Ten Fun Facts About Cotton Candy by Madison Ngai & Jordan Lee

10 Fun Facts about Cotton Candy:

  • National Cotton Candy Day is on Friday, December 7
  • The original cotton candy color is white
  • Blue and pink is the most used color for cotton candy
  • Cotton candy was originally called ‘Fairy Floss’
  • Cotton candy was invented by William Morrison and John C. Wharton in 1897
  • Cotton candy was born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Cotton candy is fat free, so you won’t gain weight from eating cotton candy
  • You can make cotton candy out of any kind of hard candy
  • You can also make cotton candy without a machine
  • Cotton candy is only sugar

Do You Know What a New Year’s Resolution Is? by Taylor Appleton

Do you know what a New Year’s Resolution is?

Well, here is some info of what a New Year’s Resolution is, and what you do.

First let’s just state that New Year’s Resolutions are a very big tradition.

Second, New Year’s Resolutions are a tradition where someone tries to fix or change a behavior, to achieve a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

My New Year’s Resolution is to try to make a daily agenda/schedule that will force myself  to follow daily.

Comment down below what your New Year’s Resolution is!

Your New Year’s Resolution


Up Close & Personal: Boston Bruins Fan Appreciation Event by Kally Proctor

Up Close and Personal: Boston Bruins Fan Appreciation Event

Boston, Ma – The Boston Bruins held a holiday fan appreciation event at the Park Plaza Hotel this Sunday (December 2nd) where fans lined up for pics with most of the team’s players, including past and present stars.

As a Wayland Middle School student and roving reporter, I feel very lucky that I got to go and report back to all of you.

The event provided an unusual ability for fans to casually interact with players while team staff snapped pictures. In addition to the extensive photo ops, fans were able to chat with players, ask questions, and extend best wishes.

Almost one-third of the way through the season, the Bruins are in fourth place in what’s shaping up as a very competitive division in the NHL Eastern Conference with 14 wins, 8 losses, and 4 ties – good for 32 points.

The players were relaxed and friendly with smiles all around despite their loss the previous night to the Detroit Red Wings in an intense game featuring a brawl at center ice which even brought in the teams’ goalies, Tuukka Rask of the Bruins and Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings. Having watched that fight in real time and on replay, it’s clear the goalies would have been hammering each other, had it not been for the intervention of the referees. When asked about his previous hockey fighting experience, Tuukka replied that this would have been his first hockey fight (usually, goalies stay around their nets during fights).


The event format provided an open forum for curious fans to question players while they were posing for pictures. I learned that one of the Bruins’ stars, Assistant Captain David Krejčí, is feeling fine despite losing a tooth after being blindsided on Friday night and then getting clocked in the head last night. In fact, it was the hit on Krejčí which seemingly triggered the big fight with the Red Wings, led by team “trouble-maker” and scoring sniper, Brad Marchand (who I saw playfully ‘forging’ his way through a crowd and out of the event at the end).


I also learned from first-hand experience that Zdeno Chára – the NHL’s tallest player at 6 feet 9 inches (7 feet on skates) — is indeed really, really, really tall! Standing next to him, I felt very small. Reportedly, Chára is so big that the NHL has granted him a 2” exemption to their stick length rule – from 63” to 65”.

Chára is a defenseman with what seems in person to be a puppy- dog personality, but I wouldn’t want to be going against him, and he’s notorious for dominating the defensive zone.

But perhaps the highlights of the day were provided by the “wedding crashers”. No, the fans didn’t crash a wedding. Ironically, it was the other way around: a bride and groom in tux and wedding dress to be married in this very room later this day, crashed the Bruins’ fan event and posed for “wedding pictures” with Chára and Marchand.


Voilà! What a perfect ending to very playful event where fans got the unusual and special opportunity to “mingle” and interact with elite professional athletes who are almost always formally separated by barriers. Impressive.

Wayland Middle School changing the start time of schools! by Sasha Libenzon

Wayland Public Schools changing the start time of schools! by Sasha Libenzon

The change

Wayland Public Schools are thinking of changing the start time to all schools since they feel that students are not getting enough sleep to work well. They are thinking of Pushing the middle and high school start times so they are later and the elementary schools will start earlier. Researchers say kids should be getting 9 to 12 hours of sleep on average.


Shouldn’t younger kids get more sleep?

Since children that are older in middle and high school have more homework they tend to pressure themselves doing homework and end up falling asleep very late. An article shows that when kids don’t get enough sleep they will not do as well in school or be very stressed. So back to the question, younger kids have much less work plus they usually go to sleep earlier so it won’t impact them as much. Also, in elementary school students get frequent breaks like recess or snack time.


The decision

Recently a big decision was made to push the start time. Elementary schools will start at 7:55, Wayland Middle School will start at 8:40, and Wayland High School will start at 8:35. The change will start in the 2019-2020 school year.

The Rememberer: A Play to Remember! by Sasha Libenzon

The Rememberer, a Play to Remember!

By: Sasha Libenzon

From October to November students worked hard on putting on The Rememberer, the Fall play. They practiced almost everyday to put on an emotional and historic play that eventually had a happy ending. About 35 students helped bring the play to life. The play told the story of a young Native American girl named Joyce from the 1900, who was sent away to a Native American residential school where they basically tortured the kids. At this school kids were not allowed to speak their native language, see or send their parents anything, and had very strict rules to follow. The school forced the kids to speak english. It was a boarding school that allowed no sending letters or face to face contact meaning they had no communication with their family and friends. They also had no fun because the teachers made very strict rules. One day when The Rememberer died, he decided that Joyce would be the next Rememberer. This job was important for the Squawkin tribe. It meant to remember all the family history and important things that went on. Luckily Joyce left the Tulalip School for summer and was the Rememberer. If you didn’t see the play then that was a short summary about it! It was definitely a play to remember!

The difference between a substitute and a teacher by Janiya Walton

The difference between a substitute and a teacher
By Janiya Walton

Today this article is about substitute vs. teacher, many kids think just because there is a sub it’s time to pull out their phones and relax for example when some substitutes come in, when most kids see them come in the classroom and the teacher isn't here they have the tendency to misbehave. But most subs don’t know their true behavior. That’s why as soon as the teacher comes they have an instinct to stop and behave. I don’t know the science behind it but this is what most kids do. I’m not saying you do and you don’t but some can relate.


Will There Be A Reunion of The Office? by Amelia Lang

Will there be a Season 10 of The Office? The answer is probably so! The Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, has revealed that there will be a new season coming of the hit comedy. He has been in contact with the show’s creator, Greg Daniels, and they’ve been talking about the new season.

Greg Daniels released the shows last episode on the 16th of May in 2013. The show had a successful nine seasons before ending the series. The Office consisted of many characters, such as Steve Carell playing the company’s regional manager, Michael Scott; John Krasinski playing the office prankster, Jim Halpert; Rainn Wilson playing Dwight Schrute, the overzealous Assistant to the Regional Manager, and Jenna Fischer playing Pam Beesly, the sweet but shy receptionist, and Brian Baumgartner playing Kevin Malone the office’s bumbling accountant. The show also consists of many other great actors and actresses.

        Now if you have or are watching The Office you probably know and love all of the characters. Unfortunately not all are coming back. Steve Carell (Michael Scott) is not interested in doing any reunion saying “I kind of don’t want to do it because I love the show so much. I think people would be disappointed, I really do.” Although that is a bummer Krasinski is interested in doing a tenth season. He said that he is concerned about his character. He said “I need the incredible writers of our show to tell me what Jims doing because I’m kinda worried about him. He had a whole lot of hopes and dreams, he had a lot of zany ideas, and I feel like the dreams are still in his head so I say let’s see what he’s doing now.” So I think we can count on that as a yes from him.

But if he is in then what about his sweetheart on the show Pam Beesly? We think that Fischer is probably up for it! Fischer said, “I think the idea of an Office revival is a great idea. I would be honored to come back in any way I am able to. I loved playing my  character and as long as Greg Daniels is the person in charge and is the visionary behind it, then I would be absolutely up for it.” So two people say yes and one says no – what about Rainn Wilson? Sadly, it sounds like a no from him too. He has said recently, “It’s all a speculation. It’s a pointless speculation, let me put it this way. It’s not even being discussed.” So we don’t really know what that was all about because we do have sources that say it has been at least brought up a few times  so was he not informed about it or maybe he has something greatly against the idea? So that’s all we have from the actors and actresses so far. Two people said no (Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson) and two people said yes (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer).

So do you think a 10th season is a good idea? I know some people have said that the last episode was a great wrap up and others say they need more, should we only get a Christmas special or a whole season? I know some people say season 9 ended so well that the new season would ruin it, do you agree?

A Fall Day Poem by Alexandra Libenzon

A Fall Day Poem


It’s sunny and cool in the morning,

But clouds are making a warning

As sometimes it is dark and rainy,

The lake can become very grainy.

Now the sunshine is out,

no doubt!

The leaves are crisp,

they lay there in a wisp

There are many different colors:

red, yellow, and green,

as I walk outside I see a beautiful scene

I am nearing the lake,

the shadows of the trees create a picture making it look almost fake

The sky is blue,

The grass is filled with dew

This is fall

Oh, beautiful fall!

School Starts Too Early! by Kally P.

Do you know that the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 8:30 AM as the optimum start time for middle and high school students?


And yet, the start time for Wayland Middle School is 7:38 AM.


So, why has Wayland established such an early start time, in effect creating a sleep and performance disadvantage for WMS students?


My guess is that it’s all about money: presumably, a later start time would necessitate more buses and bus drivers, and cost more money.


But doesn’t Wayland have one of the highest tax rates in Massachusetts intended to provide a superior education for its residents? What good is a great school if “We the Students” aren’t able to perform at our best because we haven’t had enough sleep. Somehow, in spite of the obvious objective of providing a top education for Wayland residents, our school system seems willing to disregard the strong influence of sleep on student health, productivity, and performance.


Do we really even need a CDC study here? Isn’t it basic common sense that adequate sleep is essential for everyone: from kids off to a busy day at school to adults off to a busy day at work (including our valuable teachers). We’re frequently reminded in the classroom to “pay attention” and encouraged by teachers and parents alike to “do well’, but how can we do our best if we are not getting enough sleep?


This is especially true for kids our age. Our minds need to be rested and ready to tackle the challenges of the coming day. If we don’t get enough sleep, we know that we tend to be less focused and less able to pay attention in class. As a result, we are often just plain tired, dragging and otherwise going through the motions (or worse, dozing off here and there, like that kid in the picture!).


That’s why the CDC recommends 8:30 as the optimum start time — because they have studied student performance and determined that students best waking up to start school at that time. Accordingly, the CDC has identified that a start time of 8:30 best positions students our age to function over the course of a school day and fulfill our after-school obligations. Clearly, 7:38 is a far cry from 8:30  — not even close (by comparison, the national average start time for middle/high schools is 8:03). Based on both the CDC and our own basic instincts, I think most of us would agree that a start time of 7:38 is just too early!


I’m trying hard to be the best I can be, but I feel my opportunity to best succeed is being short-changed. Personally, I have to wake up by 6:00 in order to get to school for 7:38 (my bus pick up time is 6:30). It would be one thing if we were only interacting among ourselves, living in a Wayland “bubble”. But we’re not. Like it or not, we’re in a connected world with kids who are not as sleep deprived and not operating at similar a disadvantage.


In my opinion, and I’m sure the opinion of many other kids who have to get up so early to make a 7:38 start time (and their families), WMS starts too early – plain and simple! Therefore, I urge our school system to consider adjusting our start time to later, even if it means school ending a little later (or, hiring more buses for the morning commute). While I realize this has scheduling challenges and/or financial cost, the benefit to “We the Students” of being able to show up at school better rested and better able to perform is more than justified.

Wayland Middle School