ensemble incorporates dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves with heart pounding percussion to captivate audiences of all ages.

 

Using a wide range of drum sizes and types, One World Taiko performed traditional and original compositions, demonstrated different techniques, and shared about the ancient history of the Taiko – Japanese for “drum.”  During a lively and playful interaction, two groups of students were invited to play the Taiko, while the audience joined in with rhythmic movements and sounds.

 

Mrs. MacDonald’s music students at the intermediate school were also invited to participate in the event. 

One World Taiko was sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). (Click on post's title for additional photos.) 

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FIRST GRADERS MEET PROFESSIONAL MOTOCROSS RACER

Posted May 18 at 12:40pm

It was a day made for a ride when first grade classes stepped out to meet professional motocross racer Tyler Enticknap on the elementary school grounds.  Two husky and sparkling motocross bikes were on display, courtesy of Ted Parks. The interaction with the visitors lasted over one hour and invited many questions. “What kind of equipment do you need?” “How fast do you ride?” “Have you ever been hurt?” The children had a great time learning about professional motocross riding, and getting autographs and photographs.  To see additional photos, click on the post’s title.

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

Posted May 16 at 12:03pm

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.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2ND GRADE CHORUS SPRING CONCERT AND ART SHOW, TONIGHT, MAY 12, AT 7PM

Posted May 12 at 12:10pm

Tonight’s MVES Second Grade Chorus Concert is a fast moving, colorful and rousing musical production around five popular Aesop fables.  Directed by Cliff Loretto, music teacher – producer and choreographer – tonight’s choral performance is sure to make an impression, for these young voices are prepared to entertain, uplift, and challenge!

 

In addition to animated and choreographed singing, the audience can expect engaging storytelling of timeless fables, with their tried and true morals, accompanied by slide illustrations and theatrical skits.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT VERMICOMPOSTING IS? OUR FIRST GRADERS DO!

Posted April 27 at 3:02pm

Mrs. McDermott’s first-grade class was eager and well prepared to explain the intricacies of a particular composting process and its benefits, as they entertained some of their first-grade peers on April 21.

 

Mrs. McDermott’s class engages in a year-round vermicomposting project that makes for ongoing Earth-mindful conversations and dispositions. Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn organic waste into a black, earthy-smelling and nutrient-rich compost.

 

As part of their Earth Day celebration, Mrs. McDermott's first graders invited same-grade peers to their classroom to share their fascinating red-wiggler worm composting enterprise. 


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LOCAL CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TELLS FARM STORIES TO KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

Posted April 27 at 10:54am

Sporting faded overalls and a fraying farmer’s hat, author Alan K. Lewis visited with kindergarten classes on April 19 to read from his popular non-fiction book, “I grew up on a farm.” A former educator himself, Mr. Lewis has a natural voice for storytelling to children that invites conversation and learning.  

 

His beautifully illustrated book and vivid memories of growing up in a small Orange County farm, spurred many curious questions from his young audience. "How do you make pig slop?" asked Sammy, a student in Mrs. McBean's class.

 

Sponsored by the elementary school’s PTO, Mr. Lewis’s visit helped students realize and appreciate the ingenuity and hard work of farmers and their way of living.

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