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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014

CURRENT! CCA website ! School Life!

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Ben Ayres, publisher ! Suzanne Adler, editor! Lawrence Brown, photo editor! Shannon Mott, web consultant! Lydia Dick, writer! Rebekah Nicolas, writer!

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cover art by Jason Fachada ‘14! Righteous Sea Beast ! first place Digital Arts category! SISAL art competition CCA 4/14!

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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014

The Osprey Returns! ! !

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A lone osprey, newly returned to the north, soars over Nantucket Sound in search of fish to eat. CCA Latin instructor and nature photographer Mary Albis captured this moment on March 22. What do you make of the patch of skin and missing feathers? A testimony to the rigors of the osprey’s migration back? Some overzealous play with a cousin?! ! For a great read on these birds, try David Gessner’s Return of the Osprey. Here’s an excerpt:! ! “Ospreys are the only raptors that dive fully into the water to catch their prey. Try to imagine the physical sensation. To skim across the sky, above the ocean, peering down with eyes that can see into the shallows from forty, sixty, even a hundred feet up. To catch a glint or the shadow of a movement and know it to be a fish, the one thing that keeps you alive. To hover, adjust, beating your wings so that you stay in place, like a giant kingfisher or hummingbird. Then to dive, to commit, to tuck with folded wings and plunge downward at over forty miles an hour while still keeping your eyes on the prey, calculating its size and movement. To adjust in midair, re-directing, considering even the refraction of the fish's image in the water, before pulling in your wings and diving again. And then, at the last second before hitting the water, to throw your wings back and your talons forward, striking feet first.” !

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Gessner, David. Return of the Osprey. New York: Ballantine Books, 2001.

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Menu! fresh art! seminars a la carte ! fair trade coffeehouse !

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garlic pigeon Crowell and Albis!

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June Augur’s p.c. turtle soup! cartoon stew

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poetry teas! Ishmael’s chowda ! Lydia’s kitchen hardtack! Rebekah’s Haitian beans! Katie’s rice with kick ! Keith’s greens ! fresh pretzels of Gutenberg! Jack and Jackie’s apple pie! Larry’s upside down cake

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Treasure hunt!

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Get clues, find answers in the first four issues.

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Open House May 1, 2014 9-2

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sale! tw o - d v d s e t o f entire play, proceeds going to the Shelter fund

Ungerman Library

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Browse the first four web issues of CURRENT on eight desktops and in hard copy magazines

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Design fall 2014 cover

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Right Here

By Ivy Chang ’14

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Where is the past, according to the reality? Where is the time, based on the activity? Where is the memory, with strong humanity? It is here, always here. In Cape Cod Academy. Where is the moment, making me feel happy? Where is the lesson, teaching me the morality? Where is the friendship, providing me the opportunity? It is here, right here. In Cape Cod Academy. Where is the arrogance, because of our vanity? Where is the bullying of strong superiority? Where is discrimination, towards the minority? Not have, not will. Not in Cape Cod Academy.

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Cape   Cod   Academy   was   host   to   the   SISAL   art   competition   and   show   during   the   first   half   of   April.     This  art   show  has  been  an   annual  event  for  the  past   23  years   at   various   small   independent   s c h o o l s   i n   s o u t h e r n   N e w   England.     This   was   the   first   time   CCA   took   on   the   challenge   and   hosted  the  event.    

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Small Independent School ! Art League (SISAL) Competition! April 1–12, 2014, Cape Cod Academy!

! by Gretchen Tanzer, CCA Art Chair! !

Fifteen other schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island delivered their Middle School and High School art works to our campus on March 27th and 28th (a day after school was canceled for April an early spring blizzard). !

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The schools included were; Arlington School, Bancroft School, Brimmer and May School, Carroll School, Dedham Country Day, Dexter Southfield School, Falmouth Academy, Lincoln School, Newton Country Day, Portsmouth Academy, Rivers School, Rocky Hill School, Roxbury Latin, St. Andrews School and Victor School. !

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We had three judges from the Cape Cod arts community spend Friday afternoon and evening pouring over the 523 art pieces entered for consideration. Our judges were, John Cira (artist and collector), Lauren Wolk (Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod) and Richard Neal (former CCA art teacher and working artist). They were very impressed with the quality and caliber of the works submitted.!

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34 pieces of art from CCA students were entered into the show. We were well represented in the High School winner’s circle:!

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•! First Place, Jason Fachada, Digital Arts category! •! First Place, Muyan (Sarah) Ouyang, Sculpture category! •! Third Place, Zheng (Rainbow) Wu, Sculpture category! •! Third Place, Emily Nuss, Digital Photography category! •! Honorable Mention, Gordan Gustafson, Digital Photography category!

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Middle School winners were:! •! Second Place, Isabella Lifton, Printmaking category! •! Third Place, Hannah Geoffrion, Printmaking category! •! Third Place, Olivia Noonan, Hand Built Ceramics category!

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Saturday,  March  29th  Ms.  Rapp,  Mr.  Stallings,  Mr.  and  Mrs.   Tanzer   spent   all  day   hanging   95%  of  the   523  art  works   in  the   halls  of   CCA.     It  was  a   daunting   task   that   was   made   easier   by   the   pleasure   of   handling   interesting   and   dynamic   art   works.     We   filled   Wilken’s   gallery   and   the   display   cases   in   Davis   commons   and   front   entry   (Chope   Family   Commons).    We  also  hung  many  art  works  in  the  halls  surrounding  the   courtyard  and  the  connecting  hall  to  the  upper  school  gym.    Ultimately   we  managed  to  find  a  place  for  everything.      

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The  show  was  up  for  two  weeks  for  the  CCA  community  to  enjoy.    It  was  a   pleasure   to   hear   positive   comments   from   faculty   and   students   about   their   favorite   pieces   and   the   show   in   general.     It   proved   to   be   a   great   opportunity   for   “teaching   moments”.     I  personally   took   most  of   my  art   classes   on   walking   tours   of   the   displays.     Students   were   given   the   opportunity  to  critique  and  comment  on  the  works.      

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The   show   culminated   in   a   reception   and   awards   ceremony   on   April   12,   2014.     We   had   a   lovely   reception   hosted   by   the   Development   office   (thanks   to   Jean   McCutcheon   and   Michelle   Lifton).     A   number   of   art   teachers  and  students  and  families  from  the  participating  schools  visited   to  see  the  show,  take  part  in  the  awards  ceremony  and  retrieve  their  art   works.    SISAL  2014  is  now  just  a  memory  but  a  great  experience.  

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FIRST PLACE, Sculpture category:

Muyan Ouyang (Sarah),

THIRD PLACE, Sculpture category: Zheng Wu (Rainbow) Family

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FIRST PLACE, Digital Arts category: Jason Fachada, Righteous Sea Beast

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Seminars Have an Excellent First Year By CURRENT writers

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Our new once-a-week seminars directed by Assistant Head of School Cathy Cetta have worked out pretty much the way that she intended. We are nearing the end of the third trimester of the pilot year, and teachers and students are telling us that they have enjoyed the change of pace and are learning new things.! ! ! Looking over seminar offerings for the third trimester, one is struck by their variety. Which seminar takes hikes to observe and photograph nature, animals and birds? Yes, it’s PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS OF CAPE COD with Mrs. Albis.! MEXICAN COOKING ! Which seminar has a goal for in the Wool Shop participants to create a game of their choice, while exploring concepts that can be applied to any programming language including parameters, sequential execution, looping, and selection? SCRATCH with Mrs. Holland. ! ! Participants can learn game openings and winning lines that led the Grand Masters to world championships and helped them to defeat the best computers in WINNING AT CHESS with Mr. Sears. How about SEWING AND PATTERNS with Ms. Rapp!! ! Other spring seminars include LEGO CHALLENGE with Mr. Carr, BEGINNING GERMAN with Mr. Murphy, DESIGN IN PUBLICATION with Mrs. Johnson, PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY with Mr. Brown, INTRO TO JEWELRY MAKING with Mesdames Berg, Fachada and

Lashway, ! B O AT I N G O P E R ATO R CERTIFICATE FOR TEENS with Mr. Remillard, BOOK CLUB with Mr. Ayres, WRITING FOR MAGAZINES with Ms. Oliver, and MEXICAN COOKING with Ms. Jones.! ! ! 11


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Hammered Jewelry with Stallings, Weaving with Tanzer, Sewing with Rapp, Legos with C a r r, C h e s s w i t h Sears, Portrait Photography with Brown

S e m i n a r s

photos by BA, LB

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SHELTER from the

Storm 2014 benefit concert

at CCCC for the homeless Pictured: some of the performers, from schools around the Cape, with producer Larry Brown (CCA faculty) and MC Emily Brady, CCA ’15 photos by Maddie Stidham ‘14

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At the April coffeehouse at CCA, these young adults made music and dance for the Shelter fund.

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The Empty Page

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Colors      

By Chloe Mott ‘21!

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By    Averie  Choi    ‘21  

There in front of you,!

I’m  in  art  class,  

a blank page.!

si9ng  on  the  stool,  

No idea what should be on it,!

thinking  of  what  to  draw  on    

only that you should write on it.!

the  empty  canvas  in  front  of  me.  

You see a pen next you,!

I  look  around,  

and decide what you should write… A poem!!

the  others  are  the  same,  

You think of a type of poem.!

all  with  black,  dull  and  boring.  

You write and write for as long as anybody knows.!

I  feel  your  eyes  watching  me,   beckoning  for  me  to  do  the  same.  

Done! you think.!

But  me,  I’m  different,  

And what that poem says,! is written on this paper.!

I  take  my  brush  and  make    

This was the empty page once,!

an  array  of  colors,  

but not anymore.!

bright,  bold,  and    me.  

I want to be a great poet,! but that will take lots more skill.!

I  want  people  to  know  I’m  not   them.  

So look at an empty page,!

I  am  always  me,  you’re  always  you,  

and write and write,!

and  you  can’t  change  who  I  am,  

your heart out.!

ever.  

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You, me, Together Forever! (A poem about my Dog)! By Zachary Fitzpatrick ‘21!

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Me, who loved you so much,! You, who loved me with all your heart! Me months old but I had only day’s home from the hospital! You, who guarded me when grandpa was in the bathroom,! Me, who wanted you to stay on the couch all day but couldn’t say it! You, who probably wanted to stay on the couch all day but you couldn’t say it either! Me, who wants to hug you, cuddle you, kiss you, love you and will never forget you! You, who died a long time ago.!

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A Good Friend! By Victoria Tyber ‘21!

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we laugh… at things that we don’t even understand ! we dance…in public no matter how embarrassing! we cry … when you’re sad I’m sad ! and when I’m sad you’re sad!

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we jump…even off a seven foot high dock ! into deep waters ! we are… the best friends the world has ever seen! I wish I could spend every day having ! lots of fun with you… !

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Don’t leave me! By Joseph DeVesto ‘21!

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I feel your hand ! cold against mine! Please come back! oh please come back! but deep in my heart ! I know ! you will not come back! to hug me! to cuddle me! but then ! I realize ! I have not lost you! I just cannot see you!

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you will never ! be lost to me! I love you!

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Ride by Chase

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Flat Waterfall

I feel your breath,

by Chase Perry ‘21

pushing the cold air.

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Rocks Out prints to imprints Carried away in the chase Flowing water Smoothing it out Running To the tide Going down a waterfall A flat one a smooth one Carrying some minnows Down to the ocean Meeting the tide Splashing about

Pushing me.

! We take off. Trotting through the rink, we fly.

! The frosty morning air turning to steam slowly in front of us.

! We slow to a walk, your reigns causing burns as we go back to the start.

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My home away from home! By Sara Moffett ‘21!

! A white board, with schedules and homework scribbled neatly on it.! A blank center, waiting to be filled with math problems and helpful knowledge.! Brown desks, aligned in straight rows but all different, facing this white board. ! All but one.! The teacher’s desk faces the students, covered with papers and tests and homework and memories. ! But, more important than all the items, are the people,

warm, welcoming and kind,

accepting me as my own person, not letting me blend into the crowd. ! Thank you for all your inspiration. ! And thank you for being my home away from home.!

! Dedicated to: Mrs. Vandemoer and the Fifth grade class of 2021 !

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Suess

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By Charlie McAdams ‘21! I read your books! And I’m very pleased! I look up and see ! Millions of Trufella Trees! In the lake where the Humming Fish hum! There are no leeches Oh look! here come the Star and No Star-Bellied Sneeches! Horton comes stomping yelling! “Do you hear a Who”! The Cat in the Hat comes with! Thing One and Thing Two! There are Triple Sling Jiggers and ! Eight Nozzled Elephant Toted Boom Blitz! That shoot sour! Boom powder powered ! Cherry stone pits! The Grinch is eating Green Eggs and Ham! Instead of just plain! If the world was a white shirt! You would be a colorful stain! One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish! Go splish, splash slush! I say, I say God Bless America! God bless Dr. Seuss! !

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Laughing, Crying, and Sleeping! By: Owen Fitzpatrick ‘21!

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I laugh: When you try and capture your tail but never succeed.! I cry: When you knock me down trying to catch the ice cream man.! I sleep: Beside you on the grass with my head resting upon your stomach with one arm under your side and one above it.! Come back to me someday I miss the

Love and Hate (Sequel of Laughing, Crying, and Sleeping.)

!By: Owen !

I Love: The way you would flip your water bowl over before you drank it. I Hate: The way you left me before I was big enough to hug you one last time. I Love: How you would run through dad’s leaf piles every day like a job to make us laugh. I’ve loved you since the day I met you and I will still love the next time we meet again.

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! Mother’s Child By: Victoria Alberico ‘15!

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Fractured features,! Complete her face, and endure her struggles.! She bore me in challenging times,! And raised me to be a whole, a one.!

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Mother’s child,! Born in stricken times,! Heart broken and poor,! Chained to the bottom of the depths of life.!

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But as I rise above,! And sail the lapidarian seas,! I reconcile with myself,! For I am mother’s child.!

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Eleemosynary, veracious, cherished.! Mother’s child, conceived,! In war, and hate and luscious disapproval,! Mistaken, forgotten but worthy,! For I am mother’s child. !

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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 Alex Monto ’14 and Jordan Gustafson ’14 work on one of their videos with young actors in the library on April 8

Not surprising! Look over your head!

I have to say… I’m smelling a little dragon.

let’s not panic you guys i just smell papier mache

just don’t move fellas! just don’t breathe!

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i am not taking any chances hey jimmy the rabbit let’s high tail it!


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Spelling Bee Winner

Mona ! Yusaf !!

“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously

lacks

imagination.” -M. Twain!

r-h-u-m-b-a

“The story’s what matters; spelling’s overrated.” ! ! ! ! ― Adam Langer

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Take Off..... with Mortimer Sikes

“When you have nothing to say, say nothing.” This aphorism was coined by Aphorisms to Live By, or Not! Charles Caleb Colto. He’s in wikipedia. ! ! An aphorism, as aphorismexamples.com He was a nineteenth century English tells it, is an “original thought, spoken or cleric, writer and collector, known for his written in a concise and memorable form eccentricities. ! that expresses an opinion or a statement. ! Old Charley was likely a very quiet Aphorism literally means a ‘distinction’ or guy, watching out for what he said...or ‘definition.’ The term was first used in else a guy who was always babbling and Aphorisms by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. In correcting folks. I get into trouble for stuff modern usage an aphorism is generally I say. For example, saying something understood to be a concise statement about somebody’s eccentricities. As often containing a subjective truth or as not, it’s best not to say anything, or observation cleverly and pithily written.” I count to ten. Just stand and focus on the just want to say…“pithily” is one great horizon with a pithy look in your eyes. ! word. I recommend it. It means concisely ! Here’s a sorry one: “Those who or forcefully. “The poet spoke pithily in can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Now the park,” you could lisp. ! wait a minute. Teachers can’t do stuff? ! Here’s an aphorism I’ve always They sure know how to hold long liked: “You can only expect what you conversations in the hallway all the while inspect.” To know a thing you have to holding up those heavy mugs. They sure look at it. When people haven’t looked keep neat grade books, except for maybe carefully, they can jump to conclusions, a couple of the busier ones. They really misjudge and stereotype. Sometimes know their stuff, I’d say. I’ll admit that we need to give things more inspection to most teachers are not jet propulsion make sure that our expectations are right. ! scientists or backhoe operators or ! Mark Twain wrote: “The man who Hemingway, but they are doers for us does not read good books has no kids. They know how to give us advantage over the man who cannot read encouragement and put some fun into them.” This has a good message about learning. The notion that teachers get what a miracle the ability to read is, and into teaching because they can’t do making good use of its blessings. “The anything else is definitely not cool. man” does feel heavy. “The person” Please forget I even told you this might work better, since women and aphorism. I take it back. Rewind. My children read. Maybe itwas different in mouth was closed. I was looking at the Mark Twain’s days. ! horizon. Pithily,! ! ! ! Here’s one that really speaks to ! ! ! Mortimer me, from aphorismexamples.com: 25


CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 an otherwise normal Friday afternoon in April, something wicked was stirring on the east campus. First, a mysterious disappearance. Then, a traipsing into the woods with a cauldron to boil and bake things: an eye of newt, toe of frog, fillet of fenny snake, wool of bat, tongue of dog, adder’s fork and blind-worm leg’s sting, lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing, making…
 a charm of powerful trouble!


On

7th grade! english

Ms.

Packard’s Macbeth fell down a hole!

We’re on it.

So let’s be witches.

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The Weird Sisters By Amanda Packard, English dept.

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Shakespeare’s witches (Weird Sisters) in Macbeth raise the question of Macbeth's responsibility: are his actions determined by fate, as represented by the Weird Sisters? After all, the old meaning of "weird" connects with destiny. Or, does he decide freely on his course of action?

7th grade! english

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Remember that at the beginning o f t h e p l ay, h e ca l l s t h e m "imperfect speakers,” meaning that they don't tell him everything. They could, in a way,

https://vimeo.com/91815168

Click to watch the video of all the drama!

represent a form of temptation that he can choose to follow, or not.

Double, double, toil

and trouble, Fire burn and

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cauldron bubble…

The other question you can ask yourself is: Is there evil in the character of Macbeth before he meets the witches? 


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Scrape, Rinse, Wash, Rinse

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By Lydia Dick ‘14

photos of Lydia as lead character Mabes in Drama Club’s Apolcalypse by L. Brown

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remember inching up to the metal basin, caught between racks of

paper goods, a battered upright fridge and a steel shelf precariously stacked with dishes. The air was heavy with the smell of fried plantains, festival dumplings, and bleach. One of the pipes, beaded with moisture in the humidity, dripped steadily into a steel pan. The Dish Nazi bustled at the sink basin mechanically washing plate after plate, in a symphony of scrape, rinse, wash, rinse. His dark forehead, shiny with oil and sweat, reflected the florescent light bulb above the sink. Dirty plates were piled inside blue plastic tubs, while behind him clean silver pans stood glossed with a film of water. He barked in his thick Jamaican accent: “Move away dem pans, we need to clea out dis space, nuh spend all day on d’at! Just tayk dem inta da kitchen! Tose bowls go dere!” I was distraught, worried about my stupidity, clumsiness, and how disheveled I looked. It was not until we had finished that I realized that the Dish Nazi, (who I came to know as Christopher) was only five foot two, with deep dimples and a face creased with smile lines. He looked up at me with a wide grin chuckling, “Yuh did ah good job. Imma go nah. Stay sweet dahlin.” I stuttered a goodbye and he left. By the end of the summer, we were perfectly in tune with each other: He washed, and I dried. 175 medium plates, 120 hors d’oeuvre plates, 175 forks, knives, and spoons, silver sauce pans, pots, lids and other kitchen paraphernalia were shared between us. We were industrial-strength dishwashers of our ad hoc kitchen. It was really Christopher who did the most work; he washed dishes so fast that by the time I had put one dish away, 10 had taken its place. He had a smile bigger than those stacks of white dishes, but when he was in front of a sink, he meant business. Sometimes it seemed like the line of dishes would never end, and we would be there washing for the rest of our lives. One of the cooks, Wray, whom we jokingly called the Philosopher, said you could get your life figured out by doing repetitive jobs, almost like meditation. But as I dried plate after plate, all I could think about was going home, cranking up the AC, and going to bed. My last night working with Christopher, laughing and splashing each other over that big metal basin, I came to realize how much I had come to learn about the value of things in that humid kitchenette. Christopher and Wray taught me the importance of a perfectly fried festival dumpling, a friend’s company, criticism and kindness, but most importantly, an education. Not just the kind you get in a classroom, but at all moments in life, be it practicing scales, doing homework, or washing dishes. 28


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The Mask Behind an Orphan's Face! by Rebekah Nicolas ‘15!

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can all agree that young orphans have an

undeniable innocence about them—an innocence that rather protects them from the hard truth that is the reality. And the truth is this—they have been given away by their own families. These children will forever feel a sense of abandonment from their birth families. There are both good and bad reasons why children are given away every single day. There are the typical reasons—reasons like the parents are jobless and cannot feed both their child and themselves so they try to save that child by letting them go or, one parent has died and the single-parent simply cannot afford to take care of both that child and themselves, so they try to save their child by giving him or her away to an organization that can at least keep their child breathing. Sometimes those parents find a way to visit their child once a month and other parents do not even acknowledge whether or not their child lives. These orphans are not getting younger. There comes a point when they start to question their status and start wondering where, if not who, their parents are, whether they have siblings and what their siblings are like; and why they were given away. Then they start feeling like they are not loved and that is when they develop a sense of loneliness and separation from the world.! ! ! I, myself, have lived with orphans in Haiti. I played and ate with them. I met my childhood best friend at my parents' orphanage where I lived for two months before coming to the United States at nine years old. From that period of time to until I was fifteen years old, I would spend my summers at the orphanage where my 10 year-old-sister practically grew up. She was there from the time she was one year old, if not younger, to the time she was seven years old. ! The first five years or even seven years of a child’s life is vital to that child's progress as well as their personality and spending those first years at an orphanage is difficult. There is no one who is readily available to personally monitor that child’s emotional development. The nannies who work there are not able to fulfill such duties when they are watching over the kids, cooking and washing.!

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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 ! The freedom of education may not take all the shackles off your feet at once; ultimately, it does better than that. Education will slowly disintegrate those shackles and once you are free, you are free. Any remaining shackles will simply serve as a reminder of what you had to overcome to get to where you are. But it all starts with education. That baby has a right to her freedom. That five year old you see sitting by herself in a corner, well, he has a right to his freedom. He has a right to a decent education where he can learn about his people's history, the hardships of the beginning and the hope for the now and tomorrow. Many times, when I stare into an orphan's face, I do not read hope but rather, loneliness. That should not be the only thing engulfing a child's life because sometimes, loneliness starts to creep in on a person to the point where it becomes a part of you. Everyday becomes déja vu. At times, some children carry an inexplicable look on their faces; I am talking about those poverty-stricken children in countries like Haiti. Their silent looks seem to be saying a million different things. ! ! When I look at the faces of orphans who do not realize someone is watching them, their faces seem to be saying "Why do I have to live like this?" "Why me?" "When will I ever be full?" "I want my mommy," or "I'm hungry--I want ice cream." What do you tell those sweet little children? Do you tell them, "I'm sorry but this is not America?" Hell no. That's when we Haitian adults say that my children will not grow up like that. We will not settle for this. My children will not grow up to settle for everything that they cannot have and instead make do with what just happens to be available. ! ! I have dreams but I could never say that I cannot accomplish them because then the question becomes, "Well how hard did you try, Becky?" With a question like that, I, my sisters, my brothers, my uncles, my aunts, and everybody else who is tired of a country whose progress seems to be at a stalemate, should respond that "I tried damn hard. I received a hell of a lot and gave up a hell of lot." Only then should I, an 18-year-old Haitian girl, be at peace.! !

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Working with UKSD on the island of Dominica! By Katie Bailey ‘15!

! Earlier this year, I wrote my first article for CURRENT. I wrote about a mission trip to the island of Dominica that I was going on through the organization United Kingdom Sports Development. I included facts about the island, and I also mentioned the Cape Cod Academy coffee house that was held to fundraise money for my trip (we ended up raising a thousand dollars!). Looking back, I now realize I had not told you what we were going to do on my trip, partly because I did not know myself. Now having gone on the trip I am writing a follow up article about my experience and what the fundraised money has gone to.! ! Going into the trip, I did not know what to expect. After all, I had never been to a third world country before, let alone travel that far out of the United States! I knew it was an impoverished country due to the research I did for my first article, however I did not have an actual grasp of what the island was actually like until I was flying over it in a small “puddle jumper” plane. ! ! My first image of the island was lots and lots of trees. Flying over the island, I thought it looked like one big rainforest. There were no open areas or spaces to be seen until we flew closer to the airport. We stepped off the plane and the heat hit us. It was hot and humid. After all, we were very close to the equator. I cannot tell you the exact temperature because we did not bring cellphones, but it was definitely a step up from the weather of Cape Cod in February. Walking into the airport, a building that was smaller than most American grocery stores, we were welcomed by Max, our taxi driver, who Lee had befriended during his trip before. Max drove us to Portsmouth, a town about an hour away from the airport, where we would be staying. !

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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 We given about thirty minutes to settle into our housing. That alone basically sums up the trip. We drove a lot of places, and had little down time. Over the course of the trip, we had worked with three different organizations and their projects. The organizations are C.A.L.L.s, In.Light.In., and Savon Sports Club. C.A.L.L.s is a school that “offers a diversified training and education program for at-risk youth from 14 to 22 years.” There we individually tutored students in math and English. It was a rewarding experience, not only because it made me appreciate my own education but because we were able to interact with and teach the students ourselves. We also played a soccer game with the students that we were to teach later on that day, which was a great time.! ! In.Light.In. is an organization that holds an afternoon session once a week for children from the area to hang out and have dinner. The staff of In.Light.In. uses this chance to check up on and monitor the kids since most of their parents are not there for them. We helped out with the meeting by playing with the children and serving them food. It was rewarding to see those children respond positively to our playing with them, despite all their home troubles.! The Savon Sports Club is another organization with which we worked. It is an up and coming group that organizes sports clinics for children to be taught by teenagers. We attended one of their meetings and spoke about our work through UKSD and how we teach sports clinics to the youth to help them guide the children in the “right” direction and to help them grow up. After all, many children of Dominica do not have parents that are there for them.! ! In addition to working with those organizations, we spoke at the Dominica Rotary Club meeting, visited some of the local schools that we had donated to, and visited the local nursing home, The Grotto. We also built the foundation for a bus stop, which was hard work, but rewarding to know that we were helping those in need. We also coached a soccer clinic for a soccer program that was held for any child willing to participate. I coached the group of 7 to 9 year old boys, so it was a struggle to get their attention and get them to play safely, but once they understood the drills, they were strong participants.!

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Besides all the charity work we did, we somehow had time to go snorkeling twice, go hiking twice where we saw two waterfalls, watch a cricket game, go on a tour of the model village, and explore their city of Roseau.! ! Needless to say, it was a busy week, although I would not change the experience for anything. I made great friends during my time in Dominica and it was eye opening to see people live a lifestyle that I had not been exposed to before. UKSD is planning follow up trips back to Dominica to continue supporting the charities and schools that we had helped before, both things I will continue to be apart of. In fact, one of the islanders had said to us before we left, “When you get older and earn a lot of money, do not forget the island. Come and visit.” ! ! The people of Dominica were caring and appreciative of everything we did, which only inspires me to continue my communication with them and visit in the future.!

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turtle lady CCA science teacher June Auger continues turtle rescue effort

Mrs. Auger and Her ! Science Students ! Help with Sandy Neck! Turtle Project! by CURRENT writers!

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Natural Resources Department hosted its 1st annual Diamondback Terrapin Turtle Release Day at Sandy Neck.  About 100 people attended, hearing Natural Resource Officer Amy Raitto give a brief background talk and walking with her down the marsh trail to release four one-year-old diamondback terrapin turtles into a salt pond. !

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The third release day is coming up in June, and there are currently twelve head start stations in Barnstable that are raising young turtles. One of them is here at Cape Cod Academy. In a big tank in Mrs. June Auger ’s science classroom, there are two beautiful turtles, Skittles and Stitch. Skittles is a female diamondback and is a little bigger than Stitch, the male. They have been with us since October. They are beautiful! ! Mrs. Auger installed a white plastic divider between them in their tank because young turtles tend to fight. She and her students feed the turtles small pellets in dishes outside the tank, which helps keep the tank clean. She’ll soon go to Dowses Beach to retrieve some snails and shrimp to go with the pellets. ! ! The water in the tank is filtered, and Mrs. Auger and the kids keep the salt level constant and add more water from time to time since it evaporates. A light is on for twelve hours a day, keeping the water at 82 degrees. Diamondback terrapins live between here and the Gulf of Mexico, so the 82-degree water is more like they’d experience in the south, but Skittles and Stitch aren’t complaining! ! 36


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Every Turtle Counts by Sara Hoagland Hunter

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(in bookstores April 2014)! Illustrated by Susan Spellman!

Sara is a special friend of Cape Cod Academy who sometimes comes to visit and talk about her writing. This article is reprinted from her publisher’s page: http:// www.perpublisher.com/per171.html! ! Each year, highly endangered young sea turtles wash up frozen on the beaches of Cape Cod, thousands of miles from their nesting ground. The massive effort to rehabilitate and relocate them has resulted in beach walkers, local organizations, and a large aquarium all pulling together to save the planet's rarest breed of sea turtle, the Kemp's ridley.!

When one of earth's rarest sea turtles washes up on the shores of Cape Cod, only one special child is sure it can be saved. Based on the extensive national effort to preserve the last of the Kemp's ridley turtles, Every Turtle Counts is the touching story of Mimi, a seven-year-old whose challenges, like the turtle's, are many but whose determination is undaunted. In the tradition of her award-winning story of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II: The Unbreakable Code, and her seasonal classic: The Lighthouse Santa, Sara Hoagland Hunter once again portrays with power and sensitivity the achievements of the unsung heroes among us.! ! Sara Hoagland Hunter is the author of ten books for children, including Miss Piggy's Night Out (Viking/Penguin),  The Lighthouse Santa (UPNE), based on the Christmas flights of Edward Rowe Snow, New England's hero to lighthouse families; and  The Unbreakable Code, the story of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, which won a Spur Award, a National Council of Teachers of English award, and was named a  Smithsonian  magazine notable children's book of the year. In 2006, The Unbreakable Code was presented by the governor of Arizona to all 100,000 fourth graders in the state. ! www.sarahunterproductions.com! 37


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Second Grade Adventures with Moby Dick By Barbara Brown, teacher

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second grade class was the recipient of a

generous $500 grant from Target that covered the expenses of a field trip to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on March 25th. The return of endangered North Atlantic right whales to feeding grounds in Cape Cod Bay each spring and local dolphin stranding, piqued the students’ interest in learning about these fascinating mammals and the whaling industry in the 1800s.

At the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the children

got a glimpse of life on a whaling voyage as they wandered through a model of the whale ship Logoda. They experienced hoisting sails, cranking a windlass to raise the anchor, and crawling onto triple bunk beds in the dark, cramped fo’c’sle where the crew slept. The children were able to imagine the thrill and danger of being pulled by an enraged sperm whale on a “Nantucket sleigh ride," when they saw a real whale boat equipped with a harpoon. Standing next to the skeleton of a sperm whale, the students viewed the teeth that are capable of grabbing a giant squid before it is swallowed whole.

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Besides science and social studies lessons about whales, Kimberly Murray, a parent and biologist from NOAA in Woods Hole, taught a lesson on “Mammals in Our Backyard.” At the conclusion of the unit, students read an abridged version of Moby-Dick and engaged independently in lively literature group discussions about Captain Ahab and his quest for the white whale. The culminating activity was to create an opinion piece about the book as part of a Lucy Calkins’ writing unit.

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Team Albis versus Team Crowell in Ornithological Adventures!

We teach students attention to detail, through nature observations and bird identification. This is a skill that is important both in science, as well as the study of Latin, a highly inflected language of minute details. A recent email I received on a Sunday night illustrates one student's attention to detail: "I saw a purplish-blackish bird, and it was too small to be a crow and too chubby to be a grackle, do you think a purple martin?"

By Mary Albis, Language dept.

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This Science/Latin unit is designed to expose middle school students to the beauty and

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wonder of the great outdoors of Cape Cod. Students complete a weekly nature observation, keeping journal in which they describe what they see and hear and how it changes from week to week in one secluded spot of their choosing. In addition, students try to identify and photograph as many bird species as possible. The competition is motivating!

In Latin class, students learn the species and genus of 25 common birds that are commonly Latin and/or Greek through a "Bird of the Day" lesson. They read Latin poetry about birds, and choose a bird story in Greek or Roman mythology and memorize it to tell it to the class. They also learn about ancient augury, predicting the future by the observation of natural phenomena, particularly the behavior of birds and animals and the examination of their entrails and other parts.

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11th

grade American History course is organized around topical units exploring the theme of American freedom. The conclusion to the unit on Nature is a multiday student presentation and negotiation on whether or not the Obama administration should approve the Keystone XL Pipeline or not. Doing this requires students to utilize many different skills, i n c l u d i n g research, oral and visual communication, critical thinking, etc. The negotiation is a process exercise. The emphasis is not on creating a certain product, but participating in the process and authentically representing one’s group and its values and priorities. (Students are randomly assigned a group, which either supports or opposes the pipeline.)!

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1. Invitation Letter to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline! http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/ the-people-v-the-pipeline-time-to-joinin!

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2. National Geographic Photo Essay of the Tar Sands! http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ 2009/03/canadian-oil-sands/essickphotography!

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3. Map of the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline! h t t p : / / w w w. t r a n s c a n a d a . c o m / keystone_pipeline_map.html!

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4. ExxonMobil Tar Sands Commercial! h t t p : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v=5XQOJipRlJ8!

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6. Indigenous Activists from Canada Protest Tar Sands Oil at Durban Climate Change! Summit! h t t p : / / w w w. d e m o c r a c y n o w. o r g / 2 0 1 1 / 1 2 / 6 / indigenous_activists_from_canada_pr otest_tar!

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TECHNOLOGY

Mesdames Mary Beth Bergh (tech director) and Dorothy Wyeth (6th grade teacher) will be presenting at the M a s s C U E (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) fall conference at Gillette Stadium. Here they coach 6th grade students making websites.!

7th graders in Ms. Packard’s English group log into Membean, which “provides guided, engaging, multimodal vocabulary instruction with an Adaptive Reinforcement Engine.” http:// membean.com)!

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Book Review Seminar ! By Ben Ayres, MS, US librarian! ! !

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Kiss the Morning! Star! is also on Nooks and in ! Ungerman Library

experience to offer a seminar for kids (and me) just to read for pleasure and edification. It was relaxing, and also reassuring that the habit (maybe even the art) of sustained silent reading is very much alive with young folks today. This trimester, I have added a component: writing a book review.! ! I’ve most recently enjoyed reading Kiss the Morning Star by elissa janine hoole. (elissa spells her name with all lower case letters.) I’ve just added this recently published book to the circulation. Its two protagonists, having just graduated from high school, take off on a road trip to the northwest, meeting interesting characters along the way. Anna has recently lost her mother. Kat wants to help her heal. ! ! While Anna writes in her journal each day, Kat consults her favorite book, Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums, about Beat generation pilgrims. The two women seek God and Buddhist wisdom and themselves.! ! In exploring themselves, Anna and Kat explore their relationship, and author hoole does quite a wonderful job of crafting their love affair. !

Recent Book Gifts !

to the Library ! include Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, David C. Keehn’s Knights of the Golden Circle and The World War One Memoirs of Robert P. Patterson. ! ! These books, like several before them, have been shipped down from Harvard Bookstore by Rev. Robert Hyde, who taught at the academy in the “olden days.” Kolbert’s book, subtitled “An Unnatural History,” is a study in the human impact on biological diversity. ! ! Keehn’s book takes us to the secret empire of the 19th century South and southern succession, to a conspiratorial force devoted to the dream of creating a slaveholding empire across the Americas.! ! Patterson’s memoirs illuminate key aspects of World War I, including the confusing nature of combat for ground troops and tensions with officers in the trenches.! ! !

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Conquering Horse (Frederick Manfred, !

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Charles L. Woodard and Delbert E. Wylder) ! reviewed by Lily McGrath ‘14

By Lili McGrath ‘14! !

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! ! Throughout Conquering Horse, No Name treks on his adventure to find himself. The journey is full of challenges and obstacles he must surpass. Throughout the months away from home, No Name not only transitions into manhood but begins to understand his place in life.At the beginning of the novel, No Name is alienated from his tribe, his family, and his culture. The other boys his age have found their spirit animals and have become warriors. He is mocked and scoffed at, unable to become chief he was born to be. On his journey, he is sucked mercilessly under a river by a whirlpool. Unable to fight back, he lets nature takes his course and survives the attack through his spiritual devotion. ! ! While wandering through the woods, two Pawnee spot him. Although all the odds are against him, he lays flat in the grass and allows himself to be one with nature. Nature, although shown as violent in previous dilemmas, like the whirlpool, is now portrayed as a helpful tool. The fly in the spider’s web mirrors No Name’s predicament and eventual outcome. Using this tool, No Name lets Nature guide him to safety. ! ! As No Name meets his spirit animal, he is tasked to capture Dancing Sun and bring him back home. During this task, Dancing Sun tears a circular part of No Name’s flesh, but No Name battles on. This reveals that there is more to a person than just the body. Through the mind, soul, and heart, No Name prevails. ! After his father’s death, No Name becomes chief. Once becoming a man and a warrior alike, he sacrifices himself to the Thunder Gods. He sheers off his finger as a sign of pain and suffering, allowing himself to fully undergo the spiritual transition into a man and a leader. ! ! ! ! ! No Name, regardless of the consequences, journeys on his adventure proudly. He understands that any number of fates could kill him, but continues his trek in order to make his father and tribe proud. Although alienated from his society, No Name uses his frustration as a key motivator for staying alive. The psychological events occurring during the months of his journey strengthen his mind and heart for the final challenge, becoming chief. Even in the face of opposition and as a victim of prejudice, No Name becomes the man he was raised to be. ! 44


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reviewed by Griffin Miller ‘17! ! ! ! Starting right where he left off, James Dashner made The Scorch Trials start right where The Maze Runner Left off. I liked this because it didn’t make me have to think about what could’ve happened in the time that wasn’t in either of the books. Along with this, the story starts really fast. Some of the first chapter and all of the second chapter is packed with flames, yelling and action to put you in the mood for the rest of the book. ! We now generally know what “W.I.C.K.E.D” is, but we don’t know for sure what they what to do and if it is good or if it’s bad. So they stay up in the air for a while making it hard to understand some of the things going on and the intentions behind them. Another good thing that stays with the book is how descriptive and vivid Dashner portrays the cranks in this book like the Grievers in the first book. ! ! The whole book kept on being consistently action-packed. One part that kept me reading was the fact that everything you thought would happen, didn’t happen and everything you didn’t think would happen, happened. I thought it was good how Dashner kept the characters with the same traits and personalities between the two books and in The Scorch Trials. ! ! Overall, I enjoyed The Scorch Trials. I thought it was better than the first book, The Maze Runner.

Extraordinary bestseller The Book Thief is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. ! ! Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist– as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. ! ! In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us a most enduring story. (Amazon review)! (http://www.amazon.com/Book-ThiefMarkus-Zusak!

The Book Thief is on Nooks in Ungerman Library, with intertextual scenes from the movie.!

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Ask the Passengers

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by A.S. King!

reviewed by Charlotte McGrath ‘14!

This book was refreshing to read. It is filled with smart dialogue, detailed characters, strong writing and important issues. I can see this book helping girls who might be coming to terms with their own sexuality and/or even more importantly, students needing to get some tolerance for and perspective on, alternative sexualities. But beyond all that, it was a story truly and believably told. ! Reading Ask the Passengers on the Nook was an interesting experience. In the future, I would prefer to read an actual book. I like the feeling of holding a book and turning its pages to holding a Nook. The glare of the nook was very annoying. Some people may like to read on a Nook, Kindle or an IPad but it is not for me. !

! The Jester

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reviewed by Michael Metz ‘16!                 ! ! When I picked up this book, I wasn’t expecting much. I thought I was in for a story about a man getting his wife back from an unoriginal antagonist. However, I ended up reading an involving story about the hardships of a peasant in medieval France going through many hardships to gain his and his wife’s freedom, and ends up nearly destroying their lives in his attempt to do so.! ! The Jester by James Patterson is an enthralling tale. Death is a constant threat to the protagonist whether it is at the hands of Turkish heathens, wild animals, or corrupt knights. The battle scenes, although rarely large and grandiose, are detailed enough to keep the reader invested in the action. However, lulls in the action do occur often enough to be noticeable, and although the story is interesting and well written, it can be boring at times to listen to the conversations of the various people of medieval France. There is also occasional intense language and mildly grotesque battle scenes, and therefore this book should only be read by people prepared for blood and foul language.!                               Overall, the book is well written with an interesting story, but lacks enough action to keep the average reader invested. People looking for an action packed story of knights and kings will find nothing of the sort here, but those seeking a quiet book with an intriguing story may not need to look any further than The Jester.  46


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! And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.! My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. ! ! ! ! ! ! -JFK!

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On Thursday, April 3, just after dawn, four travelers from Cape Cod Academy drove across the Sagamore Bridge en route to the JFK Library at Columbia Point on Boston Harbor. We were to attend a conference organized by the education staff at the JFK Library, for teachers of grades 3 – 8 and school librarians in the Greater Boston area and beyond. The conference was called “To Light the World: Stories of Hope and Courage for Challenging Times;” we were excited about the lineup of writers and sessions. ! ! Columbia Point is on the South side of Boston Harbor, and the early morning light on the water was spectacular. The architecture of the Library, by I. M. Pei, is sweeping and modern on the outside. The only presidential library in New England, private donations of 36 million people from all over the world have financed it. (www.jfklibrary.org).! ! I felt a sense of history walking along the stretch of water where so many canoes and warships have passed, a feeling heightened by the large American flag whipping in the wind. The flag was at half-mast to honor the two firefighters who had lost their lives in a burning Back Bay brownstone the week before. It made me think also of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon about a year before, and for that matter of the sudden passing of President Kennedy, himself.! ! 48


CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 ! We four were the first teachers to arrive, having left extra early to avoid the thousands of drivers who would be heading to the firefighter’s funeral in West Roxbury. The cordial Library staff welcomed us with smiles and invitations to check out the morning beverages and croissants on tables around the corner by the main conference hall where glass cases held some of President Kennedy’s writings, such as a draft of his inaugural speech. ! ! Throughout the day, we would be impressed by the hospitality of the Library education staff, their facilitation of the sessions, and their understanding of the special relationships between teachers and the authors we use in school. Also, it was clear that the authors were not there primarily to sell their wares; they were there to collaborate and discuss ideas. ! ! Most participants did not know each other at the beginning of the day, yet by its conclusion two hundred teachers, several of our country’s best children’s writers, a number of professors, and the Library’s education staff were to forge an easy bond. ! Our bond was not difficult to understand. We all had come to the conference with a love of kids and books. As well, we were interested in exploring how kids, themselves, can generate hope in the world, like the 7th and 8th graders from Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy who presented a program about how their service-learning organization works. ! ! The opening session was a panel discussion with three prominent authors of books that one might call novels of hope.! ! 49

! admired what these writers had to say, and purchased some books for our Library.! ! In the afternoon, in a small group, I was honored to hear Walter Dean Meyers speak in personal and humorous ways about his writing process and his time interviewing young people in prisons. The conference was underwritten by E a s t e r n N a t i o n a l , a n o n p r o fi t , cooperating association that supports National Park Service education programs, and also by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, advancing the essence of President Kennedy’s life and encouraging participation in public service. ! !


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writing phony business letters when students can write authentic letters that matter?” he asks in his article titled “Writing Wrongs: Business Letters Give Students a Voice in World Affairs.” “Middle school students are idealists,” writes Adams in the article. “Writing letters helps them find their voices in a democracy that usually ignores them because they are too young to work or vote. Remember this: They are not too young to take action or to make change.”! ! In 1994, a visit from a 12-year old Pakistani boy who had worked in carpet factories since age four inspired letters to senators and the prime minister of Pakistan, as well as testimony before the U.S. Department of Labor. ! ! Operation Days Work helps with local causes, as well. They galvanized the community to fight for a retired naval vessel to be returned to the shipyard where it was built so it could be reopened as a museum. Last spring they transformed the front yard of the Quincy Library by planting shrubs and flowers. ! ! I asked Mr. Adams if service learning at Broad Meadows is an integral part of the curriculum, and he sighted ways that the social studies program uses vertical curriculum integration. By grade seven, most of his students have learned about the U.S. Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which lists the ideals of human behavior for people everywhere. The next step, said Adams, is to let the students practice citizenship, not just get tested on it. !

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Walter Dean Myers’s March 15 article ! in the New York Times (excerpt)!

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Project Gutenberg and the Public Domain! By CURRENT writers!

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What is Project Gutenberg? It’s a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, and to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.  Michael S. Hart founded PG when he was in residence at the University of Illinois, in 1971. Hart named the project after Johannes Gutenberg, the fifteenth century German printer who propelled the movable type printing press revolution. Most of the items in its collection are the fulltexts of public domain books. As of March 2014, Project Gutenberg claimed over 45,000 items in its collection. It is the oldest  digital library. (“Project Gutenberg.” Wikipedia.)!

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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 Everyone is welcome here at Project Gutenberg. Everyone is free to do their own eBooks their own way. (http://www.gutenberg.org/)! ! ! ! Hart was running Project Gutenberg from Illinois Benedictine College by the mid-1990s, and more volunteers had joined the effort. Text had been entered manually until 1989 when image scanners and optical character recognition software enabled book scanning to be more feasible. ! ! Wherever possible, the releases are available in  plain text, but other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker.   Most releases are in the English Language but many non-English works are also available, particularly in French, German, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, and Chinese. PG is also closely affiliated with Distributed Proofreaders, an Internetbased community for proofreading scanned texts. (“Project Gutenberg.” Wikipedia.)!

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Public Domain! ! Aside from original eTexts, Project Gutenberg relies on copyright expiration and public domain to do its work. The public domain consists of works whose intellectual property rights have expired. Examples include the works of Shakespeare and Dickens, most early silent films, the formulae of Newtonian physics, and the patents on powered flight. ! ! The term “public domain” did not come into use until the mid-17th century, although as a concept it can be traced back to the ancient Roman Law. The Romans had a large proprietary rights system where they defined "many things that cannot be privately owned" as res communes, res publicae and res universitatis. The term res commune was defined as "things that could be commonly enjoyed by mankind, such as air, sunlight and ocean." The term res publicae referred to things that all citizens shared, and the term res universitatis meant things that were owned by Rome’s municipalities. (http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Public_domain)! ! When researching this article, CURRENT writers happened upon The Public Domain Manifesto which further illuminated the meaning of the public domain in today’s technological world, describing it as “…the wealth of information that is free from the barriers to access or reuse usually associated with copyright protection, either because it is free from any copyright protection or because the right holders have decided to remove these barriers. It is the raw material from which new knowledge is derived and new cultural works are created…! ! “The role of the public domain, already crucial in the past, is even more important today, as the Internet and digital technologies enable us to access, use and re-distribute culture with an ease and a power unforeseeable even just a generation ago.”

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CURRENT magazine ✦ made at CAPE COD ACADEMY ✦ issue 4 on line April 28, 2014 The Public Domain Manifesto aims at reminding citizens and policy-makers of a common wealth that, since it belongs to all, it is often defended by no-one. In a time where we for the first time in history have the tools to enable direct access to most of our shared culture and knowledge it is important that policy makers and citizens strengthen the legal concept that enables free and unrestricted access and reuse. (http://www.publicdomainmanifesto.org)! Pamela Samuelson has identified eight "values" arising from information and works in the public domain:! 1. Building blocks for the creation of new knowledge, examples include data, facts, ideas, theories, and scientific principle.! 2. Access to cultural heritage through information resources such as ancient Greek texts and Mozart’s symphonies.! 3. Promoting education, through the spread of information, ideas, and scientific principles.! 4. Enabling follow-on innovation, through for example expired patents and copyright.! 5. Enabling low cost access to information without the need to locate the owner or negotiate rights clearance and pay royalties, through for example expired copyrighted works or patents, and non-original data compilation.! 6. Promoting public health and safety, through information and scientific principles.! 7. Promoting the democratic process and values, through news, laws, regulation, and judicial opinion! 8. Enabling competitive imitation, through for example expired patents and copyright, or publicly ! disclosed technologies that do not qualify for patent protection. http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain#Expiration_of_copyright This page was last modified on 21 March 2014.!

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changing the world. The film recognizes many successful people with dyslexia, among them Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Whoopie Goldberg. This was a stimulating evening at Cape Cod Academy, complete with questions from the audience about CCA’s program for learning differences. Our discussion leaders, two of whom are learning specialists, explained that the majority of our students do not have learning differences, but some do, and that supportive parents, flexible teachers, small class sizes, and learning specialists help them to achieve success here. Mention might also be made of our inclusive (three season) athletic program, which also helps create (pardon the pun) a level playing field. The Speaker Series is in its inaugural year, and this was our second event. Coming up in May, our speaker will be Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion at Boston University and CCA parent. Professor Prothero has commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs, and in numerous television interviews on CNN, MSNBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and more. Professor Prothero’s recent books include The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation (2012) and God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter (2010).

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Commons, there was a screening of a film about dyslexia, followed by a discussion led by academy faculty members Amanda Packard, Sandra Lashway, Barb Goydas, and Mary Gail Wareham. The 80-minute movie informed and entertained attendees who included school head Phil Petru, a number of CCA parents, associate director of development Virginia Irving, teachers Larry Brown, Barbara Brown and June Auger, and 30 or so guests. Many in attendance spoke about their own learning differences. “Dislecksia: The Movie,” directed by Harvey Hubbell V, looks at what dyslexia is and how to treat it. Dyslexics, the movie shows, are simply wired differently. Words can be hard to decipher and retain due to the letters appearing jumbled. Mr. Hubbell, himself dyslexic, appears in many scenes telling us about growing up in the 1960s and 1970s frustrated by a condition few could identify, let alone treat. These days, the movie shows, there is much new research, much more identification, and teaching techniques incorporating audio and video. The actor Billy Bob Thornton (click his name to see his video interview) is among many in the film who discuss how dealing with dyslexia led to personal success. Dyslexics can do especially well in professions that rely on oral and memory skills, and they are often the ones who “think outside the box,” engaging in creative pursuits and

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By CCA Humanities teacher Lawrence Brown ! as published by the Cape Cod Times, 3.14!  !

She hated school because it made her feel stupid.  She wasn’t stupid but she had no way of knowing that at the time.  Teachers may be more sensitive than they used to be about this sort of thing, but intelligence is the word we use to describe the ability to rapidly absorb information and solve problems.  Stupid is the word most people use to describe a chronic failure to do these things well. Even in an age when the grown-ups are careful with their language, kids know when they’re failing to satisfy their teachers and parents. ! ! ! ! Back to our girl.  After a while, her parents started asking around.  Maybe she can’t hear very well, someone suggested…or maybe she needs glasses.  And so it was that while trying on different lenses, she made some reference to the letters on the eye chart changing places.  Why hadn’t she said anything about that before?  Because it was normal for her to have the letters continually changing positions. How words were spelled depended on when you looked.  She just assumed it was the same for everybody…and if her classmates could read and spell better than she could, she must be stupid.  That’s what it’s like to be dyslexic.! ! !

Because dyslexia is so often misdiagnosed – or not diagnosed at all – we can only estimate how many people suffer from it.  Estimates range from 5-15% of all Americans are dyslexic.  That’s between 15 to 45 million of us.!   !           Modern brain-imaging technology is now mapping the areas in the brain as they process spoken and written language – and problems that for so long seemed elusive and subjective are now visible on the screen.  Not only will that point us towards much earlier intervention, it will clear up how we speak and think about learning disabilities of all sorts.

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What if the public eye and the scrutiny of the press have instead on a process that’s been going on for years – maybe for decades?  It’s not too far-fetched to envision an underground labyrinth of conduits through which arms and military t e c h n o l o g y, o c c a s i o n a l l y e v e n manpower, flow quietly in one direction while well-circulated money flows just as quietly in the other.! ! In such a network, cooperative nations, often unlikely bedfellows, may take turns laundering each other’s arms and money.  Only in countries too long kept out of the action – like Iran – could the players forget the subtlety of the game – or deliberately ignore it.  Or maybe this time, the clumsy players were our own.! ! Anyway, imagine the irony: The press with their flashlights, followed by an eager citizenry, descend a private elevator to a level to which public access is usually denied… and the pathways run in all directions.  One can hear muffled cries of panic and the receding sounds of foot-falls in the dark.! ! Certain conduits run under the White House… but since they run everywhere, it’s hard to make sense of it all.  Tunnels undoubtedly run under the Capitol, whether there’s anyone in them at the moment or not.  It’s all very exciting – and very disturbing.  Here, we begin to realize, some of the quiet, unpublic business of government has been going on for years.!           Maybe this is the paranoid fantasy of an imaginative amateur. I’d love to be wrong about all this.  But if I’m not wrong, the investigation of this affair will surely not resemble Watergate.  Did the President know?  Of course he knew; he surely always knew.  Did he specifically know about this mess?  

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The larger issue of this whole affair concerns the role of covert activity in a democratic society where public decision-making is a sham without effective public knowledge.  Then too, in a world so hostile and cruelly divided, even a benign policy of self-defense requires its privacies and the keeping of secrets.  Watergate contained no such ambiguities.

So what happens next? President Reagan will be all right.  His instincts are not Nixon’s, and it would be astonishing if he reacted to the threat to his integrity as Nixon did.  If some of Reagan’s men were responsible for a bumbling attempt to tap into an underground arms network for short-term gains, middle management heads will roll.  Meanwhile, as rapidly as possible, the horizons of inquiry into this matter will be continually narrowed.  At some point, the press may be required to exercise a restraint that Watergate did not require.

We may never know for sure whether a few amateurish politicians got busted trying to invent an underground conduit for a renegade arms deal or whether the same politicians unintentionally left open a trap door through which – for a few weeks – unexpected light fell. If, when the hoopla is all over, you still aren’t sure what really happened, maybe a little paranoia will be in order after all.

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