Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

Another busy week at MVM.  In going around classes this week I was struck by the connections between subjects in each grade, and alignment within each grade.  The teaching teams work hard to make sure every student is engaged, and that takes a huge amount of planning. Whether it is silent reading for all students for twenty minutes every day with our younger students, or using the same practices to help kids organize and produce quality writing, to an inquiry process in science that follows similar methods to math inquiry, our students get the benefit of the thorough planning.  Our students show a lot of initiative too, from starting a newspaper to serving the community in student council to organizing the next climate action. We try to keep up with them, but they keep us on our toes! Enjoy this long weekend.

A reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are happening at the end of the month, on Wednesday, January 29 from 6pm-8pm, and Friday, January 31, from 12:30pm-3:00pm.  Some grades will be reaching out to you to make appointments for specific time slots. For the older grades please just come when you can in those time windows. The conferences happen in the grade neighborhoods.

Please join us on Monday, January 27, 2020, for our next Parent Advisory Council meeting at 8:15 am.

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Jan. 20

No School Today–Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Regular School Day

Thursday, Dec. 23

Regular School Day

Friday, Dec. 24

Regular School Day

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will hold Parent Teacher Conferences at MVM on the evening of January 29 and the afternoon of January 31.  We have had January conferences in the past, and they have advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that the teachers really know your child by then, and can give deeper feedback.  A disadvantage is that you are not getting feedback you may want until close to the middle of the year. If you have a question for a teacher in the meantime, please reach out to them directly.  We pride ourselves in good communication, so your child’s teachers will already have reached out this fall if they had concerns, and will continue to do so. If you have concerns about your child’s overall academic or social life at school, please reach out to our Guidance Counselor, Kevin Costello.  And remember that PowerSchool has a lot of important information on performance, and the grade websites have good information on current units of study, assignments and projects. Please reach out to our Guidance Secretary, Debra Spence, if you want to get connected to PowerSchool, and follow this link to grade websites.

Lost and Found

We have a tremendous amount of lost and found.  Please remind your student to check the lost and found in our cafeteria.  Remaining items will be donated over the February Break.

Free Healthcare for People 14-25, Walk Ups Welcome!


Personalization of yearbooks ends Friday January 24th. Don’t miss out on adding your name, icons and other fun extras to your yearbook!

Order at

8th Grade Students:

Baby photos for the yearbook are due Friday January 24th. 8th grade quotes are due January 31st.

Don’t miss out!  Email them to

Yearbooks are available for pre-order. You can order one at this link:

Choose from many different options including extra autograph sections and personalized covers with name and icons that reflect your personality!  Order by January 31st, 2020.

Tools for Schools

If you are a Price Chopper shopper, please register for Tools For Schools at this link:  Your participation from now until December 28th gives us points to buy valuable school supplies.  Our school code is: 14036


Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • BCRA Contest

  • Green Tween Summit

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Programs at Norman Rockwell Museum

  • Greenagers & Flying Cloud Institute February Break Program

  • February Freeze @ BSRCC

  • Winter Membership Promo @ BSRCC

  • Ballet and Hip Hop @ BSRCC


Last week’s flyers:

  • Vacation Week at Norman Rockwell Museum

  • American Red Cross Learn to Swim Lessons @ BSRCC

Older flyers:

  • Kids and Concussions:  What Parents Need to Know

  • RSYP:  Youth Operation Board

  • RSYP:  Ugly Sweater Party

  • Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Holiday Shop, Sip and Stroll

  • CHP Family Services

  • February Break Greenagers & Flying Cloud Institute

  • 411 in the 413 Conference

  • Learn Leadership:  Step Up and Drop In @ BSRCC

  • Stateline Youth Wrestling

  • Babysitter’s Training

  • WIC Information

  • Project Bread

  • Richmond Consolidated School’s Craft & Country Fair

  • Guthrie Center Thanksgiving Dinner

  • The Stockbridge Fire Department Annual Ice Glen Night Hike

  • Berkshire County STEAM Challenge for grades K-5 on 10/25/19

  • Parent Training for Parents worried about a child’s relationship with drugs & alcohol

  • Talking with Teens:  How to use current science to talk with youth about drugs & alcohol

  • Crafting Festival of Trees Ornaments @ BSRCC

  • una clínica de vacunación contra la gripe

  • Food Pantries and Meal Sites in Berkshire County

  • Golden Knight’s Girls Basketball House League Registration 2019-2020

  • Children’s Programming at BSRCC

  • Boston Children’s Hospital Autism Spectrum Center Community Lecture Series

  • Housatonic Youth Basketball – 2019/20 House League

  • McKinney-Vento Act Information for Parents

  • Swim Club @ BSRCC

  • Fit for Fall @ BSRCC

  • Basic Rights:  Evaluation and Eligibility A Free Workshop for Parents and Professionals from the Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Walk-About

  • Bingo and Cupcakes Scholarship Fundraiser for The Thursday Morning Club to benefit students of Monument Mountain and Mount Everett

  • 26th Annual Winter Outerwear Drive

  • World Traveler’s Club @ GB Libraries

  • Book Club @ GB Libraries

  • Read and WAG @ Mason Library

  • Halloween Window Painting Contest for Grades 7 and 8

  • Teen Crossfit Training

  • Festival Latino of the Berkshires

  • Berkshire Boxing Club for Kids and Teens

  • Learn Leadership @ BSRCC

  • Fall Fun @ BSRCC

  • Berkshire Sings Fall Concert @ BSRDD

  • Babysitter’s Training Class @ BSRCC

  • TAFDC Children’s Clothing Allowance Fall 2019 Update

  • Kilpatrick Athletic Center:  Swim America; Snapper Swim Club; Rock Climbing

  • Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires Grand Re-Opening

  • Berkshire County School Fair:  Exploring Educational Opportunities

  • Construct’s Walk into the Future

  • YMCA Camp Hi Rock’s Fall Family Fun Weekend

  • Project Connection:  Berkshire Co-op’s Round Up For Change

  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer House League

  • Winter Fun at BSRCC

  • Babysitter Training at BSRCC

  • Youth Aquatics at BSRCC

  • Pittsfield Figure Skating Club

  • Learn Leadership:  Step Up and Drop In @ BSRCC

  • Ski Butternut Student and Family Season Pass Application

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

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