Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:


What a crazy snow week.  The students and staff surfed the mixed up schedules and timing very well.  I am looking forward to a solid five days in a row of classes, as that is what helps all of us flow with the curriculum.  We had a very productive Screens and Teens meeting Monday morning.  Please follow this link for notes and agenda that we follow.  We are excited to show Screenagers but need some help organizing, and then to organize conversation between parents and for parents with experts for advice.


These are difficult times for schools and families when thinking about safety.  Please join us at the district forum on Monday at 7 pm here at MV.  We will hear from some experts and listen to questions to be answered.  On Wednesday we will honor student desire to participate in the National School Walk Out.  We will have a short program here at the middle school in the front of the school open to all fifth through eighth graders.  We will hear some statements from students, have a moment of silence in solidarity for remembering the lost lives in school tragedies, and then hear from students who have something to say about the issue of gun violence and safety in school.  This is fully voluntary, and will be a small part of the morning.  Students who choose not to participate will continue in classes with their teachers.  There is also an option for seventh and eighth graders who want to join the activity at the high school.  If a student wants to join that activity they will need permission from home to be chaperoned up to the high school by our middle school staff.  This is a tough moment for students and families, as many feel strongly about speaking out on this issue, and others feel like it is better to focus on the work of school.  We are trying to find that balance of supporting the whole student and keeping the focus on learning.  I welcome your feedback and questions.


Also, thank you for the day with just the staff.  We collaborated on building a district PK-12 vision and spiraling learning through the schools.  It was a very productive professional development day.


Have a good weekend.


Ben Doren



Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, March 12

Regular School Day

7:00 pm Community Discussion on School Safety


Tuesday, March 13

Regular School Day


Wednesday, March 14

Regular School Day

8th Grade Program of Studies Night @ MMRHS 6:30-8:30


ThursdayMarch 15

Regular School Day

6:30 pm Monument Valley & Muddy Brook Chorus Cabaret


Friday, March 16

Regular School Day



Reminder to Eighth Grade Student and Parents/Guardians

The Program of Studies night at MMRHS has been postponed to Wednesday, March 14 from 6:30-8:30.


Art Reception Friday, March 9th

The following students will have their artwork featured at the Berkshire Museum for Youth Art Month. The opening reception will be Friday March 9th at the Berkshire Museum from 5-7. Hope to see you tonight!


Grade 5—Eli Burch, Iris Firth

Grade 6—Erin DeCelle, Mia deRis, Sam Higa, Emily Mueller

Grade 7—Damian Bourdon, Calvin Hartzell

Grade 8—Mirabel Webber, Sarah Wohl


Chorus Cabaret

Hello, families of Monument Valley!

The 3rd-8th grade choruses of Berkshire Hills have been working extremely hard to prepare an exciting event coming up in two short weeks. On Thursday, March 15th, starting at 6:30 PM, we will host our first Muddy Brook-Monument Valley Chorus Cabaret, titled “That’s Amore!” held in the Monument Valley cafeteria. It will be a grand night of music, solos, a dinner fundraiser, and a silent auction. Doors open at 6 PM.

We invite you to attend! The show is free, but there will be several fundraisers going on. All proceeds will go directly to the choral and music programs of MB & MV. Enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked Italian dinner with us – fill out this pre-order form for dinner for you and your family: All details are on the form. Please fill it out by Monday, March 12th.

Email me at if you have any questions.

-Sunhwa Reiner, choral director



Big Y Education Express

If you are a Big Y shopper, please go to and register for Education Express.  It is a simple way for our school to earn valuable school supplies.  See flyer below for step by step instructions.


After School Floor Hockey with Mr. Vittum

February 26 – April 18


Mondays Grades 5 and 6

Wednesdays Grades 7 and 8

Students must be picked up at 3:30

Please sign up with Mr. Vittum


Ready Set Go! With Mrs. Mason

Is an intramural activity offered after school that focuses on large group games including team sports and cooperative games for all students. It runs from 2:45 -3:30 from February 26 – April 18. Mondays are reserved for grades 7/8 and Wednesdays are reserved for grades 5/6. Students must have rides planned ahead of time for a 3:30 pick-up. Please email or see Mrs. Mason with questions.



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.



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:

  • Great Barrington Girls Softball Registration
  • Free Tax Prep



Last week’s flyers:

  • Boys Lacrosse:  Gr 5/6 & 7/8 @ BCD
  • Lee Youth Lacrosse
  • Great Barrington Little League registration
  • Red Cross Swim Lessons/Adapted Swim @BSRCC
  • Camp Hi-Rock
  • Spotlight on the Arts
  • Babysitting Course




2 weeks ago:

  • Eighth grade Washington DC Trip Calendar fundraiser
  • Blue Rider Stables Winter Spring After School Flyer
  • Vacation Week/ Family Friendly Exhibition Norman Rockwell Museum
  • BSRCC Crafternoons
  • BSRCC Survey:




Older Flyers:

  • Big Y’s Education Express
  • Berkshire Lingua Summer Language Program
  • The Flu:  A Guide For Parents
  • BHYSC Spring Travel Soccer
  • Girls on The Run
  • MVRMS Yearbook Order Form


Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230