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Week at a Glance Sept. 18-22, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes Note from the Principal:   This was another excellent week at Monument Valley.  I am proud of our learners here at school.  The students are taking their classes so very seriously, and if you walk between classes as Miles Wheat and I do through the week, you will see how productive the students are.  This week definitely felt like we are in the school year, as teachers introduce larger projects and longer timelines—the start of school has happened.  We are even getting going with all of the different clubs and activities for school.  We are excited to share our programs with you on Tuesday.  This September 19 is Meet the Teachers evening.  You can come at 6:00 for the Scholastic Book Fair. At 6:30 I meet all of you in the cafeteria for an introduction, then send you off to the grade neighborhoods to meet the teachers.  They will share a presentation on the program in your child’s grade, and then answer questions.  Exploratory teachers will join the grade team for which they are an Advisor, and will be available at the end of the presentation and Q&A for a connection.  You end the evening back in the cafeteria with me and Miles for a Q&A about the school.  You can visit the Scholastic Book Fair until 8:30 that evening.   Have a great weekend!   Ben Doren Principal     Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu:   http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Monday, Sept. 18 Regular School Day   Tuesday, Sept. 19 Regular School Day Meet the Teacher Night 6:30-8:00 Book Fair 6:00-8:30   Wednesday, Sept. 20 Regular School...

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Work by the water company on Christian Hill may cause detours or alternative pick up spots from buses. We will share specific updates as we have them. Peter Dillon

Week at a Glance Sept. 11-15, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal: Week two was fabulous. It feels like we jumped right back into school and things are humming.  The work the teachers did over the summer and the past weeks really shows.  Your children’s teachers take a lot of care and pride in their practice and the preparation is the key ingredient for success.  The classrooms are full of resources and materials.  The units of study are detailed and often created collaboratively.  The first days and weeks activities are designed to get to know your kids and establish successful routines for learning.  The students get to ask lots of questions and we get to know them.  One of the important ways we do this is through Advisory.  Students start their day, every day, with their advisor, in small groups.  This allows the advisor to check in, see how kids are doing and follow up with questions.  Twice a week we have an extended advisory.  One of them is the community circle we have been doing for the past two years.  This is where we build communication, trust and connections to each other.  The other is a new set of activities, called Academic Advisory.  Students will learn how they learn, set goals and reflect on their growth.  Middle school is an important time for self-awareness and self-discovery, and Advisory is a safe place to explore, share and learn about who we are. It is in the first weeks throughout the day that we really get to know the kids in all of their...

Week at a Glance Sept. 5-8, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   This was an awesome week.  My favorite line was from a fifth grader in the last period of class, “Wait, the day is almost over, awwwww….”  The students came to us with great energy and the staff met them with preparation, activity and care.  It is a pleasure to teach your children.  Enjoy this weekend, encourage them to read a book, to get outside, to play and to get ready for another productive week!   Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance:   Monthly Lunch Menu:   http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Monday, Sept. 4 Labor Day—Not School   Tuesday, Sept. 5 Regular School Day   Wednesday, Sept. 6 Regular School Day School Picture Day   Thursday, Sept. 7 Regular School Day   Friday, Sept. 8 Regular School Day   Girls on the Run Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a unique 10 week (twice weekly) after-school program led by trained coaches who lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 6th-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Each season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event provides girls with a sense of accomplishment and instills the value of goal setting at a young age.  We have a program for 3rd-5th graders that gets the students introduced and involved in running and activity.  Heart and Sole is...

Week at a Glance August 30 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   Welcome Back from the Summer!  It is fabulous to have the students back in the building.  The energy is great today, with a lot of expectant students.  We want to welcome our fifth graders to Monument Valley, along with the Farmington River students, and our students new to 6, 7 and 8 grade.  This week there is a lot of orientation going on: teachers explaining expectations to students, and how things work, and getting curriculum started in interesting and engaging ways.  We started the day with an extended Advisory period, so kids had some time in their homeroom to review their schedule, ask questions and get an understanding of the day.  We have gone back to a rotating schedule, which means that students have classes at different times of the day.  This is a best practice for pre-teens and teens, so students have classes at different times of the day, allowing for their best part of the day—a morning or an afternoon period—to be mixed between classes.  Though this is confusing at first, students get used to the rotating schedule quickly, and the benefits are big.  We will have extended Advisory period now twice a week instead of once.  Tuesdays we will continue with our Community Advisory, getting kids in circles and talking about issues important to the community at large and their grade.  We added Academic Advisory on Wednesdays, which will be a once a week check-in with a student’s advisor, working one on one and in small...