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.”
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!
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!
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!
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…