MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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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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IT TAKES A HEART TO BE A HERO: MVES STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN JUMP ROPE FOR HEART WEEK

Posted April 21 at 1:14pm

For the 17th consecutive year, Minisink Valley Elementary School is participating in National Jump Rope for Heart Week, April 11-15.  Offered by schools across America, this heart-pumping program helps raise awareness around heart health while raising funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) to advance the treatment and prevention of heart disease. 


Students take part in the event during their regularly scheduled physical education classes. Activities teach students how to care for their hearts while they experience the joy of giving back to the larger community and being a part of a nation-wide effort. 


In one of Dr. Kimiecik’s first grade physical education classes, students settled down after a series of fast-moving exercises. “Feel how fast my heart is pumping,” one student asked, and others followed.  

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MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH ROUND UP

Posted April 19 at 9:20am

Minisink Valley Elementary School was abuzz during the month of March celebrating Music in Our Schools Month.  Activities everyone’s enjoyment included…


Morning Musical Fun Facts

Each day, during morning announcements, students were treated to interesting facts about unique musical instruments from around the world.  Music teacher Mr. Loretto emailed video links of these instruments in action to faculty so students could learn more about them.


Second Grade Lunch Bunch

All month long, 28 second graders spent two lunch periods a week in the music room with Mr. Loretto.  They worked diligently to prepare two pieces to be performed during the culminating Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) assembly. The first piece, “Enter with Singing,” was part of the official concert for MIOSM, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and it was sung by children across the country. The second piece, an African song called “Take Time in Life,” would be accompanied by some very special drummers.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRESENTS...THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL BAND ON TOUR

Posted April 1 at 4:02pm

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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K-1 LOOPING CLASSES HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY AND SCIENCE CONNECTIONS

Posted March 15 at 1:32pm

First grader Colin lost sleep counting the days until his dad, Colin Homan, a science teacher at Temple Hill Academy in Newburgh, would come to his K-1 looping class and show his peers some magic-like science experiments. But his wait was worth it, as Mr. Homan’s visit turned into one colorful and giggly science party, just like Colin dreamt it.  


Sporting protective eyeglasses and a ‘one-size-fits-all-but-Colin’ white gown, young Homan was in charge of handing out glue. This key secret-ingredient was poured into sandwich bags, mixed with water, soap, and food coloring of choice to make fun, malleable goo.


“Who needs blue? Who wants red?” shouted Mr. Miranda, another visiting science teacher and a helper to Mr. Homan.


Many small, nervous hands massaged the contents of their sandwich bags to the optimal consistency, and marveled at their magic putty.


 

“We’re scientists. I’m going to be one when I grow up,” Zuri said. 

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MYSTERY AUTHOR SHARES WRITING SECRETS WITH 2ND GRADE STUDENTS

Posted March 14 at 9:29am

On March 8, second grade students met David A. Kelly, author of the popular Ballpark Mysteries which combine baseball and mystery. 

Reading from his book, “Miracle Mud,” Mr. Kelly kept the students engaged as he explained how mud is rubbed on new baseballs before each game. His question, "What do you think would make a good mystery?" started a lively conversation in the school’s library. "Nonfiction tells you real facts about things," one student noted.  

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SECOND GRADE STUDENTS CREATE A FANTASTIC WORLD OF COURTESY, COCOA AND COOL NEW ANIMALS

Posted March 7 at 8:06am

In Mrs. Ferrara’s 2nd grade class, COCOA is much more than a favorite hot drink; it’s a handy acronym for Caring, Orderly, Checking, Orate, and Admirable. These 2nd graders practice these values and skills every day, at school and at home. Their good efforts recently earned them the privilege of a Hot Cocoa Party – of the chocolate variety. 

What is a party without guests? Mrs. Ferrara’s students invited their 5th grade reading buddies in Mrs. Walker's class to this celebration, which also featured a whole new world of animal species as the culmination of a unit on different animal groups, habitats and diets. Working with their new knowledge, the 2nd graders created and illustrated fantastic animal hybrids, which were laminated for the presentation to the visiting 5th grade class. 

The “Rainforest Song” served as the musical background for the introduction of never-before-seen creatures such as the “leager,” a lion-tiger hybrid; the “hark,” a horse-shark that is capable of galloping under water; the “dolf,” a dog-wolf that needs “hot pockets to live,” according to his genetic engineer. Each child wrote a paragraph about their animal hybrid’s special characteristics and shared it with the audience. [Click on story title for additional photos.]

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMMUNITY LEARNS ABOUT LEUKEMIA AND RAISES FUNDS FOR HUDSON VALLEY PATIENTS AND FAMILIES

Posted March 4 at 8:31am

For the next three weeks, Minisink Elementary School students will translate concern for others into action as they participate in a homegrown version of a national campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  In March of each year, schools across the United States join the three-week Pennies for Patients campaign to help raise funds to find a cure for blood-related cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families.

 

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

Posted March 2 at 3:22pm

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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