Our Name: A History

A History of Our School Name: Storm Grove Middle

Storm Grove Road was named after the grove located in the area. Storm is a family name. One of the family members, Helen Storm Corsa, was an accomplished educator. Below is some information about Helen Storm Corsa.

Helen Storm Corsa

West Barnstable— Helen Storm Corsa, 92, died on May 29, 2008, at her home in West Barnstable.

At her death, Dr. Corsa was the Martha Hale Schackford Professor of English, emerita, at Wellesley College, where she taught from 1948 until her retirement in 1981. Professor Corsa was born in 1915, grew up at first in western Massachusetts, where her father was a professor at Amherst College, and then in Vero Beach, Fla., where her family ran an orange grove. After a brief stint at the Eastman School of Music, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1938, and obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in 1939 and 1942, respectively. She taught at Hartwick College and Russell Sage College before joining the Wellesley College faculty. Professor Corsa was a specialist in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, and published a leading study of his work, Chaucer, Poet of Mirth and Morality, (Notre Dame University Press, 1961). She also edited the volume in the Variorum Edition of Chaucer on "The Physician's Tale," (University of Oklahoma Press, 1987). Aside from her work in early English literature, Professor Corsa much enjoyed teaching 18th and 19th Century literature, and she published widely on such writers as Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens. A number of her essays dealt with the relation between psychoanalysis and literature and were published in such journals as Literature and Psychology,The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and American Imago. Professor Corsa was a noted gardener and a lover of music, especially the piano music of Mozart, which she enjoyed playing for friends. Earlier in her life, she had studied the cello as well.

The Naming Process: Storm Grove Middle

In March, surveys were mailed home to students who lived in the new middle school's zoning area. In this survey, students were asked for their suggestions for our school's name, colors, and mascot. We collected over one hundred suggestions. We brought the top nineteen choices to a vote by 350 school community members at our first meeting on March 24th. The top five names with the number of votes from the March 24th meeting were:

  • Storm Grove Middle School - 102
  • ECO Middle School - 44
  • Treasure Coast Middle School - 37
  • Orange Grove Middle School - 28
  • Sea Grove Middle School - 28

In a geographic study of the area surrounding the new middle school site, there is not much that is outstanding. We could look to historical Vero Beach locations, but they are not in the immediate vicinity of the school. We could also look at the Indian River Lagoon and its features, but again this is not in close proximity to the school location. After searching an Aerial photography of the immediate area, I came across an interactive map that showed the area of the school. When I used the map's zoom feature, the name of 57th St. changed to Storm Grove Road. As I looked at the color scheme for the school with Susan Olson, I complimented the color choices and asked what she had in mind as she chose them. She said she was picking the colors of a grove. The school community at our meeting was aware of the name of the road.