Patton students school faculty on court


Teachers and faculty from Patton Middle School had a tough time keeping up with members of the Boys and Girls Eighth Grade basketball teams during the annual student-faculty game, Friday. The event, which packed the school’s gym, raised money for the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — It seemed like a slam dunk.

Match up a bunch of grown adults — some with impressive playing experience — against a bunch of eighth graders on the basketball court. While it was all in good fun, last Friday night’s Patton Middle School  faculty versus student game was pretty much a blow-out.

In fact, it took a dubious scoreboard “malfunction” in the closing minutes to make what had been a 30-plus point deficit a tie game.

The surprise? That the eighth graders, members of the Patton basketball teams, totally schooled their their teachers.


Patton Middle School principal Tim Hoffman sports a unique hairstyle, Friday night, in keeping with the fun spirit of the school’s Family Fun Night.

What wasn’t a surprise: a packed gymnasium at Patton for the event, which raised money for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

The game featured split quarters, five minutes for the boys team to take on male teachers, followed by five minutes for the girls’ team to take on the female teachers.

The game was light-hearted — school principal Tim Hoffman sported a giant wig at points during the game — and featured performances by the school’s dance squad. Enormous banners, created by the school’s geometry students, hung from one end of the gym, supporting both the faculty and students.

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