Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

This was a productive week for our school at the end of the quarter.  Students were busy completing projects and wrapping up units of study.  Next week brings Parent-Teacher conferences. See below for information on the Wednesday evening and Friday afternoon sessions to connect with the teachers.  There are also some sessions right before the conferences where I will share our current work on proficiency-based learning. And the invitation is always open to you to join me at the monthly School Council meeting this Monday at 8:15 at the school.

Have a great weekend!

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Jan. 27

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Regular School Day

Thursday, Jan. 30

Regular School Day

Friday, Jan. 31

½ Day of School–Staff Professional Development

Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu season is here full force!  Monument Valley is certainly not immune to the various microbes that commonly circulate this time of year.  When students are sick they miss school, and we want our students as healthy as possible. Please speak to your child frequently about hand washing and other hygiene that helps prevent the spread of colds and flu.  This really is the single most important step everyone can take to stop the spread of sickness and lost time at school. Stay healthy everyone!

Gallon Milk Jugs

Student Council needs 30 empty gallon milk jugs. Please send them to me or Ms. Oakley.

Parent Teacher Conferences details

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week, on Wednesday, January 29 from 6pm-8pm, and Friday, January 31, from 12:30pm-3:00pm.  Most Teams will be in their neighborhood, meeting with families as they come. Families will arrive and sign in on a list in the neighborhood to meet with the teachers.  One of the fifth grade teams with Fisher-Smith-Sparks (Purple mini-team) is making appointments with each family for the conferences; the other fifth grade team (Gold mini-team) will follow the arrival and sign in previously described.  French will be in room 206, and Spanish will be in room 209. The Exploratory Team will be together in the Health classroom, room 106, so you can find them all easily. I am doing a family information session on the district’s move to proficiency based learning right before the conferences on each day, so please join us early if you want and then go to the conferences.

Family Information sessions on 21st Century Learning (right before the conferences)

Berkshire Hills is moving with Massachusetts to prepare our students for learning and living in the new millennium.  The district has partnered with the Great Schools Partnership, a consortium of New England schools and districts that seek an equitable, rigorous and personalized learning experience for every student.  At the high school they have an amazing opportunity to re-envision the school through the MassIdeas grant. At Monument Valley we recently became part of the Kaleidoscope Collective, an effort by DESE to nurture what the state calls Deeper Learning.  At all three schools we are studying proficiency based learning and our vision for a graduate of the schools and the district that meets the expectations for college and careers in the future. We are running information sessions before parent teacher conferences next week for families interested in learning about how we are shifting.  Please join us at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, January 29, or at 12:00 pm on Friday, January 31, in the cafeteria, right before conferences, for a short information session and activity to find out about Proficiency Based Learning and what we are doing at the middle school.

Boston Children’s Hospital Autism Spectrum Center Community Lecture Series

Summer Break Structure

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 6-8PM

Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building, Boston Children’s Hospital

Come listen to our speakers discuss summer break resources for your child and family, including summer camps, school opportunities, and strategies for the home.

Olivia Miller MA, BCBA, LABA,Behavior Analyst, Boston Children’s Hospital

Kelly Federico M.Ed., Patient & Family Educator, Developmental Medicine Center

Katie Timmons CEIS, Patient & Family Educator, Autism Spectrum Center

All are welcome!  Free self-parking available at the BCH Patient & Family Garage. Parking vouchers will be distributed at the event. More information is available when you RSVP below:

Please RSVP by Tuesday January 28th Please contact us with any questions

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:

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:

  • Barrington Stage Company’s Kids Act and Teens Act!

  • Winter Break Program at Blue Rider Stables

  • Heart Night @ BSRCC sponsored by Fairview Hospital

Last 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


Older flyers:

  • Vacation Week at Norman Rockwell Museum

  • American Red Cross Learn to Swim Lessons @ BSRCC

  • 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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