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Dear Evan Hansen: A Musical in the Age Of Cyberbullying and Suicide

For years, people have looked to media and pop culture, including musicals to help them feel less alone and deal with their problems. From Oklahoma! to Hamilton here comes another blockbuster pushing the limits of what musicals can be: Dear Evan Hansen. Dear Evan Hansen is nominated for 9 Tony awards, including Best Musical. Read more to find out why.

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Sorting GFS Teachers into Harry Potter Houses

Any Harry Potter fan would know that there are four different Hogwarts houses, which new students are sorted into among arrival. These houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Each of these houses have their own unique traits and skills. So we decided to sort some of our teachers into these houses, if they didn’t already know.

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Hamilton: A Revolutionary Musical

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is the musical that always seems to be stuck in our heads. If you are living under a rock, and don’t know what it is about, the hip-hop musical, sung through rap, tells the story of the life of Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary of the United States of America. When, explaining it to people, they might have their doubts, but most likely, people will see what the hype is about when they give it a listen, just you wait.

Note: Spoilers are ahead. Proceed at your own risk. (However, it is American History, and possibly over 200 years old).

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We’re Off to See the Wizard!

What is the play starring a tin man, a lion, a scarecrow, and an innocent little girl? The Wizard of Oz, of course. Even if you are not off to see the wizard, you should have been off to see this play, while it was still at the Walnut Street Theater. Find out why it was so wonderful by reading more below.

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Mattel: Stereotyping Children Since 1945

Somewhere, sometime in your life, you have probably seen a Barbie doll, American Girl doll or book, or Hot Wheels car. Although you may not know it, all of these seemingly different companies are run by one superstar: Mattel.

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Why is Christmas so Commercialized?

It’s early November. You are scrolling through your recommended section on Youtube and suddenly, a new video pops up: “What I Want for Christmas 2016.” You think: “It’s only November, Christmastime is in December.” Then you remember that commercial Christmastime comes the day after Thanksgiving. But why?

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Is the Harry Potter Festival Worth It?

Written By: Harper Zuercher and Grace Raufer

After visiting the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, we both have thought that it included the next few options:

a) All of the Chestnut Hill Shops Transform to Hogsmeade

b) There is a Quidditch match at the Chestnut Hill College

c) Many people are in costume

d) There are over 50,000 people, many who come from all around the US and the world

e) All of the Above

The Answer is E,  All of the Above. Find out why…

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Friday the 13th: Black Bear Spotted in the Wissahickon

You might never believe it, but a black bear was spotted Friday May 13, 2016, in Fairmount Park. He was spotted by the Valley Green Inn, in the Wissahickon, by a  fisherman, at about 11 o’clock a.m. The man said he “looked downstream”, and saw “a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on”!

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GFS Middle School Community Day

Middle School Community Day (or Day of Service) was a huge success. If you don’t know what the day was, it went a little something like this; we arrived at school, had homeroom, and then went to assembly. Next, we met with our worship sharing groups (which are mixed grade) to talk about where we were going.

Many of the projects were helping outdoors and in parks or gardens. One example is Vernon Park. Julie Marren’s group and Jeff Torchon’s group, went to go and help there. We walked a few blocks and when we got there met two men who were our site leader’s for the day. We ate pretzels, then split into two groups, (each with one man) and got straight to work, after discussing safety and introductions. Continue reading GFS Middle School Community Day