MVMS Pride Monthly Newsletter

March 2018


Spring is finally here! While the leftover snow from the March nor'easters still needs some time to melt, MVMS is in full spring mode. Spring sports teams are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to get onto their fields, PE classes are gearing up to go outside, and teachers are digging out their window cranks to let in a fresh breeze.

As the snow melts and the weather changes, students will begin spending the mornings before school in the athletic fields as they did in the fall. Make sure you dress accordingly. Sometimes those dewy spring mornings can be a little chilly. As long as it is above 35 degrees and not raining, we will be outside.

The warm weather and spring fever also may tempt students to begin to push the dress code. Please remember the dress code is still in effect regardless of the temperature outside. For specific information on the dress code, please refer to page 13 of the Student Handbook. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

MVMS Celebrates 1,000 Acts of Kindness with Recycled Percussion

On March 9, we had a special assembly to celebrate our 1,000 Acts of Kindness throughout the building. Former MVMS students, Justin Spencer and Ryan Vezina, shared stories about growing up in NH and their trials and tribulations trying to make it as entertainers. The two presenters helped promote a message of kindness and tolerance while sharing many laughs with the MVMS community. The assembly was highlighted by a rousing drum battle between Mrs. Puntin and Ms. Stack.
Please take a few minutes to check out the "Thank You" video created by Mrs. Malone and students. The video was sent to Ryan and Justin as a token of our appreciation for their visit.

The Show Must Go On

Despite a plethora of snow days, including one the night of the scheduled performance, the middle school band did a fantastic job at their winter concert. While plans for a joint piece with the high school had to be altered, the band showed resiliency and grit in a great performance. Great job to everyone involved, and thank you to the families and community members for showing your support!

In next month's newsletter, we hope to post a video of the night's full performance. Stay tuned!

Destination Imagination

After months of hard work, the MVMS Destination Imagination Team competed at the regional tournament in Meredith, New Hampshire last weekend. For their selected team challenge, “Unlikely Attraction”, they had to create an amusement park attraction in an unlikely location. They then had to include the attraction as well as three scientific principles in an original skit that they wrote and performed. The performance of their solution went well, and they received many positive comments both from the appraisers and from people stopping by to check out their claw machine within a claw machine. They also scored high on the Instant Challenge, a problem-based task that they are presented with the day of the tournament. Congratulations to the team on a job well done!

Staff vs. Student Basketball Game

After much trash talking and taunting by the student athletes, the staff basketball team emerged victorious in the annual Staff vs. Student Game. The student team fought hard, jumping out to an early lead, and trailing by only two points at the half. The staff 's lead widened as the teams entered the final quarter. A late fourth quarter, barrage of three pointers was not enough for the students as the staff won 72-60. The staff were lead by a strong all around performance by Mr. Ramsden. The student team was highlighted by multiple three pointers by Gabe M, Noah S, and Collin N. Great job to everyone who played!

Thank you to the National Junior Honor Society for putting on the event which ended up raising $460. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester.

Donations to Date

So far this year, MVMS has raised over $5,500 to donate to local charities. A few of the local charities include the Live and Let Live Farm, and Holiday for the Kids, as well as many families in need throughout the community. Great job to everyone involved in making this happen!

8th Grade Community Project Update

What is the Community Project?

The Grade 8 Community Project is a major activity for students to complete during their 8th grade year at Merrimack Valley Middle School. The Community Project focuses on community and service and gives students an opportunity to develop an awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning.

The goals of the Community Project are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry

  • Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through an in-depth investigation

  • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of situations

  • Demonstrate responsible action through service learning

  • Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments

*Source: MVMS Community Project Guide 2017 - 2018

Student Service Projects

Throughout the month of March, students and advisors have been hard at work on their community projects. We are fortunate to have many great ideas coming to fruition as students begin to set out to take action on their projects. Some of this year's projects include:

  • Making fleece blankets for children at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD).
  • Growing food and donating it to rescue pets.
  • Teaching the elementary students in Webster about the local food pantry, and volunteering at the pantry.
  • Providing entertainment, companionship, and kindness to men and women at a local retirement home.
  • Teaching a modified PE lesson for students with disabilities.
  • Making dog toys to donate to a local animal shelter.
  • Working with the Concord PD and/or NHDOT to offer a bike safety course at Penacook Elementary.
  • Volunteering to speak with 5th grade elementary school students about drug prevention strategies.
  • Research on teenage sleep deprivation and how this impacts academic performance.
  • Creating a venue where MVMS students could showcase talents and express creativity.
  • Raising awareness for the Friendly Kitchen in Concord.
  • Visiting children at the Penacook Community Center (PCC) to serve as positive role models and educate the children about the importance of being active and eating right.

Mark Your Calendars

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events in April 2018!

  • Krypto Tournament (MVMS) - Wednesday, March, 4 @ 5:30
  • School Board Meeting (MVHS) - Monday, April, 9 @ 7:15
  • Team Picture Day (MVMS) - Friday, April, 13 @ 2:30
  • Spring Vacation - April 23 - April 27

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