The Magnet is the school newspaper published by students. Recently the Magnet sponsored the student and faculty Talent Show in which all are invited to show off their talents. Middle School and upper school students are encouraged to contribute to the Magnet.
MacDuffie’s literary magazine is a publication of student short stories, essays, poetry and visual art work. A Unicorn Website has been established to reach out to a greater audience. The Unicorn sponsors the annual Halloween Costume Contest.
STudent Admissions RepresentativeS, or STARS, are ambassadors for the MacDuffie community. STARS share their MacDuffie experience with prospective families at open houses, receptions and other special events. When prospective students come to MacDuffie for Visit Days STARS greet them in the library, take them to assembly, classes and lunch, introduce their friends and teachers and make their guests feel welcome in our community. At Open Houses STARS conduct campus tours for families visiting the School. STARS are the voice and heart of MacDuffie. Students in all grades are encouraged to participate.
This club is comprised of students who enjoy math and competing with students from other schools. Mathletes compete as part of the Western Massachusetts Mathematics League (WMML) comprised of about 20 schools, both independent and public, throughout the Pioneer Valley.
This is an international organization focused on community service both locally and nationally. Recent projects include Pencils for Tanzania, Roses for Heidi, the Halloween Charity Dance, tutoring at Springfield schools and collecting clothes for the local Women’s Shelter.
Anime has become one of the most popular forms of animation in history. The goal of Anime club is to branch out towards every sort of genre, along with anime from around the world. Long time fan of anime, or you are just curious to learn more about it, feel free to join.
The Snowsports Club plans a number of skiing/snowboarding trips throughout the year. The club includes members of all grades and skill levels of skiing or snowboarding.
The purpose of the European Club is to expose the MacDuffie community to European culture, traditions, and languages. Students share information about different countries in Europe, especially the things that interest young Europeans – fashion, culture (music and movies) and customs. Every weekly gathering is about a different European country with food, music, movies, and more. Members of the club learn tips that they can use when visiting Europe in the future and also attend European events in the area. The European Club is for everyone!
Film and Video Club
The Film and Video Club will provide students with hands on experience in the art of filmmaking. This club allows students to explore their abilities to write, act and direct in a small setting. Students will analyze different types of films including but not limited to, documentaries, experimental pieces, stop motion, and animation. A history of film and filmmaking will be applied to the program in order to garner an overall appreciation for the visual medium. The goal of the club is to have each student create a short video and have it play on the MacDuffie website and screen to the school body.
Everyone who is interested in photographing is welcome! Our goal is to cultivate people’s interest in and knowledge of photography and to give students experience.
As Schools Match Wits
As Schools Match Wits is a team of students who appear on the public television program “As Schools Match Wits”, where they compete with students from other public and private schools in the Pioneer Valley. The competition tests students’ general knowledge in specific academic areas. MacDuffie students must qualify by passing a preliminary test to be members of this team. The team then meets regularly to prepare for the televised competition.
The Business Club proudly combines its academic discussion section with a leadership building project. Academic discussion groups offer a glimpse of finance, marketing, and economics. The leadership project contains lots of opportunities to be the club projects’ managers, and leaders of studying groups.
A club where yo-yo enthusiasts can meet and share tricks etc, and also where others can come to learn how to yo-yo! All are welcome!
Classical Music & Classical Visual Art Club
Classical Music & Classical Visual Art Club is a group that enjoys classical music and classical visual art. Students participate in special field trips and attend concerts and art museum exhibitions throughout the New England area, such as Springfield and Boston Symphony performances and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Ultimate Frisbee Club
This club prepares students for ultimate Frisbee team in the Spring. All are welcome.
Ping Pong Club
A club set up for recreational ping pong games and competitive ping pong tournaments.
A club where students can learn about Asian culture, society and language.
This club is for students who are hard working, confident and eager to learn a new skill. Members will experience the sport of rowing, learn the basic strokes, train for the MacDuffie Spring Crew team and prepare for races.
A club where members get to juggle with various props, learn to ride unicycles and have fun learning other circus skills. All grades welcome!
Chinese Kung-Fu has a long history of more than 1,000 years. The first person who crated Kung Fu was San Feng Zhang and at that ime Kubg Fu was called Tai Ji. Today there are many kinds of Kung Fu. Our student leader Jay Zhang is experienced in Kung Fu and would like to teach any interested student at MacDuffie to use Kung Fu for protection and to learn more about the Chinese history and culture.
Vocal Training Club
This club is for helping students with pronunciation and vocal control that will benefit them in music and general communication.
Magic the Gathering Club
This club holds events to gather people together to have fun and plan trips to card shops.
Go Chess Club
Go chess is a kind of chess from China, with a history of thousands of years. It has become very popular in Asia, especially Korea, China, and Japan. Go chess is much more complex than traditional international chess. It exercises your calculation skill. Student leader Kehan Chen was a champion of a high-school go chess competition in Hangzhou, China, and has a high skill of Go chess. He can provide instruction to students who already have advanced skills. Student leader Tianyang Lee has experience in teaching novices, and can help you to quickly master the basics. Student leader Yuguang Lin is a zealot of Weiqi; he will teach you the culture and history of Go chess. Go chess club will let you experience the great fun of Go chess: come and join us!