, Newburyport, MA

March 31, 2008

Newbury School Notes: Team moves on to state Destination Imagination tournament

By Newbury School Notes

Seven Newbury Elementary School teams participated in the Destination Imagination competition at Triton Regional High School, with five teams placing in the final standings..

And one team finished in first place in the middle school division of the Obstacles of Course competition. Robin Williams' team of Jessica Fish, Madison Williams, Mikayla Gigandet, Jason Plumer, Jonathon Kovach and Michael Woodbury will compete at the state tournament on April 12..

This team was awarded the DaVinci Award for demonstrating outstanding creativity in their design and presentation..Only two teams out of the 64 in the competition received that award.

E-Switch team members, managed by Denise Scalfani, were Sam Haley, Jed Cutter, Hans Morris and Robi Scalfani. Obstacles of Course team members, managed by Becky Morgan and Liza Marcolini, were Hannah Morgan, Michael Marcolini, Kyle Stackpole, Olivia Anderholm, Keenan Greene, Tess Broll and Keegan Wallace.

The Rising Stars, managed by Becky Morgan and Ellie Davis, were Haley Morgan, Jonah Davis, Sara Stackpole, Lizzie Caldwell, Devon Johnson, Jacqueline Downs and Jack Taylor. Linda Gershuny managed another Obstacles of Course team with Ryan Gershuny, Andrew Haley, Alex Swanson and Olivia Maggiacomo.

E-Switch team members, managed by Lynn Kessler, were Eliza Mullen, Emily Booth, Sara Kessler, Allison MacIsaac and Laurel White. Cheryl Wotton managed the Hit or Myth team with Jackson Wotton, Connor Christuk, Taylor Gigandet, Ethan Esber, Barrett Town, Jack McCraven and Trevor Dee.


Newbury Elementary School students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday recently with a Read Across America Day celebration..The entire school gathered in the gymnasium, where they enjoyed the literature of Dr. Seuss as well as the writing and illustration of some of their fellow students. .

Media specialist Liz Raycroft hosted the event and music teacher Laurie Peterson directed some third-graders in a musical, rhyming performance.

.Students returned to their classrooms to meet with special guest readers. Special readers included administrators from the Triton Regional School District, Newbury police officers, Newbury selectmen and Triton School Committee members, and athletes from the high school, Cara Wilson, Paige Stokes, Nicki Wurderman, Sarah Peterson, Lauren Savage, Andrew Fecteau, Cam Kneeland, Chris Lesage, Zack Welch and Joe Katin.


A Thank You Get Together was held in the Senior Center recently for the 36 grade-six students under the guidance of Kathleen de Stadler and the seniors who worked together on the annual clothing drive held last fall..The community donated clothing, which was sorted and distributed to different programs in the area. .


In the classroom, Pam Winter's third-graders are writing their autobiographies — in Spanish.. They have also been working with a partner to make up their own skits, also in Spanish. .


Sixth-graders held a geometry fair..Sixth-grade teacher Alicia Chiasson reported that the students have presented projects that integrated geometry, art, nature, architecture and measurement. .


The upcoming Theater Workshop presentation production will be "Alyce in Cyberland v. 2.0.".The cast includes 91 students and two faculty members, Ray Smoyer and Bonnie Langendorfer..An adaption of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," this is an updated version of the play written and directed by theater workshop director Stacy Fix..

The play was originally performed at NES in 2002..It will be performed in the NES auditorium on April 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 3 p.m..All tickets are $5 and may be reserved by contacting Sharon Savage at

Laurie Collins covers Newbury Elementary School for The Daily News. She can be reached at