Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

This was another very busy week.  I continue to admire our educators at Monument Valley.  This week I saw a lot of rigorous teaching and great relationships in the classroom.  I saw students quietly at work reflecting on their written work in English classes. In a math class, a teacher was leading a directed discussion on conversion of fractions to be efficient about division.  In another math classroom students were so eager to get started with class that they were already working on fractions before the bell! I observed students in French class practicing for their Mini Marchė in a few weeks–the teacher was guiding them through the appropriate questions they will be asking peers to model dialogue.  In two parallel social studies classes teachers were leading discussions about the Trail of Tears and getting deep about the role of our government in a developing nation. I covered recess a few times, and kids were out there having a blast either in some organized games of four-square, basketball or football, or just running around or on the swings to get their energy out–I loved that our kids still have the opportunity to be kids for a few minutes each day.  I also debriefed a community meeting with our peer leaders from the World of Difference Program, amazed at the commitment of our students to build a caring and safe community by teaching about how to respect and talk to each other. In my time with teaching teams in weekly meetings we discussed how to support kids best, get individual students the support or acceleration they need, and problem-solve the difficult cases. In our leadership teams we discussed how to design professional learning for the faculty and teams to best meet their needs.  This is just a small snapshot of our program, as it is so busy with so much going on. We work hard to make sure your children have the best experience possible in middle school.

Have a great weekend!  Remember one more week until February break–how is this year going by so fast?

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Feb 10

Regular School Day

Report cards distributed today

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Regular School Day

Thursday, Feb. 13

Regular School Day

Friday, Feb. 14

Regular School Day

Valentine’s Dance Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to illness among students and staff we need to cancel this Friday’s dance.  We will reschedule, so please stay tuned for more updates.

Annual Postural Screening

Monument Valley will begin doing annual postural screening starting after the February break 2020 for all grades. Students will be reminded of their scheduled time for screening the day before. The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute. It is done in privacy unless students prefer to be together. Your child’s back is observed while he/she is standing and bending forward. You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by a physician. The majority of students show no findings.

Note: To assure a view of the spine, students expose their backs during screening. It is recommended that boys wear a shirt that can be easily removed, and that girls wear (or bring) a backless or 2 piece bathing suit or a halter of some type and shorts.

Please call the School Nurse 644-2324 or e-mail  with any concerns or questions. Students will be expected to participate in this screening unless a parent/guardian sends a copy of a medical note or medical exam report stating that a postural screening has been done within the past 6 months. Students who have this information on file here now will also be excused from the screening.

     Please note: a message for grade 5 was sent with report cards and had more detailed information about postural screening.

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!

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!

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:

  • Warm Up the Winter Event @ MPAC


  • Swim-A-Thon Fundraiser @ BSRCC

  • April unplugged ages 5-14 @ BSRCC

  • Step Up and Drop In Learn Leadership for Middle School Students @ BSRCC

  • Great Barrington Diaper Drive

Last week’s flyers:

  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer Club Spring Travel Soccer Registration

  • February Vacation Camp @ Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

  • Du Bois 2020 Legacy Festival

  • CHP Family Service Newsletter

  • Free Public Movement Workshop with Choreographer Joanna Haigood

  • Live Community Children’s Programs that Help – BSRCC

  • Ballet – BSRCC

  • Swim Club – BSRCC

Older flyers:

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

  • Winter Break Program at Blue Rider Stables

  • Heart Night @ BSRCC sponsored by Fairview Hospital

  • 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


  • 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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