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MacDuffie’s New 3D Printers

Originally published on The Magnet by Mohammed Abbasi

This past summer The MacDuffie School obtained two new 3D Printers by Monoprice using a grant from GE Additive. This included features that improve the ease of use and quality of the printers making more opportunities available for students.

The Monoprice MP Voxel printers bring many new possibilities. The printers are equipped with a built-in camera that can be used for monitoring prints when Director of Information Technology Edward Gray or IT Specialist Andrew Perkins are not nearby. This is an improvement next to the custom camera and stand Gray and Perkins built for the previous printers.

According to Gray, the printers can maintain consistent temperatures with their enclosed cases which improves the plastic’s adhesion to the surface of the print bed. The new printers can also connect to WiFi, which allows prints to be initiated wirelessly by a computer in the IT Department. The size of the print beds and cases of the new printers are also noticeably larger than the previous printers.

Interested in the rewards involved, MacDuffie applied to the GE Additive Education Program which provides a grant to purchase 3D printers. It also provides a free extra plastic filament and software programs for schools involved in STEM teaching. When MacDuffie was selected, GE Additive gave one 3D Printer for free and offered a 50% discount on a second printer, which Gray said was a deal of “very good value.”

With these additional printers, there will be “a quicker turnaround time on projects” and at the same time, they will have “better quality.” The extra software from GE Additive known as Polar 3D Cloud allows someone “to upload models and then put in cues to the printers…so the workflow [can be managed] better.” Gray hopes that these features will encourage teachers to incorporate 3D printers with more projects in their classrooms.

Gray and Perkins were influenced to buy new printers when they saw that “3D printers were available for the education market, they were being more affordable, [and] more prevalent.” Gray also said that they provided a way for students to get exposure to STEM-related concepts such as engineering and prototyping. In the past, classes like Biology and BC Calculus have used 3D printers in their projects to do things such as model plant and animal cells.

If the “demand increases or if [the school adds] a 3D design print class,” then the school would consider getting more printers. As of now, Gray believes that they “are in a good spot,” as the school currently has a total of four 3D printers available for use by teachers and students.

Alumni Anna Ludkiewicz Named NEC Rookie of the Week

Anna Ludkiewicz ’19 was named NEC Rookie of the Week at Sacred Heart University as she notched her first collegiate goal in the nick of time in the Pioneers’ conference lidlifter at Merrimack. The rookie’s game-winning tally came with only 2:34 left in regulation by taking a long pass in the middle of the field, dribbling through a duo of defenders before finding the back of the net for the 2-1 win.

Link to Sacred Heart University press release

The English Department Offers: “From Shakespeare to Harry Potter”

This eight-day trip, scheduled during our 2020 March break, is open to MacDuffie students, staff, alumni, and their friends and families. For more information, email Tour Leader Carol Tomkiel at:, or call CHA Tours at: 1-800-323-4466. Enroll by our deadline, October 31, 2019 to receive $100 off the cost. (Online enrollment is fast and easy; our access code is 2019S00720.) This is a great opportunity for reunions, new friendships, and new connections!

Athletics Pre-Season Information

Athletics Pre-Season Information


Dear MacDuffie Student-Athletes,


The MacDuffie School is happy to announce the following competitive sports teams for the Fall 2019 season.  

Cross-Country – Boys and Girls

Soccer – Boys and Girls

Volleyball – Girls


The 2019-20 Athletics season for the MacDuffie Mustangs begins on Monday, August 26, 2019, with Varsity try-outs/training.  Please see below for dates and times for the early season practices and events. You can also check the school’s calendar on the web site for updates.


Monday August 26 4:30pm-6:30pm Pre-season Practice 

Tuesday August 27 4:30pm-6:30pm Pre-season Practice 

Wednesday August 28 8:30-10:30am Pre-season Practice 

Thursday August 29 8:30-10:30am Pre-season Practice 

Friday August 30 8:30-10:30am Pre-season Practice 


Students who would like to play for a Varsity team this Fall must attend the above practices.  Students should bring the appropriate clothing and equipment for their sport, including a sports bottle.


Regular practice for all Varsity and sub-Varsity teams begins on Tuesday, September 3 at 3:30 pm.  There are no sign-ups for Fall sports. Interested students should attend the appropriate practice (Varsity on 8/26 or sub-Varsity on 9/3) to meet the coaching staff and register their name.  We look forward to seeing at practice.


Go Mustangs!


Athletics Department.


MacDuffie School Sends Three Students On Ivy League Path

The MacDuffie School will see three local students tackle Ivy League education in the fall of 2019. The three young women, Nicolette Peterson, Aurora Basnet, and Yunxia Hallowell will set foot on the college path at some of the top-ranked Ivy League schools on the East coast. It is an impressive representation among a senior class of only 75 learners.

Peterson, a native of Granby, Mass. will go to the University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m planning on majoring in cognitive science and studying pre-med at Penn. I’m very excited, but I’m definitely a little nervous too. I’ll be living in the middle of Philadelphia, which is a very different environment than Granby where I’ve grown up. I’ll miss all of the incredible friends and teachers that I’ve been able to spend the past six years with. Also, I’ll definitely miss making it rain with Mr. Vennell,” said Peterson, referring to an activity led by Mr. Vennell during assembly where the entire student body layers sounds of snapping, shuffling feet, and rubbing hands to simulate the sound of a thunderstorm.

Basnet, also from Granby, will pursue a degree at Cornell in global and public health sciences on a pre-med path.

“Becoming a Cornell student is one of my wildest dreams manifesting. At Cornell, I am incredibly excited to delve further into my passions for public health practice and policy. However, despite all the excitement I have for my future, I will terribly miss the MacDuffie community that has molded me into who I am today. After all, although I am becoming a Cornellian, I will forever be a Mustang,” said Basnet.

Yunxia Hallowell, who hails from Springfield, Mass. will join the Princeton ranks this fall.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be a student at Princeton, and I’m so grateful to my family, my mentors, and everyone else who helped me through the college process. I’m especially thankful to my teachers, whether they dealt with me for one semester or six years; I’ll miss my MacDuffie teachers next year,” said Hallowell, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do impactful work with my professors,” she said.

Hallowell is currently undecided on a major but says she is thinking about majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs.

“I am very proud of all of our students, but want to commend these three young women in particular for their accomplishments.  The Ivy League schools are looking for a special kind of student, who wishes to make a lasting impact in the world. These three students meet that standard and more!” said Head of School Steve Griffin.

Students at The MacDuffie School represent 25 different countries, bringing with them a diversity of experience to a shared corner of the globe in Granby, Mass.

This article was featured in The Sentinel on July 25, 2019.

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