Mt. Greylock Accolades for January 2017
“Project 351 is a youth service organization dedicated to building unity and leadership through the yearlong engagement and enrichment of an 8th grade service Ambassador from every city and town in Massachusetts. Youth are selected for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. Created as an event of Governor Patrick’s second inaugural and now convened by Governor Baker, Project 351 is a statewide non-profit organization that partners with an extraordinary community of educators, service and non-profit organizations, private sector and civic leaders, families, and volunteers to achieve its mission.” This year’s participants are:
- Julianna Mazzeo – New Ashford
- Alexander Wilson – Lanesborough
- Isabella Leonard – Hancock
- Charlie McWeeny – Williamstown
The 7th grade continues to pursue programming in collaboration with our three area museums – Williams College Museum of Art, MassMoCA and the Clark Art Institute – on an international curriculum, “Curating a Culture of Respect.” After a fall visit to the Clark, they visited WCMA in mid-January and will wrap up the program at MassMoCA in the spring. The program, which was developed and piloted by the Clark Art Institute and Musee de Strasbourg (France), uses the art to engage students to talk about social problems and their solutions – in this case aggression, bullying and violence, as well as compassion, positive human relationships and choices.
The Middle School hallway resembled Ancient Greece in early January as the 7th graders conducted a Greek Festival, complete with presentations, “Olympic” games, trivia contests, costumes and a parade.
The annual Constitutional Debates conducted by the 8th graders are the product of weeks of research, analysis, writing and speech-giving. This year’s two-day event was held at Griffin Hall, Williams College. The space, which reflects Federalist design elements, was a perfect venue for the students, who proved prepared, poised and effective as they debated topics like gun control and capital punishment. Students celebrated their success with a little activity time in the Towne Field House on the second day.
Maddie Albert (Basketball on 12/26/16), Ric Donati (Nordic Skiing on 1/16/17) and Brandi Gill (Nordic Skiing 1/23/17) were each named “Athlete of the Week” in iBerkshires over the past month.
Mount Greylock’s Robotics First club is well into preparations for their first competition. The program is underwritten by a Department of Defense grant and supported by the Williams College Fund. Dan Louis advises the group and has regular support from Keith Fahlenkamp, Adam Hall (MG’16), and John Moyer, Jr. Students from both middle school and high school are involved, including:
- Nima Darafshi
- Brandon Fahlenkamp
- Helen Greenfield
- Jack Lander
- Toby Moulton
- Amelia Murphy
- Teague Murphy
- Grace Sanchez
- Luca Traversa
- Anthony Welch
- John Werner
Mount Greylock student bowlers are challenging competition from around Berkshire County in a new out-of-school league. In the lanes, you will see with Coach Jerry Gillette:
- Taylor Callahan
- Chase Ferris
- Reece Gillette
- Mark Hayden
- Josh Narey
- Neel Patel
The Spanish Club adopted a student, Ana, at the Cuernavaca Children's Mission. Just before the holiday break, they sent a care package to her.
Steve Messina will be inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame on January 28th. He will enter his 26th season at Mount Greylock with 307 wins and legions of young men who revere him for not only teaching them the game but keeping them to a consistently high standard. He joins Ray Miro and Larry Bell who were inducted over the last three years.
Jesse Wirtes and Rob Wnuk received well-deserved accolades from the School Building Committee for the tireless work they have put into the renovation-new build project. They are doing so much to ensure that the building meets our collective needs, financial constraints and, most importantly, the vision Mount Greylock has for instruction and learning. Frankly no stones are left unturned by Jesse and Rob.
Mark your calendars
- Winter Pep Rally on February 10th
- High school Snowball Dance on February 11th in the cafeteria 8-12 pm
- The Pajama Game on March 12th and 11th at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williams College