Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


This was a really busy week for one with four days.  The kids are really feeling the pent up energy for spring even though we have not had a full thaw yet.  We are getting ready for Nature’s Classroom in fifth grade, our signature trip for the first year in our middle school.  Also, many eighth grade families attended the program of Studies night at the high school yesterday.  This is the first big step in making the transition though school—very exciting!  I am resending the information below from last week on the Parent Advisory Council and other upcoming parent events.

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 Monday, May 7, at 3 pm (Note change of afternoon session to a week later to accommodate elementary school council).  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.  As always, please contact me at if you have questions or concerns about this or any other issue at MV.

Have a great long weekend.



Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, April 2

Regular School Day


Tuesday, April 3

Regular School Day


Wednesday, April 4

Regular School Day


Thursday, April 5

Regular School Day


Friday, April 6

Regular School Day



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!



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.



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:

  • Hancock Shaker Village:  Baby Animals on the Farm
  • Simon’s Rock Summer Youth Programs
  • River Walk March for Science and Call for Student Presenters
  • Camp Hi-Rock:  Info Session Flier & Teen Leadership
  • Camp Hi-Rock:  Teen Leadership Backpacking & Rock Climbing Trips Flier
  • Spring Baseball Clinics
  • Cradles to Crayons:  Donation Guidelines
  • Camp Hi-Rock: Local Info Session
  • Camp Hi-Rock: Backpacking & Rock Climbing Leadership Development Trips



Last week’s flyers:

  • Girl Scout Camp Flyers
  • Girls Afterschool Volleyball



2 weeks ago:

  • Great Barrington Girls Softball Registration
  • Free Tax Prep



Older 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


  • 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