Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

We had a great last week before break.  The students had a lot of energy, and teachers harnessed it to finish up some important projects and activities before we take a little vacation.  As it is the first day of winter I have given an explanation of how we will approach snow days in the new year.  See below for explanations of how Blizzard Bags will work at Monument Valley, and follow the link to the letters explaining specific instructions for your child.  If you have any questions about specific assignments or expectations, please reach out to your child’s teachers.  If you have general questions about this new approach, please reach out to me at

Blizzard Bags:  The district has decided to do something different for Snow Days when school is cancelled.  Our first snow day this year will actually be a regular snow day: we will cancel school and have to make up that day in the last week of school in June, pushing our last day of school from a Thursday to a Friday.  If we have snow days after the first one, they will involve Blizzard Bags.  On the second snow day and beyond, your child will be home.  This week at school the students worked with their teachers to put together Blizzard Bags.  Blizzard Bags are a collection of work for your child to complete on the snow day.  They went home this week with students.  Blizzard Bags for 7 and 8 graders went home with enough material for four snow days.  The 5 and 6 grade Blizzard Bags went home with a day’s worth of activities, and we will send home more material each time there is a snow day so the younger students do not get confused.  Students change Exploratory classes each quarter or each semester, so when you child gets a new Exploratory class mid-year at the end of January, we will send home an Exploratory Blizzard Bag Booster Pack with material from the new class in case there is a snow day.  Students are expected to complete the work in the Blizzard Bag for the snow day on the snow day. However it may take your child longer to complete, your child may need help, or there may be accommodations necessary for your child to complete the work.  Therefore the due date for the work in the Blizzard Bag is five days after the snow day.  If your child does not submit the work within the five days, your child will be marked absent for the snow day.  The submission will also be evaluated as regular work for the curriculum.  Each teaching team put out a letter explaining the specific organization and expectation for your child, which will come as an email to you.  We have also archived the letters on our Grade Level Teams and Exploratory Links page on our website.  You can visit that page to see the instructions from your child’s teachers.  We will also send this link out to you in anticipation of a snow day in the future so you have access conveniently.

Have a great vacation!  Remember to get your kids outside, encourage then to read a book, play some games and spend time as a family.  These are precious years.


Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, December 31

No School Today

Tuesday, January 1

No School Today—Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 2

Regular School Day

Thursday, January 3

Regular School Day

Friday, January 4

Regular School Day

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.

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:

No new flyers this week.

Last week’s flyers:

  • Flying Cloud Institute:  Girls Robotics Club

Older flyers:

  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Stateline Youth Wrestling
  • Hancock Shaker Village:  Shaker Holidays
  • BSRCC—American Red Cross Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Winter Soccer Clinics
  • Ski Butternut Student and Family Season Pass Application
  • Berkshire HorseWorks Initiative
  • Golden Knights Basketball
  • Housatonic Youth Basketball Registration
  • Great Barrington 4H Club
  • Blue Rider After School Program Flyer
  • Butternut Basin 18/19 Ski/Board Program Application

Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230