Dear Monument Valley Families,

I hope this message finds you home, well and safe.  Below are some updates and information that will be helpful.  We have updated our websites for the district and schools to better assist you in getting accurate information and accessing Enrichment opportunities for your children while they are at home.

I will send another message on Monday.  Please feel free to reach out to me with questions, ideas or concerns.  We will have the lunch-breakfast distribution each day next week, so join us at one of the four locations next week.  See below for details.  We will also distribute bags of perishable and non-perishable food next Friday like we did today.  Just email to reserve your bags for pickup, or let us know you need them delivered if you cannot make it to one of the four sites.  And reach out to me if you have any questions about food security for your family.

Please see below or our website for access to enrichment activities.  Many families and students are asking if the work is “for credit” or “required” for students.  In light of how fast schools closed and leaving little time for teachers to organize meaningful activities for students, we put together a set of activities, called Marching Work, and added that to the team websites that already have the Blizzard Bag assignments (or your children already have the actual Blizzard Bags at home).  This work is not required, nor will we collect for credit.  For this week and next week, the work is available for families to direct students in meaningful enrichment activities to keep the students current in skills and content.  If the school closing goes beyond April 6 we will have a much more organized and relevant set of activities to keep your children active in their education, focused on the state learning frameworks and our Monument Valley flavor of engaged learning.  I will be able to share more towards the end of next week as we learn how long this closure will really last.  Please be patient.  In the meantime please have your kids complete all of the Blizzard Bags and Marching Work so they stay sharp.  Teachers are available to answer questions.  On our website for the school are also other enrichment links if your child completes the work.

Until next week,

Updates and Important Information

Website updates

District Website:

  • School Closing information from the Superintendent
  • FAQ about school closings
  • COVID-19 updates

Monument Valley Website:

  • Messages from me and the school
  • Link to student Enrichment pages from Teams and helpful links

World Down Syndrome Day!

Today is World Down Syndrome Day!  Wear silly socks and think about how we value and educate all of the children in our community.

Student emails, IXL and staying in touch

  • A reminder that students should be logging into their email account to check email.  That is where they will see messages from teachers and staff.
  • Many students have assignments on IXL for math and other subjects.  Students need to use our school IXL site and not the general site, and use their school email to login.  Here is the link:  It’s linked from the MVM Library website I suggest that students to save that site as a favorite. Here are the steps for easy access:
    • Students must be signed into their Google account on whatever device they are using.
    • Students should link to our MVM ixl site (easiest way if they don’t have it already as a favorite is to follow the link on MVM Library site rather than typing it, and then make it a favorite by clicking the star at the far right end of the Google search window)
    • Students choose to “sign in with Google” rather than putting a username & password

Reminder about Food Support available daily and at the end of the week

The District will be providing lunch, along with breakfast for the following morning, to students in our district community beginning tomorrow.  These meals will be available to all students who would benefit from the service. Food will be distributed daily from 11:30am-12:30 pm at Monument Valley Regional Middle School, where you will drive up to the front circle to pick up.  If you need this resource and cannot make it to Monument Valley for pick up, we will have other pick up locations – in front of the West Stockbridge Town Hall, behind the Stockbridge Town Hall, in front of the Housie Dome and behind the Great Barrington Fire Department.  Please stay in your car and the meals will be brought to you.

We also will be distributing boxes of food to families who think they will need resources in the next week.  We plan on doing this weekly.  Email  if you are interested in receiving a box, or share this information with a family who needs a box.  At this time we can only distribute boxes of food to families with children in our district.  There are resources in towns for food support as well, such as the People’s Pantry in Great Barrington, for families or individuals who do not have children in our district.

Reminder about Enrichment activities available to students

Each teacher has developed about eight activities for kids to do to keep them busy.  The Grade Team and Exploratory webpage on our school’s site also has good links for resources that can be helpful to you: more enrichment resources, several links on how to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus, and a link to the BMC Information Kiosk online.  While students are home in the next few weeks they can access enrichment resources for learning on each of our school websites.  The work for Monument Valley is at this link:

Grade Level Teams and Exploratory Links

On the webpage you will find a link to get to your child’s class websites. The websites for each Grade Team and for Exploratory classes have two sections. One is for the “Marching Work” and the other is for “Blizzard Bags” on each site, and students can complete all of these over the next several weeks. Each school is providing enrichment activities for students to do so they can stay current on important skills and content.  The activities are aligned to our current curriculum. The work is not for any particular credit, but like a summer reading assignment, the activity will keep students fresh and ready to return to school.  Feel free to supplement with ideas and activities you think are relevant and will be interesting to your child. We have also provided helpful links to other learning resources that might interest students.

Ben Doren, Principal
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 644-2300