Category: Around The Circle

Sixth Annual Run for Hope Wrap-Up

Our Run for Hope was a lot of fun…can you tell?

The Sixth Annual 5K run/walk (with optional “color” route) raised $2,993.95 for Hope for Haiti. Congrats to event winner Ethan Deecher ’18, who ran the multi-terrain course in 21.17!

Full results are available here on Cool Running.

We’d like to extend a thank you to our sponsors:

Science Fair 2017

Why do people prefer the left side of a face in a photo?

Could antibacterial hand gel work on plant fungi?

And colors: Which is best for reading retention, and which is best for portion control?

These are just a few of the questions posed at this year’s Science Fair, which featured projects from both Middle and Upper Schools. In addition to judges within the MacDuffie community, we also had area STEM professionals serve as judges (asking students questions and speaking with them in-depth about their projects). A special thank you to physics teacher Mr. Stella for coordinating the effort!

Diversity Day 2017

Our annual Diversity Day–26 years and counting!–promotes an exchange of ideas, hobbies, and culture through workshops and activities.

The morning began with Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Councilman and former student of Mrs. Vachet, speaking on “Building an Equitable Community.” We then had more than 20 workshops led by both students and faculty, including: Desi for a Day, The Peace Corps, Unicycling, Lebanese Culture, Chinese Food and Culture, Cosmetology, Intro to Yo-Yo, Ecuadorian Culture, Zumba, Vietnamese Food, Civic Engagement, Harry Potter Trivia, Fun with Ukeleles, and more. We also had a yoga session led by Eric Love and a performance of Afro-Cuban music by Iroko Nuevo. To conclude the festivities, Khadija Gurnah of MomsRising spoke on “Diversity to Activism.”

So many workshops, so little time!  We’ll just have to do this again next year…

PHOTOS: Spain and France Trip

Over spring break, 40 or  so  members of the MacDuffie community went on a memorable guided tour of Spain and France. It seems like just yesterday that Mrs. Vachet and Mr. Hillman engaged in a playful “Spain vs. France” Assembly skit to kick off the trip’s information session!

In Spain, students, accompanied by faculty and staff chaperones, stayed in Madrid for several days. Sites included the Reina Sofia Museum, the Royal Palace,  a cooking school evening, Madrid Stadium, and the Prado Museum as well as side trips to Segovia, El Escorial, and the Valley of the Fallen.

Next the group flew to France, where they spent a few days in Bayeux and explored nearby Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Normandy sites. From there the group traveled to Paris, where they saw  nearby Versailles Palace, the Eiffel Tower (at night!), Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre.

It was quite an adventure (and no word which country won in Spain vs. France…it must have been a tie). Scroll down to enjoy a few of the photos contributed by several travelers.  Time to plan the next trip!

The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip
The MacDuffie School--Spain and France Trip

Harvard Forest Honors Biology Teacher

Biology teacher and Harvard University alumna Karen Anderson was recently honored  for her contributions to the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program. Specifically, she was recognized  for her nine years of dedicated project leadership of field ecology projects contributing to The Woolly Bully and the Hemlock Pest project led by Harvard Forest scientist, David Orwig.

Ms. Anderson’s Environmental Science class also went on a field trip to Harvard Forest.  Students shared their project data from the hemlock trees that grow on campus and met Dr. Orwig. The class saw first-hand the dramatic changes a tiny insect is making on giant hemlock trees in many parts of Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Ms. Anderson–our students thank you, and so does the environment!