Monday, June 21, 2010

Visit to Yale University

On Saturday, June 19, 2010 a group of Macdonough scholars, families, and teachers visited the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT. The students were eager to see the historic campus after learning this year about the wonderful opportunities that a college experience can offer a curious mind. The group organized a self-guided tour, visiting such attractions as the old campus where we saw the freshman dormitories, the Yale Art Gallery where we viewed ancient art from Asia, Europe, and Africa, the Women’s Table sculpture by Yale graduate Maya Lin where we honored the presence of women at Yale, and the Bienecke Rare Book Library where we saw one of only 21 Gutenberg Bibles in the world among other precious, beautiful books. Thank you to our students, families, and teachers for helping to make this magical trip possible. We look forward to making this wonderfully educational voyage again next year! Lux et Veritas.

Macdonough at WFSB

After school on June 17, 2010 a group of Macdonough fourth graders and Miss Claffey and Mr. Nelson toured WFSB Channel 3 news studios in Rocky Hill with meteorologist Mark Dixon. The students saw how the news programs we see on television are crafted through the cooperation of many professionals behind the scenes. We learned about the computer editing rooms, the mobile broadcasting truck command center, the control room, and the various elements of the studio set. Other highlights of the trip were silently watching the first half of the five o’clock news broadcast live from inside the studio and then observing the second half of the broadcast from the control room where the directors and producers were noisily discussing which stories and shots to call next. We are very thankful to meteorologist Mark Dixon for his informative tour and to Miss Claffey for driving the Middletown Schools carry all van. We certainly look forward to another exciting educational visit to WFSB Channel 3 next year!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Flag Day at Macdonough!

Macdonough School students and staff celebrated Flag Day dressed in red, white, and blue!  The morning started with a community walk to school as dozens of families traveled down High Street along with teachers and members of the Middletown Fire Department who distributed red, white, and blue balloons.

Once at school, the children were welcomed with patriotic music along with lots and lots of flags!  Dr. Frechette was on hand to honor students with the annual Citizenship Award.  Miss DeAngelis, our music teacher, led the students in a few songs.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Macdonough Running Club

Members of the Macdonough Running Club participated in the Blum Shapiro Road Race at TPC River Highlands Golf Club in Cromwell.  More than a dozen young runners from Macdonough School took part in the Kids Fun Run and two students tackled the 3.1 mile race.

Congratulations to 1st grader Olivia Solecki, first place winner in the Female 9 and Under age group and to 3rd grader Ezra Manjon, second place winner in the Male 9 and Under age group.

Macdonough School's participation in this race was sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation.

Ice Cream Social at Macdonough!

The Macdonough PTA hosted an Ice Cream Social on Friday night to welcome new families to the school.  Teachers spent time visiting with new students in their classrooms and parents spent time mingling at the book fair.  Everyone enjoyed an ice cream treat!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Macdonough School welcomes Special Olympics Torch Run

Area Special Olympic athletes and Middletown Police officers ran through the streets of Middletown on Thursday for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.  As the runners approached the intersection of Grand Street and Liberty Street, they were welcomed by hundreds of Macdonough School students, staff, and parents.

Among the runners was Miss Antonucci, who clearly received the largest ovation of the day as she high-fived (and low-fived) people in the cheering crowd!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Second graders met with their NUMBER KIDS buddies on Monday at Harkness State Park. We learned how to build sandcastles with expert Chuck Feld. Each group was responsible for their own castle compound. Teamwork and cooperation were the words of the day! We then enjoyed a picnic lunch with our new friends.

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