MVMS Pride Newsletter

January 2019

The Doldrums

Despite the arrival of the doldrums of winter, things at MVMS have been very busy! The new round of Unified Arts are in full swing, winter sports are wrapping up, and everyone is anxiously awaiting some sunshine and warmer weather!

Winter Sports Update

Winter sports have flown by this year! It's hard to believe we are entering "slush season", between winter and spring sports. Here's a quick look at how our teams fared this season.

Boys' Basketball (A)

This season was difficult if you measure by wins and losses, but the hard work sometimes doesn’t always result in wins. I believe the team gave great effort, not just in games, but in practice every day. I am proud of the responses we got from coaches at other schools about how hard our boys played. Most importantly, I think the boys got better and learned what it will take to play high school ball.

- Coach Fowler

Boys' Basketball (B)

The Boys B Basketball team had 9 games in their inaugural season. Although we won only a few games, it was very successful season. The boys improved their skills individually and as a team.

We would like to thank all the parents and fans for their support! I would like to thank the players for their commitment and effort throughout the season, which began early November. Good luck to all the 8th graders moving up and see the rest of you next season!

Keep you eyes/ears open for summer gym time to work on skills and 3 v 3.

- Coach Campbell

Girls' Basketball (A)

The Girls A team finished the regular season with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses, which earned the team 6th place in the final Tri County League standings. As a result, the team earned a 1st round bye in the league playoffs, eventually falling to a tough Hollis Brookline team in the 2nd round. The team improved greatly over the course of the season due to hard work and strong leadership from co-captains Hadleigh S. and Olivia L.

- Coach Burke

Girls' Basketball (B)

Although they didn't win as many games as they would have liked, this group was an absolute pleasure to coach. There was not one game that the girls didn't stop battling until the final buzzer. Each athlete improved dramatically throughout the season. It is my hope that these young ladies continue to play for all of the years they have ahead of them at MV--both at the middle school level as well as high school.

- Coach Rathbone

Unified Basketball

The Unified Basketball team is in the midst of their inaugural season. While the season will run into February, the team has already had memorable games versus Alton, Gilford, and Laconia. The players, coaches, and fans have all enjoyed the great start to the season!

For those unfamiliar, Unified Sports brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together during the game and beyond. Here at Merrimack Valley Middle School, we have seen firsthand the connection that our athletes and partners have made after our first Unified Soccer year. We look forward to the growth of our unified program and the positive connections it brings!

Spirit Team

We have had a great season this year. The team is determined to place at the competition this year. We have been attending tumbling in Londonderry. Samantha B. learned how to do a backhand spring on the tumble track. At practice, we have been working on some difficult stunts, such as a full up to extended liberties. We will perform our routine at 9:36 on February 9th at Nashua South High School. Come see what we have been working on. Go Pride!

- Coach Smart

Engineering a Better Cookie

Mr. Ginty’s 6th grade Introduction to Engineering/STEM students are currently completing the "Cookie Cutter Challenge." This challenge requires students to design a winter-themed cookie cutter following specific design criteria. To complete this challenge, students research cookie cutters in general, and specifically learn how to make 3D printed cookie cutters. After generating a list of possible designs, students create a 3D virtual prototype of several cookie cutters in the Autodesk Inventor program (see pictures below).

After creating a series of cookie cutters in the Autodesk Inventor program, each student selects their best design to print utilizing our 3D printer.

A necessary (and in this case very enjoyable,) part of engineering is to test the functionality of a prototype. After each student has had the opportunity to 3D print their designs, we will roll out the dough and see just have good our cookie cutter prototypes work!

Innovation Lab

Students have really been enjoying our new Innovation Lab class. It is great to see classes engaged in hands on activities where they get to do exciting projects such as "dissecting" electronics and learning about the physics of hitting a baseball. Here is a look at some of the student projects from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

8th Grade Art Class

Eighth grade students have been working on black and white design with scratchboard and red clay inlay over a drape mold. Each project involves light and dark contrast. The clay project is very challenging for students because there are several steps to master to get a good bowl shape. Students also have the challenge of developing their design ideas by thinking about how the sculptural aspects of the project relate to the surface pattern (the outside shape, footing, lift, handles, rim design). This will be students third year working with clay, so they are building on skills we've been practicing and advancing each year. Here's a look at some of this year's eighth grade projects!

Ice Fishing

New Hampshire Fish and Game has a program called Let’s Go Fishing. The program provides students with all the educational material, gear, and volunteers needed to learn about fishing. Students learn about ice and cold weather safety, how to tie knots, how to set-up a tip-up, fish identification, how to fish ethically, and so much more. Six volunteers, parents/guardians/family members/siblings, 14 MVMS students, and Mrs. Kilmister were scheduled to go to Walker Pond in Boscawen on Saturday, January 26th. Unfortunately, the trip had to be rescheduled due to weather. The group is looking forward to learning together, and hope to catch a lot of big fish!

Here are some pictures from when NH Fish and Game visited the group of students attending the ice fishing trip.

Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to Marshall Carey Matthews on repeating as MVMS Spelling Bee Champion! The preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee is on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. The public is encouraged to attend this free event beginning at 1:00 p.m. The student to emerge as the top speller will represent the Granite State at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.! Great job, Marshall. Good luck!

Penny Drive

Merrimack Valley Middle School will once again be participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients fundraiser. This is a three week, school-wide fundraiser where all proceeds go towards cancer research, and will begin in our building on Monday, January 28th. Our school has had great success with this in the past, last year raising over $3,000! Students will each receive an introductory letter and a personal collection box to transport donations from home. Please review the letter with your child, as it provides a good resource for this fundraising campaign and will also give information on submitting donations through the online website. Collections will be tracked through a child's Pride Block, with the top raising class earning a free pasta lunch from Olive Garden. This year, students will also be eligible for individual prizes provided by LLS (for example, students who collect $5 via their collection box will receive a "Hero Ring"; students who raise $10 online receive a "Hero Wristband"), with prizes increasing for the amount raised. MVMS thanks you in advance for assisting with this cause. Please call or email Mr. Mahoney ( with any questions.

Winter Carnivval

The Winter Carnival Dance will be held on February 15th at 7:00 pm in the MVMS cafeteria. Please click the button below for more information on this memorable event!

Blue Storm Lacrosse

Anyone interested in participating in Blue Storm Lacrosse this spring, please see the attached flyer.

Important Documents

This year, MVMS will not be sending home printed copies of the Free and Reduced Lunch or Dental Clinic paperwork. These forms can be accessed by clicking on the below links. PRINTED COPIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN OFFICE UPON REQUEST. Links to all important paperwork can be found on the MVMS website under the Documents and Forms tab.

Save the Date

  • Wednesday, February 6th - 6:00 pm, NJHS Induction Ceremony
  • Monday, February 11 - 7:15 pm - School Board Meeting @ MVHS
  • Friday, February 15 - 7:00 pm - Winter Carnival Dance
  • Monday, February 25th - March 1st - Winter Recess

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