Each year, 7th Grade holds a Town Hall meeting during which they present proposed legislation. As part of the Town Hall last spring, Mrs. Gordon’s Civics class (now 8th graders, Class of 2022) wrote letters to Massachusetts State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who represents the 3rd Hampshire District, and submitted their legislation ideas.
In response to the letters, Rep. Goldstein-Rose paid Middle School a visit last week. “We need more young people to get involved in politics,” he said. He also illustrated another important point: “There is no entity called government. It’s a system made up of all of us.”
Students were engaged–and Rep. Goldstein-Rose was engaging. Head of Middle School Darcy Albanese said he “was very relatable to our students. He shared an important message with them: that they are not too young to have influence and impact on what is happening in Massachusetts and beyond.” Youth empowerment is a key element in Rep. Goldstein-Rose’s platform. Because one of the tenets of our Middle School is finding and using your voice, his talk was particularly resonant.
Head of School Steve Griffin spoke to the educational benefit of community partnership. “It’s great to see our teachers taking the initiative to partner with our community,” he said. “Having our students write letters to Mr. Goldstein-Rose, and having him respond by coming to speak to them in class, makes the study of civics more interesting and authentic to them.”
Each January, our Latin students head to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day. We had an excellent showing once again this year, with a number of students winning for artwork, oration, and Certamen competitions (sort of like Classics Jeopardy!):
Art Contest, 3rd prize in the poster category, “Roman Timekeeping”: Ethan Shelburne ’17
Art Contest, 2nd prize in the poster category, “Roman Women: Ideals and Realities”: Dolly Cupak ’17
Art Contest: 2nd prize in the model category, “Palace of King Herod”: Emmi Nunes ’22
Oral Recitation, Advanced Level, Poetry, 2nd prize: Yangshuyan Eve Rui ’17
Certamen team, Latin I, 3rd place: Ian Hua ’20, Jinglin Gene Qu ’18, Chloe DeAngelis ’20, Maddie LaChance ’20
Certamen, team Myth, 2nd place: Piper Polga ’22, Kyah Brown ’20, Lily Griffin ’21, Marie Hua ’22
Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to Classics teacher Mr. Taravella for the training and to all who participated!
When we arrived at Dufresne park the grass was damp but the students’ spirits were not!
On September 16th, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade traveled to local Dufresne park in Granby for a day of camaraderie.
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 cooperative team building activities. The “convey belt” seemed to be a hit!
Ms. Hastings prepared the puzzle pieces for the annual middle school puzzle. Each middle school student adorned their piece with symbols that expressed their individuality. Later, students worked together, in silence, to put their beautiful, patchwork puzzle together, representing the middle school student body as a collective entity. This artwork is currently on display in Ms Albanese’s office.
The excursion was a day of bonding, laughter, and memories.
Lori Moonbeam, an urban animal rehabilitor, visited the Middle School last week.
She shared photos and stories about the animals she had the pleasure of caring for.
Ms. Moonbeam emphasized that animals have a necessary role in nature and that she feels it’s her obligation to care for these creatures, which included bats, beavers, coyote, foxes, rabbits, flying squirrels, and more.
Students looked at turtle shell bones and learned how to tell a carnivore skull from an herbivore.
On May 1st the eighth grade took a trip to Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges.
Students Playing Indonesian Gamelan Music
In the morning, the groups attended a workshop at Smith where they got the chance to play traditional Indonesian Gamelan music.
They got a chance to try different traditional instruments and receive instruction from Smith’s Gamelan professor.
This experience is part of their world music studies.
In the afternoon the students continued to Mount Holyoke for a museum visit to the Chinese exhibition and the meditative Japanese tea house as part of their history course.