Behavior: As winter continues, weather gets colder, and students start counting down the weeks to February vacation (despite getting off vacation a week ago). Also, eighth graders in particular know it is only a matter of time before another behavior meeting is called. These meetings usually happen either during advisory or during the first part of A period, and they are called about once every three weeks.In the meetings, the teachers and sometimes the assistant principal talk about the issues with behavior, which can be: don’t throw snow, stay off the ice, wait to be dismissed, be less rowdy, be less disruptive, etc. The teachers always say something like, “We know it’s not all of you having these issues, and we apologize for making you sit through this, but these issues need to be addressed. This behavior...cannot continue. You need to listen to your teachers and the paras about [insert topic of conversation here].” Every single meeting is almost identical, and meetings have happened since fifth grade. Because of this, most students think they know what the teacher is going to say, so they tune out and don’t listen. If the teacher says something new, this lack of attention could be a problem. However, almost nothing new has been said in four years. Sure, the information is presented in different ways, but it boils down to the same concepts every time. This means that people are not absorbing the information the teachers are trying to impart about behavior. So, how do we stop people zoning out and start behaving better? Answer: we focus on the individual people.In the example above, the “good kids” were apologized to for being made to sit through this. However, some rule-breakers may think this also applies to them. If the badly-behaving people were spoken to on their own, perhaps their behavior might change. This should, of course, be done secretly to maintain privacy. Even if this system does not work, something has to change, as the current “1 meeting every 3 weeks” plan is not working at all. -by Emily Erickson
June: YES, This I Believe, Peru and have a great summer!
April and May updates: Nature's Classroom, Peru, W.E.B.Dubois and the Jubilee School
March Updates: Jubilee School, W.E.B. DuBois, Hidden Figures, Fatima's Story, part 3, and a Cape Cod vacation.
January/February Writer's Voices and Blizzard Bag Poetry
Part Two of Life as a Refugee added!
December: Lip Sync Battle, Open Thought Productions, Art work and Food Drive.
November: Halloween, Interview, and more!
October: The NBA, Graffiti, Dinner time discussions and more...
Team Building, Video, and more!
YES projects from 8th grade
Opinions from 8th grade
Genius Hour Projects
Annie Jr. showtimes
Student Walk-out: photos, article, video
Genius Hour project: Racism
February holidays, adversity,musical.
A few holiday thoughts...
December notes Poems, songs and odd holidays.
Halloween at MVM, Window Painting, Peaceful protests, Penny Wars....
MV artwork by Arianna Mullen
The Switch: moving from 6th to 7th grade
(June 2017) Dress up Dance
JUNE: Twin Day, Searles and what's happening this month?
May: Mother's Day, Beauty, Field trips and more....
Foster Care: a slideshow by Maya HVS
Dreaming of vacation by Ann Onymous
Maisy's winning essay, Earth Hour, March Madness
Selma and Civil Rights
Spanish Exchange, Spotlight on Kyle, Gr. 5 Mrs. Ramsay presentations, talent show!
6th grade Entrepreneurs: Smelly Jelly
Grade 8 meetings, Peachy
12/22 MVM Updates.. Food Drive, Musical, Reflections, and a Study Guide
Lost and Found, and Searching.
Recess, Student Council Update, Hip Hop, Music Fest, and more....
Halloween Looms.... Apple Pie and Window Painting
Cave Art, ELA and Fall
Newest articles and opinions: Grade 6: changes are good!
Hike up Monument Mountain
Grade 5 readers
Do we need homework? Student Council Update, Semi-Formal Dance pictures, Butterflies and more.... Politics, Calendar update, and advice from a MVM alum.
Maker Space, Nature's Classroom, and more Calendar, Budget debate, Artist at work, National Penguin Day, and Parcc testing
Restorative Circles, and Willy Wonka
Popularity, Animal rights School lunches, 5th graders at dances, poetry, essays and more! 8th graders share their thoughts about recess and social media, 6th graders create 6-word stories, Aria's winning essay
Gym class, and Instagram: is it good for kids? Spain trip in June. Lots of new dodgeball pictures, and the pets bulletin board. Mackenzie Leach and the InvestWrite Award, Student Council Update, dodgeball photos.
Poetry, opinions, and dodgeball. Spring Musical, Animal rights, Honey Bees, MV Sports teams, school uniforms, and advisory time. Orchestra try-outs, What's so funny?
Before the Feb vacation: Socratic Seminars and SuperBowl... poems, Valentine's Grams, IPAC and more. Student Council, Grade 8 skits, Injustice or not? 80's Day in 7th grade: the results are in. Artwork from Darby Student Council, Survey, InvestWrite essays, and two fundraisers.
Overcoming Adversity, 7th grade 80's celebration, poetry, French market, new teachers, Comix, Orchestra Concert, Student Council update,