Every year, 8th graders participate in a musical, the 8th Grade Musical. Of course, that isn’t the title to every musical the 8th grade has, its different every time. Everybody has to play a part in the musical ranging from leading parts to singing in the chorus and lighting the stage. For the musical, students get to make the costumes under teacher supervision, and they work with the teachers to plan the lighting and some dance moves while the teachers make larger decisions and actions like making the script, choosing most of the dance moves, picking times to rehearse, and establishing order. It seems to most 8th graders that there isn’t much freedom for the 8th graders, nor any variation in the type of play the teachers are making. So, this brings up the question, should there be change, or should it stay the same?
Every year new students start at GFS. They come from larger schools, smaller schools, or schools the same size. I interviewed some new students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to see their perspective on being new.
I asked Jayden from eighth grade, “How is GFS different from your old school?” Jayden said, “The classes are bigger and the teachers are more enthusiastic. I’m not afraid to ask questions, there is more time to do homework, and I don’t have the same classes every day.”
I asked Alayah, a seventh-grader, if she feels included and has friends. She answered, “Yes, the kids here are open and accepting.”
Jerry from sixth grade said, “I have friends.”Continue reading Being a new student
Illustration By: @bellabynum and Jane Keenan
Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation.
– George W. Bush
In the 2016 elections, future president Donald Trump said that when he became president he would have a strong and strict southern border. One of his main campaign promises was that he would build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. Or to be more specific, write a check to the US. However, we have gone through the longest partial government shutdown in the history of the United States of America to get the wall. Trump has even declared the immigration crisis a national emergency. Some people are supporting Trump on this, while some are wondering, what else can we do about this situation.
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
Three-day weekends are what many of middle schoolers wish for. Not having to go to work or school on Mondays would make the school days that much more enjoyable. Things used to be worse, in the 1920s many people only got a one-day weekend. Henry Ford gave his workers an extra day off so they would have more time to buy his cars and use them more. While this was not entirely good intentions, it gave people an extra day off to spend with their families. Many people theorized that the workweek would keep getting shorter, but why hasn’t it? Maybe it’s because people don’t want a 3 day weekend? Or maybe they need all 5 days to get things done? Continue reading Are 3 Day Weekends in Our Future?
Would you rather have a pencil in your hand or math problems in your brain?
Student and teachers at GFS answered the question, “Which one do you like more, Art and English or Math and Science?” Many people differ on their favorite subjects. It may be because of grades, workload, or what they enjoy the most. Continue reading ABC or 123: Arts vs. Sciences
Illustration by Isabella B.
It isn’t common for someone to have seven cats. Most cat owners have one to three cats, or possibly four. But for some people in GFS (maybe three people) and others in the world, seven cats or even more is a thing in their lives. I, Leo, am one of those people. I have seven cats.
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?”
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!