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COYOTE CHRONICLE The Independent Day School Student Newspaper
Middle School Adventures Students report on their incredible class trips Seventh Graders Voyage to Washington, D.C. By Betty S. Every year the seventh grade goes to Washington D.C. for three days. It is a very exciting trip and a much-anticipated experience. This year was no exception. As many seventh graders will tell you, it was a complete blast. Usually the class takes a bus to D.C., but our class took the train which was faster and more efficient. After a five hour train ride, we arrived. We hopped on the metro, lugging our huge suitcases behind us. We got off the metro and went to our hotel. There was a maximum of four people to one room. After we had rested in our rooms, we went to the Old Post Office. It is a huge and beautiful building with dozens of restaurants and stores. Many of us bought hats and souvenirs there. Leaving the Old Post Office with our wallets a bit lighter, we headed over to the memorials. The first memorial we saw was the Washington Memorial. It is a lot bigger than what it seems to be on the postcards. We had a lot of fun taking pictures there. We also went to the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. Lastly, we saw the Lincoln Memorial which was really impressive. It was very late at night and all of us were suffering from sore feet, so we headed back to our rooms and immediately crashed. (Cont. page 3)
Night at the Museum
Sixth Graders Explore Boston Science Museum By Lauren S. On March 31st, the 6th grade class traveled to Boston for an overnight trip to the Boston Science Museum, along with our six trusted chaperones, Ms. Kleederman, Ms. Ficke, Ms. Boyce, Ms. Mansfield, and Ms. Stutz. Everyone had fun on the two hour ride to Boston, but the real fun was when we stepped into the museum. Right when we entered, the museum guides were waiting for us and ready to go. There was so much to see, but we had a very tight, well-planned schedule. We did so many different and exciting activities while we were there. I think we all enjoyed the magnificent planetarium show that we watched. The sixth grade was split up into different groups so that we could all have an equal chance to explore and investigate different exhibits. We all had a very long night filled with excitement and interesting things to learn, but the highlight of the night was the wonderful electricity show. The electricity show was loud, bright, and thrilling. After all the excitement of the day, we all needed to rest. The best part of the falling-asleep-at-midnight experience was that we all were sleeping in an exhibit. It was amazing. The next morning, we all woke up at 6:30 am. We were all exhausted, but we held it together and pushed through to see all the great actvities planned for us. The museum had a very large 180 degree IMAX screen on which we enjoyed a film on Dolphins. Overall, we had a great time and we loved being with all of our friends. The 5th grade class is in for a treat next year!
COMMUNITY Guest Speaker Inspires Students with Lessons of Courage and Bravery By Samantha H. Mrs. Fernande Keufgens Davis came to IDS on March 13, 2011. This is her eighth year speaking to schools in Connecticut and third time speaking at IDS. Mrs. Davis was born in Montzen, Belgium in 1923. Her message to us is that anyone, and everyone, can make a difference. Mrs. Davis repeatedly stood up for herself while growing up under Hitlerʼs dictatorship. One time the Gestapo police stopped her and asked for her job card. Everyone under Hitlerʼs rule over the age of 14 had to have a job to support the job effort. She handed over her card. Then the Gestapo asked, “What is your job?” Mrs. Davis replied, “Canʼt you read German? Itʼs right there!” The Gestapo were so surprised that she stood up to them, they let her move on. Standing up to them is probably why she got away without being killed. Another time when she was on a train to Germany to be put to work in a factory making ammunition for the Germans, she jumped off. Mrs. Davis did not want to be carted around unwillingly like an animal made to do things she did not believe in. Mrs. Fernande Keufgens Davis helped many people escape the wrath of the Germans throughout her years. Mrs. Davis learned and taught us that sometimes things we do not think are important can end up saving your life. For example, Mrs. Davis learned German when she was young, which immensely helped her when she had to talk to Nazis because they assumed she was German. Mrs. Davisʼs voice is strong, and she taught us that together, our voices are even stronger.
IDS S tu d e n t s a n d F a c u lt y Volunteer at Minds in Motion By Patrick K. On March 12, 2011, I had an opportunity to assist our history teacher, Mr. Watt, at a workshop for middle school students at the Minds in Motion program for gifted students. It was held at the Wilbur Snow Elementary School in Middletown. Many IDS students and teachers volunteered to participate. As part of the event, several IDS students prepared and donated bagged lunches that were sold at the event to raise money for scholarships for families with financial need. Mrs. Ravid was the chief organizer and supporter of our schoolʼs involvement in the event. On that day, there were several IDS teachers that were a part of this event. Mr. Schoen taught a theater and drama workshop for 4th and 5th graders. Mr. Watt had taught students from 6th -8th grade how to draw geometric figures using only a ruler and a compass. I worked with Mr. Watt. My role was to help the students if they were stuck and to teach them how to draw the “flower of life.” Our participation was greatly appreciated in this event. We were sent a warm thank you letter from the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. Our wonderful IDS teachers received the “heartiest thanks” and recognition. The letter thanked Mrs. Ravid for her “wonderful ideas and positive letʼs do it” attitude, Mr. Schoen for his “wonderful energy emanating from the room,” and Mr. Watt for a lesson that “not only engrossed the students, but also parents who stopped in to see what was going on.” Our IDS faculty were clearly appreciated and important. The Minds in Motion event was a great success and I was thrilled to take an active participating role in it.
COMMUNITY IDS Students Attend the Annual Interact District Assembly By Chris M. What is it that inspires kids to branch out to their community? I believe it is simply determination. Determination to make a world a better place for all. On April 2, 2011 the prosperous IDS Interact Club traveled to the Getz Auditorium at Choate Rosemary Hall for what promised to be an Interact meeting. However, it was more than a meeting, it was an inspiration for all who attended. Represented by seven energetic participants, including Lauren S., Camille M., Peter M., Kate S., Christopher M., Olivia R., and Sophie W.-R., and two wonderful advisors, Mrs. Ficke and Mrs. Stebbins, the IDS Interact Club arrived at the auditorium on the beautiful day. Dick Benson, the District 7980 Interact Chairman, started the meeting with a thankful speech for all that the clubs had done. He was a truly remarkable man. While he was older than many of us, he was filled with energy and capably led the district. After the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the club learned about a possible opportunity involving Bio-Sand Water Filters. Their motto, “Helping people one drop at a time,” concisely summarized their intention. In South Asia, more than one half of the population drinks unclean water which can result in deadly diseases. The project mainly focused on the Kolar District in South India. In these areas, the South Asia Pure Water Initiative gave bio-sand filters to these communities where clean water is not usually a possibility. The IDS Interact Club was awed by this project and will continue pursuing it in the fall. Guest Speaker, Cary Weisiger, then presented a speech about self determination. Although it was a little long for the alloted time period, it was inspirational. Cary Weisiger was an amazing track and field runner. Once holding the American Record in the 1500 meter dash, he was a perfect candidate to talk about self determination and will to continue. I believe this speech inspired many students to pursue what they love. Also, a as a guest speaker, Jocelyn Maninta, The News Channel 8ʼs Emmy Award nominated Medical Reporter and co-founder of Carolineʼs Room, spoke about her determination to defeat all of her difficulties. At 11:35, students broke into assigned rooms to talk about their projects with fellow classmates from different schools. There, the students entered their clubʼs projects for the Interact Club Recognition. Little did the IDS students know, however, that they had a high chance to win this award. Later, at an Rotary Club Meeting at First and Last Tavern, four representatives, Katy S.-T., Christopher M., Sophie W.-R., and Olivia R., from IDS received the award for the club. One quote from this meeting will remain in my heart, as well as brain for ever. Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This clearly captures the Interact mission and what our Interact club represents.
Cont. Seventh Graders Voyage to Washington, D.C. By Betty S. The next day was very exciting. We started off the day with an amazing breakfast from a buffet named “Epicurous”. Then we went to The Newseum. It was part of the Smithsonian that was all about newspapers and current events. We started the experience with a unreal 4d movie. The movie screens surrounded your seat which moved up and down. The seat simulated the feeling that you were in the film itself. It was really amazing. It was a self guided tour, meaning we could look around with a small group of classmates. After the Newseum, we had a tour of the Capitol Building. We saw three rooms of the Capitol, not including the entrance. All of the rooms were beautiful, and we saw Roger Sherman, one of the statues from Connecticut. After the Capitol, we went to the Native American Museum. We had a delicious lunch and we looked around. Then we went on a unexpected hike to the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center is a huge theater, and the architecture is truly amazing. We saw a hilarious play called “Shear Madness”. It was a comedy murder mystery that involved the audience as well. Then we went for a late night snack/ dinner at our choice of a pizza place or sandwich place. After our little dinner, we headed back to the hotel for a long and needed sleep. When we woke up, we went to Epicurous again, and then to the American History Museum. We saw many treasured archives, such as Kermit the frog, the real ruby slippers, and one of Martha Washingtonʼs gowns. After our experience at the American History Museum. we walked to the Holocaust Museum. The Holocaust Museum was incredibly sad, but touching. It was an intense, emotional experience for all of us. After that, we took the metro to Alexandria, Virginia. We got dinner and then we went on the Alexandria Ghost Tour. We learned a lot about where our first president, George Washington, lived. We were also informed about the many ghostly apparitions that haunted Alexandria. When we got back to the hotel we crashed because we had to wake up early for the train. We waved goodbye to DC and headed back to Connecticut to greet our families. D.C. was a wonderful experience and the seventh grade would like to thank all of the chaperones and parents who contributed so much to the trip.
Special Interest Exploring Human Nature By Christopher M. If your sitting watching TV and you hear about a crime on television, youʼre angry and most likely astounded. Maybe, you hear about some business men who stole other peopleʼs money in a Ponzi scheme. Your instant response would most likely be, “What happened? This guy is horrible and should be in jail.” Many people might say that. However, that person could be anyone, given the right situation. What I am trying to get at is not that everybody is bad, but instead, that in human nature, the potential for evil may be burrowed deep inside. In 7th Grade English, we read the inspirational book, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. For those of you who do not know, Golding powerfully described the savagery and barbarity of English school and choir boys after being abandoned on a deserted island. He showed how even the most innocent boys are transformed into beasts capable of killing. Maybe Golding was getting at something here. My reading of the Lord of the Flies led me to explore different examples in our own culture where Goldingʼs theory is proven correct. Lets look at Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich came from a very poor family. His family had immigrated from Serbia to Chicago in 1947. Blagojevich worked as a shoe shiner, pizza deliver, and even at a meat-packing plant. He needed enough money to attend college. After working hard, he was able to afford college. He finished college, and then went into politics. Eventually, he got caught in selling the chair of the Senate. Blagojevich was put in a greedy situation. He saw a chance to make lots of money illegally, and he took the chance. I cannot help connect this to Goldingʼs novel. I am not saying that what Blagojevich did was right, but instead saying that evil is sometimes a part of human nature. A prevalent topic today is drugs. In the news we read about kids all over, selling and taking loads of drugs. This is horrible, and should be addressed. However, these kids feel so depressed, and do not have much to love or excel in, and so they get carried away. Sometimes these kids even end up in jail. While they are doing illegal things for sure, it could be debated that they only do what they do because of their situation. I am not a psychiatrist, but I believe that it is a part of human nature to want to excel at something and be praised. If there is nothing to excel at, kids and even adults, can be led to make bad decisions and develop bad habits. I am not saying that we can blame any or all of our problems on our nature. I am simply saying that sometimes humans pursue an evil path in times of grief or loss. Goldingʼs novel may be a warning about the future of our world if we are not careful. Chloe’s Book Corner By Chloe M. The most recent nook I have read is called Rules for Secret Keeping by Lauren Barnholdt. It was an interesting book, but not as exciting as other books I reviewed. While it is well written, it wasnʼt really that entertaining to me. This book is about a middle school girl named Samantha Carmichael. Samantha has a secret “passing” program, where people pass a note to the correct person with a dollar clipped to it. Samantha passes it to the person whose name is on it. She makes money from the dollars that are clipped to it. The conflict arises when a girl named Olivia tries to steal Samanthaʼs idea of “secret passing” and Samantha doesnʼt know what to do. Olivia is getting more secrets now, and Samanthaʼs business isnʼt going well. This book didnʼt really work out for me because there wasnʼt enough action. It was very slow paced and I like fast paced books. Lauren Barnholdt is a great author, but this isnʼt one of her best books. If you like fast paced books and books with some action, I wouldnʼt recommend this for you.
Arts and Entertainment TRENDY WITH YOUR OWN TWIST
Rock Those Sneaks! By Betty Smith I get in trouble all the time for spending to much time on the computer. What am I doing? Designing my own sneakers, of course! I mean, jeez, what else would I do? I am obsessed with sneakers. I was so thrilled when I found sneakers that you could design yourself! Nike has hundreds of stylish sneaks that you can customize just the way you want them. First you pick what kind of fabric or design you would like, then the colors, and so on. What is another added plus about these Nike sneakers is that you can put you name on them. Nike doesnʼt only have customizable sneakers, but clothing too! This website should be the next addition to your bookmark bar. The other website that gives you ability to design your own sneakers is Converse. I love Converse because they are cute, hip, and less expensive than Nike. First you pick which converse sneaker, then add color and prints, lastly add your name! It is so much fun to play around with, even if you arenʼt going to buy them. If you do buy a pair of nice sneakers, you might want to wear them every other day because then they will last longer. Below are the websites that I spend a lot of my time exploring. Check them out. http://www.converse.com/#/products/shoes/converseOne/scratch/all http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/? cp=USNS_KW_0611081618&l=shop,home
Beyond the Feathers and Glitter An in-depth look into Lady Gaga’s fame and fans
By Jenna P. Everyone has heard the incredible songs, “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” written by the one and only Lady Gaga, but do you think Gaga is an incredible music pioneer or do you think she's just a freak in a neat dress? Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986 in Yonkers, NY. She was born into a family who believed in hard work and earning your way to the top. She attended the prestigious Roman Catholic all-girls school, Convent of the Sacred Heart in the Upper-East Side of the city. She learned to play the piano without any lessons or teaching by the age of 4. She attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for 2 years and then left the school to pursue a career. Although she wrote a few songs before, her career took off with her top single "Just Dance." With this song she showed the world that being an artist was more than just singing; in order to be an artist you had to give an incredible performance and tell an amazing story. She followed with "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance" which told tales of the price of love and romance. Lady Gaga's fans have a name- the “Little Monsters.” The “Little Monsters” are the most devoted fans of Gaga and refer to her as Mother Monster. These fans are not ordinary people, they are the outcasts, the unaccepted, and the neglected, all cared for by Mother Monster. The “Little Monsters” promote acceptance and love for all. So, whether you like Lady Gaga or not, you have to accept and understand that she is more than just a bunch of costumes; she is a light and a mother to many who are lost and in need of acceptance.
Food and Dining Eat Your Veggies! By Camille M. and Kate S. We decided to create this recipe because we have both recently become vegetarians. We want to learn more about how to maintain a balanced healthy diet no matter what type of vegetarian you are. It is important for everyone to look at the vegetarian food pyramid. This provides the suggested number of servings within each vegetarian food group to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need. If you eat according to the pyramid, you will get a good balance of all the nutrients. We decided to share what we have learned with you, the IDS community.
How to Make Tortilla Chips with Guacamole and Salsa Procedure: Chips: To make the chips, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tortillas into chip size wedges (about 8 chips per tortilla). Arrange the tortilla pieces on a baking sheet. Spritz them gently with water. Sprinkle salt over the top, and bake them in the preheated oven until they are crisp and lightly brown (about 20 minutes). Guacamole: To make the guacamole, peel and remove the pits from the avocados. In a medium-size bowl, mash the avocados until they are creamy. Stir in in the diced tomato. Add the garlic salt, and stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside. Salsa: To make the salsa, add the onion, garlic, and cilantro to a food processor bowl. Process for several seconds until finely chopped. Add the tomatoes, jalapeños, is using them, and the vinegar. Pulse several times to chop coarsely. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with the tortilla chips and guacamole.
Ingredients for the Tortilla Chips: 1. 4-6 (8-inch) corn tortillas 2. water 3. salt Ingredients for the Guacamole: 1. 2 medium-size ripe avocados 2. 1 medium-size tomato, diced 3. 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt Ingredients for the Salsa: 1. 1/ 3 cup minced onion 2. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 3. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 4. 2 large tomatoes, quartered 5. Jalapeños peppers (optional) 6. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 7. salt and freshly ground pepper
The Gasior Report Helping you to dine well in Connecticut Located on Main St in Middletown, Luce (pronounced Loo-chay) is a wonderful, little Italian restaurant close to home. The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. I chose to order the filet mignon as I am truly a meat lover. Our meal arrived very quickly. The steak was accompanied by lightly fried potatos and steamed broccoli. The steak was cooked perfectly to order. It was very juicy and melted in my mouth. The sides were nothing that special. The potatoes were potatoes, the broccoli was broccoli. In the seafood realm, my mother said that the oysters were disappointing, She felt that three out of the twelve oysters were ʻsuspect” oysters. One she thought was even too big to try to consume. The others had a strange consistency. She noted that typically the oysters are amazing, but that night they were just not right. Generally, Luce is an absolutely fabulous restaurant. Next time that you want Italian food, stop by Luce. You will not regret it.
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Answer Revealed Mini-Mystery #2: Which Door? Men or Me? In my last mini mystery, a girl didnʼt know which bathroom to go into because the doors read “MEN” and “ME.” Someone had scraped letters off the signs. The teacher explained that teenagers came into the school and scraped letters off BOTH doors. The bathroom reading “MEN” was the womenʼs bathroom and the bathroom reading “ME” was the menʼs bathroom. The bathroom reading MEN had to be the womenʼs bathroom, not the menʼs because letters were scraped off both doors. Had letters been scraped off only one of the doors, it would not have been as clear. There you have it! Another mystery solved.
We have just one more issue left for the 2010-2011 school year! In our next issue we will pay tribute to the departing 8th grade class and celebrate all that has happened at IDS this year.