Horticultural/botany/turf management expert brings his expertise into seventh-grade science class

Minisink Valley’s strong middle school science curriculum includes bringing in outside speakers to talk about a variety of topics to support what goes on in the classroom. In this instance, the recent visitor to Karen Johnson’s seventh-grade life science class was Professor Alan Kulibaba, who teaches turf management at Ulster BOCES. Professor Kulibaba spoke to …

”The Outsiders’ wins Minisink Valley High School’s March ‘Book Madness’ Tournament

And the winner is…..”The Outsiders.” March is noted for Women’s History Month, Irish Heritage and March Madness.  The annual NCAA College Basketball Tournament pitted the best teams head-to-head throughout March until one team was the champion. But why limit “March Madness” to just basketball? Minisink Valley High School celebrated a variation of this called “March …

‘Because we are all just human”… Middle school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) creates special book cart in the library

Lessons about the importance of acceptance, inclusion, respect and diversity are part of Minisink Valley’s ongoing character education initiatives. Students also frequently reinforce these themes in their respective school buildings in a variety of ways. A recent example is a book cart decorated by the middle school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), a teacher-run club which …

Orange County Government Center in Goshen to host special high school mixed media art exhibit April 1 to 17

High school students in Pattie Hoban-Rich’s Mixed Media class will have their acrylic pour paintings on display in a special exhibit at the Orange County Government Center’s lobby in Goshen beginning April 1 through April 17. “The kids all did an amazing job and the results are amazing,” said Mrs. Hoban-Rich, noting acrylic pouring is …

MV kindergarteners remember Orange County active duty personnel with hand-written notes and hearts

Here’s another example of the Minisink Valley school community giving back and thinking of others. Students in Sharon McConnell’s elementary school kindergarten class recently created hand-written notes and decoupage hearts for local Orange County military members currently deployed overseas. The hearts and notes are being sent along with other supplies collected by Daisy Girl Scout …

Important information about unused snow days

As a result of unused snow days, the Minisink Valley Central School District has declared Tuesday, April 23, and Thursday, May 23 as “give back” days. School will now be closed for students on these two additional days. The long Memorial Day observance weekend now runs Thursday, May 23, through Monday, May 27. This important holiday commemorates …

High school and intermediate school students have a ‘tanoshii’ time in collaborative work tied to Japanese culture

Inter-school collaborative efforts are commonplace within the Minisink Valley Central School District. A recent example is the combined efforts of high school art teacher Jenna McElroy and Intermediate School third-grader teacher Gary Passamonte to foster cultural appreciation. Mr. Passamonte’s students recently read “The Magic Treehouse: Dragon of the Red Dawn” and later wrote haikus, a …

Biography projects? Here’s how Otisville Elementary third-graders do them!

Holly Pason’s Otisville Elementary third-grade class recently completed extremely creative biography research projects by creating posters portraying the person they researched. This fun project allowed students to be creative while still learning about famous inventors, artists, African Americans and women in history!

Inaugural ‘Minisink IDEAS’ multi-cultural, diversity club to meet March 25

The inaugural meeting of the new “Minisink IDEAS”high school multi-cultural, diversity club will take place on Monday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The club is a place where students will discuss identity and culture, awareness and empathy. “Students will engage in a variety of activities and discussions in which they will celebrate their individual …

High school students ‘taste test’ books as part of ELA and library work

Bon appétit! High School Media Specialist Dolores Lombardo recently “cooked up” something special for Minisink Valley seniors who must read a classic book and write a research paper as part of their English and graduation requirements. With placemats and menus set at tables, baskets of various genres of books were set out for students to …

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