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Hey, we are writing from the newly you we write for the new newspa- This issue is meant to be a teaser
established school newspaper, per, so my primary instincts tell me issue—that is, you are not going to
known as the AMSA Voice. Based in we should introduce ourselves. Our get the full experience when reading
one room in the Lower School, Room team consists of: tenth graders: it. However, you will get the gist of
For our next 209, and supervised under the Raashika Goyal and Christina our style, and hopefully return for
issue, we are
watchful eye of Mrs. Barbara Teodorescu; seventh graders: Ayush more. We are always looking for
McGann, the newspaper aims to Kumar, Janet Chen, Julie Zhao, and questions, comments, opinions,
publish a recap
promote school spirit by recognizing Catherine Zhang; sixth graders: criticisms, and any interesting ideas
student achievements and awards, Nitika Shekhar, Shrunothra San, that you may have, so feel free to
events of this
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Bullying: 2 Action of Awareness: Recycling
Although many of us do recycle, forbid, global cooling, many of us This is never good a thing—
there are the occasional people who, agree that the Earth really has a especially when done continuously.
being lazy or just insensitive, choose relatively clean landscape, and we
Therefore, Reduce, Reuse, and Recy-
Music Review 3 not to. The question I have for them should keep it that way.
cle. It may be a cliché, but there is
is why they don’t. It’s not bad. On
An opinion on 3 If people stop recycling and start never a time when this phrase isn’t
the contrary, it’s rather helpful and
student polluting again, the Earth will be appropriate. It is important now
beneficial for the Earth and place we
Identification destroyed, and thousands of animal more than ever due to the increasing
live in. Lately, probably due to all
cards species will die! By not recycling, all Carbon Dioxide emissions that are
the news and publicity surrounding
sorts of dangerous and toxic air already protruding the ozone layer.
Latin Club and 4 recycling, there has been an increase
featured student chemicals are being brought in to
in recycling, and I can hear Mother Do you drink soda ? If so, instead of
the air and water. The people and
Nature crying out for joy. trashing the soda can, recycle it. It’s
animals of the Earth will breathe
that easy! Why not do it? When you
Have you ever wondered how the these in, and although humans may
outgrow your old clothes, give them
Earth got so clean? Although there not die, they will get very, very sick,
away or use them for something
are all sorts of outrageous theories and experience all sorts of discom-
else—reuse! By doing your part, you
about global warming, and God forts.
are saving the Earth from [further]
P a g e 2
Announcing the logo contest!
[INSERT The AMSA Voice is looking
for a logo to represent it. It
Pizza Party for the
LOGO ART will be displayed in all future
issues, and will be used fre-
HERE] quently. It will be a true All people are welcome to submit!
honor to be chosen!
Bullying: Featuring Dean Pare
Bullying has always been a major and as is common nowadays, During a House Hearing last fall, it
issue in schools worldwide, but is other girls became increasingly was found that 27% of the girls who
has been up scaled dramatically in jealous of her. They crossed her were bullied online became bullies
the recent years — students are picture off of the student-body themselves. Could this escalated
growing more malicious than ever poster, harassed her on Facebook, issue be considered revenge against
against their peers, due partly to and challenged the blurry line that the female gender? Could it be
the increase in internet (or cyber) divides bullying and criminality. hateful insecurity?
bullying, as well as the Finally, Phoebe could not take it
A little-known fact is that
convenience of anonymous anymore — sadly, she chose
cyber-bullying is just as harmful as
websites such as death. The girls that harassed
any other bullying. Some may feel
www.formspring.com. Phoebe were charged with stalk-
that since it is not as personal, it is
ing and criminal harassment, civil
The unsettling story of Phoebe not as hurtful. However, this is not
rights violation, and assault by a
Dean Pare talks to us about his Prince stirred globe-wide feelings the case. Do not misuse anonymity
views on bullying. dangerous weapon.
into mad hysteria and absolute to your advantage. Although the
delirium for the future. A quick It is important to remember that commentator is anonymous, the
recap: Phoebe Prince was a cute the subtle difference between feeling the receiver gets is mixed
Irish girl that moved to South “bullying activities” and “crime” between anger, sadness, and confu-
Hadley, MA and attended South includes a large and essential sion as to who could have written
Hadley High school. She started portion of a dreary gray; it’s not such a resentful statement.
dating a popular football player just a mod “black and white”. [continued on page 3]
POLL: traditional paper tests or the “new” clicker tests?
This ‘controversial’ question is because they are timed. Teachers, What do you think? Send
PIE CHART often debated at AMSA, among
students, and probably among
however, have mostly reached a
mutual agreement that they favor
your vote to
teachers as well. Some students the classic paper test. A student
prefer clicker tests, because they said that “Only two of my teach-
seem to be more fun, and have ers give me clicker quizzes.” Mr. So your voices can be heard
multiple choice questions, which Jewell, a 6th and 11th grade his- throughout the entire
any student can tell you makes tory teacher, says, “I like paper school. The results will be
guessing much easier. However, quizzes better. Creating a clicker
published in a future issue!
some feel that they are stressful, quiz is annoying.”
T h e A M S A V o i c e
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Bullying: Featuring Dean Pare [continued] Send us your problems, and
they could be featured in
In our brief interview with Dean Pare, held just as accountable as the
our next AMSA Voice issues!
Bullying he highlighted some relevant points bully themselves. He also re-
You can stay completely
that we think are important to note, minds us that “we will not toler-
has no place especially since we are not just a
school, but AMSA, a considerate
ate bullying at AMSA”. How can
we make AMSA a bully-free
anonymous, so send them
over and let us help you
at AMSA! community. community? He believes it starts
by promoting kindness and com-
He told us that he believes at AMSA,
passion towards one another.
bullying is a considerable problem — in
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fact, he rated it five out of ten. For Like the meaning behind the motto of
Superintendent Gus Sayer offers some
those of you who think bullying is non- Rachel’s Challenge, we can make a differ-
advice to parents regarding bullying:
existent at the school, think again. We ence by seemingly-minute acts of kind-
“They really have their own world.”
have peers being bullied right under ness. If it seems like someone is having a
Parents who think they know what’s
our noses, and according to Dean Pare, bad day, ask about it. If someone is being
happening in their child’s world, take a
if you witness a bullying and do not excluded, you include them — because
look again. This time, underground — “In a world of top
take any action whatsoever, you can be you can. Help make someone’s day!
bullying usually happens in secret.
10 hits like, ‘Party
in the U.S.A.’,
Music Review: Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying” hear a song that
A few weeks ago, when I first listened new-age-y responses about existing in What do you think about the full-length
to Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying”, I the moment, living without regret, and version of Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re
realized why many had believed it was saying ‘I love you’ early and often to Dying” Do you think that Kris can
going to be a future hit. It has very the people in our lives.” achieve Daughtry/Underwood/Clarkson
inspirational song lyrics, and as current -success from the Idol?
In a world of top 10 hits like, “Party in
radio fodder goes, “Live Like We’re
the U.S.A.”, it’s more than refreshing to In addition, what sort of music would
Dying” is downright eloquent. It man-
hear a song that is lyrical. In addition, you like reviewed next? We are open to
ages to be new, different, and tradi-
the chorus to “Live Like We’re Dying” is all sorts of diverse and cultural tastes,
tional at the same time — an accom-
quite catchy. It is at least enough to so email your suggestions to:
plishment best phrased in a website
make you want to head to iTunes and
review: “…[It] packs in some sweet, Theamsavoice@amsacs.org
download it as soon as it is available.
An Opinion on Student IDentification Cards
“ID cards are for the safety of our stu- has lost one of the two things that additionally, give the school an excuse to increase the number of stu-
dents, our highest concern”, Mrs. constitute an ID. IDs are made in a dents in the “detention list”. In fact, six out of seven students in one
McGann says with a solemn look, but machine in AMSA which uses plastic to lunch detention incident that I found myself in were there for ID-
there is more to IDs than safety. It is a make them. The very first original IDs related reasons. Although a lunch detention is not a permanent mark
way for AMSA to add more stress than were made of laminated paper, which on a student’s record, it is embarrassing and definitely nerve-wracking.
the everyday AMSA student already were cheaper to make, and thus How can students be expected to always be on top of their games, with
has . IDs cost less than three dollars to cheaper to replace. Clearly, AMSA Is homework and other activities on their minds? How can a student be
make, and the lanyard costs no more trying to make more money with these always expected to have his/her IDs with them in such a rushed world
than a dollar. The total should be four new IDs that they have started distrib- as middle and high school? They can’t. I feel like there should be more
dollars, but AMSA charges five for a uting this year. IDs are also a reason for layaway given to students in situations concerning IDs. I also feel that
replacement, even if the student only students to be more stressed, and IDs should be returned to the cheaper format, which was just as good.
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The Latin Club
And Featured Student: Rahi Punjabi
We walk into helping with the banner for the toga given by the Lunenburg club alliance. The
the Latin Club parade. When the banner is finished, it $450 scholarship paid the registration fee
and the first will feature a single Latin phrase that of this years’ national convention, and
thing we see is reads, “We Conquer All”. was awarded to the student deemed
a group of most worthy of the prize.
Whether playing Certamen or building
chariots, Latin Club participants have a lot But how did Rahi win? “I wrote an essay
of incredible experiences. When asked about how I have relished and overcome
about the club, eight-grader Jay Mohanka in the face of adversity. I wrote about
replied, “...Of course I like Latin Club!”. At how I received the third place trophy at
the upcoming convention, the AMSA last year’s state convention even though
Led by Mrs.
Latin Club hopes to do well, or, as Artem it was my first time, “ he explained. “I also
says, Let’s “show them just how big AMSA wrote about how I’ve made an impact on
Latin Club is
is in spirit!” We like your attitude Artem! the JCL (Junior Classical League) and what
more than just
I expect to gain from attending
your average after school activity. Every
Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:40, students
For our featured student for this issue, we
from grades 6 to 11 meet in the lower “The [national] competition is going to
decided on Rahi Punjabi, a talented ninth
school cafeteria. Since it began, the Latin take place in Fargo, North Dakota at the
grader who recently won a $450 scholar-
club has grown incredibly in size, with University of North Dakota. I am looking
ship in the State Latin Club. We sat down
around 40 active students now. These forward to attending the national conven-
with Rahi and asked him about his experi-
students participate in conventions, com- tion in July,” he continued.
ences, which date back to the sixth grade.
peting while still having fun. At competi-
“In the sixth grade, my Latin teacher Ms. Rahi concluded our interview with some
tions, students play “Certamen”, a
Tomala suggested that I attend a advice and suggestions for any students
Jeopardy-like game that involves Latin
Certamen because I was a good Latin who plan to be a part of the Latin Club. “I
vocabulary, daily life, mythology, and
student. Then when I received third would suggest joining the Latin Club,
much more. In addition, these students
place… I joined Latin Club and have been attending meetings, and being a good
compete in athletics, art, and chariot
active in it ever since,” said Rahi. “Now I Latin student,” he said. “Attend JCL
racing. Sounds like fun!
hold the office of Publications Editor.” events, attend Certamens, and try to win.
Nathan Gobes, who helped build the You should attend the state convention in
Rahi had words of wisdom regarding the
chariot last year, explains that the chariot May and enter many contests — and
competitions themselves, too. “[They are]
is entirely hand-made by students. Most above all, develop a passion for Latin and
very competitive and everybody has a
of it is composed of wood, with one the Romans.”
passion for Latin [there].” He encouraged
charioteer. He also told us that with three
other students to participate too, saying We would like to congratulate Rahi (on
groups of people, it took about one
“...It is also lots of fun, because you get to behalf of the entire AMSA community)
weekend. Wow! Talk about a blast from
meet other Latin students from around on all his achievements and wish him
the state.” good luck on the next steps of his Latin
Meanwhile, on the other side of the journey.
The scholarship Rahi won is called the
room, tenth-grader Artem Nurlat was
Kathleen Mcguigan Scholarship, and was
This is the end of our teaser issue. If this were any other ordinary issue, it would
continue. However, it is not—it is our very first of the year, and as such, we need
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