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Warwick Valley High School 2014-15 Curriculum Handbook
MS PTA - important updates and reminders
March 5, 2014 - Please click here for important MS PTA news and updates!
8th Grade Memory Yearbook - accepting items until March 7
Don't be left out - make sure your child is included
The Eighth Grade Memory Yearbook is a
wonderful keepsake of your child's special last year in
Middle School. But we need YOUR help - and YOUR photos -
to make it a success. We've lost time due to snow days and
holidays, so we really need to get moving! Everything must
be submitted by Feb. 28! Please click on
the links below for all the information you need (pdfs).
All checks should be made out to: "WVMS PTA Yearbook."
Feb. 21, 2014 - Warwick Valley Middle
School welcomed local veterans to their annual
“Valentines for Vets Breakfast” on February 21. Hosted by WVMS Students, the event drew close to fifty veterans, wives and widows of veterans. Click here or on photo to view a photo gallery of the event.
WVMS Foreign Language Week - volunteers needed
National Foreign Language Week is March 3-7
Feb. 4, 2014 - Were you born outside the U.S.? We are looking for parent or grandparent volunteers who are willing to share their stories of immigration with Warwick Valley Middle School students during the week of March 3-7, which is National Foreign Language Week. If you are able to participate, please email Eilleen at: email@example.com
MS students encouraged to participate in the
on March 27 - proposals due by March 7
STEM Fair proposals due
in MS Office
by March 7
Jan. 7, 2014 - The Middle School PTA will sponsor a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Fair on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, next to the MS. ALL Middle School students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 are encouraged to participate.
Click on the links below for more information, and to download the student STEM Fair project proposal form:
WVMS Students of the Month
2014 - Each month at Warwick
Valley Middle School, a teacher or school administrator
nominates a student or students for "Student of the
Click here to see the Students of the Month.
Software animation leader "Toon Boom" features Warwick middle school student in website article
Feb., 2014 - Eighth-grader Maxwell Von der Horst, a talented artist, musician and young animator, is getting noticed and recognized by some pretty impressive groups. Recently, Max was spotlighted in a fantastic article about him in Toon Boom! Check it out here.
Support the WVMS PTA Scholastic Book Fair - March 10-18
Feb., 2014 - Please read
this informational letter about the Book Fair from
Principal Cindy Leandro (pdf).
Day of hands-on career exploration for all 8th graders at Stewart Airport on March 18
Permission slip and bus fee must be turned in by Fri., March 7
A day of hands-on and interactive career exploration has been planned for all 8th graders on March 18. "Y2Kids Careers from A to Z" (O-U BOCES program) will be held at the US Army 2nd Aviation Dept. at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Admission is free; $7 for bus transportation. Permission slips were sent home with your child - completed slips and $7 will be collected during lunch period from MON., MARCH 3 - FRI., MARCH 7!
The Bookworms Book Club - new selection announced
Next Book Club meeting on March 26
Feb. 27, 2014 - If you like to read and have fun, please join Principal Leandro's Book club for the month of March. This month's selection is "The Breadwinner" by Deborah Ellis. The sign up sheet for the book club is in the office. This book club session is open to all grade levels - 5, 6, 7 and 8. As always, you MUST have parental permission to attend.
Warwick parent demonstrates hands-on scientific investigation in preparation for STEM fair
Feb., 2014 - Warwick parent Dory Kistner-Masefield spent some time at the middle school recently, demonstrating through easy experiments how to use the scientific method for projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Ms. Kistner-Masefield has a science background, and shared her expertise with students in preparation for the March 27 Middle School STEM Fair.
Special visitor discusses life on the Galapagos Islands
Feb. 11, 2014 - Seventh-graders in Life Science classes recently welcomed Dr. Gregory Keys who shared his 13-month research experience of living on the Galapagos Islands.
Clothing donation bins at schools will help raise money for our district
Drop off a student & donated clothing at the same time!
Feb. 19, 2014 - The Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WFEL) is sponsoring a quick and easy way to raise funds for the district. Bring your unwanted and/or unwearable clothing, textile and shoes to any of our school buildings.
Middle School students demonstrate 21st Century skills
Feb. 12, 2014 - Middle school 5th and 6th grade students recently spent time working together on math lessons. Mrs. Wendt brought her 6th graders to Mrs. Piascik's 5th graders' classroom to help with graphing on the coordinate plane. This really highlighted the 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving in math!
Did you miss the Eighth-grade Parent Night?
Feb. 7, 2014 - This video, produced by 8th Grade students, was shown at Eighth-grade Parent Night. The video gives parents insight as to what their student can expect when they move to the high school campus as freshmen. Click here to see video and click here to view the informational presentation (pdf).
Congratulations WVMS spelling bee participants
Emily Ziegler, Gr. 7, and Lindy Mullhaupt, Gr. 8, advance to Regional Finals
Feb. 4, 2014 – WVMS team spelling bee winners from 7th and 8th grade competed on Feb. 4 to qualify for the Regional Finals at BOCES in March. ‘Lawyer’ was the winning word for Emily Ziegler and ‘propulsion’ was the winning word for Lindy Mullhaupt.
Middle School celebrates ROAR with fun staff volleyball game
Jan. 31, 2014 - WVMS students and staff celebrated the end
of the second quarter with a fun ROAR event! Students
earned this reward celebration by continuing to show:
R-respect, make O-outstanding choices, show A-acceptance and demonstrate R-responsibility!
After-school program brought to you by the PTA
Jan., 2014 - The Warwick Valley Middle School will offer Rosetta Stone for education to fifth- and sixth-graders beginning in February. Languages available are Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese. Read a letter to parents from Principal Leandro (pdf)
Congratulations to WVMS Scholastic Art and Writing
Jan. 27, 2014 - Congratulations to WVMS students who won the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Max Vondehorst won the American Vision Award for his "Trans-Morph-ations" animation; winning Gold Key Awards were Kamryn Cahill for "Man with a Harsh Look" drawing; Max Vanderhorst for "Trans-Morph-ations" animation; and Katie Wixtrom for "Bird with Feathers" watercolor; and Winning Silver Key awards were Meghan Brockunier for "Woman of Elegance," Heide Ottley for "Barn," and Max Vonderhorst for "My House."
MS students participate in the Weather Channel's "Fantasy Snowfall League" 2014
Jan. 27, 2014 - Students in Mr. Ronzoni’s and Mr. Mesic’s 8th grade Earth Science classes are participating in the Weather Channel’s "Fantasy Snowfall League" again this year. Students learn about weather data and patterns and make weekly predictions about which U.S. cities will have the greatest snowfall, and communicate with the Weather Channel via Skype. After WVMS participation last year, the Weather Channel donated a VantageVue wireless weather station and Weather Link software to connect weather data from the Middle School to district computers and the internet. Click here and here to view Skype sessions the WVMS classes have had with the Weather Channel.
Genetically altered creatures made by MS students
Jan. 22, 2013 - Students in Mrs. Waters' 7th grade Life Science classes recently created genetically altered creatures as part of their unit on genetics. During the unit, students learned about dominant and recessive genes, and how some traits can be inherited through incomplete dominance, or polgenic, inheritance. Using this information, students were charged with creating a creature that had six visible genetic traits.
Help the Middle School get FREE
Jan. 23, 2014 - The Warwick Valley Middle School PTA has signed up for Price Chopper's "Tools for Schools" program! Sign up with your AdvantEdge Card to support our school! When you sign up, your Price Chopper purchases will earn points to help our school get needed equipment FREE. Make sure you're signed up! (If you don't have a card, visit the Customer Service Desk at Price Chopper.)(link to Price Chopper website)
raises $1000 in
"Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer"
Dec. 6, 2013 - Students, faculty and staff from the
Warwick Valley Middle School participated in "Crazy Hair
Day" to raise money for Arms Wide Open Childhood
Cancer Foundation (AWOCCF). The MS fundraising efforts were in
honor of Evan Kamback, a young Warwick boy who died of
cancer. Evan’s brother is currently a MS student, and the
Warwick Valley Student Senate worked with Ms. Kamback to
raise money for the organization.
Consider applying to the NYS Summer School of the Arts
for MS & HS students
Nov. 1, 2013 - The New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) includes seven schools that offer training in the arts.
Introducing WVCSD Google Apps for Education - a great resource for our middle and high school students
A Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning
Sept. 9, 2013 - Click the link below to learn more about the Common Core from a booklet created by NYS PTA and the NYS United Teachers Union. The 12-page booklet explains the curriculum in detail and plain language, and provides a good overview of Common Core.
Dignity for All Students - together we can stop bullying!
Expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity
Oct. 2, 2013 - The New York State Dignity For All Students Act (Dignity Act) took effect in 2012. The goal of the Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally or physically harassed. Click here for more information. "Together we can stop bullying" - click here for a flyer (pdf).