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MVMS Weekly Parent Update

February 9, 2018

Student Council News:

7th and 8th Winter Carnival Dance - February 16, 2018 7:00-8:30  Information

Lyp Sync Battle - March 9th, 2018 starting at 6:30PM in the cafeteria. Sign up Process.

Next meeting is Tuesday, February 13

Grade 6 Math

Students are finishing up their Topic 3 lessons on Expressions and Equations and will be assessed before February break. Topic 3 applied and extended previous knowledge of greatest common factors, factor trees as well as how to evaluate algebraic expressions in both mathematical and real-world contexts. Students learned that an algebraic expression is a type of math expression that has at least one variable and at least one operation. Students also expanded their mathematical vocabulary to include the words term, coefficient and constant. In class, students are working on procedural skills and number fluency while making sense of equivalency and how it relates to algebraic thinking.

Mark your calendars for the MVMS Parent Math Academy on Tuesday, April 10th - where grade 6 teachers will share lessons on dependent and independent variables, unit rates, percent, surface area and volume and ways to support your learner at home over the summer months. Contact Mrs. Piroso and Mrs. King for details.

Grade 8 News

In honor of Black History Month, the 8th grade students will have the opportunity to hear from a speaker that met Martin Luther King, Jr. while marching in Selma in 1965. We look forward to our visit from Dwight Haynes.

Merrimack Valley is once again participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser to raise money for blood cancer research. The fundraiser has been extended through 2/16 because of all our snow days!  So far we have raised $520 for the cause.. Rewards will be given to the top three fundraising Pride Blocks, with the top classroom winning an Olive Garden sponsored lunch! Donations may be made through your child's Pride Block teacher, or through an online donation site. Information and collection boxes should have been sent home last week. Please see Mr. Mahoney or email him at with any questions or information, and thank you in advance for your support.

PTO News:

  • Our MS students are enjoying the use of the new volleyball equipment that was provided by the PTO.  A great activity that engages lots of students!  Thank you!

  • Mark your calendars for the First Annual Merrimack Valley Spring Carnival to be hosted by our MVMS PTO on May 12.  They are in the planning stages of this community event, and hope for a great success.  More information to follow.

Random Acts of Kindness:

Random Acts of Kindness is up and running.  Students are encouraged to recognize one another for acts of kindness.  Staff can recognize one another, as well as students.  There are three “leaf stations” - the library, student services and the main office.  Let’s meet our goal of 1,000 acts of kindness!  We have an exciting surprise guest coming if we meet our 1,000 goal!  Let’s go MVMS students!!  More green is added each day - exciting to watch it grow!  We have to keep adding branches to the tree to hold all the leaves!

Ski/Boarding Club: Starting Thursday, 2/15!!

  • Thursdays -  2/15, 2/22, 3/8, 3/15 & 3/22  

  • We depart immediately after school and return by 8:15.

  • Students may ride on the bus ($30 fee for all sessions) or parents may provide transportation.

  • Register at with the access code "mvms2018"

  • Contact Mrs. Jordan-Foote with questions at

  • Please remember, as with any school sponsored event, students’ actions and behaviors impact their opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities.  We need to be assured that we can trust our students to make smart decisions and be a positive representative of MVMS.  Misconduct at school can result in the loss of this opportunity, and refunds will not be provided.

After School Activities Update:

AAP is open to all students for academic support every Monday - Wednesday.

Art Club meets Mondays.  2/12 - Glazing the tiles made on 2/5

Hot Chocolate Running Club Mondays, weather permitting.

Vocal Ensemble meets Mondays.

Robotics Club meets Mondays.

Writing Club meets every other Monday.  Tentative meeting dates: February 19th; March 5th and 19th; April 2nd and 16th; May 7th and 21st.  Information

Destination Imagination meets Tuesdays.

Book/Poetry Club (Poetry Focus) meets Wednesdays. Information

NJHS meets on Wednesdays.

Jazz Band meets on Wednesdays.

Student Council will meet Tuesday, Feb 13.

Library Media Center:

  • Hope our readers in the Marathon are running strong!  I am trying hard to make my 26 book challenge.  The mid-way check in is fast approaching.

  • Winter is a great time to curl up with a book.  Encourage your child to swing by and pick out a few!

  • During the week of 2/12, the Library Media Center will be hosting a book swap and sale  to celebrate I Love to Read Month!  Students are invited to bring in gently used middle school appropriate books of their own that they have read and trade them in for a new read or $.25 for a purchase!  

  • Ask your student if they had a chance to participate in Mrs. Searah’s Book Tasting!  Our Library Media Center was transformed into a “bistro for books”, with Mrs. Searah as Chef!  A wonderful experience for all.  130 books were checked out during this event!


Arriving on time for school and attending school consistently are very important components to academic success.  For every five (5) UNEXECUSED tardies to school, a student will have to serve an office detention until 4:00.

Band and Chorus Schedule:

  • Band and Chorus meet during PRIDE Block.  Lessons are scheduled throughout the week.

  • Grade 6: Band Days 1 & 3, Chorus Days 2 & 4

  • Grade 7 & 8: Band Days 2 & 4, Chorus Days 1 & 3

Upcoming Dates:

2/15 - Ski/Boarding Club to Pats Peak

2/16 - 7th and 8th Grade Winter Carnival Dance 7:00-8:30

2/12 - MVSD School Board Meeting 7:15 at MVHS

2/19-2/23 - MVMS Spirit Week

2/25-3/2 - Winter Break

Please email or call Mrs. Lamontagne or Mr. Lynch with any questions!  We are here to help and keep the communication door open!

Suggestions for Success
In pursuit of our mission of teaching students to be active learners, critical thinkers and responsible citizens we encourage students to exemplify 10 learner profile characteristics: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open Minded, Caring, Risk-Taker, Balanced and Reflective. It is our belief that achieving these goals are possible with a strong partnership between home and school. We ask that parents establish a routine of engaging their students in conversations about their learning experiences. Positive expectations are powerful motivators! Each student will be provided with a planner that includes the school handbook and assignment calendar. We ask students to use these to plan out long-term assignments, manage their time and record homework. Please review these with your students regularly, this will help keep you informed as to their learning and allow you to assist them in their organization. In addition to regularly accessing our website, we encourage you to track your student’s learning progress on Web2School, a link is available on our webpage. 

Please remember that NH statute and MVSD policy requires MVMS students be current on their immunizations. Prior to entering 6th grade students need to have received both the varicella #2 vaccine as well as the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular, pertussis) vaccine. Documentation of these immunizations needs to be given to Ms. Marie Jones, the school nurse, and any questions that you have may also be directed to her at

The school dress code is included in the student handbook and can also be viewed on the school website. We ask that students wear shorts with at least a 5 inch inseam and skirts that extend to mid thigh while sitting and standing. If students opt to wear spandex under shorts or skirts then those must extend to mid thigh. Leggings must be accompanied by appropriate outwear including long shirts, skirts or shorts. Tank tops must have straps that are at least 2 inches thick. We appreciate your help in reminding students of this before they head out the door in the morning.

In order to decrease learning distraction student are asked to power off their electronic devices during school hours and leave them in their locked locker. If you need to communicate with your student during the school day please contact the main office and we will get a message to your student. Thank you in advance for your support with this policy.

Kara Lamontagne,
Dec 10, 2017, 5:35 AM