Monument Valley Regional Middle School


Week at a Glance and News and Notes


 Note from the Principal:

We had a good break last week to be with friends and family.  I hope you all enjoyed the time together.  This week the students returned with a lot of energy, and we worked hard to harness that energy into focus.  It also has stayed relatively pleasant outside, so it is nice to see the students running about at recess still without bundles of jackets and gloves even though it is December today.  I am always appreciative of the way teachers and paras are able to work with all types of students to garner that focus.  It is a lot of work to get to know each student well enough to craft instruction that works for all.  The staff at MV work hard to plan and deploy their lessons so they work for our students.  One of the ways we do this is by making sure all staff meet in teams through the week.  We discuss students and learning, trips and events, struggles and successes, and how to best organize to benefit the students.  These past weeks each department has or will take a day for collaborative planning.  Though this is time away from the students it really makes a difference day to day with the alignment of instruction from year to year.  Teachers study shifts in standards, share instructional practices, review information and share assignments.  The collegial work is what makes this learning community hum.

Have a good weekend.

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Dec. 4

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Regular School Day

Orchestra Concert Tonight 7:00

Thursday, Dec. 7

Regular School Day

Friday, Dec. 8

Regular School Day

Upcoming Concert Dates

Orchestra—Wed. Dec. 6 @ 7pm

Chorus—Mon. Dec. 11@ 7pm

Band—Tues. Dec. 19 @7pm


Paying for School meals

For those parents and guardians who have been using MySchoolBucks, we apologize for the short notice on the fee increase from $1.95 to $2.49 when you use your credit card to add funds to your child(ren)’s  meals account.  This is the first increase in sixteen years and it caught us a little off-guard as well.  We will be diligent about getting this information to you with more notice in the future.  You can also use MySchoolBucks to fund your students’ account(s) with a direct payment from your checking account and that fee remains at $1.00.  And, of course, you are always welcome to send a check or cash in with your student to fund their meals account.  If you have more questions about this process, feel free to call our Director of Food Services, Kathy Sullivan, at 413-644-2325.

Lost and Found

We have a lot of items in our lost & found.  Please check to see if your child has anything to claim.  We will be donating all remaining lost & found items over the Holiday Break.


Physical Education Reminder

For the safety of all students, sneakers are required for ALL Physical Education classes. Boot season is upon us, so please remind students to pack sneakers on PE days or leave a pair in their locker for the winter.

5th Grade Art on Display at Mason Library

Our 5th grade art classes have been making Artist Trading Cards based on the elements of art: Shape, form, color, value, texture, space and line. Our cards will be on display at the Mason library in GB until December 7th. I hope you can check them out!


Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • Homework Group at CHP
  • Light Impressions at BSRCC
  • MVRMS Yearbook Order Form

Last week’s flyers:

  • Holly Fair  First Congregational Church, Stockbridge


2 weeks ago:

  • Muddy Brook PTO Online Auction
  • Mason Library Gingerbread House Making
  • Stateline Youth Wrestling

Older Flyers:

  • Hancock Shaker Village hosts Hancock Holidays – a new family tradition Mason Library—Meet Great Barrington’s new police dog “Titan”
  • Family Friendly Exhibition Opens at Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Families First Flyer—Spectrum Playhouse
  • Upcoming programs at BSRCC
  • Creative Yoga Ballet
  • Duncan Dancing
  • Fathers & Family Network
  • Butternut 2017/18 Ski/Board Program

Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230