Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

I love our school.  Our students love our school.  I know because we had such a great time at our Pep Rally this morning in the gymnasium.  The MV Student Council did an AMAZING job organizing and running the rally.  The whole idea was to bring us together to raise school spirit.  The Student Council had each day this week be a school spirit theme, from team colors to pajama and beach day.  Today was Maroon and White as we changed the colors of the school officially to match the high school and bring us closer to a campus and district connection.  Peter Falkowski, the high school Assistant Principal, joined us, and Miles Wheat, our Assistant Principal, donned the Spartan mascot costume to drum up excitement.  The Student Council did an amazing job with the rally.  They explained the switch of the colors and mascot, and even had a plan to honor our previous colors and do a mural with the Ostrich mascot.  They then had a great activity where students answered trivia questions about the school and staff to get to shoot basketballs in a fun competition.  They chose students from every grade and different walks of life in the school community.  Then they held a dance off: sixth and fifth graders, and then eighth and seventh graders, did a Freeze Dance competition.  The spirit was high, and the student just enjoyed the contests and celebrated the winners.  It was truly a community connection, and showed off what we aspire to be every day.

This week we also started our World of Difference training with several of our middle schoolers.  Student volunteered from seventh and eighth grade and joined as Student Council members from the fifth through eighth grades to participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s program to promote community connection and work against the kind of bias that separates us.  The students were eager participants.  At the end of the training in March these students will design and lead activities with all of the Monument Valley community to promote hope and combat hate though our Advisory program.

The entire staff at Monument Valley participated in a great Professional Development activity this afternoon.  Maria Sirois through the Kripalu Institute worked with the faculty on taking a positive perspective and building optimism with students.  It is part of our continued commitment to make our schools the best learning communities they can be for your children.

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, February 11

Regular School Day

Tuesday, February 12

Regular School Day

Wednesday, February 13

Regular School Day

Thursday, February 14

Regular School Day

Friday, February 15

Regular School Day

MMRHS Basketball Game Tonight

Free admission to tonight’s MMRHS Basketball Game for those students wearing Maroon and White colors.  JV game starts at 5:30 and Varsity starts at 7:00.

To Parent/Guardian for Grades 5,6 and 8 Students:

Monument Valley Regional Middle School will be begin doing the annual postural screening in late February 2019 during Physical Education classes. The purpose of postural screening is to find early signs of possible spinal curvature problems (scoliosis) that can show during the rapid growth of adolescence.  Students will be reminded of their scheduled time for screening the day before. The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute. It is done in privacy unless students prefer to be together. Your child’s back is observed while he/she is standing and bending forward. You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by a physician. The majority of students exhibit no findings.

 Students will be expected to participate in this screening; but if your child has had a recent physical exam and the postural screening has already been done, your child is excused. Physical exam reports can be brought in, or faxed to 644-2394. Please contact Pat Harper with any questions or to have your child opt-out of the screening:  644-2324;


Helping Parents Help Their Children Cope with Drugs and Alcohol

GREAT BARRINGTON _ Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Foote will offer a workshop for parents worried about their child’s relationship to drugs and alcohol on Saturday, February 9, at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center at 9 a.m.

“Our goal is to get effective and accessible evidence-based tools to families struggling with substance abuse,” says Foote, the co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change in New Marlboro and New York City.

“We provide families with the best science has to offer (including compassion!) and empower them to help each other in this struggle. Together, we can change the conversation from one of shame and secrecy, and suffering to one of pride and hope.”  Entitled “An Invitation to Change: Learn Compassionate Communication Strategies to Make a Positive Impact on Your Child’s Decisions about Drugs and Alcohol,” the evidence-based workshop is sponsored by the South Berkshire Community Health Coalition, CMC, and the Railroad Street Youth Project. There is a $10 fee for the four-hour training session. You can register by contacting Iona Smith at  The workshop is part of a series of events and programs designed to raise awareness about effective strategies to help families and communities cope with issues related to substance use in southern Berkshire County, where rates of substance use are higher than most of the country.

“We want to help give tools to parents who are the best positioned but often the least equipped on how to help support their children in making healthy decisions,” coalition co-chairman Erik Bruun says. “Jeff Foote has been doing this work for more than 30 years. He is smart, funny and compassionate. If you are in this struggle, then you will want to be a part of this event.”

Free Screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Berkshire Country Day School is presenting a free screening of the documentary film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  The screening will take place on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Berkshire Country Day School in the Kim and James Taylor Music / Performance Room.  In the spirit of the film’s theme of community support, we will be collecting donations of toiletries and / or diapers to donate to Lee Food Pantry.


School Dance

The student Council Valentine’s Day Dance for grades 6th thru 8th is rescheduled for Friday, February 15th from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm in the middle school gym.  Admission is $5.00 and snacks will be available for a small fee.

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.


Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • Free Screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” at BCD—2/101/9
  • Swim-A-Thon at BSRCC

Last week’s flyers:

  • Parent Training:  for parents worried about a child’s relationship to drugs & alcohol with Dr. Jeff Foote
  • Babysitter’s Training—BSRCC
  • Early Childhood Swim Flyer—BSRCC
  • Youth Winter Program Flyer—BSRCC
  • February Freeze Action Adventures–BSRCC
  • Free workshop for parents — Children and Anxiety
  • Camp Marshall Summer Camp 2019
  • What Language Learning Looks Like!—Summer Sessions

Older flyers:

  • Youth Winter Programs—BSRCC
  • Early Childhood Programs—BSRCC
  • BHYSC SP19 Travel Soccer Player Registration
  • Norman Rockwell Museum and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center To Present Above the Timberline Radio Play
  • Berkshire County Head Start
  • Winter Fun for Kids at Berkshire South
  • Flying Cloud Institute:  Girls Robotics Club
  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Stateline Youth Wrestling
  • 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