Mystic Valley will be holding Back to School nights for grades 1 through 8.
The Back to School night for grades 1 through 6 will be held on Tuesday, September 2. The session for grades 1 through 3 will be held from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session for grades 4 through 6 will be held from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Both sessions will begin in the multipurpose room of the annex building before moving to the room of your child’s homeroom teacher.
The Back to School night for grades 7 and 8 will be held on Thursday, September 4. The session will begin in the multipurpose room of the annex building at 6:00pm.
Our 2014-2015 school year is now well underway, and a great deal of exceptional teaching and learning is happening each day.
We would like to invite you to meet your child’s teachers at our annual Back to School Night, which will be held on Wednesday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m., at our high school’s main campus (306 Highland Ave.). Your attendance at this event will allow you to learn valuable information about our curriculum and our teachers’ expectations.
To expedite the check-in process this year, we are distributing schedules via the students and will not be handing them out on the 3rd. We will send home schedules with students on Tuesday, September 2. You may also download your child’s schedule at any point via PowerSchool. Please be sure to bring your child’s schedule with you to Back to School Night, as you will reference them throughout the night.
When you arrive at the high school, please proceed directly to your child’s homeroom (the first class of the day on his or her schedule). After meeting your child’s Character Education teacher during homeroom, you will walk through a day in the life of your child, visiting each of his or her teachers for shortened class sessions. Shortly after 9:00 p.m., when the event concludes, we will offer an optional tour of the Emerson campus.
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Mystic Valley's fall sports season openers will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd. The girls' soccer team will kick things off at 4:00 with a home game against NorthEast. The volleyball team Varsity and JV teams will start their seasons at 5:00 and 6:00 at Lowell High School. The boys' soccer team will open at home on Thursday the 4th hosting Whittier. All three teams will feature first year coaches. Rounding out the week will be the varsity football team who will open at St. Clement with a game Friday night September 5th at 7:00 at Dilboy Field on the Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville.
Isabelle Aengenheyster’s Poem Published in Highlight’s
Melrose resident, Isabelle Aengenheyster, a sixth grade student at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School was recently notified that a poem that she wrote has been published in in the August issue of the Highlights magazine. The poem is titled “I Wonder” and is prominently featured in the magazine.
There will be no classes on Monday, September 1st in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 2nd.
Student CharlieCards Available
Reduced rate student CharlieCards are available to Mystic Valley students. The cards enable the user to travel on MBTA buses and trains for a reduced rate on weekdays during the school year. The cards can be picked up from Mr. Turner (lower school), Ms. Solio (Business Office) or Ms. Lucey (High School).
The cards will not be active until September 1st as per the MBTA.
Mystic Valley's 2014-2015 school year will begin on Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00. It will be a full day with classes ending at 3:30. Kindergarten Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 19th. For complete information regarding back to school and bus transportation follow the links below.
New Kindergarten Students at Orientation
Thank you to all parents, staff, and of course students who made this year’s Summer Program a huge success! Within five weeks, students participated in lots of fun activities whether it was sports and games in the gym, water balloon fights outside, or even dressing up for Pajama Day, seen in the picture above. Something different was planned for each day to make it new and exciting. Students really enjoyed the special treats at lunch and the awesome activities like crazy relays, a field trip to the movies, team-building games, and canon-ball contests in the pool! To end the program, students were able to take a field trip to Fenway Park and return for a great Pizza Party! Everyone who attended had a great time and counselors are excited about making next year even better!
Bus Transportation Forms Needed
Mystic Valley is currently finalizing the bus transportation lists for the upcoming year. In order to create the routes for the upcoming year we MUST have all Bus Transportation Forms submitted ASAP. If your child (children) will be taking the bus this year, AND YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, return this form http://www.mvrcs.com/files/2014-2015_Bus_Transportation_Form.pdf to Mr. Gately at email@example.com or by mail at 4 Laurel Street, Malden MA 02148. Please submit the form even if you are only going to use the high school or Kindergarten shuttle.
Mystic Valley will be hosting a Skills and Drills Basketball Clinic for students entering grades 5,6,7&8. The program will run from Sunday July 20th to Sunday August 24th. The boys program will run from 9:00-12:00. The girls program will run from 12:00 to 3:30. The program will be held at 576 Eastern Avenue. The cost is $120.00.
Program instructors will be Jane Brunelli, coach of Mystic Valley's lower school girls' basketball team and Ryan Walsh, Mystic Valley's jv basketball coach.
The program will be an excellent opportunity for players interested in improving their basketball skills.
If you are interested in joining please contact Jane Brunelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Brunelli announced that "skills and drills the first Sunday was a great success. The boys had a good turn out with more expected to join us in the next 5 weeks. You can come to all the clinics or just pick a couple. The girls group was also very well attended with more hopefully to come. Both groups did some running passing drills defensive drills shooting drills and played some scrimmages. I hope to see some more eager children the next few Sundays."
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Alyssa Toppi Wins Art Competition
Mystic Valley’s Alyssa Toppi recently won third prize in the MEFA's Tenth Annual College Savings Art Competition, "What Do I Want To Be When I Graduate From College?" She drew a picture of herself as a Meteorologist. The competition was open to all students in the state of Massachusetts. Alyssa was entered in the Grade 4-5 division. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The award ceremony was held on the Grand Staircase landing located inside the Massachusetts State House. Ayssa lives in Wakefield with her sister Cheyanne and her parents Anthony & Michelle.
2013-2014 a Great Year at Mystic Valley
In school year 2013-2014, Mystic Valley, once again, had tremendous success. Seventy-nine students graduated this year, with many new milestones. Congratulations and best of luck to the Class of 2014!
Significant achievements during 2013-2014 included the following items:
95% of the members of the Class of 2014 are going to a 4 year college. 5% are going to a 2 year college. 100% are going to college in the fall.
41 of the 79 members of the Mystic Valley Class of 2014 won the prestigious John and Abigail Adams Scholarship given by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Four Mystic Valley Charter School seniors were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
One graduating senior received a Posse Scholarship to Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and one senior is going to Harvard.
4 high school students served as delegates in the YWCA’s National Youth in Government program in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The high school Drama Club opened the Emerson Auditorium with plays in both the spring and fall. The lower school drama club also performed two plays and the school band had a very well received concert in the spring.
17 new members were inducted to the National Honor Society.
A team of high school students qualified to appear on the TV show High School Quiz Show.
A team of Mystic Valley 10th graders placed 2nd in the Massachusetts History Day state competition. Their performance, “The 9th Commandment: Rights and Responsibilities of the Salem Witch Trials” was written, directed, and performed by the students. By placing 2nd, they qualified for the national competition which took place in Washington D.C.
Mystic Valley junior and Melrose resident, Mairin King, has earned national recognition as a Silver Medalist in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards earning herself a trip to world-famous Carnegie Hall for the awards ceremony.
The volleyball team, the lacrosse team and the girls’ cross country and varsity basketball teams all won the Commonwealth Athletic Conference title.
Mystic Valley rowers finished 6th in the country in the Boys Varsity Double at the National School’s Championship Regatta in Saratoga Springs NY. The Boys Varsity 2x and the Boys Novice 4+ won the State Championship in their races this spring.
The 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball “threepeated” as the North Shore Travel League Champs.
The girls’ varsity basketball team made it to the MIAA Sectional Semi-finals.
Mystic Valley sophomore, Christian Kinnon, won the MIAA State Championship in the 100 yard backstroke.
The Mystic Valley Swim team won CAC again. Once again going undefeated, they have not lost a league meet in over 6 years!
The Lacrosse team won their first MIAA tournament game in school history.
Literally dozens of Mystic Valley athletes were named CAC all stars.
U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked Mystic Valley as the 173rd best public school in the country. Among Massachusetts public high schools, Mystic Valley was ranked the 6th best overall. This is the third straight year that Mystic Valley was ranked in the top two hundred schools in the country (out of over 18,000!) and in the top ten in Massachusetts (out of over 300!).
During the winter Mystic Valley purchased the Maplewood Baptist Church which is located diagonally across the street from the annex building.
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year the former Maplewood Fire Station was brought online.
Alexis Martino Named 2014 Leader of the Year
Mystic Valley graduating senior and Malden native, Alexis Martino, was named Student Action Service Club Leader of the Year.
The award was presented by Mystic Valley’s Director of Youth Services, Nicole Rubin. Ms. Rubin had high praise for Alexis saying that: “Although many leaders were willing to contribute more time than was required as well as do additional tasks beyond their assigned group, Alexis’ exceptional performance with the students for the past four years was recognized not only by me but by many of our faculty as well. I remember back when she was in the 9th grade and missed the SASC training. She had her parents email me and ask if I could make an exception as she really wanted to be part of the SASC. Not really knowing her, I had her come, and she “wowed” me, she was a natural at working with children, I asked her if she would be interested in being the class rep because at the time we did not have one for the 9th grade. She said “yes” and from that year on she continued to grow and show her dedication to the SASC. She is great at multitasking, supervising both the students and the leaders, she could do just about anything. And if she wasn’t sure she asked someone else, to make sure it got done.”
There will be no classes at Mystic Valley from June 27th to August 20th. We hope that everyone enjoys their summer vacation. Mystic Valley's administrative offices will be closed during the week of June 30th re-opening on July 7th.
Mystic Valley Class of 2014 Graduates
Seventy-nine students graduated from the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School on Friday, June 13th. The Commencement Ceremony was held at the school’s facility on Eastern Avenue. Ninety-five percent of the graduates will be enrolling in a four year college in the fall. More than half of the graduates were awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship which entitles them to attend any state college or university tuition free.
The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance which was followed by the National Anthem which was sung by the Class of 2014’s own Natalie Arbouet and Breann Powell then Mystic Valley’s Assistant Director for Grades 9-12, Alex Dan, spoke briefly to the graduates before introducing Salutatorian, Emily Mui and Valedictorian, Congtin (Justin) Nguyen. Dr. David Whalen, Provost of Hillsdale College in Michigan delivered the Commencement Address.
After the Commencement Address, awards were presented to students who excelled in various academic subjects. For each subject there was an award for best scholastic average and an award for best effort. The winners were: Art: Isabel Waller and Anthony Bockley, English: Isabel Waller and Nicolette Cerundolo; Science: Congtin Nguyen and Joseph Swain; Latin: Raphael Stigliano and Amanda Valenti; Spanish: Tania Fabo and Kyle Pereira; History: Jessica Lee and Elise Sheehan; Math: Congtin Nguyen and Kelsey Cossette and the Outstanding Effort Award was won by Nicolette Cerundolo. The graduates were then awarded their diplomas. As they left the stage each graduate was given a copy of the United States Constitution and George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour.
Following the awarding of the diplomas, Mystic Valley’s Executive Director, Martin Trice delivered the Director’s Charge and congratulated the graduates on their accomplishment. Mystic Valley’s band played during the ceremony to the pleasure of those in attendance.
The members of the Mystic Valley Class of 2014 are: Jonathan Ace Knight, Brittany Afonso, Maaya Alagappan, Saja Alani, Natalie Arbouet, Dylan Barrett, Kenjii Barthelemy, Therence Bien-Aime, Anthony Bockley, Katherine Brown, Dasmin Brutus, Soraya Caballero, Sydney Carlino, Nicolette Cerundolo, David Chiccuarelli, Alexandria Cimetti, Kerby Clerger, Kelsey Cossette, Alicia Cunningham, Joseph Dailey, Jenna Dion, Katarina DiPlacido, Tania Fabo, Domeniko Fabrizio, Ryan Foley, Rodney Fontile, Uryline Grandoit, Megan Grossi, Jonessa Guarino, Tianna Hairston, Samantha Halloran, Shirley He, Connor Higgins, Michael Hooley, Brandon Kelso, Hui Yan Jenevieve Kuang, Connie Lam, Raymond Leung, Brian Liang, Benjamin Lieu, Alexis Martino, Youssef Masoud, Hannah McCurdy, Mark Miller, Savahna Moreno, Emily Mui, Virginia Ng, Congtin Nguyen, Jack Nguyen, Marina Novaes, Feliciana Panza, Kyle Pereira, Joshua Peterson, Karina Porzio, Breann Powell, Jonathan Powers, Allison Proto, Amanda Quintanilla, Katherine Rennie, Justin Rizzo, Adam Saisad, Nicholas Saponaro, Elise Sheehan, Selma Sinanovic, Sophia Smail, Raphael Stigliano, Joseph Swain, Mohammed Taaha, Martisha Timothee, Nicole Umana, Margaret Valdez, Amanda Valenti, Ashley Valme, Alexia Villalobos, Isabel Waller, Emily Williams and Dalia Zeabi.
Mystic Valley Rowers Finish 6th in US
Crowning a year that has seen Mystic Valley rise to the very top of Massachusetts & New England rowing, the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Varsity Double raced at the National School's Championship Regatta held on the Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Facing the best scholastic teams from across the nation and the most rigorous competition of the year, Mystic Valley rowers Mario Hanna and Ben Horton racing as the Boys Varsity Double earned 6th place, overall- against more than 50 other top schools.
Mario Hanna & Ben Horton, has been dominant all year, earning gold medals & state titles throughout their regattas-- and the qualifying bid, then high placement at Nationals was just the feather in the cap of exceptional rowing. These two juniors are looking forward to a most impressive senior year.
Students of the Week Honored
Several students were recently honored as Student of the Week. The students were chosen because they each exhibited the virtue of Gentleness. The students had their names announced to the entire school and were treated to breakfast with Mr. Finn. Students from the Kindergarten classes were also honored as Student of the Week. One child was chosen for each week to have breakfast with Mr. Finn.
Front Row: Tabitha Manseau, Isabella He & Alexandria Manseau
Back Row: Isabella Keene, Amanda Caballero, Alexis Martin & Grace Sacco
Not in Photo: Savanna Moy
Kindergarten Students of the Week
Milana Banwait, Nicole Kelso & Julia Lanneville
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