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: firstname.lastname@example.org., 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 email@example.com, 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.
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
Lorenzini Tavares De Lima, Joao Pedro
Jiang, Zi Jian
Duque Gonzalez, Alberto
Le, Anh Khanh
Le, Minh Anh
Suárez – Cantón Trueba, Luz María
Tumturk, Ayse Beyza
Wang, Si Jun
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.