Week at a Glance Oct. 23-27, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal: We had a really good, full week.  The weather is beautiful and crisp, and recess is a joy to observe—kids love to be outdoors.  We are still going outside for Physical Education classes too—learning in a beautiful setting.  Also we have created an outdoor option for students who arrive from the bus or before 7:45—kids can choose to mingle in the cafeteria or be outside on the recess play area from 7:30-7:45.  Many students are taking advantage of this outdoor time in the morning—playing ball, running around, on the swings or just enjoying the fresh air with their friends (and it’s been chilly this week at that time!).  This is another hallmark of how we do things to best support students.  The idea was originally shared with me by our elementary principal, and then two faculty members suggested it, and we figured out a way to make it work with morning coverage.  Next Friday is a half day for professional development for faculty.  This is a great opportunity for us, and we use our time very well.  This next week departments are meeting to talk about how we can deepen understanding about content and get kids working on meaningful projects, and how we will know they are growing in our classes.  We have the BEST FACULTY here at MV, and I like supporting them in their endeavors to best teach your children. Have a great weekend! Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/ Monday, Oct. 23 Regular School Day Tuesday,...

Week at a Glance Oct. 16-20, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   We had a short but very productive week.  The seventh grade just went on a hike up Monument Mountain today, and this one was with an historical guide who led the students through the trails reading the past through artifacts and stories.  We started the day with our Recycle Bowl assembly, kicking off our recycling challenge for next week.  The kids had a blast learning about recycling, and seeing if they can top each other in the amount we recycle.  Miles also handed out awards to the advisories who collected the most funds for the American Red Cross in our Penny collection over the last month.  The classes were humming this week, as we are now well into the school year and kids are responding to expectations.  This is a fun and engaged learning community.   I am restating an invitation to our Parent Advisory Council.   We have a School Council that meets monthly, and I would like to open it up this year to make it a larger Parent Advisory group.  Our next meeting is this Tuesday, October 17 from 3-4 pm here at MV.  Please join us.  If you cannot make that time and are interested, let me know—if there are enough we can find another time or a second meeting.  I have received some feedback from folks that they cannot make it for this one, but will make it next month, and a few requests for an alternate time—please continue to let me know if you are interested...

Week at a Glance Oct. 10-14, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   What an amazing community we have here at Monument Valley.  Our students raised over $1600 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief program.  As we started the school year it was very present in students’ and staff’s minds that there was tragedy and suffering in other parts of the country, and we wanted to do something about it.  Mr. Wheat organized the Penny Wars, which brought a fun competition to the Advisories to challenge them to raise money for the relief effort.  It was quite a blast last week, with students binging in pennies to gain points for their Advisory, and other change and bills to bring other Advisories’ points down—the result was an amazing amount of funds collected, which the students feel proud that they raised so much!  This is one of the many community focused activities we do as part of our Advisory program.  We also do a lot of field activity that gets the students out and into the community and landscape.  The sixth and seventh grades at Monument Mountain last week and next week, the eighth grade in Stockbridge today, and our big fifth grade field experience, Nature’s Classroom, in the spring.  There is a lot of planning that goes onto these types of experiences to make them relevant to the curriculum and to the students, and our teachers and paras work hard in their team time every day to make learning as engaging as possible for the kids.  This is a three day weekend,...

Week at a Glance Oct. 2-6th, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   Week five was full steam ahead.  Students have settled into the routines and know what is expected of them, and that makes learning flow.  I am impressed with how well students are taking to instruction this year, and the reason is the teaming that teachers and paras do through the week.  Students at Monument Valley feel like they are a part of something, and that is very much their grade.  The teachers and paras work as a team to make connections between classes, to rally around students who need help and to push students to their potential.  It takes a lot of work to stay ahead of the curriculum and student development, and I am appreciative of the professionalism and care of the staff here at MV.  One thing that makes a difference and helps me understand what we need is parent feedback and input.  We have a School Council that meets monthly, and I would like to open it up this year to make it a larger parent advisory group.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 17 from 3-4 pm here at MV.  Please join us.  If you cannot make that time and are interested, let me know—if there are enough we can find another time or a second meeting.  And, as always, a note or a call is always welcomed if you have feedback or a question.   Have a great weekend,   Ben Doren Principal     Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu:   http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/     Monday,...

Week at a Glance Sept. 25-30, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   This has been our first full week, and what a great week it was.  The school is really humming, and the nice weather has made it a pleasant week.  Classes are in full swing, and projects are on the move across the school.  It was great to see all the families who joined us for our Meet the Teachers evening on Tuesday.  We received a lot of positive feedback from parents about what they learned about their children’s programs, and many of you patronized the Scholastic Book Fair—thank you!  Next week starts the Penny War fundraiser—students compete between Advisories to raise funds to donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane relief.  Community Advisory is in full swing on Tuesdays—we circle up in small groups and are starting to get to know each other.  Academic Advisory on Wednesdays is focusing the start of the year on getting to know each other as learners and think about an area of growth for the school year for each student.  We are looking at your children as full learners and not just kids who shuffle through the schedule—this takes determination and focus, and our faculty work very hard to know each student and craft the best learning experience for all.   Have a great weekend!   Ben Doren Principal     Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu:   http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/   Project Connection begins this week.   Monday, Sept. 25 Regular School Day   Tuesday, Sept. 26 Regular School Day   Wednesday, Sept....

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...