News in Brief

School celebrates French week

Marlborough celebrated National French Week from Nov. 4 to 10. Festivities included a crepe truck on Nov. 8, and French food in Café M all week.
French instructor Elizabeth Vitanza worked to arrange the activities. Vitanza collaborated with members of French club, which she advises, to create a slide-show that played on the digital signage screens around school showing images of France and French culture.
“French week is a great excuse to celebrate one of the best cultures of the world and eat really delicious food!” said French club co-president Stephanie Dawson ’12.
The French club and Vitanza said they plan to expand French Week in the future to teach students more about French culture and art.
“We want French Week to include other aspects of French culture besides food.  French culture is so much more than people eating escargot and wearing funny berets,” Vitanza said.

-Elyse ’12

Italy Trip to run in Spring

The Foreign Languages Department will offer its biannual cultural exchange trip to Italy from Mar. 26 to Apr. 4. with one new addition; this year parents may accompany students.

The trip, sponsored by the National Educational Travel Council (NETC), offers interactive and informative tours of Italian cities, including Venice, Florence and Rome.

Leigh Hansen, Foreign Languages Department Head and faculty sponsor for the trip, said taking Latin or Ancient Civilizations isn’t required to attend, but most girls who have signed up have taken or are taking those classes.

Sasha Mutchnik ’15 said she’s looking forward to visiting Central Europe with friends.

“I’ve never been on a big trip with Marlborough girls, so this will be great,” Mutchnik said.

-Ili ‘11

Sax speaks at PA meeting

On Oct. 19, Robin Sax spoke to the Marlborough Parents’ Association about the dangers of the Internet. Sax is an NBC News legal analyst, former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, and community leader who hopes to protect children from sexual abuse and support victims of domestic violence.

Sax discussed ways that parents can protect their children from cyber-bullying and Internet predators by filtering and blocking potentially threatening or inappropriate websites, monitoring their children’s online conversations, and establishing a family computer policy.

Overall, Sax’s speaking points were well received by Parents’ Association members.

“Parents felt the information was very relevant and well presented,” said Linda Vitale, Co-President of the Parents’ Association.

-Erika ‘12