• Dear Parents,

    Valley Middle School is a high-performing middle school and is the educational home to 476 students in grades six through eight.  The teaching staff is comprised of a team of dedicated and committed educators who believe in bringing out the best in each individual student.  They do this by balancing high expectations with a high level of support.  Additionally, the school is dedicated to providing a large variety of after-school activities, athletic events, and a comprehensive elective program to care for the unique needs of young adolescents.

    At Valley Middle School we strive each year to provide common experiences for our staff and students.  These experiences are essential in forming positive relationships throughout our school.   Each year, thematic units are integrated into each grade level.  These are comprehensive interdisciplinary experiences that help to immerse students into their learning.  Each have culminating celebrations where students receive a deep understanding of each topic and share in the learning experience.  

    The foundation of our school is built upon the strong relationships between our students, staff, the Oakland community, and the belief that we are all a vital part of the VMS family.  I am proud to announce that Valley Middle School was again nationally recognized by Character.org for our Prominsing Practices for our Character Education programs.  This year our theme is “Choose to be Extraordinary”! Throughout the year our students and staff will be using this theme to motivate and guide our academic efforts, our social interactions, and our efforts to improve our community and the world around us.

    Being extraordinary is a choice. It’s an attitude. It’s about connecting scholarly knowledge with practical life skills. It’s about leading, serving, and living a life in balance.   During the 2018-2019 school year, our staff and students will be using this theme to reinforce in each other the importance of having an extraordinary work ethic, an extraordinarily positive attitude, and being extraordinarily kind to others.

     Imagine the impact we will have when we “Choose to be Extraordinary”!

    I am very proud to be a part of the VMS family and look forward to working with you all throughout the 2018-2019 school year.  Should you have any questions or concerns please call or email me at: 201-337-8185 / desiderio@oaklandschoolsnj.org.



    Gregg J. Desiderio