Category: Photos

Classics Day 2018

Earlier this month, our Latin students took part in the annual Classics Day held at Mount Holyoke College. The event brings together students from numerous area schools, both public and independent, for a day of learning about and celebrating the history, culture, and legacy of ancient Greece and Rome. Classics Day consists of a number of competitive events, and MacDuffie had quite a bit of success.

Upper school Latin students competed in the art contest. The following students were winners in the poster category:

Third Place: Aurora Basnet ’19, Georgie Brown ’19, and Sarah Scott ’19 (Latin III), “The Roman Countryside: Ideals and Realities”

Second Place: Maddy LaChance ’20 (Latin II): “Tiberius Gracchus: Hero or Villain?”

Upper school Latin students who earned the highest scores on their semester exams competed in Certamen, a quiz bowl that tests knowledge on various aspects of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and classical history & culture.

The Latin I team, consisting of Hannah Donnelly ’22, Marie Hua ’21, Pei Lin ’20, and Angel Mao ’20, finished third at the Beginner level.

The Latin II team, consisting of Ian Hua ’20, Maddy LaChance ’20, Gene Qu ’18, and Nam Vo ’18, finished first at the Intermediate level. They defeated Amherst Regional and Williston in the finals round to bring the first-ever Certamen championship to MacDuffie!

Finally, one of the Mythology teams, consisting of Sara Avery ’23, Mo Hua ’24, Ryan Priestly ’23, and Reece Tramazzo ’23, finished first in their competition.

Congratulations to these excellent students on a superlative performance, and thanks to Magister Taravella for preparing them so well!

 

PHOTOS: 2017 Fall Music & Dance Concert

This year’s Fall Music & Dance Concert took place on December 8 and 9. We had performances from the MacDuffie Singers, the MacDuffie Dancers, the MacDuffie Ensemble, Middle School Band and Chorus, and more. Thank you to all the singers, dancers, and musicians who participated, and thank you to music teachers Ms. Meirovich and Mr. Kaminski and dance teacher Ms. Muzzy for coordinating this impressive event!

(Photos courtesy of Carrie Lu ’19)

PHOTOS: THAT’S THE SPIRIT

This year’s Fall Play was THAT’S THE SPIRIT, a murder mystery spoof directed by Mr. Lyman and produced by Ms. Benedict. The zany whodunit follows the murder of Hollywood psychic in a home that once belonged to a famed illusionist. The cast of characters–complete with a walking lampshade–make for a colorful and unusual list of suspects.

Congratulations to all who participated in the play, and thanks to Ms. Tew and Mr. Epaul for the photos!

 

PHOTOS: Mountain Day 2017

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.”

Boarding Trip to Vermont

Campfires. Swimming. Board games. Trust-building exercises. Check, check, check, and check!

The annual boarding trip to the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont was an activity-filled weekend of bonding and fun. (A few day students joined the trip, too!). Although a bit cooler than years’ past, as you can see, it didn’t stop students from enjoying some time in the water. Check out the pics!