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Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month, and the MacDuffie English Department is pleased to offer an array of events that students and their families are invited to attend. Students can register themselves and their family guests by emailing Ms. Tomkiel at:, unless otherwise noted.

April 2, morning assembly (by zoom, no registration required): “The Poem I wish I Had Read in High School” Poets Hanif Abduraqib, Ada Limon, and Alison Rollins read the poems they wish they had read in high school.

April 6, 7:30pm (by zoom, restricted to students and families in Creative Writing, AP Literature and Language classes, and the staff of The Muse):  Webinar by poet Erica Meitner and High School Poetry Prize Winners, Smith College.

April 8, 3-4 pm (by zoom and in-person) Dear Poet Workshop:  Poets John Warner Smith, Tina Chang, Angelo Geter, Margaret Gibson, and Stuart Kestenbaum read select poems, after which participants write a short letter to the poet of their favorite poem. Select letters will be shared on social media to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Poetry Month.

April 10, 7-9:20 pm (in person, register with Ms. Lyman at, boarders only):  Showing of the movie, Dead Poets Society, an award-winning movie about the transformative power of art, the joy of genuine friendship, and the heartbreaking challenges of youth Popcorn and refreshments will be available. Bring your favorite blanket, your best junk food appetite, and a box of kleenex!

April 15, 3-3:45pm (by zoom and in person, no registration required):  Spring Magnetic Poetry Workshop: Celebrate warmer weather and longer days with some spring-inspired magnetic poetry tiles! This activity is digital, so you can join either virtually or in person. We’ll read a few springtime poems and then create our own using magnetic poetry slides. Write one poem or one hundred, save and print them or delete them right away—it’s up to you! Look for an email from Ms. Panico with a zoom link.

April 16, morning assembly (by zoom, no registration required) The Poem I did read during High School: MacDuffie students share poems they are glad they read in middle and high school, either in the classroom or on their own. Prizes will be given for the most thoughtful entries! 

April 22, 3-4:30 pm (in person only)/ Rain date, April 29 Nature Poetry Workshop:  Participants will enjoy the natural environs of the MacDuffie campus while reading select nature poems by Dorianne Laux, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Mary Oliver. They will also start to draft their own poems, inspired by nature. Bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on and a notebook and pencil.

April 29: Poem in Your Pocket Day

It’s easy to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day from a safe distance. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Select a poem and share it on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. 
  • Print a poem from the Poem in Your Pocket Day PDF and draw an image from the poem in the white space, or use the instructions on pages 59-60 of the PDF to make an origami swan. 
  • Record a video of yourself reading a poem, then share it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or another social media platform you use. 
  • Email a poem to your friends, family, neighbors, or local government leaders.
  • Schedule a video chat and read a poem to your loved ones.
  • Add a poem to your email footer.
  • Read a poem out loud from your porch, window, backyard or outdoor space. 

April 30 deadline:  The America Library of Poetry is offering its 25th Annual National Student Poetry Contest for three divisions: grades 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. Contact Ms. Tomkiel for more information.

End of Year Honor Roll 2019-2020

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students who made Honor Roll for the 2019-2020 school year. The entire MacDuffie faculty, fellow students, and your parents and guardians are proud of your sustained academic effort and we believe it is worthy of recognition! This list is sorted by honor, then grade level, and last name.

Effort Honor Roll

Grade 11
Benard, Demitra
Onuoha, Tuscan
Yang, Yutong


Grade 6
Styspeck, Carter

Grade 8
Phuritchonlathit, Benyada
Styspeck, Mary

Grade 9
Li, Chenhao
Mason, Julianna
Wiesel, Alexa

Grade 10
Anz, Teagan
Baez, Mariel
Middleton, Sasha
Niedbala, Madeline
Pileggi, Veronica
Spirina, Polina
Squire, Brian
Toth, Michael
Zhu, Jiaqi

Grade 11
Cui, Junqi
Nguyen, Anh
Ouimet, Jillian
Peña, Leslie
Pontes, Joao
Zhu, Zhexi

Grade 12
Arzumanyan, Hayk
Lorenzini Tavares De Lima, Joao Pedro
Lu, Pengcheng
Poon, Kwan
Yang, Ruochen

High Honors

Grade 6
Li, Kylie

Grade 7
Moore, Brooklynn

Grade 8
Brown, Matthew
Legowski, Ayden
Parnicky, Emily
Phuritchonlathit, Benyapa
Sperry, Lydia

Grade 9
Avery, Sara
Cai, Yiyi
Parente, Emma
Priestly, Ryan
Zhang, Brianna

Grade 10
Chen, Jiayun
Duan, Yuxin
Grimes, Nevaeh
Hwang, Viet
Jiang, Zi Jian
Jones, Brianna
Li, Ang
Nakamura, Akana
Nguyen, Son
Niedbala, Olivia
Osowiecki, Angelika
Rogers, Kiara
Xie, Minhao
Zahoor, Syeda
Xu, Chengling

Grade 11
Belbin, Amelia
Byllemos, Anna
Dinh, Vy
Duque Gonzalez, Alberto
Hu, Qi
Kearney, Declan
Kim, Chan-Ho
Liu, Jinqi
Manioudakis, Evan
Nguyen, Nam
Pham, Lan
Roulier, Zachary
Sypniak, Adam
Tishchenko, Maxim
Tramazzo, Laurel
Xia, Zhirui

Grade 12
Chamnongnit, Sasapat
Cruz, Derrick
Ivanov, Efim
Le, Ha
Lopez, Martina
Nguyen, Ha
Nguyen, Minh
Pongpittayapa, Pitt
Punsaior, Apicha
Sengun, Arda
Shepard, Jordyn
Tuncer, Mehmet
Zhang, Chuanyang

Maximum Honors

Grade 6
Gojgini, Andrew
Injeti, Nikhil
Silva, Arwen

Grade 7
Barcome-Laflamme, Oliver
Lopez, Mateo
Tishchenko, Andrew
Tramazzo, Seth

Grade 8
Hua, Moroni
Keser, Samantha
Stetson, Adam

Grade 9
Aponte, Janelle
Biernat, Paul
Kouzehkanani, Arya
Kuang, Yu
LaChance, Clara
Nazarov, Artem
Shumway, Gabriel

Grade 10
Ablordeppey, Edinam
Hoang, Ngoc
Jacques, Samantha
Nguyen, Tram
Shin, Jihyun
Toth, Raymond
Zhou, Weichen

Grade 11
Abbasi, Mohammed
Cai, Jinxin
Griffin, Lily
Hoang, Ly
Hua, Marie
Kondratyeva, Ksenia
Le, Anh Khanh
Le, Minh Anh
Li, Haisu
Lu, Jiahao
Ludkiewicz, Katarzyna
Nguyen, Phu
Nguyen, Quang
Schmidt-Lund, Emilie
Tang, Chenling
Zhang, Zhuxian
Zhu, Junmin
Zou, Wenxin

Grade 12
Akhmechet, Sofiia
Bui, Hoang
Cao, An
Cole, Marcus
Corliss, Cameron
Dao, Duc
DeAngelis, Chloe
Doan, Dung
Drost, Grace
Hua, Ian
Jackson, Alison
Jacques, Megan
Kharakhashian, Arina
LaChance, Madeleine
Lee, Hannah
Levine, Maya
Lin, Peiyuan
Lu, Ningxuan
Mao, Huiqin
Messer, Dale
Nguyen, Hiep
Nguyen, Khanh
Nguyen, Nhung
Nguyen, Quan
Nguyen, Trung
Osathapan, Athis
Parrish, John
Shelburne, Phoebe
Suárez – Cantón Trueba, Luz María
Tishchenko, Daniela
Tumturk, Ayse Beyza
Wang, Si Jun

Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Community Service Updates

Originally published on The Magnet by Derrick Cruz

MacDuffie’s student-led community service organization, The Key Club, recently experienced a change in leadership with ELL teacher Dana Katz accepting the role as its advisor. Katz has expanded Key Club’s curriculum to include frequent food bank and rehabilitation center visits as well as some visits to soup kitchens. Among these was Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

In November, Neighbors Helping Neighbors took place. It was presented to the entire student body as an opportunity to serve at a local food bank in South Hadley. Students prepared and served meals to the homeless population in South Hadley. Katz was pleased to see many students participate.

“There’s always way more students than I can accommodate, and that is always a good problem to have,” said Katz.

Katz also shared some of the more recent opportunities for community service. Katz mentioned VERO, a rehabilitation center that has allowed students to help out seniors during craft hours. Some work that Key Club members are doing or have already done includes Senior Madeline LaChance’s Toy Drive, The Winter Coat Drive and Socktober. As the year goes on, Katz urges students and parents to reach out to the Key Club if they have any ideas.

As a club, Key Club has increased its membership and the amount of community service opportunities they have been offering. Katz reflects on how 11 students participated in the River Clean Up and in Neighbors Helping Neighbors there were even more.

Katz hopes that the entire MacDuffie community is affected by these opportunities. She hopes that all of them go out and open community service opportunities of their own, whether it be in our school community or whatever is closest to home.

This year, Katz has taken her particular role seriously. She also shared that her intentions and future plans for the Key Club would be to establish two monthly activities which she hopes will have longevity within the MacDuffie community. When she reflects on what she called “a growth edge,” or a particular area where she sees Key Club going or improving upon, she claims Key Club could provide “a connection for Boarders to do work in their own home as they experience community service in America.”

Key Club is an organization where students can individually pursue leadership. At MacDuffie, students are encouraged to participate in the activities that the club provides access to.  Students and the beneficiaries of these services both stand to benefit.