Monday, April 25, 2011
Chelmsford town clean-up day is a chance for the residents to give back and keep their town spotless.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- B Schill
Monday, April 25, 2011
On a grey town clean-up day, three souls braved the low temperatures and driving rain. Sue Dawson, a foreign exchange student host, and foreign exchange students Malika Inoyatova, of Turkmenistan, and Yousef Abdel Shaheed, of Egypt, worked to clear leaves from the McCarthy Middle School tennis courts. The students must complete community service as a way of repaying their opportunity to study for a year in the United States. Dawson said that participating in town clean-up was a way of "giving back to the community." Patch was their to urge them on (and even drag a bag of leaves to the curb), and learn a little bit more about town clean-up and the foreign exchange program.
Friday, March 11, 2011
McCarthy's "Alice and Wonderland Junior" will be tonight and tomorrow night at the school's auditorium.
A cast of about 50 McCarthy Middle School students will take the school’s auditorium stage Friday and Saturday in its performance of “Alice and Wonderland, Junior.” The musical, based upon the 1951 Disney animated movie and Lewis Carroll’s original novels, was directed by sixth grade teachers Mary Brockmyre-Martin and Kathryn Chamberlain, who stage a production each year as an after-school student activity. “This is my seventh play, I think Kathryn has done for or five with me,” said Brockmyre-Martin, whose prior experience before McCarthy included directing college plays and television work on WGBH. The school’s musical productions, Brockmyre-Martin explained, are the culmination of a process going back to the early school year, with …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Upcoming January events at McCarthy include a Quebec fundraiser and concert tribute.
At its Wednesday meeting, the McCarthy Middle School PTO discussed upcoming events for the month, which include a special concert tribute and Quebec fundraiser. To assist 14 students who have requested financial aid scholarships for the June eighth-grade Quebec trip, a "Rock-A-Thon" will be held at the school cafeteria on Jan. 21. The event, which will take place throughout the night, will feature student teams whose goal is to keep a rocking chair moving. Similar to a walk-a-thon, the teams will collect pledges from donors. Teacher Rob Asselin, who is coordinating the Quebec trip, said he is looking forward to seeing the eighth-grade students come together to help their classmates. "We are expecting all the kids participating in the …
Saturday, November 20, 2010
McCarthy Middle School fifth graders enjoyed a one-man show on Benjamin Franklin's life.
To simulate his experiments with a kite, Benjamin Franklin rapidly turned the crank on his Van de Graaff generator, holding a ball on a rod close by. A visible spark shot between the two devices. "Fascinating! Do you want to see that again?" he asked. "Yes!" the audience of McCarthy Middle School fifth graders shouted in unison. This energetic scene summarized the tone for Wednesday morning's enrichment program at the school's auditorium, as actor Joseph Kidawski immersed the students in a one-man portrayal of the life of the famous American founding father and inventor. Kidawski, an actor for Historical Perspectives for Children, used a variety of costumes, props, and slides to convey Franklin's life and achievements as a child and …
Friday, November 19, 2010
McCarthy and Parker students will have a special screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Saturday morning.
McCarthy and Parker Middle School students and their families are going to experience a special screening of one of the fall's hottest movies this weekend. A McCarthy PTO and Parker Student Council joint fundraiser, done in cooperation with Showcase Cinemas Lowell, will host a free screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" on Saturday morning at the theater. "Harry Potter is such a phenomenon and to do this with just kids from Chelmsford and have our own theater and time is really great," said McCarthy parent volunteer Karen DeChiara. DeChiara brought the idea to PTO Vice-President Amy Regan around the time of the October PTO meeting, remembering the example of a similar event that occurred at the Westlands Elementary …
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Nationally-known speaker John Halligan visits Chelmsford to raise awareness about cyber-bullying.
A parent hoping to turn his son's suicide into a learning experience for others spoke to a packed crowd of parents Wednesday night about the very real dangers of cyber bulling. It all started when now John Halligan noticed his seventh-grade son Ryan in emotional agony. “Can you homeschool me? Can we move?” Ryan asked in desperation. Hallingan said one student had started a rumor Ryan was gay that made his online life a living hell, and a girl he talked to on the internet spread his personal secrets around school. John Halligan tried to figure out what to do, and eventually decided he would teach his son how to fight. It didn’t work. In 2003, at age 13, Ryan Halligan hung himself in the house bathroom. Since then, John Halligan has become…
Friday, October 8, 2010
Highlights from the October 6 McCarthy PTO meeting included discussion of possible "Harry Potter" event in November.
The McCarthy Middle School PTO held a meeting October 6 to discuss upcoming school events and programs. Some of the highlights were: