March 2019
Focus on Learning
Makerspace: Students Discover Their Creativity
When you pass the Makerspace room at Pawling Middle School, you will find students designing, drawing, building, thinking. Stations with many different materials are available to encourage the mini-inventors.

Each month, the students are given a different challenge. In February, they were asked to make a creature that moves. The first winners of the monthly makerspace competition were:
  • 5th Grade: Hudson Kelley
  • 6th Grade: Klara Dziurdzinski
  • 7th Grade: Abby Duffield & Rileigh Feery

In March, students were tasked with making something powered by wind. “Students have immediately taken an interest is this theme,” says Janine Ferriner , teaching assistant. “Many students were hard at work, sketching, planning, and brainstorming their ‘wind’ project.”

Secondary projects in March have included:
  • Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig, make 3-D pigs, Chinese lanterns
  • Pi Day (March 14) worksheets, pennants with equations to complete and display in the hallway
  • St. Patrick's Day (March 17) Shamrocks, etc 
  • Doodle for Google 
  • First day of spring (March 20)
Alex Jager, 6th grader, checks on his moving creature.
Hayley Brill and Sabrina Monterrosa, 5th graders, demonstrate their moving creature.
Terrific Tigers
Senior Veronica Bucci celebrates her first place award with Patricia Garcia, Ph.D., conference director and a professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 
Veronica Bucci Takes First Place
Veronica Bucci, a senior, took First Place for Best Poster at the 30th World Summit on Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Philosophy Conference in Chicago, Ill. Not only did she present her research to world-renowned psychologists, sociologists, and psychiatrists, but she was asked to present her new research as a speaker to fill a time slot designated for a doctoral candidate who was delayed due to travel issues. Veronica competed against doctoral students to earn the first place finish. 

"The Positive Psychology Conference gave me the opportunity to network with leading professionals in the field of psychology and allowed me to broaden my horizon of experimental questions and designs,” Bucci says. “I was lucky enough to listen to various topics and perspectives from ‘Mom guilt’ to Maslow's hierarchy of needs that, in turn, allowed me to consider topics I may want to delve into in the future. Additionally, being recognized and awarded for my work as a young psychology researcher was a great accomplishment and honor, further solidifying my passion for research surrounding the mind and lifestyles.”
Mr. Malone explains the egg toss to students from Pawling High School and Pawling Elementary School.
Egg Drop Challenge
Pawling High School physics students visited Pawling Elementary School to let fourth grade students throw eggs as hard as they possibly could. Fourth-graders in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes participated in an Egg Drop Challenge in which they are designing restraint systems to protect an egg from a 10 foot drop. 

“This demonstration showed our fourth-graders the importance of extending the time it takes for an object to transfer its kinetic energy after a collision,” explains Stephen Malone, PLTW teacher at the elementary school and technology teacher at Pawling High School.

View video of egg toss:
Wonderful Wellness Day
Scooters, smoothies, and sports were all part of this year’s Wonderful Wellness Day on March 9 at Pawling High School. More than 70 students participated in the day’s events, which were hosted by Pawling Central School District’s Health and Wellness Committee along with the Pawling Recreation Department.

“The Health and Wellness Committee in collaboration with the Pawling Recreation Department, held a Wonderful Wellness Day focused on promoting a healthy, fun lifestyle by engaging in various indoor activities,” says Anne Molloy, physical education teacher and coordinator of the event. “We were able to reach students and families throughout the community through wellness.”

View photos of the day Link
High School Winter Sports Awards Night
Pawling High School athletes were honored for their participation in Winter Sports on March 8.

"Pawling Tigers Varsity Sports Awards Nights are the perfect time to celebrate all that our athletes do during their seasons," says John Bellucci, athletic director. "Our athletes dedicate a great deal of time and to their sports and it is important to recognize them for the part they play in creating a strong Pawling school community."

He added that athletics support relationships and working toward a collective goal. "It is very important that we value the effort that results in improvement and not just the participation. Our awards are one way we can show that we value these things in our school and extended community," Bellucci says.

See full list of awards. Link to
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Upcoming Events
  • Pawling High School Spring Musical: “Freaky Friday”. Performances: Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C., April 10-12
  • Spring Break, April 15-19 NO SCHOOL (District closed on April 19)
  • Superintendent’s Conference Day, April 22 NO SCHOOL
  • Teacher Appreciation Day, May 7
  • Budget Vote, Tuesday, May 21