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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2016!

Posted June 27 at 11:28am

On the evening of Friday, June 24, the MVHS Class of 2016 welcomed family and friends to celebrate the Annual Commencement Exercises at the John Bell Athletic Field.

 

School pride, praise, reflection and encouragement were expressed throughout the ceremony. Superintendent Brian Monahan and Principal Kenneth Hauck acknowledged the remarkable accomplishments of the Class of 2016 and affirmed their confidence in the graduates’ preparedness to succeed in their next steps. Student speakers challenged their peers to go beyond aspirations of personal success and give of themselves to make a contribution to the world.

 

Congratulations, graduates of the Class of 2016 — may you continue to grow, thrive and inspire into the future.   


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CLASS OF 2016 BACCALAUREATE EXERCISES

Posted June 23 at 3:39pm

The Class of 2016 Baccalaureate Exercises on June 20 delivered a generous mix of the solemn, the inspirational, and the playful.

 

The JROTC Colorguard opened the ceremonies to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” and Principal Kenneth Hauck led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Directed by music and choral teacher Victor Izzo III, the Chamber Choir entertained with Chicago’s “Baby What a Big Surprise,” and the Senior Ensemble kicked it up with an animated rendition of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.” 

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MIDDLE SCHOOLER LAUNCHES OWN CHARITY ON SHOE STRINGS

Posted June 22 at 4:12pm

“My friends call me sneakerhead,” reads the GoFundMe page “KidsGetKicks” created by 14-year-old Michael Keenan, who just finished 8th grade at Minisink Valley. So it was no surprise that shoes were not far from Michael’s mind while brainstorming a community service project for his confirmation class at Holy Cross Church. He ultimately decided to combine his desire to do good with his passion for shoes. 

 

Recognizing that not all kids are privileged enough to look at shoes as a collectible item – as Michael is known to do – he launched his own online charity – KidsGetKicks – on GoFundMe.com, the world’s largest fundraising site for personal causes and life-events. Turning to friends, family and social media to promote his cause, Michael began raising money to buy sneakers, shoes and boots for underprivileged kids.  After shopping around for a retailer that would enhance his fundraising with a favorable deal, he decided on Modell’s in Middletown. The store validated Michael’s efforts with a 15 percent discount and a $200 store credit. 

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CONGRATULATIONS OTISVILLE KINDERGARTEN CLASS OF 2016

Posted June 22 at 12:52pm

Sporting their Sunday best and white graduate caps, four kindergarten classes walked through balloon arches into the Otisville Elementary auditorium on June 21 to the sound of Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” They were greeted by the cinematic attention of proud family and friends.

 

Accompanied by their teachers, they took their places framed by a colorful and festive “Kindergarten Class of 2016” banner. Following welcoming remarks by school principal Vincent Biele, music teacher Meghan Hughes lead the graduates in cheerful and expressive singing, beginning with “A Kindergarten Graduation Song” to the tune of Grease’s score “Summer Nights.”

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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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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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NYSPHSAA RECOGNIZES 21 MINSINK VARSITY TEAMS WITH SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS

Posted June 20 at 2:22pm

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 21 of 23 Minisink Valley High School varsity teams were recognized as state scholar-athlete teams, balancing their hard work commitment to their sport with a high level of academic achievement.  Among those recognized were the girls track and field team, which had the highest composite GPA of all awarded Minisink teams with 96.2.

 

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), the governing body for interscholastic athletics in New York state, recognizes academic achievement through its Scholar Athlete Team Award Program. Varsity teams must have a cumulative GPA of 90 or above to earn the NYSPHSAA recognition.

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SPECIAL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING SCHEDULED

Posted June 20 at 9:05am

The board of education has scheduled a special board meeting for Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM in middle school room 108.  The purpose of this meeting is to award bids regarding the EXCEL IIIa project, allocate reserve funds, and appoint personnel.  

DISTRICT RECOGNIZES 2016 RETIREES FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE

Posted June 17 at 9:04am

At the MVCSD Board of Education meeting on June 16, this year's retirees were recognized and thanked for their service and dedication to district.

 

Pictured left to right are retirees present at the BOE meeting: Carol Nemeth, Paula Tice, Jamie Merlob, Doris Uhrig, Mark Rogers, Cathy Eurich and Eileen Jacobs.

 

To see a complete list of the 2016 retirees, their roles in the district and their years of service, please click here

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015-16 ACADEMIC AWARD RECIPIENTS

Posted June 16 at 3:39pm

Minisink Valley High School 2015-16 Academic Awards Night took place on June 7 in the Arthur Andrews Auditorium. Families, district officials, faculty, and representatives from the organizations dispensing the awards and scholarships, all came together to celebrate the students’ commitment to learning and academic achievement. 


Congratulations to all award recipients, and many thanks to the award donors!


Click here for a list of awards, scholarships and recipients. Click on post's title for additional photos. 

 

 

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