Friday, October 24, 2014

Garden Club

Our Fall Garden Club has been working hard. We've harvested the last of the edible vegetables and cleaned out the beds. Today we planted flower bulbs and garlic. We can't wait for spring to see them grow.
We have been learning about the important nutritional value of fruits and vegetables. As the colder weather sets in, we will be moving inside for some healthy cooking and eating!

School uniforms? The Governance Committee weighs in.

Last night Macdonough had it's first Governance Committee meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. Special guest, Superintendent Dr. Charles attended to hold a forum about how our community felt about school uniforms. The District has made no final decision one way or the other but is interested in finding out how the Middletown community feels about the possibility. An online survey will be available soon to all parents so you too can give your thoughts and concerns.
The Governance Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. Parent, teacher and community leaders are elected each fall however all meetings are open to the Macdonough community. For more information, contact Mrs. Brick at

Friday, October 17, 2014

Northwest Park

4th graders visited the Northwest Park and met their writing buddies.  Students learned about owls and even had the chance to dissect owl pellets!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fire House

Today the kindergarten children went to the Fire House on Main St.  to learn about fire safety. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fire Safety

The kindergarten are learning about fire safety this month.  They practiced call 911, and stop, drop and roll. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Book Buddies Meet

Mrs. Ciccia's first grade students met with their third grade reading buddies from Miss Erasmus' class.  They loved reading & getting to know each other. 
They can't wait to read together again!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Golden Awards @ Mac

Each month, students from Macdonough School are recognized for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. One type of recognition comes from our special area teachers in technology, library, art, music, and physical education. 

A golden paintbrush is awarded to the class with the best behavior in art, a golden microphone for the group that best demonstrates appropriate conduct in music, and a golden sneaker for the students who exemplify the best sportsmanship and participation in physical education.  The highly coveted golden owl is awarded to the class with the best overall attendance.

See below for pictures of our Golden Award winners.

Macdonough Number Five

Click on the picture to view Macdonough School's newest music video...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hartford Marathon


Students and staff at the Macdonough School have been logging miles to prepare for the big race.
For the seventh year, the school will send a team of students and staff to run in the Hartford Marathon on Oct. 11.

About two dozen members of the school community will run a half-marathon, a 13.1-mile race, led by fourth-grade teacher Sarah Claffey.

Student runners will enter and exit the course at designated mile markers to run alongside Claffey for one or more miles in the race. All the students will later come together at mile 13 to cross the finish line as a team, passing under the Historic Soldiers and Sailors Arch to receive a medal for their accomplishments.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Presentation and a Letter From the Mayor

After 2 Macdonough fifth grade students sent a letter to the mayor giving their reasons why our community should have a poet laureate 2 things happened.  First, they were asked to speak at the Arts Commission meeting and second, they received a letter from the mayor.

As a result of their idea and the letter they wrote the art commission is looking at the possibility of having a poet laureate in our community!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fourth Grade Farmer's Market Field Trip

     Miss Kolman's students learned about being smart consumers and eating healthy on their field trip to the Middletown Farmers Market.

      They each had a budget and needed to shop and decide what fruits and vegetables they would purchase.

      They had a great time choosing from the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables.  Learning and eating healthy is fun at Macdonough!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Fourth grade students in Miss Claffey's class visited the North End Farmers Market. They were able to get a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to bring home and share with their family members. Students made selections including raspberries, grapes, gooseberries, tomatoes, eggplant, and onions.

Gingerbread Man in Kindergarten

Today the kindergarten read the book The Gingerbread Man. We made a gingerbread man cookie and when we went downstairs to the kitchen he was gone. The children had a lot of fun searching the school for him. Ask your child where did they find him in the end.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Lesson from Kobe the Robot

Kobe the robot visited our fourth and fifth grade students to help them learn.  Kobe is from the Community Health Center and he brought along his helper Aldon Hynes.   Together they showed how Kobe works and told us about the language that robots use, coding.  Students learned how coding is the language used to program, create websites, build apps, control robots and so much more.  They saw how they could learn how to code on

This presentation was part of our new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)  program and the purpose was to introduce students to new technologies and coding.

Mr. Hynes is the social media specialist at the Community Health Center.  He also runs the APP Lab at CHC where people can learn about coding 3D printing and so much more.

Thank you Kobe and Mr. Hynes for helping our students learn about this important technology and language!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Reading Starts Early at Macdonough

Thanks to the Lit & Laundry program offered on Fridays through the Family Resource Center. You can bring in a load of laundry to do and spend time reading with your young child. Call the FRC to schedule an appointment at 860.638.3742.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

First Grade Geometry

Mrs. Ciccia's students enjoy playing a game with their math partner.  This game was a fun way for them to discuss the different shapes and their attributes!

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