Summer Edition Week at a Glance!

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes Note from the Principal: June 22, 2017 Dear Parents and Guardians, It is with great pleasure that I wish you and your child a happy and productive summer!  We had a great year at Monument Valley and I want to thank you for your collaboration and support this year.  As we finish in this busy time I am amazed at the dedication and creativity that our students bring to their education, and the focus and energy that our staff brings every day to the classroom and the school.  This was another amazing year, as we continued on our goal of making sure every student was challenged by the content and activities in the classroom, and that learning was relevant to children’s lives. In a few days you will get a letter with several important documents.  One is the final report card for the year, containing your child’s grades for the fourth quarter as well as the final grades for the year.  Please review and let us know if you have any questions about this report.  You will also find the summer’s Reading assignment.  It is essential that your child continue reading this summer to keep up interest and skills for the next grade. The assignment has many ways for your kid to read, and get acknowledgement for their efforts.  There is a log to document what your child has read.   Please make sure your child brings the log to the first day of school.  There may be other enclosures in this mailing relevant to your child’s grade next year, so please review them all. We return from the summer on Wednesday, August 30 for a full day of school.  Teaching staff will be fresh off of a vacation and several days of...

Week at a Glance April 3-7, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal: This is a big week for fifth grade: we go to Nature’s Classroom!  The trip is a real gateway for our middle school program, as it brings together students and staff towards the end of the year.  Every year it is such a great experience for the kids, as they take on the challenges and community, and really come together.  This year we have all of our students attending with the overnight or day program, and we are really excited.  The students get to experience nature through hikes and classes, as well as science and adventure based programming.  The students carry these memories through their four years at MV.  And we culminate the four years of middle school with our annual eighth grade trip to Washington, DC, coming at the ned of May.  We have some day trips for sixth ands seventh grade as well to keep the excitement each year but not create too much of a financial draw for all four years.  Fieldwork and experiences outside of school are very important, and we are always looking for ways to bring school off campus and bring in community partners to enhance learning. Have a good week,   Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Monday, April 3 Regular School Day Tuesday, April 4 Regular School Day Wednesday, April 5 Regular School Day Thursday, April 6 Regular School Day Friday, April 7 Regular School Day   Important Information:   Donate To Cradles To Crayons Dear Families of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District:...

Week at a Glance March 20-24, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes Note from the Principal: This was a wonky week with the weather.  One day at school, two days hunkered down, two days of school.  It’s like three weekends in a row.  We are looking forward to next week, with school several days in a row.  Reminder that there is a half day next Friday for Professional development for faculty.  Also, please join us next week for our middle school production, James and the Giant Peach.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, as well as a Matinee on Sunday.  See below for details.  In a few weeks we are visiting the high school to see their production of High School Musical.  And last week we had the district Choral Festival, a beautiful production.  A musical time of year. Have a great weekend! Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/ Monday, March 20 Regular School Day Tuesday, March 21 Regular School Day Wednesday, March 22 Regular School Day Thursday, March 23 Regular School Day Friday, March 24 Half Day Professional Development: Students dismissed at 11:30.  No lunch served. James and the Giant Peach Middle School Musical evening performance at 7 pm. Saturday, March 25 James and the Giant Peach Middle School Musical evening performance at 7 pm. Sunday, March 26 James and the Giant Peach Middle School Musical matinee performance at 2 pm. Important Information: 8th Grade Calendar Raffle  8th grade students are selling raffle calendar tickets.  The proceeds will defray the cost of our trip to Washington D.C.  Tickets are $10 each and prize winners will be drawn daily during the month of April.  Generous local businesses have...

Week at a Glance March 13-17, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal: We had an excellent professional development experience today.  The faculty collaborated on imagining better ways to structure the school and exciting plans to meet the needs of each individual student.  I am amazed by our faculty’s dedication to teaching and learning: given the opportunity they create a community that works for kids.  Staff left feeling upbeat and excited about planning for next year in the coming months.  We will be working on maximizing learning time, addressing student interest, increasing time on literacy instruction, deepening advisory and academics to create cross-grade learning opportunities, inspiring reluctant learners and building in time for clubs and electives to keep student interest.  We have a really dedicated faculty.   We had another excellent week here at MV.  Enjoy the weekend, and send your children back to us refreshed.  Remind them to take their noses out of their devices, get outside in the crisp, cold air of this last winter snap, and come in to curl up with a book, or even read to them—kids still like to hear good stories.   Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Monday, March 13 Regular School Day Tuesday, March 14 Regular School Day Wednesday, March 15 Regular School Day Thursday, March 16 Regular School Day Friday, March 17 Regular School Day   Important Information:   8th Grade Calendar Raffle  8th grade students are selling raffle calendar tickets.  The proceeds will defray the cost of our trip to Washington D.C.  Tickets are $10 each and prize winners will be drawn daily during the month of...

Week at a Glance Feb. 13-17, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal: This was another great week.  We are getting started with the second half of the school year, and students are responding well.  It takes a few months for them to settle into the expectations and culture of their grade, and then we have them ready to go.  Monument Valley was very productive this week.  One thing I love about our school is how we use every nook and cranny of the building.  The library is humming with several activities, the halls are being used for groups, the classrooms are abuzz.  We have a truly wonderful facility, with load of natural light and good instructional spaces.  I am always amazed at how creative the faculty and students are with how to use it to the best advantage for learning.     Have a good weekend,   Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Monday, February 13 Regular School Day Newspaper 2:45-3:30 Tuesday, February 14 Regular School Day Wednesday, February 15 Regular School Day Thursday, February 16 Regular School Day Young People’s Concert at Monument Mountain: This is our annual trek up to the high school to hear the band perform for the middle school.  We walk up the hill soon after arrival.  Please make sure your children have winter outer-clothes such as a coat, hat and gloves—it is frosty this time of year! Friday, February 17 Regular School Day   REMINDER: Winter Break is the following week.  There is no school 2/20-2/24.  School resumes on Monday, February 27.       Important Information:   Postural...

Week at a Glance Feb. 3-10, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes February 3 to February 10, 2017   Note from the Principal: We had a great week.  The sun shone back in our lives a little more, and the pep is back as we await the thaw.  We work hard to make sure that we know every student, and we try to build a community that recognizes every kid.  This is the middle of the year, and teachers are evaluating how the curriculum is developing, and making adjustments based on individual students, classes and how grades are faring.  There is time built into the day for teams to collaborate, and we carve out time from the year in PD Days and team planning times for folks to collaborate.  This is the secret to our success—working together.  It is also a value that we share and instruct with our students.     Have a good weekend,   Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Monday, February 6 Regular School Day No after school newspaper Tuesday, February 7 Regular School Day Wednesday, February 8 Regular School Day Thursday, February 9 Regular School Day Friday, February 10 Regular School Day       Important Information:   Postural Screening for 5, 6 and 8 grade students Please see below for a note from Pat Harper, our school Nurse, on postural screenings for all 5, 6 and 8 grade students that will happen during this month and next month in PE classes.   Washington, DC, Trip fundraiser: donations needed! The 8th graders at MVRMS are collecting donations for their raffle calendar. If you are...