Friday, February 11, 2011

Wesleyan’s Jazz Orchestra

Professor Jay Hoggard of Wesleyan University, will have his jazz orchestra class perform at Macdonough School on Tuesday, April 26th at 1:00 p.m.

Arrangements for this special performance were made through Wesleyan's Center for Community Partnerships.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Student - Staff Basketball Game

Smiles of excitement were on the faces of children and teachers during the annual Student vs. Staff Basketball Game.  Fourth grade teacher Mr. Nelson, sporting a vintage New York Knicks jersey with Patrick Ewing's #33, led the teacher team.  He was joined by Miss Claffey, Miss McKenzie, Miss Lavoie, Miss Jakiela, Miss Grossman, Miss DiBacco, Miss Morello, and a special return to Macdonough School by Miss K!

Coach Teresa Morello managed the students to another fine performance.  Sportsmanship, hustle, teamwork, and tenacious defense characterized the student team.

Spectators were treated to a half-time show by the Macdonough School Cheerleading Team under the direction of fifth grade teacher Miss DiBacco. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Third Grade Receives Dictionaries!

There were smiles all around in Miss Morello's class this morning due to a wonderful surprise!

Special thanks to the Middletown Rotary Club for providing each child in third grade with a brand new dictionary.

The gift was made possible through the Dr. Wilfredo Nieves Dictionary Project and coordinated by our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Frechette.

District Art Show

The Middletown District Art Show is just around the corner. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 5th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A special, Principal’s Choice Award will be recognized at 6:00 p.m. Artwork from students, K-12, will continue to be on display through Sunday, March 13th at the Zilkha gallery at Wesleyan University.

Gallery hours are as follows:

Saturdays & Sundays: 1-4 pm

Monday-Friday: 12-7pm

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Macdonough in the News

From the Middletown Press


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (February 3, 2011) – The Macdonough School Video Production Club at Macdonough Elementary School in Middletown have been named winners in the national Recess Rocks video contest for their ideas for combating childhood obesity. The students at Macdonough placed second in the group category. The contest is part of the nationwide Recess Rocks childhood obesity prevention campaign launched by Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in September 2010.

The video contest, which ran from September 8 to November 30, invited children and young teens in grades 2 through 8 across the U.S. to submit a two-minute video featuring a speech, song, dance or commercial that answers two questions: “How do you feel about the childhood obesity problem?” and “What can you do about it?”. Children could enter individually or as part of a group from a public or private school or youth-focused community organization or club. Entries were judged on overall impact, creativity, memorable content and delivery and a clear message on how the problem can be solved.

The MacDonough School Video Production Club’s video begins with one student telling another, who is playing a video game, to “Put it away. It’s time to play!” Those two students play, then find another sedentary student to recruit. Through a chain reaction, the two students soon become a group of kids who are playing a game outdoors.

The students at Macdonough won $1,000 for their school, A complete list of winners in the individual and group categories is available at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Macdonough is a RIF School!

Did you know that Macdonough School is a Reading is Fundamental (RIF) school?

As Middletown’s only RIF program site, Macdonough School participates in the “Books for Ownership” program designed to motivate children, families, and community members to read together through a triad of principles basic to the entire RIF organization: book ownership, motivational activities, and family involvement in children's reading.

• Book ownership: Macdonough School students have the opportunity to choose and keep books each year at no cost to the children or their families.

• Fun literacy-related activities: Macdonough school staff motivate children to read with a myriad of festive book activities that accompany each book event. 

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