Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Golden Awards for April

Who were the Golden Award winners?  Check out the picture below!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring 2014 Climate Survey Results

Did you know that 94% of the Macdonough School parents stated that "Extra efforts are made to welcome families" all or most of the time?  See the results from the Spring 2014 Climate Survey!

Spring 2014 Climate Survey Results

Macdonough School

All of the time
Most of the time
Some of the time
None of the time
1. My child likes to come to school each day
2. I feel like students in this school are friendly
3. I feel that this school is physically safe.
4. I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and ideas at this school.
5. I feel my child’s peers treat him/her fairly.
6. I feel adults in this school treat me fairly.
7. I feel there are trusted adults who my child can go to / talk to for help.
8. My child’s trip to and from school is a positive / safe experience.
9. My experience with parent-teacher conferences is positive.
10. Extra efforts are made to welcome all families.
11. The PTA / PTO is culturally responsive to all families.


Monday, April 21, 2014


Today the kindergarten children learned about an octopus.  They read books about them and wrote sentences as well.  Mrs. Spaman even brought in an octopus to show the class. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Easter From Kindergarten

Goodbye To The Beard 2014

Miss Morello's class won a contest!  The prize?  Shaving Mr. Romeo's beard.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kindergarten Information Tonight

This evening many of our 2014-2015 incoming Kindergarten students came to the school for Kindergarten Information Night. Parents were guided on a school tour by Mrs. Lenihan and Mrs. Spaman while the children were treated to stories by Principal Romeo. Parents also had the opportunity to make their appointments for Kindergarten Registration which is on Thursday, May 8th this year. If you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall, please call Kelli Swan in the office at 860-347-8763 to set up your appointment. It is such an exciting time for both parents and our incoming kindergarteners.

Fourth Grade Field Trip to East Asia!

Mr. Ferrero's class learned about East Asia on a recent field trip to Wesleyan University.  Through the Wesleyan Outreach Program, our students learned about the culture of this far away region of the world.

Students learned soranbushi, a Japanese dance that told a story about fishing. 

Then they learned the ancient art of origami.

Finally they practiced calligraphy as they learned about and drew Chinese characters.

All students had a great time!  Learning is fun at Macdonough School!

Book Buddies!

Mrs. Walsh's first graders and Mrs. Ellis' fifth graders meet weekly to pair up and read with each other. Students have been doing a phenomenal job staying focused and reading with their book buddies during our time together. To reward students for their great behavior, all students received a special treat this week!

Supper @ Macdonough

New Supper Program coming to Macdonough School on April 21st.  Students in our after school programs will receive nutritious supper meal!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Week of the Young Child

This is Week of the Young Child. We have some fun events planned in the Family Resource Center and Preschool. Come join us from 9:00 to 10:30! Monday is Teddy Bear Picnic at Playgroup. Tuesday is Family Walk Around the Neighborhood. Wednesday is Family Day in the Gym. We will have breakfast, an art show and crafts set up. Thursday is a Field Trip to Middletown High School's Agriculture Center. Friday we will be having an Egg Hunt at 10:00. Additionally, art work from Middletown preschools are on display at the Russell Library. Check out the paintings from our own Family Resource Center's Play and Learn toddlers. Created using Duplo cars and pastel paint. Congratulations to all the preschoolers!

Elementary is Engineering

Three Macdonough teachers at Elementary is Engineering conference today!

Mrs. Lata, Mrs. Ellis, and Mrs. Brick are learning all about how to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into our fifth grade curriculum!!

All-City Music Festival

Each Spring, students in grades four through twelve gather together at Wesleyan's Freeman Athletic Center to perform in a musical extravaganza. This year, Macdonough sent over twenty students to the All-City Music Festival.  Students are required to work on music in class as well as attend weekend rehearsals.  The show was excellent, congratulations to all involved!


Middletown Half Marathon

Macdonough School was well represented at the Inaugural Middletown Half Marathon, Four Mile Race, and Kids Fun Run. 

Students, parents, and teachers ran in all events and our Family Resource Center hosted one of the water stops!

Enjoy the photos in the slideshow below (just click on the arrow to advance!).

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kindergarten Presents "A Show about Spring"

Today the kindergarten children put on a show for the school and families.  The show was called "A Show about Spring"  Bravo, to the kindergarten children. 

4th Annual Recess at Wesleyan

From Wesleyan University's Athletic Website:

Children from Macdonough School in Middletown Join Wesleyan Student-Athletes for 4th Annual Recess at Wesleyan Thursday, April 3, 2014

Approximately 60 student from the Macdonough School in Middletown came to Wesleyan for recess Thursday, April 3, 2014. It was the fourth year in a row that an area school has been invited to Wesleyan's Bacon Field House for a noontime recess in eary April. Student-athletes from numerous Wesleyan athletic teams have spent lots of time at Macdonough over the last four years to act as role models and speak to the student there on a variety of topics, including such concerns as sportsmanship. Student at the school have been working hard over the last two months earning tickets through good behavior to be able to attend the recess as only 10 students per class earned the opportunity to participate. An array of photos from Recess at Wesleyan, 2014, showing the children in activities such as kickball, basketball, soccer kick, obstacle course, football arrow throw, and disc toss alongside Wesleyan students-athletes and interns from the sports of men's & women's basketball, men's ice hockey, men's & women's soccer, men's & women's swimming & diving, women's crew, field hockey and football, as well as the Wesleyan Cardinal, can be viewed by clicking < here >.

recess at wes, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Macdonough Selected for Cool School Segment!

Macdonough School has been selected to be featured on Channel Three's COOL SCHOOL segment.  Taping to take place on April 23rd!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mobile Dental Program visits Macdonough School

One of the rooms in the Health Center has been transformed into a dental office as Macdonough School is visited by the Community Health Center's Mobile Dental Clinic. Many of our students will have the opportunity to see the dental hygienist for check-ups and cleanings!

The Mobile Dental Clinic visits Macdonough School twice each year - once in the fall and again in the spring.

If you would like your child to have access to this program, please call the school and ask for information on the Community Health Center at Macdonough School

The Amazing Kaamar and His Juggling Friends

The Amazing Kaamar and His Juggling Friends perform at the SURFS Up Celebration!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy - Macdonough Style!

If you were at the SURFS Up Celebration today, you got a sneak peak at our newest music video! 

Can you spot Spring at Macdonough?

The crocuses have come up! Planted by the Garden Club in the fall of 2012.

Friday, March 21, 2014

First Grade Violinists

Two students from Mrs. Walsh's class have been taking violin lessons.  They brought their instruments to music class today and played for our whole class!  Both girls did an amazing job! 

Kindergarten Field Trip

Today the kindergarteners took a field trip to La Boca resturaunt on Main St.  They had a Mexican lunch.  The students have been learning about Mexico in class. 

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