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We Love The Hunger Games! By Chris M. In a futuristic world, instead of laws or rules, the country of Panem keeps their citizens in place with fear, fear of the Hunger Games- a brutal fight in which a boy and a girl from each of the 12 districts of Panem fight to the death. In 2008, based around this concept, Suzanne Collins wrote the first of three Hunger Games novels. Translated in over 38 languages, read by 23.5 million people, and a New York Times bestseller, this trilogy instantly became the favorite book of many due to its suspense and action-packed plot. The trilogy follows the struggles of a 16 year old, Katniss Everdeen, living in the 12th district of Panem, as she fights in the Hunger Games and strives to overthrow the dystopian government. On March 23, 2012, The Hunger Games movie was released worldwide. With the third largest opening weekend of all time, The Hunger Games was watched by millions. However, already having spotted several discrepancies between the novel and the movie in the trailer, I did not think The Hunger Games movie was going to be any good. My thoughts for the movie could not have been any farther from the truth. The Hunger Games movie was unforgettable. The producers did not make it a horrifically violent movie, nor did they make it overly romantic- it was the perfect blend. Jennifer Lawrence played Katniss with ferocity and determination (exactly as I had imagined in the book). The actors of Peeta, Cinna, Cato, Clove, Rue, and other Hunger Games’ tributes were similarly played perfectly. The producers did a great job of building suspense and kept everyone in the theater on their toes. In fact, while I was at the showing of movie, when a mutated dog jumped at Peeta and Katniss, several people actually jumped out of their seats and screamed. As for as a comparison with the book, I believe that the movie did stay fairly close to the plot line of the book while staying PG 13 and under three hours. My only regret for the Hunger Games movie, however, was that I could not see it a second time.

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Community Roving Reporters By Camille M. and Acadia B. In this column, we ask the middle school teachers a question about an issue or their opinion about a topic. We hope to inform you about the teachers and to make you smile as well! What is the Question: What is your favorite and least favorite breakfast? break these fast o cham f pions ?

Ms. Sisson: Physical Education Teacher Ms. Sisson’s favorite breakfast is an egg on an English muffin, and her least favorite breakfast is oatmeal, even though it is good for you because it is very bland.

Dr. Barrengos: Headmaster Dr. Barrengos’s favorite breakfast is an egg, cheese, and sausage breakfast sandwich because it is a mixture of spiciness and fattiness. His least favorite breakfast is wheat pancakes because they are dry and “taste like wallpaper.”

Mrs Montgomery: Administrative Assistant Mrs. Montgomery’s favorite breakfast is pancakes because she usually makes them together with her family, and her least favorite breakfast is cold cereal because it is not warm or inviting.

Señora Castillo: Spanish Teacher and After School Care Director Señora Castillo’s favorite breakfast food is french toast because of the eggs. Her least favorite breakfast is waffles because Señora Castillo believes they are too “fatty.”



Creative Musings The Planet Reborn By Noah R. The invisible power of spring lifts its hands, exciting the grey gloom, animating the dull cold. It then gaily guides waves of sun gently down to the Earth. The hidden power of spring thrusts up the snow with its digging tools, revealing wary blades of murky green. The awesome power then entices this wary grass to grow, hurling bolts of refreshing light in that direction. So the grass grows, and the trees bud. The unperceivable power of spring enlightens the skies, and lengthens the days. The rapturous power then whispers to the animals and the flowers that they should come out of their hiding, to flourish in the new sun and the new sky. Amongst the festooning creepers on the trees to the looming creatures of the forest, nothing has ever been as nearly as impossible to awaken as the humans. The ecstatic, happy power of spring knocks on their windows. The overworked, under-joyed humans ignore. The festive power rings their doorbells. The grumpy people grunt and go back to their work, crippling over their devices, the cold winter still sitting in their hearts. Then, this jubilant, awe-inspiring power cries one last plea, and the humans give in. They explain, “Why not? I guess this would be an okay time for break…” So the humans walk outdoors, sit on their patios, and breathe out their windows. Little did they know of these blossoming trees, these bustling bushes, these fields of green grass, those patches of flowers, or the humming of bees! It jolted them from their chairs. The scene made them drop all of their work. And it lifted their hearts. They breathed in the air. Then the good power of spring leaped with victory, and observed happily over the energetic planet, reborn once again. Spring has sprung, a s N o a h ’s p o e m reminds us. Below are some g reat photos of our IDS Earth Day campus clean-up.





Fiddler on the Roof: A Smash Hit at IDS By Betty S. Although Fiddler on the Roof may have been about a month ago, it still shines clear in my memory. I will never forget the wonderful experiences I had during all the rehearsals throughout December, January, February, and March. The story is set at the turn of the century in a Russian village. The village is segregated by the Russians, who discriminate again the Jewish people throughout Russia. Fiddler on the Roof is a heartfelt play about a Jewish family trying to fight against anti-semitism, while three of their daughters are simultaneously falling in love with different men. It is a wonderful story of family and love. The cast of Fiddler on the Roof all bonded together, as we participated in daily rehearsals to singing at a synagogue in Chester. The end production was beautiful, thanks to all the hard work from Ms. Sprague.

Maggie H. and Thomas H. in costume

Saying Goodbye to an American Icon By Joe H. On April 18, 2012, America said goodbye to a person who was very influential in American pop culture and in the history of entertainment. He made New Year’s Eve a worldwide event for every person who had access to a television. Dick Clark will never be forgotten. “America’s oldest teenager” was born in 1929 in Bronxville, New York and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. When he was 10, he decided he wanted to be on the radio and pursued that goal through his education at Syracuse University. He ended up on American Bandstand, one of the longest running television shows in history. It ran from 1956-1989, giving many young artists their big break, including such famous performers as Ike and Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Another thing that was so distinguished about Clark’s program is that it was one of the first shows to have a desegregated stage with blacks and whites performing on the same stage. His show created a culture that was appealing to young people and that they really enjoyed. He also created the American Music Awards show, which is quite similar to the Grammy Awards, and hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest from 1972 up until his death. He had a stroke in 2004, which left him with some physical problems and a speech impediment. While Ryan Seacrest took over the majority of the show after Dick Clark’s stroke, he was able to participate from 2006 until 2012. On April 18, 2012, he had a heart attack following prostate surgery and died. He was later cremated and his ashes now float in the Pacific Ocean. Diana Ross reflected on Clark’s impact on her, “Dick Clark was a pioneer, he was a music star maker, he was a legend and was my friend.”

THE COYOTE CHRONICLE ! What We’re Reading Now



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By David M.

I have selected the amazing, Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, to review for this issue. This book is an extraordinary combination of fiction, mystery, and World War II history. The story follows Jacob Portmain, a kid whose grandfather tells terrifying stories of evil monsters he’d battled, which Jacob never really believes. Suddenly, his grandfather is dead, brutally murdered. Jacob, tortured by his grandfather’s last message to him and a horrible face he sees at the scene of the crime, seeks the truth of his grandfather’s past. Jacob becomes involved in a deadly conflict. Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is written in a direct, clear style with historical connections that contribute to making this story effective and realistic. All of these qualities make Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a must-read. My rating:

Read More About the Hunger Games! By Chloe M. The Hunger Games is a movie that everyone is talking about. The Hunger Games takes place in the future, when North America is separated into 13 districts. District 13 rebelled and got destroyed, leaving 12 districts. Every year a boy and a girl from each district are picked from ages 12-18 to compete in the annual Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games, you’re in an arena fighting with the other tributes to the death. The last tribute standing is the winner. This is a punishment for the rebellion. Katniss Everdeen is from District 12, a poor district. Her sister, Primrose, gets chosen to fight in the Hunger Games, and Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place. Katniss now has to fight in the Hunger Games with 24 other tributes to the death. This book is unique because no one has written anything like it. The movie represents the book really well. I think The Hunger Games is for anyone, boy or girl, child or adult. Everyone should take any opportunity to see the movie or read the book. You will not be disappointed!





The Never-Ending Fight for Freedom By Chris M.

The dictionary defines a revolution as a “forcible overthrow of government or social order in favor of a new system.” However, the meaning of revolution is hard to capture in the dictionary definition. A revolution is when people come together to fight for a single cause- to fight for freedom. Over the past several years, there have been numerous revolutions. In fact, on May 3, 2010, in the towns of Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, Greek citizens began to protest the unjust cutting of pensions and significant raises in taxes, marking the beginning of a revolution. These protests resulted in violent resistance from the Greek police. What began as small protests escalated to over 500,000 people marching into Athens. In 2011 and 2012, these protests have grown, with the police, parliament, and president reacting more violently each day. Regardless of the violent resistance of the police, as a Greek citizen puts it, “Our freedom is not up for negotiation.” These people will continue to fight to end corruption in their government. The revolution in Greece inspired others to fight for freedom and their rights. In fact, in December of 2010, the Tunisian revolution began in protest of high unemployment, food inflation, corruption, a lack of freedom of speech and poor living conditions. The “president” who really acted as a dictator, fearing that the protests in Tunisia would escalate as they did in Greece, reacted quite violently. Police used tear gas on thousands of young protestors and later shot those who “would not cooperate.” A curfew was forced upon the citizens and those who did not follow the curfew were shot. The people, however, continued to protest, many loosing their lives while doing so. Eventually, the Tunisian army sided with the protestors and the Tunisian president, Ben Ali, was forced into exile. A new government was constructed in accordance with the people’s beliefs. As a result of the protests in Tunisia and Greece, the Egyptian people began to protest to overthrow the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian people stated that because of Mubarak, there was no freedom of speech, no free elections, large political corruption, food price inflation, and low minimum wages. While the protests started as nonviolent, they soon escalated to violence from both the police and protestors. The Egyptian protestors vandalized stores and attacked police. On February 11, 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned as a result of these protests and the Supreme Council of Armed Forces was appointed to govern Egypt. Although there were several more disputes with the armed forces, the Constitution of Egypt was re-written and the people were finally free. One of the largest and well-known revolutions is the Libyan Civil War also referred to as the Libyan Revolution- an armed conflict in Libya fought between those loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those willing to challenge and overthrow the Libyan government. Muammar Gaddafi, after overthrowing the previous government of Libya in 1969, abolished the Libyan Constitution and then established his own laws. Starting in February 15, 2011, the people of Libya began to protest this dictatorial government. Although these protests started as nonviolent, they soon escalated into a violent war where the United Nations Security Council and NATO fought on the side of the rebels, hoping to overthrow Gaddafi. Both the rebels and Gaddafi killed many, resulting in casualties of about 25, 000 men, women, and children. On October 11, 2011 while Gaddafi was fleeing from Sirte, he was captured and killed by the protestors. A new government is in the process of being created. A revolution known as the Syrian Uprising is a revolution that is presently occurring. On January 26, 2011, public demonstrations began with the purpose of demanding the resignation of the Syrian president, Bashar al- Assad. Immediately after the start of the nonviolent protests, the Syrian President ordered that the protesting cities be besieged and citizens executed. The army executed the soldiers who refused to fire on innocent civilians. As a result of the army’s violence, the rebels resorted to fighting the Syrian army and united under the Free Syrian Army. A civil war has followed these protests in which over 14,000 people have been killed. The Syrian president has not yet resigned and the Syrian people continue to fight for their freedom. While these are examples of citizens overthrowing violent governments, these revolutions also reveal a significant part of human nature that may explain why revolutions occur. These revolutions demonstrate that human beings will go to extreme measures, even risk their lives to be free. In the near future it would not be surprising if there are many more revolutions to come. Although I cannot predict the casualties or fighting grounds, it is my belief that the people and protestors will triumph, as they are the ones fighting for their freedom and will go to any extent to ensure it.

THE COYOTE CHRONICLE Exciting Events in Sports By Kevin H. Over the past few weeks a few noteworthy stories about the New Orleans Saints and Major League Baseball were announced to the public. The New Orleans Saints bounty scandal was an incident in which several defensive players on the NFL's New Orleans Saints, were found to have operated a slush fund that paid out bonuses, or "bounties," for in-game performance in violation of NFL rules. The pool was in operation from 2009 (the year in which the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV) to 2011. Among other things, players earned bonuses for deliberately knocking opposing players out of games. The NFL began investigating the Saints in 2010 in response to allegations of deliberate attempts to injure players. On March 2, 2012, the NFL announced there was evidence that "between 22 and 27 Saints players," as well as former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, pooled their own money to pay out performance bonuses. The NFL also discovered that head coach, Sean Payton, tried to cover up the scheme, and that he and general manager, Mickey Loomis, failed to shut it down when ordered to do so by team owner, Tom Benson. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodall, responded with some of the most severe sanctions in the league's 92-year history, and among the most severe punishments for an on-field incident in North American professional sports history. Williams was suspended indefinitely, while Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season, and Loomis was suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season. Payton is the first head coach in modern NFL history to be suspended. The Saints organization was fined $500,000, and forced to forfeit their second-round draft selections in 2012 and 2013. Although this horrible scam has changed the lives of many, there is a moral to this story. If you cheat or act irresponsibly, there will be significant consequences. The second story involves Major League Baseball. The MLB season is underway, and I could not be more excited. During the off season, there have been many events that will change this season for better or worse. The first topic is trading. Albert Pujols, arguably the best hitter in the game right now, has been traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Anaheim Angels. This is a huge move because the Cardinals won last year’s World Series and many MLB analysts think that without Albert Pujols, they can't win again. Another monumental trade involved Prince Fielder. He is an outstanding hitter, and he has been traded to the Detroit Tigers. This is a big move because he has joined another big hitter by the name Miguel Cabrera. Prince Fielder will definitely help the Tigers try to make back to back appearances in the post-season. Yet another big trade has kept the rivalry between the Phillies and Yankees alive. The Phillies traded star outfielder, Raul Ibanez, to the Yankees. He will impact the team with his great fielding, knockout hitting and can-do attitude. Other major events have occurred in this very special off-season. One is a topic of conversation for baseball fans everywhere. It is the emergence of a new team. Now this is not an entirely new team but a team move to a new city. This team is the Miami Marlins. It used to be called the Florida Marlins, but to generate more income from ticket sales, they moved to Miami. They have a completely different logo, stadium, and close to a new team. The other significant event is the decision of MLB officials to add another wild card team to the playoffs. This is a huge rule for the MLB because some teams that wouldn't have made it last year will make it this year. Another newsworthy decision made during the off-season regards instant replay. Unlike before, the officials will now be able to use instant replay in some controversial home-run situations. I agree 100% with this rule because the final call should be the right one. There have been many significant events that have occurred in the world of sports over the past few months. The games go on, the athletes continue to play the sports they love, and we continue to enjoy our role as spectators. In every sport there is always drama. It's our job, as fans, to make sense of it.






The World of Sports

Women’s NCAA Tournament

By Lauren H. This year the NCAA tournament for the women was fun to watch and very, very exciting. All four number one seeds ended up making it into the Final Four. Unlike the men during the NCAA tournament, the women did not have very many upsets. The highest ranked teams made it the farthest in the tournament in almost every situation. In the second round of the tournament all of the games had a very wide score range as seen in UCONN beating out Kansas 72-26. Also, in a very close match, the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay lost to the University of Kentucky by only three points, 65-62. In the final sixteen, The Sweet Sixteen, none of the games were very close. There were two eleventh place seeds, Gonzaga and Kansas. In the final eight, The Elite Eight, were all of the number one and two seeds. In the Final Four teams, all four were number one seeds. The teams were Baylor, UCONN, Notre Dame, and Stanford. These teams plowed through the bracket, demolishing other teams. In the two semifinal games, Baylor played Stanford and UCONN played Notre Dame. In order for Stanford to beat Baylor, they needed to get their star center, Brittney Griner, out of position. Nnemkadi Ogwumike is one of the top scorers of Stanford and is one of the WNBA's first draft picks. Stanford effectively held the ball at the top of the three point circle and pushed their girls down low in order to get Griner out of position. With Griner out of position, it was easy for Stanford to get some easy buckets down low. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had a total of twenty-two points in the game and had a very successful second half. In the second half, Ogwumike did not have a lot of support on the offensive end and Baylor was able to pull away, winning the game by twelve, 59-47. In the UCONN and Notre Dame game, both teams played very hard. Unfortunately, UCONN did not come up with the victory. Last year in the NCAA tournament, UCONN lost to Notre Dame in the Final Four. Notre Dame then went on and lost in their next game. At the end of regulation in the game, the score was tied at 67. In the beginning of over time, the Huskies were given a twoon-one breakaway opportunity. This was one of the biggest plays in the game. Skylar Diggins then blocked Bria Hartley's layup. Notre Dame capitalized on their energy and scored eight points, putting the game out of reach for UCONN. Stephanie Dolson had a great game scoring twenty points on UCONN. Baylor then won the championship game for their team led by Brittany Griner. The women’s NCAA tournament was great basketball, and I learned a lot about the sport just watching the games.

Word Search By Brian F. The subject of this issue is books. Try it!


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