THE WEEK THAT WAS (12.5.17)

From the Office of the Head of School

IN GENERAL: Welcome back and welcome to December. The first week after Thanksgiving Break featured plenty of activity, with faculty and staff participating on Monday in schoolwide professional development, students returning to campus throughout the day, and classes resuming on Tuesday. Winter athletics have begun, and rehearsals for the Winter Musical are also underway.
 
Students were off-campus later in the week for the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, while others attended the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Teen Wellness Conference. Friday’s Jazz and Rock Night concert featured performances by several student musicians, our basketball team hosted the Tip-Off Classic tournament this weekend, freshwomen sold their wares at the Handmade Holiday Festival, and Grace Notes performed at the 30th annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope. Phew!
 
FALL ALL-STARS: Congratulations to varsity soccer teammates Emily Hunter ’18 and Merriam Lrhazi ’19, who were named to the Women's Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA) All-Star team, and to varsity volleyball’s Emma Genovesi ’18, who was named to the Western New England Prep School Volleyball Association (WNEPSVA) all-star team. Well done, student athletes! Click here to read more.
 
FRESHWOMAN ELECTIONS: The Class of 2021 has wrapped up its elections, filling its final positions shortly before break. Congratulations to Treasurer Natasha Hagan, archivists Shay Richards and Yoyo Wang, and Social Committee Representatives Hani Chung, Jada Vanderhorst, and Davida Wright. Congratulations freshwomen!
 
JAZZ & ROCK NIGHT: More than twenty musicians and vocalists took to the stage on Friday for Jazz & Rock Night, a perfect way to end the week. In addition to solo, duet, and group performances, the evening gave us a chance to hear the piano recently donated to the School by the family of former MHS Board President Benjamin A. Groves, who passed away in July. The Steinway grand piano, expertly played by Ms. Duff and Amanda Xu ’19, sounded wonderful! Click here to see photos.
 
MATH TEAM UPDATE: During the week before the Thanksgiving Break, the MHS Math Team faced strong competition in its meet against Park Tudor School of Indianapolis. Reports Ms. Shuart:
 
Our team achieved its best score yet in this incredibly close match, which ended in a tie (25 to 25). The Park Tudor team finished the match two minutes sooner than our team and moves onto the next round. Miss Hall's will continue to compete in the consolation rounds to prepare for spring competitions and meets.
 
Congratulations to Ms. Sun and the incredible Miss Hall's Math Team — Melody Cai ’20, Caroline Chen ’18, Olivia Cheng ’20, Calla Gong ’21, Vanessa Li ’19, Monica Mo ’18, Tram Nguyen ’18, Amanda Sun ’18, Wendy Wang ’20, Kristina Wang ’18.
 
ARTY PARTY: Saturday and Sunday found MHS freshwomen selling their wares at the Handmade Holiday Festival in Dalton. As part of their entrepreneurial efforts, students made a variety of items—ceramic coasters, laser-cut wooden key chains, terrariums, and other handmade crafts to sell and support their philanthropy. Well done, freshwomen!
 
NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF: Saturday also saw the Natural Disaster Relief Group sponsor a fundraiser at Arizona Pizza in Lanesborough. Proceeds from the fundraiser, which saw 20 percent of each participating diner’s bill donated toward the cause, will be donated directly to schools in Dominica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, which were devastated in recent months by natural disasters.
 
MADD VIGIL: On Sunday night, Grace Notes sang at St. Stephen's Church in Pittsfield for the 30th annual MADD (Mothers Against Drunk-Driving) Candlelight Vigil, held in remembrance of victims of drunken driving. Read about the vigil in The Berkshire Eaglenewspaper. Grace Notes and the MHS Vocal Ensemble will sing on Tuesday night in holiday performances at the Melbourne Place Assisted Living Community and the Devonshire Estates retirement community in Pittsfield. About two-dozen students will perform.
 
SDLC: Heather Eyong ’19, Raven Matias ’19, and Ayla Wallace ’20 attended the 2017 People of Color Conference/ Student Diversity Leadership Conference, hosted November 20 through December 2 by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Anaheim, California. The students were accompanied on the trip by Horizons Teachers Kim Boland ’94 and Akilah Edgerton ’00 and Associate Director of Admissions Kimone Simpson. Thank you for representing MHS, and we are looking forward to hearing about the trip!
 
7:7: Students in Ms. Spangler’s Gallery and Arts Administration class will host “7:7,” a show featuring the works of seven young artists, on Friday night at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. For the project, each member of the class chose a local or semi-local artist to promote at the show, which will run through next week. Among the featured artists: Molly Almeida ’15!
 
ATHLETICS REPORT: Varsity basketball kicked off its 2017-18 campaign on Friday night with a win over visiting Simon’s Rock. It was a busy start to the season for the Hurricanes, as the annual MHS Tip-Off Classic, held this past weekend in the Cross Athletic Center, drew some impressive talent to the campus. The Hurricanes went 1-2 in the six-team tournament, beating Stoneleigh-Burnham School, before falling to St. George’s School and, in the tournament’s third-place game, to Watkinson School. St. Luke’s School, coached by former MHS Director of Athletics Matt Ward, won the tournament for the second straight year. Click here to read more from The Berkshire Eagle newspaper. Visit MHS Athletics for scores, highlights, and schedules.
 
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to varsity basketball’s Shae Daley ’18, who was named the Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week for her leadership on and off the court and for the tenacity she displayed while leading the Hurricanes throughout the weekend’s Tip-Off Classic. Congratulations, Shae!
 
FAN OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to Ms. Virden, who was named the Athletic Association’s Fan of the Week for her diligent recordkeeping throughout tournament weekend at MHS. Thank you, Ms. Virden!
 
PIETAS: Horizons Teacher and Coach Kim Boland ’94 was recognized with the year’s first Pietas award, which is given to a faculty and/or staff member who goes above and beyond for the School community. Members of Ms. Boland’s JV volleyball squad nominated her for the award, and read moving comments Boland when presenting the award at Community Meeting. Great choice, girls!
 
READING RECOMMENDATION: This week’s book recommendation from Trudy Fadding ’19, co-Head of the ReAD (Reading and Discussion) Club: Never Let Me Go, by Nobel Prize-winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro.
 
STUDENT PHILANTHROPIC UPDATE: Cupcakes have returned! Mira’s Alliance for Philanthropic Sustainability (MAPS) has taken its first cupcake orders of the year. Proceeds go toward funding the group’s philanthropic efforts, including its Horizons microgrants.
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A few other odds and ends during this busy time, including a report on the fall play, news about fall athletics awards, and photos from the Movement and Dance Concert, the Fall Athletic Awards Ceremony, and other events. Click here to visit the MHS Media Gallery.
 
ONGOING REMINDERS
 
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