Category: Middle School

Middle School Leadership Conference

 

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!

 

Announcing 2017-2018 Honor Roll

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students who’s 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. 

First Name Last Name Grade  Recognition
Matthew Brown 6 High Honors
Moroni Hua 6 Maximum Honors
Koda Jacque 6 High Honors
Emily Parnicky 6 Honors
Adam Stetson 6 Maximum Honors
Sara Avery 7 Maximum Honors
Sophie Griffin 7 Honors
Julianna Mason 7 High Honors
Zachary Mavlouganes 7 Honors
Artem Nazarov 7 Maximum Honors
William Platt 7 High Honors
Ryan Priestly 7 High Honors
Gabriel Shumway 7 Maximum Honors
Alexis Stratton 7 High Honors
Michael Aboukasm 8 High Honors
Liam Brown 8 High Honors
Malcolm Brown 8 Maximum Honors
Hannah Donnelly 8 Maximum Honors
Samantha Jacques 8 Maximum Honors
Zi Jian Jiang 8 Maximum Honors
Akana Nakamura 8 Effort
Emmi Nunes 8 Honors
Piper Polga 8 High Honors
Kiara Rogers 8 High Honors
Brian Squire 8 Honors
Sophie Stetson 8 Honors
Mohammed Abbasi 9 Maximum Honors
Dima Aboukasm 9 Maximum Honors
Lily Griffin 9 Maximum Honors
Qi Hu 9 Maximum Honors
Marie Hua 9 Maximum Honors
Jun Hyun Kim 9 Honors
Jinqi Liu 9 Honors
Katarzyna Ludkiewicz 9 Maximum Honors
Jaidan Luis 9 Honors
Evan Manioudakis 9 Honors
Nam Nguyen 9 Honors
Jillian Ouimet 9 High Honors
Leslie Pena 9 Maximum Honors
Zachary Roulier 9 High Honors
Chenling Tang 9 High Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 9 Maximum Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 9 High Honors
Zhirui Xia 9 Honors
Junmin Zhu 9 Maximum Honors
Wenxin Zou 9 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 10 High Honors
An Cao 10 Maximum Honors
Duc Dao 10 Maximum Honors
Chloe DeAngelis 10 High Honors
Grace Drost 10 High Honors
Hongde Han 10 Honors
Ian Hua 10 Maximum Honors
Alison Jackson 10 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 10 High Honors
Arina Kharakhashyan 10 High Honors
Madeleine LaChance 10 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 10 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 10 High Honors
Pengcheng Lu 10 Honors
Huiqin Mao 10 High Honors
Dale Messer 10 High Honors
Nhung Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Kwan Poon 10 Honors
Savannah Richard 10 High Honors
Jordyn Shepard 10 Honors
Daniela Tishchenko 10 Maximum Honors
Ayse Beyza Tumturk 10 Maximum Honors
Mehmet Tuncer 10 Honors
Si Jun Wang 10 Maximum Honors
Jonah Abrams 11 Honors
Turec Akalin 11 High Honors
Charles Avery 11 Honors
Aurora Basnet 11 Maximum Honors
John Lucas Bellingall 11 High Honors
Georgianna Brown 11 Maximum Honors
Ryleigh Cauley 11 Honors
Asmaa Chaudhry 11 Maximum Honors
Yanru Chen 11 Maximum Honors
Julia Cloutier 11 Honors
Mikhail Galaktionov 11 High Honors
Mustafa Gureltol 11 Honors
Yunxia Hallowell 11 Maximum Honors
Ziqi He 11 Honors
Eugene Hong 11 Honors
Hazim Jaber 11 High Honors
Craig Judicki 11 Honors
Gabriella Keser 11 Maximum Honors
Chloe LaDuke 11 High Honors
Kirill Lazarev 11 Maximum Honors
May Le 11 Maximum Honors
Quynh Huong Le 11 Maximum Honors
Alexis Legowski 11 Honors
Manning Li 11 High Honors
Jiachen Lu 11 Honors
Yu Lu 11 High Honors
Anna Ludkiewicz 11 Maximum Honors
Ava Marion 11 Honors
Haley Moriarty 11 Maximum Honors
Gia Nguyen 11 High Honors
Chenxi Pu 11 Honors
Olivia Ramirez 11 Maximum Honors
Sarah Scott 11 Maximum Honors
Arhum Shaikh 11 High Honors
Sophia Sharp 11 Maximum Honors
Mengqi Sun 11 Maximum Honors
Pelin Top 11 Effort
Zhenhao Wang 11 Honors
Zixun Wang 11 High Honors
Talia Wiesel 11 Maximum Honors
Mengxi Wu 11 Honors
Yinan Xiao 11 Effort
Shiyu Zhao 11 Honors
Owen Albanese 12 High Honors
Isabel Alvarez 12 Honors
Narcizo Andrade 12 Honors
Emilee Auclair 12 Maximum Honors
Emre Ban 12 High Honors
Mason Baral 12 Honors
Alexander Burch 12 Honors
Nguyen Co 12 Honors
Ethan Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Kayla Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Nathan Enders 12 Maximum Honors
Chufeng Fang 12 High Honors
Isabelle Gerboni Amaral Lopes 12 Honors
Yicheng Hao 12 Maximum Honors
Seungyeon Hong 12 Maximum Honors
Tae Seol Hong 12 Honors
Sin Hee Hwang 12 Maximum Honors
Maren Jung 12 Maximum Honors
Chenxi Li 12 Maximum Honors
Hanyang Li 12 Honors
Xiner Liu 12 Maximum Honors
Yuanjin Lyu 12 Maximum Honors
Khaylen Mahdi 12 High Honors
Varona Maysonet-Ayala 12 Maximum Honors
Son Bao An Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Matthew Niemczura 12 Honors
Mojolaoluwa Oke 12 Maximum Honors
Reagan Os 12 Honors
Vincent Pedersen 12 High Honors
Khanh Pham 12 Maximum Honors
Taylor Pluta 12 Honors
Tianxiang Qiu 12 High Honors
Jinglin Qu 12 High Honors
Jaeyong Shim 12 Honors
Jordan Skibel 12 High Honors
Sarah Soares 12 Maximum Honors
Jocelyn St Onge 12 High Honors
Ashley Stebbins 12 Maximum Honors
Samuel Szczur 12 Maximum Honors
Dogukan Tumturk 12 Maximum Honors
Nam Vo 12 Maximum Honors
Ziyang Wang 12 High Honors
Yiran Wei 12 High Honors
Tianyue Xiao 12 High Honors
Zixiao Xu 12 Honors
Beyza Yilmaz 12 Honors
Siyu Yin 12 Honors
Caitlyn Zaranek 12 Honors
Suchen Zhu 12 Maximum Honors

 

Take a Load Off! Backpack Safety at MacDuffie

Take a load off!

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.  

Eighth Grade Rite of Passage

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

ENGLISH:
Hannah Donnelly

FRENCH:
Malcolm Brown

LATIN 1:
Hannah Donnelly

MATHEMATICS:
Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang

HISTORY:
Samantha Jacques

SCIENCE:
Malcolm Brown

PERFORMING ARTS:
Sophie Stetson

VISUAL ARTS:
Akana Nakamura

PHYSICAL EDUCATION and ATHLETICS:
Liam Brown
Piper Polga
ELL:
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!

 

Visit from State Rep. Goldstein-Rose

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.”