Volume 7, Issue 1
October 19, 2016
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2016 ICGL THEME - CLIMATE by Dillon Williams Guest Writer
Climate, what is it? Some of us may think of it as whether or not it is raining outside. Well, yes and no. Climate is the weather conditions over a long, long period of time. Climate affects the entire planet and scientists agree that our planet is warming up fast! This affects the kind of food we grow, how we live, and also, where we go for vacation! The snow in ski areas is melting, and beaches are getting hotter and losing sand! Climate change is causing the polar caps to melt and giving us extreme weather, like droughts, floods, and storms. Our climate is changing due to many factors. The climate warms because the heat that comes into the earth’s atmosphere from the sun is being trapped by greenhouse gases – mainly carbon dioxide - so less heat is being let out of our atmosphere. These greenhouse gases are
Nicaragua, Padre Ramos Estuary by Claire Howell, Guest photographer
partially caused by our factories that burn fossil fuels, but they also come from all sorts of everyday activities, such as using electricity, heating our homes, and driving around town. You can see that the choices we make that seem insignificant can affect our planet in bigger ways than we can imagine.
What’s Going On in the Action Studio? by Laura Romig, Josie Swain, and Caroline Holbrook Staff Writers
Elizabeth Feagin, Luca Tanasa, Corey Lochan, Bianca Vaneri, Josie Swain, Caroline Holbrook and William Cummings demonstrate the marble run to the pre-firsters.
The 8th graders in the Design Exploration discovery class are having fun creating things while learning about our ICGL theme: climate. We discussed climate by stating what we knew and asking questions about what we didn't know. We learned how to “sketchnote” which is taking notes using drawings, and used that to write about climate.
Saving the World, One Room at a Time
by Jayla Wideman Staff Writer
We’ve all heard about the dangers of climate change and global warming. Oh, the ozone layer! Oh the heat! Oh, the polar bears! And we’ve all thought, Oh gosh, I hope I’m not alive when all of this happens! And we’ve continued on with our day. But what if you stopped We watched documentaries and videos about climate change and how it is affecting the environment, and are now working hard on our final climate projects. Each group chose a goal (mitigate, adapt, or raise awareness) and created a project based on something we learned that interested them. Project concepts ranged from t-shirts to videos to sculptures made from recycled materials, and we hope to present them to Pace soon. Everyone is having fun while learning more about climate. Overall, design is a creative, educational, and engaging class. For the 6th grade, the Action Studio is a special place where you can be as creative as you want. Buzz! That’s the sound
and wondered, What can I do? If we want to stop global warming, we need to start with the little things that WE can do. One of the big things that contributes to climate change is cars. Try a bike. Or even a motorcycle, or scooter! You could walk! And if you have to take a car, carpool! Save energy! You can turn off the lights when you leave a room and use energy-efficient light bulbs. Unplug your electronic devices when you’re not using them, and turn off the TV and video games when you’re not watching. Now, that’s not too hard, is it? And you can encourage your parents and brothers and sisters to do the same. When it’s cold outside, wear a sweater instead of putting your heat up high. And in summer, use more fans and less air
conditioning. Conserve water! Turn it off when you are brushing your teeth and take a speed-shower. Getting water ready for our use takes lots of energy! And, if you listened to what Dr. Hallum had to say at our assembly, you know what I’m going add here ... Plant a tree! Beautify our world while saving our climate! It always feels like we need to leave everything up to the adults … what difference can a kid make? But we can make a difference. We can do the things that I’ve suggested and we can also talk to adults to change their habits and to vote for people who want to work to save the planet. If we all join in our efforts, I’m sure that we will stop climate change and global warming. If we do it together!
Planting trees is one way to fight climate change. photo by John Catherman
you would have heard if worth it to see the smiles you had walked into the on the pre-firsters’ faces. DesignLab while we were They all stared in awe as working on our marble run we brought in the marble for the Pace pre-firsters. run. We were drilling, sawing, and constructing to make the many different elements. Some of us worked on cutting the dowels so they didn’t stick out as much. Others made funnels, and some made zip lines and pulley elevators. We tried to make the elevators motorized, but that didn’t work out too well. We constructed many accessories to go with the run, such as tunnels and boards as Eighth grader Daniel Boddie made a obstacles. This BIG solar powered fan for his final project in his Design Exploration discovery project took a lot of hard work, but it was class.
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MidKnight Times Pace Academy Garcia Family Middle School 966 West Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30327 404-262-1345 MidKnightTimes@paceacademy.org Published by the Middle School Students of Pace Academy Member of Georgia Scholastic Press Association Editor-in-chief Alivia Wynn 8th grade Isabel Battista, Ned Coleman, Claire Howell, Amalie Little, Noah Prout, Laura Romig 7th grade Brigid Arndt, Madison Auchincloss, Nikki Byrne, Reese Cleveland, Katie Cochran, Julia Holmes, Asata Manigault, Jayla Wideman 6th grade Ellie Gabriel, Eloise Gaudet, Emma Goodman, Caroline Holbrook, Hartley Loomis, Sheza Merchant, Josie Swain, Charlotte Vadnais, Alice Voigt, Chloe Wilbert MS Newspaper Club Photographers Emily Butler, Sophie Ellis, Eloise Gaudet, Emma Goodman, Alice Voigt Faculty Advisors Mrs. Laura Inman, Mrs. Fé Patriciu
Nicaragua Trip by Claire Howell Staff Writer
This past summer, twelve students got the amazing opportunity to visit Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This terrific trip started with a drive to Padre Ramos Estuary, in the northwest corner of Nicaragua. There, we learned about this special place from our hilarious and fun tour guide, David. Padre Ramos is one of the only nesting areas for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle, and the locals in this community are key to saving this animal. We explored the jungle surrounding the estuary, had a mangrove tour, hiked up a mountain, tagged and caught a female turtle, went on nightly turtle patrols, and had a beach cleanup. Next, we headed to the colonial city of Leon, where we climbed to the roof of the second largest
Sir Robert Swan, one of the world’s most famous polar explorers and environmental leaders, has walked to both the North and South Poles. During his walks, he experienced the effects of global warming and now works towards the preservation of Antarctica.
Dr. Anne Hallum has been planting trees in Guatemala for over 22 years to combat global warming and is an activist tackling hunger, rural education, and environmental destruction in Central America.
Why I Wouldn’t Vote for Either Trump or Clinton
I consider this 2016 election a complete and utter mess due to the pathetic excuses we have as the main candidates. Our two main choices are the embarrassing and imbecilic Donald Trump and the crooked Hillary Clinton. To start, I think that the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, is a buffoon whose campaign is a joke.
His main issues are loosening gun control laws, building a pricey and ineffective wall on the Mexican border, and banning all Muslims from the country. All three of these seem stupid, and in the last case, a violation of the 2nd amendment of the Constitution. He also has said many questionable things, such as “I was there at 7/11”. Trump has also shown himself to be racist, sexist, and bigot-
part of our journey to Costa Rica right after surfing lessons. Everyone liked surfing, but the number of us who mastered it was very small. Nile said, “I really liked surfing, although I wasn’t good at it!” While in Costa Rica, we rivertubed, rode horses, jumped off of waterfalls, zip-lined, and hiked in a national park. This was a fabulous ending to a awesome trip and we were all sad to leave Central America.
Kate Grabowski relaxes in Costa Rica. Photo by Mr. Richardson
Why I Would Vote for Hillary Clinton
Special Guests Talk About Climate
by Harley Ryan Guest Writer
cathedral in Latin America. We finished the night with some yummy Nicaraguan food, such as gallo pinto (rice and beans), plantains, and meats. The next part of our journey was a visit to Granada where we took a boat tour of Lake Nicaragua and the surrounding isletas (365 islands formed by volcanic eruptions). We went to a pinata factory where disabled Nicaraguan adults work. “I thought it was great that we could learn a skill from people who had disabilities,” said Dillon Carroll. After a good night’s sleep, we travelled to the Pueblos Blancos and learned about the traditional Mayan style of pottery. One of the most unforgettable parts of the trip was when we ventured to the top of the Masaya volcano at night. We could see the lava glowing and bubbling. We embarked on the next
by Emma Goodman Staff Writer
In my opinion, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate for President of the United States. She has the experience, skills, and platform to lead the nation. If elected, Hillary would be the first woman President. She is used to being the first to do things. She was the first woman to be made a full partner at the Little Rock, Arkansas Rose Law Firm. When Mr. Clinton was President, she became the first First Lady to hold a law degree and have an office in the West Wing of the White House. She was the first First Lady to win a Grammy Award (in 1997, for It Takes a Village) and be on the cover of Vogue. She was the first First Lady elected to the Senate and the first female senator from New York. And to top everything off, she served as the US Secretary of State during the Obama administration. Bottom line, she has a lot of experience. Hillary takes a strong stand on many important issues. She is a supporter of sustainable environments. She wants to restore and revitalize more than 3,000 city parks and modernize how we protect our great outdoors. She has a strong platform on water preservation that involves protecting the Colorado River. Clinton supports some measure of gun control, including stronger background checks and keeping certain military weapons out of our communities. Hillary was Secretary of State and has strong and proven relationships with the governments of other countries. Finally Hillary supports women and men, black and white, young and old, gay and straight. She will protect your rights. Hillary 2016!!
ed to everyone other than himself. Trump has refused to release his tax returns which makes me suspicious if he is paying them. I think that the other candidate, Hillary Clinton, is a liar and a cheat. She plans to raise taxes, extend the affordable care act, and not put boots on the ground against terrorists in the Middle East. These policies are against my own personal beliefs, but the
main problem I have with her is her ineffectiveness in solving problems and the numerous lies she seems to have told. She tried to cover up the incident at the embassy at Benghazi and sent government emails from a personal account. Hillary also makes big money by speaking and uses these funds to pay for personal projects. For those of you who agree with me in thinking that these are
terrible choices, then have no fear, because there is one more candidate in the race. That person is Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. Johnson is the governor of New Mexico and currently has nine percent of the popular vote. While most of his policies are rather unclear, he is running under the effective “I’m not Trump or Clinton” banner. I hope that Johnson somehow pulls a miracle and wins this election.
Volume 7, Issue 1 7th Grade goes to Historic Banning Mills by Grant Thompson Guest Writer
For our retreat, the 7th graders took to the rapids in Columbus, Georgia. During role call, we got a laugh from the butchering of students names. We enjoyed “surfing” rapids and floating on the lazy river. “I enjoyed the rafting trip because our guide made it really fun for us when we were going down the rapids,” said Henry Smith. Some students decided to paint their faces with mud and others had fun jumping out of their rafts into the warm water at the end. To conclude our journey, we had a sack lunch by the river. Later that day, we arrived at Banning Mills, where we hit the zipline, zipping down the beautiful valley on one of the largest zip-line courses in the world! After an exhausting day, we devoured our first meal at Banning Mills. Af-
ter that, we were treated to a great improv performance by some students from West Georgia. Worn out after a long day, we slept like babies in our luxurious cabins. The next day, we participated in team building activities. One of the main activities was the physically and mentally demanding ropes course. Many students showed great perseverance like Thea Chastain, who did the entire ropes course in a boot! We also played team-building games like relay races and “acid river.” In acid river, you use blocks of wood to get across “the river.” A favorite was chicken baseball, where we threw a rubber Cole Kaplan, Nora Wagoner, Jack chicken and ran Siegenthaler, Mr. Lopuzinski, Thea around in circles Chastain, and Mira Solomon run the while the opposing rapids. Photo by Mr. Richardson
What I Will Miss in Haiti and the DR by Isabel Battista Staff Writer
This past summer I was a part of the group that went to Haiti and the Dominican Republic as an ICGL trip. I saw and experienced so many emotions, foods, and places, so, obviously there are a lot of things that I will miss. One thing that I will miss are the tastes of all the Haitian and Dominican food that I ate on my trip there. I will miss the taste of beans and rice and Haitian oatmeal, which is an oatmeal drink that has vanilla, anise, and cinnamon in it. I also will miss the taste of the sodas and juices on the island of Hispaniola. I had lots of sour passion fruit juice in Haiti, and lots of sweet passion fruit juice in the Dominican Republic. I also had a lot of strawberry soda called Country Club and an amazing pineapple soda called Kola Real. I will miss the ice cream biscocci, stracciatella, and kokolone - three amazing flavors. Biscocci, is like a biscotti cake ice cream, stracciatella is a gelato with chocolate shavings in it, and kokolone is a chocolate or nutella ice cream with chunks of white chocolate and malt balls in it. All
team members tried to pass it through their legs. We had an hour of free time where we could go to the pool, check out the puttputt course, or just hang out with friends. As a conclusion to our day we had a blast doing a square dance. On our last day at Banning Mills, we attended a birds of prey presentation that included some insight into their history and the presentation of the birds themselves. After that we packed up and headed back to Pace after a great trip of learning and fun.
Project Esperanza building. I will miss seeing cable cars climbing Isabel de Torres Mountain to a statue much like the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. I will miss smelling the chocolate in the Chocolate Museum in Santo Domingo, where chocolate can be both made and bought. Luckily, however, I brought some of that home with me in the form of bitter, 100% chocolate and chocolate strawberry lip balm. I will also miss the smell of Haitian seafood freshly caught and grilled, the smell of salty air, and the smell of Casa Sanchez’s conditioner, which smells exactly like bubble gum. I am going to miss all of these things, and so much more.
three are delicious! I will miss the sounds of motorcycles, guaguas, Dominican taxi buses, and crowded taxis that carry way too many people for the size of the cars. I will also miss all the music sung in Kreyol, French, Dominican, and Spanish, along with the occasional hit from the USA. The little kids laughing, talking, running around, my Haitian and Dominican friends that speak French talking to me in the perfect speed, so that I could understand them; that will all be missed. From my sense of touch, I will miss carrying my favorite children, Amélie, Marayah and Julie, and making handshakes with Jennylove, a ten year old that I adore. I wish I could once again feel the worn-down leather of guagua seats, and the silk curtains and tassels on the curtains of the nicer ones. I will miss seeing all of the beauty and color even in run-down buildings. I will miss seeing crowded streets, tall mountains everyMs. Eckhardt with new friends at where, beaches, and Project Esperanza in the DR. the painted, dusty, Photo by Ms. Hermosillo
MidKnight Times, page 3 6th Grade heads to Camp Woodlands by Eloise Gaudet and Alice Voigt Staff Writers Aiden Carroll, Philip Cronje, and Forest Pollard take to the water. Photo by Ms. O’Neil
In August, the 6th grade went to Camp Woodlands. We did team building activities to help us learn to trust and work well with our classmates. One of the favorites was the wall where we had to get our classmates up and over a ten foot wall. Another favorite was the spiderweb where we had to get our classmates through different openings in a web without touching it. While my group was at it, we saw a snake! After the team challenges, counselors took the groups over to a huge tower where we had the opportunity to ride a huge zipline and a giant swing. The zipline was about 40 feet high. The counselors attached your harness to the wire and you just stepped off. It took me a little bit
to work up the courage to step off, but it was amazing when I did. Another activity was the giant swing. We were harnessed to a swing which was tied to pole. We started to ride backward, then when you are at the top, you counted down 3..2..1… and you pulled a wire and you were soaring through the air. On the waterfront, there were a blob, water slide, trapeze , a basketball court in the water and a beach to hang out on. My personal favorite was the blob because my friends and I loved the thrill of soaring through the air. The 6th graders loved when the teachers blobbed them such as Mr. Shupe and Mr. Marshburn.The trip will be one that we never forget.
7th First Fridays Begin with a Bang! by Claire Farinella and Berkeley Hamel Guest Writers
Harper White, Catherine Crawford, Shilezah Thobani, Taylor Knowlton, and Megna Singha playing on the rocks at Hurricane Shoals. Photo by Mr. Richardson
For the First Friday of the 7th grace school year, the class of 2022 ventured to Maysville, GA to Hurricane Shoals National Park. We started off the day with lunch along the rocks that were in and around the water. After we ate, it was time to dive in! After we dipped our toes in the cool water, only the bravest dared to make a splash! The rocks were slippery and smooth but also grassy and wet, which caused everyone to lose balance and plunge into the rapids. Then we were pushed by the strong currents toward the rocky, shallow, and unpredictable
rapids where we would find the most slippery rock of them all… the sliding rock. Once discovered, even the teachers jumped in and got in on the water slide action. Then, as we made our way back up the rapids ttowards the top, that’s when things got interesting. Every step was like a devilish guessing game! All of us went extremely slow, asking ourselves, “Am I gonna fall, or not? Is there a hole, or not?” After the festivities were over and the excitement died down, we headed back to the buses which carried us away from a great trip and a day we will never forget.
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Welcome New Teachers! If you’ve heard news of a Westminster Wildcat prowling the hallways of Pace Academy, never fear- the Westminster wildcat is Ms. Given, but she’s completely converted to a Pace Knight now. Ms. Given, Pace’s excellent new 7th grade history teacher and cross country coach, is an Atlanta native, then she lived up in the sparkling city of New York for awhile. She went to Washington & Lee University, has an impressive master’s degree in secondary education from Vanderbilt, and has an adorable, crazy cute 11 month-old daughter, Berkeley. Anyway, Ms. Given says she’s a fan of the Bulldogs and loves reading (and claims she’ll dominate in Reading Karate this year, so watch out!) She also loves Netflix, writing about history, running, Jalisco’s Mexican restaurant, and Whole Foods. She is learning to sew like her awesome Nonna from Sicily, Italy, because grandmas rock! Ms. Given is happy to
Mrs. Given explains some history to her 7th graders. Photo by Emily Butler
be back in Atlanta, but she also adores to travel, and her favorite city to wander in is London, and her favorite country she’s been to is lovely France. Ms. Given enjoys learning new things, especially history, and she’s most fascinated with the U.S. Revolutionary War. She says that her middle school teachers would probably describe her middle-school-self as loud, energetic, and very hardworking. I think Pace Academy is very lucky to welcome Ms. Given to our crazy 7th grade floor! - by Giana Karamonolis
Most people don’t know that the 7th grade is harboring our very own hero, Gibby Hieser! Ever since 4th grade she has been the proud creator of the charity Pencil Orphanage which is devoted to helping schools that may not be as fortunate as Pace. It all started when Gibby noticed a custodian sweeping up perfectly usable pencils from the ground, some even looking as if they just came out of a brand new pack! It was such a waste and she knew that there were plenty of places that
She has twins, Hunter and Jane, who are in pre-first at Pace. She also has two cats, Pete and Frank. Her husband is Dan and they have a little garden that they call the Murphy Family Farm. Her favorite bands are The Talking Heads and Shovels and Rope. Her favorite song is If Not For You by Bob Dylan. The coolest thing that she has ever done is a sleep-away camp on a boat. - by Nikki Byrne
Ms. Murphy with students Gracie Heineman, Carly Appel, Hannah Ginser and Emma Stewart Maske. Photo by Eloise Gaudet
We are glad to welcome Ms. Murphy as our new art teacher. She used to live in North Carolina, but she grew up in Maryland. Some things that she enjoyed doing in middle school were yearbook committee and morning announcements. Her favorite color is kelly green and she adores coffee. She teaches yoga and loves to be outside. Some of her favorite things to do in art are screen printing and pretty much anything that’s messy. Recently she has been repainting her mailbox. Other things she likes to do are running, camping, and playing with her kids.
7th grade Hero, Gibby Heiser by Eleanor DuPree Guest Writer
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weren’t able to have their own school supplies like the essential pencil. So with the help of her family and friends, the Pencil Orphanage was born! Gibby even created the Orphanage - a homely red decorated box for people to drop off pencils they’ve found on the floor that would eventually be thrown away. Then after the box was filled up, to the point where the pencils practically leap out, she takes them home to package them evenly! The packs have special criteria too; they can’t have the Ticonderoga My First pencils
In the 7th grade, we have a new pre-algebra math teacher teacher, Ms. Freudenstein. She is a fun candy-giving character. She is from Atlanta and went to UGA. She taught for eight years at Wheeler High School and has been tutoring math for over ten years. Ms.Freudenstein has two children, a son Carter who is in the 6th grade at Pace, a daughter, Ansley, a husband, Mack, and two dogs, Baxter & Dooley. She coaches her daughter's tophat soccer team. When she was a middle schooler, she was a new and shy kid who loved the Jetsons and Flintstones. Now she likes Modern Family. Her favorite Christmas present was a trampoline, and she got her first phone in college. In addition to her love of math, she likes running, hiking, tennis, and travel. We all love our new math teacher. - by Julia Holmes
Ms. Freudenstein with Maggie Pope, Mackenzie Martin, Raina Moseley, Dylan Baker, Jayla Wideman, and Reese Cleveland. Photo by Sophia Ellis
Ms. Colquitt works with Emily Butler on a science lab.
and the pencils have to be at least the size of an IPhone 4 and not gross. The pack must contain one fun colored pencil, two with a good eraser, one short, one tall and the rest are miscellaneous so to speak. Receiving pencils from the Pencil Orphanage has put huge smiles on students’ faces! I’ve had the honor of helpin out and when it was time to leave, my heart was melting! Gibby is truly an awe inspiring person and will go on to do great things; she’s already given a TED talk! If you don’t know what a TED talk is, it’s a nonprofit devoted to spreading new ideas with
We are so happy that Ms. Colquitt has rejoined the Middle School as the 8th grade science teacher after teaching 4th grade in the Lower School. Did you know that Ms.Colquitt hates monkeys? In fact, for just this reason, monkey brown is her least favorite color! While she hates monkeys, she loves coffee ice cream with espresso pillows from Frosty Frogs. To bring her back to her middle school days, we asked what was her favorite band and it was Guns N’ Roses! In fact she says she still likes it till this day. Some other things she still likes include the movie Steel Magnolias. If you want to know more, just go up to her! She is a wonderful person. I know you will love to talk to! And from an 8th grade point of view, Amalie Little reports that Ms. Colquitt is a really unique teacher, as she employs certain techniques in science class that are a little unconventional. Amalie says, “We often work in groups to solve a common goal. The class is based on students diving into the material and coming to conclusions, rather than just learning from the teacher. We often solve problems that challenge us to think outside the box and to use different skills, such as physics.” Ms. Colquitt is a very effective teacher and one of a kind. - by Chloe Wilbert Check our next issue to learn more about new teachers Mr. Williams, Ms. Fallon and Ms. Pottorff
talks that are 18 minute or less. She spoke about how she sends the pencils with church missionaries to save money, and told about a woman in Kenya who said that pencils were so valuable that whenever they got one they would break it in half and keep one at home. Now, thanks to Pencil Orphanage, they won’t have
to do that! Besides the Pencil Orphanage, Gibby has numerous hobbies. She’s part of the Pace Equestrian team, with a passion for horseback riding Not only that, but she’s a terrific friend and student. Pace is unbelievably blessed to have Gibby Heiser as part of our community!
Gibby Heiser distributes pencils to children in Kenya. Photo by Mrs. Heiser