Seventh Grade Produces Jason and Argonauts
By By Philip Medalie finds several people who need
The new seventh grade his help and puzzles that need
opera, Jason and the to be solved.
Argonauts, was performed by J- The songs in this play are
1 and J-4. The songs for the Chiron’s Lullaby, Hera and
play were written by J-1, J-4, Athena, We Sing as We Leave
and A-3. This opera is about Colchis, We’re Off to Get the
Jason, the rightful heir to the Golden Fleece, Medea’s Evil
throne, whose father has been Trick, Somewhere in this Land,
imprisoned by Pelius, who has Doom, and We’re Brave Men
taken over the kingdom. Jason from Greece.
confronts Pelius and Pelius The main characters are
says,” You may have the throne, Jason, Pelius, Hera, Athena,
but first you have to bring back Aphrodite, Medea, Chiron, and
the Golden Fleece from the land Phineus. The minor, but still very
of Colchis.” important, characters include
So Jason sets out on the the Argonauts, the Harpies, the
quest. Along Jason’s quest, he (Continued on Page 2) Jason and Argonauts was presented on January 20, 2004.
Don’t Be a Bully at School Chem For Kids Amazes, Entertains
By Ellexis Krum and school life and
By Cheryl Machey the rest of us. Then, the
Lizzie Helsel how he was bul-
and Vanessa Knecht teacher put fire on the paper,
lied. He also so
On Dec. 12, Quay Hanna talked about when On January 9, 2004, and the word became visible.
came in to speak about bullying. he was in high the sixth graders In the next presenta-
He talked about his middle school and how he attended a “Chem for tion, the teacher put a
used to bully peo- Kids” assembly, which can on a stick. One of
was presented by the the high school stu-
What’s Inside? ple. After talking about those
high school chemistry dents put fire on the
things he told us how he real-
Washington Trip Page 2 ized he was wrong. Also that club of the same bottom of can, and it
Martin Luther King Page 3 what he was doing was the name. The theme for shot off into the crowd.
Three Doors Down Page 4 same thing that happened to the assembly was the An exciting presenta-
Potter Video Game Page 4 him in middle school. He told “science of fire”. One of the tion involved taking a balloon
Finding Nemo Page 5 many stories about his life. He presentations included having and hitting it with a torch. The
Editorial Opinions Page 6 wrote a book about it. So from Kris, a sixth grader, write the balloon, which contained
Swimming Otters Page 7 what you learned, please don’t word “atoms” on a piece of some gas other than air,
Fun and Games Page 8 bully! paper. But it wasn’t visible by exploded. The sixth grade stu-
Page 2 / News
S-Team Visits Washington, D.C.
By Blake Rosenberg such as the Vietnam, World War
On the crisp cool morning I and World War II. The solider
of November 8th some students who guards the tomb only takes
and teachers from the S-Team 21 steps each way to represent
went to Washington, DC, for an the 21 gun solute, and he car-
exciting day of fun. The first ries a gun with a bayonet.
thing we did was leave the After leaving the cemetery, we
school at 5:30 am. Once we left, went to the Smithsonian in
some people went right to sleep, Washington, DC with Mr. Fiedler
including Mrs. Benshoff. The and Mr. Chamberlain. I first went
bus came alive around 7:30 in with Mr. Chamberlain to the
the morning. We got breakfast American Museum of Natural S-Team Photo
around 8:30 at a McDonalds in History where we went to look at
S-Team students outside the White House.
Maryland. After eating, the rocks and minerals. Later we
teachers put on the movie were able to look around on our our own for about for 30 min- four parts each with waterfalls.
Holes, a number of people own. My group went to eat utes. Plenty of people went There are quotes of Mr.
watched the movie but others lunch, which was very expen- down to the music store to look Roosevelt on the walls around
talked a lot. sive. at musical instruments, and oth- the waterfalls. Many people
Once we left McDonalds, After eating we went to ers departed to look at gift stood on little rocks that went
we drove to Arlington National the National History Museum shops. under the waterfalls, and many
Cemetery, where we saw John with Mr. Fiedler. We learned We then got together with others were taking pictures of
F Kennedy's grave and Robert about George Washington, and the whole group and went to the their friends standing in front of
Kennedy's grave. After looking we even saw his clothing that he Vietnam Memorial. The Vietnam the waterfalls.
around we went to see the wore in the army and the tent Memorial is where names of After all the fun we had, it
changing of the guards at the that he slept in. We also saw the people who died fighting in had to come to end. Yes, you
Tomb of the Unknown Solider. flag that flew over Fort McHenry. Vietnam are put on marble. guessed it; it was time to go
The Tomb of the Unknown It was behind glass because it is What I and others noticed was home. So we got on the bus and
Solider represents all the sol- being repaired. Shortly after Mr. the marble was warm to the watched the movie Monster's
diers who died in all the wars, Feedler let us walk around on touch even at dark. Did you Inc. and Finding Nemo. After
know that there are more than that we went to eat dinner in
400,000 people's names are on Maryland. After dinner some
the marble wall? people talked and some went to
We also visited the sleep. These were just some of
Korean War Memorial and the the amazing things that we did
Lincoln Memorial. Afterwards we in Washington, DC.
boarded the bus and we went to
the Roosevelt Memorial. There
we got to see a memorial built in Seventh Grade
Chem For Kids (Continued from page 1)
(Continued from page 1) Sons of Boreas, and King Aetes.
dents were very excited by All songs have been supervised
the presentation. They are by Mrs. Hower.
looking forward to having The eye-catching artwork
exciting science classes with in the form of background, cos-
Mr. Criswell in the high tumes, and props were all creat-
S-Team Photo school. ed by J-1 and J-4 students and
The Washington Monument is reflected in the tidal pool. supervised by Mrs. Heddings.
How Teams Got News / Page 3
By Lizzie Helsel and
Ellexis Krum Remembering Martin Luther King
When you got to By Ellexis Krum and ity, which enabled him to effec-
school this year, did you Lizzie
tively express the demands of
notice that your team and Martin Luther King was African Americans for social jus-
other teams had names? the head of the civil rights move- tice. King's eloquent pleas won
We asked one teacher of ment, but before he was just the support of millions of people-
each team what their team another African American. He blacks and whites-and made
name was and why. was treated wrongly like many him internationally famous. He
First, we asked of the other African Americans won the 1964 Nobel Peace
Mrs.Ladonis of the O-team. before him. Dr. Martin Luther King Prize for leading nonviolent civil
They are the ounces. Dr. King was born rights demonstrations.
Ounces are snow leopards. January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Avenue Baptist Church in King's birthday was the
The kids on the O-team Georgia. He had a brother and Montgomery, AL. He married second birthday to be recog-
picked out that name and sister. He was a very bright stu- and had four children: Yolanda, nized by America. The first was
did research on the topic. dent. In high school he skipped Dexter, Martin, and Bernice. George Washington. He did so
`Second, we asked 9th and 12th grade. He then He first became interest- much to help the African
Mrs.LaCroix of the K-team decided he wanted to be a min- ed in civil rights when the Rosa American people. That's why we
(Continued on Page 5) ister. After college, King Parks story came to be. King celebrate his birthday as a
became pastor of the Dexter had a magnificent speaking abil- national holiday in January.
Valentine’s Day: A Lovely Tradition Middle School Library Makes Additions
By Nicole Benson Vande Velde who wrote Heir
secret. By Julie Traver and
Guess what holiday Another legend is that when Barbara Weaver Apparent.
comes up in February? Valentine was in prison he fell in There is also a new
Obviously it is Valentines Day. It love with the jailors daughter The library has some new rule that some seventh
is not a and he wrote a valentines greet- arrangements this year like grade students have to be
huge holi- ing to her the DLC reference room, aware of: a new pass sys-
day to me which was that's because Miss Rhinard tem that is being piloted by
but it might right before moved to the the J-team.
be big to he died. old DLC ref- There is
some peo- When erence room a new staff
ple. Valentines to make member
I n Day started, room for a working in
the eigh- p e o p l e new seventh grade teacher the library. Her name is Mrs.
teenth cen- wrote notes Mr. Madden. Long. Mrs. Long only works
tury, the by hand, but There are some new in the mornings because she
f i r s t after a while activities going on with the took Mrs. Schrader's place
Valentines p r i n t e d fifth and sixth graders. One and teaches in the after-
Day was cards were new thing that Mrs. Dysart is noon. Mrs. Schrader now
celebrated. made. Many doing is a walking club with works with Mr. Sander's in
This was a cards are Mrs. Stone. the Tech Room.
Christian sent each There are some new authors The last thing we
and ancient Roman tradition. year. According to the Greeting in the library this year like have for you is a new web-
This holiday could also be called Card Association, there are Steve Alten who wrote Meg site for you to try out:
St. Valentines Day, and there around one billion cards sent and Trench, Emily Rodda www.find-it-all.net
was an actual person named each year This makes who wrote the Deltora Quest Username: msbluejay
Valentine. He was a priest who Valentines Day the second Series, Phylis Reynolds who Password: blue jay
was served during the third cen- largest, card sending holiday of wrote the Alice Series, and It won't work if you
tury in Rome. He performed the year. Are you going to send last but not least, Vivian use capital letters.
marriages of young lovers in Valentine cards this year?
Page 4 / Entertainment
Winter Days Require Indoor Diversions ...
Harry Potter Game Challenges Video Gamers
By Philip Medalie and you proceed you learn differ-
ent spells like Flippendo and
This game is about Incendio. Throughout the
one of the most popular wiz- game you'll have to do many
ards of all time, Harry Potter. challenges. If you like Harry
The game goes along Potter books and games,
with the movie pretty well. As you should buy this game.
Previous 3 Doors Down CD Newest 3 Doors Down CD
By Philip Medalie Away from the Sun, Here with-
This popular band has out You, When I'm Gone,
made two CD's. Dangerous Game, and Ticket to
This new CD, Away from Heaven. If you like rock and roll
the Sun, has many songs on the then I think you should buy this
most requested list including: CD.
Drama, Exotic Pets, Football, Web Pages,
Chess, Cats and More Interests Explored
By Cheryl Machey and Winsor Pilates, Drama, Exotic
Asheley Karchner Pets, School Improvements, Cat
“What is club day”, you all Crazy, Odyssey of the Mind,
ask? C.A.R.E. Club, and Student
Well we have some Council. The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets video
answers for you! All of these clubs, which game features spells, action and follows the story from
Club Day is for the fifth meet last period during school, the book closely.
and sixth grade only, and it is are all run by the fifth and sixth
every other Day 6. It is like a grade teachers plus some other
mini-course, so it is non-aca- teachers such as:
demic. Mr. Kurelja, Mrs. Myers, Mystery By Frank Peretti:
All fifth and sixth grade Miss Haus, Mrs. Aten, Mrs.
students must be involved, and Dysart, Mrs. Nebel, Mrs. The Veritas Project: The Hangman’s Curse
they do not get a grade for it. Heddings, Mrs. Wierman, Mrs. Brings a Family of Slueths to Ghostly Truths
What kind of clubs are Moran, and many more.
there? Why is there Club Day? By PhilipMedalie a ghost called Abel Frye.
Some of the many are Club Day gives students Soon more and more students
Walking, Checkers, Hunting, something fun to do that they This interesting horror start hallucinating and the other
Puzzle, Create Your Own have an interest in. It is an book is about a family of crime students think a group of freaky
Webpage, Craft, Scrabble, experiment by the teachers to solvers who work for the govern- witches are doing it.
Model Building, Strategy, introduce the fifth and sixth ment. If you want to find out
PowerPoint, Decorative Gift grade students to nonacademic One of their cases what is causing the hallucina-
Bags & Cards, Chess Club, classes and get them ready for involves extreme hallucinations tions you'll have to read this
Counted Cross Stitch, Football, minicourse. at a school supposedly including book.
Entertainment / Page 5
... as Outside Temperatures Fall How The Middle
Finding Nemo Becomes a Very Popular Fish Tale Got Their Names
(Continued from page 1)
By Adam Temple and
and they have no name. Next,
This popular movie is about we asked Mr.Sharrow of the
an underwater adventure of three B-team. They are the
fish; Dory, Nemo, and Marlin. Blizzards. To get Blizzards,
Dory is a very annoying fish they asked the kids and they
because she can't remember any- narrowed it down to Blizzards.
thing until Marlin After that, we asked
comes along. Mrs.Kunec of the L-team.
Nemo, the son Mrs.Kunec and Mr.Pecora
of Marlin, is a clown picked the Lightning Bolts
fish who gets cap- because they thought that it
tured and taken to be was a cool and different.
put in a fish tank in a Then, we asked
dentist's office. Marlin is a wimpy Mrs.Reichart of the U-team.
fish who tries to rescue his son. They had Uniques and
Other characters like the Unicorns in mind but don't
three sharks who try to eat Dory and have an official name yet. If
Marlin and Crush the Turtle who you would be kind enough to
helps them find Australia are also suggest some names, they
important to the movie. would appreciate it. Next, we
If you want to find out the asked Mrs.Wagner and
ending of this movie you'll just have Mr.Quick of the E-team.
to buy it now on DVD or video. They don't have a
name, but they have a joke
Poll from the Hall AFV: name, "The Eagles". Later, we
America’s Funniest Home Videos Offers Laughs asked Mrs.Gill of the J-team.
On the TV show Fear They had the name the Jets.
By Adam Temple and
Factor, we see people eating Philip Medalie
Bergeron is almost as funny as They picked this name
all kinds of weird things in the videos people send because they thought it was a
order to win a contest. Here This is a comedy in. Sometimes he uses a cool name. Then, we asked
are things that some people show where people can computer for special Mr.Schwartz of the A-team.
consider to be food. Really! send videos into the show effects like putting his They are the Albatrosses.
What would you rather eat -- and the funniest video gets face on other people's They picked this name
BLEU CHESSE, DEER either ten thousand dollars faces so it looks like his because it was a cool word
HEART, SUSHI, LIVER, or or one hundred thousand own video. If you like with an interesting meaning.
PICKLED PIGS FEET? That's dollars. Tom comedy you should After that, we asked students
what we asked 50 people The host, Tom Bergeron watch this show. from the Y-team. They don't
(Continued on Page 8) have a name. Last, we asked
Mrs. Benshoff of the S-team.
Teacher Trivia Name Answers
They refer to themselves as
Teacher Trivia 3. Edward
Answers from 4. Jean the S-team but have the
Page 8: 5. Charles superman logo. So there are
6. Ann some interesting team names
1. Joseph 7. Michael from CCMS!
2. Lorraine 8. Marie
Page 6 / Editorial
Skate or Die!
Stereotypes Obscure the Truth About Individuals and Their Deeds
By Helen LaFata and way they dress." Kenny says "People watch me in the stores football or any other contact
Asheley Karchner that people consider him to be a as if I'm going to steal some- sports"
skater. thing, and Keith W. who plays foot-
Skate or die! Yeah, we've Well, he at school ball another dangerous sport
all heard this or at least some d o e s teachers says that he too thinks stereo-
other type of stereotype com- skate, but definitely typing isn't cool. "People don't
ment. that does- treat me treat me as bad though because
Oh, and for those of you n't mean d i ff e r e n t . I'm a jock, and even if I don't like
who don't know what stereotype that's all When I being labeled, I am and it's stu-
means, it means a person, he is. He first meet pid! I feel bad because some-
group, event, or issue consid- a l s o them, they times teachers treat me better
ered to typify or conform to an enjoys lis- think that I because I support the school,
unvarying manner or pattern, tening to am trouble and some of my friends get in
and lacking any individuality. music and because of trouble for the very same things
Well, I'm sick of it, and I'm not hanging what I look that I don't get in trouble for."
the only one. As I interviewed out with like." Now that you all are
different "types" of people, I h i s Paul aware of the issue, help stop it
found out that they agree with friends. S. says because it's really all a waste of
me, that all this is a waste of He says that once time. Why do we want everyone
time. that when someone to be the same when we could
Kenny S. is one of the he's on even threw be different and enjoy life? It
people we interviewed, and he the street a beer bot- seems as though some teach-
gave me his point of view on the or even in tle at him. ers just suspect trouble form
topic. "It's pretty stupid how peo- his drive- "Every- those students who dress
ple think they're better than way, people yell at him and tell one thinks that skateboarding is messy, out of style, or musicians
someone else because of the him to put his time to better use. so dangerous and it is but so is or skaters.
Nirvana’s Legacy Lives on Despite the Shocking End of Its Leader
By Helen LaFata Bleach, and embarked on a Everything was going touch everyone, in that he knew
month long tour in the U.S. In great until the day of April 8, just what you were feeling and
"Nirvana," the dictionary September of the same year, 1994. This date was marked wasn't scared to belt them out
defines it as "the freeing of the the now Foo Fighter David Grohl with the blood of beloved front with passion. David Grohl start-
mind from all that enslaves it," joined the band as its man, Kurt ed his successful band The Foo
and I agree that this band does new drummer. Cobain. Cobain Fighters, in which he sings lead.
just that, frees your mind. Nirvana's second was found dead This is a tough thing to do for a
The band started in a album Nevermind in his apartment drummer, but he did it and con-
small town called Aberdeen, topped the Billboard from an appar- quered it. Krist Novalselic, after
Washington in 1987. The well charts with the hit ent "self-inflicted being in a few bands after
loved and remembered Kurt song, Smells Like Teen gun shot Nirvana, quit music not totally,
Cobain played guitar and sang Spirit. The band then wound." but for now professionally.
vocals. Krist Novaselic enchant- went on tour in This marked a Although Nirvana has
ed listeners on the bass, and Australia, Hawaii, shocking end to split up, its music will carry on its
Aaron Burckard played the Japan, and Europe. Nirvana's Nirvana in 1994. Cobain's truth- legacy for many generations to
drums. last album In Utero was also a ful, chilling and powerful lyrics come. In the words of Kurt
The band known as hit with songs like All won him the title of "the poet of Cobain, "It's better to burn out
Nirvana debuted its album, Apologizes. our generation." He seemed to than to fade away."
Activities / Page 7
MS Planetarium Update?
By Blake Rosenberg and said that he wished that he
Vanessa Knecht could bring his students more
often, but it takes hours to make
Have you ever wondered a presentation. Also, the middle
why we don't use the planetari- school has different periods at
um much? When the different times, so schedul-
middle school was first ing is difficult. Mr.
built, we used the plane- Chamberlain said that he
tarium a lot. Many years teaches some classes in
ago there was a teacher the planetarium, but old
who taught just about space, but equipment and little time makes
due to budget problems the it difficult.
position was cut. Now we don't We think that we should
have a full time planetarium update the planetarium, but Mr.
We went to ask some
Kurelja said that it costs too
much money and the school Central Columbia Swim
teachers what they thought
about the planetarium. Mr.
doesn't have it in its budget. We
also think the planetarium Club Otters Take on
Bennett of the elementary
school has been using the plan-
should be open to the public on
weekends with trained staff to
Teams from Other Schools
etarium for 25 years. He said work it. The teachers we inter- By Nicole Benson December 13 against CYC,
that he thought that we should viewed think that the school January 3 against Delaware
get new projectors, a computer should hire a full time planetari- The Central Columbia Swim Valley, January 10 at Berwick,
and a laser disk player so that um director. We think going to Club, the Otters, can be inter- and January 18 at Pittston, for
we could upgrade the planetari- the planetarium for class would esting to some people, but to the girls, January 25 at Valley
um to teach the children better. be a great idea, but we'll leave others it can sound like it is a View, January 31 at Hanover,
Mr. Gill of the high school that up to you. lot of hard work. I asked the February 7 at Dallas, and the
coach, Mr. Lacroix, questions last meet on February 14 in
Ski Trip Tips for Winter Fun about the swim team and Tunkannok. When the meets
By Philip Medalie about him being a coach. are over for the year, we have
buddies cannot. You must also There are 101 kids from the championships. This year
If you have been wanting have the rental form signed by ages 5 to 14 on the swim the boys have their champi-
to go on one of the ski trips but you and a parent/guardian and team. They are divided into onship on February 28th, and
didn't know all of the informa- turned in to Mrs. Heddings. The two groups. The two groups the girls have theirs on
tion, here it is. The trips are ski instructors will also make are the beginners, B group, February 29th.
hosted by Mrs. Heddings. The sure that you are safe while you and the other is experienced Mr. Lacroix has been
bus leaves the school at 3:00, are at a lesson. swimmers, A group. The B coaching for eighteen years.
gets to Big Boulder at 4:00, and Even though skiing can group practices from 5:30 to He started being a coach in
the lessons start at 4:30. You be fun, it can be dangerous, too. 6:30 every night, and the A 1985. He enjoys being the
must be on the bus at 9:00 or For example, you might hit a group practices form 6:30 to coach for the swim team. One
8:45 if the roads are icy. The bus rock, fall down, and sprain your 8:00. These times change of the privileges of being a
gets back to school at 10:00. wrist. So make sure that you are sometimes. coach is watching the kids
Someone must pick you up at skiing safely. There are going to be nine improve and seeing the
10:00 in the Middle School park- At the lodge, food and meets this year. In case you excitement on their faces. Mr.
ing lot. drinks can be bought. Also skis do not know, meets are com- Lacroix plans to continue
Mrs.Heddings is very and snowboards can be rented petitions against other school coaching after this season. If
concerned about students being at the lodge. The slopes range teams. The swim team is com- you are going to join the swim
safe on the ski trips. You must from blue circles to green peting against several differ- team next summer, you will
have a helmet and a buddy to squares to black diamonds. ent schools. The meets are have Mr. Lacroix as a coach.
ski/snowboard with. Helmets Now that you know all the infor-
can be rented at the lodge but mation you can go skiing!
Page 8 / Fun and Games
Can You Find the Words from the Sports World?
BALL GOAL BOW
THE SPORTING LIFE FIELD CAP BASKETBALL
SOCCER SOFTBALL VOLLEYBALL
SWIMSUIT SWIMMING STICK
FIELDHOCKEY TENNIS ARCHERY
RACKET CHEERLEADING BAT
What is Your Favorite Holiday Gift?
By Ellexis Krum and making noises you would prob-
Lizzie Helsel ably pick a drum set. Five
We went around the chose a drum set. We got
school and asked twenty stu- some interesting quotes along
dents, "Out of these holiday gifts the way, here are some.
which one would you choose?" Jaimee Ash of A-1 said, "I
The choices where a computer, would definitely pick the com-
a football, or a drum set. If you puter since I don't like anything
are in to technology you would else on the list." Cheryl Machey
probably choose a computer. of Y-2 said, "I would pick a
Fourteen people chose comput- drum set because I love mak-
ers. If you liked sports, you ing noise!" The results of the
would probably choose a foot- poll weren't very surprising
ball. One person chose a foot- because everyone loves com-
ball. If you are a musician or like puters!
Teachers in the Hall - The Name Game
By Lizzie Helsel and name is___________?
Ellexis Krum 4. Mrs. Baker's middle
We asked teachers in name is ____________?
Poll from the Hall the hall what their middle name 5. Mr. LaCroix's middle
(Continued from page 5)
Mystery Photo: is. See how much you know name is____________?
about your teachers. 6. Mrs. Gibble's middle
walking the halls of CCMS. Four Who do you think name is____________?
per cent picked liver. Liver is an
organ found in animals. Eight this could be? 1.
Mr. Madden's middle
7. Mr. Schwartz's middle
percent picked deer heart. Deer 2. Mrs. Dysart's middle 8. Mrs. LaCroix's middle
heart is served pickled or baked name is____________? name is___________?
with all of the structures still 3. Mr. Sharrow's middle (for answers see page 5)
inside. Eighteen percent picked
pickled pigs' feet. Pickled pigs'
feet are pigs' feet baked and
then pickled with all of the origi-
nal structures. Thirty-four per-
cent picked sushi. Sushi is raw
fish. It is served at Japanese
restaurants. Thirty-six percent
picked bleu cheese. Bleu
cheese gets its color for the blue
mold that grows in it. It is served
with wings and on salads. NOW
THAT IS NASTY!