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.

What Is Art? by Kally P.

What is Art?

By: Kally P.

Green Screen #4 By: Liz Deschenes at the ICA


Many people might not know what to think of art; some people might find it downright confusing. When you go into an art museum what do you think of it? Do you find it confusing or beautiful? Sometimes it is even a mix of both. The lines get even more blurry as you go into contemporary and abstract art. Sometimes you can’t even figure what is or isn’t art or why something is considered art.


This is exactly what happened to me when I walked in to an ICA exhibit where a seemingly normal green screen was spanning from the wall to the floor. I walked in and stared at this wall for a moment before realizing it was one of the pieces of art on display. What? I thought. Anybody could do this. I stared confused at this green sheet of paper that some people, apparently called art.


I might not be as artistically modern as some other people but I considered myself generally more open. So if you’re like me and have no idea why this is in an art museum, you’re not alone. But, I also considered trying to think of some ideas why this is included. For example, asking yourself if it means something/makes you feel something, or because it’s new and has never been done before (because sometimes while anyone could have done it, not everyone would have thought of it), or simply because the artist wanted to change the boundaries of what people thought of as art.


Next time you go to an art museum and come across a weird or interesting piece, ask yourself some questions. It might help you to better understand it and what the artist had in mind.

Hmm…now that I think about it, maybe that plain green piece has more to it than initially meets the eye. It does push the boundaries. Maybe it is really “art”. And yes, maybe it’s even ” good art”.

Supreme Court Drama by Graham Henrich

About three months ago, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the highest level of court in the United States of America, the Supreme Court. Although a conservative, Kennedy supported many liberal ideas that conservative politicians strongly disagree with. Kennedy’s retirement provides President Donald J. Trump a chance to fill in a swing vote with a right wing justice, so that his party can win the Supreme Court 5-4, putting the Republicans in charge of the whole government (the Presidency, the House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court).

President Trump’s pick to replace Kennedy is conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh supports right wing issues and is against gun control, the Affordable Care Act, and Roe v. Wade. He also helped write the Starr Report, an attempt to impeach former President Bill Clinton. Originally, the vote was scheduled for September 13, but the Democrats in the Senate delayed the vote, giving them more time to get the extra votes they need. Kavanaugh’s election might be delayed further due to accusations of sexual assault. In a recent CNN poll of the American people’s views, 38% said yes to Kavanaugh’s appointment and 39% said no.

With such an even split, it seems controversy was inevitable. A Washington Post opinion editor vouched for Kavanaugh’s character as a ‘carpool dad’, while Senator Mazie Hirno said Kavanaugh is designed to be President Trump’s shield against possible charges related to collusion or corruption. Right wingers say Democrats are using a ‘scare tactic’ to get more votes against Kavanaugh’s appointment.

The Midnight Moscow Murder: A Short Story by Andrew Cerne


I stood in the Russian apartment bedroom  with the dead Senator Garland Peet. A man who use to be famous for his work in bringing countries at peace with each other, is now pale faced and dead.

“Was anyone else in the room the night this happened?” I questioned.

“Not that we know of. His bodyguard Val was standing right outside the apartment room said no one entered the room,” said Detective Chase.

“All other detectives say it was suicide.” This didn’t make any sense to me.

“Why would Senator of Massachusetts Garland Peet come all the way to Russia just to kill himself? It makes no sense,” I responded.

“Then what do you think happened Logan?” Chase said after taking a sip of his coffee.

“I think it was murder,” I stated while looking at the cold dead senator lying on the floor.


I walk over to Val. She has tears streaming down her face.

“Were you good friends Garland?” I ask.

“Yes, I have know him for 6 years,” Val responds while breathing heavily. I begin to ask her some questions.

“When he came home did he look upset or sick?”

“N… no but he was very drunk. His friend An… Anatoli brought him home.”

“Have they known each other for a long time?” I questioned.

“No, they just met a few days ago when the Senator arrived at the apartment,” Val said.

“Do you think Anatoli could have killed Garland?” I asked.

“Anatoli seemed like a good man. While he could have murdered Garland… I doubt he did. He was not in the apartment when Garland died.” I walk back to the cold dead body lying on the floor thinking about how he might have died.


7 hours later

Chase and I walk into the crime lab ready to learn new information about what happened to Garland. We quickly walk up to the Henry the forensic scientist investigator who is drinking coffee sitting in a chair. “I think I know what happened to Garland” declared Henry.

“Good, do you know when he died too?” I ask.

“Yes, he died around 11:10 from a poison called bilge,” Henry responded while cleaning his glasses with his shirt.  

“What does bilge do?” Chase questions.

“It burns the heart the heart and lungs causing the body to stop when it can’t fight the bilge off anymore,” I respond, turning from Henry to Chase. Henry seems surprised that I know what bilge is. He shouldn’t be. I took a course in forensic science in college.

“How long does it usually take for bilge to kill someone?” Chase asks.

“Usually about 5 hours, which means he had the bilge enter his body around 6:10” I respond.

“Well it looks like you don’t need me anymore!” Henry says quicky walking away kicking a table.

“He’s got a temper,” Chase says.

“He must have had the bilge at the bar. We should investigate them” I exclaim.

“What about Anatoli?” Chase asks.

“We will question him later” I respond. We both ran out of the lab into the parking lot, got into the car and drove away.

Killing a Puppet: A Short Story by Jackson Moleux

Jackson Moleux

                                                         Killing a Puppet


10 bullets shot- Times Square New York. BAM! BOOM! CHCKCKCKCKCKCCKCKKCKCKKBOOM!! Everyone ducked and ran except for one man. For Elmo could run no more.

                               ************ 30 minutes later: detectives arrive at the scene.

“10 bullets through the body Doc McStuffins, you think you can heal him?” said Peppa Pig, lead detective.

“I think he needs some warm soup and hugs, and when it really gets bad we could sing a song!!!! YAY!”

said doc.

“Doc this is no time for playing, lets go search the rooftops!”

       ****** 20 minutes later

When Peppa Pig and Doc McStuffins arrived at the seen there was tons of cops running around and a huge  set up of assault rifles uzi’s and sniper rifles.

“Whoa Peppa I don’t feel to safe. I’ma sit at the wall over there and sing myself a song to clear my head.”

“Alright Doc.”

“Everyone listen up! I need the DNA fingerprints anything you can find on this guy!” screamed Peppa.

And all the cops came running over with items from the seen.

“Here I have some cookie crumbs found at the seen but these cookies are “special cookies” if you know what I mean. The lead suspects are Cookie Monster and Barney. We believe Cookie Monster is a suspect because his trademark is cookies.. But we believe it’s Barney because the “special stuff” we think it came from his tail, like last time. But the biggest clue was there was going to be a big cookie and money deal going on tonight between the two of them, of which Dora was going to orchestrate. All of this is explained in the letter to the police from Elmo.”

“Thank you officer, what else?”

“If you look over there you’ll see the wall has been tagged recently right?”

Peppa turned her head to see a big mural which had a postman Elmo dead with 10 bullets and a letter in his hand. It was midnight at the time, you could tell by the clock for a moon shining bright over New York.

“We believe that it is code for an address and a time. So we have coder Thomas the Tank Engine tying to crack the code.”

Peppa rubbed her chin in deep thought when Doc Mc.Stuffins ran up and asked

“So what’s happening at 12:00 73 sesame street? It looks pretty Important, after all” and then she pointed at the letter and the time of the moon.


20 shots from the roof garden.

And then Doc McStuffins was suddenly swimming in blood.

“Tell Dolly that she didn’t have just a cold, she has terminal lung cancer, I was just being a good friend.”

Then doc froze. Her eyes rolled back. Then she started shaking violently and blinking excessively, drool and blood leaking from her mouth. Then she shrieked and screamed. Then it all came to silence once more

“Check the roof deck and everywhere around it for evidence! NOW!!” yelled Peppa.

They looked and they looked but all they could find was a new Dora gang tag on the ground.

“Would someone PLEASE bring Dora in for investigation?”

                                                                ********* 1 day later, the interrogation room

“Do you know anything about the murder of Sir Elmo Richardson or the murder of Doc McStuffins?” calmly questioned  Peppa.

“Nope” she leaned back in her chair and put her hands back behind her head.

Peppa leaped forward pushed all her papers onto the ground and threw her chair at the wall.


“But, we are nice people so we are going to give you two options. You can either turn yourself and everyone else in and we will cut time of your jail time. Or you don’t tell us who’s involved and you will find yourself with 5 extra years. So what’s it going to be?”

“I know who wrote the letter, and who killed Elmo.”

A school summary In the form of 10 haikus See what I did there? by Nate Evangelista

A school summary
In the form of 10 haikus
See what I did there?

The following haikus summarize the 2017-2018 school year. The last one is a haiku of something that hasn’t happened yet, but something we’re all waiting for.

1. Since the beginning,
Homework was piled on us
Now I am stressed out

2. Getting up at six
Not an easy task at all
Hit the snooze button

3. The rumbling school bus
Takes us all away to school
Very bumpy ride

4. Finally, a break
Four days without school or work
Thank you, Thanksgiving

5. The days when we go
On field trips are much better
Than normal school days

6. Music groups perform
Together at a concert
Band, chorus, and strings

7. The daily lunch block
Gets later with each school year
I’m starving to death

8. We are in spring now
Two grades go on big field trips
Next year, sixth graders

9. June approaches us
Now we long for summertime
Still four weeks to go

10. The final bell rings
On the final day of school
We are free once more

Wayland Middle School