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.
On April 26, 2017, Davis Allen Crepe collapsed from consuming a Diet Mountain Dew, a latte, and an energy drink all in a time span of 2 hours. All of this caffeine, combined induced arrhythmia (improper beating of the heart) led to him suffering a cardiac arrest (unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness.)
Is caffeine consumption a problem at GFS?
As many of you know, middle schoolers are required to do two seasons of sports each year. GFS’s website says that sports are an important part of the curriculum and help “develop fundamental skills and and game strategies in an engaging and challenging atmosphere”. However, while GFS makes quite a convincing argument, there are still kids who don’t enjoy sports, who view having to go to sports as the worst part of their day. So, where is the right place to draw the line so that children are happy and get a good amount of exercise?
The 2017 8th grade musical is the lively and kid-powered production: Newsies. Taking place in the turn of the century New York, the underpaid and overworked paperboys went on strike. Though, it probably didn’t have as much perfectly choreographed dancing as the musical version. Continue reading Thoughts On Newsies
When you think of good schools, what do you think of? Recently, Germantown Friends was named the best private K-12 school in Pennsylvania for 2017 by Niche.com, an American-based rating and review company/website. Continue reading What Makes a School Great?
Middle school is a long three years of life, and the innate awkwardness of it can make the experience hellish for some people. Others say that it is not so bad, or even fun (I question your sanity, but ok.) Because no issue can be debated without the input of your favorite editorial board, our editors reflect on how we feel about middle school as we are leaving it. Continue reading Corner Editors Look Back On Middle School
On Monday, May 16th, 2016, Dr. Rollo Dillworth came to GFS to help the Sixth and Seventh Grade with a piece he arranged; “Great Day”. The Sixth and Seventh Grades will be performing the piece Thursday, May 19th, 2016. So what happened at this workshop?
We have all been in a very boring class, wishing that we were watching Netflix at home. But most outsiders not in middle school do not understand that the passion for watching Netflix gets in the way of every part of a teen’s life. Many students have laptops and are encouraged to use them during classes in order to take notes or do research, but do teachers and the administration really understand the loophole that laptops and tablets create in the school’s strict “no phone” policy? Continue reading Editorial: Laptops in the Age of Netflix
Sports can be a controversial topic all over the world, and even at GFS, there are differing opinions about the positives and negatives of school sports and the middle school’s athletics requirements. In seventh and eighth grades, two seasons of sports are required, a reduction from three seasons required in past years. Although it is possible to get an exemption, the topics surrounding required sports and athletics in general typically spark some controversy.
Seafood is very popular in the United States; in 2009 (the last year for which data is available), Americans consumed a total of 4.833 billion pounds of seafood – or approximately 15.8 pounds of fish and shellfish per person – of which roughly 50 percent is wild-caught and 50 percent is farmed, according to NOAA’s latest data. But, as is often the case with popular foods, seafood has its doubters, who are saying that eating seafood can lead to mercury poisoning. So what is the real deal with seafood?
Continue reading The Toxicity of Seafood
Many kids in school don’t realize that students are being bullied and feeling worthless everyday. This is a worldwide problem, and when students are in middle school, they are more likely to look to peers for advice and opinions. In middle school, the average student is willing to change because of what someone else says is cool or acceptable.
Most students at GFS will admit to being a victim of overscheduling. This phenomenon is making its way into lots of middle schoolers’ lives and is resulting in sleep deprivation and stress, which are two things that shouldn’t be a major part of middle school students’ life. Our schedules are seeming to take over our brains, on some days making us completely dysfunctional without three cups of coffee. Why is rushing from place to place, having hours of homework, playing two sports, three instruments and still keeping up with your Instagram account now the norm?
This school year the middle school has experienced many changes to our school lives including a new principal, flex period, new sports requirements and possibly the most talked about change- the new cell phone policy.