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Spartan Insider Vol. 2 Issue 1: November 2011

Mrs. Maguire’s Interview by Katarina Whitney, Elizabeth Thanthavongsa, and Ashlee Morin

Staff: Sophie Lynch, editor Brooklyn Anderson Kevin Alves Varsha Arokiadoss Zachary Boisvert Ethan Borjeson–Troupe James Cadotte Lucais Cannalonga Dan Costa Vinicios Cunha Justina Demetry Gianna Garille Kyle Gauthier Ava Lawyer Jake Lutton Evan Maietta Lexie Maietta Ashlee Morin Foram Patel Jessica Rice Jacob Robbins Matthew Robertson Kayte Rooney Cassie Snay Elizabeth Thanthavongsa Nathaniel Thompson Grace Turgeon Katarina Whitney Connor Young

Q. What were you before you came here? A. I was an assistant principal at Ashland, Massachusetts. Q. What college did you go to? A. I went to two: Bridgewater State and Cambridge College. Q. How many masters‟ degrees do you have? A. I have one, my M.E.D. and a B.S. in Health Physical Education. Q. What high school did you go to? A. I attended Uxbridge High School. Q. What‟s your hometown?

A. Uxbridge. Q. What‟s your favorite extra activity that you do outside of school? A. I like to play golf. Q. Have you always lived n Massachusetts? A. No, actually, I lived in New York for a year, but I was born and raised in Massachusetts. Q. What can you tell us about yourself? A. Well, I am a mom. I have two girls; one is 22 and one is 25. One wants to be a special education teacher, and one is a CPA, and they both at-

tended Uxbridge Schools. I also like

The Three Stooges, I used to watch them with my brother, even though I am 10 years older than he is.

Special thanks to Mrs. Maguire!!!!


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Student Interview

By Zachary Boisvert

Caitlin Spencer and Alex

What’s your favorite unified

would it be? Caitlin:Mrs.

Jones

arts class? Both:Art

Maguire

What do you like most

If you weren’t in school,

Puliafico

about 5th grade?

what would you be doing?

What has been your favor-

Caitlin:My teachers

Caitlin:Swimming

ite so far this year?

(Mrs.Larsen,Mrs.

Alex:Playing the Wii

Caitlin:Meeting new

Fraine,Mrs.Auciello)

If you could be someone in

friends

Alex:Phys.Ed.

this school for one day, who

with friends at lunch

Petals Goes To The Fair By Grace Turgeon “Rumble, Rumble!” Petals awoke to Farmer Brown’s truck pulling up to the gate. There was a large, peculiar, wired cage in the bed of the truck. “I wonder what that’s for,” She muttered. Just then the door of the truck swung open and out hopped Farmer Brown. Petals looked at him. He was fancily dressedfor some reason. Before Petals could call after her mother, she realized she was in the arms that belonged to Farmer Brown. “BAAAAAAAA!” she screeched. “Its okay Petals, its okay,” he explained as he put her in the cage she had wondered about before. Not a second later, Farmer Brown came back with Petals mother, Bailey.

girl came. She was holding a tiny cup full of yummy looking goat food in her hand. She came over and started feeding her. Petals stuffed her face in the food then noticed a light pink ribbon tied in the girl’s hair. It looked very pretty, thought Petals, but you know Petals: always curious. In one quick motion she ripped the bow off the girl’s head. But instead of crying, the little girl just laughed and said, “You can keep it,” as she tied it around Petals’ neck. Petals gave the little girl a rub against her knee, just before her mother and father took her away to see the cows. A few minutes later the boy came. First he yanked Petals tail, then he kicked the cage where Petals was standing. Then, he tried to pull the pretty pink ribbon off Petals’ neck, but Bailey was not going to let that happen. She ran from the other side of the fence and head butted right into him. He ran away with his mother and father chasing after him. “ You better run!” called Petals as he disappeared into the crowd.

“Petals, calm down now,” answered Bailey, as Farmer Brown put Bailey in the cage next to Petals.

Petals was playing with a young boy when she noticed a white blob across the pathway. The white blob started to move. Then four little legs grew out the bottom. It was a baby goat! “Over here!” called Petals. The goat raised his head and looked at her

“Mama, what’s happening?”

“Hi there!” it yelled back.

“The Mendon Country Fair.”

“What’s your name?“ asked Petals.

“What?”

“My name is Edison. What’s your name?”

“It’s a place we go every year. You’re put in a cage where people can look at you and young boys and girls can feed you. Its quite fun.”

“Petals, and this is my mama,” Petals answered looking at Bailey.

“Oh Boy! Will there be other goats there to meet?”

“Fine, thank you,” he answered.

“BAAAAAAAA!” she screamed again.

“Goats, horses, cows, and chickens.” “Oh Boy, Mama! I cannot wait!” Petals road anxiously the whole way to the fair. When they got there, Farmer Brown unloaded them onto the ground in their cage. Petals felt as if it was hours before the first little

“How do you do?” questioned Bailey. “Lets play!” yelled Petals. ”How we are in fences?“ Petals looked around. Farmer Brown was talking to a tall lady, and Bailey was playing with a little girl. The coast was clear. She sucked in her stomach and squeezed through a square in the fence then she ran over to Edison.

Alex:Ms.

Alex:Sitting

“Won’t your mama get mad?” he asked, a little worried. “No, I do stuff like this all the time.” It was half true; she was a curious little goat. They ran and frolicked and chomped on the green grass. Then, Petals heard Bailey’s voice. “Petals! What are you doing? Get over here before Farmer Brown sees!” “I’d better go. Maybe we will see each other next year?” Petals said while slowly walking over to Bailey. “Sure! I’m here every year. I’m a show goat,” Edison answered. “Really? Like the ones that get pretty blue ribbons? And certificates?” “Yep! I do all sorts of tricks.” “Wow! I’ll ask Mama if I can sneak out of my cage and come watch your show next year.” Petals squeezed in her stomach again, and slipped back in with Bailey. “You know, curiosity killed the cat!” Bailey said smiling. “What?! Our nice old barn cat is dead?!” Petals said in disbelief. “No, no, no! It’s an old phrase,” Bailey said chuckling. Petals decided to lie down for a few minutes and then she would play again. But she fell asleep by accident. She woke up to the loud noise of Farmer Brown’s truck. “Good Bye fair! Good Bye Edison!” Petals called sleepily as they rode away in the truck. “Maybe I’ll train myself to be a show goat, and me and Edison could compete together!” Petals went back to sleep and dreamed of doing jumps and tricks and earning blue ribbons.


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Roots Music Collective Visit

by Grace Turgeon

The Roots Music Collective

all sorts of instruments, and

they grow up. Almost all the

came to visit Whitin Mid-

knew how to make everyone

kids agreed that they were a

dle School on September

laugh. They taught all the

great band to be listening to

27th. They were a fantas-

kids about all different

and hope they come back next

tic band, playing all types

types of instruments and

year. We all wish this band

of music from Country to

genres of music. The assem-

good luck and happy playing!

Rock and Roll. One of the

bly lasted an hour long full

three men started running

of giggles, smiles, and won-

around, doing all sorts of

derful music. Some of the

crazy dance moves, making

kids said that they wanted

everyone crack up. They

to be in a band like the

could all sing, dance, play

Roots Music Collective when

Cross Country On October 4th Uxbridge had their second race and the first race ever for the fifth graders. We asked Ms. Hill how it feels to coach Cross Country and she replied “ I love it, it really is fun to see young kids spring into young athletes.” We asked one of the runners, Joey Dubois, how it feels to cross the finish line? He re-

by Jake Lutton and Kyle Gauthier

plied by saying it was a big accomplishment. We asked two cross country runners, Karni Murray and Abby Cohen, “Do you ever want to quit in a race?„‟ They both replied, “We get tired but we always try to finish!‟‟


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Halo Fest

by Jacob Robbins

Hello and happy new school year! Last year, I reviewed video games, but this year, in addition, I will review the latest video game events. To start off the year, I will review the most successful video game event (Seattle Washington) of the year: PAX PRIME! We will not talk about PAX PRIME in general; we will talk about HALO FEST! This was the first year of HALO FEST in PAX. It was a 4 day event with millions of fans

Chapter One: “Princess Marana, what is the matter?” my favorite lady-in-waiting Lady Sarana asked me. Oh, how rude of me not to introduce myself! I am Princess Marana Ecolana , daughter of the great King Michael Ecolan of Laitildana. Now, my reply to Lady Sarana‟s question was my usual answer, ”Oh nothing ,nothing at all." She said something other than her “Alright.”Instead she said, "I can see all your

passing by. Some of the highlights that were there was the WORKABLE warthog; a life size master chief; a demo of Halo 4; and the remarkable Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary. The Halo CE Anniversary is created in celebration of the ten year Anniversary of Halo. It has the same game play, new sounds, and a feature where you can switch between the old and new graphics. Halo 4 holds the 4th installment to the mas-

ter chief saga. Halo is the most successful video game series in history (right next to Call of Duty). Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I will see you next time (or on Halo). Goodbye.

In my Room worries, Princess. ” I yelled" THAN WHY DO YOU ASK ME!!!!?” Deep down, I was sorry, but I was too mad to care.” We both know that you want to beocall yeo siocalla, vent your frustrations,” she half-whispered, halfspoke. I sighed, "You‟re right,” .I then tenocaal tia ciena meana siocalla, proceeded to tell her my frustrations from my Ciona minusa, D– in matuissus, math,( my least favorite subject) to Cratiuss calling me a min-

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thing really, REALLY bad. I also told her about my crush on Mattius, who is in my sciencia , science (my best subject) class. I pretty much poured my heart out to her.

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November Sweet Treat Blueberry Crumb Muffins Hello, boys and girls, welcome back to the Whitin Middle School. The newspaper is up and running again, and we are ready to go back to the old routine. I know for a fact that everyone is always tired at the end of the day, but if you have one of these delicious muffins you would be re-energized for the rest of the day. By Lucais Cannalonga

Ingredients 1. 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose Flour

7. 1/3 Cup Milk

2. 3/4 Cup White Sugar

8. 1 Cup Harvey’s Organic Fresh Blueberries

3. 1/2 Tsp Salt 4. 2 Tsp Baking Powder 5. 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil 6. 1 Egg

9. 1/2 Cup White Sugar 10. 1/4 Cup Butter, cubed 11. 1 1/2 Tsp ground Cinnamon

Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pans with muffin liners. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix with flour. Fold blueberries. Fill muffin cups to the top and sprinkle crumb topping mixture. Crumb Topping Mixture: mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix with fork and sprinkle over muffins before baking. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in preheated over, or until done.

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Reviews of the month Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure by Kevin Alves

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure takes your favorite SSA toys into the game so you can play as that character. Many years ago there was only one portal master left, Eon and his Skylanders. For many years KAOS has been wanting him gone so he can take over. One day he tried to kill the last Skylanders, they were winning at first, but then he had won! He destroyed the core, the last hope, and the explosion was so massive it killed master Eon, and sent the Skylanders into our world as toys! The only way we can get them back to their world is by using the portal of power. Send them back to their world! Decide their fate, win, or lose. I’d give the game a 10, and it’s a great Christmas present for any kid 7-12.

Book Review

The chronicles of vladimir tod by Vinicios Cunha The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is a story about a half vampire and half human. Vlad’s parents died in a house fire when they overslept, and now he lives with his aunt Nelly. His uncle Otis visits him once a while and teaches how to become a stronger and more powerful vampire. He is becoming stronger and stronger everyday . I recommend this book to everybody. It is a romance, action, comedy, and finally, it’s amazing. I hope you like books This one gets my full recommendation.

Real

Steel

by Kevin Alves

A movie that will always have you wanting more. Each scene will always feel like it is very short, when really the movie was quite long, but time well spent. From robot boxing to saving lives, the movie just keeps getting better and better! Once you start seeing the first part you will get you hooked so you never want to miss a second of the epic movie that it has come to be in the end. If there was going to be a movie about rock em’ sock em’ robots, then I’m glad it was this one! On a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 9.8 this movie is a must see!


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New England States Word Search F N E W H A M P S H I R E

Connecticut

L E N I A M F Y N D H P Y

Maine

P R T N O M R E V R E U T S T T E S U H C A S S A M C O N N E C T I C U T R J N S L Y E N K C R N B E D K D N A L S I E D O H R M

Massachusetts New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont

L J M Z F D H A H N Q Y Y B Q A J K L R Z Z D E G Q Z D F N Q I Y L J R C X S C R B N G M H P P Y Q H P H I P Q M C Y M L L H I R R T E Y S L Z B B D C G D

Can you spot this Community of Caring word???????? There will be a different word each month! The winner will get a fabulous prize The words will be in a place that everyone passes by at some point during the day! To enter the contest, you must go to Ms. Roche by Monday November 21, 2011, and turn in your guess (see below). Example. In the Library and the word is Trust. If you are correct... We will pick the winner at the following newspaper meeting and then we will announce the winner on the intercom during that week. You can only guess one time each month. We will start off easy then each month will get harder and harder. By Kayte Rooney and Elizabeth Thanthavongsa

Name: Homeroom: Where is it? What is the word?


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Art and Comics

Brandon Roux

Alese Cone

Matt Robertson


November 2011