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Briarcliff Middle School Custodian Turns Trash into Treasure

For 27 years, Namphong Nguyen, the Briarcliff Middle School custodian, has been passing by the art room, admiring students’ works in Jessica Dubin and John Brooks’ art classes.

This has inspired him to make his own creations and he began making sculptures out of driftwood, recycled metal and oyster shells.

He has gifted his sculptures to some of the school staff and was recently invited to hold a shell sculpture workshop during May’s Wellness Day at the school.

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Sixth Graders Learn about the Constellations with Special Guest “Instructors”

Like many well-informed, intelligent teachers in our district, Briarcliff Middle School sixth grade science teacher Julie Gallagher follows the district's Facebook page to learn about all of the goings-on in the district. 

Earlier in the year, she came across a post about members of the Briarcliff High School Cosmos Club who did a constellation activity in one of their meetings. She decided to invite them to her sixth grade science class to do that same activity with her students.

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Briarcliff Middle School Students Attend an Assembly on Living in the Moment

Most school assemblies begin with the presenter walking onto the stage to greet the audience.

That will not do for John Beede.

Mr. Beede, an avid mountain climber, climbed on top of one of the chairs in the middle of the district auditorium, much to the students’ surprise and delight.

After eventually making it to the stage, Mr. Beede delivered a presentation which was part of Wellness Day at Briarcliff Middle School, and which was all about being present in the moment.

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