MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5200 / fax (845)355-5205

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Posted September 23 at 1:35pm

Middle School pictures will be on Friday, October 7, 2016. Please note that middle school students will receive their order forms shortly. Forms should be filled out and brought in on the day of pictures and checks should be made out to BNL Enterprises, INC.

Pictures may also be ordered online at www.BNLSchoolPictures.com .  Click order and enter code EW8797* (please note the * must be included in order for the code to work).  Please follow the instructions on the order form.

Extra order forms are available in the main office or you may download one by clicking here.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION CONTEST SPONSORED BY STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Posted September 23 at 7:29am

The middle school will be running a Box Tops Contest from now until November 18th.  Blank collection forms are available in the front office and completed forms can be returned there as well.  For each completed form that a student turns in he/she will be entered into a drawing for one of many gift cards.  Students can enter as many times as they like.  Box Tops earn our school money, so start clipping!

Also, you may now use a BOX TOP APP to earn even more money for our school throughout the year.  Please view the following links to see how you can help earn money for the middle school through collecting Box Tops.

Box Tops Contest Letter Home

Box Tops App

Box Tops Contest Collection Sheet

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS BRIDGE SPAGHETTI WITH THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Posted September 22 at 4:48pm

From the plums in Mrs. Lee’s science class, we turn now to spaghetti! Mr. Hoffman’s 7th and 8th grader students have been building bridges with dry spaghetti strands as a quick and easy way to learn and apply the scientific method.

 

To start the assignment, students suspended a strand of spaghetti across two points and manipulated the distance between them. Dangling a paper cup from their spaghetti bridge, they added pennies to it until it snapped. Using the scientific method to investigate problem-questions, they measured variables, identified constants and tested their hypothesis--before comparing their findings with their fellow scientists. 

 

To see additional photos click here.  

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Posted September 19 at 11:49am

Mrs. Lee's sixth grade science class has begun the exciting adventure of exploring the Earth's interior--after a quick stop by the produce aisle. With the help of the Smart Board, students have completed a plum lab where they dissected the fruit and compared it to the Earth's layers! Some also ventured to eat their first plum.

 

What can a plum have in common with our planet? Take a look for yourself! Which part of the plum may represent the crust? The mantle? The core? Careful, the temperature of the Earth's inner core is estimated to average 9,800 °F.  

 

For additional photos of the plum lab, click on the title of this post. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE - HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Posted September 14 at 2:53pm

Welcome back to Minisink Valley Middle School! We are eager to begin a new school year that is filled with new and exciting learning opportunities. We had a successful opening and look forward to seeing our parents and caregivers at Open House. Please note that students should have come home with a completed schedule sheet for Open House night.  If students did not come home with a sheet, we have a second copy for you with their homebase teachers.  Open House Nights are on the following dates and times:

 

  • 6th grade Open House - Thursday, September 15 at 6:00pm in the auditorium.
  • 7th and 8th grade Open House - Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00pm in the auditorium.

TECHNOLOGY BEGINS WITH SAWDUST

Posted September 13 at 2:11pm

Students in Mr. Budd’s 7th grade technology class are making their own rulers! They start by sanding a ruler blank which is then placed into an 80-watt laser engraver to imprint the measurement markings. In the last phase of the project, students personalize their rulers using a 25-watt laser engraver to imprint their names. At the end of the first quarter, they will take their rulers and experience the satisfaction of utilizing something they produced. This annual project was first developed by Mr. Corwin, and Mr. Budd is happy to keep it going. For additional photos, go to our Facebook page

WARRIORS VARSITY FOOTBALL HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH

Posted September 8 at 7:14pm

On this Friday, September 9th, at 7:00 PM the Minisink Valley varsity football team will be hosting FDR for this year's home opener at John Bell Field.   As a reminder, all Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult or they will not be permitted to attend the game.  It is essential that all Middle School students attending this game, and all subsequent home games, have appropriate adult supervision.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

 GO WARRIORS!!!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Posted September 1 at 4:28pm

Welcome back! I hope each of you is feeling rested and recharged and is coming back with memorable summer stories to share.

We have a fresh and exciting school year ahead of us, with new and additional learning opportunities for our students and faculty. We look forward to seeing every one of you discovering, growing and thriving. 

 

Our bus drivers and our department of transportation are eager to be the first to welcome our  students back to school, and thanks to the dedicated and capable work of our buildings and grounds team, we are looking better than ever.

 

Returning and new faculty and staff are committed to creating a safe and challenging learning environment, and together we pledge to give all our students the highest quality education to prepare them for a fulfilling future. 

  

Enjoy the last long weekend of summer, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 6, the first day of school. A great school year to us all!

Brian C. Monahan
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

UPDATE TO STUDENT RECORDS POLICY: NEW “OPT-OUT” POLICY FOR LIMITED DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Posted August 30 at 11:19am

Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and our new Facebook page.

 

This news may include photos of classroom activities and programs, sports events, drama and musical performances, award ceremonies, honor roll lists and other academic recognitions, the annual yearbook, etc.  As previously announced in the district’s August Newsletter, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.” 

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MICHAEL LARSEN IS APPOINTED MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Posted August 29 at 4:01pm

Minisink Valley’s Board of Education has appointed Michael Larsen as the new principal of the Minisink Valley Middle School. Mr. Larsen has served as assistant principal of the middle school for the past five years, and most recently as acting principal.  

 

Since joining the district in 2002, Mr. Larsen served as physical education teacher at Otisville Elementary School, the high school and middle school, before taking on an administrative role.

 

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education and administrators point to Mr. Larsen’s proven leadership in continuing to advance the quality of education for Minisink’s middle school students as one of the main reasons for his appointment. 

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