Volume V, Issue I November,
Library Now Lives Up To Its Name
BY ANNA GILLIKIN
The room with books
on the wall is finally turning into
“I think [librarian]
Anna [Monaghan] has put a lot
of effort into finding resources,
and people as resources, to help
her make the library more use-
ful,” Science teacher Linda
Books that cater to
student interest are now availa-
ble for check out. “One really
Inside this issue: awesome thing that we’ve done
is get a lot of fiction books that
people just want to read for
Girls’ 4 fun,” Monaghan says.
Mentoring “I think we should
have books that teenagers Seventh grader Simon Roennecke looks over some of the new fiction
would like to read, like fiction books that are now available to check out in the library.
Unusual 5 books,” says eighth grade stu- Photo by Lydia Carrigan
Names dent Lucie Rosenthal.
“We’re getting more would find particularly useful. because they’ll have more books that
and more of those, and we’re Students, like eighth I’ll be more interested in,” Mettes
trying to get some graphic nov- grader Kyra Mettes, think that says.
Spirits els and things like that,” Mona- they’ll use the library more once The library software and
ghan says. all the changes have been made. library website are also getting
Monaghan has asked “I’ll probably use it more often cont. on page 2-
Video Game 8
teachers to suggest books they
Q & A With Interim Head of School Phil Deely
School With 8 BY LAUREL ROBINSON I felt welcome and more at of humor. Does that come in handy
No Art? ease. being an Interim Head of School?
When I walked into
new Interim Head of School Phil The Roughwrighter: Do you PD: I think it helps. The only
Deely’s office for our interview, have a nickname? If so, when did thing is that sometimes I can be
New 9 I was a little bit apprehensive.
Homeroom you get it and why? misunderstood. I try to use hu-
The office is very mor to make a serious point,
Block Change plain, because he hasn’t been Phil Deely: . . . I’m called but sometimes people don’t
able to move all of his personal Phil, but I was once at a think I’m being serious. So that
things in yet, so the room feels school and they called me
is just a warning to your readers.
a little bit more like a waiting “Steely Deely” because I
room, than an office. In spite was an enforcer. cont. on page 2 -
of the rather cold surroundings,
once I started talking with him, R: I hear you have a great sense
Library Updates — cont. from page 1
turned around. “Right now, the It’s not only Monaghan There’s been talk says.
library system that Roeper uses who’s working on the library around campus about getting rid Teachers are also in
is all combined; our school and changes. “I’ve got a lot of students of the quiet room in the library favor of the recent changes. “I
the Lower School,” Monaghan that have been helping out, and I’ve to create space for a Middle think the students use the
says. “. . . You go try to re- also got a volunteer named Angela School lounge. Many students library a lot, but not necessari-
search, and you bring up a zil- that comes in and helps…she’s a hope to see the room kept quiet. ly as a library. I’m hoping if the
lion books from the other Library Science student,” Mona- “I think it should be kept the facilities are there for the use
school, and you don’t really ghan says. “We also have a library quiet room,” Rosenthal says. “I of the library as a library, and
want a book for a second grad- consultant named Alison who’s think that this year it’s been used we figure some other space so
er when you’re in high school,” helping at the [Lower] school, as really well, and every time I’ve we have both the library and a
she says. “. . . We’re [also] well. She’s helping out with the been in there it’s been quiet.” gathering place - that’s the
fixing the library website so it long-range, big picture kind of plan- “I think it’s a good piece that’s missing - then the
works and you’re able to find ning and helping us get to where thing to have a quiet room so library will be used more as a
it.” we want to go,” she adds. that people can be quiet,” Mettes library,” Pence says.
Interim Head - cont. from page 1
R: You’ve got some pretty cool ber. . . . We’ll be here for some have lots of different things curriculum, money and fi-
shirts and ties. How important more of the special events like the going on at once. nance. Especially the library at
is fashion to you? auction, and Annual Fund. the Birmingham campus, be-
R: What do you like least about cause it’s looking a bit tired. .
PD: Gee, that’s a great ques- R: How would you define ‘Interim being an Interim Head? . . and I know that the Lower
tion! . . . I enjoy color and Head’? School just got a whole new
pattern, but I never thought PD: . . . The fact that you don’t library, so I’d like to ‘enhance’
about it before. I used to be a get to see your real contribu- this one, too.
very preppy guy; I would al- tions to the school, and that I
ways wear a white shirt, tie, know that the school is a huge R: What are you focusing on
brown shoes, jacket and community, - I wish I knew the this year at Roeper?
slacks. The biggest change at students, the parents and even
Roeper is that I don’t have to the staff, better. . . . Being the PD: Shoes! When it comes to
wear a tie every day. new Head, everything is very shoes at Roeper, we have
busy, and I said I like being busy, some pretty diverse opinions.
R: Why did you have bagpipes but sometimes it’s just so much. Having the assembly a while
at the First Week Assembly? ago with all of the middle and
R: How long have you been an upper school students gave
PD: . . . Well one, I like bag- Interim Head, and at how many me a sense of who we really
pipes. I thought that they different schools have you been are.
would be fun, and entertain- an Interim?
ing, and I figured that with all R: Do you plan on visiting any
the people walking in and PD: I’ve been an Interim at least special places in Michigan this
moving around, they would be PD: The job of an Interim Head is six times in my career. It has year?
loud enough to be heard by to make my successor - the new been most active in the past 10
everyone. Head - as successful as possible. years. I’ve been an Interim PD: Currently, a lot of things
The first priority is to serve the Head in Brooklyn, New York, at in Detroit. I would like to go
R: Your wife Hilary is involved school of today in short time, be- a school south of Boston, Mas- see a lot of cultural things, like
in theatre. Will she or you get fore someone else comes here, sachusetts, twice in Texas and the symphony, go to the
involved with the Roeper Thea- and to do what things need to be now once in Michigan. dance, and spend some time
tre Company? How? done today. at the DIA. I like music, and
R: What would you like to ac- Hilary is really into theatre. I
PD: It’s in very good shape, R: What do you like most about complish this year at Roeper? love Detroit Motown— it’s
coming up with Rent and other being an Interim Head? some of my favorite. I would
productions, but we’re always PD: Strategic planning. I’ll be like to hear some music, and
here to lend a helping hand. PD: . . . [The] pace— the fact working on and trying to im- visit some of the clubs that I
Hilary is currently in an art that’s it’s intense. I like to be prove the buildings at Roeper - haven’t had enough time for
production and she will be busy. I like to do lots of stuff, and especially the Middle and Upper yet. So I hope when the
around a lot more in Novem- I like to get involved. I like to School - the technology, the school year slows down, I can
go and explore Detroit.
NEWS Page 3
Creative Arts Magazine Back From The Abyss
BY BIANCA BERGER because we were bored, and The and has a really nice cover,” and we’ll talk about it,” Bagchi
Phoenix didn’t come out frequent- Bagchi explains. “The Abyss is… says.
After two years in ly enough to publish our work,” rougher. We put rougher work
the abyss, the middle school junior Connor Gillikin, one of the into it. It’s more frequent, so Bagchi is “very excited”
student founders of The Abyss we don’t comb through and about the upcoming edition of
creative arts magazine is back.
The Abyss has been The Abyss. The first issue of The
out of print since early in the Abyss is set to come out this
2009-2010 school year.
“I’m glad to see something I started is month.
“Basically, it just kind of died
down and this year I wanted to
coming back into print.”
get it going again,” English
teacher and faculty advisor of - Connor Gillikin - 11th grade
The Abyss Lisa Bagchi says.
We have The Abyss says. distinguish, whereas The Phoenix
because “we want to get stu- “I’m glad to see some- is more selective,” Bagchi says.
dent work out there so others thing that I started is coming back When asked if anyone
can read it and not just kids in into print,” Gillikin says. has ever thought of combining
the class, so people can see Mostly writing goes The Abyss and The Phoenix into
their work in a publication like into The Abyss, but artwork is an all-out creative magazine
this. Also to stir up interest in accepted too. extravaganza, Bagchi says, “No,
The Phoenix and The Muse later The difference between we have not because we just
in high school,” continues The Abyss and The Phoenix is slim. haven’t gotten that far. The
Bagchi. “The Phoenix is really sort of the Abyss is so new, that nothing like
“We made The Abyss end-of-the-year culmination, It’s that has come up. Maybe at
formal, it is taken to a copy shop some point that will come up,
Healthier Menu Affecting Lunch Cart Sales
BY MIKAILA SINGLETON to increase the nutritional
From greasy tatter value of our food but would “I believe that whenever you make changes,
tots, grilled cheese and “add a few more unhealthy it takes time for everyone to adjust -
Mountain Dew to green tea things because it’s unrealistic
and whole wheat veggie piz- for people to eat that way try new items, make adjustments
za, recent lunch cart sales and it is healthy to have to the menu . . .”
show that the current some fat in your diet.”
healthier lunch program However, some
seems to be too drastic of a students, like eighth grader - Business Manager Dave Fluent
change. Justen Martyka, feel that the
“Yes, there has lunch program is too healthy you make changes, it
been a decrease… in sales and don’t like the new chang- takes time for everyone to
this year,” Pete the Chart- es. “The food no longer adjust – try new items, make
well’s lunch cart sales man tastes good,” he says. adjustments to the menu,
says. Seventh grader etc.” he says.
Last year, many Drew Dagenais doesn’t like A couple weeks ago,
students and staff com- the new lunch program. “It the lunch cart handed out
plained about the nutritional costs too much, and it has no surveys that included ques-
value of the lunch cart food, good stuff,” he says. tions about what kids eat for
so the school implemented a Business Manager lunch and what they would
new healthier lunch program Dave Fluent confirms that like the lunch cart to sell.
that made a lot of changes to sales from the lunch cart When asked if the
the food offered at the lunch have been decreasing. “The program can be reconsid-
cart. school implemented a health- ered, Fluent says,
Eighth grade stu- ier menu this fall which might “Chartwell’s is always open
dent Kyra Mettes likes the have affected sales,” he says. to suggestions and new ide-
fact that the school is trying “I believe [that] whenever as.”
Boys Go to Jupiter And Girls Go To . . . Mentoring?
BY BRIELLE ASHFORD who have little in common think that boys don’t ingly perfect models bother
A seventh grade with her except their age, need it, or at least not as you? Do you think it’s a
girl is mad at one of her and drifts away." much as their female good idea for mentoring
friends, so she begins to “Once she's on classmates. “Boys are programs to be the tradi-
spread vicious rumors. A the raft, she's too far away raised by a society where, tional “Girls Only,” or do
seventh grade boy is having from you and realizes her for boys, it’s okay to be you think that young males
an argument with his friend survival depends on bond- more aggressive or asser- need to be supported as
and proceeds to tell him off. ing with the other girls in tive,” she says. “I think well? Which gender do you
Is there a difference be- the raft. She's desperately the fault lies in the way think needs mentoring
tween how boys and girls afraid of being cast out.” girls are raised, compared more?
handle things, and what kind Wiseman uses this to how boys are raised.”
of help needs to be given? analogy to show that girls Currently, there
“Generally boys sometimes feel forced to are two mentoring pro-
and girls do - I think - have act a certain way to be grams offered for girls at
different problems, like so- accepted by their peers. Roeper. “We want our
cial interactions with each Sometimes that action is in young woman to know
other,” Middle School Di- the form of bullying. that they’re sturdy and
rector Carolyn Borman Cliques of girls strong and beautiful and
says. “Boys have sudden sometimes use swift divide that they are the ones
problems, and do things and conquer methods who define that, not me-
before they think about it, when dealing with each dia,” Girls’ Mentoring
whereas girls seem to re- other, whereas boys… Program Coordinator The Roughwriter
volve around power in rela- throw punches? That can’t Carolyn Lett says. would love
tionships,” she adds. be all, but when I re- Some would ar- to hear what you think.
Although bullying is searched the ways boys gue that boys need just as Write a
talked about a lot in middle deal with social interactions much encouragement. “Letter to the Editor”
school, problems with social on the internet, not one “Self-esteem and self- and put it in the box
interactions don’t start as direct article came up ad- confidence are critical in in the Main Office
students walk through the dressing the issue, com- boys,” says Kaboose.com, and watch for your
doors on the first day of pared to hundreds of arti- a trusted parenting web- response in the next
middle school. I think we cles about girls. site. places where they
can all recall instances as Is it that boys
early as preschool, where don’t need any help or that So what do you Only letters that
girls and boys alike got into they don’t want any? think? Does that adver- are signed
scuffles. But bullying seems Borman seems to tisement with the seem- will be responded to.
to become much more of an
issue during middle school.
In Rosalind Wise- HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
man’s Queen Bees and
Wannabes - the book that
the Mean Girls film was THE ROUGHWRITER STAFF
based on - the author de-
scribes cliques as “a life raft
for adolescent girls.” She
writes, “Imagine you and BRIELLE ASHFORD, BIANCA BERGER, LYDIA CARRIGAN,
your daughter on a cruise ANNA GILLIKIN, ALEXANDRA KLEE,
ship. Girls start telling each NADAV PAIS-GREENAPPLE, NICK POPP,
other the ship is stupid and PRESTON RIEGEL, LAUREL ROBINSON, MIKAILA SINGLETON
boring and it's time to get MORGAN THREATT, BASIM WASIULLAH
off. As you watch helplessly,
she leaves behind everything ADVISORS
that is safe and secure, gets LISA BAGCHI & LINDA VERNON
into a life raft with people
FEATURES Page 5
The Name Game
BY PRESTON RIEGEL looked pretty. So she “And sometimes people would
dropped one of the ‘t’s and think that I was spelling it
“Caitlin, Emily, John, made it ‘Ttari.’ wrong, or that they would
Michael . . . Rishabh?” There are Do people ever mis- spell it differently, like ‘T-h-a-r-
a number of people at Roeper pronounce these not common i,’ or ‘I-t-a-r-I,” Hellmer says.
whose names are unusual. names? Director of the “So people would try to cor-
When asked where her Roeper Theater Company Chi rect the spelling. I’ve always
name comes from, sixth grader Wright says, “Sometimes peo- had it mispronounced, like ‘T-
Miniya Williams says, “My dad ple have a hard time pro- taree’ or ‘Uhtaree.’ It’s very
was just really into Egyptian cul- nouncing [my name.] Some- rare for people to get it right
ture and he went to Africa . . . times people will think I’m the first time.”
he liked to explore around and Chinese,” when asked about Williams can relate.
learn things that happened in the “When I was younger, people
past,” Miniya says. “So my mom used to call me ‘Min-eye-ah’,
said that he could name me, so and I was so shy that I didn’t
[Miniya] is what he chose. Mini- want to say, ‘No, that’s not
ya is also an African name and it “I’m actually my name - it’ s Min-ee- ya . . .
mean, “Much is expected of When I went home one day, I
you.” really proud. said to my mom,’ I think my
Like Williams, seventh name is Min-eye-ah now’, and
grader Rishabh Iyer’s name is That’s what my my mom said to me, ‘No, your
also unusual. “It’s unusual here in name is Min-ee-ya, and you
America, but in India actually it is name is.” have to tell people that.’
a very common name, but I like it Even though their
anyways,” Iyer says. When asked name may cause a little bit of a
how he got his name Iyer says,
- Miniya Williams
problem for them, all of the
“It’s actually a musical note. . . I 6th grade people interviewed say they
play two instruments - the flute like their name and would not
and the sitar - so it kind of corre- change it. ”It has a lot of mean-
sponded, but I don’t think my ing, and it’s not a name that
parents knew I was going to be a how people say his first name, lots of people would have,”
musician. [Rishabh] is the note which he says is pronounced, Thomas-Hagerman says. “I
related to the b flat scale.” “Chee.” love the name ‘Aurora.’”
Classmate Aurora Wright changed his Do people get teased
Thomas-Hagerman says, “The name from John William- about their more unusual
Aurora Borealis is a very special Barcher Wright to “Chi” be-
name at Roeper? “[Some stu-
thing in disguise - sort of like a cause he wanted his new name
miracle - and that’s why my mom to mean Chinese energy. dents do tease me], but they
named me it,” when asked When he was told he spelled just do it in a joking way so I
where her first name comes it wrong if this was what he don’t really pay any attention,”
from. intended, he says, “But if I Iyer says. Williams disagrees.
Roeper Theater Compa- spelled it ‘Qi’ then people “I’ve never been made fun of.
ny Technical Director Ttari would probably be like, You know this is Roeper, so
Hellmer also has an interesting ‘What!?’ And you know tai
story about her name. “My mom chi is spelled ‘t-a-I c-h-I.’” no one really cares what your
told me lots of different stories Hellmer has an issue name is,” she says. “And if they
[about where she got my name]. with how her name is pro- did, I wouldn’t really care nec-
I think the one that’s the most nounced as well as spelled. “A essarily because I’m actually
true it that my mom saw the lot of people expect me to be really proud. That’s what my
name ‘Marylyn’ written so that it from a different country be- name is.”
looked like three ‘T’s’, instead of cause my name is unusual.
an ‘M’ . To her, it looked like They thought it was from a
‘tttarylyn’ and she thought it different culture,” she says.
Page 6 FEATURES
Spooky Spirits Haunt Restaurant and Roeper
BY LYDIA CARRIGAN are people who are not ready to ghosts, I always called them
leave,” Liebler adds. “I don’t have ‘spirits’,” she adds.
Owner of The Whit- a problem with Mr. Whitney stay- When asked if she
ney Bud Leibler went into his ing here.” has ever communicated with
office on the second floor one Leibler has taken ad- the spirits, Bagchi says, “They
early morning when no one vantage of The Whitney’s haunt- don’t like to talk. I try to en-
else was there but him. The ed history. “We have had ghost- gage them in conversation, but
Whitney hunters come to mostly they just give me their
is an the restaurant, and information and leave.”
award- [have had] some Bagchi, who says that
winning Halloween par- “the only place I have hob-
restau- ties,” Liebler says. nobbed with the spirits is here
rant in “One movie was in my classroom,” adds that
Detroit filmed here with “they are kind of different
that was Miley Cyrus and ever time.”
originally Demi Moore. The “I definitely can feel a
a man- movie is called LOL presence - that’s basically the
sion built and is probably only way I can tell they’re
by lum- coming out soon.” here. [I] also see a little out-
ber bar- Besides line of them, but never see
on and ghosts, another any detail.”
million- thing The Whitney
aire Da- boasts of is the
vid Whit- beauty of the
ney, Jr. in house. All the
1894. rooms con-
Portrait of original Whitney owner tain incredi-
“I came and possible ghost - David Whitney, ble details
back, and Jr. Photo by Lydia Carrigan and wood-
there working. “A
was a little candle - the ones lot of times when people
that only last about an hour,” come to The Whitney or
Liebler says. “. . . I swore it take a tour, they seem to
was not lit when I came in.” Is take everything for grant-
there a ghost at the glamorous ed,” Liebler says. “They
Whitney? don’t realize that every-
“I don’t really think thing has been made by
the Whitney is haunted, but I hand and that it took a lot
have definitely felt a presence of time and effort.”
of something,” Liebler says. Liebler is not the
“We were having only person who has felt a
some elevator problems a ghostly presence. Middle
while ago,” Liebler adds. “The School English teacher Lisa
elevator would go between Bagchi had a spooky expe-
floors and open on its own. rience about 10 years ago.
Currently it is out of order.” “I started believ-
When asked if he is ing in ghosts late one
ever afraid to go into the res- night,” Bagchi says. “It was
taurant by himself, Liebler about 8 p.m. I was work-
says, “No, I was never scared ing late at school, and they
to come inside. I think the came in through the win-
ghost is good, not bad…” dow.”
The Whitney restaurant in Detroit.
“I think that the ghosts “I never called them Photo by Lydia Carrigan
FEATURES Page 7
Rounding Up The Roughrider
BY NADAV PAIS-GREENAPPLE
In 1898, an American calvary group called the “Rough Riders” led the
charge in the Spanish-American War, commanded by Teddy Roosevelt. One hun-
dred and thirteen years later, the Roeper Roughriders are led by our equestrian
mascot, the Roughrider. The Roughrider was chosen as Roeper’s mascot in 1969,
by school co-founder George Roeper and former Athletic Director Sid Fox, and it
has been the mascot ever since.
At each game, some brave soul dons the heavy costume and peps up the crowd.
What is it really like being the school mascot? The Roughrider was recently cor-
ralled to find out.
What is it like being the Roughrider?
The Roughrider*: It’s a lot of fun. It’s very enjoyable to be able to assist
in school spirit.
How often does the person inside the Roughrider costume change? (center) poses with
The Roughrider: There’s a different person every game, but some people do it more some of the original
than others. I’m planning on doing it for basketball season, but that’s tentative. Rough Riders.
Is the costume comfortable or uncomfortable? Why or why not?
The Roughrider: It is incredibly uncomfortable. It’s excruciatingly hot, [and] the hel-
met is terrible, but it’s worth it for school spirit.
If you could change anything about the costume, what would it be?
The Roughrider: Well, first I’d have it washed. Then I’d fix the strap, so the helmet
doesn’t fall off so easily.
What is the worst thing about wearing the costume?
The Roughrider: It’s really rather unpleasant. It’s very hot, and it hasn’t been washed.
And you can’t see anything - I once nearly ran into a Southfield Christian volleyball
How hot does it get in there?
The Roughrider: Somewhere between the [temperature of the] Sahara Desert and
the surface of the Sun.
Did you know that the Rough Riders were actually an American cavalry group during the Spanish-
American War, formed by Teddy Roosevelt?
The Roughrider: Yes, it was led by Teddy Roosevelt. They were famous for their
charge in the battle of San Juan Hill.
Does that change your point of view toward what the Roughrider is?
The Roughrider: No, I knew exactly what he was, but I still think he should get a sword
Do you think the Roughrider is a good mascot for Roeper? Why or why not?
The Roughrider: It’s a perfectly good mascot for Roeper. It’s as good as any.
*The Roughrider who was interviewed is junior Aaron Bernard
Cyber Junkie Author Offers Advise to Gamers
BY BASIM WASIULLAH free time was a major chunk of
R: Did you notice that some of the problem.
Are you a cyber- the kids you coach play video
addict? Kevin Roberts, for- R: Have you talked to students or
mer addict and author of
parents about your book?
Cyber Junkie sat down recently KR: Absolutely. Whenever
with The Roughwriter to offer I see that there is undera- KR: I go to places like the De-
some advice. chievement in school, well troit Medical Center, the Uni-
over 50% of the time there is versity of Michigan, Minnesota
The Roughwriter: I heard you excessive video games, and and other places to talk about
used to teach at Roeper. excessive use of the internet, my book and the addiction
When did you teach, and what
phones, and Facebook.™ topic.
did you teach?
R: Is that why you decided to R: What advice can you give to
Kevin Roberts: 1994 -1998. I students who are addicted to
Cyber Junkie author Kevin Roberts write your book?
started as a semi-permanent
at a book signing event. video games?
substitute, and ended up KR: No, I decided to write
teaching French, Spanish, and my book because I was a KR: We have to be very care-
Social Studies. cyber-addict. ful that we use this “cyber
world” to enhance our chances
R: You tutor students now. Do R: How did you break your for success, to fulfill our
you tutor Roeper kids? addiction? dreams, and to move forward
with our lives. When we start
KR: I do tutor some Roeper KR: I had a lot of things I to do these things too much, in
kids, but what I do really is wanted to do with my life. At perhaps an overly recreational
coaching more than tutoring, one point, I was disgusted way, these offerings of the
because ultimately I’m really where I was, and I started to “cyber world” can detract
motivated to help people be- realize that sitting in front of from our chances for success.
come self-sufficient. the computer in a lot of my
A School With No Art?
BY ALEXANDRA KLEE don’t have to focus on a test, Stein says all schools should the generation of people
and knowing that you won’t have art. “It is a tragedy that that didn’t get a chance to
What would Roeper be be graded on it. It helps me some schools don’t,” she says. express theirselves.”
like if there was no art? “Art takes Director of the Mid-
Students and staff say care of your dle School Carolyn Borman
they would be sad if there was soul. Hu- says that art is important for
no art at Roeper. Sixth grader mans are students. “It is very visual,
Tess Eschebach says she would naturally and hands-on. It is good for
be disappointed if there was no creative.” students to be active with
art at Roeper. She thinks the When asked their hands,” she says. “They
most important thing about art how she can [also] learn about artists
is that “it shows creativity in would feel if and their cultural heritage.”
your own way.” Seventh grader the Head of When asked how to
Ethan Silk agrees. ““I like art School came explain art in three words to
because it expresses what I feel up to her a student who had never
when I am drawing. ” and said that experienced art, Borman
Another good thing there would says, “Creative, visual and
about doing art is, as 7th grader Photo by Alexandra Klee
not be art at hands-on. “
Sophia Bustos says, because “it Roeper any-
is an elective class, it is a less relax, and I don’t have the more, Stein says that she
stressful class. Eschebach pressure of a core class.” would be sad, not only that
agrees. “It’s a time where you Art teacher Tessa she lost her job, but sad “for
Homeroom Block Change Favors Early Birds -
Late Sleepers Beware
BY NICK POPP people feel about the change. thing in the morning."
It’s 7:30 in the morning. If the faculty feels that this Math teacher Susan
You are rushing to get to school change is important for the Knight has mixed feelings
on time for first block. “If only it school, we will keep it." about the new homeroom
was last year,” you think to Some students, as block time. "In some ways I
yourself, so that you would be well as teachers, are having a like it, in some ways I don’t. I
late for homeroom instead of problem with this change. like it because you know [in
first block. As of this year, the Because eighth grader Ian homeroom], but I don’t like it
homeroom block has been Saham sometimes misses because some people are late
changed from 8:00 a.m. to 10:25 those first 10 minutes of first for 1st block.”
a.m., resulting in significant block, he liked the old sched- Seventh grader Ethan
changes to people's daily sched- ule better, feeling that morn- Silk complains that the new
ule at Roeper and a mixture of ing homeroom provided a homeroom time “ruins my
opinions about the new home- buffer between arrival and schedule. I have to go to the
room time. first block. "I feel the first 10 top floor, to the bottom, and
“For the past couple of minutes of first block are back to the top, making my day
years, the faculty has been talk- more important than home- jumbled," he says.
ing about this change,” Middle room,” he says. “[The new homeroom
School Director Carolyn Bor- "The new change is time] makes me more con-
man explains. “We were actual- especially bad for the sixth scious of what time I leave
ly going to institute it last year, graders because they need home,” eighth grader Anna
but we decided to talk to the time to adjust and get their Gillikin says. “And now I know
teachers one more time." things ready to start the what’s going on in school be-
"The change is perma- day,” sixth grade Science cause I’m not late for home-
nent for this year,” Borman teacher Linda Pence says. room anymore.”
adds. “We will receive feedback “This year, they are being
at the end of the year about how thrown into first block first
Students and Faculty See Positives
And Negatives of Smaller Class Sizes
BY MORGAN THREATT are smaller, and so it helps with with a larger class it is easier,” “We aren’t the tradi-
Roeper boasts small class focusing,” eighth grader Lucie she adds. tional choir, so working in the
size, but can too small of a class Rosenthal says. “In classes like “[A smaller class size] collaborative atmosphere is a
makes a difference? Science, it affects the surveys,” tends to allow more time to ex- little different for them. And I
“The middle school is she adds. plore everybody’s individual ideas, miss some of those seasoned 8th
small this year because we had a so we’re able to graders that could help because
bigger 8th grade class last year who “At this point, the good news is that go into more some of those 6th graders who
went on to 9th grade, and the in- depth than we are a little lost,” Swanson adds.
coming class of sixth graders is the Lower School classes are building could in a bigger How many fewer kids
smaller,” Middle School Director up in number so that they can feed us class. In a bigger are there exactly in the Middle
Carolyn Borman says. “In the last class, we’re School this year? “There are
couple of years, the kids coming
more kids in the future.” spending more 108 students this year,” Regis-
- Middle School Director time making sure trar Pat Lawrence says. “Last
from the Lower School have been a Carolyn Borman
very small number. At this point, everyone has year, there were 39 in sixth, 51
the good news is that the Lower Teachers also notice time to explore the main ideas,” in eighth, [and] 42 in seventh,”
School classes are building up in some differences. “Unfortunately, Pence says. she explains.
number so that they can feed us I do have one class that only has “I think for me - as a The smaller number of
more kids in the future,” she adds. five kids,” Science teacher Linda performing arts teacher - it’s students has also affected some
Students have noticed a Pence says. “. . . We don’t get harder because I have new stu- student’s lives outside of class. “I
difference in their classes because of many sharing of ideas because of dents that aren’t used to my style don’t have much of a social life
the smaller numbers. “It’s kind of the smaller group, so that’s hard. of teaching,” Vocal Music teacher because there aren’t that many
weird because most of the classes But I also have a class of 18, so Eric Swanson says. kids in my grade,” seventh grad-
er Sofia Bustos says.
THE ROUGHWRITER WENT OUT INTO THE HALLS OF ROEPER TO FIND OUT,
“WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME?”
“A lion, because I like
“ Lady Gaga, because
brown and it has a tail.”
- Beth Schulman—6th grade she’s my favorite singer.
- Miriam Goldstein –7th grade
“A three-eyed alien from
Toy Story because Toy
Story is a good movie”
-David Gardner “A witch, because
I am one.”
Middle School Director
Halloween Howlers Halloween Word Search
By Brielle Ashford By Laurel Robinson
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What is a monster's favorite desert?
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With a pumpkin patch.
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What is a Mummie's favorite type of music?
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