Welcome new students! We started off the second semester by introducing 16 students to the MacDuffie community.
“This is a great group of new students! Mid-year is always a difficult time for transition, so I applaud the tough choice that these students made to get a head start on next year’s studies,” said Head of School Mr. Griffin. “On behalf of The MacDuffie School, I welcome them to our small, close-knit community – we’ll do our best to make them feel like this is their home away from home.”
Our new students come from the U.S., China, Vietnam, and Kazakhstan and range from 7th through 11th grade.
Thank you for joining our community!
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!
The International Festival is easily the tastiest MacDuffie tradition. Each year, our international students come together to make and share food from their culture, and the result is a panorama of flavors, languages, and colors. China, Turkey, Korea, and Russia were just a few of the nations represented…and the photos don’t do it justice. The best way to experience International Festival is through your palate.
Good food, good conversation, sharing fond memories…sounds like Reunion Weekend!
On Friday, we welcomed Marisa Maleck ’03 and presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award at an afternoon Assembly. Marisa is an attorney who, among other achievements, has served as Clerk of Courts for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her speech to the student body was a contemplation of the CIRCLE values and how they have influenced her life.
On Saturday evening, we held a wine and beer reception, complete with displays of old yearbooks and other MacDuffie memorabilia unearthed in our History Project. Following the reception we enjoyed an elegant dinner provided by SAGE Dining Services. At dinner, our Volunteer Award was presented to Carol-Ann Boardway Chapin and Michael Chapin for their MacDuffie community efforts.
Congratulations to our award recipients, and thank you to all who attended the events. We look forward to next time!
Our annual Diversity Day–26 years and counting!–promotes an exchange of ideas, hobbies, and culture through workshops and activities.
The morning began with Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Councilman and former student of Mrs. Vachet, speaking on “Building an Equitable Community.” We then had more than 20 workshops led by both students and faculty, including: Desi for a Day, The Peace Corps, Unicycling, Lebanese Culture, Chinese Food and Culture, Cosmetology, Intro to Yo-Yo, Ecuadorian Culture, Zumba, Vietnamese Food, Civic Engagement, Harry Potter Trivia, Fun with Ukeleles, and more. We also had a yoga session led by Eric Love and a performance of Afro-Cuban music by Iroko Nuevo. To conclude the festivities, Khadija Gurnah of MomsRising spoke on “Diversity to Activism.”
So many workshops, so little time! We’ll just have to do this again next year…