Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:


A great week at MV!  The weather ended more fall like, and recess was crisp and fun today.  It was a productive week, with kids getting into the groove of school after six weeks.  This is the point i  the year when we really start to get to know the students.  We have set expectations, tried some introductory projects, had some time to get to know personalities and work habits, and see where we can challenge the students.  This is also the time of year where you can ask your children about what their goals are for the year.  It is good to know what they want to accomplish, what they want to learn. It is also the time to start reaching out to teachers if you have any concerns or ideas about your students.  If you have concerns overall, please reach out to your child’s advisor, or our Guidance Counselor, Kevin Costello.

The teachers are working hard to make MV the best school we can.  This week we met in departments to define our own goals for the school and the work we do with your children.  I attended a conference through one of our consultants, the Great School Partnership, which really opened my eyes to what other progressive schools and district in new England are doing.  I am excited for the next several years as we work more closely as a district K-12 to reach the aspirations have as educators and families for the students.  Enjoy this long weekend, and make sure you get outside with your kids to grab some fall air.


Ben Doren




Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:


Monday, October 8

No School—Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 9

Regular School Day

Wednesday, October 10

Regular School Day

Thursday, October 11

Regular School Day

Friday, October 12

Regular School Day

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone for ordering from Yankee Candle. The fundraiser is officially closed. If anyone would still like to submit an order they must do so online. Mrs. Arnold will contact you as soon as the orders arrive to arrange for pick up. Please contact her if you have any questions.

25th Annual Winter Outerwear Drive

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is almost time for our 25th Annual Winter Outerwear Drive! Our community has been so very generous through these many years, making so many wonderful contributions of warm clothing for this drive. I am very grateful for your willing participation and I know the families, who benefit from these donations, are as well!

We will be collecting winter clothing during the month of October at Muddy Brook, Monument Valley and Monument Mountain. Boxes will be located in the front of each of these schools. We will be collecting COATS, HATS, MITTENS, GLOVES, SNOW PANTS, SCARVES, BOOTS, BLANKETS, etc. We would like items to be in “wearable condition”, with working zippers, untorn, unstained and without mildew!  We will distribute the collected clothing at Berkshire South Community Center (15 Crissey Rd.) in GB on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday, Oct. 28th from 9am to 2pm.

Please mark your calendars! My goal continues to be, “Every person in Southern Berkshire County will have a warm winter coat!” We collect many more things than coats, really anything warm, including blankets, but we do count the coats each year to see if we have met our goal of 1000 coats! (Last year we collected about 825 coats!)

This will be my last year for facilitating this drive. I am looking for someone(s) who would like to take on this important effort. Please call or email me, if you are interested and would like to join us this year to “learn the ropes” and, then, run this event in the



Thank you for your generous and ongoing support! If you have any questions, please contact Susan Happ at Undermountain Elementary School, 229-8754, Ext. 387 or email to:

Sincerely, Susan Happ




Memo  from the Health Office

The Monument Valley Health Office would love to have some Registered Nurses available for sub opportunities during the school day.

There is an orientation, and usually advance notice for days to work. Anyone interested can apply online at the BHRSD website or call Pat Harper (School Nurse) for more information 644-2324.



Free and Reduced Lunch Available

If you have NOT received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION (either free or reduced) you MUST complete a new free and reduced meal application before September 30th, in order continue to qualify.

 If you DID receive a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION (either free or reduced) you do not need to complete any additional paperwork.

 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.



Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Halloween Window Painting Contest
  • Talking with Teens:  A Parent Workshop on Communicating with Young People About Substance Use


Last week’s flyers:

  • Winter Outerwear Drive
  • Great Barrington 4H Club
  • BERK CIRQUE After School Classes
  • Camp Hi-Rock Family Fun Weekend
  • Stockbridge Library 3rd Annual Family Fun 5K


Older flyers:

  • ·         Thunderbirds Flyer
  • ·         Flying Cloud STEAM Challenge
  • ·         Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair
  • ·         Blue Rider After School Program Flyer
  • ·         BSRCC Gymnastics
  • ·         Mason Library Mexican Bingo
  • ·         Thursday Morning Club House Tour to benefit Scholarship Fund
  • ·         Black Rock FC & BSRCC Youth Soccer Clinics
  • ·         Butternut Basin 18/19 Ski/Board Program Application
  • ·         BSRCC—Youth Swim/Tween Programs
  • ·         Kilpatrick Program Flyers—Fall Swim/Indoor Rock Climbing/Snapper Swim Club
  • Cub Scouts Open House
  • Pittsfield Figure Skating Club Open House
  • Safe Sitter Class for Teens
  • Talk Saves Lives:  Suicide Prevention Wed. Sept. 5
  • Action Adventures at BSRCC

Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230