Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Macdonough's Spring Concert

Thanks to Miss DeAngelis and Mr. D'Amato for their work in preparing students for a wonderful spring concert!

This year's theme was "Celebrating America" and the students were very patriotic as they entertained us with a variety of songs to celebrate our great nation.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Middletown Fire Department visits Macdonough School

Third graders were delighted with a recent visit from the Middletown Fire Department. 

Our good friend Firefighter Al brought the Smoke Trailer to Macdonough School to teach children about fire safety!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Senator Blumenthal Visits Macdonough!

United States Senator Richard Blumenthal visited several classes at Macdonough School on Monday, calling the school “among the best in the state.”

I have visited a lot of schools, and it’s among certainly the best in the state in producing better students,” Blumenthal said. “That is, better performing students, happier kids, involved parents, as well as an enthusiasm and excitement among teachers that is very, very apparent.”

Topping Off Ceremony

Macdonough School students had the opportunity to attend the "Topping Off Ceremony" at the new Community Health Center building located on Main Street.

As part of the ceremony, each Macdonough School student had the chance to sign the last beam to be hoisted on top of the new building.

Thanks to the CEO of the Community Health Center, there was som history and math added to the ceremony.  Students learned about the Scandanavian tradition of placing a tree on the top of new buildings and also used their math skills to estimate the weight of the beam.

Students were promised an invitation back to the construction site for the laying of the building's cornerstone in the fall.

Macdonough School Students Honored!

Congratulations to the many Macdonough School students who were recognized as part of the Russell Library’s Edna and Benjamin Shenker Creative Writing Contest.

The contest is held in memory of Mrs. Shenker who was an avid reader and Dr. Shenker who was a wonderful supporter of the library. This year, nearly two dozen Macdonough School students who honored at the library’s Literary Tea Celebration.

Mr. Art Meyers, the Director of the Russell Library, recognized each student with a certificate.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New England Air Museum Field Trip

Fourth grade students at Macdonough School attended a field trip to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. The day consisted of a guided tour, as well as a hands-on experiment. Students were able to look into the windows of planes from the different world wars. The tour was concluded by an activity where students were able to fly wooden airplanes. After each flight, they made a change to the airplane, such as replacing the wings with a different size wing to see how it affected the flight of the plane. Students learned about the four forces of motion: lift, drag, thrust, and weight.

Men at School Book Program

Macdonough School kindergarten classes welcomed very special visitors to class this morning. 

Students from Middletown High School's Men at School program came to read with students, lead literacy activities, and donate books to each child.
The children were thrilled to learn that a few of the Men at School volunteers attended Macdonough School when they were younger!

Special thanks to Mr. Malik Pemberton for leading the visit and to Middletown High School's Assistant Principal, Mr. Andy O'Brien, for coordinating the visit.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Book Bower Field Trips

Did you know that many of our classes take walking field trips to the Book Bower on Main Street? This wonderful store provides gently used books for very reasonable prices. They have a wide selection of children’s books.

As part of our walking field trips, every child at Macdonough School gets to select a book for free!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Macdonough School Spelling Bee

Our star spellers were showcasing their talents at the 2011 Macdonough School Spelling Bee. 

Special thanks to Mrs. Brick for organizing the spelling bee, to our fourth and fifth grade teachers for calling words, and to our students.

Congratulations to one and all for a great job!

Book Swap Day at Macdonough

Thanks to the efforts of reading teachers Miss Maletta and Miss Green, every child at Macdonough School received a gently read book during the Spring Book Swap!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Blooming in Kindergarten

Students in kindergarten are using food coloring to see how flowers use their stems to drink water. The students put food coloring in a vase with a white flower. They were surprise to see the flower is now changing it's color.

Mother's Day

Kindergarten celebrated Mother's Day with strawberry shortcake. Children made gifts for their moms, sang songs and enjoyed strawberry shortcake. What a great day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Junior Achievement Day at Macdonough School!

Macdonough School participated in a one day program by Junior Achievement on Friday, May 6th.

Junior Achievement Worldwide is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential.

The program was hands-on, experiential programs teaching the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world.

More than two dozen Junior Achievement volunteers were on hand to lead the student activities.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Book for Macdonough

A Book for Macdonough is a new program that provides the opportunity for people to donate a book to our school library in honor of someone.

The newest book donation is the Children's Book of Music by DK Publishing. This book was donated by the Macdonough School staff in honor of our amazing art teacher: Mrs. Alison Kaye.

The book takes children on an international tour of the world's greatest art, from the first daubs of paint in prehistoric caves to today's performance art. It includes all of the important art movements, from Renaissance to Rococo, as well as the great painters from all these eras.

For more information about A Book for Macdonough program, please click here.

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