Category Archives: Opinions

9:00 AM Wednesday Start

When the news that the Wednesday late start coming to an end filled the middle school, there was an uproar. One eighth-grader said “I am very upset that the late start is now gone. I used that time to catch up on sleep and or work on projects. That time helped me not only be more energized in school but also helped me get work done.” It was a day where school started at 9:00 a.m. leaving children an extra hour to sleep in. If the student could not stay home during this time, they were allowed to come to school and wait for school to start.  Continue reading 9:00 AM Wednesday Start

Editorial: Is it Day 9 yet? The new schedule

Have you noticed people in the middle school walking around asking people what day it is? Or showing up in P.E. when they are supposed to be in math? Or feeling hangry before lunch–hungry enough to eat your own homework, because lunch is not until almost 1pm? Have you been baffled by the period switch? All of this is because GFS transitioned this year to an eight-day rotating schedule.

Last year, we had a two-week schedule, which was confusing at first, but we quickly got used to it. The change to a new eight-day schedule occurred to help with people missing the same class from early sports dismissals or missing Mondays and Fridays because of holidays and days off school. However, this problem has not been solved, instead classes before expo have taken the hit, as have our electives for clubs.

The eight-day schedule has been difficult for students to adjust to. There seems to be an awkward division of time, between period switches, community block, and lunch time. We have trouble figuring out which course meets when. The school provided an app for student schedules, but middle schoolers aren’t allowed to look at their phones to check it. Instead, we have screens on campus reminding us which “day” it is, which seem needless if the schedule was rational. In addition, what’s wrong with a normal, five-day week? It would align with the outside world and be easier for us to remember.

One of the biggest difficulties for middle school is the 12:55 P.M. lunch. Last year, the school day was split up nicely, with two periods before snack, two periods before lunch, and two periods before Flex. The mornings last too long, with a total of five periods, or four hours and 35 minutes of class(including community block), occurring before lunch. The lunch period was also shortened by five minutes, which is significant since there’s already a rush in the lunchroom.

Previously, snack was more of a recess period for talking to your friends and doing whatever you want to be doing. This year, snack is much more important than it should be. Lunch is very late, so we need snack to sustain our energy throughout the day. We are growing kids, and we get hungry (and acne). It’s hard to focus on whatever x is equal to when you’re counting minutes until lunch starts. However, someone has to come last for lunch, and it would make more sense for high schoolers, who have free periods where they can snack, to take this burden.  Since not everyone brings snack in, we are provided a free snack by GFS, but what our bodies really need is food, Not salty cheez-its, stale pretzels, and neon orange goldfish.

The new schedule has many of the same flaws (if not more) as the five-day schedule. It needs to make more sense, and give more time for lunch. In the past, students expressed dislike for the A/B-week schedule, but we would prefer it to the eight-day schedule. Perhaps next year if or when the schedule is changed, we may long for the eight-day schedule.

Talking About Money with Strangers

There are lots of examples of disparity in the world, but the one that is most obvious to me is the stark contrast between the rich and the poor, especially near my school. Germantown Friends School is located in Germantown, where the average household makes less than the yearly tuition to go to GFS. I really started to understand this extreme separation one afternoon while I was waiting to get on the bus. I was at the bus stop blocks away from my school, when a group of three girls walked across the street. I was minding my own business when I heard the tallest one say, “Hey you! How are you doing?”

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Podcast: Friend Groups at GFS?

Are there friend groups at GFS? Reporters Jasper M. and Joshua M. reached out to the GFS community and asked questions like “do you think there are friend groups at GFS?” and “How many friend groups do you think there are?” We got many different answers. Hope you enjoy!

Fortnite vs. PUBG | Which One is Better?

As most people know, there have been huge games that have come out since summer 2017. There are games that aren’t based on anything like Destiny and Destiny 2, then there are games that are based on real-life moments or movies, like Star Wars Battlefront 2. Out of all of these major games, two smaller games which have been around for years which snuck through the bigger games. Those games are Fortnite and PUBG. Continue reading Fortnite vs. PUBG | Which One is Better?

School All Year Long

There are some days when the only thing that crosses your mind is summer. The teacher is talking about a new subject and you’re tapping your pencil mindlessly. The thought of swimming with your friends, playing baseball outside or reading a book in a hammock is all you can think of. No matter what time of year it is, this feeling comes to every middle student across the United States, but more and more schools are having year-round school.

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The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LI

Every February, American television is taken over by the Super Bowl frenzy. Some people get swept up by the game: they criticize the referees, yell at the tv, and go crazy when their team scores a touchdown.  I interviewed Middle Schoolers and asked them, “Did you enjoy the game, or not?”
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“Dismissed” Movie Synopsis

The long awaited return of the Sprouse twins(well…one of them) has come, with the recent Netflix thriller Dismissed starring Dylan Sprouse. The movie is about new student Lucas Ward (Dylan Sprouse) who gets a B+ on an assignment from his english teacher Mr. Butler (Kent Osborne). Continue reading “Dismissed” Movie Synopsis

The Truth Behind Fairy Tales

By Helena F.

Everything about a fairy tale seems magical and perfect. The birds are always singing a  “song” or the girl falls in love with a prince and they live happily ever after. Or the girl gets married and rides off in a silver carriage into the sunset with her prince charming. Although, are fairy tales as innocent as they seem? Or are they much more gruesome than anyone could ever imagine?

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Are You From Nothing, Arizona? Funniest Names of Cities in the U.S.

Do you live in Nothing, Arizona? You probably think it’s a joke, but at one point people lived there. There are over 50 completely absurd names of cities and towns in the United States of America, and even more overseas. Some were just odd, some not funny enough to make the cut, and I wasn’t allowed to put a few names on the list because they were… a little too off color (not in my mind, but the advisors’ minds).  I pulled out fifteen or sixteen town names and knocked it down to the ten that made the list following.  Here they are…

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Cafeteria Food: Yah or nah

By: Maddie Daniel and Luke Lendler

“Cafeteria food is pretty overpriced,” said every student at GFS. Middle School students have many thoughts on the cafeteria, such as the long lines, the expensive food and the good sushi always being gone. Middle Schoolers agree that it could use some improvements.

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