Congratulations to the winners of the Stoughton Talent Showcase! The Stoughton Talent Showcase was held Friday night at the SHS auditorium. It was an entertaining night showing off the amazing talents of our own Stoughton Public Schools students with 21 acts split between three divisions - elementary school, middle school, and high school. The judges did not have an easy task deciding on the winners! Elementary Division winners: 1st place - Nika Musatov, Raquelle Kramer & Maris Stewart (Hansen/dancing), 2nd place - Nakiah Penny (Wilkins/singing & playing piano), 3rd place - Thomas Carpinella (Gibbons/dancing)...Middle School Division winners: 1st place - Travis Remy (OMS/piano), 2nd place - Kostas Giatrakos (OMS/dancing), 3rd place - Max Arroyo (OMS/dancing)...High School Division winners: 1st place - Remi Sylla (SHS/singing & playing piano), 2nd place - Daniel Sullivan (SHS/dancing), 3rd place - Andy Carlson (SHS/guitar). The first photo is of the first place winners in each division, followed by photos of the students who placed in the elementary division, middle school division, and high school division.
Dawe School 4th graders had a great time on their field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston earlier this week! Take a look at some pictures here!
Stoughton High recently partnered with the Stoughton Public Library to help SHS students get library cards. Here is a picture of some of the students who took advantage of this great opportunity, posing with their new library cards!
Members of the Stoughton Fire Department have been visiting our elementary schools for fire safety assemblies. Here are a few pictures of SFD Firefighter Jack Hussey's visit to the Wilkins School earlier this week! Thank you to the Stoughton Fire Department for taking the time to share important lessons and tips with our students!
Check out photos from the SHS Theatre Program's production of Tracks from this past weekend! The play took place in the Black Box Theater at Stoughton High, a simple, yet unique space that gives the audience a chance to be up close to the actors. Tracks is a one-act play about a group of strangers meeting in a dirty subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings, their watches have stopped and they all claim to be in different cities. Soon they learn there is no way out of the station, and the unfortunate truth is told to them - they are all dead. Since subway stations have two sides, they reason the train leaving from one platform must be bound for heaven, while the train leaving from the other platform must be bound for the underworld. They spend the duration of the play figuring out which platform they are on. The students did a fantastic job this past weekend, and will be performing Tracks at the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Festival later this month!
Here is a look at some nice artwork on display at the South School! Mrs. Anello's 2nd grade artists at the South recently learned about the Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year. Since 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, the students created a symmetrical tiger by folding a piece of white paper in half and drew "half" of the animal with oil pastel on one side of the paper. They folded the paper and rubbed the back of the paper so the oil pastel transferred to the other side creating a symmetrical image. Then students added some color with liquid watercolor paints. Finally, the students brainstormed about goals they had for this year and wrote those words around their tigers, with many choosing South School S.H.A.R.K. values - safe, hardworking, accountable, respectful, and kind.
The SPS Fine Arts Department held its annual Pajama Concert last week featuring bands from SHS and OMS. Students in the OMS 8th grade band, the OMS Jazz Band, the SHS Concert Band and the SHS Wednesday Jazz Band performed while wearing their pajamas in what was a fun night with a more casual atmosphere than a traditional school concert.
Here is a photo of Gibbons School students who were recognized for demonstrating integrity. This is part of the school-wide Character Counts program at the Gibbons School, which promotes positive character traits. We are proud of these Gibbons Griffins!
SPS elementary students have been taking part in fire safety assemblies at their schools, with members of the Stoughton Fire Department visiting and sharing important info and tips like calling 9-1-1, having working smoke detectors, not playing with matches or lighters, "stop, drop, cover and roll", and having an exit plan if there is a fire. SFD Lt. Justin Goldberg is pictured here visiting the Hansen School. Lt. Goldberg is a former Hansen School student!
The Dawe School focuses on a different positive character trait each month and honors students for displaying that character trait. Integrity and honesty were the character traits for February. Congratulations to these Dawe Dragons who were recently recognized for showing integrity and honesty! (This month the Dawe is focusing on acceptance and patience.)
On Mondays, members of the Stoughton High varsity wrestling team work with O'Donnell Middle School students as part of an intramural wrestling program. Thank you to the varsity wrestlers who take a little extra time to give back to the community, and help teach many enthusiastic young potential wrestlers! Coach Helfrich, Iverson, and Gallan see a lot of potential in this group of OMS students, and are excited to help teach them about the sport of wrestling.
Kim Hurley’s kindergarten class at the Gibbons School collected warm winter items and donated them to the Stoughton Youth Commission and Stoughton Council on Aging! Great work giving back to the Stoughton community!
SPS elementary students are taking part in March Book Madness, an online bracket-style tournament that matches books in one-on-one "games" with students selecting the winning book to advance to the next round until a "champion" has been determined. During this past Friday's Western themed Spirit Day at the Wilkins School, kindergarten students gathered as a grade level in Mrs. Faria's classroom for a read aloud of two of the books competing in March Book Madness. Ms. Fahey read "Above the Rim", Ms. Flewelling read "The Cot in the Living Room", and then students voted for their favorite story. Take a look at some pictures here...
Stoughton High junior Emily Riker played the French horn in the Massachusetts All-State Band on Saturday, March 5 at Symphony Hall in Boston! SPS Fine Arts Director John Mange said Emily is among the top high school horn players in the state! Congrats Emily!
The Stoughton/Brockton boys varsity hockey team lost to Scituate 9-1 in a MIAA Division 3 playoff game on March 5. Sean Farley scored the S/B goal. Coach Mark said Chris Andrade was outstanding in goal making 43 saves, earning player of the game honors. Congrats to the boys hockey team for a good season, finishing 11-11-2, making the state tournament for the first time in co-op history (and the first time in 16 years for Stoughton), and earning a playoff win against Diman earlier in the week!
The Stoughton School Committee will be meeting this Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in the School Committee Conference Room (SPS District Office - 31 Pierce Street). The public portion of the meeting is scheduled to start at 7pm. The meeting will be televised on SMAC - Comcast 6 / Verizon 26 in Stoughton. An agenda for the meeting is posted here: https://5il.co/16sut
In celebration of Read Across America, the Jones Early Childhood Center had special guest readers visit classrooms on March 1 and March 2!
Take a look at some of the great work students recently did in the Gibbons School art studio!
The South School celebrated Read Across America Day on March 2 with a "Leaders are Readers" event where many SPS administrators/staff and community members visited classrooms and read to students throughout the day! Just some of the special guest readers are pictured here - Superintendent Raab; Deputy Superintendent Ford; School Committee Chair Sandra Groppi; SHS Principal Julie Miller; Officers Covino, Owens, Bonda and DeCelle from the Stoughton Police Department; SPD Deputy Chief Brian Holmes; former Gibbons School principal/South School Council member Lynne Jardin; Stoughton Public Library Children’s Librarian Amy Dean; South School Council Members Marguerite Mitchell and Melissa Lynch; South School PTO President Lori Jacques; SPS Media Relations Manager Jeffrey Pickette.
March Madness isn't just for basketball! SPS elementary school students will be participating in "March Book Madness" this month, along with students around the country and world! March Book Madness is an online bracket-style tournament that matches books in one-on-one "games" with students selecting the winning book to advance to the next round until a "champion" has been determined. There are 16 books in total that students will read and vote on. The Hansen School's visual display of the bracket is pictured here.