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HOW ARE WE DOING? ANSWER A SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY, FEB. 27-MAR. 17

Posted February 23 at 1:16pm

To ensure that we continue to provide our students with an education that is up to the challenges of the real world and the pace of the century, we want to hear from all of you: parents, students and staff. 

 

Beginning February 27 and ending on March 17, we ask that you complete a confidential 15-20 minute School Climate Survey online and give us your honest input on matters of school safety, relationships, support, and resources for learning. Different versions of the survey will be given to students and school personnel.

 

Each school will have its own survey. The Parent survey link is found on your child’s school web page. If you have children in multiple schools, please take the survey for each school. Survey packets have been sent home with complete details including a statement of your parental rights.  

 

All answers are anonymous and confidential. Participation is completely voluntary. If you do not want your child to participate, please download and fill out the Refusal of Consent form accompanying the survey link, and submit it to the school’s administrative office by the required date. 

 

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory is created, and will be analyzed by, the National School Climate Center.

 

This is your chance to make your voice heard, and we will be listening. We appreciate everyone’s participation, so that together we can build a better future for our students and our community.  

HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS CONCERT WILL OPEN “MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH”: MAR. 1, 7PM

Posted February 23 at 2:39pm

Enter the month of March with singing at the “Music in Our Schools Month” Chorus Concert (MIOSM) on Wed., March 1, 7:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium.

 

All four MVHS choirs will perform under the direction of Mr. Victor Izzo, beginning with an intergalactic opening by our award-winning Chamber Choir. The admission/donation is $5 per person. Senior citizens and children under four enter free.

 

This musical evening will bring you a wide range of entertaining selections. Love will be in the air with the Women’s Chorus performance of “The Rose” and “Songbird.” They will pick up the tempo, and show you their spirit and grit, with Katy Perry’s “Rise” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

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“MINISINK TALKS ABOUT OPIOIDS”: “78” FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION, MARCH 9, 7PM

Posted February 22 at 9:11am

Remember the devastation of the H.I.V epidemic when it peaked in the early 1990’s? Death rates from drug overdose in 2014 reached the same devastating level, with 125 American lives lost each day. Of those, 78 lives were claimed by opioid overdose.

 

Opioid abuse is a national health crisis, and it affects every American community, urban or rural. In Orange County, 19 lives were lost to prescription opioid overdoses in 2014, compared to 8 in 2013. (This mortality data pertains strictly to prescription opioids.)

 

In the 2015-16 academic year, MVHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) made a film titled “78” based largely on interviews with adults whose lives were vastly affected by substance abuse, beginning in adolescence. Among interviewees is a Minisink Valley bus driver who lost her son to an overdose. She is now working toward a counselor certification in alcoholism and substance abuse. Other content involves excerpts from essays students wrote in their English classes.

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MINISINK VALLEY HONORS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NYS POLICE WITH COMMEMORATIVE SIGN

Posted February 21 at 2:33pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, Minisink Valley technology teachers Rich Budd and Andrew Mink, and art teacher Kat Hoolan, presented a commemorative wooden sign to the Greenville barracks of NYS Police on February 15.

 

Several district and building administrators joined high-ranking members of Troop F to mark this important milestone in our local history.

 

The sign was created by technology and art faculty over the past few months. From concept to design, execution and revision, all steps in the process reflect some of the course work offered through Minisink's technology and art programs.

 

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BOARD OF EDUCATION AND BUDGET DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS

Posted February 21 at 12:05pm

The next meeting of the board of education is scheduled for Thursday, February 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 of the board of education reviews building and department budgets with the administrators in charge of those programs.  Committee members include William Cooper, chairman, Kathlee DeRose, John Odland, and Joseph Flaherty, board president.  There will be an opportunity for public comment on the budgets being considered. Subsequent meetings will be held on March 9 and March 23. Please join us.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR.”: March 9 & 10

Posted February 20 at 9:48am

Don’t bother with your weather app: it’s going to rain on March 9 and 10, sometime after 7 p.m., on the stage of Minisink Valley Middle School. Handy and techie volunteers will make sure of it!

 

The drama club and a company of volunteers are hard at work to bring you a dazzling and spunky production of “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.,” an adaptation of the world’s best known musical movie, released in 1952. Online tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.

 

Directed by Teresia Parker, the middle school production is fast-moving entertainment, spiced with comedic twists and turns, feisty dialogue, romantic Hollywood standards, tap and chorus-line dancing--and a little poetic justice, too.

 

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MINISINK’S YOUNGER STUDENTS CELEBRATE 100 DAYS OF LEARNING

Posted February 17 at 10:27am

Like scores of classrooms across the country, many of our younger classes keep track of the number of school days from day-one to the 100th day, for 100 reasons. Using a calendar and meaningful visualizations, this daily routine helps students assimilate basic math concepts like sequence, quantity and place value. A little motivation lies ahead, too. 

  

The 100th day of school arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and our younger students could hardly wait to celebrate with engaging, colorful and edible activities that put their math skills to the test.

 

In Mrs. Hoffman’s first grade class, for instance, students created necklaces using 100 beads, played Pin Benjamin Franklin on a $100 bill, and they made their own trail mix by counting and placing 10 groups of 10 snacks each on their worksheets. Using Smarties to answer questions on a graph worksheet, they grew 100 Days Smarter and had fun coloring the graph with the appropriate colors. A real treat in every way.    

 

(Photos from 100-Days of School celebrations in Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Kelly’s first grade classes.)

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHINE AT COUNTY’S SPELLING BEE

Posted February 16 at 3:13pm

Two middle school students proudly represented Minisink Valley at the annual Orange County Spelling Bee held at Orange-Ulster BOCES on Feb. 15.

 

Seventh-grader Antonella and eighth-grader Taylor Poynton were among 22 contestants. They spelled their way successfully to the fourth of six rounds, before the final.

 

They were accompanied by their English teachers, Jessica Dickman and Jacqui Stamos, and Maggie Spicehandler, library media specialist who organized Minisink’s participation in the Spelling Bee.

 

“This was very positive, valuable opportunity for our students, and a lovely event to witness. The kids were held with high esteem, and they showed great professionalism,” said Mrs. Dickman, Antonella’s English teacher.

 

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MINSINK ART STUDENTS WILL EXHIBIT WORKS AT COUNTY-WIDE SHOWCASE, FEB. 25

Posted February 16 at 3:00pm

Ten Minisink Valley High School art students will exhibit their work at “The Arts Build Confidence Showcase” on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the center court of Middletown’s Galleria at Crystal Run.

 

Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, student artwork from across the county will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. 

 

Participating MVHS students are Christa Ferguson, Melissa Faughnan, Danielle Kelly, Jack Golden, Alexandra Higgins, Autumn Beauchesne, Camila Palacios, Alicia Roy, Rachel Vance, and Taisha Santiago. High school art teachers, Ms. Boedeker, Mrs. Hoban-Rich, Mrs. Hoolan, Mrs. Morais and Mrs. Tangney are excited to share their students’ work with community.

 

In addition, and for the first time this year, the exhibition will include a slide show featuring artwork by elementary school students. Minsink Valley Elementary School will be represented by the artwork of fifteen students in Mrs. Begle's art classes. Otisville Elementary School will be represented by the artwork of 45 students in Mrs. Welsh's art classes. 

 

Congratulations to all our students and their art teachers! 

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POPS CONCERT TONIGHT, FEB. 13: MUSIC DPT. FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT BAND EVALUATION TRIP

Posted February 13 at 9:28am

The Annual High School Pops Concert will take place in the auditorium at 7 p.m., today, Monday, February 13. The admission/donation for the Pops Concert is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students. Children 4-years-old and younger and senior citizens enter free. Proceeds will be utilized for the band trip this coming spring.

 

Jazz Lab I, under the direction of Mr. Matthew Christy, will perform classic pop tunes such as “Billie Jean,” written and composed by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. More great music by Mr. Christy’s Symphonic Band I will include “The Avengers,” written and composed by Alan Silvestri. This piece was used in “The Avengers” movies, and in parts of “Iron Man” and “Captain America.”

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MINISINK VALLEY PTO APPAREL FUNDRAISER THROUGH FEB. 16

Posted February 13 at 9:07am

The Minisink Valley PTO is running its annual apparel and gear sale through February 16. Proceeds help fund scholarships, preschool story hour, 1,000 Books reading program, mini-grants, and more. Please show your support by purchasing some of these great items. The Order Form provides additional information and related contacts.  


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