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    A Scene from the play
    Nicola Davies

    The fall play ran for four performances this weekend.

    A Scene from the play

     The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1936, still resonates today and is a popular High School Production.  Written by George Kaufman and Moss Hart it tells the story of the collision between an eccentric family and a more establishment one and how they reconcile their politics and differences and eventually get along. 

    The cast played to an appreciative audience in the High School Little Theater. The production is directed by WHS English and Theatre Arts teacher Heather Delude and assistant directed by WHS junior Brielle Flavin.

    Dancing mascots entertain students
    Nicola Davies

    Ahead of Homecoming, students enjoy Friday afternoon pep rally.

     

    Dancing mascots entertain students

    High School students enjoyed the annual pep rally on Friday ahead of Saturday's Homecoming. Students were entertained the WHS band; the school mascots danced. Each fall sports team was introduced and interviewed about their team's fall performance, the homecoming court paraded around the basketball court ahead of the annual staff student basketball game. Despite a valiant effort, the staff team lost.

     

    Students in the Homecoming Court
    Ms. Naeem tries to reach for the ball
    drawing of house with the roof coming off and fireworks exploding out of the top
    Nicola Davies

    Buy Tickets for the Fall Play, click read more below.

    Buy Tickets for the Fall Play here.

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    Richard Ploss
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    Principal Feltz at the veterans on stage at Middlebrook
    Nicola Davies

    Twenty five veterans with connections to Middlebrook were honored in Veterans Day assemblies

     

    Principal Feltz at the veterans on stage at Middlebrook

    Veterans day was marked in each Wilton school with assemblies and visits by veterans to each school. Middlebrook welcomed around 25 veterans and their families. The veterans were invited onto the auditorium stage and their service was recognized. The assembly included performances by music students and a short video with students and staff and recognizing the veterans in their lives.

    1st Violinist arrives in a coffin
    Nicola Davies

    Maestro Snarlin' Karlan lead the orchestra of the un-dead for the first concert of the year.

    1st Violinist arrives in a coffin

    Eighth grade orchestra students had their first taste of performing on stage at the High School this week at the annual Halloween Spooktacular concert. As well as performing, the eighth graders had the opportunity to listen to the High School concert orchestra and wind ensemble play a variety of spooky numbers including the Sorcerer's Apprentice, Thriller and Rosen eating zombies from outer space.

    Concert orchestra made a memorable arrival on stage, first violinist Gayathri made a grand entrance being wheeled on the stage in a closed coffin as part of a funeral procession.

    The final number of the night saw the eighth graders playing with the High School students. Orchestra director Mr. Karlan hoped that the night had made a big impression on the middle school students. He wrapped up the evening inviting them all to continue their music education next year as part of the High School Concert orchestra.

    Masked Orchestra on stage
    Red Ribbon Week, pledge to be drug and alcohol free
    Nicola Davies

    Making positive choices to stay drug and alcohol free.

    Red Ribbon Week, pledge to be drug and alcohol free

    Red Ribbon Week kicked off on Friday at Middlebrook School. Daily events are scheduled to reinforce the important message of making positive choices to stay drug and alcohol-free.

    Kevin Wanzer visited school and spoke to the entire Middlebrook student body on Monday. Kevin delivers inspiring programs on remaining drug free (with specific messaging about the dangers of vaping, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs), making responsible positive choices, and bullying prevention in a fast-paced, hilariously effective, entertaining way. Kevin helps young people understand and appreciate that they can be successful, socially accepted and happy while also remaining authentic, drug-free, strong, and kind to each other. The assembly's message was a highly entertaining and amusing for the gathered students.

    Each lunchtime this week Mrs. Leonard is in the cafeteria encouraging students to sign the pledge to be drug and alcohol free. This years theme is LEAD - learning, empowerment, acceptance, dedication. 

    Isaac Bayoh talking to a group of 7th Grade Students
    Nicola Davies

    Seventh Grade Students heard about the work of the U.N. from someone who works there every day.

    Isaac Bayoh talking to a group of 7th Grade Students
    Seventh grade students spent their social studies class in the presence of an important visitor from the United Nations on Friday. Isaac Bayoh, a Permanent Youth Representative in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Mr Bayoh spent the day bringing the work of the U.N. alive by giving students a virtual tour around the inside of U.N. headquarters in New York; highlighting the U.N.’s 17 sustainable development goals and explaining how young people around the world are promoting positive change and progress on these goals.

    The seventh-grade social studies curriculum at Middlebrook explores and discusses the role the United Nations plays in global development, peace-building, protecting human rights, and promoting sustainability in all regions of the world.

    Mr. Bayoh also spoke about his experiences growing up in Sierra Leone and emigrating to the United States when he was only 17 years old. He talked about believing in himself and believing in the power of being intentional, inspiring and empathetic. Isaac explained how the kindness of others coupled with his own hard work and perseverance led him to a prestigious position at the U.N. at the age of 20. In his presentation he referenced some long-standing Middlebrook values - "Character is what you do or say when no one else is looking." and "We treat others as we want to be treated". Students left with a new appreciation of how hard work and seemingly small acts of kindness could dramatically alter someone's life.

    ‘You are going to change the world, you matter, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something’ 

    “We hope that students left feeling inspired and empowered in their ability to achieve anything they set their minds to and to create and influence positive changes in the world’ said seventh grade social studies teacher Jen Kaminski. After the presentation, one student reported that they felt "inspired and more confident" after hearing Isaac speak,"It was a life-changing 40 minutes".   


     

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    New Teachers pose with administrators in WHS library.
    Nicola Davies

    Cider Mill introduced five new teachers today during new teacher orientation.

    New Teachers pose with administrators in WHS library.

    Tuesday, August 20th was the first day of school for five new teachers at Cider Mill. There are twenty-five newly hired teachers across the whole district. Maria Coleman, Director of Human Resources welcomed the group and shared that the newly hired teachers in the room represented ‘The top 5% of our applicant pool of 550 applicants.’ She also shared ‘Sitting among you, valedictorian from Wilton high school, a Fulbright scholar and a professional musician whose music was featured at the Sochi Olympics. You are the best of the best and you should feel very proud to be here. We hope Wilton will become your forever home.’

    Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith spoke next, he encouraged all new staff to search for the twitter hashtag #WiltonWayCT.  “I challenge and invite you to visit it and post to it, it will make your day.” In what has become an annual tradition in the Smith Family, Dr Smith asked his own children for their advice for the new teachers. Dr Smith’s five children range in ages from 3rd grade to a High School Freshman and their wise words were:

    • We know how hard your jobs as teachers are.
    • Get to know your students.
    • Be creative.
    • Play lots of games, smile and give out lots of candy.

    Chris Finkelstein, Chair of the Wilton Board of Education spoke next:

    ‘As you begin your work, you are joining a community that enthusiastically embraces its teachers and supports it schools. Wilton teachers develop strong relationships with families. In our family, we frequently exchange stories about teachers who mean a lot to us. Our community shows support through schools in many ways – investing in them, supporting them on the football field, attending music and drama performances. This is an exciting time to be starting your tenure, teachers are the center of everything’

    Chuck Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Andrea Leonardi, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services also spoke reinforcing the days theme of fostering relationships, increasing student engagement and helping students to take risks to meet their goals.

    ‘Success is when students come in smiling, telling you stories and relating something you taught them to something that happened to them in the world outside of the classroom’ said Leonardi.

    The meeting ended with Dr Smith presenting each new hire with their Class of ’19 Wilton shirt. New teachers then returned to their own school to continue their orientation day.

    The new teachers at Cider Mill are:

    • Beth Bakst – Music
    • Margaret Barbieri – 5th Grade Teacher
    • Ethan Bourque – School Counselor
    • Erin Crowley – 5th Grade Teacher
    • Sara Ando – Teacher of Hearing Impaired
    5th grade audience listen to 6th Dimension band
    Nicola Davies

    The trip gives Cider Mill students a taste of Middle School.

    5th grade audience listen to 6th Dimension band

    This week the annual tradition of Fifth graders toured Middlebrook took place. The Fifth graders enjoyed a performance from the sixth grade chorus and our advanced sixth grade stage band, The Sixth Dimension. The visiting students toured Middlebrook led by the seventh graders who will be serving as WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders next year. This complex event was pulled together by Ms. Bonnie O’Brien, the school counselor for the rising sixth grade, in collaboration with colleagues from the music and counseling departments as well as our WEB leadership.

    The event is one of great excitement for the fifth graders as they learn how things will be different next year when they reach Middle School.  Students are looking forward to the increased independence of middle school – no more walking in a line. They are looking forward to switching classes and having the opportunity to meet and work with different students in every class. Gym at Middlebrook is an exciting prospect for many. There are many new games to be played and things to try – the rock-climbing wall for example.

    The most exciting thing about Middle School?  Our survey reveals the same results as last year - free seating in the cafeteria and the much better lunch food options!

     

    Toni Boucher, Jennifer Elvgren, Fran Kompar
    Nicola Davies

    Author of The Whispering Town, talked to students about the book and her writing process.

    Jennifer Elvgren visits Cider Mill

    Author Jennifer Elvgren visited Cider Mill on Thursday as part of the Wilton Reads 2019, she talked about her book ‘The Whispering Town’ which is a fictionalized account of a true event that happened in the town of Gilleleje, Denmark during World War two.

    Every student heard her story about the writing and illustration process she undertook for her book. She also provided a background on the German occupation of Denmark during the second world war.

    Fifth grade students had the opportunity to join her for lunch and a further question and answer session in the Library Learning Commons. She shared with the students that her top tips for writers were to read, read, read; to spend time outside in nature for inspiration; to not be afraid of kind criticism and to have a group of friends to trust and help you through set-backs and hard times. 

    High School Students pose with Bee character
    Nicola Davies

    WHS students visit Cider Mill with a message of inclusivity.

     
    High School Students pose with Bee character

    April is Inclusion/ Diversity Awareness Month. Wilton High School’s Top Inclusion Models (TIMs) traveled to Cider Mill to put on a show for the students. They performed ‘Do the Right Thing,’ based on the book ‘Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun’ The short play celebrates kindness, courage and doing the right thing.

    Top Inclusion Models is a High School Club whose mission is to promote inclusion of all students regardless of ability or differences.

    Logo for WEF smarter than a 5th Grader
    Nicola Davies

    The Competition Returns on March 22nd. Here's how to get tickets.

    When: Friday, March 22, 2019
    Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, show will start at 7 pm
    Where: Middlebrook Auditorium

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    Five new teachers join the Miller-Driscoll family
    Nicola Davies

    Miller-Driscoll welcomes five new teachers to school.

    Five new teachers join the Miller-Driscoll family

    Tuesday, August 20th was the first day of school for five new Miller-Driscoll teachers. They are among twenty-five newly hired teachers in Wilton Public Schools. Maria Coleman, Director of Human Resources welcomed the group at the annual New Teacher Orientation meeting and shared that the newly hired teachers in the room represented ‘The top 5% of our applicant pool of 550 applicants.’ She also shared ‘Sitting among you, valedictorian from Wilton high school, a Fulbright scholar and a professional musician whose music was featured at the Sochi Olympics. You are the best of the best and you should feel very proud to be here. We hope Wilton will become your forever home.’

    Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith spoke next, he encouraged all new staff to search for the twitter hashtag #WiltonWayCT.  “I challenge and invite you to visit it and post to it, it will make your day.” In what has become an annual tradition in the Smith Family, Dr Smith asked his own children for their advice for the new teachers. Dr Smith’s five children range in ages from 3rd grade to a High School Freshman and their wise words were:

    • We know how hard your jobs as teachers are.
    • Get to know your students.
    • Be creative.
    • Play lots of games, smile and give out lots of candy. 

    Chris Finkelstein, Chair of the Wilton Board of Education spoke next:

    ‘As you begin your work, you are joining a community that enthusiastically embraces its teachers and supports it schools. Wilton teachers develop strong relationships with families. In our family, we frequently exchange stories about teachers who mean a lot to us. Our community shows support through schools in many ways – investing in them, supporting them on the football field, attending music and drama performances. This is an exciting time to be starting your tenure, teachers are the center of everything’

    Chuck Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Andrea Leonardi, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services also spoke reinforcing the days theme of fostering relationships, increasing student engagement and helping students to take risks to meet their goals.

    ‘Success is when students come in smiling, telling you stories and relating something you taught them to something that happened to them in the world outside of the classroom’ said Leonardi.

    The meeting ended with Dr Smith presenting each new hire with their Class of ’19 Wilton shirt. New teachers then returned to their own school to continue their orientation day.

    Teachers joining Miller-Driscoll are:

    • Lindsay Arcuri – 2nd Grade Teacher
    • Danielle Cummings – Reading Interventionist
    • Megan Garcia – Special Education
    • Heather McGuinness – LLC
    • Iain Tait – Music
    What's The Scoop?
    Richard Ploss

    What's the Scoop? Information on Drop-Off, Pick-Up, Lunches...it's all here!

    Click the image or here for details. 

    Speech bubble over Miller-Driscoll School with "It's Supply List Time" in the bubble.
    Miller-Driscoll School

    Click here or on the image above, to download the list and information on how you can have the shopping done for you!

    Speech bubble over Miller-Driscoll School with "It's Supply List Time" in the bubble.

    Click here or on the image above, to download the list and information on how you can have the shopping done for you! 

    Student dressed like a bee
    Nicola Davies

    Students dressed up like bees to celebrate what it means to 'Be Kind'

     

     

     

    Winners of the Dress Like a Bee competition at Miller-Driscoll

    Returning for a fourth year, 'Dress Like A Bee' is a visual and fun way to talk about what it means to be kind, and how every single student can be kind in their own way. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up and pollinate kindness around the school.

    The event is part of April's diversity and inclusion awareness month and is supported by the Wilton SEPTA.

    Callie, in first grade shared what kindness means to her "By treating others the way you want to be treated. And if you see someone playing by themselves, ask them to play with you, even if you don't know them.  And you never know, they might become your friend."