Category: Academics

Eighth Grade Rite of Passage

Each year we celebrate our eighth graders as they leave Middle School and enter Upper School. The Eighth Grade Rite of Passage, which took place on Magnolia Day (the last day of school), involves projects, presentations, and an awards ceremony. This year the following members of the Class of 2022 received awards:

MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS – 8th Grade Rite of Passage

Hannah Donnelly

Malcolm Brown

Hannah Donnelly

Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang

Samantha Jacques

Malcolm Brown

Sophie Stetson

Akana Nakamura

Liam Brown
Piper Polga
Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang

Congratulations to award recipients and to all Class of 2022 students, and thank you to Head of Middle School Mrs. Albanese for coordinating the event!


Science Fair Presentations

Our annual Science Fair took place on Friday, April 27. Students created poster presentations and stood beside them, ready to explain their projects to curious attendees (and there were many!).

Congratulations to all who took part, and thank you to our judges from the community for offering insight and thoughtful commentary. We even spotted a familiar face among the judges…Mr. Stella, our physics teacher “emeritus” (he retired last year) who founded the Science Fair several years ago.

Thank you to Mrs. Styspeck for coordinating this event!



Cultural Enrichment in Holyoke

Mrs. Caballero’s Spanish IV class enjoyed a field trip exploring local culture with our neighbors in Holyoke this spring. They began the day with lunch at El Rincon Boricua, a Puerto Rican restaurant, then attended a workshop at the Visitors Center on the mechanics of energy production in Holyoke in the late 19th century. Students also learned that Holyoke was the first planned industrial city in the country, and that with the help of immigrants from Ireland and Canada, it became a major hub for the paper and silk industries.

The class also visited the Volleyball Hall of Fame (the sport was invented in Holyoke), and they concluded their enrichment tour of the community with a visit to Mayor Alex Morse’s office. He gave students an overview of what his office has been doing to improve Holyoke, how he first ran for office, and how his Holyoke upbringing and Urban Studies major at Brown solidified his beliefs that he could make a difference in the political world. Students asked questions ranging from his opinion on charter and public schools to what he is doing to make the city a more competitive space to attract more businesses.

Thanks to Mrs. Caballero and to those in Holyoke who accommodated and educated our students!