Mirror – A Poem

Mirror

By Athya Uthayakumar

I gaze at it,

It stares back

With a deeply carved frame,

And a gleaming, cool surface

 

I see myself,

In the shiny surface

Pretty or ugly,

It always tells me the reality

 

But what if it were to shatter?

I know it matters not,

Because it shows the beauty,

Of what’s on the outside,

But not in.

Sixth Grade Anxiety

By Helen, Aimee, Zoe, and Sydney

Research shows that people are very anxious in sixth and ninth grade because they have been put back to the bottom of the school, there the younger ones again.

“Sixth graders,” Sixth grade English teacher Ms. Barker says “are anxious because they have to move to a new school, meet new people, and teachers, and although it might be exciting it can also be scary.”

Sixth grade science teacher Mr. Lafond says, “Sixth graders are anxious because they are new to the school, they must meet new teachers, more teachers.”

Sixth grade math and science teacher, Ms. Broderick, says, “It is a bigger school, more teachers to meet, more people, and a lot more homework to do.”

Sixth grade study teacher Mr. Meiselman says, “Students are still getting used to the different school and all the classes, they also have much more homework and they have new information to process which is not easy to do”.

Wellness teacher, Ms. Riddle says,” They went from head of the school to the bottom of the school or the totem pole”

Sixth grade student Kathryn says, “People are stressed and anxious because of the switch, the tests, and all the grades”.

Brooke, a sixth grader, says, “ Parents are harsh and are putting pressure on their kids to get good grades which may cause them to stress out and be anxious.”

Savannah, another sixth grade student says, “ The first year at a new school worries people because they don’t know what to expect”

You Are Your Own Worst Enemy!

By Alexis George

Every day has a new worry around the corner, something that we need to get done or do. Stress is sadly a word we hear way to often.  Why are middle school kids already stressed out at this age you ask? Well it was my duty to find out.

By asking some middle schoolers what stresses them out I gained a better understanding about what stresses us out. You may find the answers are so different yet all mean the same thing we are our own enemies. Here are some of their responses.

-Tests and quizzes stress me out because they have a big impact on my grades.

-Tests and quizzes usually stress me out because I’m always worried I won’t remember something.

-Tests and quizzes stress me out because I don’t usually have time to study.

-My grades usually stress me out because I have an older sibling and I want to be just as good in school as she was.

-Homework stresses me out because I always have to figure out how to get it all done in time.

-My grades stress me out because they are really important to my parents and I want to live up to their expectations.

-I always want to prove to myself that I can do something, so my classes always stress me out.

 

So my conclusion to these comments? Everyone wants to please someone. We all want to be better than an older sibling, or show a parent that we CAN be that son or daughter they can brag about.

It’s in our nature, we are all competitive in our own ways.  For some it’s sports that drive them to do well, others its grades. But they all come down to one thing… living up to expectations we set for ourselves. This shows that we are our own stress, we stress ourselves out.

Can You Manage Your Time?

EIGHT TIPS ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT

by Lily Toto

Many people have had one of those days, where you realize that you have to cram six hours worth of homework into a single afternoon. Here is some advice so that that won’t happen.

  1. Know when your Studies or Flexes are. If it’s late and you still have math homework to do, then you can do it in a Study or Flex if you have one before Math tomorrow! (Remember, studies and flexes aren’t that long, so do most of your homework at home)
  1. Don’t do too many sports. Yes, it’s good to do a sport. Or two, or three, even. But only if you have the time. If you try balancing to many sports, you’re going to be tired, not be able to do your homework, and have no time for seeing your friends!
  1. Don’t feel like you have to always say yes. If a teacher asks you to stay after school to help them with something and you know you have a lot of homework or are going to be really busy, say no. Same for if a friend invites you somewhere and you’re overbooked.
  1. Be truthful. Say your in Advanced Math, but you’re getting Cs. You should first stay with it for a while, go to extra help and study a lot. But, if you truthfully think that you would be better off in a different math level, tell your teacher about how you feel. That way you will be in what ever class level is right for you and the homework will be at the right level, too.
  1. Don’t waste time. Just don’t spend hours in front of the TV or on Facebook or your phone! You’ve heard this before, but don’t waste your time! Finish your homework or practice your instrument or do whatever you need to do first.
  1. Remember to get help from your friends. It helps to do your homework with your friend. Sharing and editing papers for each other using Google Docs is a good idea too!
  1. Multitask! Bring homework along for car rides, or really anywhere, so that you can finish it.
  1. Start projects early. Don’t leave your entire Spanish project to the night before! get a head start so that while everyone else is scrambling to finish, you’re already done.

My Kids are Eating Healthy. Right?!

by Kara Whitesell, Julia Frangioni, and Naomi Lathan

     You might think that the food at Wayland Middle school is healthy, but what you don’t know is that there is a snack bar in the school that serves unhealthy snacks while the hot lunch line serves foods that are good for kids. When I walked into the lunch room today I saw 41 kids in that snack line and not one person in the hot lunch line.

The school offers healthy hot lunch side dishes like these:

  • corn
  • beans
  • cooked zucchini
  • rice
  • mashed potatoesi

And other great stuff.

Students at the Wayland middle school don’t take advantage of those healthy choices! Out of the kids that buy lunch, this is what the sixth grade looks like:

You might think that the kids at Wayland middle school are eating healthy. But are they really?

Hunger Games

By Lilly Lin and Naomi Lathan.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Many people  have already seen the number one movie in the world “Hunger Games.” Hunger Games was a book that was made into a movie.

A survey was done to see how many people in Wayland Middle school were planning on seeing the movie. It turns out that more than ¾ of the people were planning on seeing it and a lot of them had bought their tickets in advance. The movie broke the record for most online purchases before the opening weekend, surpassing the previous record holder  Twilight.

Many people found that the movie was very hard to understand, and follow if you had not read the book. They would say, “I did not understand that her dad had died until someone told me, they did not make that clear enough.”

Many people have heard about what I am about to talk about, The Hunger Games. This thrilling series by Suzanne Collins is a read that many teens are reading.

If you haven’t heard of this book, here is a short summary; Katniss Everdeen lives in the U.S.A after the capitol has taken over and, what we know today as the northeast, has been made into 12 different districts. District 12, where the Everdeen’s live, is known for coal mining.

Katniss’ dad died in the mines and ever since, her mom hasn’t been present in Katniss’ life. Katniss, to keep her family alive, goes hunting every Sunday with her best friend Gale, out of district limits where trespassing is not allowed. Every year, as a reminder for what would happen if the districts stepped out of line again, a boy and a girl, tributes, from each district are sent, at random, to an arena to fight to the death until only one remains.

 The picking of the tributes is called the reaping. The ages of tributes ranges between 12 and 18. On the day of the reaping Effie Trinket, the woman from the capitol sent to call the names of the tributes, announces Primrose Everdeen, Katniss’ 12 year old sister. Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place in the games. The boy tribute is a boy Katniss’ age, Peeta Mellark. Peeta is a baker and Katniss often has memories of him throwing her the burnt bread when she didn’t have enough food to feed her family.

The rest of the book is full of excitement and action as Katniss and Peeta make their way through training and onto the games. Throughout the book, not only does action take place but romance too when Peeta announces his undying love for Katniss and everyone, especially Katniss, is shaken up.

 

Interview with Ms. Reynolds

By: Sunjae Lee, Sarah Tully, and Simrun Virkud

1.How are you liking working at the middle school?

Ms Reynolds: I like it. I like the students and the Wayland community. I feel very welcome here. I like the calendar sales and I like that everyone goes on the field trips in Wayland.

2.Are you going to be working at the middle school after Ms.Naughton comes back?

Ms. Reynolds: I would love to be able to stay, but at the moment, there is no open position.

3.What other schools have you worked at before this?

Ms. Reynolds: I did a long term substitute job at Wilson middle school in Natick. I also taught 15 years of 7th grade in Vermont, before I moved to Massachusetts.

4.How is Wayland middle school different to other schools you have taught to?

Ms. Reynolds: It’s different because the students have many more freedoms. For example, Wayland students wear hats in the classrooms. Also, there are long passing times and scheduled breaks in the day.

5.What other subjects have you taught before this?

I have also taught english and life science. I have never taught elementary school or high school.

6. Will you be sad to leave Ms. Naughtons classes?

Yes, very sad. I am loving it here. All the kids are so well behaved. I will miss teaching because I like it so much.

7. How do you like the environment here

I love the technology here, with the computers and the projector. I also like the open areas, so that everyone can interact with everyone else casually. I like that there are separate wings, for each grade. I love the six laptop carts so that multiple teachers can have carts all at once. Everyone seems very happy, and everyone is always smiling.

By: Sunjae Lee, Sarah Tully, and Simrun Virkud

Who Are the Top Dogs?

Bt Megha Patel

Want to Know the Top Ten Dog Breed for 2010?

Well you’ve come to the right place! Well… I think. Anyways, let’s find out!

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherds

3. Yorkshire Terriers

4. Beagles

5. Golden Retrievers

6. Bulldogs

7. Boxers

8. Dachshunds

9. Poodles

10. Shih Tzu

Now you know! (Pssst! Next time you get a dog, get number one!)
Your Welcome!

True Blue Review

By Willa Tise

True Blue By Jane Smiley

The book True Blue is about a girl named Abby Lovitt and a mysterious horse she buys named True Blue. When Abby goes to visit a friends stable she sees Blue, not paying attention to Blue’s history she buys him.

Blue seems like the perfect horse, until Abby starts watching him more closely and realizing that occasionally he perks his ears up and seems to be looking for someone that’s not there. Then Abby learns that Blue’s owner was killed in a tragic car accident, right when she arrived at the stable. Now Abby starts to wonder, what was Blue’s owner like?, and what are those quiet whispers she hears when she’s around Blue? Now, even Abby’s father is realizing that this horse, may be haunted by the spirit of his owner.

I recieved this book as a birthday present, hesitant to read it because I had tried Jane Smiley’s other books and not had any luck with them. Jane has a very special kind of writing that you can only find in her books. I think True Blue was written very well from a very good point of view and I highly reccomend reading this book. Also try Jane Smiley’s other books, The Georges and The Jewles and A Good Horse.

What are Those Flags in the Cafeteria?

by Megha Patel

Hey, have you  noticed something new in the cafeteria? Well, if not, look more closely.   If you have noticed, what is it? If you said there are now labels for the flags, then you’re correct! If not, too bad.

Are you wondering why there are flags in the cafeteria? The flags are there because there are kids in the school that came from all over the world. The flags are there to make those kids feel like they are a part of the school.

Who made the labels?  It was the 6th graders from the David Cluster and the teachers helped. Why did we do it? It was because Ms. Gavron always wanted to have labels for the flags.

Where and why did we do it? We did it during TAG,  as  a community service project.  Next time you go to the cafeteria, look for the labels.

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