Today is the 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day. It is designed to showcase the powerful effects of creative communities and the importance of strong public policies supporting arts and culture.This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between arts and communities.

The Arts help us to  express our values and build bridges between cultural difference, a theme we have been working on expanding  this school  year.




Congratulations to the following students for their prestigious Scholastic awards!

The 2017 MSMS award winners were selected from entries submitted to the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where judges had to make hard choices based on the 3 criteria of originality, technical skill, and personal vision.

Grade 8 Art Awards

  • Julia Papasodoro (currently gr. 9), Photography, Silver Key for “Brad the Artist”julia_-papasodoro_photography

Grade 7 Art Awards

  • Anika Negi, Ceramics & Glass, Silver Key for “Octopus Box”

Photography Awards (student work from MSMS Photography Club)

  • Kylie Tortorici, gr. 7,  Photography, Silver Key for “Lost”kylie_tortorici_photography2
  • Lee Singer, gr. 7,  Photography,  Honorable Mention for “Sea of Cranberries”lee_singer_photography

Sarah Owens  10th Grade   MSMS PHOTO CAMP , Silver Key Photography citygirl

Writing Awards

8th Grade BEAM students

7th Grade BEAM students

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have existed since 1923 and the contest affords students across the country the opportunity to be recognized for their talents.  At the regional level, students are selected to receive the Gold Key, the Silver Key, or Honorable Mention.  Additionally, each state nominates five selected Gold Key level awards as American Visions & Voices Nominees to be further judged with the hope of achieving the distinction of “Best of Show”.

Regional awards ceremony: Gold and Silver Key winners and their teachers are welcome to participate in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional awards celebration, which will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Gold Key winning pieces will now continue on electronically to New York to compete against all the other Gold Key Winners from the other regions of the country. At the National level, work can win a GOLD MEDAL or a SILVER MEDAL.  National Awards are announced in Mid-March.  Congrats to 7th grader Dustin Zhang as his humor piece advances to the National level!  

See complete list of BHS & MSMS award recipients HERE

MSMS students along with most of New England are excited to have the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl.  Students in the art room are designing logos for their predicted winning team, as well as completing three large scale canvases in the next five days which celebrate the home team. Students are using their knowledge of the elements and principles of design to create their logos.

The fundamentals of color mixing, painting techniques and color theory are being used to complete the large scale canvases. This projects focuses on group work, cooperation, and most of all, students working together collaboratively to reach the set goal.

The Finished in 5! project began today at 7:40 and we are off to a great start!



In every New Year since I can recall, dieting has been one of the top 5 resolutions everyone seems to make. It also seems to be the one everyone breaks!  This New Year, Ms. Rogers and I decided to put our photographers on a diet that they will hopefully maintain throughout their entire lives. Happy picture taking in 2017!

Once again, Marshall Simonds Middle School students have had more pieces published (8) than any other school represented in the latest edition of The Marble Collection, an outstanding High School level arts magazine.  The mission of The Marble Collection (TMC) is to cultivate creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning. Student work is selected from roughly 600 works submitted annually through their website. Participating teens are represented by more than 200 public and private schools and community organizations across the state.

The Marble Collection Magazine is  a juried, professional-quality publication, and the only statewide print-and-online magazine of the arts featuring artwork, photography, poetry, creative writing and spoken-word poetry videos by Massachusetts students in grades 8 to 12.

Congratulations to the following MSMS students and to all students throughout the State who have work published in the Winter 2017 Edition:

  • Layla Robinson – My Grandmother, photography
  • Sarah Owens     – Lost in the Crowd, photography
  • Olivia Perry       – Raindrops on Rose, photography
  • Julia Papasodoro – Brad the Artist, photography
  • Sydney Craig   – Rose Colors, photography
  • Aaron Rippin-  Chalkboard, photography
  • Hailey Woods –  From the Roots, photography
  • Neil Pandit – 4th of July, photography





















Politics and Art


Andy Warhol, Founding Collection, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. (© 2008 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York)

Students in 8th Grade have been working on  creating  political pop art pieces related to this year’s Presidential Candidates. I Can not wait to display the finished results!