Category: Around The Circle

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!

Diversity Day 2018

On April 25, we held our annual Diversity Day tradition celebrating the customs, cultures, hobbies, and interests of our community. We had dozens of workshops, from “Collagraphy, Ruins, and the Arts in Cuba” and “Israeli Music as Dialogue” to “Nintendo’s Greatest Hits” and “Mastering the Rubik’s Cube,” as well as food and culture presentations about China, Desi, Poland, Puerto Rico, Turkey, and Vietnam. Our keynote speaker was James Deutsch, Curator of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. We also welcomed the BHMA (Berkshire Hills Music Academy) performance troupe.

Thank you to all who made it happen!

NE Prep School Dance Fest

This weekend our dancers attended the New England Prep School Dance Festival at Northfield Mount Hermon. This student-organized event gives area private school dance programs a chance to get together and to both learn from and share ideas.

Twelve schools participated, and four students from MacDuffie attended. They took three classes across several genres and performed in an informal concert; Ms. Muzzy taught two classes, contact improvisation and yoga.

Bravo, dancers!