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
Volume 7, Issue 1 Law and Order + Fairy Tales = FUN!
by Jacqueline Cunningham Guest Writer
What do you get when you combine the classic format of Law and Order with some of your favorite nursery rhymes and fairy tales? You get our fall play, Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit! When an unknown perpetrator (Ben Schiffer as the Big, Bad Wolf) knocks down multiple houses, it is up to Detectives H.D. (Jack Brown) and Cindy (Olivia
Ullman) to uncover what happened and find the perp. Meanwhile, District Attornys Stiltskin (Jake Buffenbarger) and Merm (Jacqueline Cunningham) must make sure that the victims, the three little pigs (Leah Favero, Mackenzie Martin and Lauren Smith) get justice. Other fairytale characters who are interrogated for the crime include Hansel (Lewis Todd) and
Gretel (Maggie Pope,) who speak with German accents and feed birds. Also questioned are Jack (Harley Ryan,) Jill (Giselle Strong,) and Pinocchio (Alivia Wynn.) The cops who help solve the crime are Zelle, short for Rapunzel (Olivia Healey,) Goldylocks (Giana Karamanolis) and the Ugly D (Maggie Lyon.) The judge, F. Godmother, is played by Amalie Little. Mr. Campbell says, “I’m excited about the show because there are over 150 references to fairy tale stories and pop culture. It’s the wittiest play the Middle School has ever produced.”
MidKnight Times, page 5 Behind the Scenes props ready for the actors. by Katie Cochran Staff Writer
Hello! I have had the most wonderful opportunity to get to know the stage crew in Law and Order! Nikki Byrne and I were on stage left. Brigid, Charlotte, and Ellie were on stage right (photo to right.) Each side of the stage had a headset so we could communicate without walking across. We moved the heave set pieces and got the
I'm also helped out with hair and makeup! Everyone had eyeliner, blush, foundation, and lip gloss/lip stick. It was so much fun working with the makeup/ hair crew and the stage crew. I hope I get a chance to do it again soon.
Things You Didn’t Know about Mr. Anderson by Emma Goodman Staff Writer
What was your favorite subject in middle school? Probably Math, because there is always a clear, correct answer. What is your favorite thing a middle school teacher has ever done? The creation of ‘Team Challenge Day’ because it is competitive, yet supportive. If you could have had any pet in middle school what would it be? A turtle, because I was not very responsible in middle school. What was your favorite sport in middle school? Whatever was in season, but I really liked basketball and kickball. Did you play any instruments in school? I actually played French Horn in school.
Names in the News Mr. Rouviere, our Strength and Conditioning coach and MS Health teacher, has always had red,white, and blue as his flag, being from France. But recently he added the stars and stripes to his collection because he passed the difficult test to become an American citizen. We had a special assembly and a red, white and blue dress down day in honor of him. Mr. Anthony said “Many people think Mr. Rouviere is lucky to be at Pace but it is really Pace who is lucky to have him with us.” Next time you see Mr. Rouviere be sure say “Congratulations!” - by Ellie Gabriel
After competing in Nationals in Moultie, Ga. this summer, 8th grader Lizzie Kaye was recognized as the 16th best diver in the nation in the 12-13 age group. Lizzie dives year round with Atlanta Diving at Georgia Tech, as well as being on the Pace MS diving team. Lizzie says that her goal in diving is to go to the Olympics! Go Lizzie! Go Knights!
Sixth grader Amartya Kallingal has been accepted into the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. He’s been playing violin since he was three, and his dad teaches him. He practices up to two hours per day. At Pace, he plays saxophone in band!
Marit Uyham is a 6th grader who won a lovebased, February, 2016 Cricket poetry contest with her poem How to make a Valentine. She received a certificate and her poem was published in the contest’s magazine.
Sixth grader Easton Kincaid has done twelve triathlons, having started racing when he was five. He has mostly won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. He recently started a multi-sport group with a coach who competes in Ironman triathlons . He’s on the Cross Country team and plays soccer and swims at Dynamo.
Pranavh Pradeep, 7th grade, is a member of the Cricket Academy USA team. He’s been playing cricket “forever” and plays against teams from all over the US. His dad plays too and owns three teams that play in the Atlanta Premium League. Pranavh’s best position is bowling, which is like pitching, and his goal is to play for the Under-15 US Cricket Team.
October 19, 2016 Get Going, with Pokemon Go by Alivia Wynn Editor-in-Chief
to walk around to play so you can’t stay inside. The game is so addicting that you usually end up walking around for hours. Jack Brown says that Pokemon Go really helped him become more active. As crazy as it may seem, you can get hurt playing Pokemon Go. If you are not paying attention to your surrounding, you could walk into a busy road. So please, when you are on the go, stay safe. Now that you understand Pokemon Go, get out there and catch them all.
Halloween Treats by Sheza Merchant and Emma Goodman Staff Writers
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past two months, then you have probably heard of Pokemon Go. This game is an app that allows you to catch Pokemon in real life, as if they were in the same real-world location as you, using your mobile device. Pokemon are constantly spawning all around the world. In the game you can do battle for your team, with the Pokemon that you catch. You can choose to represent team Mystic, Instinct or Valor. You can also evolve your Pokemon. The more Pokemon you catch, the more Pokemon get registered to your pokedex get. Playing Pokemon Ben Leach and Ronak Lalaji check is a great source of out their Pokemon. Photo by Alice Voigt exercise. You have
To get the fall off to a great start, here’s a recipe for Witchs’ Brooms that you will have a blast making and eating. You only need three ingredients: Pretzel sticks Frosting Mini Reese’s 1. Add frosting to the end of the pretzel. 2. Put the frosted end of the pretzel onto the small end of the Reese’s. 3. Enjoy Deliciousness!
and a dangerous mystical force. The show is rated TV-14 as a common sense maturity rating. The show features stars Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine. Season One is only eight episodes long, but there will be a second season, to be released in 2017. Watch Season One soon so you’ll be caught up for Season Two. It’s a really great show.
by Alivia Wynn Editor-in-Chief
On July 15, 2016 Netflix released their original series Stranger Things. The show is about four twelve year old boys who are best friends Dustin, Luke, Will, and Mike - who live in a small Indiana town in 1983. One day on the way home on
his bike, Will mysteriously disappears. Will’s mother searches frantically for him while the police chief does his own investigation. While searching, Dustin, Luke, and Mike meet a telekinetic girl who ran away from the nearby lab where she was being experimented on. The girl, named Eleven, claims to know where Will is and helps the boys search for their friend. As they go on a journey to find Will, they unlock secrets about a secret government agency
Chickens in the Back Yard by Hartley Loomis Staff Writer
What pets do you have? A dog? A cat? I have six bantam chickens who are so amazingly sweet! Gorby and Peewee are both White Crested Black Polish Chicks, Opie is a Cochin, Sussie is a Plymouth Rock, Nugget is a Buff Brahmas, and Butterball is a D’uccle. I have been raising chickens for four months now. They are very entertaining, they will give you free breakfast, they can play with you, and even though
they poop a lot, you can sell their poop to farmers since it’s such good plant fertilizer! On the other hand, even though you can sell their poop, they will start to stink after a while, which isn’t fun when you’re taking care of them. They can also get very broody which means that they won’t let you come near them, but if you have a broody hen, she will protect all of the baby chicks. My chicks live in a little red coop. It is very pretty and fits them all comfortably and has a huge run.
MidKnight Times, page 6 Mrs. Peregrine’s Home ... by Charlotte Vadnais Staff Writer
Recently, I read the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It is a very thrilling and awesome book. It is about a young boy named Jacob who has a grandfather who as a young boy, escaped World War II and lived in a home for refugees on an
island in Wales. As Jacob gets older, his grandfather starts going a bit crazy. One night, his grandfather dies but right before he does, he tells Jacob a weird riddle. Jacob interprets it as instructions to go to the home for refugees where he lived as a kid during the war. Jacob travels there with his father and discovers a mysterious secret about the home…. I think it is a very good and excitement-filled book and I recommend it. I have also read the second book in the series, Hollow City, which is more about Jacob and his adventures. The third one, Library of Souls, I haven’t read, but I definitely recommend all three of the books.
Best Shows on Netflix and Hulu by Brigid Arndt and Asata Maginault Staff Writers
They happily peck at the ground all day and then they go up into their bed at night. The coop was built by a guy named Wayne. You can tell him what type of coop you want and he will build it for you! As weird as it sounds,the chicks were delivered in the mail. They came from a hatchery called My Pet Chicken where you can also get all of your chicken stuff. For example, they sell different types of chickens, coops, feed, etc. I really enjoy having chickens! They have been so fun to raise!
Below are our favorite shows that you can watch on Netflix or Hulu. They are all rated either TVY7 (for age seven and up) or TV-PG (parental guidance suggested.) The Flash - This is about the DC Comics superhero, Flash. Agents of SHIELD - About a group of SHEILD agents who try to defeat an unknown enemy. Young Justice - About the sidekicks of DC Comics Justice League. Avengers Assemble - About Marvel’s most amazing superhero team, The Avengers. Merlin - The adventures of King Arthur and Merlin. The Tomorrow People - About the super-powered people called the Tomorrow People. Wolf Blood - About a family of Wolfbloods (werewolves.) Rwby - About a team training to be huntresses who protect the world from Grimm and other bad guys. Once Upon A Time - About fairy tale characters who are trapped in our world and their Savior. Naruto- - About a village of ninjas. Clone Wars - About Anakin Skywalker before he was Darth Vader. The Messengers - About seven people who try to stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. White Collar -Follows the story of convicted bond forger, Neal Caffery and his partner, FBI agent Peter Burke. Cupcake Wars - This is a cupcake-making competition to decide the best cupcake baker. Glee - Follows a teacher who fights to turn underdog glee club members into winners. The Batman - Follows the adventures of The Batman.
6th grader Hartley Loomis with a few of her chickens and her chicken coop. Photo by Mrs. Loomis
Volume 7, Issue 1
DIY Phone Case
MidKnight Times, page 7 Student Council’s First Project
by Kaite Cochran DIY Editor and Staff Writer
Why pay full price for a boring phone case? Instead, decorate your own and express your creativity and show your personality for less money! Here are three different types of phone cases to inspire you! You can buy clear phone cases from Amazon.
The College-Logo Phone Case
To make the college phone case you will need: • acrylic paints of your choice (I borrowed mine from Ms. Cowles!) • modge podge (from Michel’s) • a paintbrush. 1. Paint one coat of paint on the outside of your case. 2. Let it dry, then paint another coat. 3. Take some other colored paint and paint your favorite college’s logo on it. 4. Let it dry, then finish it off with a coat of modge podge!
The Paisley Phone Case
Materials needed: • a silver sharpie • modge podge 1. Draw little designs all over your clear case with the silver sharpie. You can also just do half of the phone case. 2. Finally, just top it off with a layer of modge podge.
The Monogram Case
Middle School Student Council set up a wonderful book exchange these past several weeks! Students could drop off books to earn excellence points (and Hershey kisses!) and take home books they wanted to read. At the end, remainKatie prepares to sprinkle glit- ing books were donated to a local nonprofit. ter on a phone case. Photo
Materials: by Emma Goodman • gold glitter • 3 different shades of the paint color of your choice. 1. Start to paint using the darkest color. Only paint a small portion of the bottom. 2. Next, use your medium paint and paint the middle. Make the transition smooth by blending where the two colors meet. 3. Take your lightest color and repeat the process at the top of the case. 4. Let each application of paint dry before moving on to the next step! 5. Now you’re ready for your monogram! Take the Modge podge and paint your letter onto the middle of the case. Sprinkle your glitter and let it dry. 6. After everything dries, do one last layer of Modge podge and you’re done!
I hope these instructions are helpful! They might even make good Christmas, Hannukah or birthday presents! Remember, look in the next issue for more helpful DIYs!
Fashion Fabulous by Reese Cleveland and Helena Harris Staff Writers
As we have always said in our Fashion Fabulous articles, the clothing and accessories you wear are a great way to show your unique style. For example, whether you love to wear darker colors or bright ones, stars or stripes, black or white, plaid or plain, just dress the way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. Trending this sea-
son for girls in all grades Teacher Fashion are skater skirts, Adidas suby Claire Farinella perstar tennis shoes, Amer- Staff Writer ican Eagle soft shirts, and leggings (on dress down days). For hair, girls this season are doing high and side ponytails, and Dutch, French, and French pigtail braids. Also, more girls are wearing their hair down with a side part. For boys, this year’s style is college and Pace sweatshirts, plain colored shorts, Vineyard Vines shirts, and high-top tennis shoes. Nike clothing is pretty popular right now as well. Sixth graders Forest Pollard and Colin Koch sport Pace sweatshirts for the chillier weather.
Skater skirts are in for 7th graders Laura Arenth, Harper White, and Sara Elizabeth Haydon.
Student Council President Leah Nuffer and 8th grade Student Council members Ashley Myers and Isabel Battista check out the book selection.
photo by Claire Farinella
by Jeb Bring Staff Cartoonist
Hood have been running together, closely followed by rookie Elizabeth Feagin and veterans Jordan White, The MS Cross Maggie Jenkins, and Kate Country team has had a strong season so far. We’ve Jonas. Runner George Blahad six meets, including a ha says, “I like XC because small battle at Westminster I really enjoy racing other people and trying to beat and an enormous meet in Cartersville, the Wingfoot them but I also like being on the team and helping XC Classic. The team has been joined by many rook- contribute. I also like that ies who are excited to race. anyone can be a great runner and size doesn't matter.” The brothers Blaha and The girls are 42-6 on the Robert Mallis continue to season, and the boys are 45lead the boys, with newcomers Easton Kincaid and 11. We have the Marist and Brian Lee joining the mix. State Championship meets Laura Romig and Kathryn left, and look forward to a great finish to the season. by Laura Romig Staff Writer
Mr. Shupe reports that his “fashion sensibility” is a “blend of 50s greaser era, 20s New York City, Jay Farrar, and the 3rd or 4th Jim Henson muppet ever created.” We agree that it’s not a bad look for the Middle School!
The Blahas take the lead at the beginning of the meet.
Kathryn Hood pulls ahead to beat Lovett.
October 19, 2016 Football
by Ned Coleman Staff Writer
MidKnight Times, page 8 7th Volleyball
by Madison Auchincloss Staff Writer
by Claire Howell Staff Writer
by Hannah Vincent and Ashley Myers Staff Writers
by Amalie Little Staff Writer
Amalie Little swims laps to train for water polo. Photo by Sophia Ellis
Myles Morris sets up a long Hail Mary. Photo by Mr. Assaf
The Middle School football team had a great season this year. The team was made up of mostly 8th grade veterans. Our starting quarterback was 7th grader Miles Morris, the tight end was Tripp Trimble and the starting wide receivers were Josh Mininberg and Logan Baker. The season highlights were both against Landmark Christian. Pace had never beat the War Eagles in Middle School Football History. Our team planned to turn that around. Our first game was during the 7th grade trip, so we lost our QB, Miles Morris, and a starting tackle, Nile Bennett. They were replaced by Josh Mininberg and Hayden Schwartz. We beat them 12-6! In our last game, we got to replay Landmark. The offense started out strong with a touchdown from Ned Coleman. Then, the defense got a great stop and Josh Mininberg got a touchdown. After that, the defense gave up a touchdown to leave the score at the half 14-7. Right out of the gate in the second half, the Landmark offense got a well-played touchdown. Then, the offense got the ball, they tried to score, but fell short. Next, the defense gave up another touchdown giving Landmark the lead 20-14. On the kickoff, Tripp Trimble returned the ball all the way to tie up the game! Now it was down to Pearson Bates to make the winning field goal. Then I hear “Line down, line down. Team Set.” The ball is snapped. I look up and see the piece of leather soar through the middle of the goalposts to win the game. Overall, the MS Football Team had a great season, ending 3-3.
Dylan Baker goes up for the set.
The 7th Grade Volleyball Knights are back and better than ever. Coached by Jen McGurn and Kendra Broadbent, early on, we celebrated victories against Woodward, Westminster and Lovett. We beat Holy Innocents’, Inman and Sutton before taking a break for the class trip. When we returned, we beat GAC, making the Knights 9-0 before suffering a tough loss to Westminster in the third set. At the Lovett playdate, we did everything that we could and we played very well but lost all three games. The season wrapped up with a win against Norcross, and wins/losses against Holy Innocents and Peachtree Middle School. The Knights rounded out the season with a spectacular record of 12-5. We had a impressive season on the whole, with many notable contributions. Taylor Knowlton remarked, “My favorite part of volleyball is the teamwork, and how we are so close and we always play our best and really encourage each other.” Julia Holmes served up points all season and said that her favorite thing about volleyball was playing in the games. Megan Hardesty, often making runs of ten points and one of the most energetic people on the team, noted that her favorite things were playing with her teammates and having fun. Coach Jen McGurn said, “The girls come to practice excited and ready to work hard. Even though most have limited experience, the girls are very coachable. This team has a lot of potential and can do great things if they continue to put in the time and effort.” Go Knights!
Sydney Silverstein winds up for a fast curve ball.
This year, MS softball had an amazing season. We finished with 12 wins and only six losses, and played very well every game, only losing by three points to the best team in the league, Lovett. We had three very talented pitchers, Leah Faser, Madison Hadley, and Sydney Silverstein. Our 8th grade pitcher, Sydney, pitched more strikes than we could count! Our catchers were Lane Brickley and Madison Hadley. They both had strong arms and they could throw someone out at any base. First basemen, Madison Martin and Leah Faser could catch any ball and our third baseman, Sara Mazur, had some amazing catches. Second basemen, Mary Paige Pope, Kathleen Glass, Emma Beth Neville, and Josie Swain let very few balls get by them. Our shortstop, Helena Harris could make any play. Outfielders Claire Howell, Sophie Shapiro, Marley Venturi, and Brianne Hingst all had some great plays and let almost no balls past. The Knights were up against some tough pitchers, but we were able to adjust to the speed of the pitches and got some amazing hits. Eighth grader Lane Brickley had two terrific home runs. The Knights were especially proud of 6th graders Leah, Sarah, Madison, Emma Beth, and Victoria, who went up against extremely hard pitchers and got us some great hits. This season was one of the best the softball team has had, and we all had lots of fun while learning and improving our skills.
Hanna VIncent keeps the bal in play.
The 8th grade volleyball team was such a great team and was a success in games. We finished our season 11-7 and had a ton of fun while playing! At the end of the season, Elliot Mathis said, “This is my last year playing volleyball, and I wouldn’t have wanted it to be with any other team.” Hanna Pace added, “This was a really fun season and we improved so much.” We loved every second of it and Coach Heacock and Coach Boyer helped us stay positive throughout the season and helped us get a better understanding of the game. There were times when we were upset because we were losing to a team that we wanted to beat, but we stayed with it and two times we ended up beating the other team in the third set. Overall, this has been a great season and We all made many great memories!
The Pace Academy Middle-Upper School coed water polo team jumped into our season starting on August 1st. We lost a number of seniors this year, including our goalie, who is now playing first string goalie for William and Mary. We recovered, however, and found ourselves some goalies. The team has twelve games total and then the tournament at the end of the season. We are succeeding and all the games we play are a valiant effort, even the losses. If you are interested in joining, please do! Don’t be afraid come next August. The team is for 7th-12th graders, boys and girls. GO AQUA KNIGHTS!
Mountain Biking by Aiden Critz Guest Writer
Aiden Critz checks his time on a ride. Photo by Mr. Marshburn
The Mountain Biking team is off to a great start this fall. We have two 6th grade girls and five boys from 7th and 8th grades. We ride on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at Sope Creek Mountain Biking Trail in Sandy Springs. We go for about four or five miles up and down, over dirt, roots, and rocks. We compete on the weekends. We each have our own bike that we put on the back of cars to go to the trail. It’s super fun. Join up next year.