Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

Welcome back!  We are so excited about this new year at Monument Valley.  The school custodians have been busy all summer getting the building ready—it is sparkling!  The teachers are all back this week to get classrooms ready, and work in teams to make sure we receive your students with positive energy and great learning opportunities.  It has been a good summer, and we hope your children had fun, got in the water and enjoyed the sun, read a few books and got distracted by the trees. Wednesday we start it all up again!  Below are some important items that you should review. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the start of the new year—we want to make sure you have all the information you need to be a partner in your child’s education.

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Wednesday, August 28

First Day of School–Regular School Day

Thursday, August 29

Regular School Day

Friday, August 30

Regular School Day

First Days of School

Wednesday is our first day of school.  It is a full day. If your child is riding the bus we will have staff on hand to greet and direct them to the cafeteria.  If you are dropping off your child, please have them arrive by 7:45, when we direct all students to their classroom neighborhoods.  The first day will have an extended Advisory period so students can get settled into their new grade and team, organize their lockers and review their schedule with Advisors, teachers and friends.  Each teaching team will have activities for the students to do to orient them to the new year, Monument Valley culture and their classes. The second day will be similar. We will have extended time in the morning for the students to work with Advisors and teachers to get oriented.  Friday will start after Advisory with an all school assembly to welcome new students and staff to the middle school, and celebrate the excitement of the year.


Advisory is the core unit of our middle school community.  Students start every day in this small group. Every teacher is an Advisor at Monument Valley, which lets us keep the groupings small at about twelve students per Advisory.  Some days it is just a quick check in before announcements, and then off to the day. Twice a week, though, we have extended Advisory. One of them is Community Advisory. Students learn to talk in a circle format, listening to each other and discussing things relevant to their lives as students and in our larger local and global community.  This is the basis of Restorative Practices, a way of building community that honors each individual, teaches us to listen to each other, and address concerns and aspirations. We also do Academic Advisory throughout the school year. This is when students check in with their Advisor and teachers about progress and goals in their classes, get help organizing their school lives, and reflect on their progress through the year.


Attached is the Student and Family Handbook for this year.  Please take the time to review the handbook yourselves, and with your children.  It has a lot of important and helpful information, and explains how the school works.

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council is the group of parents that advise on the School Improvement Plan every year.  Please join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 16, at 8:15 am or 2 pm—each is the same meeting, but at two times to make it more convenient for you to join.  We need interested parents and guardians to help make the vision real and relevant to our community.


The supply lists for each grade went out this summer.  If you need help in obtaining supplies we have some on hand in the main office.  Please let the office know if you need assistance.

Meet the Teachers Night

The date for Meet the Teachers Night is Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We love this night, as it gives you a chance to get an overview of the year, and meet the teachers who work with your children.

Scholastic Book Fair

Before the Meet the Teachers Night the Book Fair will be open in the Library.  Please come at 6 pm and stay afterwards to peruse the books and other nifty items—proceeds help support our Library and media program.

Labor Day Weekend

A reminder that next weekend is a three day—no school Monday, September 2.

Picture Day 9/4

And when we return from the long weekend, Wednesday, September 4 is Picture Day.  On the first day of school students will get an order form. Please make sure you fill out and return the form for Picture Day with payment.

MVRMS Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020.pdf

Julie C. Duffin
Principal’s Secretary
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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