Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:


It was great to have the students back after our break.  I hope you and your family enjoyed the time together.  This is a good time of the school year, and was my favorite as a teacher.  The spread between February and April break is the sweet spot of the year, I think.  The students know teacher expectations and are primed for learning.  And the lure of the end of the year and summer are not too close!  I found it to be the most productive teaching time of the year.  In parallel with this sweet part of the year, we ask that you support us in collaboration to make the best of it for the students.  Please make sure you check in with them about homework and how they are doing in class.  Encourage them to limit their time in front of the screen and read, and also get outside, run around, find a friend.  This is still the time of year for colds and staying home sick, but also please be vigilant about keeping your kids in school as much as possible by limiting days out due to things other than illnesses or emergencies.  The staff work very hard to make units of study engaging and relevant to students, so time away from class can be disruptive to their learning.  We do our best to support students who miss classes, sometimes due to our own special events and programming, but the best recipe for engagement is consistent attendance.  We know how much you do at home to support the students, and we appreciate the collaboration.

Have a good weekend.


Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

 Monday, March 4

Regular School Day

Tuesday, March 5

Regular School Day

Wednesday, March 6

Regular School Day

Thursday, March 7

Regular School Day

Friday, March 8

No School Today—Full Day Professional Development

BHRSD 2019-2020 School Calendar is here:

Youth Art Month at Berkshire Museum

The following students’ artwork will be featured at the Berkshire Museum for the month of March. Opening Reception is tonight. Please join us and help us celebrate Youth Art Month.

Eliza Pratt

Mya Dupont

Julian Kisiel

Oliva Simms

Claire Murray

Ian Mack

Bryana Lopez

Lily Harrison

Lily de’Movellan

Jacob Shron

Stella Brex

Evie Grossman

After School Floor Hockey Feb 25th-April 12th

Grades 7 and 8—Mondays 2:45-3:30

Grades 5 and 6—Wednesdays 2:45-3:30

Students must be picked up at 3:30.  Please contact Mr. Vittum for more information.


After School Ready Set Go! Feb 25th-April 12th

Grades 5 and 6—Mondays 2:45-3:30

Grades 7 and 8—Wednesdays 2:45-3:30

Activity time in the gym!  Student choice sports or games!

Contact Mrs. Mason for more information.



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;


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:

  • Deadline tomorrow, March 1st, for Tennis Teachers’ Workshop on March 8th
  • Youth Aquatics Program @ BSRCC
  • Life Guard Apprenticeship with RRSYP @ BSRCC
  • Swim-A-Thon @ BSRCC—3/2/19
  • Youth Winter Programs @ BSRCC
  • Great Barrington Little League Registration
  • Berkshire Soccer School Summer 2019
  • Westenhook Girls Basketball Camp Summer 2019

Last week’s flyers:

  • BHYSC Spring 2019 Travel Soccer—deadline 2/22/19
  • Berkshire South Membership Promotion—ends 2/28/19
  • Babysitter’s Training—BSRCC
  • Early Childhood Swim Flyer—BSRCC



Older flyers:

  • Free Screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” at BCD—2/10/19
  • Swim-A-Thon at BSRCC


  • Parent Training:  for parents worried about a child’s relationship to drugs & alcohol with Dr. Jeff Foote
  • 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


  • 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