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MVMS Weekly Parent Update

April 14, 2017

Grade 6 will be SBAC testing the weeks of April 17 and May 8.  7th grade completed SBAC testing in English Language Arts and will test in Math during the week of May 15.  Eighth Grade will test Math the week of May 1.  

Grade 6 has once again needed to reschedule Capitol Center for the Arts presentation of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.  They will be on on Tuesday, April 18!

The MVMS PTO is once again coordinating our thank you to teachers and staff during Appreciation Week May 1 - 5th.  This week takes place right after our April vacation, so we want to give you plenty of notice.

  • 6th Grade - please bring/send in breakfast items on Tuesday, May 2nd.  Pastries, bacon, quiche, fruit or juice all make great choices.

  • 7th Grade - please bring/send in lunch sides (PTO is donating sandwiches) on Wednesday, May 3rd. Salads (pasta, potato, garden,etc), fruit, chips, or beverages all are welcome.

  • 8th Grade -please bring/send in desserts or snacks on Thursday, May 4th. Any and all treats will be appreciated.

Thank you for helping us all show our appreciation for our MVMS Teachers & Staff!  MVMS PTO

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

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

Many thanks to our School Counselors for a well-planned career day!  We had wonderful presentations from a diverse range of professions.  Thank you, also, to those who volunteered.

Have you taken the time to check out the MVMS Library Media website?  Are you looking for resources to encourage your child to be successful with homework, projects, reading, or extended learning?  Did you know we often have cool things going on in our Library?  You have to go to our Library Media Center webpage and see all the amazing supports and information available to our learners.  Mrs. Sereah has been doing amazing work in her first year as our Library Media Specialist!

The Eighth Community Project groups are in the final phase of their projects. Mark May 11 for our evening presentations.

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 May 3 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!

Upcoming Dates:

4/24-4/28 - April Vacation

5/3 - PTO 6:30 MVMS

5/8 - School Board Meeting 7:15 PM at Loudon Elementary School

5/11 - 8th Grade Community Project Night

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

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

June 22 - PRIDE Night

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.