Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


This was another really busy week at Monument Valley.  The spring brings a lot of activity.  We have the musical this weekend, Annie, Jr., so come on out tonight to tomorrow evening, or Sunday for the matinee.  We have Shakespeare and Company working with the eighth grade and the workshop today with the seventh grade.  Flying Cloud was in this week wrapping up their residency in the seventh grade.  Sixth grade goes to college next week for their annual visit to a local college.  And of course, we have our signature fifth grade field experience, Nature’s Classroom, for all fifth graders next week.  And amid all of this, students are busy in classes on projects and activities.  In the energy of a busy week, please find some time this weekend to just take some time with your kids and enjoy the connection.  We can forget to stop and smell the roses together, and they are almost ready to bloom…


Repeat from previous week:  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.


Ben Doren, Principal

Monument Valley Regional Middle School




Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, April 9

Regular School Day


Tuesday, April 10

Regular School Day


Wednesday, April 11

Regular School Day


Thursday, April 12

Regular School Day


Friday, April 13

Half day Inservice Day—School Dismissed @ 11:30


“Come see ANNIE JR at Monument Valley this weekend!

See the incredible work and talent that over 50 MV students have put into this musical, and enjoy the telling of this charming and classic show with us.

Shows are Friday 4/6 & Saturday 4/7 at 7 PM, and Sunday 4/8 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $5/student, $10/general, and $20/family – sold at the door.

Any questions direct to Sunhwa Reiner at

See you there!”


Annie, Jr., for all families

Hello families of MV: Our musical production of “Annie Jr.” is coming up this weekend! We would like to offer free admission to any family who requests financial help to Mr. Doren. We would love to have any and all families join us for an incredible show – with over 50 MV students participating in this classic musical.


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:

  • Blue Rider Stables’ February Break Program
  • Upcoming Programs at BSRCC
  • Relevance and Rigor~Meeting the Needs of Our Students in the 21st Century-Dr. Bill Daggett



Last 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



2 weeks ago:

  • Girl Scout Camp Flyers
  • Girls Afterschool Volleyball



Older Flyers:


  • Great Barrington Girls Softball Registration
  • Free Tax Prep
  • 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