Soule Road Middle School
Fun- R aising
Ch er r yd ale Win n in g Ho m er o o m s An n o u n ced B y : K e ls e y A us tin
V ol u m e 2, I ssu e 1 Oc tob e r 2010
Welcome to The Heart of Soule Online Student Newspaper! Highlights in this Issue: • Ch e rryda le win n e rs! • Me e t you r T e a ch e r • Ora n g e & Blu e Book R e v ie ws
C o ntrib uto rs: Davi d P fl an z Sus i e Lu
The Cherrydale fundraiser is the biggest of the year here at Soule Road, and has been, for over ten years. Many students participated this year, even if they sold only a few items. These contributions, even the small ones, led to a great sale. “The fundraiser overall and the money raised is significantly higher than last year,” stated PTO president, Nadine Austin. However, there were a number of students who went above and beyond with the sale. The school’s top seller, as well as the top seventh grade seller, was Jordan Zeppetello, who sold sixty two items. Also recognized are Jamie Zolik and Tom Karins, the top eighth grade sellers. These students, as well as the other top sellers, will receive a number of prizes at the Cherrydale dance on November 23rd. Students who sold five or more items are eligible to attend the dance. They get to skip class and enjoy an afternoon of dancing, prizes and fun. Prizes include a number of things. Students who sold fifteen or more items get to play basketball cash. For every basket you make you are rewarded five dollars. In addition, those who sold twenty five or more items, also get to spin the money wheel, for a chance to win fifty dollars. The money machine will be open for those who sold thirty or more items. And students who sold forty or more items will receive an envelope containing cash. Students who will receive these prizes sold for a number of different reasons. Brendan Stace, a seventh grader in the S pod, sold thirty items. “I wanted to get into the money machine!” he said. Others, like Augie Holekamp, also a seventh grader in the S pod, just sold to help the school. Several students, like Michaela Valentino sold fewer items. “I just sold to my family and they got what they wanted. But I wanted to J.Zolick go to the dance,” she said. But even five items is great participation. Last but not least, every student who participated will get the chance to win the brand new ipod touch at the dance. As well as the prizes at the dance, the seventh and eighth grade homerooms with the highest percentage of participation with get to watch a movie and enjoy a pizza party as a homeroom. The winning seventh grade homeroom is Mrs. Logee’s homeroom, and the winning eighth graders, are those in Mrs. Danquer’s homeroom. With the sale over and the dance on its way, students are getting excited. Brendan Stace also said, “You get to win money, get free food, and get to miss class!” Everyone get ready for November 23rd and congratulations on a great sale.
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Members of the boys soccer team take a moment to goof off in front of the camera. The team has not lost a game yet!
H ear t & So ul e/ Vo l um e 2 , I s s ue 1 / P age 2 o f 3
3-2-1- Action SRM News is On By: Adam Reed
Look for weekly “You Tube” segments on the new SRM News Crew-
BREAKING NEWS! The morning news at Soule Road Middle won’t be like anything you have ever seen or heard before, according to Mr. MacDuff, 8th grade math teacher. Mr. Mac will be replacing Ms. Demperio as the director of the morning news. Ms. Demperio left last year to fill another teaching assistant position at Liverpool Elementary. Some of the interesting changes you may notice during the morning news are the addition of a green screen which will provide background images during certain segments. You may also be hearing different genres of music instead of the same song we usually hear during morning announcements. The crew also aims to add more video footage than ever seen before on SRM News. Morning news anchors are currently 8th graders who also anchored a couple shows as 7th graders last year. Mr. MacDuff and the crew kicked off their first broadcast on October 13. Aside from a few minor technical issues, the show was a welcome start to the day.
Meet Mrs. Whitney b y R a c he l K line
To SU M it up… Our ne w AI S te ache r m ake s le arning m ath skills fun A. Curtis
Welcome the new ADDition to our school! Mrs. Whitney is the new Math A.I.S. Teacher, here at Soule Road Middle School. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, and loves math. Additionally, she helps many students who struggle with math, and has fun activities for them. “The students at Soule are great to teach, and very polite. I definitely enjoy teaching here, it is very fun,” says Mrs. Whitney. From her point of view, Soule Road Middle School provides a friendly learning environment, with the learning and schedules being student centered. “This is what I expected. I had been told this school was great to teach at. The people who told me were correct. This is a wonderful place to teach,” she said. A.I.S. Math (Academic Intervention Service) is fun to teach because “there is more one on one time.I am definitely looking forward to teaching the rest of the school year.” Before Mrs. Whitney came to Soule Road Middle School, she taught seventh grade math for three years at Gillette Road Middle School, in North Syracuse School District. She is very excited about being part of Soule Road Middle School and enjoys all of her students. To sum it all up, “I look forward to teaching the rest of the school year.”
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Oran g e & Blue Bo o k Reviews Schooled By Gordon Korman Reviewed By: Susie Lu Past meets present. The typical science fiction story, right? Wrong! A sci. fi. Nerd’s greatest fantasy? Nope, not even close. Schooled by Gordon Korman tells the tale of a teenage hippie. Well, sort of. Thirteen year old Capricorn Anderson has lived in a farm commune for most of his life, being homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. He knows so little about the outside world, it’s almost funny. After Rain breaks her hip falling out of a tree, Cap is sent to live with a guidance counselor and her cranky
teenage daughter. He’s shoved into one of the most terrifying places he’s ever been. Public school. None of his skills or homeschooling could ever prepare him for this jungle. None at all. The big man on campus, Zach Powers, orchestrates an elaborate plot to make Cap the biggest loser on loser on campus. True to tradition, they nominate the biggest loser in eighth grade, Cap, for class president, and of course, wins. So what’s next for poor Capricorn Anderson? No, the aliens don’t take over, they weren’t here in the first place. And no, they don’t take out his brain, that would be stupid and pointless. No, you’ll have to read this book to find out whether Cap sinks, or swims.
Past meets present. Typical Sci-Fi story? WRONG!
Nick of Time by Tim Bell Reviewed by Aishwarya Suresh The summer has passed, and so has my craving for novels about intense summer romances and carefree days of vacation. Now I am hungry for a wild ride full of mind boggling mystery, exhilarating adventure, unbearable suspense, and deep dark secrets. Nick of Time by Ted Bell without a doubt satisfied my desire for such an epic work of fiction. The story is about 12 year old, Nick McIver and his younger sister Kate who live in a lighthouse on a little island. It takes place in England in 1939, just days before the start of WWII. The story opens with a thrilling and calamitous ship ride through a brutal storm. It displays how brave and fearless Nick is, although just a boy, and foreshadows the greater life threatening situations to come. After his death defying excursion, Nick soon finds out a life changing secret about his father. He discovers that his father is espionage for Winston Churchill and is spying on the German U-boats that are near their island. Nick and Kate agree to help the father provide the government with vital information to protect their country from an inevitable Nazi invasion. One day, the siblings come across an old sea chest, containing a golden glowing orb, which turns out to be a time machine made by Leonardo da Vinci! The device causes all sorts of pandemonium and escapades for Nick. He soon finds himself back in 1805, on a mission to save Captain McIver, his ancestor, and his fleet from French perfidy and a mutinous leader, Billy Blood. Along the journey through time, Nick is also trying to escape pirates, and also help prevent the Nazi assault in present day!
This book is a roller coaster ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, and in the end, you might just go flying off! It is a great read for all ages. It is so well written and descriptive that by the end of the book you feel like you have just been saving the world!
By: Kyle Garuccio
What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? Student Council Update JOSH GARDYNSKI “The Last House on the Left because it is just really creepy!”
Elections recently took place and SAM ALPERT “Orphan because I just HATE blood!”
LIBBY CORLETT “Nightmare on Elm Street was sooo scary!”
ALEXANDRA WILLMES “Nightmare on Elm Street but I’m not scared of any movies”
JACOB ROWELL “The Fourth Kind because I was tricked into thinking it was real”
ERICH MEILE “A Haunting in Connenicut because I don’t like the paranormal”
as you know, I, Alicia Hansen, am the president, Brendan Corp is the vice president, Tyler Popp is the treasurer, Amanda Gibbs is the secretary, and Marissa Lombard is the parliamentarian. After our first student council meeting together, we decided that we were going to work towards a holiday dance just before our long holiday break in December. Most people like the school dances, so we are trying to have more. Last year there wasn’t that many. So what we want to do is make some more fun dances, and we were thinking about having it in the cafeteria while some games and/or a bake sale are going on in the gym. Another thing we came up with was that we need a school symbol. The elementary school are the Lions, Liverpool is the warriors, but we want one for Soule Road Middle. After a couple of meetings, we might take a school vote so we can hear your ideas!
Your Student President, Alicia Hansen
H ear t & So ul e/ Vo l um e 2 , I s s ue 1 / P age 5
Avi’s Wolf Rider Summer Reading Project Epilogue by Paul Ososkalo
W hat co uld be an e pilo gue to this po pular no ve l? R e ad to f ind o ut!
After Andy left his house with his dad, they drove to Aunt Mary’s house where Andy would stay for the week. Though it happened last year, he still had flashbacks as if it were yesterday. “Good morning Andy, “ his aunt said that morning. What should we have for breakfast? “Can I just have cereal, “ he asked? “ Sure, help yourself.” It was Saturday. One of those warm sunny days that smelled like the ocean breeze. Andy didn’t know what to do. After all, his aunt lived in the woods. There was a lake behind her house. So Andy decided to go there after breakfast. He would borrow his aunt’s canoe, and go on an adventure, and just get away from everybody and be alone for a couple of hours. So he started of on his adventure traveling upstream and enjoying the nature around him. It sort of made him relax and be more calm. He also wanted to know what was on top of the mountain. Andy had to start paddling harder and harder, because the river was getting steeper. “Did you see him?, said a voice further upstream. “Yeah,” said another voice. “Let me see the binoculars.” When Andy finally made it to the top, he was amazed at how beautiful everything was. Little did he know that he was being watched, until he felt a very sharp thud to his head. Everything just blacked out on him, and he forgot everything. “ Nice job, “ Smith. “It is time for revenge”. “ Here, pass me the kid and my knife, “ said Zeke. “ They walked to the top of the mountain carrying Andy and talking. After all Zeke did live in the mountains. When they reached the top of the mountain, they took Andy inside Zeke’s house, and tied him up to a chair. “ After Andy woke up, he had a really sharp pain in his head as if someone was hitting him on the head with a hammer. He also didn’t know where he was, and couldn’t remember anything, and what happened to him. Strange he thought, “ where am I? As Dr. Lucas walked into the room, Andy’s stomach did a couple back flips, he began to shiver, and every bone in his body became ice cold. “ You’re the Zeke, get me out of here, Andy screamed! “What makes you think, I’m going to do that, he said with a cold voice? “You cant’ get away with this, said Andy. “That’s what you think Zeke (Lucas) said. I killed her, I killed her, now where are we going to burry you he said with a laugh? Just as Lucas was about to say something else, the door to the room crashed to the floor and a dozen police officers entered the room. “ Sir, get of the floor and put your hands against the wall, the police officers said. Two other policemen took Andy in the police car and started questioning him about the crime scene. “ Thank you guys for saving my life, Andy said. ‘How did you find out that I was kidnapped? “Your aunt called in, and said that you were missing for over six hours. “She was really worried about you, but your dad is on his way here to meet up with you. “Now lets go to your aunt’s house for now. When they entered the house his aunt greeted him with hugs and kissed. After Andy told her what happed to him, she was speechless. “I never knew that all this could happed in my neighborhood”. “Your dad is on his way over to my house. “Thank God, I had enough for one day. “Sir, Sir, wake up, a voice said! Andy woke up and found out that it was all a dream, and he was still on the plane. Boy, was he glad! In the next issue of The Heart of Soule…Speak Your Mind Editorials, Student Council Update, and the Scholastic Artist Competition. Have a story idea? Let your English teacher know! Writers are always welcome! The Heart of Soule, a member of the Empire State School Press Association is published exclusively online and periodically by the students of Soule Road Middle School, Liverpool Central School District. It is intended as a vehicle to inform, educate, and entertain the student body. Opinions expressed are those of the students and do not necessarily reflect those of the administration, Mr. Sheitz or the adviser, Mrs. Colabello.