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    Nicola Davies

    Two High School students were recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

    At the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday May 9th Two Wilton High School Students were awarded CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) Student Leadership Awards.

    The CABE Student Leadership Awards Program is designed to honor Connecticut High School and Middle School students who exhibit exemplary leadership skills.  Two students from each school in a CABE member district, are eligible to receive the Student Leadership Award.

    School staff nominate students who exhibit leadership skills that include:  willingness to take on challenges, capability to make difficult decisions, concern for others, ability to work with others, willingness to commit to a project, diplomacy, ability to understand issues clearly, ability to honor a commitment.

    Principal Dr. O'Donnell and Associate Principal Don Schels introduced the two High School seniors and spoke of their accomplishments.

    Kace Stewart

    Kace is an Eagle Scout. Through Boy Scouts he has developed a commitment to preserving our environment.  Kace has been a team captain of the junior varsity soccer team, he is a committee chairperson for the future business leaders of America and Vice president of the stock trading club. Kace is also a squad leader in marching band. Kace participates in Peervention, an organization where students chosen by faculty are trained to assist other students through difficult situations. As a member of Peervention Kace has been a mentor to a middle school student., a panel speaker during eight grade orientation and a student trainer. He is currently an executive council member of the organization. Kace can always be counted on to volunteer and to follow through when called upon. He is often the first to arrive to an event and the last to leave. Kace Steward has contributed much to the enrichment of the WHS community during his high school years and represents the best of our youth.

    Picture of Superintendent Smith, Kace Stewart, Associate Principal Don Schels and Board Chair Chris Finkelstein

    Madeline Burke

    Madeline has taken on leadership roles within the Student Government and Student Senate and has been a member of the Wilton Public Schools Science Curriculum Committee for the past three years as a Student Representative. Her involvement in clubs such as Prom Committee, Top Inclusion Models, SafeRides and Amnesty International have also played important roles in her high school career. Additionally, Madeline founded Project CARE which works to foster positive relationships between local police and the community and was one of two students chosen as a Student Ambassador for the County Assemblies 2018 Charity Ball.

    Madeline has played basketball for three years and uses her love of the sport to give back and enhance her leadership skills. She is Captain of the varsity basketball team, coaches a local youth clinic, and participates in a mentorship program with young athletes.

     

    Photograph of Wilton Seniors in their college spiritwear.
    Nicola Davies

    WHS to Graduate 38 College-Bound Athletes in Class of 2019

     

    Photograph of Wilton Seniors in their college spiritwear.

    WHS to Graduate 34 College-Bound Athletes in Class of 2019.

    Bottom Row - Left to Right

    Julia Skillin, Lehigh University - Lacrosse
    Andreen Reid, Southern CT University -Track and Field
    Grace Rava, Saint Michael's College - Soccer
    Emma Rothkopf, Brown University - Field Hockey
    Liela Hastings, Fairfield University - Swimming
    Sophia Strazza, Salve Regina University - Softball
    Avery Rowland,Trinity College - Swimming
    Arisa Cowe, Harvey Mudd College - Swimming
    Phoebe Beshlian, Skidmore College - Lacrosse
    Carly Sullivan, Pitzer College - Lacrosse
    Delia Freliech, Colorado College - Lacrosse
    Bridgette Wall, UMASS, Amherst - Lacrosse
    Anne Rava, Merrimack College -Track and Field
    Lindsay Groves, Boston College - Soccer
    Katherine Stevenson, William and Mary - Swimming
                
    Top Row - Left to Right            
                
    Tyler Previte, Air Force Academy - Football
    Cole Judelson, University of Tampa - Baseball
    Andrew Calabrese, Naval Academy - Lacrosse
    Cameron Farrar, Rutgers University - Soccer
    Stephen Batter, Cornell - Rowing
    Michael DiCostanzo, Western CT University - Football
    Matthew Graham, St. Lawrence University - Football
    Jack Ferguson, Univ of New England - Football
    Andrew Luciano, Mass Maritime Academy - Football
    Kyle Brody, Trinity College - Rowing
    Tyler Daher, Gettysburg College -Track and Field
    Dean DiNanno, College of the Holy Cross - Lacrosse
    Nico Benalcazar, Wake Forest - Soccer
    Ryan Schriber, University of Michigan - Lacrosse
    Zachary Dedrick, University of Notre Dame -Soccer
    Nicholas Condos, Elon University -Tennis
    Ryan Looney, Bentley University -Swimming
                
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    Quinn Fleming, College of the Holy Cross - Rowing
    Brandon Jonsson, Susquehanna University - Lacrosse 

    Cast on stage reading newspaper
    Nicola Davies

    Performances are in the Clune Center auditorium on May 17 at 8pm, May 18 at 2pm and 7pm, and May 19 at 4pm. 

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    WHS seniors pose with trophies
    Nicola Davies

    Wilton High School Musicians made the two day trip to Philadelphia this weekend.

    WHS seniors pose with trophies

     This weekend was the annual Wilton High School music adjudication trip. Each year the adjudication trip gives students the opportunity to play on a different stage for an audience of judges who will assess the performance against a set of criteria and offer feedback for the students on their playing techniques. Each year the music department and a committee of parent volunteers to plan the trip with military precision to ensure a great musical experience with maximum fun for all involved.

    This year 220 students, 20 chaperones and 8 members of the High School faculty travelled to The University of The Arts in Philadelphia to perform at the historic Gershman Hall. The students wowed the judges with ten performances from each of our ten musical ensembles. Musical groups performed over the course of an eight-hour day.  During each performance, a top-level judge recorded running commentary and written comments.  At the conclusion of each performance, the judge joined the kids up on-stage and held a clinic.  This was truly a great learning experience for the students and their teachers.

    Amazing results from the performances:  Out of 10 groups, 9 receiving the highest rating (Gold) and one received Bronze (all to thunderous applause).

     

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    Group

    Rating

    1

    Jazz 2

    Gold

    2

    Symphonic Orchestra

    Gold

    3

    Concert Band

    Bronze

    4

    Jazz 1

    Gold

    5

    Concert Orchestra

    Gold

    6

    Wind Ensemble

    Gold

    7

    Concert Choir

    Gold

    8

    Chamber Singers

    Gold

    9

    Madrigals

    Gold

    10

    Bottom Line

    Gold

    Two students were also cited/awarded for individual performances: 

    • Instrumental: Sean Carlson, Alto Saxophonist, member of Jazz 1 and Wind Ensemble, for multiple solos across both Jazz 1 and Wind Ensemble
    • Choral:  Brielle Flavin, a member of the Concert Choir and Madrigals, for her solo on “This is the Day”.
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    After a hard day of performing, the students spent the evening on the Spirit of Philadelphia cruise ship. Eating and dancing the night away cruising down the Delaware river seeing the sights by night and watching a firework show. The next morning, the group headed to Independence National Historic Park for a tour of Colonial Philadelphia tour, which included Independence Hall, the site of the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, creating both our country and our form of government.  They visited the Liberty Bell, the famous symbol of American Independence and freedom.  They visited the final resting place of America’s most famous founding father, Benjamin Franklin.  Given Franklin’s well-known quip "A penny saved is a penny earned", they each tossed a penny on his grave for good luck. Then it was on to Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, NJ… the largest Six Flags in the country for an afternoon of fun. After dinner, they gathered for an Awards Ceremony for the Adjudication the day before.  They were graded on a standardized scale and stellar performances by both groups and individuals.

     

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    Nicola Davies

    Two Middlebrook Students recognized by Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

    At the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday May 9th Two Middlebrook Students were awarded CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) Student Leadership Awards.

    The CABE Student Leadership Awards Program is designed to honor Connecticut High School and Middle School students who exhibit exemplary leadership skills.  Two students from each school in a CABE member district, are eligible to receive the Student Leadership Award.

    School staff nominate students who exhibit leadership skills that include:  willingness to take on challenges, capability to make difficult decisions, concern for others, ability to work with others, willingness to commit to a project, diplomacy, ability to understand issues clearly, ability to honor a commitment.

    Principal Lauren Feltz Introduced the two Middlebrook eighth grade winners and spoke of their accomplishments.

    Carly Pierson is an effervescent young lady who brings joy to those around her--teachers and students alike. She is a member of Team Change, a group that promotes positive change in the school environment. Carly was also one of the founding members of the Upstanders club, a group that speaks out and works against bullying in our school. In her classes, Carly works very hard and pays attention to details in order to go the extra mile. Quietly and unassumingly, she is a role model for the other students. She speaks up, ask questions, and always tries her best. Her teachers love that she is not afraid to be herself and is confident in her own skin. Outside of school, Carly is an accomplished equestrian who qualified for Medal Class of Fairfield County, a very selective and challenging riding class. She successfully competes as an equestrian most weekends and is able to manage her schedule and school work well. We are very proud of Carly, and we look forward to all that she will accomplish in her future with all her kind and caring ways.

    Photograph of Superintendent Smith, Principal Feltz, Carly and Board Chair Chris Finkelstein

    George Hahn is an exceptional CABE leader. Not only is he kind and caring with all of the members of the Middlebrook community, George is very involved in activities in the school. He is a member of the WEB Committee and Upstandards Club. George helps to create a safe and welcoming environment on the 8 Green team. He is a leader in every single class that he attends, and does so with a bright attitude and a warm “thank you” at the end of the day. George is not only a scholar, but he is also an athlete. While being a straight A student throughout his middle school career, he has been playing, football, basketball, lacrosse, and tennis. He is an accomplished member of the Wilton Lacrosse Team and also plays with the Express Premier League. We are proud to be able to present George as Middlebrook’s CABE Student Leader. 

    Picture of Superintendent Smith, George Hane, Principal Feltz and Board Chair Chris Finkelstein

     

     

    Mrs. Priest cuts the ribbon to official open the new Middlebrook greenhouse.
    Nicola Davies

    Visitors enjoyed an Earth day ribbon cutting for the new greenhouse. 

    Heather Priest talks to guests inside the greenhouse

    After three years in the planning, the Middlebrook Greenhouse was officially pronounced open today in a ribbon cutting ceremony this evening at Middlebrook school. The greenhouse was generously funded by  The Wilton Educational Foundation (WEF) and Wilton Continuing Education

    Brian Ladewig, Co-Chair of Wilton Education Foundation ‘Thanks, and a credit to Heather, your vision for what’s possible with students in terms of thinking about how to connect home, careers and sustainable agriculture and all that great work. It is such a credit to the spirit of Middlebrook School. Thanks for our Eagle Scouts who helped to build out the raised beds inside. WEF board appreciates that too.

    Renee Cahill, Co-Chair of Wilton Education Foundation said ‘ I am so impressed , it’s as beautiful as we thought it would be, all the back and forth, it was worth it.’

    Kevin Smith recalled the genesis of the Greenhouse project. “Imagine, it’s January 2016, a little snow on the ground, there were raised bed gardens all the way through (the area where the greenhouse is now), Heather was renovating her house and had brought in all her old windows to act as covers on the raised beds. ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have a greenhouse? Heather asked me ‘So I wouldn’t have to bring in all my old windows, we could grow all year round, and kids who were taking Family Consumer Science in winter would have a comparable experience with those taking it in the warmer months?’

    Funding for the project was secured early on through WEF and the Wilton Education Foundation. Dr Smith recounted that there were however hurdles to overcome with many other aspects of the project – ‘There was a problem with everything else, the size of the greenhouse, the location, the heat, the lights, the water, the corrugated roof, the drainage, the egress, the ingress. One by one, all the issues were sorted out and two and a half years later, in October 2018, we finally received a certificate of occupancy from the town’

    Emily Dowden from Wilton Continuing Education also spoke – “We are happy to support sustainability and growing student programs like this one and the needs of our students. Thank you, Heather. This summer we will be offering a farm to table program for our students. It will be held here at Middlebrook and run by Heather.

    The greenhouse will be operational during the school year. It's system of heating and fans allows the temperature to be regulated between 60F and 80F to optimize plant growth.  The greenhouse beds are already full of growing plants - spinach, kale, tomatoes are all underway. Mrs. Priest is also trying to grow squash and zucchini within the greenhouse 'I've had a real problem with squash vine borers in previous years, I am really hoping for success this year' she added.

    Students will learn about the greenhouse during their quarter in Mrs. Priest's Family and Consumer Science course.

     

    Two students pose with trophies
    Nicola Davies

    Middlebrook team perform exceptional well at CT Middleschool Debate League.

    Two students pose with trophies

    This past weekend, 60 members of the Middlebrook Debate Club participated in the final debate of the school year. These students worked very hard for this debate, arguing whether or not the United States should develop and implement human gene-editing. We wanted to share the amazing results for this final debate of the year!

    Team Results
    Out of 84 teams, five of our teams placed in the top ten! One of our teams placed in the top two in the tournament after three rounds. Both teams then faced off in a final fourth round in front of all the debaters, judges, and members of the association at the end of the competition on stage in front of a packed auditorium. This was the first time one of our teams has made it to the final round of any debate competition.

    The team of Katie in 8R, Gayathri in 8Y, and Sean in 8G debated the proposition side of the argument in this final round. A unanimous decision from three judges determined this team to be the winners of the entire debate. Katie, Gayathri, and Sean made Middlebrook Debate Club history on Saturday by becoming not only the first team to make it to the final round, but also be the #1 team

    Debate Club is advised by Mr. Panoli and Ms. Durkin.  Further information on the club can be found on the Clubs and Activities page of this website.

    Jennifer Roy meets students at Middlbrook
    Nicola Davies

    Author of the Yellow Star, talked to students about the book and her writing process.

    Ms. Roy talking to seventh graders

    Author Jennifer Roy visited Middlebrook on Tuesday as part of the Wilton Reads 2019, she talked about her book ‘Yellow Star’ and the research she undertook in order to write the book, which is based on the experience of her aunt, one of only twelve child survivors of the Lodz ghetto in Poland.

    Each seventh-grade social studies class heard Ms. Roy speak about her experience writing the book, she shared her research, drafting and editing process with the children as well as historical information about the Lodz ghetto and what it was like for Jewish people in Poland during the time of the second world war.

    An invitation to spend lunch with Ms. Roy was extended to all other students and around 70 joined her to hear her presentation and to ask questions about the book.

    The cafeteria is set up  for the International Food Festival
    Nicola Davies

    Middlebrook's International Food Competition took place on Thursday.  

     

    Winners and Mr. Bulenzi

    The International Food Festival took place on Thursday evening in the Middlebrook Cafeteria with over 100 entries inspired from the food traditions of 23 countries around the world.  France proved to be the most popular cuisine in the competition, with India and Italy close behind. The competition was broken down into three categories - appetizers, main courses and desserts.

    The International food festival has been managed for the last 10 years by 8th grade French teacher Simon Bulenzi. This was the first year that the PTA was brought on board to set up for the event, and manage the scoring on the day, roles previously been undertaken by the foreign language teachers. This freed up the teachers to judge for the first time, a role which they were clearly all relishing as it involved a great deal of tasting.

    Judging took place over two rounds. Two winning dishes from each of the 15 tables made it to the second round where a fresh, hungry batch of judges then faced the grueling task of determining which of the 10 items they tasted would be crowned the top three entries in each category. In all 66 judges were recruited from teachers, parents and town figures- the police department and Wilton volunteer ambulance were both there taking their judging responsibilities very seriously.

    Mrs. Priest commented ‘It’s all about flavor and freshness’ Perhaps she has picked up a few ideas to add into next year’s curriculum.

    The sheer variety and creativity of the dishes on show was breathtaking John Miscioscia, President of Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and judge for the afternoon was heard commenting ‘I came off my diet for this, I was so glad to be invited, this is such a great community event’

    Community was what it was all about. organizer Simon Bulenzi said “I enjoy the build up to the event, the sense of community and everyone working together to organize a great experience for the students”

    The Sixth graders swept the board by finishing top in each of the three categories:

    Jake in 6Y finished first in the appetizer section with his tuna tartare dish from Japan (picture bottom left),

    Sabir and Ahann also from 6Y was placed first in the main course section with their chicken tikka masala from India (picture top left).

    Madeline and Alexis from 6R finished first in desserts with their chocolate and raspberry roulade, from England (picture top right).

    Also pictured Mr. Bulenzi, 8th grade French teacher and baker!

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    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

    Mr Hossler and Students
    Nicola Davies
     

    Mr Hossler's Souper Bowl Challenge returned ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl showdown.

    Mr Hossler and Students

     Fifth Grade teacher Mr Hossler ran his Souper Bowl Challenge again this week. Returning for a fourth year, Cider Mill students were encouraged to bring to school a non-perishable item for the Wilton Food Pantry. The unique twist is that students use their item to vote for the team they want to see win the Super Bowl by placing it on one of two tables - one for the Patriots, and one for the Rams. In a surprising outcome, the Los Angeles Rams won the popular vote. Patriot fans disappointment was short lived, as the Pats. still managed to win the actual Superbowl. Wilton Food Pantry collected over 500 items from Cider Mill students.

    Mrs Lewis's Class on Dress Like a Rockstar day
    Nicola Davies

    Cider Mill students participated in another successful year of the Reading Rocks Fundraiser. 

    Mrs Lewis's Class on Dress Like a Rockstar day

    Reading Rocks rocked out for the 8th year in Wilton raising over $36,000 for the Wilton Educational Foundation. This annual fundraiser takes place at Cider Mill and Miller-Driscoll schools. It began with 'Dress Like A Rock Star' on January 18th,  when participating students make a personal reading pledge and supporters pledge money. The reading period concluded on February 2nd. Congratulations to Kent House who had the highest percentage of students participating in the challenge. Mr Gallo, 5th Grade Kent teacher achieved an astonishing 100% participation from his class.
     

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    Principal Kathy Coon  pictured with two of her students
    Nicola Davies

    Two students spend the day alongside Principal Kathy Coon.

    Principal Kathy Coon  pictured with two of her students

    Two Miller-Driscoll students have an unforgettable time being Principal for the day this week. Emma in 2nd grade and Katharine in Kindergarten won a competition to spend the morning with Principal Kathy Coon and learn all about what the job of Principal involves.

    Emma took away from the experience that the Principal's job is 'To help people and kids at Miller-Driscoll'

    The most favorite part of the day was giving out birthday certificates.  When asked for ways to improve the school the answer was to provide a chocolate fountain along with the regular water fountains in the school.

    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."

    Group of High School students
    Nicola Davies

    WHS students visit Miller-Driscoll with a message of inclusivity.

    young audience watching show on stage

    April is Inclusion/ Diversity Awareness Month. Wilton High School’s Top Inclusion Models (TIMs) traveled to Miller-Driscoll 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.

    Students at BOE film their cold opening
    Nicola Davies

    Miller-Driscoll TV honored at Board Of Education Meeting.

    Getting set up for the BOE meeting

    The Professional library was a little busier than usual at the start of Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. As well as the familiar set up, there was one extra camera being operated by the youngest cameraman the board had ever seen – Henry, a Miller-Driscoll student.  Henry, along with 11 other members of the Miller-Driscoll Morning Show Crew were at the meeting to receive the “Salute to Excellence” award from the Board of Education and to shoot a special opening for an upcoming show.

    The Board of Education recognized Miller-Driscoll TV (MD-TV) as the recipient of their third "Salute to Excellence" award this year. The award recognizes the exemplary and ground-breaking work that the team has created in the last three years.

    The team shot a cold open featuring member of the Board of Education. Managing to work without the teleprompter, the crew got their cold opening in the can in only two takes. The final cut can be seen here

    The Miller-Driscoll students were excited and nervous to be recognized at the meeting.

    “It was a little nerve-racking to have so many grown up’s watching, but it was still fun and I can’t wait to do it again’ said crew member Jasmine.  Those sentiments were echoed by Kelly ‘It was fun, and I liked that the parents got to see what we do’

    Skip Ploss reported that the show had viewers in at least thirteen countries, and that there were over 65,000 hits to the website that hosts the episodes.

    The archive of episodes can be found here.