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MSP Chamber Singers Perform
MSP Supports Community With Costumes for Charity
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
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
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.
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 www.rachelschallenge.org for additional information.
Opening Day at MSP
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
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
Connecticut Association of Schools Honors Middle Level Scholar-Leaders
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
MSP students and their teachers gathered in the MSP
Chamber Singers Tour Elementary Schools Annual MSP Spirit Rally
Outdoor Spring Band Concert MSP
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
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.
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What's the "Buzz" About Reading at MSP
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
Read Across America Celebration
The library would like to extend a special thanks to Kari-Lyn Osborn and her 8th grade FACS classes who not only worked during class time but gave up time during enrichment to bake and decorate hundreds of cupcakes for the event. It was a fun day for all who participated.
MSP Bystander to Ally Program Subject of "Making the Grade" on NBC Television News
MSP Technology Education Program Wins Program of Excellence Award
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.
KIM Supports the Salvation Army
How do you teach young people what it means to give to others? How do you show young people how much their involvement in the community builds their own self-esteem and helps others? Have them join KIM, Kids in the Middle! Plainville Youth Services is proud to coordinate and facilitate the Middle School of Plainville student's participation in KIM. KIM is a volunteer and community service club for middle school students that provides unique opportunities that appeal to students who are not currently connected and gets them involved with meaningful activities and experiences through community involvement and activities. Plainville Youth Services is proud to work with many wonderful middle school students through the KIM (Kids in the Middle) program. Currently, we are helping the Salvation Army raise money for various relief efforts including Hurricane Sandy, for the families in Newtown and local families in need. The KIM volunteers rang the Salvation Army bell, and a group of talented KIM musicians played holiday classics on Saturday, December 22 from 10am to 4pm at Gnazzo's market.
Art Club Trip to the Hillstead Museum
The art club at the Middle School of Plainville, under the direction of art teacher Laura Meehan, recently attended at field trip to the Hillstead Museum in Farmington CT. Set on 152 hilltop acres, this 1901 country estate surrounded the students with an authentic, "real-world" interdisciplinary experience. Twenty of the art club members participated in a historical museum tour and discussions about the extensive art collection at the Hillstead museum. The museum collection includes Impressionist Art, Pre-Columbian pottery, Asian antiques and period furnishings. While at the Hillstead, the MSP students began a collaborative group art project inspired by French impressionist Edouard Manet. The completed puzzle-like mural is now on display at the Middle School of Plainville This field trip to Hillstead made classroom discussions on art and history come alive for the MSP students, and faculty and students alike are enjoying the beautiful work of art created by the art club.
MSP Students Participate in "Manufacturing Mania Day"
Gov. Malloy declared October, 2012 to be "Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month." Technology Education teachers Camille Westfall and Kim Coyle along with Music teacher Laurel Schwartz and 41 students from the Middle School of Plainville were chosen to attend the first annual Manufacturing Mania day at the State Armory in Hartford. “Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.” brings together a coalition of business and trade associations, educational institutions, economic development and workforce organizations, and manufacturers from throughout the state to focus on enhancing Connecticut’s manufacturing workforce and the industry. Founded on existing partnerships and a strong commitment to the growth of manufacturing statewide, “Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.” addresses a high priority among manufacturers—creating the next generation of skilled workers. The Expo showcased Connecticut’s manufacturing past, present, and future and provided an introduction to all that careers in advanced manufacturing and manufacturing engineering have to offer.
The students participated in a K’Nex Kompetition, which was a factory-simulation activity where students will take on different manufacturing jobs and work collaboratively to build a product to specification. The team that completes construction first and passes quality control will win. Students also viewed several video clips focused on different aspects of manufacturing careers and were introduced to the world of 3-D printing. Another exciting activity was a Manufacturing Scavenger Hunt which provided an opportunity for students to interact in a meaningful way with the exhibitors and learn more about what they do and how they do it. Each school will competed as a team and they used resources from the exhibit floor to find answers to a series of questions. Under the guidance of Mrs. Schwartz, MSP came in first place and won a pizza party!
Bystander to Ally Program at MSP
The Middle School welcomed back representatives from the ADL’s “A World of Difference” Institute to provide follow-up training in the Bystander to Ally program. Our cadre of student “Allies” in grades 6, 7 and 8 received additional instruction on effective strategies for being an ally to their peers. The Bystander to Ally program is part of the Middle School’s ongoing efforts to eliminate bullying and expand the positive climate at MSP. Dean of Students Tom Laudadio and health teacher Shannon Shea-Lyons coordinated the program with the ADL staff.
Award Winning Author Visits MSP!
Nutmeg nominated author Jordan Sonnenblick visited MSP on Wednesday, October 3rd. He presented at 3 assemblies, one for each grade 6, 7, and 8. His engaging presentations had both students and faculty simultaneously laughing and crying as he disclosed his motivation for writing his first book, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. At the time, he was an 8th grade English teacher who wrote the book to help out a student whose younger brother had cancer. His advice to students for becoming a happy adult was to find something they were good at and enjoyed doing. He encouraged them to pursue their dreams and not give up on them, even if life gets in the way.
Sonnenblick also held a writing workshop for 24 teacher selected students. During the writer's workshop, students were encouraged to look at his style of writing to see if they were able to replicate it. After writing, students shared their paragraphs aloud.
Many thanks to MSP's PTC whose very generous donation helped to make Mr. Sonnenblick's visit possible. Thanks also to Joyce Lynch, MSP library information teacher, for arranging the visit. It was an entertaining and inspiring day for all.
PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
It is the policy of the Plainville Board of Education that no persons shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against under any program including employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or veteran status. The Plainville Board of Education also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be brought to the attention of the building principal or district Title IX Coordinator – Maureen Brummett, Assistant Superintendent 793-3206. Section 504 concerns should also be brought to the attention of Maureen Brummett.
(Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
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