MVMS in the Spotlight
On Saturday, April 9th thirty-two Mount View Middle School students boarded a bus bound for Unity College. Upon arrival, students were warmly welcomed by several Unity College students and their advisors Jen Cartier and Jeannie Hamrin.
Each MVMS student was issued their own Unity College Nalgene water bottle, name badge, and itinerary. Students were divided into two groups, each departing on their way for a day of exploration in the woods, buildings, fields, and pastures of Unity College...all considered "classrooms" at this environmentally focused post-secondary school.
MVMS students had a full day of experiential learning and group bonding. With workshops in Orienteering, Sustainable Agriculture, Challenge Course, Solar Energy and a college Scavenger Hunt...students got a real hands-on experience of what being a Unity College student looks like and feels like.
Even lunch was with other Unity College students at the Wyman Commons...talk about WOW! With a variety of food choices; all you can eat, ice cream bar, dessert bar, and pizza...students sat amongst other Unity College students and soaked it all in! Some quotes of the day summarized the very purpose of these college trips..."This was the best field trip I've ever been on!" "Someday, I think I'd like to go to school here!" "This is now on my list of top three schools I think I want to go to after graduation."
With many thanks to the GearUP program for making this opportunity possible for our students, Unity College staff and students for creating a fantastic itinerary that was fun and engaging, and for MVMS staff members who make these opportunities visible and attainable!
The MVMS Civil Rights Team hosted a "pledge drive" at lunch on 3/2/16 to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the "R-word" as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. We believe language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Nobody was forced to sign the pledge- it was voluntary. As a school we learned more about this important "Spread the Word to End the Word" national campaign and person-first language in our extended advisory on 3/3/16. There were some really powerful conversations and our students we in great support of the message. You can learn more at: R-Word
Students, teachers, and staff at MVMS can be seen posing for a group photo, wearing our Gear Up t-shirts with pride!
Recently, MVMS students used their extended advisory time to explore careers using the website: https://www.virtualjobshadow.com/. Access to the materials on this site have been provided to us through our participation in the Gear Up grant program. This grant helps foster post secondary aspirations for all students, helping us prepare them for all life will have to offer after high school. The Gear Up grant has helped support our many efforts this year at the middle school including those related to our after school program, RTI time, and advisory (all new programs).
The virtual job shadow activity gave students a chance to answer questions about activities that they enjoy. Once the questions were answered, videos were provided that explain careers that match up with their interests. Students will continue to be provided with chances to investigate their interests more through many other activities, including our Career Day in the Spring.
On Tuesday, February 22nd, the 3rd Allied Arts rotation Drama 7 class performed the Chinese tale "Tikki Tikki Tembo" for the Mt. View Elementary school in the CPAC.
Drama students experienced skill building and application of their studies utilizing diction, vocal expression and voice projection.
They were a hard working ensemble who choreographed and performed a Chinese Ribbon Dance and instrumental accompaniment for the repeated refrain using the title character's name (a real tongue twister!)
Elementary students actively participated singing along whenever they heard "Tikki's" name. Drama students also participated in the creation of sets, scenery and costumes. They are proud of their personal growth in public speaking, performance and ensemble. It is rewarding to witness their increase in self-confidence.
Drama 7 productions also give elementary students the opportunity to experience live theater, practice concert etiquette and understand fairy tales, myths and fables with a tie in to literacy and habits of mind. Theo Van Deventer is the director.
January, 2016: Ms. McKenney, middle school health educator, meets each afternoon with a group of students excited to take advantage of the winter opportunities available around the Mount View complex. The group has snowshoed across fields, through trails at Mount View and has tackled the hills by the soccer and field hockey fields for some fun and healthy sledding! Getting out in the fresh air and being active together is a great way to increase physical activity while promoting healthy social skills among middle school students.