School News

Butera Press Kit 12-2-13 copyBarclay Butera is coming to Newport!  You may have seen him on The Today Show or on HGTV, and now is your chance to meet Barclay in person.  He is coming to Newport for one day only – Sunday, April 27 for the Newport House Tour.  Mr. Butera’s clients include Renee Zellweger, Chris O’Donnell and Sharon Stone.  He  will be in town to sign copies of his latest book “Barclay Butera:  Getaways and Retreats” from 2:00 – 5:00pm at a complimentary reception for all House Tour attendees at the newly renovated Paradise Farmhouse Retreat Center.  The Farmhouse is just one of 7 houses on the tour this year, and meeting Barclay is an event not to be missed!

SMCDS jpegs 0035St. Michael’s Country Day School will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, April 9th from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Check out St. Michael’s for yourself, and learn more about a day in the life of our students. You will have the opportunity to meet the Director of Admission Sally Casey, as well as talk to faculty, staff, and parents as you tour campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about financial aid. No appointment necessary!

Interested parents can contact Sally at 401-849-5970 ext. 302, or e-mail her at scasey@smcds.org, for more information.

Saturday April 5th at 2pm

monster in paris plouf1up-1 copy  St. Michael’s Country Day School, in conjunction with its Foreign Language Department, proudly presents “Un Monstre A Paris” a French film directed by Bibo Bergeron. The English version of this film will be shown, is rated PG, and has no subtitles. The run time is 90 minutes.

This community event is open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested. Arrive early to enjoy delicious rustic French cuisine by Plouf Plouf Gastronomie. (www.ploufploufgastronomie.com) We will also be raffling off a “Breakfast for Two” at the French Connection.

For more information please contact Rebecca at 401-849-5970 ext. 300 or rberta@smcds.org.

Mr. Drayton congratulates one of the winning designers.

Mr. Drayton congratulates one of the winning designers.

A little Elmer’s glue, some wooden popsicle sticks, and notes from their studies of structures and the forces acting upon them were all the eighth graders in Emlen Drayton’s physical science class needed to design bridges that held multiple times their own weight.

During an exhibition that was attended by their families and fellow students, their creations were put to the test. The bridges were placed on a metal bar supported by two desks. Circular weights were then slid down the bar and set on top of the bridge. Additional weights were added until the structure collapsed.  Brianna Segerson and Kerrin Basso were deemed the victors. Their clever design held a maximum weight of 160 pounds. Mr. Drayton noted that many of the children in attendance could have sat on the small structure and it would have supported them.

Robin HoodThe St. Michael’s Country Day School Theatre Ensemble will present Larry Blamire’s “Robin Hood” March 6th-8th. A cast of fifth through eighth graders, under the excellent direction of Christina Johnston, have been rehearsing this action-packed production since December. They are eager to bring to life the exploits of the outlaw folk hero and his band of Merry Men as they seek justice for the residents of Sherwood Forest. The exciting fight scenes were choreographed by Chelsea Boergesson and the fabulous scenery was constructed by the students in our Stagecraft program headed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

Join us and be transported back in time to Medieval England. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door and will benefit the theatre program. For additional information contact Mrs. Johnston at 849-5970 x330.

St. Michael’s Country Day School will be hosting an open house for The Cottage, our early childhood program, on Wednesday, February 26th from 9:00 AM to Noon. Come see The Cottage for yourself, and learn more about a day in the life of our preschool (3 year olds), prekindergarten and kindergarten students. The program is full day, 5 days per week, with a new tuition structure and a world filled with inspiration, exploration and possibilities.  No appointment is necessary. You will have the opportunity to meet Head of School Whitney Slade and Director of Admission Sally Casey, as well as talk to faculty, staff, and parents as you tour campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about financial aid. Interested parents can contact Sally at 401-849-5970 ext. 302, or e-mail her at scasey@smcds.org, for more information.

genius_hour1When was the first homework assignment created? And why? Mac Spear is hoping to find the answers to those questions and more through an independent research project.

Mac and his classmates are participating in the Genius Hour, an initiative Mrs. Hutchinson and Mrs. Anguilla introduced to the second grade this year. For sixty minutes each week, the students are able to explore topics and pursue projects based on their individual interests and passion. While the children enjoy reading about topics they love, they are also refining their research and organizational skills, learning how to formulate questions, and writing presentations. They don’t realize it, but they are also practicing skills key to lifelong learning.

So how does Genius Hour work? The students start by selecting a topic of interest to them. Next, using a graphic organizer, they answer a list of ten questions that guide their research. The students have been using iPads and books as research tools, closely monitored by their teachers. The final product will be an iBook of their creation, highlighting what they have learned. They are enhancing their presentations by embedding images, audio, and video into their book.

Mrs. Hutchinson is pleased with the enthusiastic response from her students. “Genius Hour has been such a positive addition to our curriculum this year!  All of my students love it and are self – motivated to do their best because they are directing their own learning.” She noted, “Instead of me telling them what and how they will learn, they decide this for themselves. This is very powerful!”

dsc09223Cephalopod, a strange word used to classify marine species like a squid or an octopus, was the key to victory for a fourth grader in the 2014 St. Michael’s Spelling Bee. Hudson McGuinness, a student in Mrs. Weiner’s class, lasted 23 rounds to emerge victorious over the 36 other contestants from grades four through eight in this morning’s competition.

Sophia Rey, Hudson’s classmate and our runner-up, put forth an equally impressive performance.  Among the many tricky words that wowed the audience were: gorgon, vitriolic, prognosticate, genoise, juxtapose, unctuous, and isochronous.

Hudson’s next stop will be the state finals, where he will face off with other super spellers to determine who will represent Rhode Island in the National Spelling Bee. Good luck, Hudson!

StMikeSt. Michael’s Country Day School will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, February 26th from 9:00 AM to Noon.  This open house will feature “The Cottage”.  Come and see for yourself our great early childhood program for preschool (3 year olds), prekindergarten and kindergarten. Our program is full day, 5 days per week, with a new tuition structure and a world filled with inspiration, exploration and possibilities.  No appointment is necessary. You will have the opportunity to meet Head of School Whitney Slade and Director of Admission Sally Casey, as well as talk to faculty, staff, and parents as you tour campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about financial aid. Interested parents can contact Sally at 401-849-5970 ext. 302, or e-mail her at scasey@smcds.org, for more information.

dsc08934_0The 2014 St. Michael’s Geography Bee ended in a closely contested sibling showdown during which the audience saw Madeline Colbert-Muetterties (grade 7) top her brother Patrick (grade 4) in the championship round.

All nine contestants from grades 4 – 8 impressed onlookers with correct answers to some challenging questions. Can you answer these three questions from the final round? (Answers located at the bottom of the article.)

  1. The city of Portland is the eastern terminus for an oil pipeline that connects with Montreal, Canada. Portland is located on Casco Bay in which New England state?
  2. The Potomac River rises in the Allegheny Plateau and empties into what large bay?
  3. The Taklimakan Desert, home to the Uyghur people, is located north of the Kunlun Mountains in which Asian country?

The Geography Bee is an annual event at St. Michael’s and is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The finalists placed into the competition after successfully completing preliminary rounds in their classrooms.  As winner of the school-wide contest, Madeline will take a 100 question multiple choice test at the end of the month to qualify for a place on the stage at the Rhode Island finals.

Congratulations to all of our competitors and best of luck to Madeline!

(Answers: 1. Maine     2. Chesapeake Bay    3. China)