GRAND OPENING Ms. Theolien’s STORE 120: p2
Weather: got to admit it’s getting better price: 75 cents
Happening at the Healey
The student newspaper of the A.D. Healey School vol. 8 no. 1 Spring 2010
For weeks, we had been ing about? I’m talking ings for kids and teachers
shown Power-Points, and about Nature’s Classroom, to stay in, because it is an
slideshows about it. Kids which in my opinion, is overnight trip.
who had gone before were one of the best parts of the Most of the 5/6 graders
excited to repeat their past Choice experience. Na- had been riled up about
adventures, and kids who ture’s Classroom is a group going to the 2009 Na-
had never been were nerv- of sites set up around New ture’s Classroom trip ever
ous but they also couldn’t England. Each site has sev- since we said our sad
wait because all their eral acres of woods and good-byes to everyone at
friends were telling them marshes for kids to explore, the 2007 Nature’s Class-
about how much fun they get muddy in, and have a room trip. I don’t think
had had while being there. great time. There are dif- you could have found a
Where? What am I talk- ferent cabins or big build- happier group of kids in
continued on page 3
by Katie Massie
Ruby Viens & Katie
will end in June. We hope raised $800. With that
everyone can come, do they got food, school uni-
not forget to bring money. forms, and shoes; they
even started a bakery.
Store 120 Soooooo…. They are do-
by Abigail Powers- ing it again! Hopefully
Lowery with Maya, they will raise more money
Hayden and Nia than before. Ms. Theolien
Room 120 Store says, “I will be happy with
By: Jonah Estabrook Two years ago Ms. Theo- whatever I get.” Ask your
teacher to go (K-8 rec-
Two years ago Ms. Theo- No you are ommended) she will start
lien’s class had a store. The not seeing small and end big. They
money they got went to double have school supplies, stick-
school children in Haiti. there are 2 ers, fake jewelry and BALLS!
We raised $800. With that competing (DON’T FORGET
they got food, school uni- news re- MONEY!) Prices go from
forms, and shoes. They ports 10¢ to $2.00. The store
even started to make a about the opens on the first Friday in
bakery. Now they are do- same story February between 1:00
ing it again! We hope they and the re- and 2:30. The store will
will get more money than porters also be selling our school
before. Ask your teacher would like newspaper and jeans, so
to go (all school recom- you read- please come down and buy
mended). There will be lots ers to vote to support the cause!!!!!
of toys and school supplies. for your
The prices will start at 10¢ favorite of www.happeningnoweverywhere.com
and end at $2.00. The the 2. Boxtops: Contest
store opens on the first
Friday in February between lien’s class had a store. winners to be
1:00 and 2:30. The store The money they got announced soon.
will open every Friday be- went to school chil- Hwww.happeningnoweverywhere.com
tween 1:00 and 2:30. It dren in Haiti. We
“what contest….? Huh?!”
Boxtops: Keep collecting, new contest coming! Who won the 1st?
Nature’s Classroom by Katie Massie / pictures by Ruby Viens & Katie from p. 1
New England when my would take us to Ocean one of the many Na-
classmates and I were Park, Maine, home to ture’s Classroom sites.
boarding the bus that
The first activity was so random and fun, that
nobody felt uncomfortable with the Nature’s Class-
room teachers, or each other. That’s what a lot of
Nature’s Classroom is like. Fun, random, goofy, and
relaxed. Here’s (roughly!) what a typical day was like:
8:00 - 8:15 Wake up!
8:10 - 8:45 Get dressed, take a shower...etc.
8:45 - 8:55 Leave for Breakfast (Waitrons leave earlier)
9:00 - 9:45 Breakfast!
9:45 - 10:15 Transition Time (Relaxation Time)
10:15 - 11:30 Whole Group Activity
11:30 - 12:30 Transition Time
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
1:20 - 1:45 Transition Time
2:00 - 3:30 Field Group (exploring in the woods!)
3:30 - 4:00 Transition Time
4:00 - 5:00 Classes (There were different classes,
and you got to choose!)
5:00 - 5:45 Transition Time
5:45 Waitrons Leave
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Night Activity
8:00 - 9:00 Bedtime!
9:00 LIGHTS OUT!!
Ok, so you must be looking at that
schedule and thinking, “Wow, they
had a lot of transition time!” but
let me tell you, most of it was
spent packing up backpacks and
bundling up for the next thing. I love watching other people walk around while I’m resting
Also, what’s a waitron? Well, at
each meal one person was in
charge. They brought out the
meal, and cleaned it up. Each
person at each table was
waitron a couple of times.
Now, I wish I could walk you
through every bit of my Na-
ture’s Classroom experience,
but, you might get bored, so I’ll
wrap up with a few highlights of
The Ort Report and dance number called (surprise,
After every meal, the next surprise: the Ort Report Dance) and
waitron scrapes all the remaining then they tell everyone how much
food (or the ort) off each person’s food was wasted (aka...the Ort Re-
plate. It goes into a bucket, and is port). It really makes you think twice
then weighed. Before lunch is offi- about how much you put on your
cially over, the waitrons do a song plate.
Part of the Na-
experience is a
night time simula-
tion of the Under-
ground Railroad. It
is intense walking
around in the dark
woods, but not
quite scary. You
feel the rush of
relief when you
are told that you
have crossed the
Canadian border, and feel a small and enjoyable, just like the original.
sense of fear, when they are telling The ideas for the skits are provided
you the punishments. It is an in- by the teachers, but everything else
credible part of the trip, and some- is by kids. It’s a great way to get out
thing that nobody who has experi- ideas and to have fun with it.
enced it will ever forget. My classmates and I had a lot of
fun at Nature’s Classroom, and I
Thursday Night Live hope you had a good time reading
A parody of SNL, Thursday Night about it!
Live is joking and funny, a great way
to spend the last night of the trip.
Most of it is improv, but is genius
One thing I love about Nature’s Classroom is you
can be soaked up to your knee, cold and coughing
like crazy and still feel like the luckiest girl (or boy)
in the world!
Elephants stomp on don-
Helping Haiti keys in Massachusetts
by Jonah Estabrook
by Jesse Aronson
On January 19, 2010, there was a very
Most of you may know that there was a big big election that meant a lot to Massachu-
earthquake that sliced through Haiti. There setts residents and the American people. It
are many funds in Massachusetts that will could have been the sixtieth vote for the
help all the people that were affected in Health Care Reform Bill, but it became the
Haiti. Please donate any spare money you fortieth vote against the Health Reform Bill.
might have to any cause that will help the Martha Coakley could have worked harder
people that were affected by the earthquake. on the election, but Scott Brown did a very
The money that you donate will help people good job sadly for those who wanted
rebuild their lives. Please donate money to Martha).
any cause you would like, remember that
any cash will help anybody.
There is a store in this school; the money Bake sale for Haiti a
from the products will go to Haiti. The
store was started before any earthquake,
and is even more important now. Please On Saturday March 6th, 2010, Jesse, Maya,
read the feature articles on page 2 and visit Natalie and Henry had a bake sale for Haiti.
the store. There were a couple of other kids helping
out from Cambridge, Griffin and William.
Everyone made lots of homemade treats
Poetry for Haiti and sold them at Davis sq. They all played
music and sold treats and had lots of fun.
All of the money went to the Matenwa
When asked to buy a school in Haiti. This school actually teaches
lessons in the students native language in-
copy of poetry for Haiti, stead of in French like other schools. So the
please say yes! All the kids were out in Davis sq for about five
money from the sales hours selling food for Haiti. It was fun and
goes to help Haiti. they made a total of $328.50. It was a great
success and now the money is at a great
cause. ~Maya L.S.
Talent Show Tryouts!
by Janelle Hamel
Simon’s rip off!!!!
As you know the talent show is By maya L.S.
starting very soon. There will be lots
of tricks and stunts! All of that We bought pizza for a snack after k-
starts on Wednesday April 7th. But 2 club. Some of us chipped in to buy
that’s only the tryouts. it….. some didn’t. We got the pizza
The tryouts are from 12:00 – 1:15 in but someone else found out and
room 303 with Ms. Matsas. But you took Simon’s piece. No one else
must Bring your outfit & music to be found out, because there was only a
approved. Most of the children will do few people there. But then Simon
singing or dancing! came and all of the pizza was gone.
It was awkward explaining it. But
R-U ≤ 10 ? then everyone ran off and the per-
son who took Simon’s slice DISAP-
read Snowflake PEARED…
in your library or The magazine about being and becoming 12
classroom read 12! in your library
Alice in Wonderland!
The classic tale of a young with a ruined top hat and a
girl discovering a mystical, very hyper attitude.
magical world was turned She later meets the evil
into a movie and given a bit red Queen of Hearts (who
of a twist by Tim Burton in doesn’t seem to have one),
Alice in Wonderland. the kind gentile white
In the movie a girl queen and the horrible,
named Alice who looked to deathly jabberwocky. The
be about 20 falls into a jabberwocky is a fictitious
rabbit hole and ends up in a beast first mentioned in the
strange room. poem Jabber-
She has a bit of a Movie Review wocky by Lewis
tempting to get
by Jeremy Nelson Carroll. This
beast is at one
through a strange door point let loose in the final
but ends up walking battle scene where it is
through that door into a beheaded by Alice with
place called Underland. something called The Vour-
It is a bizarre wild place ple Sword.
where she meets odd crea- I found this movie to be
tures like a floating both funny and exciting
smiling cat and two unusu- while watching it and en-
ally proportioned people joyed it very much. Having
(something that Tim Burton read the book many times
always does). Throughout over when I was younger I
the story Alice travels was glad to be able to see
through Underland meet- this as a movie on the big
ing creatures that just screen. I thought Tim Bur-
keep getting weirder like a ton’s handy work was per-
blue caterpillar that fect and to have it tied
smokes and best of all, the with Johnny Depp’s superb
mad hatter, a crazy man acting made this movie a
must see for all ages.
what the heck is this art gala thing!
by phineas and jonah
If anyone knows what the heck this art Jazz
gala thing is all about please come to the By Ksenia E. Holt
computer lab on Tuesday or Wednesday
morning to explain to us what it is. And On January 6, students explored jazz
if you want we will give you a penny! with ‘Made In The shade’. They learned
about types of jazz like swing jazz, fu-
sion, and Latin jazz. They also explored
marching band, classical and blues. Also
a bit of improvisation and conducting.
By No Body
Photograph by Ksenia E. Holt Have you any outgrown cos-
tumes or fancy formal style
dresses or boys’ wardrobe items
Chocolate!!!!!! Maya L.S. that you could lend or donate to
There was a giant chocolate the after school club, Healey
bar…. WE split it… We were
If you do, please let after school
greedy… And…. WE loved director Hilary or teacher Janet
it!!!!!It was so awsomely tasting know when you see them, or con-
that we didn’t save any for the tact us at
people out of the room. But, it’s email@example.com
and we’ll connect you!
not like it went to a bad
Wouldn’t it be fun to help dress
cause……. Or did it……. a Healey superstar!
Ms. Doherty’s class pets!!
by Maya Reynoso Williams and Hayden Latimer-Ireland
Ms. Doherty has two class pets! She
has a rabbit named Jasmine a.k.a. Jazzy
and a guinea pig named Café Blanco
(white coffee.) Café Blanco has quite
an appetite, he eats carrots, apples,
spinach, and corn flakes! When you
give him a carrot he takes it and runs
off. When he is hungry his squeal
sounds like an emergency alarm! He will
be 4½ in February. He is very energetic
and cute!!! Jazzy is a cute rabbit she eats
dried papaya, carrots, apples, cheerios,
and corn flakes! When the classroom
gets noisy she hides under her pink
blanket!!!!!!! Ms. Doherty’s class likes
having them in class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Maya Lubeck-Schricker
least five times when she needed one, for
Maya Lubeck-Scricker has finally gotten a example she got lost. So on Friday Maya
phone!!!!! On Friday March 5th, 2010 Maya and her Mom went to the store to see what
went to the at&t store only expecting to they could do. Eventually they decided
look….But she saw a dark blackish blue they would trade her dad’s phone and use
impression and she got it!!! Here is the Maya’s birthday money to get a new one to
story. It was just her birthday and she really replace her Dad’s. She now loves her
wanted a phone. But naturally she didn’t phone very much and enjoys it to this day.
get one. Then over that week there were at
7/8th grade math league This just in
by Aman Gabriel Healey math team city
Are you a 7/8th grader who is smart and is champs
bored of having to do easy math work? If The Healey 7-8 Math Team is the city
so you might be lucky and get invited to champion, having defeated all the rest of
the 7/8th grade math league! It’s really fun the city’s elementary school 7/8th grade
and here’s the best part it’s in about all of Math Teams in BOTH city-wide meets this
the Somerville schools. The schools com- year! More on this next time.
pete against each other. It is on Mondays.
One teacher is Mr. Jacques at the Healey Attention Poets,
School who teaches 7/8th math and you
could ask him any further questions. If you Story Writers
go you will meet Ethan Sweeting, Jude Fils, Are you a student at the Healey School?
Gary Lam, Jennifer Matthews, Jonah Con- Join us in contributing to the Healey
nally, Kalvin Janik, Kevin Ma, Mark DiNa- School’s first literary magazine since
talie, Brianna Dell’Isola, Thanh Nguyen, 2003! Yes, YOU!
Hebron Abadi and Ariela Esmurria. Send in one or more stories, a few
Are you up for the challenge? poems, and one may be published in the
beautiful collection we are planning. Help
The K-2 Fun with letters, words and the news club
us edit the journal! Contact
with some of their teachers,
firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Ms. Beyer,
or Ms. Sklar.
DO WHAT THEY SAY!
and looked at each group’s work. Then, we
The Winter Basket Raffle tested the pyramids by how strong they
by William Quan were by putting a platform on top of the
pyramids and put weight on it.
The winter basket raffle was a raffle of 14
theme baskets. The Parent-Teacher Asso-
ciation (PTA) set up the raffle. The ticket
prices were $1.00 for one and $5.00 for a
set if six. The raffle was originally set for
the 15th of December but it got pushed
back to the 21st. All the money of the raffle
tickets went to the PTA.
The form had the name, address and
phone number of the buyer. There were
regular baskets and there was also a quilt
made by Ms. Yang’s quilting group. I per- Blood Test!!!!!!!!!!!
sonally was extremely lucky. I won not one
but two baskets and I only bought 10 tick- On Tuesday February 9th, there
ets. Aman Gabriel, another reporter for was a health test in the Nurse’s office.
Happening at he Healey, also won two prizes, There were three things you had to do
including the quilt. Congratulations to all if you signed up. In my case, first they
took two little tubes of my blood. Then
they tested my weight three times. They
Pyramid breakfast do it three times to make sure they
by Maya L.S. have the correct weight. They also had
to test my height three times for the
The fifth and sixth grade classes were same reason. Then I sign my name say-
studying ancient Egypt . First they had to
make a map of Egypt and they had to write ing I got my gift card, then I receive my
a report about a specific Gnome. A 20 dollar giftcard for Target, then I get
Gnome is like a city or a state. Then the some food and leave. It really wasn’t so
same groups had to make a pyramid. It had bad getting my blood taken, it was just
to be exactly two feet high, but it could like a pinch for about a minute.
have any sized base. Groups used wood And, in the end…….. I got twenty
and nails and hot glue and cardboard to
build them. Then we had a breakfast to bucks!!!!!!!!
show off all that we did. Parents came in ~Maya L.S.
Melissa Poudel : Artistic merit
Winners With my dad every day, I come to school on foot.
For the snowy days ahead, I’ve already bought snow boots.
of the Walk/Bike to School
by Ksenia E. Holt
Nicholas Capuano: most original
Jenny Le &
It’s not like teachers good job so I really can’t
TVs in the watch TV while having decide if I like school of not.
school lunch. Get the TVs fixed And I think lots of people
and use them or be rid of would agree with me on
by William Quan
the cable. It’s stupid! what I wrote. Maybe you
could give your perspective
Have you noticed that lots
of TVs in the school are Boring school? on things if you join the
broken? The reason why the by Phineas Devins
TVs are here is because they by Jonah Estabrook
are meant to be used. Not Some people think that
only that, the TVs in the school is boring; personally I Why are we so bored at
building have cable. It’s agree but that is just my school? Well, it’s just that
really stupid to have cable opinion. But I also think there is no fun time except
for the TVs if half of the that without school your for the 45 minutes of recess
TVs are broken, especially friends might not be around and lunch. Only 8% of the
when Somerville Public or you will be tired of day is recess and that is not
Schools are cutting other nothin’ to do. I also think much, I think 10% is much
major things. that school is needed for a better. Recess is the most
important part of the day.
Kids I know literally live on
recess even though it is a
short amount of time. If
there was no such thing as
recess I’m pretty sure no-
body would know what free
by Destiny Brown
That GO GREEN! If we do
not go green we will be kill-
ing the animals. So you
should go green so the ani-
mals will not die. There is a
go green group you should
1,000 pencils but no sharpeners!
The club has thousands of pencils there still was no sharpener. Then
but no sharpeners! I found a pen- Alan takes out his pocket knife
cil that I wanted to use, but it had and starts sharpening it the 'old
no tip. So naturally I ask Alan if he way.' Well, it doesn't really work.
has any sharpeners. He said that The tip kept getting cut off. Then
he did and we start looking in his after about 5 minutes someone
bags. Eventually we move on to comes up to us and says I have a
the next bag not finding it in the sharpener, do you want me to
first, then the next bag then the sharpen it for you?
next etc. After the last bag,
Open Mic Café
By no body ☺
On Thursday, April 15, from 6-
8 PM, the Healey School li-
brary will become a stage for
all 6-8th graders who want to
present a poem, skit, song,
or any kind of short per-
formance. If you are in the 6th
to 8th grade and want to per-
form, go see Ms. Beyer to
sign up! And start practicing.
Too shy to perform? Not in
6-8th grade? AUDIENCE NEEDED!
Enjoy, applaud, enjoy! There will
be food and drinks for sale! Eat, drink,
enjoy! Pay attention!
Happening at the Healey Vol. 8 no. 1 Spring ’10
Ksenia E. Holt
Hayden Latimer-Ireland the cup finals in extra time they ended 1-1 but
Steven Le went to penalty shoot outs and Italy conquered
Maya Lubeck‐Schricker France 5-3. But there was something that stayed
Gabi Mathews in the soccer fans minds before they went to
Nia McLean extra time. Zidanne the best France player who
Jeremy Nelson was going to be named the Best World Player
but unfortunately near the end of the game he
Abby Powers‐Lowery head butted an Italian player. So he was given a
William Quan red card which means he was disqualified from
Marisa Rafal the end of that game, and the next one that he
Naomi Rafal would play. He had a big effect on the penalty
Denise Umaña shoot out.
Ruby Viens This year in South Africa the pool of teams
Maya Reynosa Williams have been announced. U.S.A is looking good and
with luck our nation will make it to the semi
By Jesse Aronson Turkey Bowl
by Destiny Brown
Every 4 years there is soccer World Cup. The
host this year is South Africa; Teams battle it The 8th and the 7th grade had their
out for the glory of being the best soccer team turkey bowl. It was a tie. But as we
in the world. Last time France played Italy in know it will be broken very soon. Go