Magnolia Day, hip hip hooray! Awards, stories shared, and tears shed for good times past turned to laughter and play in this traditional end-of-year community celebration. Students enjoyed a bounce house, photo booth, and a cookout on the lawn courtesy of SAGE. Students also received copies of The Muse literary magazine, The Magnet, and the yearbook. This year’s yearbook is dedicated to Ms. Valentine.
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.
Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students who made Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2017-2018 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 grade and then alphabetically.
This year’s 2018 Commencement exercises took place on Saturday, June 9, at Abbey Chapel on the Mount Holyoke College campus. Seventy-seven domestic and international students comprised the class of 2018.
“In a year when moments of silence, flags at half mast, and thoughts and prayers are more the norm than the anomaly, our students taught us about being moral and responsible participants in the world,” said Head of School Steve Griffin in his opening remarks. “The Pride march, walkouts to protest gun violence, and the peace parade were strong examples that show that our students have a voice and are not afraid to use it. One of the great measures of becoming effective individuals is the ability to have an impact on those around us—to expand our circle of influence.”
Kevin Hillman, French teacher and Chair of World Languages, was chosen by students to be this year’s Commencement speaker. “As most of you know, I find great solace in everything green and growing. I’m going to ask you to please, each and every one of you, go out and plant your own life’s garden,” he said, near the end of his speech. “Take pride and joy in the work that you do. Confront the weeds that get in the way of things—but leave a few around to give life some perspective. Who knows, you might just find a beautiful flower in the end. Above all, be sure to share your harvests with others. My friends, if you do all that, then I will be so, so proud to have the time to live in that beautiful world.”
Best of luck in all that you do, graduates!
(Photos courtesy of Grynn & Barrett)