By: Kayla Bolling
Birthdays, championships, and up and comings are all part of the morning announcements. Students in the Broadcasting class read off everything that is needed to know about what is happening throughout the school, but not many people know what is happening behind the scenes.
Broadcasting is a class that can only be taken by eighth graders as an encore. It is a semester long with the teachers Mrs. Stephanie Griffith, library media specialist, and Mrs. Amy Fry, eighth grade language arts teacher. Mr. Michael Howton, principal said, “We created a broadcasting class and decided to do video announcements there because it is a great fit for them. The skills they learn will carry over to the high school. It is much more meaningful to hear the great things going on here from the students at HMS.” Aside from the announcements, the students in broadcasting make videos concerning different important topics in the school such as the winter reading challenge.
These videos were part of the reason that video announcements started. Mr. Howton and the broadcasting teachers wanted a place for these videos to be displayed. They believed that it was a great idea to start doing the video announcements like the high school and some elementary schools. To do the video announcements, the school had to purchase new technology and borrow some from the high school. For example, the lights on set had to be bought and the camera was borrowed from the high school. With the filming studio set up, students had to get training in how to do the video announcements. They practiced during class and ran through different roles to see what they liked so that they could get comfortable. The Broadcasting class has also taken a trip to the high school to see their video announcements in action. They are all still training, learning new tools, and how to improve.
The students in the class were split into groups of three. In these groups, there is an anchor, prompter operator, and board operator. All three jobs are equally important. An anchor is the person that is in the video reading off the announcements. The prompter operator monitors the words displayed on the teleprompter. The board operator controls the audio, switching the video, and makes the process flow. The groups rotated through each position for three days and then a new group of three does the announcements. This schedule rotates throughout the semester. To do the video announcements, students arrive at 7:50 AM. They run the entire show with occasional help from Mrs. Griffith. Kenna Abner, eighth grader said, “My favorite part is being able to do the graphics at the beginning of the videos because they are fun to operate and have different themes.” For instance, the bluebird that changes color to the Christmas music was created by Abner.
As in every new thing that is tried, there are always some bumps in the road. The teleprompter is an iPad that shows the script and scrolls down as the anchor reads it. It can be difficult to find the right speed that it scrolls because everyone reads at different paces. Occasionally if a program malfunctions, students have to adlib until the program is fixed. Yet, there have been no major issues. Mrs. Fry said, “The Broadcasting class always does a great job with the video announcements. I love seeing kids shine in a different way. You get to see all of their new talents. They all develop new skills, work as a team, and get involved in a different way. I can’t wait to see how the video announcements grow and develop along with the students.”
By: Bella Workman
On March 16th, there is going to be a new test heading towards the seventh grade, a science K-PREP test. This is a “practice run” test for the real new version of the science section of the K-PREP state testing, which has been developing for over three years. Susan Anderson, seventh grade life science teacher, said, “This is going to be used to evaluate where possible errors were in the new test. The only different thing about this test is the time we are giving it and we will not get the results back since it is a practice.”
This test may also lead the teachers to have to change how they teach their curriculum. Based on the questions that are asked, the teachers may need to adjust what and how they teach their content. These test results are very important to the school and the students.
After taking the new test, the students had some time to reflect on the test and what their overall thoughts were. Carissa Armstrong, seventh grader, said, “This test seemed less stressful because this test was separate from the actual K-PREP testing. I also felt like I had heard of most of the questions that were given.” Also, Isaac Surrey, seventh grader, said, “I thought the test was not as challenging as I thought it would’ve been, I felt like I knew the what the questions were asking and only didn’t know a few.”
Overall, the new addition to the seventh-grade testing content has had a successful test-run. Brian Allesandro, seventh grade language arts teacher, said, “When the test was given, the students handled it very well and they seemed like they knew many of the answers. They have great science teachers to teach them everything they need to know.” Next year, this test’s scores will be counted as part of the state testing. Hopefully this test run will prepare the teachers for next year!
By: Caitlyn Morgan
The middle school has recently announced a new challenge for students and staff that motivates the participants to eat healthier. During the week of March 20th, the middle school will be participating in a ‘Healthy Food Challenge’. The challenge is for students and staff alike. Those that want to join are encouraged to fill out the ‘Food Tracking Chart’ and return it to their homeroom teacher by March 27th. Mrs. Julie Schlarman, chairperson, said, “I want students to realize that their health is very important. What we do now, can affect us later in life. It doesn't matter how smart, talented we are, if we don't have our health, we have nothing. We all only have one place to live, our bodies, and we need to take care of it.”
Mrs. Schlarman is working on additional prizes for people who turn in a food tracking chart. Currently, those who turn in a chart will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free pass to Laser Kraze Laser Tag. Mrs. Schlarman said, “I am still in the process of working with Mr. Howton about additional prizes. I am meeting with him and Mr. Staff to put together the final details of the challenge soon.” The theme of this challenge sticks with March’s theme of National Nutrition Month. The school has also been encouraging the students to exercise. They allow about 40 students into the middle school gym on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 A.M to 7:50 A.M. Paige Ossege, eighth grader, plans on participating in the challenge in order to try and keep her New Year’s Resolution. “I usually eat a mix of healthy and unhealthy food but this year, I’m going to try and eat even healthier. I plan on cutting back on sugary drinks and eating more vegetables and fruits.” See the attached food tracking chart with more details about the challenge.
By: Maria Little
“All the true heroes of history will be forgotten and all the villains will be remembered as heroes,” said Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer. There are many villains throughout history. These villains are not the ones seen in movies or comic books, these are real people who have shaped American history. Some of these villains include: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Osama bin Laden. Influential Leaders, eighth grade class, is having a villain week in which they create presentations and watch videos about the villains. Mr. Ryan Augustin, Influential Leaders teacher, said, “In the class Influential Leadership, we analyze the characteristics leaders display in gaining followers. I believe it is important to understand how the leaders we often view as villains share these same characteristics.” The class also analyzes strategies villains have taken throughout history to gain supporters and eliminate enemies.
Augustin wants to inform students about people of the past they may have heard of, but may not know the villains’ backstory. In the class, students watch videos about Hitler and the Holocaust. They also did a presentation about Stalin and a word document about bin Laden. Bin Laden was the leader of the terrorist group, Al- Qaeda, who organized the planes flying into the World Trade Centers. Augustin said, “Growing up and learning about World War ll and the Holocaust, I often wondered how people could support a person and group like Hitler and the Nazis. By studying the characteristics and actions of these villains and their movements, I believe we gain a better understanding of how this happens.” The students also had to pick their favorite fictional villain and write how they are influential. For their assignment, they had to pick certain characteristics of the villains including; passion, knowledge, and courage. Influential leaders is an informative class available to any eighth grader.
By: Anna Kidney
The middle school is having a change in their lunches. The cafeteria is trying out different food varieties to widen the kids range of food choices. Mrs. Gina Sawma, nutritionist for the Fort Thomas Independent Schools, plans out all the meals that the kids will eat. Mrs. Sawma said, “I started mixing up the varieties of our food because I want to give you many choices and I like to offer items I hope you will like and then I will put them on the menu if it’s a big seller.” A new food Mrs. Sawma is trying out on the middle school menu is a pretzel dog, which is a Bavarian soft pretzel with a hotdog wrapped and baked inside. Some other new things that Mrs. Sawma is trying out is a turkey bacon club sandwich on a Ciabatta bun and an individual deep dish cheese pizza. Makenna Abner, eighth grader, said, “I really enjoyed trying the individual cheese pizza, because I thought it was different than most pizzas and it was a cool lunch to have.” Since the middle school lunches are not funded by the state the middle school doesn’t have to follow most of the nutrient rules as strictly and it makes it easier for Mrs. Sawma to pick different foods for the kids to try. “I get lots of ideas and new products or I find new recipes I want to try. It is always fun trying something new and hoping you all will like it!” said Mrs. Sawma.
By: Lydia Welscher
Influential Leaders is a class offered to eighth graders in which students learn what and how people are influential as leaders. The students that are currently taking the encore class are working on their humanitarian projects. A humanitarian is someone concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare. This project’s guidelines are to tell about a choice humanitarian’s early life and charitable actions. Following this project, the students are putting together field trips, assemblies, and volunteer work. Five groups were organized to have specific things planned that correspond with the charitable acts their humanitarian did. Eighth grader Paige Ossege said, “We are spreading awareness of different religions and races and supporting different minorities.”
By: Kenzie Nehus
March 16, 2017 is the start of the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament marks the end of the college basketball season for all teams. People have made their picks on who will win the tournament. ESPN and the NCAA are the most commonly used websites when creating brackets. Within the ESPN website one can make a group and compete against their friends, family, or even strangers. In order to win the challenges, you must get the most amount of points. Points are earned when a team you selected wins.
ESPN stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. It is a sports television channel that covers all kinds of sports and athletes. They cover all the games live on their website and cover some games on television. NCAA is an association that covers the games as well. It stands for National College Athletic Association. They are a nonprofit association that regulates athletes.
The teachers have created their own NCAA tournament brackets. The teachers who wanted to participate had to put in five dollars and if they have the most wins within their brackets, they will win all the money. Mrs. Katherine Donelan, sixth grade math teacher, said, “I have minimal knowledge of basketball teams. I pick solely on location of the team.” Teachers enjoy the competition, and even teachers that don’t know much about basketball compete. Mr. Kevin Nieporte, eighth grade science teacher, said, “I have been creating brackets since I was twelve years old. When I came to Highlands no one was doing it so I started it. This year we have all time high of 150 participates.” Mr. Nieporte runs the teacher bracket.
Many students are participating in the NCAA tournament as well. Evan Rom, eighth grader, has started a group on the ESPN website. Rom said, “My bracket is doing good so far. I have North Carolina winning because they are my favorite team.” Some people place bets on who will win, but others just do it for the fun. The finals will be held on April 3, 2017.
By: Lexie Crawford
At the school board meeting on Monday, March 13th, 2017, superintendent Gene Kirchner announced his retirement. This will impact many in the district, but none more than Mr. Kirchner himself.
Before Mr. Kirchner came to Fort Thomas, he worked in four other school districts as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. He originally came to Fort Thomas in September of 2010, as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. He became Superintendent in March of 2012, and has served in that capacity until now. He will officially retire on June 30, 2017 after 34 years in public education.
Under Mr. Kirchner’s leadership, the Fort Thomas Independent School District accomplished great things. Mr. Kirchner said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished during my time in Fort Thomas. Our students and staff are excelling at very high levels. Indeed, student achievement is at an all-time high.” The facilities in Fort Thomas, especially Woodfill, Highlands, and, Moyer have had drastic improvement. Fort Thomas is currently leading Kentucky in the way of 21st century skills and the digital conversion, leading the state in national recognition. All of these accomplishments have led to opportunities for students that haven’t existed before. Mr. Kirchner said, “It’s been a treat for me to be involved in making these things happen.”
With Mr. Kirchner’s retirement, a new superintendent will be needed. He is hopeful that the next superintendent will be a “visionary leader who understands the need for continuous improvement.” He thinks it is important for the district to continue moving forward and providing students with a world-class education. He has confidence in the board of education and he is sure they will find someone who will take the students and staff to new heights. Mr. Kirchner said, “The future is bright for Fort Thomas.”
By: Abbie Waters
On January 24, the softball field for the middle and high school by the name of the Birdcage was vandalized. The insides of the dug outs were spray painted with black paint. Parts that were affected included the benches, the walls, and the ground with phrases and other forms of graffiti. A similar experience happened last July. Unfortunately, the vandals were not identified. Eighth grade softball player Ellie Rowland said, “It really annoys me because we just got this field a couple years ago and to have people disrespect that and disrespect us as a team is very annoying and makes me mad. Softball tryouts are in less than three weeks so we need to use the game for practice and games.” The damage done to the field hasn’t just effected the dugouts, it has an impact on the players that use it to practice something they are passionate about.
By: Caroline Class
Did you know that every minute someone in the United States dies from a heart disease related event? The students and teachers are wearing red on Friday, February 3, 2017 for heart disease awareness. Heart disease is the leading cause for death. Ways that you can have a healthy lifestyle includes being physically active every day, have a good nutrition, aim for a healthy weight, reduce stress, and avoid smoking and drinking. “I think everyone should have a healthy life and not have to deal with heart disease,” said Kaylie Myers, eighth grader. About 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. Every 42 seconds someone has a heart attack in the US alone. A lifestyle is not only the best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also responsibility. Students and teachers please wear anything red to school to show support for Heart disease awareness.
By: LiYe Whalen
Lavender is a universal color for cancer. There are different colors for different types of cancer. For example, pink is the color for breast cancer, grey is the color for brain cancer, and gold is the color for childhood cancer. There are many types cancers out there. Lavender and multicolored are the colors that represent all types of cancer.
A man named Norm Stewart, who was former head coach of the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball team, created the Coaches vs Cancer program. He was a survivor of cancer and a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The members provided the inspiration for the Coaches vs Cancer concept. Mr. Stewart challenged fans to pledge a dollar for every 3-point shot made by his team. Soon the concept developed into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the county. The American Cancer Society’s hope to have a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. They want to promote a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of cancer. All this information came from the Coaches vs. Cancer website. http://coaches.acsevents.org/site/PageServer/?pagename=CVC_Home
Mrs. Ahren Wagner, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, (FCCLA) adviser, is in charge of the event at Highlands. Mrs. Wagner said, “It is always wonderful to give back to an organization that helps fund research and treatment for a disease that has touched all of our lives in some way or another.”
The Coaches vs. Cancer Program empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society website, the program gives personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches everywhere. It increases cancer awareness and promotes a healthy living through year-round awareness of the program. The Coaches vs. Cancer game is being held on Monday, February 6th at Highlands High School during the Girls vs. Holmes and Boys vs. Ludlow games. The boys will be playing first, then the girls. “I thought it would be a nice way for students to be involved in a campaign that promotes our highlands basketball program and the American Cancer Society,” said Mrs. Wagner.
Highlands High School has already sold their shirts for the basketball games. All the money raised from the t-shirts will benefit the American Cancer Society. At Highlands, about 51 shirts were sold which equals about $510.
By: Addison Bracken
The Highlands Middle School geography bee began Monday January 23rd. Each history class has started with their class geography bees early that week. There were two winners from each class, which means 16 winners per grade. These 16 students competed on Friday, January 27th. The final who moved on to the school wide bee consist of: Lela Grillot, Joel Craft, and Chole Caudill, sixth grade; Beatty Arnold, Case Grillot Caden Fraley seventh grade, and Addison Bracken, Julianna Russ, Luke Muller, and Madison Burnett, eighth grade. “It feels cool that I moved on and I can’t wait to compete against other kids in the school,” said Joel Craft, sixth grade. “Oh it feels amazing. It was incredible that I made it past others in my class but nevertheless other people that made it past their classes too. I think I speak for the other winners when I say it’s simply amazing.” Said Madison Burnett, eighth grade. The winner of the school geography bee will move on to a regional competition where they will then compete against winners from other schools. The school wide geography bee was held on Wednesday, January 1st at 7:00 pm in the middle school library. The winner of the bee was Case Grillot and the runner up was Chloe Caudill.
By: Rylie Weber
Soon the eighth grade class will be saying goodbye to HMS. They will be going off to the high school but not without a great send off. The eighth grade award ceremony will be the last day of school, May 23rd. We need your help to make this a success. Each year the Highlands Middle School journalism students put together a slideshow of “then and now” picture. The “then and now pictures” include pictures of students as a baby/toddler, then a picture of what the students look like now. These pictures must be of the eighth grader alone and must be school appropriate. All eighth grade students need to have the pictures sent in by March 1st , 2017 and sent to Mrs. Birkley via e-mail. It’s time to show off how far the eighth grade class has come, make sure to get in those pictures!
By: Maria Little
“Tennis taught me to take chances, to take life as it comes. To hit every ball that comes to me no matter how hard it looks, to give it my best shot,” said Thisuri Wanniarachchi, Sri Lankan author. There was an informational meeting held about tennis on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in the Highlands High School Library. The meeting was to discuss what to expect of the upcoming season, and the regular schedule. During the meeting, the players tried on the uniforms to figure out what sizes they need. The tennis team is divided into two different teams, junior varsity and varsity. Any seventh or eighth grader may join the tennis team if they are interested. Mrs. Kristin Laskey, tennis coach, said, “Middle schoolers make up almost half of both rosters and we have Highlands Middle School students that should make an immediate impact this spring. Eighth grader, Peter Laskey is defending Regional Doubles Champion (with Highlands High School Senior, Jeffrey Schenk) and the seventh varsity boys spot will likely be rotated between middle schoolers. The girls graduated four seniors last year, so there should be many varsity opportunities for the Highlands Middle School girls.” The team starts to practice in the middle of February, and matches begin the first week of March. The girls’ and boys’ teams are both defending regional champs, and the girls are going for their 13th straight team title. Mrs. Laskey said, “Highlands Tennis is special to me. This will be my 15th straight year with one of my own sons & daughters on the Bluebirds Tennis team so I’ve been following Highlands Tennis for a while. I played in high school and college so for most of my life I have spent the spring either playing, watching, or coaching! I began coaching the girls in 2012 and both boys and girls in 2015 and really enjoyed it. The kids make it fun, and it is rewarding for me to see them develop and work together as a team and learn a lifetime sport!”
By: Megan Studer
On Thursday, January 26th, the Highlands Theatre Department performed the first act of Seussical the Musical for the Middle School. The cast has been practicing for months for their revealing of this play. Seussical the Musical is a combination of many of the Dr. Seuss characters coming to life and creating their own story. Cat in the Hat, played by Hank Slaby, tells the story of how Horton the Elephant, played by Peter Laskey, discovers a whole new world on a speck of dust and tries to protect it and the Who’s within, including curious Jojo, played by Thomas Gray-Torsell.
Peter Laskey, eighth grader, said, “It was a very fun play this year, I liked being the main role. I like being an eighth grader and seeing new sixth graders and seventh graders because I think it’s fun. There was not a lot of set changes, it’s just everything that happens stays on stage. Students should come and see the whole play because it’s a really exciting play and you’d really enjoy it, it’s basically awesome.”
By: Lauren Hellmann
This past weekend the Highlands Middle and High School Divers competed Friday, January 27th. This meet took place at Scott High School. Warmups started at 5 P.M. and the meet began at 6 P.M. The high school divers that competed are Abby Weyer, Finn Murphy and Jake Hoarston. The middle school divers that competed are Makena Abner, Kenzie Nehus, Reese Guthier, and Michael Meadows. “The meet was so much fun. I have been working really hard and I have learned several new dives,” said Makena Abner, eighth grade student. The divers competed against most of the teams in Northern Kentucky such as Boone County, Conner, Cooper, Highlands, South Kenton, Saint Henry, Dixie Heights, Notre Dame Academy, and Holy Cross.
The results for this meet went really well. Finn Murphy placed first. Reece Guthier placed third. Jake Hoarston and Abby Weyer placed fourth. McKenzie Nehus placed seventh. Michael Meadows placed eighth. Lauren Groeschen, ninth and Makena Abner placed eleventh. Great Job Divers.
By: Mckenzie Nehus and Kayma Wolfinbarger
The eighth-grade basketball teams had their recognition game for recognizing their accomplishments throughout their last middle school season. The dance team and boys’ basketball had their recognition game on the night of January 24th. The eighth-grade cheer team and girls’ basketball team had theirs’ a separate night, the night of January 26th and January 31st. Each eighth-grade girl, including the basketball team and both cheer and dancers received a white rose. All team players received a stainless-steel cup with a Highlands H and a certificate of completion.
Tuesday, January 24, was the celebration of the dance and boy basketball team’s accomplishments at the middle school. The boys’ basketball team gave roses to each of the dance team girls. The dance team preformed their hip-hop dance at the half time. Kenna Abner, eighth grade dancer, said, “I am extremely sad knowing that my middle school dance career is coming to an end. I love dancing with all my teammates.” Not only, did the dance team preform, but the boys played a game against IHM.
Thursday, January 26, the eighth-grade cheer team had their recognition. The girls received their roses from the boys’ basketball team. The girls wore white sashes that indicated an award for them. For example, Tegan Jones, eighth grader received the “All Star,” award. Jewel Powdrill, eighth grade cheerleader, said, “I am very sad that the season is coming to an end, but it was such an amazing experience to cheer for Highlands. Even though it was my first year I am sad it is also my last.”
Tuesday, January 31 was the recognition night for the girls’ basketball team. It was the final recognition night of the winter sports. The girls received a white rose as well as the Highlands cup and certificate. In fact, their fathers were the ones to present them their roses. Katlyn Vaught, eighth grade basketball player, said, “Eighth grade recognition was fun because we got support from a lot of friends and family. I looked forward to it all day! My day went by so slow waiting for it.” This ceremony was followed by a game against Summit View Middle School, and our eighth-grade girls pulled out a win 31-18.
Congratulations to all the eighth-grade athletes this winter season. Special thanks to Mr. Allen Ramsey, DWC action photographer, was kind enough to take pictures of all three recognition nights. You can buy his photos on his website, http://dwcphoto.smugmug.com/ .
By: McKenzie Weinrich
This February 1st through March 3rd, our Library/Media Center will be hosting a “Winter Reading Challenge”. This is a great opportunity to allow students, teachers and even parents to earn prizes for themselves and their homeroom by reading books. Some examples of these prizes include things as little as a piece of candy or even a pizza/doughnut party for your whole class. Not only can students participate, but so can teachers and parents. But when a parent or teacher reads a book, it counts as 2 books towards their child’s/classes homeroom. The class with the most points will win, and receive many prizes. In order for these books to count, you must fill out the google form on Schoology. Great Noble, eighth grade student, said,” I am so excited for my reading to count towards prizes for my whole homeroom. And my parents are really excited for the books they read to count as well.”
By: Anna Kidney
Every year eighth graders at the middle school have scheduling for their high school classes in the next school year. Eighth graders can have many emotions going into the high school. Ava Whitney, eighth grader, said, “I’m excited, but I’m also nervous for finding my classes.” Scheduling takes place during the month of January, where eighth graders will have a one-on-one meeting with the high school guidance counselor and their parents discussing the classes they want to take in high school. Mrs. Lori Maines, guidance counselor of the middle school, said, “Some advice is to think about some things that really interest you at this time and explore options.” Students going into high school may have many questions and they can ask really anyone. They can ask their teachers, Mrs. Maines, Ms. Thomas who is the high school guidance counselor, their parents, their siblings, and even their peers. The most common classes that students pick is normally visual and performing arts since they are required by state to have at least one credit in that category. Some words Mrs. Maines would like to say is, “Take your grades seriously and always work to your best potential and most importantly, strive to be the ‘BEST YOU.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about remembering who sacrificed so much to make a difference. We remember him for his famous “I have a dream” speech. He gave this speech at the Lincoln Memorial, on August 28, 1963. To honor Martin Luther King Jr, the school is taking off Monday, January 16th. Ava Whitney said “We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day because he did a very big thing for African Americans. He was very passionate about getting rid of segregation.” Martin Luther king Jr. was the first male to date to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He won at just 35 years old! Now every year on his birthday we remember him for all the great things he did.
By: Peyton Downard
The 4th Annual Fort Thomas Dance Showcase was held on January 15th. Every year dance studios around Fort Thomas come together and put on a big showcase to raise money for the Highlands Dance Team. The money that they earn at this fundraiser helps the Highlands Dance Team go to Nationals in Florida.
The showcase was held in the HHS Performing Arts Center, and it cost $5 dollars at the door. The featured performing teams were: Highlands High School Dance Team, Highlands Middle School Dance Team, Highlands Junior Varsity Dance Team, Belladance, Dance Express, Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Manyet Dance Studio, The Dance Realm, and Xavier University Dance Team. “I was very excited and nervous at the same time. It’s a great fundraiser and dress rehearsal for all the studios who are about to start competition season.” said Ryleigh Williams, seventh grader. “I really like to help the dance team out and dance with my friends even though it’s a really long 4 hours.” Says Kenna Abner, eighth grader.
By: Jenna Sower
This past week, a majority of the eighth and a few sixth and seventh graders received new MacBook’s. MacBook’s were given to people who had an asset tag between 14763-15716. Katie Johnson, eighth grader that got a new MacBook, said, “I like how there is Siri and you can ask her to pull up documents. I also like how they are much cleaner.” Some of the older MacBook’s that people had were about to lose the Apple Care Warranty. It all depends on when the person got his/her MacBook. Mr. Brian Mercer, Technology Specialist, said, “Some of the parts inside will be updated, but you won’t have a different looking computer.” All computers will still look the same, but the older ones will be updated so they work better. Mercer said, “It is very important that you have a backup before coming to school on your scheduled exchange day. You will not have time to do the backup on your scheduled exchange day.” Make sure to back up all files!
By: Mckenzie Nehus
The eighth grade dance will be held on December 17 at 7:30—9:30 P.M. The tickets cost five dollars and they will be sold at lunch on the 15th and 16th, and they will also be sold at the dance. The theme is tacky holidays. DJ Dave will be the DJ, and he will take request! Games will also be at the dance. They include Holiday Pictionary, a special sticky mitten game, and a several others. There will be different kinds of food available including, hotdogs, chips, pretzels, deserts, and there may be other options. Isabel Bankemper, eighth grader, said, “I am excited about the dance because there will be good food and I am going to have fun hanging out with my friends.”
It will be encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, decorating like a Christmas tree or snowman, and decorating your clothing. Mrs. Tonya Tierney, one of the parents organizing the dance said, “The options are limitless and there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest. There will be a contest for this, but it is optional because we understand some people may want to just dress nice. We want it to be fun and don't want anyone to avoid the dance due to dress code.” So even though it is encouraged to dress tacky, dressing however you would like is okay. Drawings for prizes will happen throughout the night that go along with the theme of the dance.
The PTSO and parents involved in the dance work hard on making the dance fun. They understand that not everyone will be able to make the dance, but they would love from everyone to try to come and hang out with your friends.
By: Caroline Class
The cheer teams spent their time at the Brighton Street Center Holiday Toy Cleaning event on Wednesday, November 30th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A group of 22 cheerleaders were at Brighton Center for about four hours helping. “My team volunteered because normally we adopt a few families for the holiday season, but this year we decided to have the girls volunteer their time,” said Mrs. Tammy Kimble, eighth grade cheer coach.
The teams all chose Brighton Center because they decided it was a great community based program that helps so many in need for many years. “One of our cheer moms let us know of this event and we decided this would be a great team building for our cheer squads,” said Mrs. Kimble. Mrs. Kimble did volunteer her time alongside her squad along with a few cheer moms.