The National Honor Society and other volunteers at Valley HS got donations from students and the larger community for Thanksgiving dinners. Twenty-one Thanksgiving dinners from students and our community combined with eleven from United Bikers of Maine to provide our neighbors with thirty-two meals.
Detective Mike Pike has begun to work as our Police Resource Officer. His focus will be drug prevention and will work with students in grade 8 on alternate Thursdays.
Mike Pike will also assist with a Middle School Health Curriculum Evaluation Project. we recently received through the University of New Hampshire. The grant looks to identify topics and strategies which are most influential with grade 8 students. The topics for boys’ include domestic violence and harassment prevention, and will work with UNH, Maine Boys to Men, and Maine Cooperative Extension. Girls will learn about healthy nutrition. Students from UNH will meet with RSU 83/MSAD 13 students for eight weeks including pre and post testing.
The Community Chorus presented a program of sing-a-long music and several selections from their public program. This is the fifth year that the Community Chorus has presented a concert at our schools.
Quimby Middle School has been developing their play this week and will put on the play at 6:00 Friday at Quimby Gym.
Varsity basketball teams, and middle school basketball teams are all off to a successful beginning.
Saturday Middle School games intended to be in Greenville and Valley boys’ JV team headed for Richmond Saturday have both been cancelled because of impending bad weather. If Vinalhaven can ride the 8:00 Ferry they will be here for a Friday night game 5:30/7:00 and a Saturday morning second game at 9:00/10:30 at Valley. Vinalhaven will sleep in Valley Gym Friday night.
Moscow Holiday concert and art show was a fun and well attended program. Students sang, played recorders, and encouraged the audience to sing with them in an evening of good cheer!!!
The Quimby School and Valley program has been postponed to January 12 at 6:00 in Quimby Gym. This upcoming program will feature singing, band numbers, the high school keyboarding class and art demonstrations from Quimby School.
Moscow students have collected coins and donations to give gifts to all the residents of Bingham Health Care facility. Residents will all receive small gifts of cosmetics, socks, a gift bag and individual notes from students.
Priority School challenges continue to progress well. Quimby School recently met with Chelsey Fortin from The State Dept of Education to assist us with data collection and assessments for use in faculty Professional Learning Communities.
State scores for RSU 83/MSAD 13 are in, but not yet fully investigated. Faculty plan to use the half day in December to go to the web site and collect data with comparisons to Maine State averages.
Several grade 12 students took the SAT exam a second time following significant work with James Tyler and Heather Merrill. This resulted with Valley’s highest composite English score, and five students with very large gains in math scores 110 points, 80, 40, and 2 at 30-point growth. The national average growth in scores following the second SAT test is 13 points.