Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance

News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


This week was officially for Educator Appreciation, and I want to continue my appreciation for our staff and faculty.  Everyone at this school works hard for your children’s education.  The teachers do a great job in their classes, but the hallmark of our learning community is their teaming and collaboration.  That includes the paraprofessionals, who are seen as an integral part of teaching and support.  It also includes our dedicated clinical and guidance staff who make sure the small bumps and bruises get addressed, whether on the knee or from a hard moment in the day, as well as the serious concerns.  And it includes the custodial staff who maintain a clean and bright building and facility for all of us, and the cafeteria staff who make sure we have nutritious food and full stomachs!  And of course our secretaries who make sure the buzz and energy of the school gets directed to the right locations, and who are the gateway between our learning community and the big world out there.  It was a busy week, though, with trips and assessments, and I could not gather all the educators in the same spot to celebrate them. So we are doing it next Friday, with a luncheon for them!  I am getting them sandwiches, so please next Friday morning, send in salads and desserts, savory and sweetly fun, with some gluten-free options, so we can all celebrate their dedication and hard work with your children.


Have a good weekend!


Ben Doren




Week at a Glance:


Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, May 13

Regular School Day


Tuesday, May 14

Regular School Day


Wednesday, May 15

Regular School Day


Thursday, May 16

Regular School Day


Friday, May 17

Regular School Day


Semi-Formal Dance

The Student Council is sponsoring a Semi-Formal Dance for 6th, 7th & 8th graders on Friday, May 24 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.  Admission to the dance is $5.00 and refreshments will be available for a small fee.  The theme is “Under the Stars” and the dance will take place in the MVRMS gym.


“Talking with Teens” video series

It’s the third week of sharing the Talking With Teens video series! So many parents are getting this message, thanks to you. Please post/share TODAY. 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.




1. Set yourself up for success when you Talk with Teens about substance use. This simple tip makes having the first conversation possible.  Let us help you make it easier!


2.  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.


3. 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 at or Meri Haas at





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:

·          “Good Science for Good Parenting” featuring Dr. Jenny Michaels and the Youth Leadership of SBCHC



Last 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”



Older flyers:

·         Kids Circus Camp

·         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

·         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

Julie C. Duffin

Principal’s Secretary

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA  01230

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Preview YouTube video Talking With Teens: Set Yourself Up For Success

Talking With Teens: Set Yourself Up For Success