It happens every year: students entering eighth grade start talking about Final Fling and all that 8th grade offers them. The decorations are created in May during Activity Blocks and art classes.  Students vote on their theme and the magic begins. Dancing With The Stars comes to a conclusion and classmates all seem to come together in celebrating moving on to their respective high schools.  This year’s police detail was MSMS alum, Officer Minichiello, who reflected on his Final fling some 30 years ago, commenting that the 2017 version was nothing like he remembered from his 1984 dance!  Ms. Rogers and I have worked together for several years now, providing a photographic memento for students to remember this period of their school lives.

Students worked throughout the day preparing the gym to resemble a tropical paradise. At the end of it all, the gym looked amazing, and all the dance-goers really cleaned-up nicely, as you can see here:


2017 Dancing with the Stars Champions




Students continue to submit photos for our Diversity Project exhibition. Our intention was to have all photos completed and on display in March, however things just did not work out that way–middle school students are working on their time management skills! I guess you could say that great art takes time. The exhibit continues to grow with these three additions:

Students in the MSMS photography Activity Block and after-school Photo Club took part in a portraiture lesson that combined creative elements of digital photography and fine art.  Skills included use of lighting, meaningful composition, and body painting.  In a world that passes judgement based on appearances and increasingly divides us by our differences, students took the project one step further by demonstrating their ethnic pride and cultural diversity by embedding flags of origin into their portraits.  Once the composition was designed, and body painted flags included, images were shot and edited using Photoshop software.  Together, the photos make a powerful display statement, located along the corridor from the main lobby to the cafeteria.  

diversity flags

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7th Grade students show off their talent and skill.

 Students  have been working diligently on creating  a self-portrait pencil drawing over the past 4 weeks.   They are applying  their knowledge of composition, proportion and value to their work. Every students has produced amazing work !

Photographs are an excellent medium for sharing the important message of respecting and understanding diversity in our society.  Yesterday Ms. Rogers and I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Edgar B. Davis K-8 school in Brockton, greeted by their very enthusiastic Principal, Diane Campbell, along with her eager staff and students.

The project’s theme “We All Smile in the Same Language” was taken from a message our own MSMS Principal, Richard Connors, provided in his back-to-school message in August.  It was our goal for the photographs is to show a sense of human connectedness through a simple smile. The images invite the viewer to engage, identify & share cultural experiences. We are working with the images to assist the Edgar B. Davis school to visually share their rich cultural diversity.

A special thanks to all the students who shared their great traditions and amazing smiles!




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