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
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-LeadersThe 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
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 Annual MSP Spirit RallyOn 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 Chamber Singers Tour Elementary Schools
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 EventOn 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
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
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
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.
Read Across America Celebration
MSP had its annual “Read Across America” celebration on Wednesday, February 27th , in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Library Information teacher, Joyce Lynch, and library paraprofessional, Marcia Prokop, organized the event in which over two hundred students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participated as readers or listeners. Many teachers, administrators, and staff participated as readers as well. Students and teachers read and shared picture books, short stories and poetry.
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
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.
Future MeteorologistsThe 6th grade science classes recently completed a unit on meteorology. On December 7th, the 6th grade welcomed Ms. Rachel Frank, Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist on Fox 61 News, to our school. Ms. Frank shared a PowerPoint presentation with us and talked about how she "caught the weather bug" in Middle School. She shared her love of looking at the clouds and was impressed by the knowledge that our students have! Ms. Frank also talked about being a female in the field of meteorology and encouraged our girls to consider a field in the sciences. If you had the opportunity to see her "shout out" on the news about MSP, you would have seen her enthusiasm for what a great audience they were and how smart our MSP students are! We are very proud!
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
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.
Two Middle School students and their parents were among the recipients honored at the twenty-fourth Annual Superintendent's Award Luncheon on Thursday, November 1, 2012. 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 recieving their award at the luncheon.
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 $130.18. This year's winners were: 1st Place: "Kermit the Frog" (Tim DeJohn), 2nd Place:"The Principal of Darkness" (Matthew Guarino), 3rd
Place: "The Peanuts Gang" (6th grade teachers).
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.
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
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.
Opening Day at MSP!
Faculty and staff were thrilled to welcome back the students to the Middle School on September 4. We hope all students had a smooth and enjoyable start to the school year. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher, counselor, or administrator if you have a concern or question. Email is the best way to contact staff, but certainly call if you would prefer.
Messy Fun at the MSP Summer Extra-Innings Program
The Extra Innings Program is held throughout the school year at the Middle School of Plainville. The program is open to all Plainville students in grades 6 through 8, and runs for five five-week sessions per school year. There is also a Summer Program that is similar in structure to the regular school year program. The program has both academic and enrichment components and is designed to extend the school day for students. For more detailed information regarding the program, click on the link in the column to the left.
The photographs are of an event during which the kids got to cash in the bracelets they've been working to earn to make a total mess out of the Extra-Innings staff! This time they got to choose from eggs, a pie in the face, honey, chocolate frosting, chocolate syrup and sprinkles, rice, flour and water, jelly and fluff. It was SO gross, but SO fun!
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. Any complaint should be brought to the attention of the building principal or Title IX Coordinator – Dr. Maureen Brummett, Assistant Superintendent 793-3206. Section 504 concerns should also be brought to the attention of the building principal or Dr. Maureen Brummett, Assistant Superintendent 793-3206.
(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)