TechSavvy Event by American Association of University Women Attended by MSP Students
March, 2014

MSP girls and Mrs Aimee Roberts, MSP Assistant Principal, spent a recent Saturday filled with hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) at CCSU.  Girls participated in hands-on workshops including forensics, robotics, airplane design, medical sciences and physics.  Students also attended workshops aimed toward college and career readiness.

Iditarod Comes to MSP
March, 2014

Ms. Joan Kaczmarczyk, a Plainville resident and dog sled runner, visited MSP on March 20th to speak with sixth graders about the care and training of sled dogs and the sport of racing.  Students recently completed a unit in Reading/LA classes where they investigated wolf behaviors, read Gary Paulsen’s Woodsong and his experiences running dogs in the Iditarod, studied the 2014 Iditarod race and ended the unit with a research essay that answered the inquiry question, “Is the Iditarod safe for the dogs?” Ms. Kaczmarczyk was a primary source for students to further their research.  Her presentation included a demonstration of her sled and its features as well as a live Alaskan Husky for the students to meet.  

FOR Club Makes a Difference
February, 2014

The Friends of Rachel Club at MSP designated February as the month to focus our Kindness on helping patients and their families who are struggling with blood cancers.  The students worked together to raise $924.00 to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through our Pennies for Patients initiative. The students were educated on the different types of blood cancers and how the money raised will benefit the patients and their families.  Efforts were made to raise this money through many different events throughout the month: a school wide dance with Rocky the Rock Cat, school wide Penny Wars (6th graders took 1st place!), the sale of Candy Grams, and a day designated as Hat Day.    We are proud of what our students have done to show kindness and help make a difference in our world!

Read Across America Celebration
February, 2014

MSP had its annual Read Across America celebration on Friday, February 28th. NEA's Read Across America is a fun, celebratory way to promote the enjoyment of reading. It is a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers to share the joys of reading aloud to each other. Over 275 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participated as readers or listeners.  Superintendent Jeffery Kitching, as well as Principal Matthew Guarino and Vice-Principal Aimee Roberts joined the celebration as readers, as well as dozens of teachers and staff members.  Students read and shared picture books, short stories and poetry.  A very special thanks to Ms. Kari-Lyn Osborn's FACS classes who provided beautifully decorated Seuss themed cupcakes.  Additional thanks to Mr. Butler and Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels who provided delicious snacks for the occasion.

Future Meteorologists
January, 2013

The 6th graders at the Middle School of Plainville have just begun their weather unit!  Mr. Feltt and Mrs. Slowik, 6th grade science teachers, have many exciting activities planned as the students use their inquiry skills to gain knowledge about weather and weather related topics.  The Middle School believes in the importance of fostering the education of young people, especially women, in the sciences, and found an opportunity with support from the Petit Family Foundation to have a guest speaker who could speak to this.  Rachel Frank, an Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist at FOX CT visited the 6th graders at the Middle School of Plainville on Friday, January 31st to talk about her career as a female meteorologist and what her daily job entails.

MSP Students Participate in School Climate/Anti-Bullying Conference
January, 2014 

Students from the MSP Ally Student Group presented at a school climate conference in Hamden, Connecticut on Saturday, January 11, 2014.   Mr. Thomas Laudadio, Dean of Students, attended with several students pictured here.  The students did a fantastic job sharing their experiences at MSP with the Bystander to Ally Program and discussed the many ways the Middle School of Plainville challenges name-calling and bullying behaviors.   


Coats for Connecticut
December, 2013 

The MSP Parent Teacher Club and the MSP Student Council joined forces to have MSP act as a "drop point" for the Coats for Connecticut coat drive.   The students in each grade level earned spirit points for the coats that they donated. Coats for Connecticut is a statewide drive to help provide warm clothing for needy families in the state.  The students and families of MSP donated 97 coats to the drive.

MSP Chamber Singers Perform
November, 2013 

On Friday,  November 22, the MSP Chamber Singers  opened  and performed for the Boston based a-cappella group Ball in the House.  This was a free concert, open to the public.  Thanks to music teacher Todd Helming for coordinating this event.  Please visit the following link to see video recordings of the MSP chamber group's and Ball in the House's performance:

Superintendent's Award
November, 2013 

Two Middle School students and their parents were among the recipients honored at the twenty-fourth Annual Superintendent's Award Luncheon on Friday, November 1, 2013. The 8th graders were chosen by their teachers as the best representatives at MSP of the qualities embodied by the Superintendent's Award; Service to others; Academic prowess; and Leadership. In the picture on the left, Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching and Principal Matthew Guarino are shown with the students receiving their award at the luncheon.




MSP Supports Community With Costumes for Charity
October, 2013


MSP sponsored their annual "Costumes for Charity" fundraising event on October 31. Staff members dressed up in costumes and students "voted" for their favorite(s) through monetary donations - spare change they brought from home. The funds raised are donated to the Plainville Community Food Pantry to provide holiday food baskets for Plainville families in need. The total amount raised this year was $291.31 more than twice last years' amount of $130.18. This year's winners were: 1st Place: "Minecraft" (Ms. Westfall and Ms. Schwartz), 2nd Place:"Mr. Taglias" (Mr. Crintiti, Mr. Glover and Mr. Taglia himself), 3rd Place: "Duck Dynasty" (The main office staff).

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KIM Club Visits Jerome Home
October, 2013

Sixteen members of the  KIM (Kids in the Middle) program sponsored by Plainville Youth Services traveled to the Jerome Home in New Britain last week where they paired up with residents to create beautiful fairy houses made of bark, leaves, flowers, moss and other natural items found in the woods. The KIM kids provided some joy and companionship to the senior residents of Jerome Home as they worked together to create the houses. As a surprise to the students, the seniors  presented them with the houses to take home.  A good time was had by all. The KIM program sponsors several activities each month for middle school students who want to  be of service to people in the community and have fun too. The program is open to all middle school students. 

Author Tim Green Visits MSP
October, 2013

Nutmeg Award nominated author Tim Green brought his message of the importance of hard work and education in reaching your goals to the students at the Middle School on October 9th.  Mr. Green is the best-selling author of 26 books for adults and children, including the Baseball Great and Football Genius series. Mr. Green also played for the Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker and defensive end during the 1980's and 90's.  In addition, he is a practicing attorney who graduated from Syracuse University law school.  The characters in his novels are all faced with serious challenges which they must overcome, making them excellent role models for middle school students   Special thanks to our school library information teacher, Joyce Lynch, for arranging this event.


Rachel's Challenge
October, 2013

On October 1st the Middle School of Plainville presented Rachel’s Challenge assemblies, a student workshop, and an evening community event. The evening  event was attended by over 200 community members.  Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999.  Rachel's inspiring life story has motivated students and adults to engage in acts of kindness and compassion that will have a positive affect on our middle school and Plainville community.  Students had an opportunity to attend grade level assemblies.  The assemblies provided a powerful and, at times, emotional message that hope and goodness can come out of tragedy.  Our hope is to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion within and beyond the Middle School campus. Please visit for additional information. 

Opening Day at MSP
September, 2013

Faculty and staff welcomed the students back to MSP on September 3. The students appeared excited and happy.  We look forward to another successful year at the Middle School - "A Great Place to Learn!" Please do not hesitate to contact teachers or administrators if you have any questions or concerns.  We will do our best to resolve any issues that arise.

MSP Honors Academic Teams' Students of the Month 
June, 2013

The students pictured here were honored for their outstanding citizenship and academic success at MSP for the 2012-2013 school year.

MSP Teacher, Leanne Gmeindl, Named Plainville 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
June, 2013

Leanne Gmeindl, a special education reading teacher at the Middle School of Plainville was recognized at the June Board of Education meeting as the 2013-2014 Plainville Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Gmeindl is pictured here with Matthew Guarino, Middle School Principal, and between the Superintendent of Schools, Jeff Kitching, and Board of Education Chairperson, Andrea Saunders.  We are all very proud of Ms. Gmeindl.  She is a master teacher and completely deserving of this recognition.  She is the ideal representative for all the great teachers we have here in Plainville.

Connecticut Association of Schools Honors Middle Level Scholar-Leaders
June, 2013

The Connecticut Association of Schools established the Scholar-Leader Banquet in 1985 to give public recognition to one boy and one girl from each middle level school in Connecticut who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and leadership in school and the community. The two Scholar-Leaders chosen by the faculty at the Middle School this year are pictured here on the left. The students and their parents attended a statewide awards banquet Monday, June 3 at the Aqua-Turf in Southington. Each Scholar-Leader received an award signifying the honor, as well as an individual photograph commemorating the event.

Annual MSP Spirit Rally
May, 2013

MSP students and their teachers gathered in the MSP gymnasium for the annual Spirit Rally.  Students dressed in red, blue, and black/purple to represent their grade and competed with each other in activities like limbo, name that tune, and balloon races, among many other fun events.  The students were fantastic and quite spirited   Special thanks to the Unified Arts faculty for organizing the event.

Chamber Singers Tour Elementary Schools 
April, 2013

On Monday, April 28th, MSP's Chamber singers lead by director Todd Helming toured Plainville's three Elementary schools.  Linden Street, Wheeler, and Toffolon 4th and 5th grade students were able to learn about the music program at MSP while listening to an amazing performance by the top music students at MSP.  Next week, the 5th grade elementary students will be visiting MSP to prepare for their transition to 6th grade - and this visit helps them learn more about MSP before they visit.The music performed included a variety of styles spanning over 400 years, 3 continents, and 4 languages.  Students from MSP and all three schools enjoyed this tremendous opportunity to come together and share this experience!

Outdoor Spring Band Concert MSP
April, 2013

The MSP band, under the direction of Barbara Senatore and Dominic Talotta recently held their annual outdoor Spring concert.  The weather was perfect and the bands sounded fantastic.  

6th Annual Students vs. Staff Charity Basketball Event
April, 2013

On Friday, April 12, The Middle School of Plainville held its 6th Annual Students vs. Staff Charity Basketball Event.  This year the Middle School of Plainville's selected charity was the Sheets From Home charity.  The charity is for children who have cancer and are hospitalized for extended periods of time. Sheets From Home replaces the white patient hospital sheets with comforting sheets from home—fun and colorful sheets with familiar friends on them like SpongeBob, Spiderman or Star Wars.  This year alone, students and staff contributed a whopping $4,396 in  a two week period.  Many students also provided several sets of "homey" sheets for the charity.  
This event is wonderful for student and staff morale and gives them all an opportunity to make a contribution to the greater community.  

Once again the students outplayed the faculty and staff and the game ended in a 41 to 33 victory for the students.  Special thanks to Greg Warnat, 8th grade math teacher, for once again organizing and promoting the event.

Click on the basketball for more photos of the game - let me know if it doesn't work :)


What's the "Buzz" About Reading at MSP
April, 2013

To encourage all MSP students to read more this year, Matthew Guarino, Principal, agreed to have his head "buzzed" if the students met the reading goal.  before and after pictures are shown to the right. To fulfill this goal, MSP students had to read and write a review of a minimum of 1,200 independently read books before the end of the year. MSP students achieved and surpassed this goal early this year, so during halftime at the annual Student-Staff basketball game (see article above) the top readers in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade got to buzz Mr. Guarino's hair.  Mr. Guarino had grown his hair since the beginning of the year to add to the dramatic impact of getting his head buzzed.  Special thanks to library and media teacher, Joyce Lynch, and library assistant, Marcia Prokop for coordinating the program and keeping track of the students' reading totals.




Technology Student Association Competes in Regional Competitions
April, 2013

MSP students participating in the Technology Student Association (TSA) club had the opportunity this year to also participate in two VEX Robotics Competitions thanks to a grant received by the TSA from the REC 

Foundation for $1200. Under the direction of technology education teachers Kim Coyle and Camille Westfall, the students worked for many weeks to design, construct and program their robot to complete a series of tasks on a predetermined field.

On Feb 18, 2013 nine students, in grades 6-8, traveled to Manchester High School to compete in the CTEEA Southern New England Regional VEX Championship in Manchester, CT. Students competed against sixty seven other middle and high schools in an all day event. After six rounds of competition, the team placed 24th of 67 teams.

On March 28th the same students traveled to RHAM High School to participate in the annual CTEEA conference and VEX competition. With a redesigned robot, the students competed against twenty four middle and high school teams and placed twenty out of the twenty four. For the first time competing in these venues, the students did very well and took away an abundance of knowledge on engineering and design.

MSP Students in Northern Region Music Festival
March, 2013

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 Twenty-six students from the Middle School of Plainville participated in the Northern Region Middle School Festival sponsored by the Connecticut Music Education Association. This record number of MSP students represented their school in the mixed choir and treble choir performing advanced music under the direction of two talented directors. Their performance drew a sold out audience of 750 spectators from around the state and ended with a standing ovation! Pictured are twenty-five of the students who participated. Additional pictures include the mixed choir in which the boys participated and the treble choir in which the girls participated.


MSP Bystander to Ally Program Subject of "Making the Grade" on NBC Television News

February, 2013


MSP Technology Education Program Wins Program of Excellence Award
January, 2013

Congratulations to Camille Westfall and Kim Coyle, technology education teachers at MSP. Sponsored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle, or high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. On the state level, a certificate of achievement is granted at the affiliated association's annual meeting. At ITEEA's annual conference, the honoree is formally presented an engraved plaque and given other recognition.  This is a tremendous honor.  We are very fortunate to have  these two teachers here in Plainville teaching our children the 21st Century Skills they will need to compete in our rapidly changing world. Ms. Coyle and Ms. Westfall are pictured to the left with Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching, Board of Education Chairperson Andrea Saunders, and Principal Matthew Guarino at a recent BOE meeting.





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