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Minisink Valley Middle School. Student support parent night. Mr. Michael Giardina , Middle School Principal Mr. Michael Larsen, Assistant Principal Mr. Stephen Caldwell, Assistant Principal Mrs. JoAnn Westby, Guidance Counselor

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Minisink valley middle school

Minisink Valley Middle School

Student support parent night


Mr. Michael Giardina, Middle School Principal

Mr. Michael Larsen, Assistant Principal

Mr. Stephen Caldwell, Assistant Principal

Mrs. JoAnn Westby, Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Alison Miller, Teacher & Special Education Department Chair

Mrs. Jamie Gallo, Teacher

Mrs. Fran Williams, Teacher


Tonight s agenda

Goals for a Successful Student

Overview of English/Language Arts Program

Overview of Mathematics Program

How Can I Help My Child?


Parent Survey

Open Forum/Questions

Tonight’s agenda

Goals for a successful student

To be a critical reader, writer, and thinker

To be a problem solver

Be a person who can collaborate with others

Be an active learner

Be a person who can communicate effectively

And most of all…

feel happy and supported in the

school environment!

Goals for a Successful Student

Overview of english language arts program

  • Find grade level modules and sample student work at

  • Skills Required:

    • Close Reading

      • Annotating

      • Context Clues

      • Flagging (Purpose for Reading)

    • Citing Evidence (Quotes)

    • Explain and Develop Written Responses

Overview of English/Language Arts program

Sample work annotating context clues
Sample Work: Annotating & Context clues

Sample work citing evidence in written responses

How do Percy’s experiences in Chapter 8 align with the hero’s journey? After reading the excerpts from Chapter 8 of The Lightning Thief and “The Hero’s Journey,” write a constructed response that begins with a short summary of the beginning of Chapter 8. Then focus on one experience in The Lightning Thief and show how Percy’s experience aligns to a stage in “The Hero’s Journey.” Conclude by describing what we can learn about Percy as a hero from his response to a challenge he faces. Use evidencefrom both texts to support your response.

Focus on one experience in The Lightning Thief, and show how that experience aligns to “The Hero’s Journey.”

In Chapter 8, Percy has begun to settle into Camp Half-Blood and into a routine. However, he is still struggling with the loss of his mother and he is having a hard time figuring out his talents. One experience in Chapter 8 that shows Percy on a hero’s journey is his coming to a new setting. In The Lightning Thief, it says, “Despite all that, I liked camp. I got used to the morning fog over the beach, the smell of hot strawberry fields in the afternoon, even the weird noises of monsters in the woods at night.” This aligns to the Entering the Unknown stage of the hero’s journey. In “The Hero’s Journey,” it says, “the heroes enter a world they have never experienced before. It might be filled with supernatural creatures, breathtaking sights, and the constant threat of death.” Percy is surrounded by supernatural creatures like monsters and cool sights like the field of strawberries. And he’s definitely scared he is going to die. Percy’s response to this challenge shows that he is a hero who can adapt to new and difficult challenges.

Sample Work: citing evidence in written responses

Overview of mathematics program

  • hero’s journey?

    • Notes & Examples

    • Student Worksheets

    • Homework

  • Skills Required:

    • Understanding of Vocabulary

    • Critical Reading

    • Explanation of Answers

    • Showing All Steps

Overview of Mathematics program

Sample work multi step math problem
Sample Work: hero’s journey?multi-step math problem

  • Kay’s mother taught her how to make handmade ornaments to sell at a craft fair. Kay rented a table at the fair for $30 and set up her work station. Each ornament that she makes costs approximately $2.50 for materials. She sells each ornament for $6.00.

  • A. If x represents the quantity of ornaments sold at the craft fair, which of the following expressions would represent Kay’s profit? (Circle all choices that apply.)

  • B. Kay does not want to lose money on her business. Her mother told her she needs to sell enough ornaments to at least cover her expenses

  • (costs for materials and table rental). Kay figures that if she sells 8 ornaments, she covers her expenses and does not lose any money. Do you agree?

  • Explain and show work to support your answer.

  • C. Kay feels that if she earns a profit of $40.00 at this craft fair, her business will be successful enough to attend other craft fairs. How many ornaments does she have to sell to earn a $40.00 profit? Write and solve an equation; then explain how the steps and operations used in your algebraic s solution compare to an arithmetic solution.

How can i help my child

  • hero’s journey?

    • District Tab

      • Sakai

      • Parent Portal

    • Middle School Tab

      • Faculty/Staff E-mail & Voicemail

      • Teacher Web Pages

      • Common Core Information & Resources

      • Calendar

      • Library Resources



  • Student Planner

How Can I Help My Child?

Steps to take if your child needs support

Steps to take if your child needs support

Support from guidance

Organization Workshop (Grade 6) hero’s journey?

Locker Clean-Outs

Individual Organization Strategy Meetings

Planner Usage

Peer Tutoring

Get Up & Go Program

Parent Portal

Support from guidance

Mv3 pbis

Middle hero’s journey?School P.B.I.S. efforts started in the Spring of 2012 to help provide students with a multi-tiered system to help promote and acknowledge positive and desired behaviors. 

We are implementing this program tofoster a happy, healthy, and safe environment for our entire student population.

Mv3 & pbis

Parent survey

Please take a few moments to complete a follow-up survey by going to our Middle School Homepage:

Parent Survey

Materials link

Survey link