Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance

News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


These have been productive weeks since we returned from April break.  Science classes are getting outside for field study—our campus is a great laboratory and observation arena, and the weather, though grey, is right for outdoor work.  Other classes are cranking on end of year activities, making sure we get to all of the units of study that are planned.  Fifth grade had a fabulous time at Nature’s Classroom the week before break.  The students love the experience and adventure.  This year was another great time where the Nature’s Classroom staff tell us they love our students as they are so engaged.  The sixth grade is gearing up for several end of year community activities: a trip to Shakespeare & Company to see our friends from CATA, and some field days to celebrate the community work they have done all year.  The seventh grade day trip to Boston is coming up in June, and the eighth grade goes to Gettysburg and Washington DC at the end of the month for three days!


Your children’s teachers and paraprofessionals continue to amaze me.  Our half day afternoon PD was spent in collaborative groups, discussing how we can collaborate better next year.  The hallmark of our middle school program here at MV is our teaching teams.  It is important that folks collaborate, learn to operate critically with each other, and strive to make the learning experience better each year.  They had honest conversations which will set us up for better collegial work next year.  Please remember to send your appreciation to them, as they work so hard for your families and our community.


Have a great week!



Ben Doren



Week at a Glance:


Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, May 6

Regular School Day


Tuesday, May 7

Regular School Day


Wednesday, May 8

Regular School Day


Thursday, May 9

Regular School Day


Friday, May 10

Regular School Day


“Talking with Teens” video series

It’s the second week of sharing the Talking With Teens video series! We’ve picked up some more partners along the way, so even more parents are getting this message. Please post on FRIDAY.  You can choose your own wording to accompany the video. I am including some samples which you can modify/combine/edit to your liking. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  LINK

  1. When you Talk with Teens about substance use, start with understanding.  Just because you’re listening, doesn’t mean you’re giving permission or saying it’s okay. Here are some tips to make it easier.


  1. Talking with Teens is a video series created by the Southern Berkshire Community Health Coalition in partnership with Railroad Street Youth Project, Multicultural BRIDGE, and The Center for Motivation and Change. This video helps caring adults take the time to listen to young people’s decisions around substance use. It also helps caring adults find a way to listen without condoning behavior that is harmful to young people.


  1. Interested in learning more? Watch this space every Friday for the next eight weeks for new videos. You can also learn more about the Southern Berkshire Community Health Coalition and ongoing efforts to improve the health of young people in the southern Berkshires by contacting Iona Smith, Community Health Advocate ationa@rsyp.orgor Meri Haas at





Monument Mountain Regional High School’s Class of 2022

Monument Mountain Regional High School’s Class of 2022 is having an online auction! We have over 30 amazing prizes, including gift certificates for local sports camps and restaurants, jewelry, clothing, food, homemade items, and much more!

Please check out our website at .

Feel free to forward this website to friends and family members who are not part of the BHRSD community. The auction will end Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m.



Lost and Found

Please remind your children to look in our Lost & Found for missing items.  Lost & Found items are currently on display right inside the front doors.  There are many winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, boots and lots of sweatshirts.  Items that are not claimed will be donated.


BHRSD 2019-2020 School Calendar is here:



Yearbooks are available for pre-order!

Purchase at or download the order form and please make checks payable to: Monument Valley Activity Fund.





Flyers are available on our website at this link:


This week’s flyers:

  • Under The Stars—MVRMS Semi Formal Dance—6th, 7th & 8th grade students
  • Color Run @ MMRHS for ages 2-12
  • Community Access to The Arts presents NEXUS 5/12
  • The Children’s Attic Consignment Sale 5/18-5/19
  • Kids Act! And Teens Act! Summer Camp
  • First Annual Adult/Child Tennis Tournament
  • Berkshire HorseWorks’ 2nd Annual “Horses and Hikers for Healing”



Last week’s flyers:

  • Mahaiwe PAC Free Fun Friday Acrobats of Cirque-Tacular
  • Ways of Water Summer Program at Simon’s Rock
  • Parenting Program at Mason Library
  • Berkshire South Youth Aquatics, Action Adventures Day Camp, 5K Walk Run


Older flyers:

  • Kids Circus Camp
  • BINGO ALA MODE Scholarship Fundraiser by Thursday Morning Club Sat. 5/4/19
  • After School Tennis
  • GSWCM Summer Camp Registration
  • Norman Rockwell Museum April Vacation Events
  • Eisner Day Camp
  • Southern Berkshire Chargers Youth Football
  • STEM Summer 2019 ~ Flying Cloud
  • Camp Hi-Rock-St James Place
  • The Zoo: a Mason Library Family Event
  • Mason Library Babysitter Training
  • RYSE Opportunity from RSYP
  • April Unplugged—BSRCC
  • Youth Aquatics Program @ BSRCC
  • Life Guard Apprenticeship with RRSYP @ BSRCC
  • Berkshire Soccer School Summer 2019
  • Westenhook Girls Basketball Camp Summer 2019
  • 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


  • Camp Marshall Summer Camp 2019
  • What Language Learning Looks Like!—Summer Sessions


  • Early Childhood Programs—BSRCC
  • BHYSC SP19 Travel Soccer Player Registration
  • Berkshire County Head Start
  • Yearbook Order Form

Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230

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