Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


This was a busy week!  Very productive with a full week of school.  And next week we have another full week—great way to keep the momentum going.  See below for the School Council meetings on Monday—we want parent involvement in the development of the school.  I also copied the info on Parent-Teacher conferences so you can see if you want to attend.  Have a good weekend!

Ben Doren




Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:


Monday, December 3

Regular School Day


Tuesday, December 4

Regular School Day


Wednesday, December 5

Regular School Day


Thursday, December 6

Regular School Day


Friday, December 7

Regular School Day


Parent-Teacher conferences
We have Parent-Teacher conferences coming up next month.  The conferences are on Wednesday evening, December 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and on Friday afternoon, December 14, from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.  Please come within those time frames (6-7:30 and 12:30-2:30 will guarantee a session with the teachers).  The conferences help families who need a few minutes to discuss their child’s performance.  If you have questions about your child now please reach out to the teachers or the teaching team via your child’s advisor.  You can also always reach out to our Guidance Counselor, Kevin Costello, via phone or at, if you are concerned about your child’s progress overall.  You are expected at the conferences in December only if you have questions that you want to discuss or if you want more information on your child.  If you have enough information from PowerSchool, or have gleaned the understanding you need from emails and connecting with teachers, then you do not have to attend.  We are shifting to a culture where important information is shared throughout the year, and not just in brief bursts with little context.

School Council

I also want to remind you that our next School Council meeting is on Monday, December 3 at 8:15 am and 3 pm.  We will review the School Improvement Plan, update you on the budget process for next school year, check in about Screens and Teens and share about how we are working to make the school a safe and equitable learning community.  Please join us!


Volunteer Facilitator Position
The Southern Berkshire Educational Futures (SBEF) group is an informal collaboration among the Berkshire Hills, Lee, Lenox and Southern Berkshire Regional School Districts.
The group is composed of school committee members and superintendents and has been meeting regularly.
SBEF is seeking a skilled and thoughtful volunteer facilitator to support monthly meetings and progress.
For more information or to express an interest in the role, email .  Include a letter of interest and a resume.


Yearbooks are available for pre-order!

Purchase at

Or download the order form and please make checks payable to: Monument Valley Activity Fund


 Reminder from the PE Teachers

Although boot season is upon us, please remember sneakers are required for students in all PE classes.


MVM Lip Sync Battle

The first MVM Lip Sync Battle is here: 80s style! Come support your friends and family in an epic battle of 80s jams. Admission is $5/per person, all proceeds go directly to supporting the music department. There will be 15 teams and 1 winner, with the grand prize of $100. Invite your friends and family: you don’t want to miss it! See you on Friday, December 7th from 6-8 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM. There will be food and fun, and don’t forget to dress up in your best 80s style outfit! (Prize for the best audience 80s outfit!)

ALSO: We are looking for donations for baked goods, pizza, juice, and paper goods. Sign up here if you can donate for a good cause! Go here to sign up, or email Ms. Reiner at Sign Up Link:



Lost & Found

Please remind your child to check the lost & found.  This time of year we have mounds of sweatshirts and jackets that students take off during recess and leave behind.  All unclaimed items will be donated over the December break.


Food Drive

Student Council is sponsoring a Food Drive from November 1st thru December 7th.  Non-perishable canned and boxed goods such as soup, vegetables, legumes, fruit, pasta, stuffing, crackers just to name a few are needed.  Please have your child bring their donation to Advisory.  All items will be delivered to CHP where they will be distributed.  Our goal is 1,000 items.  There will be a Pizza Party for the Advisory that donates the most!


Lost Cell Phone

I still have one lost cell phone in the office. Please contact the office if you’ve been missing your phone.


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:

  • DuBois Jam 2018—Dec. 1
  • Yearbook Order Form


Last week’s flyers:

  • Stockbridge Holly Fair
  • Holiday Shop, Sip and Stroll


Older flyers:

  • Stateline Youth Wrestling
  • Hancock Shaker Village:  Shaker Holidays
  • BSRCC—American Red Cross Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Winter Soccer Clinics
  • Flu Vaccination Clinic
  • Ski Butternut Student and Family Season Pass Application
  • Berkshire HorseWorks Initiative
  • Golden Knights Basketball
  • Blue Rider Stables After School Program
  • Tween Programs at BSRCC
  • Yoga for Teens
  • Halloween at Hancock Shaker Village
  • Housatonic Youth Basketball Registration
  • dcr 5th Annual Trail Ride Benefit Event
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Talking with Teens:  A Parent Workshop on Communicating with Young People About Substance Use
  • 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
  • Thunderbirds Flyer
  • Flying Cloud STEAM Challenge
  • Blue Rider After School Program Flyer
  • BSRCC Gymnastics
  • Black Rock FC & BSRCC Youth Soccer Clinics
  • Butternut Basin 18/19 Ski/Board Program Application
  • Kilpatrick Program Flyers—Fall Swim/Indoor Rock Climbing/Snapper Swim Club
  • Action Adventures at BSRCC

Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230