MVMS in the Spotlight
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.
On Wednesday January 6th the MVMS Student Council coordinated a Leadership Initiative here at Mt. View. Inspired by their experiences at a recent leadership conference at the Hyde School in Bath, ME., the Student Council members decided to bring a taste of what they found most influential and inspiring to their fellow MVMS students. They organized events such as Making Thank You Cards for role models in our lives, Letting Go of Stereotypes with the Teddy Bear activity, and finding meaning through Inspirational Leadership Quotes. During the morning advisory Student Council divided into three media teams to travel the school collecting footage of the excitement and experiences to present in a media production in an afternoon assembly. As the rest of the school conducted business as usual, the Student Council members feverishly worked to plan and orchestrate the events for the afternoon assembly. One student council member expressed through labored breath as we rushed down the hall making final preparations, “I feel so professional!” And they were!
The final production was nearly flawless! As students entered the CPAC, Demi Lovato’s Confident energized the room. The student body was pumped and excited, but eager to settle down to let events unfold. After a hearing from our dear friend, Kid President talk about our individual responsibilities to demonstrate leadership everyday to be great, we heard from Drew Dudley in his TedTalk about “Lollipop Moments,” that every day we impact others’ lives for the better and we may not even realize it. We all have the power to influence the world through everyday leadership! The Student Council then shared their media production with highlights from the leadership activities in our own school! One of our favorite quotes from the day was from Terrance Beaulieu. Responding to why he chose a particular quote during the morning activity he states, “ I chose this quote because I AM someone who demonstrates what is possible for everybody to learn and be a leader and become a leader, and be proficient at helping people out.” He’s got that right! That was a picture perfect caption of what our vision for the day was all about...recognizing the leader within all of us and helping each other out!
“Leadership isn’t about flying solo, it takes an entire flock to reach your destination.”
As students were dismissed from the assembly, Andy Grammar’s Gotta Keep Your Head Up lead them out the door. Student Council members handed every passing student a lollipop as a reminder to keep on having those “Lollipop Moments!”
Lead On Mt. View! Lead On!
We’re all in this together!
Drew Dudley on Everyday Leadership:
On Tuesday 11/24, Mount View Middle School celebrated the completion of Trimester #1 with Spirt Day. Students competed in a competition by grade level in 8 Minute to Win it style activities. Points were tallied from the activities and factored with attendance and behavior data for the first Trimester to determine the winning grade. In the end, the winners for the first trimester were the 6th Graders!!
The day ended with Mr. Donahue receiving a pie in the face for Toys for Tots. Students donated money in teacher buckets over the past week and Mr. Donahue was the "lucky" one with the most money donated in his bucket.
Also, our Living the Vision Awards were handed out for the first trimester. A picture of the students, along with their names can be found below.
8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in active hands-on problem solving using "old-school" technology (e.g., on paper with pencil, a good eraser and a lot of ideas) with an engineer this week. Mark Love, a civil engineer, came to us from New Hampshire with the objective of showing the everyday value of algebra and to encourage the pursuit of math and science. Students worked with fractions, ratios and percentages, proportional reasoning, applying variables to develop equations to work with varying conditions and applying traditional problem solving. This group of students enjoyed learning from Mr. Love so much that we are planning on having him come back later in the year for the rest of the 8th grade students. This was such a great learning experience for our students to learn some real life application of algebra!
The 7th Grade had a great field trip to the Cole Land Transportation Museum today in Bangor. They also had a chance to sit down with a Veteran and hear about their experience. If you've never had a chance to visit the museum, it's free for kids under 19. (Unfortunately 11/11 is the last day they're open, but will reopen in May.) Thank you chaperones and students for a great day! Don't forget to thank a veteran for their service tomorrow (and everyday!).