Once again Mother Nature has teased us with spring. She gave us great weather over Mother’s Day weekend and on Monday. Everyone was walking around with shorts and tank tops. Now we are back to sweatshirts and jeans. One day we will be warm.
Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Summer Cardoza and Avelly Otoni, who celebrated their day May 13; Roa Sanchez, May 14 and to Rhanna DeOliveira, Shannon Levesque, Joao Nunes and Joseph Medeiros, who all celebrated May 16.
Pink and Green Weekend seemed to go off very well. It all started at Donaroma’s with a night of circus entertainment. The smile on the kids’ faces was worth it, and I know the adults loved it just as much.
All of Pat Brown’s friends, neighbors, former coworkers and students are requested to submit their special memories, photos, and tributes (dated if possible) by email to Jennifer Marlin at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Jennifer W. Marlin, P.O. Box 1311, Edgartown MA 02539. These will be shared on memorial display boards and anyone wishing to speak at Pat’s celebration of life on June 27 will be encouraged to do so, as her life was filled with many beautiful stories that have never been told.
A member of our school community, Deborah Orazem, and her husband Dr. Garrett Orazem are without a home at the moment due to events out of their control, and it’s looking like they will not be in it for the summer as well. The junior high staff is sponsoring a fundraiser for them at the P.A. Club on Friday, May 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Darren Belisle will DJ and folks are being asked to bring a dish to share. The suggested donation is $20 per person, or more if you care to donate. Tickets are available at the Edgartown School office or from any junior high teacher.
Students from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School are the latest guest curators to open an exhibit in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Spotlight Gallery. Students from Corinne Kurtz’s women’s studies class have spent months studying the history of female criminal activity on the Island and will now debut their work in the form of an exhibit entitled Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators.
Initially, the students came to the museum to research criminal records from 1790 to 1840. They spent a good amount of time cross-referencing the museum’s archives with court records from the sheriff’s office. During their research, students explored thought-provoking topics such as racism, sexism and domestic abuse, linking each to contemporary topics.
This is the second collaboration between the museum and one of Corinne Kurtz’s classes. Early last year her sports in America class presented the history of sports on the Island in the same gallery space. “From an educator’s perspective,” Kurtz says, “this type of authentic learning experience is very special, and, sadly, very rare. I had no idea that it would be such a success. The students were flexible and so willing to take it on. They were enthusiastic throughout the entire process.”
In addition to learning about the history of women and crime, students were taught about what makes a good exhibit. They learned how to write blocks of words for the exhibit walls that tell the story of their research. They also refined caption labels to make them short enough to convey the essence of their story.
Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators will open at the museum on Monday, May 19, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for parents, families and the general public. Admission is free to all. The exhibit will be up through June 1.
Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.