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MARCH: MUSIC IN, AND ACROSS, OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Posted March 23 at 4:00pm

It was the students’ idea! It started with high school students looking for ways to help middle schoolers acclimate to the high school, ahead of freshmen orientation. When Music in Our Schools Month came along, the opportunity created itself: middle school and high school band students came together to play music, learn from each other, and celebrate.

 

This week, March 20-23, Laura Martellaro, middle school band teacher, took groups of students across campus to the high school for band workshops in jazz, woodwind, percussion and brass, with Mr. Horner, Mr. Stickney, and Mr. Christy’s students.

 

Together with their high school peers, band students in grades 7 and 8 engaged in sight-reading of chamber pieces, discussed playing techniques (posture, improvising, tone quality), listened to performances by the high school teachers and senior band members, and learned new breathing exercises with Mr. Sanso, a student-teacher.

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"THE DROWSY CHAPERONE": MUSICAL COMEDY COMING TO HIGH SCHOOL STAGE MAR. 30-APR.1

Posted March 23 at 9:18am

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“The Drowsy Chaperone,” this Spring’s high school musical, premiers Thu., March 30, with two additional performances Fri., March 31, and Sat., April 1.  All performances are at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The show is directed by Gary Passamonte and conducted by Victor Izzo III. 

 

"We are all really excited with the way this production is shaping up. It's a very funny and quirky show and we have a very strong cast," director Passamonte said. 

 

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

 

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

 

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Not suitable for children under the age of 9. 

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS PROJECTS CONNECT STUDENTS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Posted March 22 at 1:11pm

To add value and meaning to her photography program, art teacher Kat Hoolan looks for ways to make connections between student projects and the community.

 

A project that offers such an opportunity is the scanning of negatives or old photographs. In years past, Mrs. Hoolan’s students have scanned and cleaned old photographs belonging to local war veterans. This year, she turned to Facebook to ask for sets of negatives that had never been printed.

 

“I am nervous giving you these negatives because they are all I have,” Jessica Briecke said to Mrs. Hoolan when she trusted her and her students with 300+ negatives of her wedding. Married 20 years ago, she and her husband never had a wedding album.

 

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BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED

Posted March 22 at 12:26pm

The next meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM in the middle school auditorium.  The agenda is posted on the Board of Education page of the website. 

Prior to the board of education meeting, there will be a finance committee meeting regarding budget development.  This meeting is also open to the public and will begin at 6:30 PM in the middle school auditorium. The finance committee will be reviewing the following budgets:  buildings and grounds, payroll and benefits. Committee members include William Cooper, chairman, Kathlee DeRose, John Odland, and Joseph Flaherty, board president.  This is the final budget development meeting. At the conclusion of this meeting, the board of education and the superintendent will recap all of the presented budgets.  There will opportunity for public comment at the end of that review.  Please join us.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL FIFTH GRADE BAND IS ON TOUR

Posted March 22 at 10:50am

It’s Music in Our Schools Month and the Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Hulle, is on tour performing for the elementary school classes.

 

One small group at a time, they gather in the band room for a quick warm-up, and walk their instruments, books and stands to their appointed classroom audience, visibly excited.

 

The tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians.

 

“The students know they stand out more in small group performances, and they feel the responsibility of their role. That pushes them to get their parts right,” Mr. Hulle said. “And they really enjoy sharing their music with the younger kids and answering their questions.”

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MINISINK SCHOLARS PRESENT AT COLLEGE-SPONSORED RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Posted March 21 at 11:46am

Twenty-five Minisink juniors and seniors delivered college-level presentations at the fifth annual SUNY Orange Achievements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) Conference on March 11 at the college’s Rowley Center.

 

Created to foster intellectual/academic curiosity and scholarly research, the conference was the culmination of research work initiated during the fall semester, in collaboration with a SUNY Orange faculty mentor.

 

Twenty-one students from Mrs. Russell's college biology classes shared poster presentations summarizing their research. Four students from Mrs. Rufino's college English classes delivered formal presentations of their research papers.

 

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MEDICAL STUDENT

Posted March 21 at 9:04am

A day in the life of a medical student—what is that like? Students in Mrs. Russell’s anatomy and physiology classes got a hands-on answer to that question during a tour and exploration of the laboratories at Touro Medical College of Osteopathy in Middletown, on March 17.

 

In the medical simulation lab students observed robotic models used to create virtual patient-care experiences covering a range of medical scenarios. They focused on a model capable of responding to all birthing circumstances.

 

In the plastics laboratory, students viewed and held preserved human sections that mimic MRI-like images. This laboratory was combined with a 3-D lab where students wore 3-D glasses to virtually dissect organs and gain new understanding of their intricacies.

 

In the cadaver lab, based on their level of comfort, student were able to identify, manipulate and pose questions about human body parts. Every student noticed the care and respect taken with human specimens and the reverence that surrounds dissection in an upper-level environment.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MINISINK RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARDS

Posted March 20 at 3:30pm

Sixteen Minisink Valley Middle and High School students were honored for their achievements at the 27th Annual Sojourner Truth Awards ceremony on March 10, a program of the Orange County Community College (OCCC). 

 

The Sojourner Truth Awards Program celebrates the cultural diversity of Orange County youth, recognizes the accomplishments of students, and empowers them to pursue their education goals. Student honorees are nominated by their teachers for achievements in one of ten categories.

 

--Minisink Valley High School Honorees and Category Nominations: Jocelyn Benigno Ramos, diversity; Ilahi (Asiya) Creary-Miller, English language arts; Victoria Duncan, creative arts; Naomi Hernandez, sciences; Lovina John, citizenship; Remi Land, perseverance/effort; Ebony Oenga, mathematics; Lianna Ramirez, foreign languages; Aniya Rodriguez, foreign languages; Taisha Santiago, creative arts; Isabella Schaetzle, sciences; Tyacia Thompson, foreign languages; Mia Vizcaino, English language arts.

 

--Minisink Valley Middle School Honorees and Category Nominations: Nasier Brown, English language arts; Hunter Rodriquez, English language arts; and Jordan Santiago, English language arts.

 

“We are so proud of our award recipients,” said JoAnn Westby, middle school guidance counselor who accompanied the students to the ceremony. “We also commend OCCC for offering a night such as this to take the time to recognize the positive achievements of our students. It was inspiring to be seated with so many young people who are striving to meet their potential.”

MV MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN ALL CATEGORIES OF MATH COMPETITION

Posted March 20 at 10:40am

Congratulations to our middle school's math wizards in grades 6-8: Elizabeth Skalski, Travis Lysyczyn, Jada Gomillia, Eliies Cossley, Bonnie Crowe-Bailey—and their math teachers!

 

Competing against four other schools, the team won first place at the Math Counts Competition on February 24, at the Montgomery Town Park Hall. In the individual competition, Travis Lysyczyn placed first, and Jada Gomillia placed second.

 

Minisink’s top performance in both categories is a testimony of our teachers’ commitment to a quality education and their ability to foster a love of learning in our students.   

 

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MINISINK STUDENTS LEAD OPIOIDS-AWARENESS FORUM: EXPERTS AND COMMUNITY SHARE HELPFUL TIPS

Posted March 16 at 1:16pm

Fifty concerned individuals, brought together by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), gathered in the high school media center on March 9 for “Minisink Talks About Opioids.”

 

--“We have a problem!”

“A small group of us began speaking out loud about a problem that is all around us, threatening the integrity of our families and community. It is a menace of epidemic proportions. The same problem is presenting itself to all school districts in the county. I'm proud that we haven't shied away from anything and have taken the lead in bringing together prevention experts (from A.D.A.C.), students, parents, law enforcement, and adults in recovery, to start figuring out how to best help our students and our neighbors. I look forward to our next steps,” said Jerry Sander, Faculty advisor for SADD, MVHS/MVMS student assistance counselor.

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