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!
Surprise! We had our Spring Fling last week instead of classes. Per tradition, advisory groups engaged in some friendly competition (water balloon tosses, donut-eating contests, Twister, and blindfolded makeup application, to name a few) and capped off the day with a newspaper fashion show.
Thank you to everyone who helped organize this day of all play and no work!
Mountain Day and Candlelight are often cited when you ask seniors or alumni about their favorite MacDuffie traditions. (And a few might say Senior Sleepover, which caps off the day.) This year’s events took place on a beautiful, unseasonably warm October day.
After climbing Mount Holyoke and enjoying stunning views in every direction, the community had dinner together. As dusk fell, we made our way in silence to the bonfire in the field, formed two circles, and lit candles. The inner circle of new students and faculty then joined the outer circle, symbolizing that we’re no longer new or returning–just one community at MacDuffie. The evening concluded with CIRCLE value reflections from students and the Head of School and the singing of “Summer Suns” and “The Magnolia Song.”
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!