Category: Around The Circle

Boarding Trip to Vermont

Campfires. Swimming. Board games. Trust-building exercises. Check, check, check, and check!

The annual boarding trip to the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont was an activity-filled weekend of bonding and fun. (A few day students joined the trip, too!). Although a bit cooler than years’ past, as you can see, it didn’t stop students from enjoying some time in the water. Check out the pics!

Welcome to MacDuffie 2017-18

Summer went by in a snap, and the opening of the 2017-18 school year is underway.

To begin, we welcomed new international students and their families to campus. We have students from 26 nations in the MacDuffie community this year. Some of the nations represented by new and returning students include Brazil, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, and the Virgin Islands (St. Croix).

Also this week we had registration, ice breaking activities with Playfair, and the annual Ice Cream Social for parents, students, faculty, and staff. (For the flavor-curious: choices included chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, black raspberry, coffee, and cotton candy.)

And now we’re ready for the school year!

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 Camps a Success

Summer camp season passed by in a blink!

There were two camps at The MacDuffie School this summer: Our kids’ day camp and basketball camp.

Kevin Konstant, Director of Summer Programs, oversaw the day camp for rising 1st through 8th graders. Running in one-week sessions from July 10 to August 18, the camp included theater and dance, swimming, digital storytelling, forensics, art classes, and more…something for everyone. Camp MacDuffie was a success once again, and we look forward to next year.

Coach Rivera kicked off his first basketball camp (Running With Rivera), which ran from July 31 to August 4 and included kids ages 5 to 15. Forty-five developing basketball players worked with Coach Rivera, current players, and other area coaches. Coach said the inaugural camp was so well-received that he’s thinking of adding a second session for next year.

Thank you to all the families who supported our 2017 summer camps!

The good news is that our camps were fun and educational. The bad news is that summer is coming to a close…

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!