Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

(We are going back to our regular weekly updates through the Week at a Glance.  Please continue to reach out to me with questions or concerns at  Enjoy the weekend!)

Hello families!  This is the end of the sixth week of the school closure and the third week of remote learning.  As you have heard in the news from our Governor and from our Superintendent, school will continue remotely until the end of the school year, which is now officially June 12.  That means we have seven more weeks of school remaining.  I am very proud of what we have accomplished so far.  We have all of our students connected in virtual classrooms with their teachers and advisors.  This is a major accomplishment, given that we did not expect to be doing this during this school year!  Students have interesting and relevant assignments, and are also enjoying connecting with their teachers and peers through video chats.  I join every team each week for their planning, and I am amazed at how dedicated the staff are to making sure kids are connected and flowing.  We are really adjusting to everyone.  And this is on top of the role many of our staff have at home as parents or caregivers themselves!

This is also new for families, parents and guardians as much as it is for educators.  In light of how new it is, and what we have asked you to do in the family setting at home, I imagine this has brought up questions, ideas and concerns that you have about now and next year for your children.  Please reach out to me by email if you have an inquiry.  I have responded to many families already, and want to make sure your family is flowing and supported as well.  I am also going to do Family Forums next week through the virtual world.  I will send out information to 5 and 6 grade families and 7 and 8 grade families on Monday with a link to an online Community Meeting: 5-6 Grade on Tuesday, April 28 from 6-7 pm, and 7-8 Grade, Wednesday, April 29 from 6-7 pm.  Please join me for the session if you want information and/or have questions about now or next steps.  I will share how we will complete the school year, what we are planning, and what the transition to next year will look like.  Some things are set, and others we are developing, but I will be able to give you good information.  I will also record the session and then post on our website for folks who cannot make those times.  I will also hold another set of sessions later in May as we know more about details.

Many families have asked about getting items from school during the closure.  If you want an instrument or an essential item like medication, please email me and we will prepare it for you to pick up.  We are not retrieving items from lockers right now, and will have a plan for locker clean out once the district knows when it is safe for students and families to return to the school building.

The goal for next week is to continue to engage the students in learning, getting deeper with reviewing skills and promoting understanding.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help connect your kids.

See below for reminders about our remote learning experience, getting a ChromeBook if your child needs one, and information from our nurse and about opportunities to get food while the schools are closed.

Thanks, and be well,

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monday, April 27

Remote Learning School Day

Tuesday, April 28

Remote Learning School Day

Wednesday, April 29

Remote Learning School Day

Thursday, April 30

Remote Learning School Day

Friday, May 1

Remote Learning School Day

2020-2021 School Calendar

Many of you have asked about next year’s school calendar.  You can find it here:

3rd Quarter Report Cards

3rd Quarter Report Cards were emailed to families on Tuesday, April 21st.  Please email Debra Spence at if you did not receive your child’s report card and she will make sure to send it to you.

Reminder about getting a ChromeBook from the school

Here is how you can get a ChromeBook for your child if you need one: Families can come to Monument Valley to pick up a device at the times and days listed below. Families that cannot make it to Monument Valley can request a delivery to their home by emailing


  • Tuesday, April 28 between 10:00 am and 11:30 am in the Monument Valley CAR loop in the front of the school.

Reminder about REMOTE LEARNING at MVM

Go to the Monument Valley Grade Teams and Exploratory Links webpage to launch learning! will get you there.  Just find your kid’s team, click the link and you are on your way.  There is also the link for the Exploratory classes.  I left all of the enrichment and other resources I had posted over the past two weeks at the bottom of the page in case you want to extend the learning experiences, and if you need resources to talk to your kids through these difficult times.  Also, your children have received emails from their teachers inviting them to join their Google Classrooms, which are also linked on the team web pages at the site link above.  At this point you should have had contact with your child’s Advisor, and possibly other staff from the school.  If not, please reach out to your child’s advisor, a school counselor or me.  We need to have all students connected.  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK THEIR SCHOOL EMAIL ( ACCOUNT EVERY DAY.  This is the way that teachers will communicate with their students.


Reminder about Important news from our School Nurse

Please see the information posted on our School Nurse’s (Pat Harper) website  It has contact information so you can connect with her for health questions as well as get COVID-19 updates.


Reminder about Food Support available at the end of the week:

The District will be providing a week’s worth of food to families of our students in our district community every Friday.  These meals will be available to all students who would benefit from the service. Food will be distributed on FRIDAYS from 11:00am-2:00 pm ONLY AT THE MONUMENT VALLEY site.  If you need this resource and cannot pick up, we can deliver to you.  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.

Yearbooks are available for pre-order

You can order one at this link:


Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

No new flyers this week

Last week’s flyers:

  • Ward’s offering Free Tree Seedlings to Youth

Older flyers:

  • GB Babe Ruth Baseball 2020 Registration

  • French & Spanish Immersion Camps for rising 4-6 graders

  • Berkshire Cal Ripken Baseball Registration

  • GB Girls Softball Registration

  • GB Little League Registration Information

  • CANCELLED–Family Dance at Unitarian Universalist Church

  • SMArt Summer @ Flying Cloud Institute

  • STEM Summer @Flying Cloud Institute

  • Outdoor Explorer’s Club @ Flying Cloud Institute

  • Eisner Day Camp

  • RSYP:  RYSE Weeklong Summer Program

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