There were plenty of happy tears and proud moments last night as students, family, friends, and faculty gathered together in celebration. The cause was to reflect on the school year past and wish our eighth graders good luck in high school at the 8th Grade Rite of Passage. We also thanked Head of Middle School Darcy Albanese for her six years of service to the school as she moves on to her next adventure.
The MacDuffie School middle school took part in an outstanding Middle School Leadership Conference at Southern New Hampshire Tuesday. The MacDuffie School was one of 50 teams in attendance with 210 students at the event total. Keynote speaker and country music singer and songwriter Jessie Chris shared her experience with bullying, read a children’s book she authored and sang four songs to the crowd. The MacDuffie School enjoyed a variety of teambuilding exercises and goal setting activities. A great day had by all!
Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students whose sustained academic effort has earned distinct placement on year-end honor roll. The honor roll serves to recognize students who have achieved noteworthy grades and effort in their course work. The honor roll is determined each semester based on the grades earned in that semester. Year-end honor roll is awarded to those students who made honor roll in both the first and second semesters. Truly an achievement to be proud of!
This list is organized by grade and then alphabetically.
The MacDuffie School learned the importance of backpack safety in The Little Theater yesterday during a demonstration headed by athletic trainer Kevin Konstant.
When used correctly, a backpack is a practical way to organize school supplies and leave hands free as students travel between classes. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, backpacks are also a fashionable way to display one’s sense of style or showcase school pride!
However, many students overfill their backpacks or wear them incorrectly, which can lead to problems like back pain down the road. Konstant stressed the need for students to lighten their load and to wear their backpacks properly to lessen the risk of back pain or injury.
A properly worn backpack exceeds no more than 10 percent of a students’ bodyweight. A good backpack for daily use has wide, padded shoulder straps and individualized compartments to help position content efficiently. Heavier items like books should be placed closest to the students’ back while lighter, smaller items may be stowed in outside compartments.
In addition to total weight and distribution, students should be mindful of they wear their bags. Always utilize both shoulder straps and employ additional chest straps, if available. Never wear a backpack more than four inches below the waistline, which affects proper carrying posture.
At The MacDuffie School, we encourage our students to be mindful of how much they carry throughout the day and visit their lockers frequently to store unnecessary textbooks.
Each year we celebrate our eighth graders as they leave Middle School and enter Upper School. The Eighth Grade Rite of Passage, which took place on Magnolia Day (the last day of school), involves projects, presentations, and an awards ceremony. This year the following members of the Class of 2022 received awards:
MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS – 8th Grade Rite of Passage
Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang
PHYSICAL EDUCATION and ATHLETICS:
Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang
Congratulations to award recipients and to all Class of 2022 students, and thank you to Head of Middle School Mrs. Albanese for coordinating the event!