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Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to the following students on having their artwork selected for the Scholastic Art Awards!

This is the first year Millbrook Middle School and High School are involved with this Art contest and we had a total of 35 pieces selected. The Scholastic Art Awards is a visual arts competition open to students in grades 7-12 and is designed to identify students with exceptional artistic talent. Scholastic is a National program that gives out National Awards and Scholarships, as well as Regional Awards.

The Gold and Silver Key winners will be recognized at a special awards ceremony at SUNY New Paltz this Friday at 7pm. Their work will be on display at New Paltz from February 3rd-22nd.

Ann Marie Hummel - Grade 12 (4 pieces)
​Rafael Difrancesco - Grade 8
Lauren Jones - Grade 7

Carson DeMan - Grade 12 (3 pieces)
Ann Marie Hummel - Grade 12 (2 pieces)
Aldo Martinez - Grade 11
Gillian Marma - Grade 9 (2 pieces)
Marissa Trilgia - Grade 8
Lauren Jones - Grade 7​ (3 pieces)
Callie McGuire - Grade 7

We also had 16 pieces selected as Honorable Mention. See all the images of the selected works on my website here:

Art Awards

Millbrook High School Receives International Baccalaureate Authorization

****Press Release****

IB Logo

On January 20, 2017, the Millbrook Central School District received official correspondence authorizing the Millbrook High School to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Starting in September of 2017, the Millbrook High School will offer IB Diploma Programme courses.

The application process took approximately two years and involved two site visits and an intensive program review. Administrators and teachers attended training sessions as part of the application process.

Caroline Pidala, High School principal stated: “I have had the most fortunate experience of facilitating this process with an outstandingly talented faculty. Our teachers have a thirst for knowledge and on-going improvement of their craft. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the hard work and dedication in a learning community that supports its academic programs.”

As an IB school, the Millbrook High School will be part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world. The positive results of the International Baccalaureate Programme will become evident in our community as classes of the Diploma Programme students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and internationally.

Philip D’Angelo, Superintendent of Schools, stated: “the IB Programme is a capstone of the Board of Education & Administrative District goals to enhance the educational opportunities for students in the Millbrook Central School District.”

The Millbrook Central School District is the second Dutchess County school district to achieve this authorization. The Red Hook Central School District is an IB Diploma Programme school. The authorization letter from the IB Programme closed by stating: “Best wishes as you embark on your journey with the Diploma Programme. We look forward to working closely with you to realize our shared vision of a better and more peaceful world, achieved through intercultural understanding and respect.

Mr. D’Angelo and Ms. Pidala are excited about the educational opportunities that being an IB Diploma School will provide for the students at the Millbrook High School.

International Baccalaureate Programme Information for Parents and Guardians


Middle School Robotics Team Excel at Twelve Team Tournament

The MMS Robotics Team "The Flipping Friends" competed Saturday 1/21/17 in a 12 Team Tournament at Lagrange Middle School. The team earned a first place trophy in the area of FLL "Core Values." The Flipping Friends also came in second overall earning an invitation to the semifinal meet against other top finishers in the Hudson Valley on February 11, 2017. The team's innovative solution of a biodegradable soda ring was also a big hit.

MMS Team members: Peyton Dennis, Anthony Testa, Sammy Stokes, Job Sava, Olivia Lucal, Sadie Krueger, Holly Davidson, Erin Matsco, Nolan Kozera, Jose Gonzalez Gomez

Coach: Bill Yager, Mentor: Ben Yager

MMS Robotics Team MMS Robotics Team
MMS Robotics Team MMS Robotics Team

Poetry Cafe Held At Alden Place Elementary School

Fourth grade students at Alden Place Elementary have been working on a poetry unit in their classes for the past month. After creating their own poetry books, they had the opportunity to recite their work during a Poetry Cafe which had been organized by the 4th grade team, Ms. Pelesz and Ms. Wyman. Students chose two of their favorite poems to share. Dan Haas, a high school teacher and musician in the district, Paul Pesco, a 4th grade parent and guitarist, singer-songwriter, as well as Jonny Grusauskas, from The Music Cellar Music School in Millerton, made it a true Poetry Cafe experience by sharing music and songs with the students demonstrating that songs are poetry. Students gave feedback afterwards and highly recommended to make this into an annual event for future fourth graders.

Alden Poetry Cafe Alden Poetry Cafe
Alden Poetry Cafe Alden Poetry Cafe
Alden Poetry Cafe

MMS Begins Reading "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

The entire Middle School community, joined by Merritt Bookstore and BLT parent representatives came together for a dramatic kickoff of the One Book One Community read of Wonder by R.J Palacio. Without introduction, Ms. Erin Hicks began the read aloud, followed by pre-arranged student and teacher volunteers. All books were made available courtesy of the Millbrook Educational Foundation. Students from the Pathways School in New Delhi, India, visited by Dr. Amori in early November, are joining in this endeavor; students will be joined across the miles via internet in an online classroom. Maybe this is better entitled One Book, One Community, One World! Stay tuned for more info!!!

Wonder Wonder
Wonder Wonder

MHS Student Places First in Voice of Democracy Scholarship Essay Program

Mr. Lonn Moore, of the Millbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Post 9008, notified our District that Emma Lagno won First Place in the VFW District 2 Voice of Democracy Essay program. The program was established in 1947 and provide high school students with a unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to patriotic-themed essay writing. Emma's essay will now be in the the New York State Voice of Democracy competition.

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

Pictured (left to right): Mr. Steven Cabello, Assistant Principal; Emma Lagno; and Caroline Pidala, High School Principal.

VFW Essay Winner

Student Art on Display

At the Winter Concert on December 14th, artwork was on display from Mrs. Barnes' Graphics Design classes and Mrs. Cring's Studio & Advanced Art classes. The High School Art Club sold gifts that they knitted and painted during club meetings and also set up a holiday photobooth with handmade props. Student work was viewed before and after the concert, as well as during intermission.

Student Art on Display





Graduates From The Class Of 2016 Visit MHS

Mrs. Petta and Mrs. Grady organized an informative assembly today for our current seniors. MHS graduates returned to discuss the transition to college for our twelfth graders. Students prepared questions about college life, academics, personal and social experiences. The Alumni students were available afterwards in the library for follow up questions and information on college major or university interest. It was a successful and insightful event! Thank you, graduates!

Senior Alumni Visit

Millbrook High School Concert Band

Click on the link below to hear our high school students perform musical selections from our recent MHS Winter Concert directed by Mr. Daniel Dunninger.

Click HERE

To hear our MHS Jazz Band, click HERE.

Members of The MHS Choir Perform In Albany

On Tuesday, December 6th, the High School Concert Choir and Blazer Belles performed in Albany, NY at the Empire State Plaza! For the second year, the choirs shared their winter concert program in our state capital - this performance was very well received and a great opportunity for our groups to perform for outside audiences.

MHS Choir
MHS Choir
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