Multicultural Festival Today!

The festivities begin at 1:00 pm. today! The Class of 2022 will treat you to dances, vocal performances, presentations, and so much more! The full program and schedule is available here.

Grade 5 Students Present "Hacked!"
Grade 5 students have been busy! Writing, filming, lighting, acting, producing...they've done it all to bring you what we all look forward to each year --
The 5th-Grade Play!

Tune in tonight:


5th-Grade Play Watch Party
Friday, May 29, at 6: 00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 864 7019 4688
Password: mphplay
Dial-in Audio: 646-558-8656
Re-watch the teaser video above!
MPH Senior Receives
National Merit Scholarship

Pierina (Peri) Cannavo has been selected as a winner of the National Merit Scholarship. According to their website, the mission of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)'s program is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC's scholarship programs are:

  • To promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular.
  • To shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education.
  • To stimulate increased support from individuals and organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent.

Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year by taking the qualifying Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT ®). From that pool of entries, 7,500 students will win Merit Scholarship® awards. They are chosen from the finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, PSAT/NMSQT selection index score, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay. 
Director of College Counseling Will Cardamone remarked , "Congratulations to Peri for this national recognition of her scholarship. She is a rare student who combines remarkable intellect, with a grounded persona and a great sense of humor. And of course, Peri is also the most knowledgeable Boston sports fan at MPH."
Missing the All-School Art Show? We've Got You Covered!

There is no substitute for the energy, excitement, and atmosphere of the All-School Art Show. A photograph cannot do justice to experiencing a large scale installation, subtle details in a painting, or the scale of a drawing. But in an effort to look back and celebrate some of the hard work that has come out of the Visual Art and Design Department, our student artists have put together a few pieces of artwork and some fun pictures of students working for your viewing pleasure. Department Chair Teresa Henderson comments, "I hope these works make you think, smile, and wonder, and I hope the fun photographs make you laugh, and help you to appreciate how much heart the students poured into their work."
In an effort to enhance your viewing pleasure, Ms. Henderson has this bit of advice:

Art is thought made tangible. It is not a passive form of entertainment; it requires questioning and active looking. If you would like help approaching and actively reading some of our pieces you can ask yourself questions such as:
  • Why do you think the student created this piece? What is the piece talking about?
  • What did the student need to do in order to create the piece? What tools did the student need to learn how to use? What challenges did they need to problem solve?
  • What details has the student included to build concept or craftsmanship?
  • How has the student continued to learn, grow, and improve?
Click the image above to view student artwork.
Click the image above to see our students at work!
Trick Shots of the Week

While R & W Day 2020 has passed, we couldn't resist showing you these awesome trick shots!
The English Department had this last-minute trick shot entry!
Mr. Ryan with a double double trick shot!
Ms. Thomann's unique volleyball moves!
Mr. Wright hits this trick shot out of the park!
A Passion for Butterflies!

Seeing our students develop their passions is one of the great joys of working at MPH! Seventh grader Evie McGuire Griffin is continuing her study of painted lady butterflies, and she has taken advantage of this time to hone her computer skills, creating a website to document her work. Mr. Vural says, "I love her genuine curiosity about science, and I can't wait to see what she does next!" Take a look at her website by clicking on the photo on the right.
Virtual, Yet Collaborate Drawing

Mrs. Zimmerman, a Pre-K and Kingergardten teaching assistant, was so excited to work with one of her students on a drawing project! Using the website and Zoom's screen-sharing fearture, the two were able to collaborate. Mrs. Zimmerman admits that her student did most of the actual drawing!
"MPH Tough Conversations"
Mr. Twomey-Smith's US Citizenship: Civic Engagement and Social Activism class has embarked on a new initiative, a series of "MPH Tough Conversations" designed and implemented by the students in the class. The goal of these conversations is to provide a peer-facilitated safe space for members of the MPH community to participate in controversial and difficult conversations.The members of the US Citizenship class have worked incredibly hard to make this happen. Topics will include: US citizenship, environment, educational equity, and current political climate.

This week, participants were asked to read through the Tough Conversations: US Citizenship Primer, where they could find a series of themes/ideas for specific topics, important articles with which they should be familiar, and a series of statements to think about. They were asked to arrive in the Google Meet with a piece of paper with "AGREE" written on one side, and "DISAGREE" written on the other. Throughout the conversation, the peer facilitators read a series of statements, after which participants would hold up the "agree" or "disagree" card. Then the "agree" group discussed why they agree, with emphasis on each participant having the opportunity to share, while the "disagree" group will listen. Then the "disagree" group would speak. It was also important that there was time and space provided for discussion based on that particular statement.
The students insisted on modeling and encouraging "civil discourse" (as identified in the MPH Palladium ), and as a result, all views and perspectives were heard. The group was reminded that these issues can evoke or elicit passionate responses, and that they should try to focus on the issue at hand rather than personalize.
"Alone We Dance Together"
Expression Through Movement

As we continue to adjust and adapt, our teachers are creating new ways to learn, create, and express themselves. While student dancers would normally be preparing for the 20th Annual MS/US Repertory Dance Concert, what they did instead is truly special. Mrs. Koziara gave the following assignment to her dancers:

This week we will begin a project that will hopefully capsulize the end of this school year from a dancer’s perspective. I plan to make a video that will not only serve as your final project, but will also become a part of our history at MPH. Over the next two weeks you will be asked to choreograph and videotape a 15 second solo of yourself in a special place in your home or garden. Your solos should convey the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on your lives. Select two or three words to express your feelings through movement. I have listed examples that you may use, or you can pick words of your own. Once the videos are edited together, we will choose music to go with them. This will be a powerful reminder of this time in our lives for years to come.

Watch this powerful piece below.
Lemonade, Planks, and Measurements: A Day in the Life of Grades 4 and 5

Grade 4 continues to work on their Lemonade project. This week we made layered lemonade, developed our own signature drink recipes, and made our menus. Take a look at this video that the students watched as part of this lesson.
Plus, our savvy fourth graders launched a convincing social media campaign for the lemonade stand -- take a look at some of their Instagram posts!
Grade 5 does plank challenge during morning meeting. Silliness ensued, and there were smiles all around as we kicked off our learning for the day.
An expert in the field of digital technology and photography, Rafael Concepcion pops in to give some advice to a pair of fifth graders working on lighting their scenes in preparation for the Grade 5 play.

Grades 4 and 5 use Morning Meeting time to learn about reasonable and unreasonable. Students selected an object in their home to share with the class and measured different household items with their measuring tool, picking items that would be reasonable and unreasonable to measure with that tool. The students had loads of fun while also practicing the use of fractions and choice of measuring tools. (Shhh! Don't tell them we were learning while having fun!) Here is a sample of student work: " I measured my house,(150 unicorns long) I measured a piece my carpet,(1/8 of a unicorn tall) and I measured a book (2 unicorns long)." -- Anya R.
Friday Concerts in Upper School
We have just a couple to share this week, but they are amazing!
Mr, Curtis plays "Sunny Side of the Street," a popular song from 1930, by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields.
Paul plays Handel Air and Variations from Suite No. 5 in E Major.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Junior Maya Heimes is working with the Red Cross to lead a Blood Drive on June 9 from 1:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. at MPH. Now more than ever the Red Cross needs your help! Simply click on the image on the right to schedule your time. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly followed!
Drum Roll Please...

Watch the video from Mr. Ridall to find out the results of Virtual R&W Day 2020!

Thank you to all who participated and to our wonderful PE staff for coordinating. We received some great photos and videos, so stay tuned for the complete Virtual R&W Day video that will be available soon!

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