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Watch McCarthy Principal and Staff 'Beat It'

One of the highlights of the McCarthy Elementary School 5th Grade Talent Show was a spoof of Michael Jackson's Beat It, starring Principal Matt Hanlon and the many teachers and staff members at the elementary school.

McCarthy principal, teachers & staff in Beat It. Photography by Dan Santos. Edited by Ren Hanna.
McCarthy principal, teachers & staff in Beat It. Photography by Dan Santos. Edited by Ren Hanna.

The McCarthy Elementary School 5th Grade Talent Show took place over the weekend at Fuller Middle.

From singing and dancing, accomplished piano performances, McCarthy’s very own The Voice, karate performances, video for Day in the Life of a 5th Grade boy, commercials by Principal Matt Hanlon and fifth grade teacher Dan Santos, a parent-led flash mob to What Does the Fox Say. as well as several gymnastics performances.  

Click here for a slideshow of photos from the talent show.

The highlight of the evening was a video clip to Michael Jackson’s Beat-It, that was created by McCarthy School employees staring Principal Hanlon and Vice Principal Mrs. Nolan. 

Editor's Note: The video is attached to this report.

The event could not have been accomplished without the countless fifth grade parent volunteers led by Kathy Franklin, Catherine Williams and Yuki Shikichi, who rehearsed with the students, according to the McCarthy PTO.

The McCarthy PTO said it was lucky to recruit sound and lighting  experts Mark Wuerthner and Phil Reitz, who kindly donated their time to this fabulous event. 


Note: Originally posted at 1 a.m. on April 14. Updated to fix typo.


Patty Ames April 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Susan - I didn't mean Patch exclusively - it was more of a general comment regarding conversations heard around town, the MetroWest Daily News and yes, the Patch. Of course there are positive events and you do a great job covering them but we've had recent stories regarding leadership changes at Stapleton and now Fuller and the endless debate/discussions over our test scores. So, the real intent of my comment was to say - "Hey, I'm so proud of all the creative, fun things that our town does in the school system because we are so much more than just a set of test scores." I suppose I should have written that.
Susan Petroni April 14, 2014 at 02:29 PM
There have been what some would consider "negative" articles published about the schools. I just wanted to point out that Patch strives to publish all the news we know about the schools - not just the negative but also the positive. It was great to see a standing room only crowd at the first-ever Geography Bee, and iNight is always attracts a large crowd, but sadly the district does not do a great job of publicizing its own "positive" news. Most of the "good news" that people read about the schools comes from the PTOs or tips from parents. I thought the McCarthy teachers video was fabulous - but I'm a bit biased as that is where our middle school daughter went to elementary school, but as soon as I saw it I wanted to share it with the community as editor. I just wish to add that everyone is welcome to send news tips - good or bad - to me anytime at 508-315-7176 or at susan.petroni@patch.com.
Jean M Becker April 14, 2014 at 03:03 PM
These teachers are all dedicated to their profession.. Everyday there are positive events involving the schools. Volunteer in your public school system, get involved and you will see how hard they work and how devoted they all are. They had so much fun doing this and even better seeing the teachers that came to the talent show after a long day of work to support their fifth grade students in the talent show just says it all!
Radhika Chintapalli April 15, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Awesome! Words can't express how refreshing my mind felt after watching this video. Thanks!! Rad C
Lorraine Steenkamp April 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM
You are all amazing! What a great video. I LOVED it!!

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