MVMS Pride Newsletter

October 2018

Falling Ahead

The school year is flying by! It seems like the year just started and already so many exciting events have happened. Fall sports are wrapped up, after school clubs are in full effect, and we've had guest speakers and school dances. Finally, the 8th graders are off on their annual Washington, D.C. trip!

Thank you to everyone for such a positive and exciting first two months of school. We are looking forward to keeping this momentum going as we slide into the holiday season!

Looking For Veterans

We will be holding our annual Veteran's Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 9:00 AM. We are still hoping more veterans can join us to help celebrate the day! The assembly will consist of student musical performances, student speeches, veteran recognition, and a keynote speaker.

Any veterans interested in attending, please contact Chris Ruwell at Refreshments will be available beginning at 8:30 AM in the MVMS cafeteria. We hope to see you there so we can recognize your service and show our appreciation!

School Alerts

It's hard to believe we are already thinking about snow days and blizzard bags, but we want to make sure everyone is aware and comfortable with our new school notification protocol. Our automated school alerts for delays or cancellations will be coming through our Alma system. If you did not receive a phone call or text message when we tested the system on October 25th, please contact the main office. We will continue to update our various social media platforms as well as WMUR in the event of a delay or cancellation; however, the Alma alert message will be our most direct form of notification.

This year, we have three blizzard bags to use if necessary. The first snow day will not be a blizzard bag day. On following snow days, the superintendent will determine the appropriateness of calling a blizzard bag day depending on the timing and severity of the storm.

Please contact the school if you have any questions on the notification process.

Cyber Robotics Coding Comptetion

In case you haven't heard the buzz, MVMS is competing in the state-wide Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC). Across the state, schools are working together as teams to accumulate points in order to earn a spot in the finals at UNH on Saturday, December 15th.

Our team, MVMS Pride, is currently in 5th place out of 34 NH schools. We have scored over 330, 000 points and our top 20 coders alone have completed nearly 800 missions. The bootcamp round ends on November 4th, and the qualifying round runs from November 5-14th.

Students who have not yet joined are still able to do so by going to and joining our class (MVSpride is the class code). For more information or help getting started, students should come see Mrs. Searah in the library media center.

Congratulations to Mrs. Searah for winning the social media contest portion of the coding competition. The contest asked schools to Tweet out a picture of their studetns while coding, using the hashtag #crccforall. Mrs. Searah's efforts won the school ten t-shirts as well as a personal visit from CRCC staff ! See below for the award winning Tweet!

Check out the award winning Tweet!

Fall Sports Wrap Up

Fall sports have wrapped up their seasons. It was great to see so many students participating in athletics. Thank you to all of the coaches and parents for your dedication and support for our teams. Here's a recap on each team.

Boys' B Soccer

The MVMS Boys' B Soccer Team had an extremely successful season after starting the season off with 0 wins and 5 losses. The boys went on to win all of their remaining games except for 1, coming away with the Merrimack Valley Soccer League championship! The team with miss their 8th graders next season as they venture on to the high school. Congrats on being MVSL Champions!

Boys' A Soccer

The Boys' A Soccer Team worked hard throughout the season, finishing with 2 wins, 5 losses, and 4 ties. Their season came to and end with a playoff loss to a very tough Windham team. The team will miss their 8th graders who will move on to the high school and looks forward to continuing to work with the returning 7th graders.

Girls' B Soccer

The Pride Girls' B Soccer team made continuous improvements throughout the 2018 season, with 8 well fought regular season games that propelled the ladies to the year-end tournament. Hats off to eighth graders RaeAnna, Autumn, Sam, Ali, Bryana, Emily, Grace, Alex, Rachel, Ava, Mallery & Gwen, and seventh graders Sarah, Olivia & Autumn.

Girls' A Soccer

The Girls' A Soccer team consisted of 15 hardworking 7th and 8th graders who ended the season ranked 6th in the tri-county middle school soccer league with a record of 4-7.

The team advanced to the quarterfinal playoff game vs. Hood Middle School. Some highlights of the season include coming from a two goal deficit against Amherst and scoring 6 unanswered goals in the second half, and scoring a game winner against Mountain View in the final minutes of the game for the win.

Field Hockey

The 2018 MVMS Field Hockey team showed tremendous improvement and team work as the season progressed! On October 20, 2018, MVMS Field Hockey won the Capital Area Middle School “B” Division Field Hockey Tournament. MVMS Field Hockey won its first game 3-0 of the tournament against Winnisquam.

Congrats to MVMS Field Hockey!!! Each and every player worked hard and the championship win is a great way to end a competitive season!

Cross Country

Cross Country completed a successful season, capping off with a 3rd place finish in the state meet. They really came together as a team and did extremely well at the State meet, with the girls placing third, and the boys placing sixth. The team was full of hard working, dedicated individuals who will hopefully continue to enjoy the sport.

Halloween Dance

Always one of the most energetic and entertaining dances of the year, this year's Halloween dance did not disappoint. From students riding unicorns to Michael Meyers himself, there was something for everyone. Here are some shots from the fun-filled evening.

Annual Pumkin Decorating Contest

Congratulations to Samantha for winning this year's student pumpkin decorating contest! Sam took the title with her Grinch themed pumpkin.

This year's staff competition was fierce, ending in tie between Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Lauren/King. The tie resulted in the first ever Ugly Gourd Decorating tie breaker, with Mrs. Lauren/King winning with their Red Sox themed display! Great job to everyone who participated.

Guest Speaker - Tom White

The 8th graders were fortunate to see a very informative and entertaining presentation by Tom White, from the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Mr. White spoke to the students about World War II and the rise of Nazi Germany. He struck a chord in the student body with his message of doing the right thing in the face of adversity and being kind to others. Mr. White's presentation was well received by the 8th grade student body. This presentation provided some great background information and real world stories of WWII.

Attention, Basketball Fans!

MVHS Boy's Basketball team will be holding a fundraiser on November 7th at 6:30, hosting Brewster Academy vs. Christian Academy. Brewster is one of the top prep schools in the nation. Several alumni are currently in the NBA, including Rookie of the Year runner up and Utah Jazz star, Donovan Mitchell.

Come check out the game on November 7th. Who knows what future NBA stars you will see! Click HERE for the event flyer.

And They're Off!!!

On October 28th, the 8th grade students left for their annual Washington, D.C. trip. The class had a special assembly on the Friday before they left, featuring the annual staff sumo match-up. The fans cheered on as Mr. Sargent and Mr. Mahoney went head-to-head in an epic battle for the ages.

Stay tuned for next month's newsletter where we will have a full recap of the D.C. trip We are happy to have three 8th grade students writing their account of the trip to share with everyone.

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

  • PTO Meeting - November 1st - 6:00 - Library Media Center
  • Book Fair - November 5-9 - Library Media Center
  • Sean Carrier visit to students - November 6th
  • Brewster vs. Redemtion Christian - November 7th - 6:30 @ MVHS
  • Basketball and Spirit Team Tryouts - November 5,6, &7th
  • Veteran's Day Assembly - November 9th @ 9:00 am
  • Trimester 1 Ends November 29th

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