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Holocaust Remembrance Day Event at MHS

Holocaust RemembranceOn Monday morning, April 8th, a high school assembly in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day took place in the Millbrook High School auditorium. 

For more information including a video of the presentation, please click on the link below.

Poughkeepsie Journal

A special thank you to our presenters:

(Seated L to R): Kurt Malkischer, Jean Malkischer

(Standing L to R): Suzanne Federman, Henry Federman

Reading Celebration at Elm Drive Elementary School

Elm Drive StudentsElm Drive Students

On Friday, March 22nd, Mr. Hammell's second grade class and Mrs. Bopp's kindergarten class came together to celebrate the conclusion of their non fiction reading unit in Readers Workshop. The kindergarten students proudly read a non fiction book of their choice to their second grade reading partner, while their partner eagerly guided them through areas of difficulty. The second graders then read the same book to their kindergarten partner. They modeled how fluent readers read, attending to expression, accuracy, and fluency. All students truly enjoyed the experience. It was a wonderful way to bring readers together to celebrate the reading journey that they are all taking together!


Students Participate in Elementary All-County Festival

Elementary All County Participants

Alden Place Elementary School students and Millbrook Middle School students participated in the 2013 Elementary All-County festival March 8th and 9th at Webutuck High School.

Students were selected for the festival in a rigorous audition process, spent several months in rehearsal, and represented Millbrook in the All-County Band, Orchestra, and Chorus during the festival. After hours of rehearsals with students from across Dutchess County, each ensemble performed an exceptional concert program on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to our participants!



MCSD Hosts Family Fitness Night

Family Fun Night

On Friday March 15, 2013 the Millbrook Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) hosted their first annual Family Fitness Night at Millbrook High School. The event, which was spearheaded from Michelle Obama’s President’s Challenge, consisted of five stations:

1. Cardiovascular – headed by Joe Carbone – consisting of drums alive activities.
2. Upper body strength, run by student Evan Jacques and Tommy Cummings.
3. Agility, directed by Keith Russell.
4. Flexibility, run by Kirstin Rappleyea.
5. Core Strength, led by Judy Fox of Pulse Fitness.

In addition, PTO member Jane Williams manned a snack station that encouraged heart healthy living.

The PTO would like to give a special thank you to all of the participants as well as:

  •  Judy Fox of Pulse Fitness
  • The members of the Millbrook High School Athletes Helping Athletes program
  • Joe Carbone and Keith Russell (Millbrook Physical Education teachers)
  • Stewarts Shops
  • Hudson Valley Renegades

We look forward to continued support and attendance in the future!

Tribute Gardens Scholarship Recipients Announced

Tribute GardensEmily Koehler (pictured left) and Kendra Weller (pictured right) were named as the recipients of the $20,000 Tribute Gardens Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit a balance between scholastic ability and high character and citizenship.  As a community foundation, The Tribute Garden has also contributed to other worthwhile community projects to enrich the lives of many in Millbrook.

This is a great tribute for these two exceptional seniors, and serves as a testament to their abilities and character.

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.   

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