Week at a Glance January 15-19, 2018

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes   Note from the Principal:   We had our first full week of school in a while, along with some outdoor recess!!!  It felt good to have a normal week, which means lots of energy and a lot or work getting done.  It was great to get around the building this week seeing students so well engaged, struggling with challenging work or really enjoying their classes.  As I have said before, this is a great time of year for learning as students are clear on what we are doing and know the expectations of their grade.   Below is a repeat of last week’s missive, as it has important information on Parent Teacher Conferences and our Advisory Council.   Parent Teacher Conferences At this point in the year most of you have already checked PowerSchool, and many of you use it as a tool to keep current on your child’s achievement.  Most of our students, especially in the upper grades, use PowerSchool as a way to track their assignments and stay current on what they need to complete.  We encourage you to use PowerSchool, as it is the WAY to understand who your child is progressing through the year.  If you need assistance connecting with PowerSchool please contact Debra Spence, our Guidance Secretary, at school or via email at Debra.Spence@bhrsd.org and she can help you set up your account.  We have moved away from a family knowing a grade or how a child is progressing only a few times a year from the Report Card, to being...

Week at a Glance January 8-12, 2018

Monument Valley Regional Middle School  Week at a Glance and News and Notes    Note from the Principal: Brrrr!  A short but cold week.  Despite the arctic freeze we had a great week at Monument Valley.  We were struck by the tone of the school the few days we were in session.  The students came back from the vacation with a surprising focus and jumped right back in.  This is the benefit of good partnering: we try our best to set up learning for your children so it really works, and we feel very supported by you, the families, in getting the kids ready for the experiences.    Parent Teacher Conferences At this point in the year most of you have already checked PowerSchool, and many of you use it as a tool to keep current on your child’s achievement.  Most of our students, especially in the upper grades, use PowerSchool as a way to track their assignments and stay current on what they need to complete.  We encourage you to use PowerSchool, as it is the WAY to understand who your child is progressing through the year.  If you need assistance connecting with PowerSchool please contact Debra Spence, our Guidance Secretary, at school or via email at Debra.Spence@bhrsd.org and she can help you set up your account.  We have moved away from a family knowing a grade or how a child is progressing only a few times a year from the Report Card, to being able to understand how  your child is progressing on a regular basis.  This is a major shift that has occurred over the past four years...

Week at a Glance

Monument Valley Regional Middle School  Week at a Glance and News and Notes    Note from the Principal:  Winter is finally and officially upon us.  Please enjoy this break from school.  I hope you all get good time with family and friends this next week.  Also get your kids outside to enjoy the winter air and sun.  Encourage them to read, read, read—this is a great stretch of time to curl up with a book or read something together.  And try some games, as those are always a great opportunity to share some time and laughs together.  I also want to apologize for a scheduling error this week.  The band concert was scheduled for Tuesday, the last night of Hanukah.  We regret putting families in the uncomfortable situation of choosing between celebrating and having their child perform in the concert.  In the future we will be more careful about scheduling events that do not put families in that kind of a bind.  When we see you on the other side of break students and staff will be returning fresh for the new year.  A good activity to do with your children as we approach the new year is to look back on the start of this school year and reflect on growth—what has changed about me in the past four months?  What have I accomplished?  And to look ahead to the new year—what do I want to accomplish by the end of the school year? Where do I want to grow?  This kind of reflection really helps middle schoolers situate themselves in the day-to-day if they have an idea of...

Week at a Glance

Monument Valley Regional Middle School  Week at a Glance and News and Notes    Note from the Principal:  Brrrrrr!!!!  This was a cold week.  We were inside for recess and before school, and are a little stir crazy as we run up to vacation.  Next week is looking a little warmer so I hope the kids will be getting outside to run around.  Our monthly Parent Advisory Council has two sessions next week: Tuesday afternoon, December 19, 3-4 pm, and Wednesday morning, December 20, 8:30-9:30 am.  The topics will be the same, so please come the session that is more convenient for you.  We will be discussing our School Improvement Plan as well as the MCAS Development Plan recently approved by the School Committee, the upcoming budget process for next year’s resources, Social Emotional Learning and the role of technology and devices in school.  Parent input is essential to continuous improvement—we need your ideas and reflection.  Have a warm and wintry weekend!  Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu:  http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/ Monday, Dec. 18 Regular School Day Tuesday, Dec. 19 Regular School Day Band Concert Tonight—7:00 Wednesday, Dec. 20 Regular School Day Thursday, Dec. 21 Regular School Day Friday, Dec. 22 ½ Day of School today Upcoming Concert Dates Band—Tues. Dec. 19 @7pm   For Grade 7 Students  Memo from the MV Health Office:  Annual Vision and Postural Screenings for grade 7 are scheduled to take place Friday January 5th, 2018. Students with a recent physical exam report on file here at school are exempt, as are parent requests to opt-out that include a health provider’s note. Please contact Pat Harper with any questions  644-2324; or patricia.harper@bhrsd.org.     Thank...

Week at a Glance Dec.11-15, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School Week at a Glance and News and Notes Note from the Principal: This was quite a busy week. I am impressed with how productive our students are day to day—their lives at middle school are very full, with all of their classes, social time and then their lives outside of school. As middle school staff we try to harness their energy, their creativity, and focus them on learning how to say something about their world. This was also the start of the musical season, with our winter concerts: Orchestra was this week, and Band and Chorus coming up in the next two weeks before our vacation. These are real hallmarks of the commitment to creativity and inclusion, as all of our younger students take an ensemble at Berkshire Hills, and we hope to inspire them to continue with music through their education. Enjoy the weekend. Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu: Lunch Menu Monday, Dec. 11 Regular School Day Chorus Concert Tonight 7pm Tuesday, Dec. 12 Regular School Day Wednesday, Dec. 13 Regular School Day Thursday, Dec. 14 Regular School Day Friday, Dec. 15 Regular School Day Upcoming Concert Dates Orchestra—Wed. Dec. 6 @ 7pm Chorus—Mon. Dec. 11@ 7pm Band—Tues. Dec. 19 @7pm School Phone Calls The phone system at Monument Valley and Muddy Brook was recently updated. You may notice that calls from the school now show up on your caller ID. All calls from MVRMS or MBRES will show up as being called from 413-644-2300. If you call that # or use your “Call Back” feature you will...

Week at a Glance Dec. 4-8, 2017

Monument Valley Regional Middle School   Week at a Glance and News and Notes    Note from the Principal: We had a good break last week to be with friends and family.  I hope you all enjoyed the time together.  This week the students returned with a lot of energy, and we worked hard to harness that energy into focus.  It also has stayed relatively pleasant outside, so it is nice to see the students running about at recess still without bundles of jackets and gloves even though it is December today.  I am always appreciative of the way teachers and paras are able to work with all types of students to garner that focus.  It is a lot of work to get to know each student well enough to craft instruction that works for all.  The staff at MV work hard to plan and deploy their lessons so they work for our students.  One of the ways we do this is by making sure all staff meet in teams through the week.  We discuss students and learning, trips and events, struggles and successes, and how to best organize to benefit the students.  These past weeks each department has or will take a day for collaborative planning.  Though this is time away from the students it really makes a difference day to day with the alignment of instruction from year to year.  Teachers study shifts in standards, share instructional practices, review information and share assignments.  The collegial work is what makes this learning community hum. Have a good weekend. Ben Doren Principal Week at a Glance: Monthly Lunch Menu:...