Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:


This was a good week at Monument Valley.  It was another full week without a snow day or delay, and we were busy.  We also received our exchange students this week.  We have fourteen eighth graders from Spain staying with host families and attending classes with their hosts.  It adds a real excitement to the grade, and also the students interact and do activities with younger students.  Our students then visit them in Canary Islands in the spring.  It is great to have students from another part of the world and another culture with us.

We had a good Screens and Teens meeting this week.  We discussed the resources we use to understand what are kids are doing with devices and how to engage and limit them.  We also discussed next steps.  One big idea is bringing “Screenagers” to MV.  This is a documentary that was screened last year un the district, but we think there is more than enough interest to do it again, as it addresses device and screen use in a way that is engaging for students and parents.  We also discussed setting up forums and opportunities for parents to connect, get information and support for doing right by their children.  I added the notes from our meeting to the flyers so please see below for a link to read the notes.

Have a good weekend,

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Feb. 5

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Feb 6

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Feb 7

Regular School Day

Thursday, Feb. 8

Regular School Day

Friday, Feb. 9

Regular School Day

A Message from the School Nurse

Dear Parent/Guardian for Grades 6 and 8 Students:

According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71, Section 57, all children in grades 5 through 9 receive postural screening during the school year. The purpose of postural screening is to find early signs of possible spinal curvature problems (scoliosis) during the rapid growth of adolescence. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who may need further evaluation. If the condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spinal deformity may be prevented.

Monument Valley Regional Middle School will begin doing annual postural screening in late February 2018 during Physical Education classes. Students will be reminded of their scheduled time for screening the day before. The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute. It is done in privacy unless students prefer to be together. Your child’s back is observed while he/she is standing and bending forward. You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by a physician. The majority of students exhibit no findings.

Please call Pat Harper, School Nurse at 644-2324 with any concerns or questions. Students will be expected to participate in this screening unless a parent/guardian sends a note to the school nurse excusing their child, along with a copy of a medical note stating that a postural screening has been done within the past 6 months.

Please note: a letter for grade 5 students was sent home with the recent report cards detailing when postural screening is scheduled for them, and grade 7 completed this screening last month.

Note: To assure a view of the spine, students expose their backs during screening. It is recommended that boys wear a shirt that can be easily removed, and that girls wear (or bring) a sports bra, or bathing suit/camisole type top.


8th Graders

“QUOTES” Want to be quoted in the yearbook?  Make a lasting impression!  Choose a literary quote, a song lyric, a mantra or words of your own.  Must be appropriate for 5th grade eyes Email to or drop off in the art room.  By Friday Feb. 9th.


Girls on the Run

If you are interested in helping to coach Girls on the Run during the Spring, please contact Jessica Oakley at  See flyer on our website.



Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • Berkshire Lingua Summer Language Program
  • Stockbridge Library:  Tracking Wild Mammals in the Berkshires
  • Screens and Teens at Monument Valley

Last week’s flyers:

  • The Flu:  A Guide For Parents
  • Raising Innovative Children
  • Blue Rider Stables’ February Break Program

2 weeks ago:

  • BHYSC Spring Travel Soccer
  • Aquatic Specialty Instruction

Older Flyers:

  • Kilpatrick Program Flyers:  Swim America/Unique Sports Offerings
  • BSRCC:  February Freeze Flyer
  • Girls on The Run
  • Springfield Thunderbirds—Jan. 27th
  • Homework Group at CHP
  • MVRMS Yearbook Order Form
  • 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