Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


Five days of instruction!  This was a first in a long time.  We are all ready for old winter to retreat—though at least we hear birds in the snowy trees these days.  The snow and cold does not stop our intrepid students from running around outside at recess.  This is an important time of the year for learning and teaching, and having consistent days really helps the flow of classes.  The Parent Advisory Council meetings are a very useful way for me to get feedback on the school programs and initiatives.  We have a few parents consistently joining us, but we would love more input.  One of the items discussed at the recent meetings this week is a Parent Survey: getting feedback from families on how we are doing, what folks want to see in the school, and how we can best communicate and collaborate around your children’s education.  We would love some help in designing and deploying this survey.  The next council meetings will be on Monday, April 30, at 8:15 am and 3 pm.  Please join us if you want to talk about the school development, and if you can help with the survey.  Also look for an email soon with info on helping organize for our Screens and Teens event to see the film Screenagers and get informed on our children’s use of devices.  I am planning on holding a set of Forums on substance use called “Vaping, Alcohol and Marijuana: what every parent wants to know and what you can do to keep your child safe” towards the end of April.  This comes from many parents asking for more information so they can be educated, and also for a forum to discuss with other parents.  Please send me your concerns and questions—I’d like the forum to be as helpful as possible.  We help a lockdown drill this week which went very well.  We will be holding evacuation drills later this spring when the ground clears.  Please discuss theses drills with your children if they need to understand the context and reasons, or have questions.  As always, please contact me at if you have questions or concerns about this or any other issue at MV.


Have a great weekend.




Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, March 26

Regular School Day

8:00-12:30  Gr 8 Trip to Shakespeare & Co.


Tuesday, March 27

Regular School Day


Wednesday, March 28

Regular School Day

6:30-8:30pm  Gr 8 Program of Studies Night @ MMRHS


Thursday, March 29

Regular School Day


Friday, March 30

No School Today

Good Friday



Cradles to Crayons: We need your donations please!

From March 26 to April 6 Monument Valley students who were nominated to be a part of Project 351 will be holding a clothing drive at Monument Valley and Muddy Brook. Project 351 is a service program in Massachusetts: a student is nominated as an ambassador from each of the 351 towns and cities across the Commonwealth.  We are asking for donations of clothing, shoes, and undergarments like underwear and socks. We are asking that the clothing be sizes 0-20 and adult sizes small and medium that are appropriate for children. We also request infant and child size shoes that are 0-13 and adult sizes 1-10. In addition socks, pajamas and underwear must be brand new.  There will be big boxes with signs in the lobby of each school labeled “Donation Drop Off Box” to place the items. Thank you for your support!


Calendar Raffle

The 8th grade is selling raffle calendar tickets to raise funds towards their travel costs to Washington DC this spring.  Drawings will be held daily during the month of April.  Tickets are $10.  We have received generous support from local businesses.  Our prize offerings are our best yet!  Find an 8th grader or stop by the main office to purchase a ticket!


 Big Y Education Express

Earn Double Points for Education Express at Big Y This Week March 22-March28

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:

  • Girl Scout Camp Flyers
  • Girls Afterschool Volleyball



Last week’s flyers:

  • Great Barrington Girls Softball Registration
  • Free Tax Prep



2 weeks ago:

  • 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





Older Flyers:

  • 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:


  • 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