Category: Academics

Visit from State Rep. Goldstein-Rose

Each year, 7th Grade holds a Town Hall meeting during which they present proposed legislation. As part of the Town Hall last spring, Mrs. Gordon’s Civics class (now 8th graders, Class of 2022) wrote letters to Massachusetts State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who represents the 3rd Hampshire District, and submitted their legislation ideas.

In response to the letters, Rep. Goldstein-Rose paid Middle School a visit last week. “We need more young people to get involved in politics,” he said. He also illustrated another important point: “There is no entity called government. It’s a system made up of all of us.”

Students were engaged–and Rep. Goldstein-Rose was engaging. Head of Middle School Darcy Albanese said he “was very relatable to our students. He shared an important message with them: that they are not too young to have influence and impact on what is happening in Massachusetts and beyond.” Youth empowerment is a key element in Rep. Goldstein-Rose’s platform. Because one of the tenets of our Middle School is finding and using your voice, his talk was particularly resonant.

Head of School Steve Griffin spoke to the educational benefit of community partnership. “It’s great to see our teachers taking the initiative to partner with our community,” he said. “Having our students write letters to Mr. Goldstein-Rose, and having him respond by coming to speak to them in class, makes the study of civics more interesting and authentic to them.”

Path to Admission Partnership: Wentworth Institute of Technology

We’re happy to announce that a new partnership with the Wentworth Institute of Technology guarantees qualified MacDuffie students admission to the Boston-based university.

One of our objectives as a college prep school is to set up students for both personal growth and professional success. Under the agreement with Wentworth, students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, technology, design, or management can take an advantageous step in that direction. “Preparing our students for ‘life after MacDuffie’ is at the heart of what we do,” said Mr. Griffin, Head of School. “This agreement with Wentworth represents a tremendous advantage for our students with an interest in STEM.”

Similar to our agreement with the Masschusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), admission is contingent on several criteria. MacDuffie students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, complete at least one laboratory science course, and have four years of English or ELL with a yearly grade of C or better. Additionally, certain course and grade prerequisites must be met, depending on the student’s intended field of study at Wentworth. The university has four colleges: Architecture, Design and Construction Management; Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Technology; and Professional and Continuing Education.

“Partnering with private high schools like The MacDuffie School and recruiting international students is an important part of our strategic plan,” said Wentworth President Zorica Pantic. Also part of the university’s vision, as state on the Wentworth website, is to become “nationally recognized as the university of choice for externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning.”

We’re proud to offer our students this opportunity and look forward to sending them to Wentworth!

MacDuffie Thinks Big

Every big idea needs a first step, and Carrie Lu ’19 took that step when she started the MacDuffie Thinks Big club in Fall 2016. The goal was lofty: Take part in China Thinks Big, a research-based social entrepreneurship program. By the end of the school year, after many meetings and untold hours of research later, the MacDuffie Thinks Big students (Team INVERTO) not only took part…they advanced to the final round of the competition.
INVERTO’s project was Bringing Clean Water to China:

In addition to Lu, INVERTO’s team members consisted of Chloe DeAngelis ’20, Alex Hao ’18, Hailie Le ’19, Checie Li ’18, Celine Wang ’18, and Tenzin Yonten ’18. The first round had 1400 teams, the second round had 188 teams, and the final round had 49 teams. Four of the team members took part in the final round, a week-long road show from Harvard University to New York to San Francisco. “We had such a wonderful time together doing pitches, presentations, and learning from Ivy League professors,” Lu says, adding that the team also enjoyed some sightseeing at each of their stops.

Way to Think Big, INVERTO! Congratulations!

Summer Reading 2017

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”  – Samuel Johnson

The English Department is pleased to present the 2017-18 Summer Reading program. Each Middle School student must read one mandatory summer reading book and one selected summer reading book before the school year begins. Each Upper School student must read two mandatory summer reading books and one selected summer reading book before the school year begins. The exceptions are the two AP courses; both have larger reading lists.

The blurbs and thought questions are available through these links:

Summer Reading Blurbs

Summer Reading Thought Questions

Happy reading, students!

Red Carpet Awards 2017

Our annual Red Carpet Awards honored Arts students who excelled in the Music, Dance, Visual Art, and Theater programs. This fun, flashy event recognized Middle and Upper School students who made a notable contribution to the Arts at MacDuffie.

“Art allows us to do just that, to question ourselves and others and to be rule breakers,” said dance teacher Ms. Muzzy as the evening wrapped up. “We as teachers urge you to be big, bold and make mistakes, especially in the classroom. It’s when we step into the unknown and face our deepest fears that we actually accomplish creative, inspiring moments of truth and shine brighter.”

The following is a list of awards and recipients:

Multi-Program Outstanding Multi-Discipline Artist: Guo (Daisy) Cheng ’17
Outstanding Vocalist – Upper School: Courtney Hurley ’17
Outstanding Instrumentalist – Upper School: Camellia Liu ’17
Outstanding instrumentalist – Middle School: Marie Hua, Yunshu Wang ’21
Musical Versatility Award: Allan Wan ’17, Alex Wang ’18
Most Improved Vocalist Award – Upper School: Oliver Wang ’19
Most Improved Vocalist – Middle School: Madi Hernandez ’21
Most Improved Instrumentalist – Upper School: Celine Wang ’18
Most Improved Instrumentalist – Middle School: Zach Mavlouganes ’23
Excellence in Music Technology: Jonah Abrams ’19, Carlo DeFelice ’19
Outstanding Stage Performance: Kezia Nunaki ’17
Senior Recognition: Camellia Liu ’17, Daisy Cheng ’17, Allan Wan ’17, Ade Olua ’17, Presheila Pandori ’17, Kezia Nunaki ’17, Eveline Hamadi ’17, Steven Liu ’17, Brandon Hwang ’17, Haley Yue ’17,
Courtney Hurley ’17, Rustam Samimi ’17, Namphet Wongkanha ’17
Excellence in Technique: Ethan Deecher ’18
Excellence in Creativity: Georgianna Brown ’19, Talia Wiesel ’19
Excellence in Creativity & Technique: Nicolette Peterson ’19, Sarah Scott ’19
The Golden Easel: Alana Ford ’17
Most promising newcomer in Middle School Visual Arts: Julianna Mason ’23
Excellence in Visual Art Creativity: Victoria Vecchione ’21
Excellence in Visual Art Technique: Jillian Ouimet ’21
Excellence in Visual Art Creativity & Technique: Lily Griffin ’21
Most Promising Newcomer in Middle School Visual Arts: Marie Hua ’22
Most Promising Newcomer in Visual Arts: Daniella Tishchenko ’20, Ian Hua ’20
Choreographic Excellence Award: Delores (Dolly) Cupak ’17, Jing (Angela) Tang ’17
Performance Award: Lucia Deda ’17, Julio Kbarek ’17, Jordan Skibel ’18
Emerging Dancer Award: Hannah Donnelly ’22
Dancer Award-Silver Slipper: Sam Hackett ’17, Ratchadapor (Namphet) Wongkanha ’17
Dance Scholar Award: Chloe LaDuke ’19, Taylor Pluta ’18, Sophie Sharp ’19
Dance Service Award aka Right Hand Person: Zeynep Erol ’18, Florence Tshimanga ’17
Senior Dance Award: Alexis Chapin ’17, Daisy Cheng ’17, Dolly Cupak ’17, Lucia Deda ’17, Alexa Dermody ’17, Jake Grondin ’17, Sam Hackett ’17, Eveline Hamadi ’17, Courtney Hurley ’17, Jessie Hurley ’17, Julio Kbarek ’17, Ayano Kubota ’17, Movits Laowrattana ’17, Shannon Li ’17, Whitney Peng ’17, Mai Nguyen ’17, Prisheila Pandori ’17, Isabel Perez ’17, Cassidy Polga ’17, Angela Tang ’17, Tira Xia ’17, Namphet Wongkanha ’17
The Middle School Golden Flashlight: Victoria Vecchione ’21
The Golden Flashlight: Beyza Yilmaz ’18
Best Hot Glue Gun Operator: Seungyeon (Jade) Hong ’18
Outstanding Newcomer in Theater: Nam Vo ’18
Outstanding Supporting Performer: Long Chau ’18
Outstanding Middle School Performer: Sophie Stetson ’22
Outstanding Breakout Performer: Tae Seol (Kevin) Hong ’18
Outstanding Upper School Performer: Varona Maysonet-Ayala ’18
Edwin F. Lyman Technical Award: Alana Ford ’17
Special Achievement in Theater Award: Megan Jacques ’20
Senior Achievement Award: Eveline Hamadi ’17

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to the Arts faculty for cultivating creativity in our community.

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