Should We Wait till Helen Comes?

A review of  Wait till Helen Comes
by Mary Downing Hahn

Why should you read this book? If you like scary stories and mysteries, than that’s why. Wait till Helen Comes is a story about a 7-year old girl, named Heather, whose mother died. Heather’s father got married to Michael and Molly’s mother. (Michael is 10 years old, and Molly is 12 years old). Like most kids, Michael and Molly aren’t exited when Heather comes into the family. They think she’s a creepy brat. They also notice that Heather seems determined to blame small problems on them.
Soon, what makes living with Heather seem worse, is that they all move to a church together, deep in the woods, near a graveyard. Molly and Michael have never lived with Heather before at all. They were just used to visiting her.
Later, when they get settled in, they realize that these problems are getting worse. Molly and Michael’s possessions get destroyed. Only Molly and Michael’s possessions, not Heather’s.
A couple days later, Heather has been talking about this new invisible friend, “Helen”. Heather said that she lives in the graveyard, and has a lot in common with her, such as they have the same initials. Also, both of them have experience with family members dying.
When everybody was used to this girl, “Helen”, there was something big that happened. Michael and Molly’s stuff are torn apart, piece by piece, and there is a message their bedroom wall. This message was written by Helen. They tried bringing their parents over as fast as they could, but when their parents finally arrived at their room, the message was gone.
Join the adventure with Molly and Michael, as they figure out the big secret about Helen.

Comments from others:
“I think Wait till Helen Comes is a great book. Once you start reading it, you simply can’t stop.”-Lauren McNamara
“I LOVED THE BOOK!” -Alexa Santos
“It was really good”-Madeline Moran

By Lauren McNamara

It’s Secretariat!!

When considering your next family movie night, look for the movie with the subtitle, The Impossible True Story. Then you have found my pick for movie of the month. I absolutely fell in love with the story of the big red horse called Secretariat and seeing his story played out on the big screen was thrilling. This movie incorporates a little bit of everything from Penny Chenery’s  love of Secretariat, to the sadness that starts off the movie, to the hilarious actions of horse, owner, and trainer.

This story is one everyone knows but the movie works even though it’s done in the over-dramatized Disney fashion. So, even if you are reading this and thinking “I already know the story and now I should see it as a Disney movie?” The answer is yes. It gives you a slightly new prospective into a somewhat fictional view of the owner’s story as well as the horse’s. A definite family must-see, Secretariat is at a theatre near you and coming to soon to DVD or On Demand.

By Sarah Maietta

Day – O! Day – O!

Are all letter days equal in the eyes of WMS students? Or are some more equal than others?

Here is a poll which shoiws what students think.

  • A day: 3
  • B day: 7
  • C day: 6
  • D day: 8
  • E day: 7

“D’ day wins!

“A” day loses Boooooo

A day: Well on A days I have red block first and I always like to start my day in social studies with Mr. Lenz, says a 6th grade student in the David cluster.

B day: Well I’m in 7th grade and I get to skip math that day so I like it, says a 7th grade student.

C day: I like C days because I have study hall last block and I get to pick the homework I want to do because I have already had all of my classes, says a 6th grade student in the David cluster

D day: D days are good because I have all of my harder classes in the morning and the easier ones at the end of the day, says a 7th grade student.

E days: They are the best I mean it goes in rainbow order!! Not to mention I have all of my chore classes and then a study hall before social studies, says  6th grade student Alexis George in the David cluster.

By Alexis George

Mime Time? No Thanks!

The Mime Rhyme

Some people just really hate clowns.

Some hate spiders, and some hate loud sounds.

Some people are annoyed when others waste time

But what irritates me is simply a mime.

Their powdery faces

Are really disgraces

They copy and mimic

And it’s really a gimmick.

They wear black and white stripes ’cuz they just came from jail.

Their improvised acts are really a fail.

I really can’t say that I hate them enough.

I want to be one when I grow up.

By Abby McCarthy

Sandals or Scandals? Or Sandal Scandals?

From stone age leather sandals to the bright, plastic flip-flops of modern day, sandals seem to be the one item of clothing never going out of style. As the owner of seven pairs of sandals, I can tell you that they are by far the best investment you could make. From casual to formal, in any size, shape or color, sandals can do it all. I commonly hear remarks such as “Aren’t your feet freezing!?!” and although I admit my use of sandals on 10-degree January days may be slightly extreme, nothing can deter my love of those fine pieces of footwear. Though I know many fine Wayland Middle School students would agree with me, apparently not everyone shares the same views on open-toed shoes. According to the Boston Globe, in 2005, women’s lacrosse players from Northwestern University were castigated* for wearing flip-flops to a white house ceremony to honor their national championship. Do you think the lacrosse players deserved to be punished? I don’t. I think they deserve a parade for their fabulous good taste!

*For those of you who are thinking “Castigated? What?” here’s a little explanation from Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate dictionary. Castigate: To punish, reprove, or criticize severely.

By Abby McCarthy

How Can Abercrombie Be Worth It?

Is it all worth it?

Dim lights and dark sights… does it sound like a horror film? Well no, it’s not dracula. It’s a store. Abercrombie is notorious for it’s heavily perfumed, dimly lit outlets, and the unusual clothes sold there.

Even more notorious than the clothes are their outrageous prices. A single jacket at Abercrombie may cost you your week’s salary. The wrinkled brown jacket shown below this article is called the “Haven” and it costs $350! Will you see me wearing that jacket? I don’t think so. And that’s not the only expensive item… the “Mia”, the “Lucinda”,and the “Julia” are also brown jackets priced at $350. The white handbag shown below just happens to be over $300, along with the “Paker, Kori, Hannah, Banson, Lila, Lexi, Lacey, and Madeline” which are handbags priced at over $300 as well. Don’t even get me started about that $120 “Mallory” skirt… and what’s up with the $60 clearance items?

Looking at the astonishing price tags, you would think that Abercrombie would have no customers at all, but walking down the halls of Wayland Middle School, I can’t help but notice that Abercrombie seems to be what almost everyone is wearing. Why? To find the answer, I asked the students themselves. “The clothes on sale are perfectly priced, and really wonderfull. “Everyone should buy them!” Says 6th grader LT. On the opposing side was AG, saying: “It’s just an insult to Hollister, really. They have basically the same clothes, with very different prices.” SM agreed, saying: “Everything in the store is all the same color, and it doesn’t change.”

To really find out everyone’s true opinion, there was only one thing to do: a poll. In my poll I asked 20 WMS students “Do you think Abercrombie clothes are really worth the price?” The results of my survey were very surprising. A total of 16 student said ‘no’,and only 4 students said ‘yes’. Furthur proving the results of my poll were the comments I received. Such as:

“It’s an insult to nature. It’s not bright and happy.” -Anonymous             “They have some strange bags there. I like it, but honestly don’t love it.” –PC

“I like aeropostale better.” -EL                                                                                            “Some of the stuff is see-through.” –AK                                                                                                             “It’s not worth it if we can’t decorate it.” –Annie Ge

So has reading this convinced you of anything? Or has it left you more confused then before? Well, looking at the results of my survey, I think that you can make the decision for yourself.

By Abby McCarthy

Why People Should Stop Hunting Wolves

Why People Should Stop Hunting Wolves

People should stop hunting wolves for many reasons. One of them, is that some people hunt wolves just for fun and money! No amount of money can pay for a death! Some people might think that it is a good way to get money, if you kill a wolf, cut of its left ear, and get $50, but why do that for money, when you can do something more useful, like a lawyer, or an architect! Other people say they don’t want to shoot wolves, but they can’t find another job! Then why did they make wolf hunting a job anyhow, if they don’t want to do it? Wolves are an endangered species, so that’s why hunters think they will get more money, if they hunt wolves illegally.

Wolves are some of the most incredible creatures on earth! They can run more than 100 miles in a day nonstop, they can survive without water for 2 weeks and without food for 2 months, and they can run at 45 miles per hour when chasing down an elk! That’s twice as much as a human can do! Wolves are extremely powerful, with their teeth, claws, strength, camouflaged fur, and speed, but they are totally defenseless against bullets fired from a gun! Sometimes, wolves eat a cow from a farmer’s herd, and the farmer’s say wolves are bad and evil and horrible when they do that, and should be killed! But wolves only do that, if there is no other game to hunt!

Wolves also help balance the food chain, because the wolves only hunt the sick and old animals! If the wolves died out, the hoofed animals, like deer, elk, moose, and caribou, then either the sick animals would spread diseases to other animals, or the hoofed animals would eat all of the grass, and along with dieing out themselves, the other small animals that ate grass would die out too, and the hawks would die out also, because the hawks have no rabbits to eat, and the rabbits would have no grass to eat, because the bigger herbivores ate all of the grass, and they ate all of the grass, because there were no wolves to keep the hoofed animals from becoming too many! This is why I think people should stop hunting wolves!!!!!

By Julia Recj

A Nourish…ing Place

Nourish Restaurant Review

Do you want to eat at a place that serves great food that is healthy too? Well “Nourish” is the place for you. It is located on 1727 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, MA. Also, you can come there and listen to live music on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night. Cool right? 🙂

My mom and I shared an appetizer called Phyllo Rolls. It was really good. Those rolls are made out of cauliflower, kale, mushrooms and garlic, and are served with cranberry chutney and cucumber salad. My favorite part was actually the cucumber salad which you can also order as a separate side dish. For my main dish I had a the delicious Taboule Chicken Plate, which is natural chicken sautéed with taboule*, served with hummus**, pita*** and a side house salad with Tahini dressing. All for $14.00. Good deal right? The chicken was very tender and juicy and the sides were crisp and yummy. There are many other appetizers you can choose from, for example: Rice Paper Rolls, Quesadilla, Falafel Sampler, Hummus Dipping Platter, and assorted soups. There are also a lot of salads like: Caesar Salad, Sweet Beet & Feta Salad, House Salad and more. The entrees are always a treat. They include: Baked Dill Salmon, Seared Alaskan True Cod, Taboule Chicken Plate, River Rock Farm Meatloaf, Mediterranean Chicken Plate, Steak Tips and much more. If you’re a BBQ kind of person, they also have Memphis Ribs (pork ribs), and BBQ Chicken.

You can even come here to quickly eat and leave, like Subway, or D’angelos, because they have many different kinds of wraps, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. Some include: Mediterranean Chicken Wrap, Wild Alaskan Salmon Wrap, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, River Rock Farm Beef Burger, Black Bean Burger, Garlic Veggie Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza.

I hope you enjoyed my restaurant review about Nourish.

~Lina Baranovsky

*Taboule is a middle eastern salad made of wheat, chopped parsley and mint, tomatoes, and scallions. It is seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil.

**Hummus is a middle eastern spread.

***Pita is a middle eastern pocket bread.

What’s Up?

“UP” movie review

I watched a cartoon Pixar movie called “UP” and it was really good. It is about an old man whose wife died and since then he never left his house. One day he was told he has to move out of his house, and live in a retirement home. But he had other plans. Go see this movie to find out how this old man’s life came out to be very adventurous, exciting, joyous, but also dangerous, scary, and sometimes risk-taking. Not only does this movie have a great plot, but also the way it was made is phenomenal. The drawings, the colors, and the music put together with the plot creates a memorable entertainment for your family. I would rate it !!!!!

~By: Lina Baranovsky

How Well Do You Know Mr. Large?

Many students have taken Drama classes with Mr. Large, but how well do you know him? Perhaps after this interview, you will know him a bit better.

How long have you been teaching at Wayland Middle School?

About 15 years, but before that I taught at the high school for 3 years.

When did you start to take an interest in performing?

In 6th grade, when I was in a theatre camp.

What plays do 6th and 7th graders do? How do you choose?

7th graders do forty-five minute long Shakespeare plays. Usually it will be a play with lots of action, because they usually like to run around a lot.

8th graders will perform a wide variety of scenes from modern plays, and they often get to choose their own scenes.

Why don’t 6th graders put on plays in drama class?

They only have nine classes, and that isn’t enough to prepare/perform a whole play.

Do you do anything with theatre out side of WMS?

Yes. I recently finished a play called Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Concord Players. We performed for about three weeks.

Why did you choose to teach drama?

I originally was an English teacher, but when the theatre was built, I moved into the drama job.

Do you have a favorite play that you directed here?

Hmmm. It is hard to pick just one!

What advice do you give to an aspiring actor/actress?

Well, the actors/actresses I know who have succeeded have been very committed, and they got as much experience as possible.

Do you have any favorite moments that happened during a play here?

Yes! Once, I staged a comedy, and it is supposed to end with about two dozen people chasing each other across the stage. In a previous scene, we had to use white powder, and some had fallen onto the stage. That made it end with two dozen people falling and sliding across the stage. It was terrifying…and hilarious!

By Lauren Simon

Wayland Middle School