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First Grade and Kindergarten Students Share Reading and Writing Together

First Grade and Kindergarten StudentsKindergarten and First Grade Students

Mrs. Schindler's kindergarten class and Mrs. Hargrove's first grade class come together for reading and writing. Mrs. Hargrove's first grade class showed Mrs. Schindler's kindergarten class how to read with expression. The first grade student's practiced this skill in Reader's Workshop and then shared it with kindergarten. Mrs. Schindler's kindergarten class shared their published How-To-Books that they completed during Writer's Workshop. After sharing with first grade they had a publishing parade and proudly displayed their pieces on a hallway bulletin board. Both classes were very excited about this experience and did a great job teaching and listening to each other!

Elm Drive Students Visit the Sharon Audobon

Maple Sugaring

On Friday, March 15, Elm Drive's 2nd Grade students traveled to the Sharon Audubon with their teachers to experience the Maple Sugaring process first hand.  Students participated in a brief lecture and demonstration on the anatomy of the sugar maple tree and sap collection technique.  Students then traveled on the Maple Trail at the Audubon to actively help in the collection of sap from the sugar maple trees on while on the trail.  Students then entered the Audubon Sugarhouse to experience an actual sap boil (pictured) and used their five senses to explore the process of syrup production including the evaporator and tools used to change sap into syrup. They even got to taste the final product!

Students also experienced the living history of maple syrup fireside (pictured) as Audubon educators revealed the ancient legend of Chief Woksis, the use of hot rocks from the fire to evaporate the sap, and spreading of the news of how the "Great Spirit" had guided the making of this delicious new food called Sinzibuckwud (meaning, "drawn from the wood"). Students also learned about maple sugaring techniques during Colonial times and witnessed the creation of a Colonial spile that they were able to take back to their classrooms.

The trip was full of excitement and learning!



Mrs. Tegeler's Class Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's CelebrationMrs. Tegeler's Kindergarten class celebrated St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 18th.  Mrs. Concannon visited with the students, read them a story, and shared some traditional Irish items with them.  Thank you Mrs. Concannon!


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MHS Students Performed in a Cabaret Concert

Jazz BandMadrigals

The Millbrook High School Music Department presented a Cabaret Concert on March 13th in the High School Auditorium. The Cabaret Concert is an annual event featuring the Millbrook High School Madrigal Choir and Jazz Band. It is sponsored by the Millbrook Music Boosters, a parent-run organization that provides student scholarships and other opportunities for secondary music students. Our select auditioned ensembles enjoyed performing a lighter program of popular music in a more informal setting for parents and community members. It was a great turnout, and a successful performance for both groups!

Emily Koehler Named Voice of Democracy Essay Winner

Voice of Democracy WinnerMillbrook High School Senior, Emily Koehler, was named the Voice of Democracy Essay Winner by the Millbrook VFW Post 9008.  Emily received First Place honors in the local competition (out of 32 applicants).  She received First Place honors in the District 2 (regional) competition out of 152 participants.  District 2 includes Dutchess County, Orange County, Ulster County, Greene County, Columbia County, and part of Westchester County.  Emily received Fourth Place honors in the New York State competition.  Emily was awarded $25 as her local award and $300 as her District 2 award.   Emily's essay was on the relevance of the U.S. Constitution.  In her essay she explained how the Constitution is still relevant to life in today's world.

Pictured (left to right):  Sandra Intrieri-HS Principal; Georgia Herring-AP US History teacher; Emily Koehler-Award recipient; Lonn Moore-Millbrook VFW Post 9008; Wayne Butler-Millbrook VFW 9008 Post; & Walter Jacob-Millbrook VFW Post 9008.   

Check Out Our Art Department Site

Art DepartmentPlease click on the links below, scroll down then click on the video to see the events our art students are involved in!


Enriched Grade 8 Art





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Kent Art Association's Student Art Exhibition






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Middle School Art Shows 2011-2012

Maple Sugaring Demonstration at Elm Drive

Maple SugaringOn Tuesday, March 12th, Mr. Hammell made the arrangements for Elm Drive's 2nd graders to experience the maple sugar making process.  Jennifer Rubbo made a presentation on the science of maple sugaring.  Nathan, one of our junior scientists, also assisted in the presentation.  The 2nd grade students received first-hand knowledge about how maple sugar is made starting from tree sap to the final product.  It was a great experience for the 2nd grade students to see a real scientist from IES and one of our own student scientists in action.  The presentation served as a nice foundation for the 2nd grade field trip to the Sharon Audubon.  The 2nd grade teachers are certain that they have motivated some of their students to become future "junior scientists."  

MMS Participates in Read Around the Planet

Read Around the Planet

On March 4th, Mrs. Morton's reading students participated in a "Read Around the Planet" video conference connection with a class in Ewen, Michigan. Working in five groups, students planned & presented literature-based skits for their partner class. Skits included a musical rendition of Green Eggs and Ham, a Readers Theater adaptation of Oh the Places You'll Go, a performance of an excerpt from The Lorax, and an adaptation of The Three Little Pigs. The 5th group researched the village of Millbrook and did a presentation of local landmarks around our town. At the conclusion of our presentations, we were treated to some by our partner class in Michigan. It was a great experience resulting in a pen pal letter exchange!


Art Students Visit the Museum of Modern Art

MMS students visit MOMA

On February 28th, Ms.Cafarchio’s Enriched Art class visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The students took a tour with a museum educator and discussed various pieces of art. They sketched what they saw and talked about their different interpretations. Afterwards, they went into a studio to complete a collage art project with the theme of Identity. Ms. Cafarchio would like to thank the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley for the grant that helped us attend this great trip! After returning to Millbrook, the students blogged about their experience and shared their photos on their websites. You can check out the students websites via Ms. Cafarchio’s art class site at





Middle School Students Teleconference with Students in Columbus, Ohio

Teleconference at MMSTeleconference at MMS

Millbrook Middle School ESL students met up with a 7th grade middle school class in Columbus, Ohio via teleconference for Read Around the Planet on Tuesday, March 5th. Millbrook students prepared iMovies about our school, community, county, and NY State and presented poems that they had written. Both classrooms of students then asked and answered questions. The school in Ohio has over 700 students, all of them ESL students. They were intrigued about the small size of our Millbrook school as well as our district. The students from Ohio will follow up with postcards to us because they did not have enough time to ask us all their questions. Both classrooms plan on staying in touch.



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