All posts by Cassie Coale

Ladies in The First Dimension (A Recommendation)

A few days ago I had just finished up the book I was reading, so I decided to check out the latest young adult book releases. This was a mistake. I was faced with hundreds (if not thousands) of overly-photoshopped covers of blank-faced white women, in various stages of medieval, Victorian, or alien dress. It seems the Hunger Games franchise has sparked the light bulbs in the brains of all of those down-and-out writers looking for their chance at fame. Unfortunately, this has a negative effect. With all of these writers trying desperately to create something original, they’ve created something dreadfully off-target from their goal. Continue reading Ladies in The First Dimension (A Recommendation)

The Incredible Shrinking Sixth Grade

Throughout history the idea of abnormally small people has alway fascinated us. From epic novels like Gulliver’s Travels to classic movies like Honey I Shrunk The Kids, these stories have etched themselves into our minds mainly because of the intriguing tininess of the characters. I myself remember reading one of my favorite books, “The Borrowers,” cover-to-cover while wishing that the miniscule main characters could possible be real-life. And it seems they just might be.

2012 now welcomes into the Middle School children who seem to be just a bit shorter than normal. Perhaps you’re lounging around the second floor near Jeff Fetterman’s room, or just noticing height differences at recess—there’s something small about the new 6th graders. Just look at the class photos across from Jeff’s sixth grade homeroom, and watch as senior Middle Schoolers state begrudgingly, “I don’t remember being…that short.” It’s been stated by many in the Middle School community that the 6th graders seem to be a median height of 4’5″; there’s nothing wrong with that of course, but—it has been noticed. People are wondering and asking questions that they never have before, such as the fateful statement, why? After doing some research I came up with…well, nothing. Nothing except lots of kids around our age asking the same question, and coming up with not a single answer.

So, what do you think? Are kids shrinking as the generations pile up?

Or is all of this over-analogy coming from the fact that since we’re taller now, we couldn’t have ever been short?

Either way, I’m almost positive this isn’t a horror movie where children just keep getting smaller…and smaller…and…smaller.

Or is it?

Disclaimer: If you are a sixth grader and are at all offended by the piece above, please send your complaints to The Corner’s faculty advisors Rhonda Levy and/or Sarah Detwiler. Be prepared to have them in article format.

~photo by Rhonda Levy

The Middle School Food Chain

on  Sixth Grade by Cassie Coale and Talia Cieslinski

The First Trimester
“Welcome to the fish tank”

In the first trimester of sixth grade, we learned about the Middle School food chain. The sixth graders are the goldfish; the eighth graders are the big scary humans who are blessed with a functioning brain and eyes on the same side of their head to stare at us with.  The seventh graders are a little like a school of small overconfident sharks. For the first few weeks, we would walk the hallways in silence, in fear of being heard.  With the camping trip under our small, worthless sleeves, we became a tad more confident, amongst the “Big Kids”.  The schoolwork was bearable and the Middle School way of life actually became livable.

The Second Trimester,
“The long days of winter Purgatory”

The way our wonderful school system works, there must be some middle. Not quite the worst thing out there, but pretty close. During the second trimester, we no longer get the benefit of the small and innocent new ones, and having just one teacher all the time gets tiring. I am convinced that the second trimester was at least twice as long as the first.

The Third Trimester
“The fast and furious”

If the second trimester was long and slow, the third one beat the sound barrier. As enjoyable as it was to be able to finally switch classes and stretch your legs, it was soon obvious that things went at the speed of light in the third trimester.  Projects were due on the day after they were started; you no longer had a convenient desk to store your crap (excuse us supplies), and you actually had to learn your locker combination! At first it seemed homework became less and less, but we were soon proved wrong by projects that were doled out like a deck of cards. Our advice to future third trimester sixth graders: of all the things you will need in middle school, time is most valuable. Use it wisely!

Our view of sixth grade may not match up with other people’s, but  it is the most accurate one we could think of. We know the consequences of procrastinating and doing things a bit too late. Learn from our mistakes and you’ll have a wonderful sixth grade experience… if not, your loss.

If You Could be Eighteen…

Comic Represenation
~original art by Cassie Coale


You always want what you can’t have.

This is a phrase you have most probably heard at least once. The thing is, it is entirely true. I remember wanting Summer to hurry up, and then groaning that Winter wasn’t here once it arrived. People in general, are always wanting to be something different. Taller, prettier/handsome, more athletic, the list goes on and on. We are always striving to be better, to evolve, and around our age, everyone wishes they were something they are not. In our case, older. The question is, if in fact we were older, what would we actually do? Talia C. and I asked this question, and we both knew immediately we had to find out. And so, after awkwardly walking around GFS during activities, we came up with multiple interviews.

Me:            So what would you do if you could be eighteen for a day?:

Caroline:            Drive, go to Harvard, get a credit card from my mom’s account, swim in the adult only section at the pool.

Marion:            Drive, hang out with my friends, get a job, and free periods to do more things.

Simon:                        Rob a bank, and use the money to buy a Toys-R-Us

Anonymous:             I would jump onto the back of a truck and go to Mexico.

Moxie:                        I would wreck my parent’s car, then go to a club, then I would buy stuff.

Sam:                        Get a drivers license, and go to a high school party.

Basically you can see the common wishes of a Middle schooler. Driving and doing things against our parent’s ideas are on the top of our list. So being older for a day is obviously appealing.

Gondi Vs. Fetterman

The Gondi -Fetterman Rivalry: The Gondi’s Cassie Coale
It is clear the Gondis and the Fetterman’ have had a pretty long history of a “friendly” rivalry between the two feuding classes, but Simon and I wanted to find out the story behind the rivalry. So we interviewed the teachers and some students to see how they felt about the feud.


Cassie: How did the rivalry start?

June: It started off my first year.  Jeff came into my class to encourage me. It was a tough year for a new teacher. We wanted to bond the two classes and to have them know each other a little more through their teachers.

It started out so nicely, how did it get competitive?

June: Jeff always made little jokes and funny comments, so I decided it would be fun to come into his class and do the same. So I suppose the jokes made the kids get into “it” too and soon we had a little “war”.

Cassie: Do you think the rivalry will ever end?

June: I don’t think this will ever end; I hope it doesn’t! It is fun to just walk down the hallway and think I wonder if I should disrupt the Fettermans? Also the kids keep this all in fun without getting too personal is good.


Cassie: How would you describe the rivalry?

M (remains unnamed): It’s fun and competitive, but not to the point of being hurtful. It’s a good waste of time.

Why do you think we have a rivalry?

M: I think this is just for fun. I have to admit that the Fetterman’s sometimes can’t accept the simple truth that the Gondi’s are just a step ahead in awesomeness. Yet we want to put that in perspective.

What have you done to make this clear?

We have gone into their classroom and sung a song about how awesome we are.  And we try to ignore them as much as we can when they disrupt us.

Is the feud more between the kids or the teachers?

I think the feuding is more between the kids because they don’t have to work together like the teacher’s do.

There you have it. I think as a Gondi class member, I can objectively say that we are pretty great. And even though we have a history of trying to annoy each other, we get along pretty well.

The Banana Effect


by Cassie Coale        

Admit it. You’ve thought about it. Global warming, environmental footprint, carbon dioxide, we all have. The question is, what impact do we at GFS make? We have recycling bins, compost piles, even an Environmental Action Club. With all of this action, how big really is our school’s environmental footprint? Though we can’t find an exact number, we can estimate.  And it starts with bananas. I know I might buy about two bananas a week in the cafeteria.  At the end of the year, that turns into 104 bananas, shipped with many other bananas, using about 5 times as much gas as an SUV. Imagine all of the other kids buying my average of bananas. It’s a lot to think about. Starting with the cafeteria, every time a person throws away an imported fruit or any kind of food, they are also throwing away the gas from the truck, gas from the plane, energy from refrigeration, and the packaging that was used to get it to you. Also, most of the packaging is made of environmentally harmful materials, such as Styrofoam, and plastic.  You are even throwing away the energy used to make the packaging.

Sometimes we even underestimate things that seem to have always been here. Computers, for example. Buying and using just one computer, rapidly increase your environmental footprint. Every time you throw away a computer, you throw away even more than the food in the Cafeteria. Fix your old computers before you throw them away). When you print something out (though it is a necessity in Middle school) you’re still wasting a tree. Try recycled paper and use the other side. Then there are these things called sweaters. One of the easiest environmental solutions is an extra layer. As our previous president Jimmy Carter once recommended, “Don’t crank the heat up high! Just save some bucks to buy better sweaters.”

Our school is relatively environmentally friendly, and we really have done a good job keeping our footprint in check, but there are some things we aren’t entirely desperate enough to do anything about.  What are we going to do? Outlaw bananas? Never throw away a broken computer? In the Upper School, Middle School, and Lower School, we all have the same problems. It’s safe to say everyone in the school is trying to help the environment, whether it’s picking up a piece of trash floating by, or raising money to clean up oil spills. We all know that future generations are going to inherit the Earth, so let’s eat our vegetables! We pretty much have done everything in our price range to save the environment, but you know, with the new science building, and our awesome environmental clubs, GFS has a pretty green future.