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MMS Students Participated in Cupcakes for CAPE

Millbrook Central School students participated in Cupcakes for CAPE on Saturday, April 27th. This event was open to middle and high school students from the area and we had 9 participants all from the middle school. MMS WON 4/5 CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST IN SHOW!! The competition even had multiple teams from vocational culinary programs (BOCES). Thank you to all who came out to support this event. Congratulations to all of the student participants!

Sophie Weller - Most Creative
Victoria Bonadonna - Healthiest
Gabby Migliore, Stephanie Williams & Caroline Malles (aka The Cupcake Clique) - Best Junior Baker
Jessica Rugar - Best In Show

Other middle school participants were:
Grace Rappleyea, Brittany Arnold & Kiri DiCintio



Mrs. Jordan's Students Participate in a Creative Movement Class

Creative MovementMrs. Jordan's class had an extra spring in their step Monday afternoon. Mrs. O'Hearn, a dance instructor and parent of a student, graciously came in to teach a creative movement class with the students. The entire class was centered around the four seasons. Students became snowmen and then slowly melted away. They became birds by using colorful scarves as they soared through the springtime air. Then they formed their bodies into picnic foods and utensils to represent summer. At last, they used fall covered ribbons to show the movement of leaves. This was a wonderful experience and a great launching point for our upcoming work with The Vanaver Caravan Professional Dance and Music Company.





Elm Drive Students Enjoy Maple Sugaring Demonstration

Maple Sugaring DemoOn Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Elm Drive First Graders saw a demonstration of maple sugaring with their teachers and many parent volunteers. This field trip did not require a bus, just walking boots to first grade teacher, Mrs. Rizzo’s house on Maple Ave. Mr. Eglinkski, the parent of first grade student Atticus, demonstrated the steps for gathering maple sugar. He started his discussion standing in front of a maple tree with a drill and spout and the bucket that was attached to the tree. The students noticed that most of the contents inside the bucket had frozen due to the cold temperatures. Mr. Eglinski informed us that the sugar does not freeze. Mr. Eglinski explained the process of boiling down many gallons of the sap to make the small amount of the final product, maple syrup. We were all treated to a spoonful of the dark maple syrup that Mr. Eglinksi had boiled down at his home. The students will always remember our outdoor maple sugaring experience and one of nature’s finest gifts, pure maple sugar!

ESL Night Held at Alden Place Elementary School

ESL Night

Families of Millbrook’s ESL program came together on Thursday, April 11, at Alden Place Elementary School, to talk about eating healthy and making better food choices everyday.

The families participated in many fun and exciting activities. Everyone watched a short educational cartoon on eating healthy. Then they sampled some different food choices from each food group. Participants were quizzed and rewarded prizes for demonstrating their knowledge of the food groups and serving sizes.

Finally, families visited stations where volunteer teachers and staff helped each family to make and try a new recipe. All the recipes were made with natural and healthful ingredients.

These recipes plus many more gathered from the families will be made into a multilingual recipe book so they can practice eating well and eating right at home.

MHS Inducted Eleven New Members to National Honor Society

NHS Induction

On April 10, 2013, eleven new members were inducted into the Millbrook Chapter of the National Honor Society. These high school students were selected for their scholarship, leadership, character and service (the four principles of NHS). Congratulations to Eva Anderson, Shannon Casey, Aaron deHaan, Audrey Dizon, Silvana Elezi, Lilith Fichtmueller, Corrina Garrett, Dylan Herrel, Adam Foord Munderback, Rory Shoemaker, Alexandra Straley and Ethan Wiltse.

The ceremony featured the current 44 members walking in with lit candles while member Kendra Weller played the piano. Shelby Whalen sang the National Anthem and Alison Marti sang Millbrook's Alma Mater. The Principal, Ms. Sandra Intrieri, gave the welcoming address. The principles of the National Honor Society were explained to the audience by the NHS officers: Chris Muscari (President), Connor Kyle (Vice President), Ryan Waters (Secretary) and Tyler DeMan (Treasurer). A slide show which displayed members' examples of the principles in action was created by Jessica O'Callaghan and a video featuring the members' advice for the inductees was created by Esteban Vega. Both were huge hits at the ceremony. Gift bags were given to each new Inductee with useful items for the future, such as a calendar to schedule peer tutoring dates. Current members gave personal speeches to welcome the new members. After the official tapping in and Induction, a reception followed, sponsored by the Millbrook PTO and Stewarts. A special thank you goes out to the Media Club and Mr. Tringali. NHS Advisors are Ms. Georgia Herring and Ms. Colette Alonge-Watz.

High School Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band Performed in a Preview Concert

Band ConcertOn Thursday evening, April 11th, the high school Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble held a preview concert in preparation for the upcoming Heritage Festival at Baltimore and Annapolis.

Over 200 people enjoyed the selections performed by the bands and led by band director, Mr. Craig Fryer.

The Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will be leaving for Annapolis on April 19th to travel to the festival that includes a performance by the Naval Academy Band.  It is also a competition for High School Bands, Choirs and Jazz Ensembles.  The groups are evaluated by nationally renowned adjudicators, including the Naval Academy Band director, and the schools compete within divisions. 

The students are excited about the competition, and the trip includes a visit to Medieval Times and Six Flags America.

Alden Students Participated in Dutchess County Science Fair

Alden Science Fair Participants

On April 6, 2013, four of our students from Alden Elementary School participated in the 54th annual Dutchess County Regional Science Fair: Jasmine Brace, Alice Rosi-Marshall, Ella Schnoor, and Jonathan DeStazio.

In order to participate at the fair, students had to do an individual project AND receive a place or honorable mention from our judges during our science fair here at Alden which was held on February 27th.

"The purpose of the fair is threefold: to stimulate in young people an active interest in science and engineering; to provide an educational experience through being exposed to the judges and other exhibits; and to give public recognition to talented students for the work they have done.

 Alice Rosi-Marshall received Honorable Mention and Ella Schnoor received Honorable Mention for a Chemistry Project.

Congratulations to all of our Alden participants!

Student Honored as Top 79 in the Country

M. DignanM. Dignan

Meredith Dignan was named in a national listing as one of the top 79 varsity volleyball playing sophomores in the country based on high school achievement. Only 2 girls from New York State made the top 79.

This is such an honor for an athlete with two years remaining in her high school career. Last year as a starting freshman on varsity Meredith made the special mention of the top 59 freshman in the country. Her ability to run Millbrook's offense this year is one reason MCSD Volleyball was so successful and why she was recognized for this great honor.

Congratulations Meredith!


Upcoming Present and Graduate MCSD Student Art Exhibits

Alumni Artists

 MCSD Art ShowWe have two Art Exhibits to present to you.

 1. The Millbrook Free Library is hosting our first "Millbrook Central Alumni Artists Come Home" Art Exhibit. More than a dozen graduates continuing in the Visual Arts, have each submitted two pieces done after graduation, for a collective exhibit on display through the month of April. The exhibit is up and open during Library hours through April 30th. A Reception will be held April 12th, at the Library, from 4-6 PM. You may go to the Millbrook Free Library home-site to read more about the Show.

 2. Our Annual "Millbrook Central School's Kindergarten through 12th Grade Art Show" opens April 13th at The Merritt Book Store. The Show will run from Saturday, April 13th, through Sunday, May 5th during Merritt Book store hours. The High School Art Club sponsored Artist's Reception will be this Sunday, April 14th, from 12-2PM.

Both exhibits are sure to interest and impress you all. Please, treat yourself to visit The Millbrook Free Library and the Merritt Book Store, to view the inspiring works of our present and graduate Millbrook Artists.

Millbrook CSD Students Excel at the Dutchess County Science Fair

 DC Science FairDC Science Fair

The 54th annual Dutchess County Regional Science Fair was held on April 6, 2013 at Dutchess Community College.  Listed below are the winners from the Millbrook Central School District and their awards.  Congratulations to all of the participants!

Evie Grainger: 11th grade - received Honorable Mention in the Grade 10-12 Category
Special Award: George E. Banta award

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