MVMS Pride Monthly Newsletter

May 2018

Transition Time

With the final days of school rapidly approaching, the excitement of next year's transition is percolating throughout the district. During this time, we do our best to help prepare students and families for these transitions, as we understand the excited anticipation behind such changes.

Throughout the months of April and May, elementary schools began prepping for the 5th to 6th grade transition by hosting Mix it Up Days. In these days, each 5th grade visited or hosted another school to engage in various team building activities. They also got to visit and socialize while they ate lunch. This was a great opportunity for students from surrounding towns to get to know some of their future classmates.

In addition to the Mix It Up Days, the 5th graders participated in Move Up Day and night activities. Move Up Day gave students the chance to tour the school with a group of 6th grade guides. Later that evening, students and parents had the opportunity to visit the school, ask questions, and check out some of what MVMS has to offer. The evening's event was very well attended! It was great to see many new faces eagerly anticipating the excitement of the middle school.

Our current 8th grade students are anxiously awaiting their transition to the high school. The 8th graders have already had the opportunity to meet with their future school counselors to discuss courses for next year. Additional transition and orientation information will be communicated from high school administration.

Mrs. Lamontagne and Mr. Lynch are here throughout the summer to answer questions, provide tours, or meet with students and families to help ease their transition. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

Happy Trails to our Retiring Staff Members

Mr. Erikson

Mr. Erikson has taught Tech Ed at MVMS for the past five years. His fondest memories are the times when the classroom is full of students, all working on their own unique projects. He will miss the students who are eager to learn and work in Tech. Ed.

Thank you, Mr. Erikson for encouraging all students to learn new skills and take on new challenges!

Mrs. Hurley

Mrs. Hurley started working for the district in 1984 after 7 years at Rochester Junior High. She worked from 1984 - 1990 at the high school. After her time at MVHS, she moved over to the middle school from 1990 until the present.

Her fondest memories are the times she has been told by students or their parents that they used to hate reading but now they love it. She will miss the feeling of community and family which starts at the SAU and reaches down throughout the schools, as evidenced by the unusually high number of alumni that return to teach and work here.

Thank you, Mrs. Hurley for your many years of dedication to the school, students, and MVMS community!

Mrs. Jones

Our school nurse, Mrs. Jones has worked in the district for 26 years. The first five years were as the Home/School nurse coordinator for a program supporting students with disabilities. The following year, she spent between the high school and middle school. Finally, she ended up here at MVMS, where she has called home for the past 20 years.

Mrs. Jones recalls many fond memories of her time at Merrimack Valley. She values the opportunity to work with special needs students and their families for five years from preschool, up through graduation at 21.

Mrs. Jones recognizes the uniqueness of the middle school age. She describes this as a difficult time for many students attempting to figure out who they are are. They're undergoing physical, emotional, and intellectual changes. Mrs. Jones is glad to have spent so many years working with the middle school population. She loves it when she sees a former student and they want to share with her what they're doing as an adult, and she enjoys meeting their children.

She will miss many of her colleagues and being a part of the MV community. She'll also miss seeing the students and providing nursing care for them.

Thank you, Mrs. Jones for all that you do for the school community, extending far beyond typical nursing duties!

Mr. Hoyt

Mr. Hoyt has been at the middle school for 20 years. The first year, he was a one on one, and then he switched to a classroom aide where he has been for 19 years.

Mr. Hoyt recalls several fond memories at MVMS: Convincing a sixth grader he had a magic pencil that had thousands of words trapped inside it so he could do his writing assignment; getting fabric to make capes for superhero day; having a tea party with the girls in the faculty room when they completed a unit in Language Arts.

Mr. Hoyt will greatly miss the students and they will greatly miss him. Thank you, Mr. Hoyt for the lasting impact you have made on so many students over the years!

Other Retiring Staff

A huge thank you and best wishes to Mrs. Heath and Mrs. Irivin, who both retired during the school year. We thank you for your service and wish you the best of luck enjoying your retirement!

New Hampshire Scholars

Congratulations to Matt Deroche and Aidan Lacasse, the NH Scholar Leaders from MVMS!

Matt and Aidan were chosen for their outstanding scholarship and leadership. The two students celebrated their achievements along with their families, school staff members, and students from across the state at a dinner at the Center of New Hampshire on May 17.

Great job, Matt and Aidan!

Spring Sports Roundup

Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches for a great spring season. While it seemed like the snow would never melt, we managed to get outside and play ball!

Boys' Baseball

Baseball finished the regular season at 4-6. In a heart breaker, they lost an extra inning in the first round of the playoffs to Hood Middle School. It was a good season for the boys. The players competed in every game, and everyone learned new skills and improved the other skills needed for the game--hitting, catching, throwing. The team really came together and embraced a TEAM concept. There was much camaraderie and sportsmanship throughout the season.


Girls' Softball team started off slowly, but rallied to finish 4-6. They lost to Litchfield in the first round of the playoffs. The team improved in all areas of the game as the season progressed. Eighth graders Abby Allen, Meghan Murray, Justyne Hoyt, Kristen Therrein, Caroline Cherien, and Emily Theberge provided the experience and will hopefully move on to help the high school teams' next year.

Boys' Lacrosse

The Boy's Lacrosse team finished the season with a 2-8 record. The team worked hard and improved throughout the season. The highlight of the season was a road victory versus Derryfield School.

Girls' Lacrosse

The Girls' Lacrosse team had a great season. With a lot of new players this season, they worked very hard learning the fundamentals of the game. They faced some tough teams, but with pure determination and a never give up attitude, they made great strides.

Good luck to the 8th graders moving to high school next year.

Track and Field

Track and field had a great season, with lots of student athletes participating. The coaches report strong showings from the following athletes:

Boys: Jesse Ruiz, Mark Mercier, Tyler Wallace, Isaac Linscott. Seth Baylus set a new school record in the high jump, with a height of 5’6” inches.

Girls: Martina Pike, Molly Bentley, Samantha Kimball, Katie Nudd, Macie Hanson.

Unified Soccer

The first ever middle school Unified Soccer team had a fantastic season. The coaches, players, and fans all enjoyed the newest addition to the MVMS athletic program. The highlight of the season was on May 30, when the team took on Gilford in front of the entire school. Great job to everyone involved in the unified program!

First Annual Spring Carnival

The first annual Spring Carnival was a fun filled day for all! From games to animals, to dunk tanks, the carnival had it all. It was great to see so many members of the community come out for such a positive and enjoyable afternoon. Thank you to all the volunteers for making the day a success. We would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to members of the PTO for coming up with the idea, organizing the day, and pulling it off. Thank you!!! We are already looking forward to next year!

MVMS Plant Sale

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the annual plant sale! The event was a huge success, and raised over $1,600! The money will be used for funding next year's club, purchasing flowers for the Veterans' Ceremony and Pride Night, various projects around the school, and T-shirts and snacks for the club members. This year, the club will also be planting the garden at the high school. Thank you to all the members of the MVMS garden club for all of your hard work!

Kevin Skarupa Visits MVMS

Please see below for a clip from WMUR News 9 when Kevin Skarupa came to visit our 6th graders to discuss weather.

Save the Date

  • 6/5 - Community Project Showcase - MVMS - 6:00 PM
  • 6/6 - Community Project Day
  • 6/7 - Family Night Full of Mindfulness - PES - 6:00 PM
  • 6/8 - Foley Fun Run -PES 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 6/8 - 8th Grade Dance - MVMS - 7:00 PM
  • 6/14 - Band and Chorus Concert - MVHS - 7:00 PM
  • 6/21 - Pride Night - MVMS - 6:00 PM
  • 6/22 - Last Day of School!

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