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MINISINK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

MINISINK VALLEY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY, NOV.16

Posted November 16 at 5:09am

TODAY, FRIDAY, NOV. 16, all Minisink Valley schools are closed due to hazardous conditions.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's Tricky Tray will be held on Friday, Nov. 30. Watch for updated details from organizers the beginning of next week.

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WEATHER ALERT: EARLY DISMISSAL TODAY, THURSDAY, NOV. 15

Posted November 15 at 8:48am

In anticipation of the forecast and adverse road conditions, TODAY, THURSDAY, NOV. 15, all Minisink Valley Schools will be dismissing early, as follows:

  • K-5: 12:15 p.m.
  • Middle School: 11 a.m.
  • High School: 11:15 a.m. 
  • Out-of-district programs: 11 a.m.

Please remember that, as of now, tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16, is a full-day of instruction, instead of the previously scheduled half-day. Tomorrow's parent-teacher conferences have been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, which is now a half-day. 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTING EVENTS ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.


We appreciate your understanding for the safety of our students and staff. 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: CHANGE IN CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, NOV. 16

Posted November 14 at 5:19pm

The latest weather forecast is requiring us to make some changes in the district’s calendar.

  • Friday, Nov. 16: FULL DAY of school
    — Originally scheduled as a conference half-day to accommodate parent-teacher conferences, Friday, Nov. 16 is now a full day of instruction. In event of a weather-related delayed opening on Friday, a full day of school will help preserve the use of snow days into the winter season.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, now a half-day
     This calendar change means that Friday, Nov. 30 is now a conference half-day. 


We appreciate your understanding and wanted to provide as much advance notice as possible. As always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our first priority.

THE GROWTH MINDSET: HELPING STUDENTS VALUE THE LEARNING PROCESS

Posted November 14 at 3:54pm

Students in Corrine Yanis class are learning the meaning of having a “growth mindset”: if at first you don’t succeed, you can get smarter and stronger by trying again.

 

After decades of collaborative studies on students’ attitudes toward failure, psychologist Carol Decker summarized the findings in a 2006 best-selling book that coined the term “growth mindset” and challenged established beliefs about learning and intelligence.

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AUTO-TECHNICIAN INSPIRES EIGHTH GRADERS TO REACH THEIR DREAMS THROUGH HARD WORK

Posted November 13 at 2:52pm

If you read about the 1940s tractor engine rebuilding project in Jonathan Clemmons’s technology classes, we are pleased to report that the engine is off to the press.

 

While the eighth graders wait for the engine to return to the middle school, they learned about technical education and careers in automotive from Kaytlin Prater, a recent graduate from Ohio Technical College and the BMW Automotive Service Technician Education (STEP) program. A new Minisink Valley resident, Kaytlin is just starting a career in auto-mechanics at BMW of Morristown, NJ.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL'S KINDNESS INITIATIVE CONTINUES WITH SHOWING OF 'I'M TRULY SORRY'

Posted November 13 at 1:46pm

Minisink Valley Middle School's character education initiative continued today, Nov. 13, with a lunch time program for sixth and seventh-graders focusing the concepts of kindness, forgiveness and being sorry.

 

Assistant Principal Steven Caldwell continued the ongoing “Choose Kindness” discussions he and other administrators have been having with students, using examples in his own family about the importance of apologies and forgiveness when someone is not kind to someone else.

 

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADS FOOD DRIVE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Posted November 13 at 8:05am

All five Minisink Valley Schools invite you to share your bounty this holiday season with less fortunate families in our midst.

 

WHY IT MATTERS:

• 1-in-5 children in America may not know where they will get their next meal.

• 20 percent of Minisink students experience some form of food insecurity.

 

Let’s pull together to help Minisink Cares and make sure all Minisink families are provided for this holiday season. (Continue to full article for high-school specific information.)

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NEW CNC ROUTER ENHANCES PROJECT RELIABILITY IN TECHNOLOGY CLASS

Posted November 7 at 11:44am

Students in Rich Budd’s seventh-grade technology classes have been busy creating custom wood-carved signs using a new CNC router.

 

This new Techno HD CNC router arrived last school year and it hasn't stopped running since. It’s now the third CNC router available for student use.

 

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BREAKING THE CYCLE ASSEMBLIES INSPIRE STUDENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted November 6 at 1:06pm

“We’re here to let you know that your local community cares about you.” With these words, Breaking the Cycle Program Director Heinrich Barth welcomed Minisink Valley eighth graders to a moving school assembly on Nov. 1.

 

Breaking the Cycle is offered each year as part of our middle school's commitment to student safety and promoting a climate of respect for self and for others. The program highlights the combined efforts of principals, teachers, and law enforcement to counteract school violence by addressing its root causes: bullying, suicide ideation, peer pressure, gossip, racism, and other forms of intolerance.

 

Assembly speakers share personal stories of loss and make a powerful appeal to young people to value their own lives and the lives of others.

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MVMS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES: SIGN-UP AND CONFERENCE DATES

Posted November 5 at 3:10pm

Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Mark your calendars to schedule yours online, starting Oct. 15.

ONLINE SIGN UP: Oct. 15 through Nov. 7 on School Appointments. The site offers a user instructions page and the ability to receive email reminders of your appointments.

CONFERENCE DATES: This year we are offering four dates to better accommodate your schedule. 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 ▪ 6-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16 ▪ 12-2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 ▪ 8-11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 7 ▪ 12-2:00 p.m.

Article: "Getting the most out of Parent/Teacher conferences"  

QUESTIONS? Call the Counseling Center at 355-5210.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN WRITING CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Posted November 1 at 12:17pm

"It was a dark and stormy night" was first written by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel, “Paul Clifford.”

 

The Minisink Valley Middle School Library borrowed his often parodied phrase for use in its annual Halloween story contest.

 

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL LESSONS OFTEN FEATURE A HOLIDAY-RELATED TWIST

Posted November 1 at 11:05am

Many Minisink Valley Middle School teachers, like sixth-grade math teacher Joanna Browning, incorporated a Halloween theme into their lessons on Oct. 31.

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