On September 17th, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades traveled to Dufresne Park in Granby for a day of camaraderie. When we arrived at Dufresne park the grass was damp but the students’ spirits were not! Mr. Vennell worked his magic and transformed the students into chickens, dogs, cows, and a few other animals, as he guided them through a number of team building activities.
There was plenty of laughter to be shared as Mr. Rivera led the students in a variety of entertaining relay races.
It is unclear if it was the potato sack race or the spoon and egg race that was more enjoyed by the students.
Ms. McNerney and Ms. Hastings prepared individual puzzle pieces for each of the middle school students who then adorned the pieces with symbols that expressed their individuality.
Later, students worked together in silence to put together their beautiful, patchwork puzzle, representing the middle school student body as a collective entity. This artwork is currently on display in the middle school lounge.
And a school day would not be complete if teachers did not take advantage of teachable moments. What better time and place to talk about community, and the other CIRCLE values, than at an event such as this? Each class, 6th, 7th, and 8th, chose two CIRCLE values to depict visually on poster board. Afterwards, the middle school came together to discuss their ideas of how these values fit in as part of daily MacDuffie student life.
The excursion was a day of bonding, fun and games, laughter and memories.