By: Sanjana S.
Red hearts are a symbol of love and friendship between friends. This week the Builders Club distributed Valentines Day Grams in the Middle School. Every year, during Valentine's Day week the builders club asks the 7th and 8th graders during lunch if they want to buy red heart shaped paper that have a nice letter on them from one their friends. Each heart gram was $1 and they were sold to both teachers and students. The goal was to raise at least $100 and the Builders Club was able to exceed this goal by raising a total of $137 !
This season the Builders Club also helped with Melanoma awareness by selling stress balls for midterms, helping the food pantry in the church, and singing Christmas carols for the salvation army.
Seventh graders learned about The Day of the Dead in Mrs. Perifimos' Spanish class and participated in some of The Day of the Dead rituals.
Do you know what The Day of the Dead honors? It is a holiday in Mexican culture that celebrates the people who have died. The holiday is celebrated on November 2nd each year. On this day relatives of people who have died go to the cemetery and put an orange flower called a marigold on each of the coffins and put other goodies there that remind them of those loved ones who have passed. They also celebrate with different kinds of cookies, bread, and cakes. The skull and skeleton are symbols that people decorate, and the cookies and cake represent the dead. The Day of the Dead is a holiday that the Mexican culture celebrates to remember their loved ones.
- By Grace. I
Halloween and The Day of the Dead are similar and opposite in many ways. Halloween is a time for fun. On Halloween we go trick or treating with our friends for fun and the best part is to see how much candy we have. The Day of the Dead is a time to celebrate loved ones who have passed away. The day before the Day of The Dead is called All Saints Day and that is when you celebrate people that passed away at an early age. People celebrate The Day of the Dead by decorating altars. On the altars, marigold petals are spread all over. In the homes, people have altars as well. The altars have the person's favorite foods with a drink, favorite item, a picture of that person, and marigold flowers. In our class we created altars too. We included everything except for marigold flowers. It was fun doing this as we told a story of our loved ones who have passed.
In Spanish 1a we learned about The Day of the Dead. Many people enjoyed learning about this holiday because there were many fun activities to choose from. In class we colored pictures of calacas and calaveras (skulls). We also watched a video that showed us lots of information about what Latino and Mexican Americans do on The Day of the Dead. Many people who have lost loved ones make foods that these people enjoyed. They also have an altar and put their loved ones favorite things on the altar. This includes pictures of their loved relatives. People eat what their loved ones loved and celebrate to show that they are still there with them. On the streets, people set up little stands and sell calacas and calaveras. This is what the Mexican Americans do when they celebrate The Day of the Dead.
The following video was compiled by 7th grader Auston M. who attended the Night to Shine at our High School. This event, which was attended by both children and adults with disabilities, was a fun night of dancing, dinner, and dress up. Many middle school/high school students and members of the community helped to make this event possible.
By: Claudelle C.
Question 1: What subject do you teach?
Question 2: What college did you go to?
Ms.Donelin: I went to Mount Saint Mary College for my undergraduate and Hofstra University for my graduate.
Question 3: Why did you want to become a teacher?
Ms.Donelin: I like learning and I love to work with kids and see them be able to grow in school.
Question 4: What did you do/teach before coming to Carle Place?
Ms.Donelin: I worked at East Meadow with 7th graders in the resource room and helped other teachers.
Question 5: What’s your favorite part of teaching?
Ms.Donelin: My favorite part is that I’m still able to learn from my students.
Question 6: What’s your favorite subject in math?
Question 7: What other subject would you be interested in teaching other than math?
Question 8: Any hobbies other than teaching?
Ms.Donelin: I like to write stories and do crafts.
Question 9: Any tips for students to succeed in school?
Ms.Donelin: Pay attention in class, ask questions, and try your hardest.
Question 10: How’s your time teaching in Carle Place so far?
Ms.Donelin: Very good, the kids and the experience is good and I’m learning a lot every day.
By: Justina C.
The Middle School Builders Club held a food drive for the Our Lady Of Hope food pantry for community members who are in need of food. Two food drives were ran. The first one was held at North Shore Farms. At North Shore Farms we collected over 200 cans of food for donation. The second drive was held in our Middle school. In this drive we raised over 500 non-perishable cans and food items. All of the items collected went to the community members in need of food. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner we decided all of these food items will be used for people to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner.
By: Cassie P., and Jake M.
Throughout the month of October, the Builders Club has been dedicated to collect various household items for families in need at the Interfaith Nutrition Network, the INN. This basket drive collected items such as cleaning supplies, food items, school supplies, and toys. Over two hundred items were collected in total and were placed in baskets and sent to the INN to help over thirty families! The thirty baskets that were assembled were given to families in need at the INN who will be able to use these household items.
Giving back to families who are less fortunate has shown the members of the Builders Club the importance of caring for others and remembering those in need. The household items that were donated showed students that giving back is an important lesson that we should remember all year long.
By: Edmond S.
Question 1: Do you enjoy attending school at Carle Place Middle School?
Grace and Esther: Yes.
Question 2: What do you like or dislike about the school?
Grace: I like that the school is small.
Esther: I like how the classes are small.
Question 3: What are your goals in this school?
Grace: I want to get into honors classes.
Esther: I also want to get into honors classes.
Question 4: Where did you move from?
Grace and Esther: Bayside, NY
Question 5: What school did you go to before you moved?
Grace and Esther: M.S. 158
Question 6: Do you like this school better than your old school?
Grace: I don't know yet because it has only been a month.
Esther: Yes because the work is easier than at my older school.
Question 7: What is your favorite subject, so far?
Grace: I like Social Studies and Science.
Question 8: Have you joined any sports or clubs?
Grace: No sports yet, but I did join the Yearbook Club and the Outdoors Club.
Esther: I also joined the Yearbook Club and the Outdoors Club.
Question 9: What was your first impression of the new school?
Grace: It was good.
Esther: It was different because in my old school your whole class would follow you to every other class as a group.
Question 10: What are some hobbies that you have?
Grace: I love watching TV, but I don't enjoy going on computers.
Esther: I love watching TV.
Question 11: Do you think you will enjoy going to school here? Why or why not?
Grace: Yes, but it is new but the school is also new.
Esther: Yes and no, because the work is easy and the classes, but I also miss Bayside.
By: Kayla L.
This summer, Carle Place theater program put on a student-run production of the musical Into the Woods. I was fortunate enough to participate in the musical as a part of the ensemble. In the musical Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, and a Baker and his wife head into the woods for different reasons. Cinderella goes so that she can visit her mother’s grave and hopefully go to the King’s festival. Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother and bring her sweets. Jack goes on a journey so that he can sell his beloved cow, Milky White, in hopes of some money, and the Baker and his wife go to find items for a witch, who promises to grant them a child once they return with the items. Each one of their paths cross and, after some confusing times, they all get their wish. Once they are all happy, a giant that Jack stole from comes down from the beanstalk and tries to kill everyone.
Although it is a relatively dark story, there are some really funny parts, which made everyone laugh. Everyone in the cast was super talented, and after all their hardwork and effort, the show came out amazing.Although I was only in a few scenes, and did not have a large part in the show, I had so much fun and made a bunch of new friends. Throughout the summer, we would hold rehearsals in the school auditorium where we would learn the music and the blocking (where you stand in a scene). Towards the end of the summer we started getting costumes, which was really exciting. During “tech week,” the week before opening night, everyone is stressed, but also really excited and the air is buzzing with energy.
Being backstage with everyone helps you make friends and talk to new people. It loosens your nerves and makes everyone less nervous about opening night. At the cast party, when senior speeches were made, it was sweet to see all the seniors get a thoughtful speech about them and hear how each one of them made someone else’s life better by being in it. Everyone was so happy to be with each other and all you could see was joy.
The student run productions are great for anyone looking to make friends or have a fun time. Whether you join as a part of the cast, costumes, pit, stage crew, or anything else, you are sure to have an amazing time. You can make friends with people you never even thought you'd have something in common with. Everyone there is supportive and ready to help you with anything. It's a very welcoming environment where you can be yourself and not have to be scared of what other people will think. I would totally recommend joining the theater program to anyone thinking about it-let your talent shine! I can’t wait until next year’s summer show!
by: Alexa M.
On March 10th, 2017 eighth grade teachers Mrs. Menuzzo (English teacher) and Ms. Vasilakopoulos (Social Studies teacher), hosted a 1920’s “party” to celebrate the end of their 1920's combined unit. The goal of the party was to have the students experience and learn more about what life was like in the 1920’s.
During the weeks leading up to the party, each student was given a choice about what topic in the 1920’s they would like to complete a research paper and tri-fold board about. Some of the topics included: new women of the 1920s, art and literature, youth culture, communication and consumerism, music, new technology, sports, and organized crime. Also, each student was either assigned a person or they got to choose their person to research about based on the topic they chose. The students then completed a three body paragraph essay about their topic for Social Studies, and the second body paragraph was about the person they were assigned in English class. After the research paper was handed in, the students each had three periods as well as time at home to create a tri-fold board explaining the importance of their topic. They also had to prepare a four minute presentation to perform at the party and a little project to “bring” to the party, based on what topic they had.
At the party, all of the groups each had their own unique presentations. For example some of the music groups played jazz pieces, one of the art and literature groups read aloud poems they created to match the time period of the 1920’s, one new technology group brought in ads for the new technology in the 1920’s, organized crime groups brought in the layout of speakeasies, and many other things.
Overall it was a really great experience, one that I think many other eighth graders would enjoy if the tradition were to be continued.
By: Rita L.
During extra help on a Wednesday in late November I entered the newly reconstructed library that was not yet open to the whole school or the public. Upon entering, immediately the scent of newly done construction hit me. There were many prominent features about the new library that makes it very different from the old library. I noticed that there were couches and cushions added to make the library comfortable for students to relax. The tables are also now centrally located with brand new tables and chairs. I also noticed the bookshelves appeared are more organized than before. Overall, the environment invites students to relax during or after a hard day of learning or to find a spot to study or research.
When I entered the library I saw Mrs. Bourla sitting at one of the tables working on her computer, she looked up when I entered and greeted me. I asked her if I could interview her and she gladly agreed. While setting up for the interview I noticed that many of the books still were not in place. I saw carts with loads of books that were waiting to be put on the shelves. When I was ready, I started to asked Mrs. Bourla about the new features of the library. She briefly explained some of the new aspects including the new floors and furniture. Basically everything was new and clean. Next, I asked her about the main differences between the two. She told me in the new library the books are more centrally located while in the old library finding books was not as efficient. In the new library additional rooms were added, including the computer room and the quiet room for readers. I continued to ask her the ways the new library was better than the old library. She said it was cleaner and more comfortable. In addition, she said it provided an opportunity for new activities to be introduced brought by our new librarian Mrs. Feit. I also asked her about the newly improved environment and how it would attract students. She said the environment will influence students in a positive way and the library provides a more pleasurable environment and a brighter better area for students. Next, I asked her if she likes the new library better than the old one. She told me that she definitely like the new over the old but there are still some elements of the old in the new. Mrs. Bourla said it was “the best of the old.” During the interview I asked her what it meant for the school to have a new library. Mrs. Bourla replied and said that it means an interest in academics and a commitment to reading and thinking. In addition, she also said reading is important to life and the soul. This means that having a library that we are proud of as a school shows that we value reading, studying and academics. Lastly, I asked if it symbolized anything to have a new library. After a time of thought she answered it represents “The Life of the Mind.”
After our conversation, Mrs. Bourla allowed me to take a tour around and I started to observe the new features of the library that we spoke about. As Mrs. Bourla had said, the books were more organized and centrally located providing a more efficient system when looking for books. The shelves were polished and everything looked very nice and welcoming. On both sides of the library books were easy to access and the shelves were very neat. There was a computer room with some of the computers set up and ready to be used.
When leaving the library, I noticed above the door were the words “Carle Place Library” in big silver letters. This gives students and teachers a very joyful feeling that the Carle Place library is improved and very welcoming and friendly to all.