Hats off to our students whose work was on display in the Superintendent’s Gallery:
Grace Ruchala, Audrey Thronson, Nicolette Kennedy, Niclara Perkins, John Davis, Gabrielle Scibilia, Gwen Moran, Hannah Emery, Sabrina Paolino, Olivia Quenneville, Erin Procurot, Catrina Madden, Chloe Magee, Stephanie Patriakeas, Alyssa Mottola
Background on this project from Mrs. Dangora:
At the beginning of this school year, the Peabody Essex Museum sponsored the “Hats: An Anthology” exhibit. After viewing and thoroughly enjoying the exhibit, I decided to expose my sixth grade students to a “virtual tour” online. We viewed many of the hats on display, as well as quite a few British “Fascinators”. The women of the United Kingdom commission elaborate expressive and decorative hats for special occasions. At the same time, Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy, and we decided to celebrate the impending royal birth by creating our own expressive fascinators! Each student set about to construct a wearable work of art that tells the viewer about each artist. Colors, materials and textures were all carefully chosen by each student to express personality. The hats are all lined with baby pictures of each artist, which was fun for guesswork! Each student presented and justified their work in the class critique. We have discussed the idea of wearing them when the royal baby is born!
PTA Reflections: “The Magic of a Moment”
This National PTA program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students in Pre-K through grade 12. As participants in the PTA Reflections Program, students are encouraged to create works in the art categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Students submit artwork to Local PTAs. Works are judged by Local PTAs and the winning entries advance to the Council, District, Region, and/or State PTA round, depending on the State structure. Top entries from each State PTA Reflections contest advance to National PTA for the final round of judging.
This year, Molly Forget, Camille Schubert, Grace Ruchala and Rachel Schubert all participated in the PTA Reflections program for Bagnall. The theme for this year was, “The Magic of a Moment.” Grace Ruchala, Grade 6 and Rachel Schubert, Grade 2 both placed at the state level for their age group for their respective works, “Paradise” and “Baby Pigs” and will be invited to and recognized at the Reflections Awards Ceremony during the Massachusetts PTA Convention, April 26th-28th at the Red Jacket Resort in Yarmouth.
Pentucket High School Students- Making Beautiful Music at Bagnall
The High School Band, Strings Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble toured the elementary schools last week. They performed for and with our students. Bagnall Strings and Band students were invited to participate on stage during the concert. It was wonderful to see and hear both current and former Bagnall students sharing the joy of their music with us all.
MA Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization devoted to teaching three essential skills: Creativity, Teamwork and Problem Solving. Destination ImagiNation promotes these skills through its global problem solving program and tournaments for students of all ages. The Bagnall PTA supported 6 DI teams from Bagnall this year. There are also several MS teams comprised of former Bagnall students who participated in Destination Imagination. All of the teams participated in a March Tournament at Trition Regional High School. Two of the Bagnall teams were selected to participate in the state finals in Worcester: The Four Moustacheketeers and The Big Guns. A team of 8th grade girls, all former Bagnall Students, have been selected to participate in the Global Destination Imagination tournament in Tennessee for their service challenge in honor of the memory of their classmate, Ryan Reardon. We wish them our best at the Globals, and are so proud of their accomplishment! Read about it in the Daily News.http://m.newburyportnews.com/TDNN/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=GaS6wchF
Favorite Poem Project
Ms. Duda once again coordinated this popular event for our school as a kick-off to our April vacation week. Students, staff and parents are invited to share an oral reading of their favorite poem with the school community. The range of poems selected is always interesting, from humorous poems, to poems read in foreign languages, and poems designed to be read in parts. Students of all ages are invited to participate and many take advantage of that opportunity. Those who are not readers, get to enjoy the poems as audience members.
Students and staff at all grade levels work together to maintain a testing environment throughout the school during MCAS that supports our students in grades 3-6 who are taking MCAS. You,too, can help our students do their best work on MCAS by signing up to answer the doorbell during testing. MCAS dates are May 6-10 and May 13 & 14.
Below is a link to a schedule for those who would like to sign-up to volunteer for a two hour block. Click on the tab at the bottom for the month you want to sign-up. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Many, many thanks for your support.