Thursday, April 6, 2017


Dear EWG Community:

Here's the most recent video created and produced by STUDENT VOICE on the most popular forms of social media and its latest statistics.  Our junior high students work in collaboration with senior high students from EWG's TV Tel station to provide this community communication about key issues within the junior high.

Enjoy the show!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

6th Grade Parent Night

Dear 6th Grade Parents:

Please join us for an introductory overview of your child's transition to the junior high on May 8th!  Our objective is to provide information and support to help you navigate this major development period in your child's academic career.

The highlight of the evening is our Panel of Parents who share their own junior high experiences, lessons learned, humor and wisdom to provide you with an even better perspective of you and your child's life in the junior high.

This evening is devoted to our 6th Grade Parents only.  Our 6th grade students will have an all day visit to the junior high on May 25th.

Hope to see you on May 8!!  Here's the event details:  


Monday, May 8, 2017
6pm - 7:30pm
EWG Junior/Senior Auditorium

Any questions, please contact Catherine Murray
Middle School Counselor 397-6898 x 219

Friday, March 31, 2017


6th Grade Hospitality Attendants

Our annual Creative Arts Night was a fabulous success this year with over 580 adults and students in attendance!!  Along with my colleagues and co-founders of this gala event (Mrs. LaFrenage - Art Teacher and Stacy Place, Band/Chorus Director), our vision is always to create an evening spotlighting the creative arts of our Metcalf students within a gallery type ambiance.  Our other main objective is to provide an environment for our parent community to feel welcome and relaxed as they stroll the hallways admiring the various student artifacts and activities.  

Our administrators and faculty members, such as Mrs. Ratigan, Mrs. Fish, Mr. Buco and his wife, Mrs. Pucino, Mrs. McWeeney, Mrs. Brodeur, Mrs. Blake, Mrs. Skaggs, Mrs. Bouchard, and Mrs. Lebreque also contributed to the magical transformation of the school for this special after school experience.  In addition, many of our student band/chorus students provided the musical portion of the program.  

Above all, I'd like to pay tribute to our hardworking "6th Grade Student Hospitality Attendants" for their efforts in making this night such a splendid success. We could not run the program without their help and support.  Over the past several weeks, I provided hospitality training to these students who voluntarily worked during their lunch/recess times in order to enhance their leadership and etiquette skills.  Please enjoy the following photos of our 6th grade attendants in action:  

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Dear EWG Parents and Community:

So many THANKS for such a fabulous turn-out last evening for our final showing of SCREENAGERS!!  Over 50 individuals attended and it was another very engaging, interactive and supportive event for all involved!!

Our appreciation also goes out to our superintendent, administrators and PTA members for backing and advertising this effort.

The overriding message is that we, as a community (parents and school), need to continue this conversation of how best to integrate technology for the safety and balanced wellbeing of all our students.

Monday, December 12, 2016

SCREENAGERS - 2nd Showing

Dear EWG Parents and Community:  

Many thanks to the parents who attended the film "SCREENAGERS" last week.  Your feedback, insights, enthusiasm and desire to share with others was fabulous and contagious!!  We continue to receive requests for a second showing for parents who were unable to attend.  Due to this outpouring of heightened interest, we are going to have another evening event sometime in the January timeframe and/or before the February break.  

Please know that all parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend because this applies to all our elementary, middle and senior high students.  Due to the research highlighted in this documentary, we need to educate ourselves and support one another about its impact on our students' overall wellbeing - mental, physical, emotional and social needs. 

As soon as we have a definite date, we'll let you know right away.  

Until then, thanks for all your support in our ongoing efforts to keep your child safe, healthy and well balanced!  

Catherine Murray, Middle School Counselor

P.S.  Please click on: for more info.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Adolescent Stressors

The current national data on the American Adolescent indicates that anxiety and depression numbers are increasing for ages 12 - 18 (6.3 million teens have an anxiety disorder; and, 3 million teens had at least 1 major depressive episode in 1 year).

The key factors attributing to adolescent stressors are (1) feeling overwhelmed; (2) hyperconnectivity from social media and technology (developing brains need rest); and, (3) school pressure - competitiveness in schoolwork and activities, concern about college and future careers. The study concluded this is the "1st generation that can't escape their problems at all."

With such statistics and more in-school cases of anxiety, I worked with several creative, informed and talented 6th graders to produce a presentation which was well received by the entire 6th grade class. The key categories addressed were academic, after school activities, friends, family and technology/social media. Healthy, coping strategies were offered and audience participation was encouraged after the powerpoint presentation.

The presenters were: Abby Hattoy, Becca Kilday, Emily O'Brien, Eve Podraza and Tess Zurawski who did a fabulous job in role modeling and reaching their peers with this very important topic and life skill.

Please view the presenters' powerpoint presentation:

Monday, June 13, 2016

STUDENT VOICE TALK SHOW - Junior High After School Activities

Student Voice (SV) is an after school club of 7th and 8th grade students devoted to interviewing and discussing key issues, activities etc. within the junior high.  The SV members work in collaboration with the senior high's TV Tel Station to produce district and community videos. As part of the 6th grade transition process to the junior high, the SV members interviewed 7th and 8th grade students about the various after school activities which was aired on May 20th during the 6th Grade Visit.  

This is an educational and informative video for our incoming 6th grade students and parents as well as our current junior high students.  Many thanks to our student guests who offered to be interviewed for the creation of this video.  Enjoy!