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MVMS Weekly Parent Update

May 19, 2017

Grade 8 Students had a busy week with college visits on Monday and Tuesday, followed by NECAP Science testing on Wednesday and Thursday.

Congratulations to 8th graders, Kurt Olson and Meghan Mcgonagle, for their selection as this year’s MVMS Scholar Leaders.  The Scholar Leader Award program is sponsored by NELMS, a middle school organization, and recognizes students who demonstrate academic success and leadership attributes.  8th grade teachers make recommendations and selections of candidates.  Our Scholar Leaders will be recognized at a banquet held at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester on Thursday, May 25th.

WMUR's Meteorologist, Kevin Skarupa, visited MVMS sixth graders on Monday, May 15th. He discussed the last 100 years of weather in New Hampshire with a focus on our most memorable storms.  Floods, winter storms, ice storms, and tornadoes broke records and changed lives.  Students asked many good questions about topics like chlorofluorocarbons, academic preparation to become a meteorologist, and tools used to predict the weather. To show our appreciation for his time and knowledge, our school presented Mr. Skarupa with a winter hat from the Cross Country Team, a hanging plant from the Garden Club, and a jar of honey from the Bee Club.

We are planning our transition activities for the spring!  5th graders will be visiting MVMS on May 30th, with the parent night at 6:00 that evening.  On June 2, 8th grade students will visit the HS.  On June 8, our 6th and 7th grade students will be visiting next year’s teachers.

The MVMS Chorus will be performing at the Fisher Cat’s game in Manchester on May 22.  We have about 35 students participating.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Costa at  Upcoming concert dates are listed below.

PRIDE Night has been set for June 22 at 6:00 pm!  Mark your calendars for this wonderful celebration of our 8th grade students.

Beginning June 1, students that do not have money on their Food Service accounts will be asked to go to the office to call home as a reminder to parents.  Please send your child in with money, or go online and update accounts.  Thank you!

Much of our PTO Board is moving on as their children head off to MVHS.  Please consider joining the MVMS PTO!  We are generating ideas to expand our work and volunteer opportunities in our school.  Our long time officers are moving on as their children are heading to HS.  Fresh faces and ideas are welcome!  The next meeting is on June 7th at 6:30 in the Library Media Center.  We would love to have some new parents on board.

As we go into Trimester 3, students’ grades in effort and citizenship will affect their ability to play MS Fall Sports!

The staff and volunteers of the Concord Public Library are partnering with local schools to encourage summer reading among our middle school students. Books will be for sale from May 30 until June 30 on the first floor of the library just past the foyer. Hardbacks and paperbacks will all be just $.25.

Upcoming Dates:

5/22 - Chorus Students to Fisher Cats Game

5/24 - Elementary/MS Band Concert at MVHS at 7:00 pm

5/30 - Incoming 5th Grade Visit and Parent Information Night 6:00

6/2 - Eighth Grade students visit MVHS

6/7 - End of year concert MVHS at 7:00 pm

6/8 - 6th and 7th grade move up day

6/9 - Grade 6 trip on Mount Washington Cruise

6/21 - Grade 8 to Ellacoya State Park

6/22 - PRIDE Night 6:00 pm

Warm Regards,  Kara

Warm Regards,  Kara

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. The Merrimack Valley School District has a new website! This valuable tool can be used to access relevant school information, district, building and teacher calendars, co-curricular information and stay up to date on all of the latest MVMS events. 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. 6th grade students will receive their login information from Guided Study teachers at our Open House.


To ensure the safety of all students and staff at MVMS we request that students arrive for the school day no earlier than 7:20 and be dropped off at the far end of the first parking lot by the bright green signs. Please form a single file line in the center of the parking lot and pull up to the sign before releasing your student. Please do not pass other cars when in the parking lot! When picking up your student at the end of the school day we ask that cars follow the same procedure being careful not to block the building entrance or handicap parking spaces. This will also help to alleviate congestion in the lot.

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 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.

We look forward to celebrating the start of the school year with you on September 8th from 6:00-7:30 at our annual Open House. There will be opportunities to tour the school, meet teachers and learn about curriculum.