Letting Go A Fall Poem
In Fall, you get this sort of feeling, That everything is changing, not in a way that Is bad or especially great, but of Things becoming stranger Yet at the same time it’s okay Because Fall is one of the seasons That brings comfort, love, and belonging You know your place in the world almost But you are still discovering new leaves Growing and developing who you are It’s the time of year when you let go of trying to Wear the same color everyone else wears, And you let your true colors show When you sit by the crackling fire With a cup of hot apple cider Thinking deeply or reading a romantic book As the leaves fall from the trees, You realize it’s time to let go of things past And continue on with life and accept that Everything happens for a reason Things die, new things are born and you learn That life is always changing and The only thing that is constant is change -A Girl’s Point of View
Why Does Fall Have Two Names? —or should I say “autumn?” How did autumn become the only season with two names?
Before it was autumn and fall, it was harvest. While the modern names of winter and summer have been around for more than 1,000 years, the names of fall and spring are more recent—and less constant. This is partly because the two seasons were long viewed as secondary to summer and winter. As late as the 18th century, English speakers were less likely to think of the year as having four seasons, focusing instead on the coldest and warmest portions of the year. Even when they spoke of fall, they couldn’t agree when, exactly, it took place. In the 17th and 18th centuries, dictionaries by both Thomas Blount and Samuel Johnson noted that some thought that fall began in August and ended in November, while others contested that it began in September (at the equinox) and ended in December (with the solstice). “Both spring and autumn used to go by different names. In the 12th and 13th
centuries, spring was called lent or lenten, while fall was called harvest. In the 14th century things got a little chaotic. Lenten disappeared around the beginning of the 1300s, and the later lent similarly vanished only a few decades later. (It survives, of course, as the name for a religious observance.) By the end of the 14th century there was no firm word for springtime: People referred to it as part of summer, they used Latin (ver) or French (primetemps), or they just made up new phrases. Harvest as a word to mean not just “a time of reaping” but also, even for city folk, “the third season of the year” lasted longer. But it was joined by autumn —a word borrowed from the French—by the 16th century.” Spring and fall likely gained popularity in conjunction with each other. They each initially appeared in the 16th century as spring of the leaf and fall of the leaf, respectively. The two complemented each other nicely and were soon shortened to the more succinct fall and spring, with the longer phrases disappearing over the next few hundred years. “It’s a bit of a mystery why the superfluous autumn persists while analogous words like primetemps and ver have fallen out of use, but it may have something to do with the Atlantic Ocean. The rise of autumn and the appearance of fall happened around the same time as the British arrival on the American continent, and it’s there that the latter really caught on.” Wickman, Forrest. "Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names? Did Other Seasons Ever Have Two Names?" Slate Magazine. Slate, 2016. Web. 28 Nov. 2016.
C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health October = CHOICE
C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health November = REST
P R E P E LE C T IO N!
On November 8, Americans everywhere went to the polls to vote on life changing propositions, measures, representatives, and leaders -- and so did Prep students! Mrs. Denton’s government class spent the day setting up poll booths, creating information sheets, and frantically printing ballots. With the classroom transformed, the other classes were invited in to vote. Prep’s results are presented below.
Whether you voted Trump, Clinton, Johnson, or are still “feeling the Bern,” thank you for participating in our democracy and contributing your voice to the dialogue.
11 Amazing Facts You may not know about Thanksgiving: By: Isabel Westenrider
1) Plumbing, yuck!! Did you know that Black Friday day is the busiest day for plumbers because of those the clogged up drains and sewers. www.cnn.com
2) Abraham Lincoln formally made Thanksgiving a holiday. 3) Thomas Jefferson did not enjoy Thanksgiving, he even said that “it (Thanksgiving) was a ridiculous idea.” 4) Minnesota raises the most turkeys. www.msn.com 5) The night before Thanksgiving day is supposed to be the biggest drinking night all year. 6) The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876. 7) Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day. 8) “Jingle Bells” was written originally for Thanksgiving. http://www.factretriever.com
9) The average calorie intake of a person is Thanksgiving is 6,000. 10) Did you know that the Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving? www.msn.com 11) Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first meal since they landed on the moon consisted of turkey. They also exchanged blessing to each other. www.list24.com
11 Cool Facts about Fall By: Isabel Westenrider
1) Pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. www.weatherchannel.com
2) Did you know that Americans refer to “fall” where British people refer to “autumn”? www.taskeasy.com
3) People that live near the equator never experience fall. www.factretriever.com
4) Did you know that pumpkins are grown in 6 out of the 7 continents (the exception is Antarctica)? 5) Did you know that Americans spend about $2.1 million dollars on candy every year for Halloween? 6) The biggest squash ever recorded was grown by Joel Jarvis from Port Elgin, Ontario. It weighed 1,486.6 pounds. www.todaysparent.com
7) The warmest state in the fall is usually Florida.
8) Washington is the biggest state for apple processing;; about 133 million boxes apples are picked each year. www.ibtimes.com
9) According to a theory that has been tested for 1,500 centuries by the University of Chicago, fall babies tend to live longer. 10) Monarch butterflies head south to Mexico for the fall traveling at speeds between 12 and 25 mph. www.rd.com 11) Fall used to be called “harvest” because the harvest moon in fall is closest to the autumn equinox. www.takeasy.com
SHELBY BARROIS, Senior What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Music What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? Needles Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? Myself How would you paint the town red? Target shooting What adds color to your life? Friends If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? Blue
JACKIE SHOGHI, Senior What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Poetry; Writing Music What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? People Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? Me, Myself, and I. I don’t want to send anyone else to die with me. How would you paint the town red? With red paint. Duh. What adds color to your life? My obsession with way too expensive art supplies
KAREN MARTINEZ, Sophomore
LIVIA WILSON, Sophomore
What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Ice cream What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? Snakes How would you paint the town red? Dump paint from an airplane What adds color to your life? My brothers; volleyball If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? White
What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Volleyball What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? Heights Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? Zairbear (boothang) <3 How would you paint the town red? In confetti What adds color to your life? Volleyball/photography If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? White
ALEXIS WINKLE, Junior What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Friends What makes you yellow-bellied? Being alone Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? My class How would you paint the town red? By buying paint that’s red What adds color to your life? Friends If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? Yellow
KAYLA SANTOS, Freshman What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Food What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? Spiders Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? Jesus How would you paint the town red? Lake What adds color to your life? Fun times If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? Blue
PHILLIP BUSICK, Junior What helps you when you’re feeling blue? Music What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? Snakes, spiders Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? My dog How would you paint the town red? Wake surfing What adds color to your life? Friends & family If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? Purple
ANNE PARK, Freshman What helps when you’re feeling blue? Food/Music What makes you yellow-bellied with fear? Worms Who would you want to be marooned with on an island? Jesus How would you paint the town red? Pool What adds color to your life? Friends & Family If you were to paint the world a color, what color would you choose? Green
An Autumn Meditation
As summer ends and winter comes there is this in between part. Leaves slowly lose their summer green, turning vibrant yellows and oranges. The air cools and crispens. Rain begins to fall, giving the earth a clean, fresh smell. Warm clothes come out of storage, and hot chocolate becomes a nightly routine. You can finally wear warm clothes to school and not worry about being hot halfway through the day. Some people call it fall, others know it as autumn, and to the rare extreme, pumpkin spice latte season. To all it is the true end of summer and beginning of winter. ~ Photograph & Meditation by Jerica Herman