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MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

P.O. Box 217 Slate Hill, NY 10973
(845)355-5150 / fax (845)355-5198

HOW ARE WE DOING? ANSWER A SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY, FEB. 27-MAR. 17

Posted February 23 at 1:12pm

To ensure that we continue to provide our students with an education that is up to the challenges of the real world and the pace of the century, we want to hear from all of you: parents, students and staff. 

 

Beginning February 27 and ending on March 17, we ask you to complete a confidential 15-20 minute school climate survey online and give us your honest input on matters of school safety, relationships, support, and resources for learning. Different versions of the survey will be given to students and school personnel.

 

If you have children in multiple schools, please take the survey for each school. Survey packets have been sent home with complete details including a statement of your parental rights.  

 

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory is created, and will be analyzed by, the National School Climate Center. All answers are anonymous and confidential. Participation is completely voluntary.

 

To begin the survey now, click here. If you do not want your child/children to participate in the survey, please click here to download the Refusal of Consent form. The form must be submitted to our administrative office by Friday, March 3, 2017.   


This is your chance to make your voice heard, and we will be listening. We appreciate everyone’s participation, so that together we can build a better future for our students and our community.  

HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS CONCERT WILL OPEN “MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH”: MAR. 1, 7PM

Posted February 23 at 2:39pm

Enter the month of March with singing at the “Music in Our Schools Month” Chorus Concert (MIOSM) on Wed., March 1, 7:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium.

 

All four MVHS choirs will perform under the direction of Mr. Victor Izzo, beginning with an intergalactic opening by our award-winning Chamber Choir. The admission/donation is $5 per person. Senior citizens and children under four enter free.

 

This musical evening will bring you a wide range of entertaining selections. Love will be in the air with the Women’s Chorus performance of “The Rose” and “Songbird.” They will pick up the tempo, and show you their spirit and grit, with Katy Perry’s “Rise” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

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BADMINTON TOURNAMENT FULL OF SURPRISES

Posted February 22 at 3:59pm

By Nicholas Emanuele, Phys. Ed. Teacher

 

MVHS 2017 Badminton Tournament was a roller coaster of upsets, comebacks, and exciting finishes.

 

The most shocking upset saw top seeded, 2016 defending champ Noah Dirks and his new partner Garret Doherty lose to the 5th seeded Austin Jedziniak and Ross Bartziokas in the semi-final game!

 

But it wasn’t over for Austin and Ross. They had to face 3rd seeded Andrew Covais and Dominick Vetrano who ran through all their opponents and were looking to take the championship themselves.

 

The first game went to Austin and Ross. Between Austin’s mean backhand and Ross’s deadly serve, they looked unbeatable. Andrew and Dominick started the second game down by 4, but rallied back to win the game. The third game was close, but, in the end, Andrew and Dominick took the championship!

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“MINISINK TALKS ABOUT OPIOIDS”: “78” FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION, MARCH 9, 7PM

Posted February 22 at 9:11am

Remember the devastation of the H.I.V epidemic when it peaked in the early 1990’s? Death rates from drug overdose in 2014 reached the same devastating level, with 125 American lives lost each day. Of those, 78 lives were claimed by opioid overdose.

 

Opioid abuse is a national health crisis, and it affects every American community, urban or rural. In Orange County, 19 lives were lost to prescription opioid overdoses in 2014, compared to 8 in 2013. (This mortality data pertains strictly to prescription opioids.)

 

In the 2015-16 academic year, MVHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) made a film titled “78” based largely on interviews with adults whose lives were vastly affected by substance abuse, beginning in adolescence. Among interviewees is a Minisink Valley bus driver who lost her son to an overdose. She is now working toward a counselor certification in alcoholism and substance abuse. Other content involves excerpts from essays students wrote in their English classes.

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MINISINK VALLEY HONORS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NYS POLICE WITH COMMEMORATIVE SIGN

Posted February 21 at 2:33pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, Minisink Valley technology teachers Rich Budd and Andrew Mink, and art teacher Kat Hoolan, presented a commemorative wooden sign to the Greenville barracks of NYS Police on February 15.

 

Several district and building administrators joined high-ranking members of Troop F to mark this important milestone in our local history.

 

The sign was created by technology and art faculty over the past few months. From concept to design, execution and revision, all steps in the process reflect some of the course work offered through Minisink's technology and art programs.

 

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MINSINK ART STUDENTS WILL EXHIBIT WORKS AT COUNTY-WIDE SHOWCASE, FEB. 25

Posted February 16 at 3:00pm

Ten Minisink Valley High School art students will exhibit their work at “The Arts Build Confidence Showcase” on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the center court of Middletown’s Galleria at Crystal Run.

 

Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, student artwork from across the county will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. 

 

Participating MVHS students are Christa Ferguson, Melissa Faughnan, Danielle Kelly, Jack Golden, Alexandra Higgins, Autumn Beauchesne, Camila Palacios, Alicia Roy, Rachel Vance, and Taisha Santiago. High school art teachers, Ms. Boedeker, Mrs. Hoban-Rich, Mrs. Hoolan, Mrs. Morais and Mrs. Tangney are excited to share their students’ work with community.

 

In addition, and for the first time this year, the exhibition will include a slide show featuring artwork by elementary school students. Minsink Valley Elementary School will be represented by the artwork of fifteen students in Mrs. Begle's art classes. Otisville Elementary School will be represented by the artwork of 45 students in Mrs. Welsh's art classes. 

 

Congratulations to all our students and their art teachers! 

PHOTO GALLERY 

MVHS STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL BADMINTON TOURNAMENT

Posted February 16 at 2:42pm

The MVHS will host the popular annual Badminton Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

 

Students in Physical Education have been practicing their skills and competing for a chance to play in the tournament. Winners from each class period have the opportunity to pair up and battle it out for the championship. Along with exquisite demonstrations of physical skill, players also compete in a costume contest.

 

The JROTC Color Guard will lead the opening ceremonies, and members of the school band will entertain with musical performances throughout the day. Photography students will be documenting the event.

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POPS CONCERT TONIGHT, FEB. 13: MUSIC DPT. FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT BAND EVALUATION TRIP

Posted February 13 at 9:28am

The Annual High School Pops Concert will take place in the auditorium at 7 p.m., today, Monday, February 13. The admission/donation for the Pops Concert is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students. Children 4-years-old and younger and senior citizens enter free. Proceeds will be utilized for the band trip this coming spring.

 

Jazz Lab I, under the direction of Mr. Matthew Christy, will perform classic pop tunes such as “Billie Jean,” written and composed by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. More great music by Mr. Christy’s Symphonic Band I will include “The Avengers,” written and composed by Alan Silvestri. This piece was used in “The Avengers” movies, and in parts of “Iron Man” and “Captain America.”

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HIGH SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

Posted February 1 at 10:06am

The school closing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 prompted the MVHS to reschedule mid-term exams in Living Environment and Foreign Language to January 30 – February 1, 2017.  In order to provide these two subject areas with the appropriate time to grade their exams and calculate the quarter averages, we will be moving the grade reporting date for the MVHS back one week.  This change will require the MVHS to mail the second quarter report cards one week later then the originally scheduled date of February 3, 2017.  Mailing is now scheduled for February 10, 2017.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL STUDENTS JAZZ UP DISNEY’S JUNGLE BOOK, FEB. 7 & 8

Posted January 31 at 12:11pm

For fifty years, Walt Disney’s Jungle Book has bridged generations of fans with endearing characters, swinging songs that echo for a lifetime, and the celebration of friendship.

 

On February 7 & 8, you can hum along and tap your feet to its happy tunes as intermediate school students in all grades open our musical theater season with the kids version of this family favorite.

 

Minsink’s Jungle Book is produced by The Different Stages Drama Club—a merger of the intermediate and high school drama clubs. Club adviser Gary Passamonte, director of the drama program, and third grade teacher, co-directs the show with High School Drama Club students. A cast of 65 is supported by a stage crew of 18--and many volunteers!

 

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MVHS BIOLOGY 101 STUDENTS FINISH COURSE IN DNA LEARNING CENTER

Posted January 30 at 12:39pm

Students in biology 101, college-level, ended their course with a field trip to a DNA Learning Center where they completed a DNA restriction analysis experiment.

 

Working hand-in-hand with educator Dr. Catherine Zhang, Mrs. Jordan’s students analyzed sequences of DNA using restriction enzymes, the scissors of molecular biologists. They cut DNA into fragments, loaded and ran the gels used to separate DNA molecules by size, and analyzed and interpreted the results. This three and a half-hour experiment helps students understand the significance of DNA to bioengineering applications.

 

On their lunch break students toured the adjacent Clinical Core Laboratory, home to one of the largest robotic machines involved in diagnostics.

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